Message from the President – the half way point

And just like that, half the year has flown by!  From ethics to conversational intelligence, from polarity to inner critics, from strategic planning to hosting great conversations about the future of coaching… it’s been REAL.  By that, I mean it has been a time of building great RELATIONSHIPS, exploring and supporting a wide range of EVENTS and ACTIVITIES and of LEARNING about both coaching and leadership.

RELATIONSHIPS are the Foundation

I have had the opportunity to welcome new board members at the start of the year, to connect personally with many of our members at events in both Nanaimo and Victoria, to meet global leaders (ICF presidents) from around the world, and to build potential partnerships with other chapters.

One of the many things I love about the coaching community is the generosity of spirit.  When we reach out to one another, someone always steps in or up; for example to lead a coaching demo or offer laser coaching during International Coaching Week. Our members have offered workshops, training, and even door prizes for our events (gift certificates for coaching services, or handmade coaching cards). And a big thanks to the board members who have been supporting one another to ensure we deliver the quality services and experiences that we so mindfully committed to at the start of this year-long journey.

EVENTS and ACTIVITIES

As we strive toward the goal of advancing the coaching profession on Vancouver Island, we know that events and activities are a cornerstone of our development.  Having opportunities to network with one another, to share ideas, best practices, case studies, and resources – this is critical in a profession that depends on a code of ethics that maintains confidentiality.  We work alone, yet we belong to this incredible gracious community.

As members (and don’t forget, your board members are also ICF members) it is easy to get lost in our daily tasks or to keep our eye firmly fixed on the next set of deliverables.  We can quickly beat ourselves up for missing a workshop, not networking often enough, not taking advantage of everything that ICF offers, not, not, not.  Today, I propose that we take a moment to breathe and reflect on what has occurred, what has worked well for us, what we wish to celebrate or acknowledge:

Service Topic Mechanism Location Timing
Chapter Activity Strategic Planning Face to Face Victoria Jan 2017
Chapter Event Ethics Part 1* Webinar Virtual Jan 2017
Chapter Event Ethics Part 2* Webinar Virtual Feb 2017
Chapter Event Networking Social Face to Face Victoria Feb 2017
Chapter Event Ethics Part 3* Webinar Virtual Mar 2017
Chapter Activity Call for Proposals Email/newsletter Online Mar 2017
Communication Chapter Newsletter E-blast Online Mar 2017
Chapter Event Prep for your PCC* Webinar Virtual Apr 2017
Communication President’s Special Message E-blast Online Apr 2017
Chapter Activity Membership Renewals Mixed Mixed Apr 2017
Chapter Event Postcards from Poland Face to Face Nanaimo May 2017
Chapter Event Postcards from Poland Face to Face Victoria May 2017
Chapter Event Postcards from Poland Webinar Virtual May 2017
Chapter Event Member Benefits* Webinar Virtual May 2017
Chapter Event Lunch and Learn Face to Face Duncan May 2017
Chapter Event Coaching demo & laser coaching Face to Face Nanaimo May 2017
Chapter Event Conversational Intelligence* Webinar Virtual May 2017
Communication Chapter Newsletter E-blast Online May 2017
Chapter Event Polarity Thinking* Face to Face Victoria Jun 2017
Regional Event Quieting the Inner Critic* Webinar Virtual Jul 2017
Communication Member Survey (re: Regional Conference) Email Online Jul 2017
Communication Chapter Newsletter E-blast Online Jul 2017

*CCEU’s offered

Between January and July 2017 

Events and Activities

~ 15 events

~ 8 webinars (virtual – anyone can attend from anywhere)

~ 6 face to face (3 in Victoria, 2 in Nanaimo, 1 in Duncan)

~ 3 activities (1 for the board, 2 for membership)

Communication and Engagement

* 3 chapter newsletters

*  1 President’s Special Message

*  1 member survey

*  Numerous targeted communication re: specific events

NOTE: Don’t forget the behind-the-scenes work to ensure financial tracking and reporting, governance and records management, and succession planning for 2018.

 LEARNING … I just can’t get enough

I took on this role as a way to get more involved in this amazing professional community. I wanted to connect more often, be challenged in my thinking, and expand my understanding.  I honestly do not believe I had any idea of the depth and breadth of professional development opportunities that ICF makes available to us!

Now having the privilege of sitting in the President’s role, I want to support as many of the events and activities as possible, having a personal presence that models the learning organization that I believe us to be.  While it has not always been easy to carve out the time, as I reflect on the various sessions that I have attended, I am blown away by the growing I have been invited to do.

What is really weird is that I keep showing up at the sessions, and it seems as if each time, there is something going on in my professional or personal life that really needs that specific learning at that moment.  A shout out to Diane Lloyd for the conversational intelligence workshop (the 3 levels of conversations continues to resonate), and to Laurie Hillis for the polarity thinking workshop (my infinity loop could benefit from this new “and” perspective).

And if this wasn’t enough learning, my role as President offers a whole new treasure box as I delve into leading a volunteer board, strategic planning, connecting to the global organization, linking to regional activities and navigating all kinds of new technical tools.

 

What About YOU?

And there is more to come!  Roll up your sleeves, or slip into your metaphorical swimsuit and jump right in.  The coaching water is truly fine.

Join us for a workshop on Salt Spring Island in August (check out the article in this month’s newsletter), a new community outreach initiative in the fall (stay tuned), more webinars, at least one more networking event and of course our December AGM.

Warmly,

Tracy