President's Letter - March 2018
Shari Fruechte, ACC, CAP, OM
ICF Minnesota President
I honestly cannot believe it is March. When my reminder popped up about writing this newsletter, I said to myself, “February already? Wait, I have to write the March article – no way!” Somehow though, that jarring reminder became one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments when you realize you have to get yourself pulled together; get organized, get your head back in the game and do what we are called to do as coaches and humans - make a difference!
One of the big events coming up this month for me and approximately 300 others is the ICF Global Leadership Forum. This is the same leadership forum that Sara Krisher and I attended last year in Warsaw, Poland. It is primarily chapter presidents and vice-presidents with only a few exceptions when those positions are not able to attend. It is a gathering of leaders who spend three intensive days learning what the challenges and new trends are in the coaching profession. We also spend a lot of time networking and getting to know coaches from all over the world. It was truly transformative for me last year to realize just how wide spread and accepted the coaching is globally.
During the conference, we spend a lot of time learning what challenges chapters all around the world are faced with as well as what is working well for them. There is extensive document sharing, idea exchanges and collaboration among those attending. Sometimes you are the recipient, and often you are the person sharing the information with others. That was often the case for Sara and I last year. We quickly realized that while Minnesota has our share of growing pains (new website, growing membership, etc.) we are also fortunate to have a vibrant, financially secure chapter and we found that others often looked to use for suggestions. While we are figuring it out, we are just a step or two ahead of many other chapters who are also trying to figure it out and as coaches, it is in our nature to give and share; and so, we did.
This year I will be attending as a veteran. Leaders are only allowed to attend two forums and since this will be my second year, I have the advantage of understanding the process. I plan to absorb as much as possible and return with as much knowledge as I can retain and bring it back to Minnesota to share and implement.
With that, I pose to you the question that ICF Global has asked those of us attending the Global Leadership Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia to pose to our Board and membership: “What takeaways should I bring back to the chapter?” “What questions do I need to ask?”
This is your chapter. Please email me the questions that you would like answers to. My email is email@example.com. I know the support staff for our region is open to questions and I am happy to present them!
Continuing the topic of conferences, if you haven’t already done so, please consider attending the Midwest Regional Conference June 21-23 in Pittsburgh, PA. The website will answer all of your questions. If you do have questions, reach out to your fellow Minnesota Chapter member Jason Jones. He is on the planning committee and I am sure he will be happy to answer your questions!
See you on the March 22 ICF Minnesota webinar (please note that the webinar is on a Thursday) and that there is no in person meeting in March. This is part of our new meeting structure for 2018.
I am looking forward to sharing what I learn in Vancouver with all of you in April.
Shari Fruechte, ACC, CAP, OM
LCST Ignite Project Fully Launched
In partnership with Neighborhood House the ICF Minnesota LCST team has made the following steps forward. All coach/coachee matches have been made and calendars are being set for the coaching sessions. Each coach/coachee will meet for a maximum of 10 sessions within six months, February through July in most cases.
Ignite coaches and managements teams are being trained on CoachLogix, the data resource collecting tool for the international project. This platform will streamline and simplify the project management and work for volunteer coaches, while adding professionalism to the pro bono coaching project. CoachLogix will be available for use on March 1st.
The first project check-in with our Neighborhood House primary contact will be March 6th.
LCST’s leadership team is having regular meetings with the ICF Foundation and other ICF Ignite leadership teams world-wide to share successes and challenges along the way.
For more information about this project and ICF Ignite, please review February's Catalyst article or the Ignite website page.
We are grateful for the coach volunteers who have offered their time and skills for this project! If you have questions, please reach out to members of the core leadership team: Christine Schwebel Chris@Tsoulnami.com, Joan Haan firstname.lastname@example.org, or John Owens email@example.com.
ICF Announces Dates for International Coaching Week (ICW) May 7-13
During this weeklong celebration, ICF Chapters and coaches around the world will host a variety of activities and deliver pro bono services in their local communities to enable others to experience coaching and its benefits firsthand.
“ICW is a global celebration and an opportunity to experience professional coaching. During this week, we encourage individuals and organizations all over the world to understand and explore and to test and discover the possibilities that coaching provides,” said ICF Global CEO/Executive Director Magda Mook. “Thanks to the efforts of ICF Chapters and professional coaches, people are able to do just that, locally, regionally and globally. Each year, more activities are being held around the globe, and more people are becoming aware of coaching and ICF because of it.”
ICW 2017 Highlights Included:
• ICF Czech Republic launched a long-term pro bono project, in which chapter members will provide complimentary coaching sessions to employees at the Tereza Maxová Foundation.
• ICF Malaysia offered workshops and coaching awareness discussions to various local organizations, including Kimberly Clark and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
• ICF Spain provided nearly 100 activities to an estimated 5,000 participants. Events included webinars, workshops, conferences and pro bono coaching sessions.
• ICF Panama held a coaching fair, which was open to executives, professionals, entrepreneurs and students. The event garnered attention from print and television media.
• ICF Toronto offered a wide variety of ways for people to get involved, including a Twitter chat, which allowed the public to ask and learn more about coaching. The chapter also provided complimentary coaching sessions for eight local nonprofit organizations.
• As a collaborative effort on behalf of ICF Chapters in the Middle East, the first-ever Middle East Prism Awards program was held. The award recognized organizations in the region with strong coaching cultures.
We are looking for ideas for ICW for Minnesota. Please email PresidentElect@icfminnesota.org with any ideas.
ICF Credentialing Clarification/Changes
• The 10 hours of Mentor Coaching required of Associate Certified Coach renewal applicants can now be applied toward the 40 hours of Continuing Coach Education required for Associate Certified Coach renewal. This means that Associate Certified Coach renewal applicants will be required to complete:10 hours of Mentor Coaching
• At least 30 hours of Continuing Coach Education (with at least 11 hours in Core Competencies and at least 3 hours in coaching ethics).
It is important to note that no more than 10 hours of Mentor Coaching may be counted toward required Continuing Coach Education in a renewal cycle.
The following changes to ICF's Credential Renewal policy are effective immediately, for any coach whose ICF Credentials expire December 31, 2018, or later:
• No more than 10 hours of Mentor Coaching (delivering and/or receiving) may be counted toward Continuing Coach Education requirements.
• No more than 10 hours of Coaching Supervision (delivering and/or receiving) may be counted toward Continuing Coach Education requirements.
As part of a self-regulating industry, ICF is committed to helping coaches provide consistent value to their clients. To ensure excellence among ICF Credential-holders, we encourage them to participate in a wide array of continuing professional development activities. This policy helps encourage that diversity.
For complete credentialing information, please visit https://coachfederation.org/icf-credential
Webinar - Mary Kay Delvo - Coaching Strategies for the Multi-Generational Workplace - 3/22/2018
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: Noon to 1:30 pm
Speaker: Mary Kay Delvo, Business Coach, Generational Translator and Strategist/Founder of INspiring SIGHT
Topic: Coaching Strategies for the Multi-Generational Workplace
1.5 Core Competency CEUs
Coaching Strategies for the Multi-Generational Workplace
For the first time in history, four generations are working alongside each other in the workplace—often creating frustration, tension, misunderstanding, isolation & communication breakdowns. The good news is, strategies exist for understanding the shifting workplace environment so organizational leaders and their employees can create workplace cultures which inspire creativity, relevant solution-finding and buy-in, regardless of the generation they identify with.
Attendees will be introduced to a coaching model for creating a culture of insight within the workplace beginning with the cultural and systemic issues shifting the 21st Century workplace. This workshop is for anyone interested in going beyond, “how are millennials and Gen Z different?” to understanding the drivers of generational differences, conflict and how to get to solutions. This unique systemic perspective will set the stage for the shifting perspectives necessary for developing insight and relevant solutions.
Core Competencies Addressed:
Communicating Effectively through active listening and powerful questioning
Facilitating Learning and Results through creating awareness, designing actions
• Provide context for understanding the underlying drivers of generational conflict in order to facilitate shifting perspectives.
• Increase understanding of the impact multiple generations will impact every organization.
• Identify the twelve-common generational “sticking points” and how to differentiate between business decisions and generational preferences.
