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

Leader’s Update – Summer 2015

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.

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“We work everyday with our clients at a noble intersection of courage, change, and choice.”

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.

ICF Ohio Valley Chapter Advance 2015

L-R: Secretary/Treasurer Sandy Hughes, ACC, Kevin Guerrero, VP Marketing Jeff Nally, PCC, VP Membership Belinda Gates, ACC, President-Elect Janet Fulton, ACC, VP Programming Michelle Naiser, ACC, Peggy Hinds, ACC, Jodi George, ACC, Kelly Osbaldiston, ACC, Past President Ann Huttner, PCC, and President Chris Padgett, PCC. Photo by Meredith Williams.


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.

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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 BroadersMason, Ohiowww.linkedin.com/pub/stephanie-broaders/16/7a2/a61
Craig WillardFrankfort, Kentuckywww.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!

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Carole Jean Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

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Michelle Naiser, ACC

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6. Upcoming programs

Ursula Pottinga, PCC, CPCC

Ursula Pottinga, PCC, CPCC

 

“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

 

header-website“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 presidentelect@icf-chicago.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.


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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/

Kristen Beireis

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Stay connected to your chapter on social media:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ICFOhioValley
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=4824420
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ICFOV


“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

With all my best,

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Chris Padgett, PCC

President

ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

 

Marketing is Messed Up!

It’s Monday morning and you’re ready to hit the ground running. You have on your to-do list a marketing e-mail that you’d like to send out later in the week. You start to think about what you want to write and you’re not inspired. So, you look through your inbox and see what your colleagues are sending out. You intentionally look for the colleagues who have been in business longer than you, because they know more (of course!).

You find one where the subject got your attention, so you open it up to look for some inspiration. As you read, you notice that there’s a great intro paragraph that you know would make potential clients feel like the writer knows them. Then you read on and start to feel the tiny little sting of a pitch. As you get further and further into the e-mail, you feel like you’re being sold to. Then you get to the bottom, you KNOW you’ve been sold to and you think “this is messed up!”.

If you’ve ever had this experience when reading marketing of any kind, then you need to STOP reading it!

Most of the “tactics” used in marketing are totally messed up!

I know, I know. You’re thinking “But those tactics have been tested, proven and they work.

YES! They have been tested, proven and they work. Have you ever researched WHO tested and proved them? Have you researched WHO they work for? 9 times out of 10, it was marketing people who tested and proved that the tactic worked. NOT a coach.

I know, I know. “But these marketing people know what they’re talking about.” Right?

If you’re client came to you and said “This other person knows better than me.” What would be your response? I know what my response would be; “What makes you think they know better?”

When it comes to marketing, we do need to know something about the mechanics and how it works. However, you do NOT have to create marketing that turns YOU off. If you don’t like it, your clients won’t like it. So, what makes you think others know better than you? Where would be a better place to gather inspiration than your colleagues or marketing experts? What do you want to do differently in your next e-mail?

Marketing can feel really messed up these days. So, change it up! Go the coaching route. What would honor more of who you are in your marketing? Next time you need inspiration, that’s the place to look.


 

2a65aebKristen Beireis is the Trust-Building in Marketing Expert. She doesn’t tell her clients what to do and say in marketing. Instead, she helps her clients trust in who they are and allow their uniqueness to shine through in marketing. Her Inner Trust approach makes marketing easy for Coaches to keep up with and quickly build trust with potential clients. Sign up for Kristen’s Coaches’ Guide to Easier Marketing at http://www.coachesmarketingsource.com


 

Call for Breakout Session Proposals for #ICFMidwest 2016

Call for Breakout Session Proposals

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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

Application deadline: October 15, 2015

Questions may be directed to John Moore, Program Chair, 2016 ICF Midwest Regional Conference programs@icf-midwest.com

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.

Leader’s Update – Summer 2015

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:

  1. Welcome to the ICF Coaches of West Virginia
  2. “Getting to the Heart of the Matter” in Kansas City for #ICFMidwest 2015
  3. Welcome to new members
  4. Recognizing new credential earners
  5. New chapter secretary/treasurer
  6. Chapter leadership advance – You’re invited!
  7. Thanks to our chapter advertisers
  8. Life Long Journey to Artful Coaching Mastery
1. Welcome West Virginia coaches to ICF Ohio Valley!
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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.

2. “Getting to the Heart of the Matter” in Kansas City for #ICFMidwest

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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!

3. Welcome New Members!

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!

  • Melanie Traicoff – Lexington, KY
  • Cameron Shoaf – Lexington, KY
  • Tina Wade-Hairston – Columbus, OH
  • Hagop Mekhjian – Columbus, OH
  • Heather Clutter – Dayton, OH
  • Kneisha Sanders – Cincinnati, OH
  • Sara Huron – Cincinnati, OH
  • Hanna Reisdorff – Batavia, OH
  • Patrick “Gavin” O’Shea – Louisville, KY
  • Ann Coffey – Louisville, KY
  • Mary Jane Aboud – Louisville, KY
  • Vickie Ball-Seiter – Millfield, OH
  • Kevin Guerrero – Floyds Knobs, IN
  • Linda McGillivray – Piqua, OH
  • Sandra Miller – Louisville, KY
  • Matthew Ryczko – Toledo, OH
  • Sandy Schmiedeknec – Davis, WV
  • Karen Wunderlin – Louisville, KY

4. Recognizing new credential earners

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:

  • Julia Huber, ACC – Lexington, KY
  • Ann Huttner, PCC – Louisville, KY
  • Patrick “Gavin” O’Shea, ACC – Louisville, KY
  • William “Lee” Strawhun, ACC – Cincinnati, OH

5. New chapter Secretary/Treasurer

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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!

6. Chapter Leadership Advance – You Are Invited!

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.

7. Thanks to our Chapter Advertisers!

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/

8. Life Long Journey to Artful Coaching Mastery with Janet Harvey, MCC

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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!

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With all my best,
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

 

Metaphor and Movement

ICF Ohio Valley presented Kentucky native and TEDx speaker Cynthia Loy Darst, MCC, CPCC, during a special tele-class on February 27, 2014. Cynthia is passionate about raising the bar on quality in the profession of coaching. Cynthia is the Past-President of the Association of Coach Training Organizations. One of the first to gain the designation of MCC from the ICF, Cynthia was a founding member of the ICF. She was one of the first leaders for two of the leading coaching schools: CTI and CRR Global.

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Here is a video of Cynthia’s recent TEDx talk titled, “Safe Inside Yourself”:

And check out this article Cynthia recently contributed to the blog of the International Coach Federation on the use of metaphor.

To learn more about Cynthia, follow her on Twitter, friend her on Facebook, or visit her website.