Check out the latest chapter update from Chris Padgett, PCC, president of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter.
Today ICF Ohio Valley made a contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every member coach in our community.
These trees symbolize the commitment you’ve made to being a coach, your professional growth and development as a coach, and the growth your coaching clients experience from you.
A total of 113 trees will be planted by the Arbor Day Foundation for ICF Ohio Valley member coaches.
Reforestation efforts are currently underway throughout the Ohio Valley: at the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky, the Patoka River Watershed in Indiana, the Egypt Valley Wildlife Area and Brannon Place Project in Ohio, and the Monongahela and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia.
The impact of tree planting is significant. Trees remove pollution, protect watersheds, support wildlife, mitigate flooding, and combat climate change.
Your chapter leaders were inspired to take this action as part of a global campaign organized by Artur Michalski, ACC, president of ICF Poland, to encourage the planting of 27,000 trees around the world for every member of the International Coach Federation.
On this Earth Day, thank you for being a member of ICF Ohio Valley, thank you for growing as a coach, and thank you for helping your clients grow.
With all my best,
Chris Padgett, PCC
P.S. Here is a video (in Polish) from my friend Artur who is inspiring this global campaign to plant one tree for every ICF member. While it’s in Polish, I believe you can ascertain the emotion it is intending to convey.
Want to experience what it’s like to be a tree? Try out this tree visualization:
Tree Visualization: “Visualize yourself as a tree with branches reaching to the sky and roots extending deep into the earth. As you inhale, imagine you are drawing air and sunlight down through your branches and into your trunk. As you exhale, imagine your breath continuing down through your roots and into the earth. On the next inhalation, imagine bringing the energy of the earth up through your roots into your trunk. Exhale out through your branches. Continue breathing in alternate directions like this for five minutes.” – 1001 Meditations: How to Discover Peace of Mind by Mike George
Today the ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter kicked off a special partnership with Stand Beside Them, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Stand Beside Them connects military veterans, their caregivers, and families with ICF credentialed coaches.
A special thanks to Steve Aidikonis, ACC, Stephanie Richmond, and Amanda Veinott for participating in today’s conversation.
To apply to become a Stand Beside Them coach and offer pro-bono coaching to veterans, their families, and caregivers, go here.
Click here to refer a veteran, veteran’s family member, or veteran’s caregiver for free, pro-bono coaching by a professional ICF credentialed coach.
A recording of the conversation is available here:
March 3-6, 2016, I had the unique opportunity to participate in the International Coach Federation Global Leaders Forum (GLF). Other ICF Ohio Valley Chapter leaders attending included Chapter President-Elect Janet Fulton, ACC, and Chapter Past President and current President of ICF Midwest Ann Huttner, PCC. The forum was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and brought together chapter leaders from around the globe.
Taking Advantage of the In Between Space
I arrived many hours prior to the beginning of the Global Leaders Forum and so I used this time to do what I do anytime I visit a new city: visit the city’s art museum.
In Charlotte, I ordered a Lyft from the Renaissance Hotel and headed to the Mint Museum and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art which is located next door to the Mint Museum. In these places, I viewed some artwork that helped me understand the culture and history of Charlotte.
An art museum is a portal into the perspective of people. I find they ground me to what matters to the people in a particular geography. Art is neither right nor wrong. Viewing it helps me understand the choices, values, and priorities of the curators who chose to hang it in a museum and the creators who chose to create it. Here are three highlights from what I viewed in Charlotte:
Feeling more grounded in Charlotte, I was ready to be present for the forum kickoff and ready to listen, learn, and share with colleagues from throughout the global community.
Positive Disruptions in Leadership
This was the third ICF leaders forum I’ve attended. Last year’s in Atlanta celebrated the 20th anniversary of our professional community and a regional leaders forum was held in Cleveland in 2014. In case you’re curious, you can read my blog about the 2015 GLF here. The 2016 theme was extremely fitting: “LeaderShift: Positive Disruptions in Leadership.” As leaders of a professional global community we have a big choice to make in our leadership approach: Will we be Agents of Change? or Stewards of the Status Quo? Or Both?
This message was eloquently conveyed during a kick-off talk by Leda Turai Petrauskiene, MCC, the 2016 ICF Global Board Chair who boldly challenged us to be curious and courageous in examining our own thinking patterns, assumptions, principles, and habits.
