Leader’s Update – Winter 2015

Dear Colleague,
Happy New Year!
A new year provides a perfect time to reflect on the year before and prepare for the year ahead.
As a professional coaching community, we focused on and began exercising some key muscles in 2015 — namely acknowledgementtransparencycommitment to quality, and expansion. The impact of these efforts is that chapter membership now stands at a record 92 coaches in the International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter!
Acknowledgement highlights
  • 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.
Transparency highlights
  • 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.
Quality highlights
  • 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.
Expansion highlights
  • 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.

Below, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:
1. New Credential Earners
2. New Members
3. Election Results
4. Career Opportunity
5. 2016 Programming 
6. By-law Revisions 
7. Chapter Operations 
8. Participation Opportunities 
 
1. New Credential Earners
Congratulations to our chapter’s most recent credential earners:
  • Stephanie Broader, ACC – Mason, Ohio
  • Kevin Guerrero, ACC – Floyds Knobs, Indiana
*A total of 50% of our membership now holds a credential from the International Coach Federation.
2. New Members
Welcome to the following new members who have recently joined the International Coach Federation and the Ohio Valley Chapter:
  • 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
If you haven’t already, you will each be contacted soon to learn more about how you can participate and maximize your membership.
3. Election Results
Coaches elected to lead the professional coaching community in Kentucky, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and West Virginia for 2016 are:
President: Chris Padgett, PCC – Kentucky
President-Elect for 2017: Janet Fulton, ACC – Indiana
Secretary/Treasurer: Sandy Hughes, ACC – Ohio
VP Programming: Michelle Naiser, ACC – Kentucky
VP Marketing: Jeff Nally, PCC – Kentucky
At-Large Director: Angela Greer – Kentucky
At-Large Director: Kevin Guerrero, ACC – Indiana
Congrats to these leaders and in advance, thank you for the commitment, sacrifice, and contributions you’ll each make in the year ahead leading the profession in the Ohio Valley.
4. Career Opportunity
CareSource is currently recruiting a Leadership Coach in its Louisville office.
For more information or to apply for this position, follow this link:
If you know of any career opportunities you’d like to share with the community, please email me and I’ll pass them along. Thanks to Matt Becker, PCC, in Columbus, for reaching out and sharing this one.
5. 2016 Programming
The chapter will be announcing several new, exciting, and dynamic programs for 2016. Michelle Naiser, ACC, VP Programming, is hard at work developing programs for the chapter and you’ll be hearing about new programs throughout the year.
Your input is really important to the leadership team and that’s why in early 2016 you’ll receive a membership survey. The goal of this brief survey is to give you an opportunity to provide your thoughts on what you want from your chapter in the future. This survey will build on input provided by members following the last membership survey in 2013.
6. Bylaw Revisions
Over the past year, the leadership team has been hard at work developing revisions to the chapter by-laws. This effort, led by Jeff Nally, PCC, vp marketing, is the culmination of a significant amount of effort and input by many people. Jeff has taken great care to capture input from the leadership team. In early 2016, you can expect to receive an email detailing the current by-laws and proposed revisions for your consideration.
7. Chapter Operations
I want to thank and acknowledge Sandy Hughes, ACC, secretary/treasurer, for helping to facilitate and build the first budget in the history of Ohio Valley. Sandy has put in a significant amount of time, wisdom, and talent into creating a budget preparation and reporting process that will position the chapter for success many years into the future. Thank you Sandy!
Another person I’d like to acknowledge in helping run an efficient chapter is our chapter administrator, Meredith Williams. Meredith takes care of all the details behind the scenes to keep the chapter running smoothly. In November, the chapter presented Meredith with a “Certificate of Being Awesome” to thank her for her many contributions. Thank you Meredith!
8. Participation Opportunities
Interested in shaping the future of the professional coaching community? There are several ways to participate and contribute to the chapter. 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
I send out this message every two months to keep you informed. In the meantime, stay connected to your chapter on social media to learn about opportunities as they become available:
Thank You!
Thank you for taking the time to read this update and thank you for your commitment to professionalism as a coaching practitioner. My hope for each of you is that 2016 be full of good health, happiness, fulfillment, love, and prosperity!
I’ll end this note with the following message I was recently reminded of:
 
The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith.
1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
3. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Chris Padgett, PCC
President
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

ICF Global Leaders Forum 2015

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.

ICF 20 Years!

ICF 20 Years!

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.

Dancing in the Moment: Coaches danced from around the globe

Dancing in the Moment: Coaches danced from around the globe

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!

Graphic recording: ICF Vision and Mission

Graphic recording of ICF Vision and Mission

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!

Ann Huttner, ACC, president-elect of ICF Midwest Region

Ann Huttner, ACC, president-elect of ICF Midwest Region

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.

Making new friends

Making new friends

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!

Graphic recording: ICF Global Strategic Plan

Graphic recording: ICF Global Strategic Plan

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.

Key themes and insights

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?

Chapter leaders during a break-out session

Chapter leaders during a break-out session

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?

Chapter leaders share best practices

Chapter leaders share best practices

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

Chris Padgett, PCC, ICF Ohio Valley President-Elect and Ann Huttner, ACC, ICF Midwest Region President-Elect

Chris Padgett, PCC, ICF Ohio Valley President-Elect and Ann Huttner, ACC, ICF Midwest Region President-Elect