It was such a great privilege to represent you, our Vancouver Island Chapter, at the ICF Global Leaders Forum in Warsaw, Poland, in late March. It was a delight to share the work being done here on the island, to acknowledge our fabulous Leadership Team and you, our committed and passionate members. I am so proud of the wide range of events, the gracious sharing and deep sense of community (including our outreach projects) that helps us advance the profession of coaching on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands!
The Poland experience was such an extraordinary opportunity on so many levels. I couldn’t wait to share my hope and inspiration regarding you, my fellow coaches, as well as how I benefited in many unexpected ways.
As I listened to coaching leaders from over 70 countries, I was reminded that our membership brings us connection to a huge and powerful coaching presence and energy in the world unlike any other—one that is completely based in helping humanity flourish all over the globe.
My eyes and ears were opened broadly; my sense of perspective about the fantastic coaching that is going on worldwide was greatly expanded. I left Poland in awe of both global coaches and the Polish people. There were astonishing projects tackled by both large and small ICF Chapters: projects with non-profits or in communities that extended way beyond individual coaching offerings. Prism awards were given to many chapters; it was staggering to hear what these collective groups of coaches were able to accomplish in just one year. (Go to ICF.org to read about these fantastic accomplishments)
Western Regional Advisory Committee
The Western Regional Advisory Council (WRAC) did great work and produced many new coaching connections. Our 17 Western regional chapter leaders met Sunday afternoon where we dug into strategic priorities and how to tackle them on a regional level over the coming months in a way that will enhance the work of each chapter. Several of the ICF Global Board members dropped into our meeting, giving us the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback.
Check it Out for Yourself
I had the opportunity to exchange ideas with Janet (UK), and Greg (Edmonton), Jude (Texas), John (Kelowna), Jennifer (Portland), Suzan (Tasmania, Australia), Diana (Romania), Denis (Ottawa), Barbara (Ohio), and the list goes on to include amazing coaches from Kenya, France, Hungary, Singapore, Spain, Poland and so many more.
Please join me during International Coaching Week for ‘Postcards from Poland’ either in person in Nanaimo May 15th Postcards from Poland or Victoria May 18th Postcards from Poland or online May 24th Postcards from Poland. I am planning to share some of the specific coaching projects, initiatives, learning and next steps from around the world. I was inspired by Quebec’s one-day coaching conference, humbled by the communication challenges in China, and intrigued by the work being done in Mumbai and Kenya. I interviewed four global board members and captured their video messages to Vancouver Island chapter – fervently wishing you a sense of the excitement and hope for the future!
Our Wish For You
Your ICF Vancouver Island Leadership Team (Board) has launched the 2017 work of the chapter with our theme of ‘Infinite Possibilities’. Check out our 2017 Strategic Vision & Actions. We have been busy offering learning opportunities (Ethics in 3 parts, Preparing for your PCC, Conversational Intelligence), writing up communications (2 newsletters, social media and event notifications), building community (February social event), administering renewals, welcoming new folks to meetings, offering support and guidance, and driving special event planning such as International Coaching Week – whew and it’s only April?
We will keep doing all those things and with the new connections through this Global Leadership Forum, we will tap into our peers in other chapters in our region as well as global best practices. To really take part in the smorgasbord, however, we need to do a better job of engaging you in something you are excited about. That’s my takeaway from GLF2017. Let’s see what we want on our plate that brings more of you to the table, hungry to engage.