The true beauty of the GLF experience is the bringing together an extremely diverse leaders of the professional coaching community from all over the earth for connection, sharing, learning and fellowship.
ICF Ohio Valley Globally Recognized
GLF kicked off with a bang for ICF Ohio Valley: the chapter won a global recognition award for high performance and overall excellence!
This was a complete surprise and what made it extra special was knowing the selection was made by a judging panel comprised of peer coaches from all over the world.
A total of 12 chapter received this recognition and you can view a list of them all here. Three chapters from the USA (Ohio Valley, Raleigh, and New York) were recognized.
Congrats to Noa Ronen, ACC, from ICF Raleigh and Margaret Walsh from ICF NYC on their chapter recognition, and congrats to colleagues all over the world for earning this special honor!
For Ohio Valley, this honor is dedicated to the 107 human members working as professional coaches in Kentucky, West Virginia, southern Ohio, and southern Indiana.
A Tapestry of Experiences
The forum was a tapestry of inspirational keynote presentations, informal networking, and idea labs. In particular I found the unstructured aspects of the conference to create exactly the kind of creative thinking container that mature global leaders of the coaching profession need to spark change and partnership through conversation.
Two keynotes of note were particularly good: an opening talk by Kate Canales, research professor and director of design and innovation at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering and a closing keynote by Cal Newport, a professor at Georgetown University and the author of Deep Work.
These two talks alone made the GLF a extremely valuable investment of time. Kate inspired participants to think big and Cal inspired us to think deeply. I previously heard Cal speak several years ago at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon, and believe he’s putting forward a valuable contrarian view to the Twitter obsessed, attention deficit based world we find ourselves living in today.
Four global leaders made talks during the conference: Jurgen Bache, president of ICF Deutschland, Suzanne Ricard-Greenway, ACC, past president of ICF Vancouver, Jim Milner, MCC, president of ICF Wisconsin, and Abdallah Aljurf, ACC, president of ICF Saudi Arabia who challenged all participants to bring light to darkness. All were excellent presentations.
Abdullah’s talk really resonated as it connected to me on a heart level. My life’s work is centered around shining a light on darkness and blindspots that leaders, teams, and organizations typically shy away from and/or find uncomfortable. Shining a bright spotlight in these — often invisible spaces — brings awareness, identifies hidden gems, reveals powerful learning, and sparks explosive growth. While many believe growth only happens in the sunlight, I consistently find that organic growth is typically lurking somewhere near a shadow, stigma, secret, or self-limiting belief of a leader, team, organization, or community. These are powerful places for awareness, reflection, learning, and growth.
After 21 years, the once small organization envisioned by Thomas Leonard, has experienced explosive growth in the past few years.
There are many factors for the growth including: market acceptance of coaching, the global economic downturn, and expansion of the coaching movement into countries all over the globe.
This growth is requiring global leaders to examine some fundamental questions: What’s needed? What’s next? and What’s possible? What do we need to stand for? A focused space for conversations on this topic were 16 Idea Labs on diverse topics ranging from Bold Ideas in Leadership and Governance, to the Age of Technology, to Building a Bigger Table through Alliances and Partnerships and many more.
One of the most beautiful aspects of the GLF was each participant chose to attend whichever Idea Lab resonated most deeply with him or her.
I chose to attend three based upon issues that are important to me and my leadership approach: Building a Bigger Table through Alliances and Partnerships, Bold Ideas in Leadership and Governance, and Membership Engagement — all relevant topics to my experience as a chapter leader within this global community.
In particular, I was inspired by partnership examples shared by Inta Sellick, PCC, from ICF Australasia and Roa Nonen, ACC, from ICF Raleigh. The insights shared by these two will inform the partnership initiative being developed for ICF Ohio Valley based upon a model previously created and shared with our chapter by Michael Jahraus, PCC from ICF Vancouver.
These conversations were extremely valuable and there was a combination of listening and sharing that took place. It may make sense in the future to consider adding some Open Space concepts to these conversation containers as some of the participants (and those who stepped forward to facilitate) struggled with the format.
I picked up some good insights and ideas to bring back to the Ohio Valley and I uncovered some issues that will help me to better participate and advocate in the global community — chief among them being the need for ICF global communications to be made more broadly available in languages outside of English.
Language is a global equalizer and embracing this need will require some pattern disruptions within our community to occur so others can more fully participate.