• Learn a process for creating a culture of insight utilizing coaching competencies
Meet our Speaker:
Mary Kay Delvo, LSW, Master of Liberal Studies in Leadership & Psychology
Mary Kay is a speaker, business coach, and strategy consultant with INspiring SIGHT. Her niche is around complex system dynamics, including multi-generational systems and the cultural factors which drive them. Mary Kay has been working with complex family, public, private, non-profit, educational and organizational systems for twenty-five years and draws from these multi-sector perspectives to nudge others to “wake-up to how they show-up”. Prior to founding INspiring SIGHT, she was the director of strategic engagement for a member association representing agribusiness and food companies throughout Minnesota. Mary Kay serves on several boards including ICF Minnesota, Fridley School Board (2nd term) and Minnesota Ag in The Classroom Foundation Board. She was also selected to participate in class IX of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL), a two-year cohort leadership program.
Booming Business Blueprint
Leading From The Heart in Your Coaching Practice:
5 Thoughts to Consider
by Lynn Nodland, Ph.D., MCC and Robin Nordmeyer, CLC
Greetings, Lynn and Robin here with Masterful Coaches Community helping you to reach your goals for a booming business and a balanced life. Our last article was “Ready, Set, Go!” where we focused on your plan for growing your business. In the present article, we focus on ways to make decisions and lead from the heart as you take the actions identified in your plan.
Leading From The Heart in Your Coaching Practice:
5 Thoughts to Consider
Leading from the heart means caring for your clients while also caring for yourself. Here are considerations to keep in mind for leading from the heart:
1. Leading from the heart requires finding and maintaining a balance while supporting clients and yourself. You want to give the most you can to clients and their agenda and needs. Also, you want to do your coaching without compromising your own agenda and needs by getting exhausted and negatively affecting your health. By finding and maintaining a balance of your needs and your clients’ needs, you will be able to bring the best energy to your life and also to your work.
2. Always remember the client is creative, resourceful and whole. Recognize as a coach you are not there to be an expert or hold clients to what you believe to be best for them. Instead, you are there to help them create their own agenda and help them discover the way to reach their goals. It’s about guiding them to find the information and resources needed, without taking action for them. Leading from the heart is about exercising the utmost care and goodness to support your clients along the way. As you coach in these ways, you allow them to bring forth their own creativity, resourcefulness and innovation.
3. Leading from the heart is how you show up with staying in your role as coach respecting ethical guidelines and boundaries to serve clients’ needs. As coach, you follow them even when it is difficult. This can help you avoid situations in the future you may not have even thought of now. You are careful to not step beyond your role and expertise by trying to keep clients because you need them or save clients because you care for them. This means recognizing when a referral would be best for the client and being willing to let them go.
4. What is a cause you are passionate about? Coaching for a cause is creating a movement that serves others as a focus in your coaching practice. The cause you serve is connected to your heart and the impact you want to make in the world. Having a cause that serves others is an excellent way to accelerate and build on the visibility and desirability of working with you as a coach.
5. As your business evolves, you make choices. Leading from the heart means showing up in an authentic way and staying true to the direction of your business and how it fits your lifestyle. It means making decisions about your business in a way that honors your values and intentions. It means working with clients you truly love to experience more fulfillment in the work you do while serving them.
In summary, we shared some considerations for leading from the heart in the ways you serve clients and make choices in your business and life. We hope these ideas have been helpful for you. We enjoy helping coaches move forward on their business and life goals and develop heart-centered practices. Let us know how we may be a resource at Support@MasterfulCoachesCommunity.com. Always know that we would be honored to be of service to you. We also invite you to visit Masterful Coaches Community for support with creating more momentum in your business in 2018. We look forward to getting to know you.
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Here’s To Your Success,
Lynn Nodland, Ph.D., MCC and Robin Nordmeyer, CLC
© 2018 Masterful Coaches Community & Booming Business Blueprint
ICF wants to help you succeed in your professional and personal development. At ICF Converge 2017, we were able to dive in to each of the cornerstones of the coaching profession–the science of coaching, business development, the practice of coaching and the future of the industry.
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There is still an opportunity to volunteer at the conference. When you volunteer, you expand your network with many leaders in our profession and make a difference in your coaching community. Please firstname.lastname@example.org interested in volunteering.
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2018 Midwest Region Coaches Conference: Call for Presentations
Do you have expertise and resources valuable to your professional colleagues? Do you want a chance to test your new ideas, practice your message, and share your proven approaches? Review the Call for Presentations for the 2018 Midwest Region Coaches Conference: Creating Connections in the City of Bridges. Submit your proposal!
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We are looking for additional Program Committee members for the 2018 Midwest Region Coaches Conference in Pittsburgh. Please contact Diane Bickford at email@example.com if you are interested in getting involved.
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