As I prepared to write this month’s President’s Letter, it occurred to me that half of my tenure as president is complete. While this year has been filled with several unplanned, unexpected events (both good and not so much), when you take a step back and think about life in terms of six-month time frames, it is amazing how quickly it can pass you by; especially when events that occur detour you from the plan and purpose you have identified for your life.
This ‘ah-ha’ caused me to quickly pull out the goals the board identified last November during our retreat and review them. As coaches we know that on any journey, there is importance in taking time to check in on relevance, progress and purpose as well as desire, to continue in the direction we have identified.
The check-in revealed to me that as an organization we have made great strides in the areas of Connection, Personal Mastery and Structure thus far this year (for those of you new to the group or reading this for the first time, these pillars are the foundation from which we - as a board - are focusing our efforts in 2018). These pillars are still relevant and while there is always recalibrating that can be done; after review, I believe continuing to grow, evolve and expand these pillars is exactly what we need to be focusing on as an organization.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also access this from a personal aspect as well. It occurred to me that it was almost three years ago that I stepped into the role as secretary for ICF Minnesota. I was a brand-new coach and I certainly had no idea that in a few short years, I would be president of this amazing organization. What I did know when I joined the organization was that I knew it was exactly where I needed to be. I knew that I wanted to not only be an active, contributing member, I wanted to lead. The desire to lead was quiet and small. My inner saboteur had kept me small and I somehow knew this was the group that was going to allow that growth. I’ve grown in these past six months, even with (or maybe even more so) the challenges that I have encountered (death of a parent definitely throws a person) and taking the time to evaluate where I am at and where I want to be has given me renewed energy and passion to lead ICF Minnesota for the remainder of 2018.
Reflection this month has been a great reminder for me that life is short. Do what makes you happy, gives you energy and enjoy every moment!
Shari Fruechte, ACC, CAP, OM
ICF Minnesota President
Each year, the ICF Minnesota Chapter presents the Gaston Award to honor one coach who demonstrates servant leadership in the field of coaching. The 2018 Gaston Award coach and past Gaston recipients will be honored at our special event on Tuesday, September 18th, at 6 pm at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Minneapolis.
You can nominate someone you think has made an outstanding contribution to coaching and the coaching community by clicking here for the 2018 Gaston Award Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2018. For more infomation, go to our Gaston Award website page.
Criteria for Gaston Award
The recipient of the Gaston Award must hold a coaching credential (either an ICF-issued credential or certification from an ICF-accredited coaching school or certification from a professional coaching program within an accredited educational institution) and must meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrates clear and strong leadership for the advancement of the coaching profession.
- Demonstrates integrity through professionalism and selfless service.
- Has been an active member of ICF Minnesota for three or more years and continues to contribute uniquely to ICF Minnesota’s growth.
Midwest Coaches Conference Recap
Trish Perry, President Elect with Bev Lutz and Deb Bollom
The Midwest Coaches Conference was held in Pittsburgh PN June 21-23 with about 300 coaches in attendance. There were 10 coaches from MN. The theme of the conference was “creating connections and we did that and more. In the 3 days I experienced a tremendous amount of connection, learning and growth which is in line with the values of our MN chapter.
I love Bev Lutz’s heartfelt description of her experience, “The Wonder, Learning and sheer Delight of spending a few days immersed in the magic of our broader coaching community! My coaching heart is sooooo happy!Blogs by the Board
Click here for highlights of the conference
Introducing our New Coaching Connection Event!
ICF Minnesota is excited to launch our new networking event! Our next “Coaching Connection” will be held on Tuesday, July 24th at:
Como Park Pavilion
1199 Midway Pkwy, St. Paul
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Food will be provided
This will be an excellent opportunity to connect with other professional coaches from different specialty areas to share ideas and experiences that can help expand your coaching practices. This will not be your “typical” networking event. You will have an opportunity to interact in a unique way through our creative “soft structure”. The Coaching Connection events will be rotating around the metro area through out 2018. You won’t want to miss this exciting event. We look forward to seeing you there!
Register For This Event
August Speaker Series
SPEAKER: Ann Betz
DATE: Tuesday, August 28th
TIME: 6:00 - 6:30 Networking
6:30 - 8:30 Program
LOCATION: Metropolitan Ballroom, Golden Valley
Register For This Event
PROGRAM: Coaching the Executive Brain:
The Power of Neuroscience in Attracting, Retaining and Transforming Organizational Clients
Learn how to use neuroscience to easily convince your clients to engage in even the most "woo-woo" of coaching strategies. We will explore multiple scientifically proven strategies for connecting clients to their higher brains and more easily managing their reactive tendencies.
Understand both the positive and negative impacts of stress, and more......
Meet Ann Betz
Ann Betz, CPCC, PCC, CNTC, is the co-founder of BEabove Leadership and an international speaker and trainer on the intersection of neuroscience, coaching and human transformation. Ann served as the neuroscience consultant to The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) for many years, and provides neuroscience, leadership and coaching consulting to many other corporations and non-profits.
Ann is also the co-developer/leader of BEabove Leadership’s popular training program for advanced coaches: Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching, which has been offered in the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Turkey, China, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
DID YOU KNOW?
ICF credentialing is explained in a webinar you can watch for lol of the most recent updates and clarifications? Click on the link and then click on the video
Did you know?
Coaching Week will be held April 29-May 5, 2019? What can our ICF Chapter do to make a long lasting, positive impact on the world and in our community through coaching? In 2018 over 85 chapters offered 1,000 activities and pro bono services worldwide. It is never too early to plan for next year! Please sent your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know?
The GDPR- General Data Protection Regulations in the EU have been passed and ICF Global has sent out some guidelines for us as a chapter and for us as coaches. It is thought that these regulations will be adopted by the US in some form in the future.
For Our Chapter: https://coachfederation.org/app/uploads/2018/03/Key-GDPR-Basics-for-ICF-Chapters.pdf
For Coaches: https://coachfederation.org/app/uploads/2018/03/Key-GDPR-Best-Practices-for-ICF-Coaches.pdf
Five things you may not know about your ICF Minnesota board members
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1. Besides being an educator in the Lakeville School System my path has lead me towards serving in another way. Two years ago, Polly Edwards ( also an ICF board member) and I started Vivashe. Together we have focused on individuals traveling the path of transition. With support, community and an open heart Vivashe offers coaching and education to grow in confidence through times of transition.
2. On a quest for adventure, I left my life in Minnesota and moved to the Caribbean where I lived for many years. After the great detour of marriage, children and many states in between I decided that the quality of life in Minnesota was calling me back.
3. Stones, buttons and hammer it’s not just for arts and crafts...this year the bucket list and my friends encouraged me to join a mixed doubles curling team. This curler will not be going to the Olympics because I am just happy to remain standing in the midst of our match.
4. Empty nester fact...Child goes off to college but the bearded lizard, Godzilla, continues to reside at home with me. Super worms and meal worms too!
5. I would love to meet you , so Stop by and say Hi at our next ICF event.
Value Proposition – ICF Minnesota Chapter
The ICF Minnesota Chapter is an inspiring and innovative community of coaches committed to your professional excellence. Connect, engage, learn and grow with a coaching community that supports you at any level of your practice. You’ll benefit from:
• Monthly events that includes speakers, webinars or coaching connections
• Find a coach feature that allows the public to search for you as a coach in the ICF Minnesota Chapter
• CCEU’s for credential requirements
• Coaching awards and recognition for individuals, businesses and organizations
• Partnerships with accredited coaching schools and inspiration for aspiring coaches
• Opportunities for our certified coaches to work with non-profits in a pro-bono or reduced rate fee schedule to give back and create greater capability and community value
2018 Business Development Series
The popular series is now available OnDemand and will help you build, sustain and expand a successful coaching business. Four weeks of content, 14 sessions. Up to 14.25 Resource Development CCEs. To view the session descriptions, speaker bios, and to purchase, visit the BDS Webpage.
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