I needed a break after the third Idea Lab, so I chose to take a walk to get some fresh air with my friend Randy Fernandez, ACC, president of ICF North Texas. Randy, like me, is a Co-Active Coach. The final batch of Idea Labs didn’t resonate with me and I’m glad Randy and I decided to catch-up and take a walk around the hotel property to decompress.
Randy and I discussed the highs and lows of leading a chapter and shared some best practices that we’ve found helpful. In this one conversation — just like all the other 1:1 conversations at the GLF, I found tremendous value.
“Grow with Coaching and Grow with ICF”
Along our walk, Randy and I encountered our new friend Artur Michalski, ACC, president of ICF Poland.
Artur is spearheading a global initiative to inspire the International Coach Federation global community to plant one tree for every ICF member (27,000)! Artur accelerated this effort by coordinating with the hotel management and planted a tree in Charlotte on the hotel grounds.
Artur had to jump through a significant number of hoops to bring this effort to life and I’m glad he chose to do so. The planting of a tree is a symbol of growth and participating in the planting added a spiritual dimension to the GLF that was sorely needed. Many people look at trees with a spiritual reverence and view them as friends.
The slogan of Artur’s campaign is “Grow with coaching and grow with ICF!” I very much was deeply moved to bring this campaign back to the Ohio Valley and inspire the chapter to plant one tree for every professional ICF coach member in Kentucky, West Virginia, southern Ohio, and southern Indiana.
I’ve started exploring a program offered by the Arbor Day Foundation that plants one tree for every dollar donated at a forest in the United States.
Inspiration flowed throughout the forum. I was particularly touched by the creation of Nathalie Ducrot, MCC, president of ICF Switzerland. Nathalie invested a significant amount of her time and energy in creating a learning tool which is a deck of cards that incorporates each of the International Coach Federation core competencies.
The core competencies are the backbone of professional model and what I found genius about Nathalie’s creation is that it is tactile, easy to use, well designed, easily accessible, and a valuable learning tool.
I would like to get one of these decks into the hands of each member of ICF Ohio Valley at some point if I can figure out how to do so. This creation is a symbol of the shared learning that emerges when coaches are able to connect and share with one another.
Breaks in between gatherings were invaluable. I was able to meet up with some colleagues from around the world.
One secret tip I’ll share that I’ve done for many years whenever I attend a meeting is to sit at an empty table during a meal. It pushes me away from connecting with people I know and enables me to meet with whoever shows up. You’d be surprised at how valuable this one tip has been at helping me identify new friends and clients over the years.
As humans we have a tendency to gather with those we’re most comfortable with. It’s amazing who you meet, what you learn, and the connections made when you force yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Coaches Love to Dance!
One of the principles of many coaching models is to dance in the moment with our clients.
Dancing in the moment involves being present to whatever shows up and not bringing an agenda to a client. There is no more fitting way to observe this principle in action then on a dance floor at an ICF global forum with coaches from countries all over the globe coming together to exercise after a day filled with a lot of sitting!
Sparks of Growth
Ultimately the coming together of the leaders of the global coaching community is about sparking inspiration, sparking change, and sparking partnerships.
The world at large is going through tremendous social, economic, and political change.
Professional coaches are well positioned to play a critical role in helping move people, organizations, and communities forward: from one place to a better tomorrow.
Coaching is a noble profession as it is a catalyst for change. It was an honor representing ICF Ohio Valley at this forum.
A special thanks to Denise Stenzel, Magda Mook, and all of the people (ICF staff and Charlotte people) involved in making this forum a reality. It was a valuable investment of time.
Midwest Region Forum
The final day in Charlotte was dedicated for regional break-out forum to occur. There are seven ICF regions: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Latin America, North America Midwest, North America Northeast, North America Southeast, and North America West.
Ann Huttner, PCC, past president of ICF Ohio Valley is the president of the Midwest region and she organized an exceptional meeting for chapter leaders from the Midwest.
Ann brilliantly pulled the place — Charlotte, North Carolina — into this meeting and shared the story of how the first gold rush in American history took place in Charlotte. This was a beautiful and fitting narrative as the entire GLF and our time together was about mining golden nuggets of inspiration from all over the globe. Ann is a masterful facilitator and created and held an extremely powerful space for the Midwest leaders to connect and share on a human level. This was so helpful given the frenetic pace of the prior days of the GLF.
What’s often forgotten when meetings of this nature take place is that we are all human. We all have human needs, desires, and wants. We all have a spirit, soul, and heart that needs to be acknowledged and nourished. A special thanks to Ann for recognizing this need and addressing it with intentionality during our last remaining hours together in Charlotte.
If you have read this far, bravo! My hope is this post conveys a bit of my experience with the reader who was not able to participate. My promise as your chapter leader — with your help — is to transform the ideas and insights from the GLF to action in the Ohio Valley and advance the art and science of professional coaching for the humans, organizations, and communities we serve.
With all my best,
Chris Padgett, PCC
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
Did you know…
- The Ohio Valley is home to one of the largest concentrations of U.S. veterans in the United States.
- 1 million active and reserve members of the U.S. armed forces expected to return to civilian life in the next 4 to 5 years.
- Over 60,000 veterans are homeless nationwide
- Unemployment rate for veterans is significantly higher than the general population (IAVA).
- The youngest veterans have only had one employer, the military; they need coaching on how to translate their skills and interview effectively, to network and to self-promote.
Here is the link to the application for a veteran or his/her spouse/partner or caregiver to complete to request free coaching from a professional coach.
- The chapter now submits announcements to local newspapers and business publications for member coaches once they earn a professional credential. Now 50% of you reading this note hold an ICF credential and many more members are currently working towards obtaining a credential. Congrats to each of you! In 2015, the chapter created an awards program to recognize members and presented the first awards to three members: Coach of the Year for 2015 to Kristen Beireis, Hall of Fame to JoAnne Hilliard, and Leadership Award to Belinda Gates, ACC.
- Running the chapter in a transparent way has been a hallmark of 2015. The chapter leadership team posts the monthly minutes on the chapter website each month so that you can understand the topics discussed, sentiments conveyed, and votes taken by the leadership team. The chapter also publicly shares membership statistics and credential earner statistics. Being transparent is our commitment to you throughout 2016.
- In 2015 your chapter produced a series of educational and professional development programs that was the envy of the global coaching community. Ohio Valley now has a global reputation for the quality of its programming. These programs were organized by Ann Huttner, PCC, past president. As a testament to the quality of the chapter programming, coaches from around the United States and several foreign countries participated in Ohio Valley’s virtual programs. Programs included diverse topics and brought industry thought leaders to your chapter.
- When we learned our coaching colleagues in West Virginia did not have a chapter to call “home,” we invited them to join us and expanded the chapter footprint to include West Virginia. We are thrilled with the new coaches from West Virginia who have chosen to affiliate with Ohio Valley.
- Stephanie Broader, ACC – Mason, Ohio
- Kevin Guerrero, ACC – Floyds Knobs, Indiana
- Kimbaird Avant – Cincinnati, Ohio
- Donald Brunetti – Canfield, Ohio
- Ericka Foley – Mason, Ohio
- Lori Hoene – Shelbyville, Kentucky
- Lynn Jereb – Aurora, Ohio
- Frederick Jones – Louisville, Kentucky
- Leslie Meyer – Toledo, Ohio
- Wendy Roop – St. Paris, Ohio
Nearly two out of every three members of ICF Ohio Valley currently holds an ICF credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC).
If you are curious about earning an ICF credential, ICF Midwest recently hosted a virtual program with ICF HQ to answer commonly asked questions about earning an iCF credential. The program was recorded and is available for you to access.
Click here to access a recording of this program.
Wherever this Labor Day weekend finds you, I want to acknowledge you for taking the stand to be a professional coach in the Ohio Valley. A while back I started working with a coaching client in Europe. My client was trying to better understand where in the United States I was located. The conversation went something like this: “How far are you from New York or Los Angeles?” After explaining my middle-America location along the Ohio River, my client immediately focused on one word: Ohio. “So goes Ohio, so goes America,” they said. Yes, I explained the geography of the Ohio Valley is a pretty good barometer for America. This got me to thinking about the enormous social and economic changes taking place throughout the Ohio Valley geography and how much now–more than ever–individuals and organizations can truly benefit from working with a professional coach. It’s a significant opportunity.
Coaching in our neck of the woods is truly a labor of love. We work everyday with our clients at a noble intersection of courage, change, and choice. For many clients, making change and being at conscious choice is far from easy. This intersection–and the roads that lead to and from it–can bring out the best and the worst in people and organizations. As a member of ICF Ohio Valley, you’ve made a conscious choice to be a part of a community of professional coaches advancing the art and science of professional coaching in Kentucky, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and West Virginia. In recognition of this Labor Day, thank you for inspiring others to be courageous and make important and meaningful choices and changes in their lives and/or organizations.
