ICF Midwest Regional Conference
The Westin, Indianapolis, IN
June 23-25, 2016
The Crossroads of Coaching
We’re excited to announce that Marshall Goldsmith will be our opening and closing keynote speaker for the 2016 conference. Now, we are looking for dynamic presenters with creative, innovative and experiential proposals for our educational breakout sessions that:
Fit our conference theme The Crossroads of Coaching and at least one of our program tracks:
The Crossroads of Complementary Disciplines,
The Crossroads of Client Growth,
The Crossroads of Research and Innovation,
The Crossroads of Our Coaching Businesses, and
The Crossroads of Professional Development
Address one or more of the ICF Core Competencies and
Can be approved for ICF CCE Units, particularly ICF Core Competency CCE Units
Questions may be directed to John Moore, Program Chair, 2016 ICF Midwest Regional Conference firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our Conference Team
Are you looking to hone your leadership and teamwork skills, while developing relationships with colleagues across the region? Do you want to serve the coaching profession and make a difference in this year’s conference? We still have room on our conference team for you! Click here for more information or to volunteer.
In this post you’ll find some important updates from ICF Ohio Valley, but first, I want to share a short story with you about being learning something new. Perhaps you had a similar experience.
My dad was a craftsman who worked with sheet metal his entire career, he tended to work inside of a lot of commercial office buildings, schools, and hospitals and even helped build the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
While he wasn’t a professional coach, dad was chock full of wisdom and knew how to ask really powerful questions. While teaching me to ride a bicycle, I remember he said, “Are you ready to learn something new?” I looked at him and shook my head up and down. Then he said, “Getting outside of your comfort zone is how you learn.” Off came the training wheels, learning ensued, and magic began to happen.
You know the experience of being uncomfortable? It’s the feeling you get when you don’t know exactly you are getting yourself into — but in a good kind of way.
When was the last time you felt this way?
Being uncomfortable can be a place of confusion, fear, anxiety — and importantly: aliveness, learning, and growth.
Embracing an uncomfortable position isn’t always easy and doing it regularly certainly isn’t for everyone.
Sometimes we prefer to stay in our routines and ruts — they’re comfortable and predictable.
Remember a time you were coaching a client and they said something during a conversation that caused you to pause?
Maybe in that moment you had let your guard down, you weren’t being a “professional,” and you were just open to the present moment.
What happened in that moment? What did you say? What did you learn? How did it impact your client?
As coaches, we help our clients explore the uncomfortable places — the places where opportunity, learning, and growth intersect.
To develop as professionals, we’re fortunate to have the International Coach Federation. It creates opportunities for us to be uncomfortable and in doing so, to learn, grow, and develop our craft.
A big moment is coming up this week for our profession!
Now imagine what the next 20 years can bring you and your clients by embracing uncomfortable moments.
We have some casual Coaches Cafes planned to celebrate International Coaching Week. These free public gatherings are a way to connect, meet up with colleagues, and learn something new.
Coaches Cafe in Cincinnati, Wed, May 20, 11:00 a.m. RSVP Now.
Coaches Cafe in Lexington, Wed, May 20, 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. RSVP Now.
Coaches Cafe in Louisville, Wed, May 20, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. RSVP Now.
Contemplating the present and future was part of the Annual Membership Gathering this past weekend held in Northern Kentucky at General Butler State Resort Park.
General Butler State Resort Park, Photo by Jeff Nally
Coaches attending chose to disrupt their normal routines and traveled from Dayton, Cincinnati, Lexington, Richmond, Jeffersonville, Prospect, and Louisville to get back to nature and get back to basics.
Get Back to Nature. Get Back to Basics.
The program was chock full of interactive learning and included a special panel discussion that included Kay Cannon, MCC, a 17 year member of the ICF, former ICF global president, and the 2014 inaugural recipient of the Thomas Leonard Lifetime Achievement Award. Kay shared some valuable insights with us about ICF membership and what her ICF credential means to her.
MCC, PCC, ACC Panel Discussion, Photo by Jeff Nally
A special thanks to the coaches who came from near and far to attend this unique program and a special thanks to the following who played a part in the success of the day: Belinda Gates, ACC, Ann Huttner, ACC, Kay Cannon, MCC, Sandy Hughes, ACC, Jeff Nally, PCC, Janet Fulton, ACC,Kristen Beireis, and Joanne Hillard, ACC.
Coaches before the Hike
My favorite part of the day was a fun, interactive hike filled with exercise and learning along a rather unpredictable trail.
Next month, June 18-20, is a unique opportunity to leave your routine behind and connect with coaches from throughout the Midwest for a celebration of learning, community, and fellowship: ICF Midwest. It’s the only coaching conference “of the coaches, by the coaches, and for the coaches” happening this year.
I want to acknowledge seven coaches who took a stand for professionalism and earned a credential since January 1, 2015, including:
Poyee Dorrian, PCC
Carrie Doubts, PCC
Michelle Hollingshead, PCC
Sandra Hughes, ACC
Chandra Irvin, ACC
Cheryl Penava, ACC
Kneisha Sanders, ACC
Congrats to each of you on this professional achievement!
Now a total of 66% of the coaches in our chapter currently hold a credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC) from the ICF. This is a significant statistic as it speaks to the commitment our members have made to increasing professionalism and quality throughout the Ohio Valley. Want to get started earning your credential? Get started here.
Ohio Valley coaches are playing a bigger game in the world, and in doing so, helping to raise awareness of the profession.
Here’s the scoop on a few of our member coaches and what they’ve been up to recently:
Kristen Beireis is serving as marketing chair of the ICF Midwest Conference
Have you recently stepped outside of your comfort zone and it resulted in you doing something big? Let me know so I can share it with our community.
Finally, you may be wondering why you are receiving this message from me? Recently our chapter president stepped down. We thank Jennifer Blair for her service to the chapter.
As president-elect, I assumed the president role for our chapter and appointed Janet Fulton, ACC, from Jeffersonville, Indiana, as president-elect. Janet has served the chapter exceptionally well as treasurer/secretary for many years and will make an excellent president in the future.
In addition to Janet, we have a wonderful volunteer leadership team leading the chapter and I’d like to acknowledge each of them: Ann Huttner, ACC, as past president, Belinda Gates, ACC, as vp membership, Cyndi Hall, as vp programs, and Sandy Hughes, ACC, as vp marketing.
If you are interested in serving on a committee or as a chapter leader, please feel free to contact me.
I want to end this note where I started — with the anecdote about my dad helping me to learn to ride a bicycle. Dad passed away unexpectedly two years ago this past April after having watched his favorite sports team win their championship game. He wasn’t feeling well, stood up, kissed my mother, his wife of 50 years, told her he loved her, and then collapsed and passed on from this earth.
I’ll never forget the experience dad shared with me when I learned to ride a bicycle. Dad once told me it was in those moments — the unfamiliar and uncomfortable moments — where we crossover from one place to the next and learn something new and realize what it means to be alive.
Thank you for reading this note and thank you for being a part of ICF Ohio Valley!
“The trust is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”– M. Scott Peck
All the best,
Chris Padgett, PCC
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
P.S. Over the course of the past year, the ICF has invested in a multi-media campaign to increase public and community awareness of the ICF credential. Here’s the latest installment of this award-winning video series: