Welcome to 2017 and all the possibilities the New Year offers us! I am thrilled to be standing side by side with an extraordinary group of people who are committed to the Vancouver Island Chapter of the International Coach Federation.
Strategic Visioning Session
Eager to leverage the momentum of the previous board’s work this new leadership team came together on January 14th to launch into a year of amazing and infinite possibilities of advancing the coaching profession.
Our Vice President, Maeve O’Byrne opened the day by thanking the traditional peoples on whose land we gathered for our strategic session. Our focus moved to getting orientated to the global ICF perspective (vision and strategy), thanks to Past President, Tracey Burns. The day moved quickly as we explored roles and responsibilities, a high level overview of our mandate, good governance, and a review of the VI-ICF 5 year strategic plan.
Because the team wanted to ensure solid grounding to guide us as we created a vision and plan for 2017. As coaches, it was our curiosity that led the way: How can we best serve our membership? What previous successes can we build on? What learning moments will help us take coaching to the next level? How can we listen more deeply, involve the membership more meaningfully, hold the space for more creativity, and share our gifts effectively while remaining healthy and whole?
We wanted to ensure our hearts were engaged in the work; that this team of relative strangers could form a shared vision and learn enough about one another’s gifts and strengths to then bring that vision alive. And so we bounced ideas and created a nine-panel vision board (see photo).
While there are many pieces of technology available to support us, it was the old-fashioned calendars on the wall, colour-coded sticky notes and conversation that spurred us to action. We drafted a high-level plan that includes learning, connection, exploration, communication and engagement.
Webinar and face-to-face Learning Sessions, face-to-face social events, regular newsletters, coach activism projects and International Coaching Week are but a few of the highlights. Next step is to refine our plan with details so we can share it early – you’ll want to mark your calendars with all of the awesome coaching related goodies we are lining up for you.
So stay tuned for a high-level calendar for 2017 (due to you in early March). In the meantime, this team knows there is much work to be done. So how do we get there from here? Each person was invited to choose one of the nine vision panels to take away and build the vision for their specific role on the flip side – always remaining connected to the bigger picture.
And the day wrapped up with each of us offering a single word:
Falling in Love….
I am honoured to be part of this amazing leadership team. I sincerely hope you will enjoy the coaching journey with us this year.