In this note, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:
1. Chapter advance 2015
2. The Crossroads of Coaching
3. Welcome new members
4. New author
5. New vp programming and vp marketing
6. Upcoming programs
7. Participation opportunities
8. Global coaching survey
9. Member blog post
1. Chapter Advance 2015
In my last note on July 16, I extended an open invitation to every member in our chapter to attend our annual chapter advance. I want to acknowledge the members of Ohio Valley who came together on August 7, to develop the chapter Future Self and plan directional activity to advance our community focus over the next 36 months. Thanks to: Sandy Hughes, ACC, Kevin Guerrero, Jeff Nally, PCC, Belinda Gates, ACC, Janet Fulton, ACC, Michelle Naiser, ACC, Peggy Hinds, ACC, Jodi George, ACC, Kelly Osbaldiston, ACC, Ann Huttner, PCC, and chapter admin Meredith Williams who gathered together.
2. The Crossroads of Coaching
Given its proximity to our geography, next year will present a rare opportunity for coaches in the Ohio Valley to participate in the ICF Midwest conference–The Crossroads of Coaching–taking place in Indianapolis in 2016. The conference will feature Marshall Goldsmith as both the opening and closing keynote speaker. Please save the date for this fabulous opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn from a global thought leader of the coaching profession. To learn more, visit www.icf-midwest.com. If you are interested in proposing a conference program, there is a current call for educational breakout sessions. Applications must be received no later than Thursday, October 15, at Midnight. To apply to present an educational program, visit www.icf-midwest.com/2016presenters/. Save the date!: June 23-25, 2016.
3. Welcome New Members!
Our chapter continues to grow and strengthen! We now stand at 80 members! Please join me in welcoming two new members:
Stephanie Broaders – Mason, Ohio – www.linkedin.com/pub/stephanie-broaders/16/7a2/a61
Craig Willard – Frankfort, Kentucky – www.linkedin.com/pub/craig-willard/19/348/b30
4. New Author
Please join me in offering a special congratulations to Carole Jean Rogers on the publication of her recent book, Commit to Clarity: The Secret Power to Entrepreneurial Success. Carole Jean joined the chapter in July 2001 and previously served on the chapter leadership team. Carole Jean is hosting a book party on Wednesday, September 9. RSVP here: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-book-party-registration-17719422269 Way to go Carole Jean on playing a bigger game and becoming a published author!
5. New VP Programming and VP Marketing
Please join me in congratulating Michelle Naiser, ACC, and Jeff Nally, PCC, on being appointed Vice President of Programming and Vice President of Marketing respectively for ICF Ohio Valley. Michelle and Jeff are excellent ambassadors of the professional coaching movement. Michelle joined the chapter in February 2012 and is principal at the Naiser Group. Before launching her coaching business, Michelle was director of organization development for Brown-Forman Corporation. Jeff joined the chapter in January 2009 and is president of Nally Group Inc. Before launching his coaching business, Jeff was executive coaching and assessment portfolio leader for Humana Inc. Both Michelle and Jeff make exceptional additions to the ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter leadership team and will help advance the art and science of professional in Kentucky, southern Indiana, southern Ohio, and West Virginia.
6. Upcoming programs
“The Neuroscience of Stress: Discovering the Most Effective Zone in Yourself and in Your Clients”
Thursday, Sept 17, 2015, Noon-1:30 P.M. EST
Earn 1.0 CCEU
Led by Ursula Pottinga, PCC, CPCC
Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
Chapter members will receive an email to register or visit the chapter website: www.icfohiovalley.org
“Navigating the Portfolio Credentialing Process”
Earning an ICF credential is becoming an increasingly essential aspect of being a professional coach. More and more individuals and organizations are becoming aware of the ICF credential and third-party research shows that ICF credentialed coaches earn more than non-credentialed peers and their clients report higher levels of satisfaction. In an effort to help coaches who are interested in pursuing a credential, ICF Midwest is offering two opportunities for credentialing support for members throughout the Midwest region to navigate the credentialing process.
