ICF Minnesota June 2016 In Person Registration

Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion

June 28, 6-8:30 p.m.

Passion is a concept that’s talked about a lot in the business, career, coaching and leadership arenas---employee engagement, mission statements, finding a calling. But passion is much bigger (and deeper) than what happens M-F 9-5. It’s a life skill---a stance---that helps bring vitality to all our engagements: work life, family life, school life, love life, creative life, social life, and spiritual life. 

Passion is the impulse toward growth and aliveness, and not only helps awaken us from the trances and torpors of daily life, but is a survival mechanism, because our attachment to life depends on our interest in it. 

This presentation is about what inspires passion and what defeats it, how we lose it and how we get it back---both for ourselves and those we counsel and coach. It’s not just about finding a passion, but living passionately. Not just passion as a place we get to, but a place we come from, whether in the arenas of creativity and self-expression, service and spirituality, adventure and discovery, or relationship. 

Some of the principles we’ll explore:

  • Passion can be cultivated. Turned on as well as turned off. And this happens most readily at the level of the gesture and the moment, not the five-year plan.
  • Passion is in the risk. In the willingness to step from the sidelines onto the playing field.
  • Passion breeds passion and disinterest breeds disinterest. If we lack passion in our own lives, our other relationships will be denied that energy---our partnerships, friendships, communities, classrooms, corporations and congregations. 
  • Passion isn't just exuberance, it's endurance. It's sometimes shoulder-to-the-wheel stamina and patience on the order of years.
  • Passion is intimately related to health. To the degree passion is vitality, honoring our passions enhances our vitality.

 How will coaches benefit from your program?

By exploring:

  • Passion as not just a goal but a life-skill.
  • The role that passion plays in the vitalizing and revitalizing of vocational and creative endeavors, as well as health and relationship.
  • How passion turns into dispassion---and back.
  • The difference between harmonious and obsessive passion.
  • The role that passionate curiosity and ‘beginner’s mind’ play in success and vitality.
  •  How to identify and work with the downward-pulling forces that rob people of passion.
  • The endless tug-of-war between security and passion, inhibition and exhibition.
  • The state of passion and vitality in their own work/lives.

Gregg Levoy is the author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)----rated among the "Top 20 Career Publications" by the Workforce Information Group and a text in various graduate programs in Management and Organizational Leadership---and Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin). He is a lecturer and seminar-leader in the business, educational, governmental, faith-based and human-potential arenas, and has keynoted and presented workshops at the Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, National League of Cities, National Conference on Positive Aging, Microsoft, British Petroleum, the Universities of Texas/California/Colorado/Washington/Arizona/Nevada/Wisconsin and others, the American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, International Association of Career Management Professionals, ICF SF/ NM/Chicago/Houston/NE, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, and others, and has been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.

 A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written about the subject of callings for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, and many others, as well as for corporate, promotional and television projects.

The Benefits of Joining ICF Minnesota Chapter (anyone may attend our meetings as a guest)


There are 4 Ways to Participate in ICF Minnesota:

Guest = Anyone may attend our monthly meetings by registering on our website. 

Colleague = Not a member of ICF Global who has purchased an annual Subscription to attend our regular events. 

Member Non-Subscriber  = ICF Global Member with Minnesota Chapter Affiliation. 

Member Subscriber = A Chapter Member who has purchased a Subscription.


Member/Colleague Benefits

ICF Minnesota was founded in 1996 and is a Chartered Chapter of the Global International Coaches Federation (ICF). The intention is to serve all Minnesota coaches, including non-ICF coaches, (Colleagues). All are welcome here. It is a vibrant community of both internal coaches within organizations and external coaches who own their own businesses.

Welcome to ICF Minnesota! 

Benefits for being a Colleague

  1. Attend educational events.

  2. Receive Catalyst Newsletter link by email  (Available to the public too)

  3. Earn essential CCEUs for your ICF Coaching Credential.

  4. Further your coaching competencies.

  5. Opportunity to serve on committees. 

  6. Invite a guest for only $29 per event (Each Member/Subscriber receives a FREE Guest Pass each year)

Benefits for being a Minnesota Chapter Member Non-Subscriber

  1. Attend educational events at a discounted member price.

  2. Receive Catalyst Newsletter link by email  (Available to the public too)

  3. Earn essential CCEUs for your ICF Coaching Credential.

  4. Vote for your chapter board during the annual election process.

  5. Further your coaching competencies.

  6. Opportunity to lead in our chapter and serve on the board.

  7. Invite a guest for only $29 per event (Each Member/Subscriber receives a FREE Guest Pass each year)

!!!  And for only $129.00 annually become a Member Subscriber !!!  

(Save up to $300.00 on meeting and CCEU fees)       Go to ICFMinnesota.organd click on the ‘Join Us’ tab

Benefits for being a Member Subscriber  (for only $129.00) include all of the above PLUS:

  1. Entrance to all our regular in-person meetings at no charge.

  2. Make great connections to other coaches

  3. Access to all our regular webinar events at no charge.

  4. Inclusion in our website’s search feature called Find-a-Coach which is searchable by the public.

  5. Access to past webinar recordings. (Once available)

  6. Access to post needs and leads on our website for free.

  7. Your title is ICF Minnesota Member/Subscriber

  8. Access Member-only Area of ICF Minnesota website (directory, educational recordings, webinars and videos, research, coaching tools and forms, tips, business discounts, etc.)

  9. Post one announcement in the Catalyst per month

  10. Complete a database questionnaire to be listed on “Find a Coach” by anyone accessing our site

  11. Learn the latest and greatest with our cutting-edge programing.
  12. Opportunity to be involved in committees.

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