Check out the latest chapter update from Chris Padgett, PCC, president of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter.
Check out the latest chapter update from Chris Padgett, PCC, president of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter.
There are still seats available for the 2016 ICF Midwest Regional Conference, “The Crossroads of Coaching”, June 23 – 25, at The Westin – Indianapolis.
Don’t miss two days of dynamic content from Neuroscience and Resiliency to Marketing and Mentor Coaching. See the list of presenters and topics here and plan to join us Thursday afternoon for a bonus session with Judith Glaser!
Visit the registration portal today and use code 100spec16 to receive your discount!
Hope this note finds you well! If you’re like me, you’ve used part of your Summer to relax and restore. Long days and short nights lend well to relaxing and contemplation. I just returned from Paris, where I celebrated my partner’s 40th birthday and our 13th anniversary.
Historically, I recall fond memories of vacations and adventures over the years to places near and far. I’ll never forget family vacations as a young person. Being one of six siblings, each summer my parents would load up the family camper and travel to state and national parks to get away. Lots of good memories from those family trips. And I’ll never forget each year from age 8-16, attending a summer camp called Camp Tall Trees. Looking back that experience was chock full of experiences that have served me well throughout my life.
There was the vacation my family took to Appalachia when I was 10 years old. My dad thought our family should experience a part of the country that most people from the city never visit. He wanted us to understand the plight of people living in that area. What I observed and learned during that trip stays with me to this day.
So, however you’ve spent your summer — traveling afar or relaxing at home or busy with work — a hearty hello and hope it’s been a summer full of rich experiences and fond memories that will remain with you.
In this note, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:
Can you imagine being an ICF coach without a local chapter to belong to? This has been the situation many ICF coaches in West Virginia have experienced. Not anymore. As of June 1, 2015, ICF Ohio Valley expanded its catchment area to include our colleagues in West Virginia. We already had members joining us from West Virginia and so we thought it would be great to open our chapter up to all the coaches in this geography not previously served by a chapter. We’re now in the process of reaching out and encouraging unaffiliated West Virginia coaches to join ICF Ohio Valley. The best part is, there is no cost for these coaches to affiliate and coaches located in West Virginia can begin to automatically participate in our chapter virtual education programs and take advantage of volunteer committee and leadership opportunities. So, welcome West Virginia coaches to ICF Ohio Valley and we look forward to the perspectives and experience you bring to the chapter.
We had 10 coaches from ICF Ohio Valley attend #ICFMidwest in Kansas City. Our chapter had one of the largest delegations of coaches attend this conference. A special thanks to: J. Matthew Becker, PCC, Kristen Beireis, Carrie Doubts, PCC, Belinda Gates, ACC, Angela Greer, Kevin Guerrero, Janet Fulton, ACC, Ann Huttner, PCC, Linda McGillivray, and Jeff Nally, PCC, who attended the conference!
A total of 18 new members recently joined or affiliated with ICF Ohio Valley. I’d like to welcome each of you and invite you to get involved in our chapter. There are lots of opportunities!
As of June 1, 66% of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter members earned a credential from the International Coach Federation. Our chapter has the highest percentage of credential holders of any ICF chapter in the Midwest region. Kudos to these four coaches listed below for making the commitment to professionalism and quality in the coaching profession and recently earning an ICF credential. Please join me in acknowledging the following coaches:
Please join me in congratulating Sandra “Sandy” Hughes, ACC, on recently being appointed Secretary/Treasurer of ICF Ohio Valley.
Located in Cincinnati, OH, Sandy is an excellent ambassador of the coaching profession. She joined the chapter in May 2013, and has stepped up repeatedly to help build community and strengthen our chapter.
In her new role as the chapter “COO,” Sandy will help steward our chapter’s resources. I’m thrilled Sandy’s joined the chapter leadership team. She brings a high level of commitment, energy, and leadership to this role. Please join me in congratulating Sandy!
On August 7, your ICF Ohio Valley chapter leadership will convene in Louisville to develop the chapter “Future Self” and plan activity to advance our mission over the next 36 months. It’s an exciting time to be a part of our chapter! We are growing stronger and better organized than ever before and this is enabling the chapter to begin to focus more on external efforts. At the top of our list is building awareness and connection with individuals, organizations, human resource professionals, and the media throughout the Ohio Valley geography to raise awareness of professional coaching and the benefit of working with an ICF coach. The chapter recently obtained a marketing grant from the International Coach Federation to support our chapter efforts. We’re thrilled about the opportunities before us and I want to invite any member who is interested in becoming apart of this planning effort to contact me for more information. The meeting will run from 8:30-Noon and breakfast and lunch will be served. If you’d like to get more involved in the chapter or have ideas to contribute, simply reply to this note and let me know of your interest.
Last Fall, your chapter began selling advertising and sponsorships. So far three organizations have invested in your chapter. I’d like to acknowledge: CRR Global, Coaches’ Marketing Source, and the Center for Coaching Certification for supporting the operations of ICF Ohio Valley. If you know of an organization that may be a good fit for sponsoring or advertising with the chapter, learn more about opportunities here: www.icfohiovalley.org/sponsorship-opportunities/
This past week your chapter kicked off the first part of a special two-part program, “Life Long Journey to Artful Coaching Mastery with Janet Harvey, MCC.” We had one of our largest registrations ever for this virtual program and had coaches register from Ohio Valley, Ireland, Vancouver, and Kansas City! In case you missed it, the program is being recorded and will be made available later on the chapter website. A special thanks to Ann Huttner, PCC, for organizing this special program for the chapter and to Janet Harvey, MCC, for teaching this program!
Thank you for taking the time to read this note and hope you enjoy your Summer!
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the International Coach Federation convened chapter leaders from around the globe in Atlanta, Georgia, March 5-7, 2015. Approximately 170 chapter leaders from six continents and 56 countries came together to celebrate the history and growth of the profession, understand and align around the ICF global vision and strategic plan, and forge connection and renewal within the community. The coaches gathered represented an extremely diverse mix of all the different niches found in the profession.
It was a historic and fun meeting! It was the first time in the association’s history that all chapter leaders from around the globe were invited to gather in one space.
During the experience, I kept thinking about Thomas Leonard, who 20 years ago, made the choice to invest $50,000 in seed investment to create the ICF. Twenty years later, the seed he planted has grown into a global organization comprised of over 26,000 professional coaches in chapters located on six continents. This is a powerful example of how the seed you sow and the choices you make can leave a legacy many years in the future!
The forum provided an ideal opportunity to reflect on growth and begin to identify the new seeds of impact we want to plant and germinate for the future of both the coaching profession and the global community.
In many respects, organizations are like gardens. They often start off with a blank canvas, an idea or two, and they can take years of cultivation, time and resource investment, weeding, water, sunlight, attention, and care to become places of beauty, health, and renewal. Organizations — just like gardens — create a powerful container for growth and learning.
When I joined the ICF six years ago, my goal was to connect with like minded individuals who were pursuing this noble profession. At first, I didn’t know one other coach in the Ohio Valley. Now, I’ve met numerous colleagues and friends. I’ve matured as a coaching professional, developed my core coaching competencies, and earned valuable credentials. Along the way, the ICF’s provided me a safe space to learn and grow.
To scale for growth in the organization, ICF is nurturing regional organizations to strengthen connection between local chapters and the global organization. These regional seeds are taking hold and I had the opportunity to attend a meeting of chapter leaders from throughout the Midwest Region. This region is comprised of 13 chapters (Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Heartland, Indianapolis, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio Valley, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Wisconsin). The regional meeting allowed chapter leaders to connect and get to know one another, share best practices, and learn how we can support each other. ICF Ohio Valley is well represented in the Midwest Region leadership with Ann Huttner serving as president-elect of the region. Ann is a strong leader and is doing a super job in this role!
I met some wonderful coaches from the Midwest chapters who are each doing their part to help humanity flourish. One such coach is Sharol Tyra, my new friend and president of ICF Minnesota. Sharol and I talked about the type of coaching we do. Sharol is a nurse turned professional coach and she is a wonderful ambassador of the profession. I learned she is planning to travel through Kentucky later this year and I was able to share some tips on potential places to visit during her trip.
I share this bit of my conversation with you because these 1:1 conversations were what I found to be the most valuable aspect of the global forum. Powerful conversations are what we facilitate as coaches with our clients. Conversations can be a catalyst for learning, change, and growth. I really enjoyed being able to meet, learn, and share with coaches from so many different places from all over the globe!
Overall, the forum was a valuable use of time and I was humbled to represent ICF Ohio Valley and wanted to share with you the key themes and insights from my perspective.
1. Community — the glue that binds us together. Matt Varney, ICF director of chapter development, spoke to attendees about the power of our community. Being part of a connected community of professional coaches with high standards and ethics matters to us and our clients. For many coaches, it’s the community that binds us together and renews us. This connection is so important as we are part of a profession that is still in its infancy. Through the community, we can ask ourselves some powerful and reflective questions about our future: What if? What’s next? What’s possible? What’s happening here?
2. Legacy: My favorite talk from this forum was given by Fields Wicker-Miurin. You also can watch a TED talk she gave here. Fields asked us a very powerful question: What kind of ancestor do we want to be? This question creates a space for reflection and consideration. Fields further suggested the following leadership qualities for the future: 1. Self knowledge, 2. Vulnerability – I am open for you, 3. Courage, passion, and resilience, 4. Giving meaning and purpose, 5. Humility – it’s not about me, 6. Be the bridge – and cross it. As coaches working in the Ohio Valley, we operate in communities that are going through transformative change in the attitudes and behaviors of the people and organizations we serve. It takes courage, passion, and resilience to approach our work each day. Fields encouraged us to practice “unzipping” — the act of being vulnerable. Her talk was chock full of rich insights: “You are not your ego.” “Humility is about knowing your voice is not the only voice.” “Leaders are the reference point in their organization/community.” “Refuel in flight. Leadership is about being there for people when they need you most.” For personal reflection: What kind of ancestor do you want to be?
3. Power of Why: We heard from Peter Docker, an associate of Simon Sinek. Sinek is the author of “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last.” Sinek’s TED talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” is the third most watched video on TED.com. This message was simple and profound. People don’t buy What you do, they buy Why you do it. Too often leaders focus their activities on the What and the How and spend little if any time focused on the Why. My favorite insight from Peter’s talk: “Leadership is about creating simplicity.” For personal reflection: What’s your Why?
Break-out sessions and panels were focused on best practices and the necessary brass tacks of growing the chapter, serving our members, facilitating exceptional programs, building community, and building partnerships in the communities we serve.
We have big opportunities in Ohio Valley and I hope you’ll make the choice to renew your membership and reflect on how you can best participate in the chapter and help advance the coaching profession in the Ohio Valley.
Thank you for being a member of ICF Ohio Valley and taking the time to read this summary of this exceptional experience!
With all my best,
Chris Padgett, PCC