Monday, Sept 21, 7:00 P.M. EST
Wednesday, Oct 14, 7:00 P.M. EST
You can attend the call that works best for your schedule. If you are unable to attend, a recording will be made and placed on the chapter blog when available. These sessions are offered to you as a benefit of your ICF membership and no registration is required. You simply need to mark the date on your calendar and then at the time of the call, dial 855-257-8693 and enter pin#: 6571223.
7. Participation Opportunities
Interested in shaping the future of the professional coaching community? There are several ways to participate and contribute to the chapter and beyond!
a.) Chapter opportunities: To participate on a chapter committee (programming, marketing, membership, or finance/administration), please contact one of the chapter leaders to express your interest to contribute: www.icfohiovalley.org/leadership/
b.) Conference opportunities: To participate on the team pulling together ICF Midwest conference in Indianapolis, visit: www.icf-midwest.com/volunteers/
c.) Midwest region award task force: There is a special task force led by Cheryl Proctor-Rogers, president-elect of ICF Chicago to improve the Midwest region awards program. Cheryl is currently recruiting coaches from ICF Midwest chapters who have led or been a member of a regional or national awards program. Research and benchmarking will guide the work of this task force and so Cheryl is looking for participants who have conducted a SWOT analysis for their organization. If you have this kind of expertise and are interested in contributing to this task force, please send a short email to Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30. Task force participants will play an instrumental role in identifying opportunities to enhance and/or redesign the current awards program. The task force will begin in November 2015 and conclude in April 2016. Estimated monthly time commitment is eight hours.
8. Global coaching survey
Have you completed the global coaching survey? This survey is coordinated by the International Coach Federation in partnership with PWC. Results will be shared broadly. Ohio members recently hit the 100+ response threshold needed to receive a state-specific breakout. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey and pass it along to non-member coaches. Both ICF member and non-members can complete the survey. The goal is to provide a pulse view of the state of coaching both globally and locally. This is a wonderful opportunity to better understand the skill, profession, and industry that is professional coaching. To complete the survey or share it with a coach that is not an ICF member, go to: www.coachsurvey2015.com.
9. Member blog post
Have you checked out the chapter blog post — Marketing is Messed Up! by chapter member Kristen Beireis? Kristen is a three-time marketing chair of the ICF Midwest Conference and will present a special program for chapter members later in the year. If you haven’t yet, be sure to read Kristen’s post on the chapter blog, visit: www.icfohiovalley.org/blog/ If you would like to contribute a post for the ICF Ohio Valley chapter blog, visit: www.icfohiovalley.org/blog/blog-submission-guidelines/
Stay connected to your chapter on social media:
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton
With all my best,
Chris Padgett, PCC
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
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!
May 18-24, 2015, is International Coaching Week: a celebration of our profession and a way to help others experience coaching.
Who will you help experience coaching this week? How will you get outside of your comfort zone during the week?
This International Coaching Week is special as it marks the 20th anniversary of the International Coach Federation.
Remember what you were doing 20 years ago?
Perhaps some of these events may jog your memory:
- The Denver International Airport opened
- A US postage stamp cost $0.32
- British soldiers stopped patrolling Belfast, Northern Ireland
- NASDAQ closed above 1,000 for the first time ever
- Microsoft releases Windows ’95
- A dozen eggs cost $0.87
- The DVD was introduced to the public
- The Dayton Agreement to end the Bosnian War is signed in Dayton, Ohio
- Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise tops the Billboard charts at #1
- The International Coach Federation was founded
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.
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.
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.
About 15 coaches from the Ohio Valley chapter are planning to pack their bags and head to Kansas City for “Getting to the Heart of the Matter.”
ICF Ohio Valley is proud to sponsor this unique conference and if you register before June 5, you can save $100! To learn more or to register, check out www.icf-midwest.com.
If you are interested in room sharing or ride sharing, there is a post on the chapter LinkedIn group where you may find others interested in sharing a room or sharing a ride to Kansas City.
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:
- Carole Jean Rogers, published “Commit to Clarity: The Secret Power to Entrepreneurial Success.”
- Ann Huttner, ACC, was interviewed by Columbus CEO Magazine and shared insights about executive coaching.
- Jeff Nally, PCC, started his own coaching practice: Nally Group.
- Carol Turchick, appeared on a television program in Cincinnati and took initiative to help get the word out about our chapter’s website and Find A Coach feature.
- Cheryl Penava, ACC, became VP Learning and Development at Mortenson Family Dental
- Sandy Hughes, ACC, is serving as board chair of Social Venture Partners Cincinnati
- 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,
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: