Angela From the President

by Angela Spaxman

The IAC is moving forward this month in three big ways.

1) I am very pleased to announce that Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC has accepted the position of IAC Lead Certifier, taking over from Nina East, who completed her tenure last month. We are so fortunate to have someone as experienced, committed and wise as Natalie for this role. As you know, our Certification process is the cornerstone of our organization and unparalleled in the industry. Natalie will be leading the team of certifiers to continue to deliver the world's simplest, most open, highest quality certification system in the world. (I like superlatives!)

2) The IAC is surging towards the future! Many members and subscribers took part in the first round of our Strategic Planning calls, as you will read below. The more we get into this process, the more I realize how important it is. The conversations have been wonderfully effective at expanding our thinking beyond the current times and especially beyond our own personal needs, to look at what we most want to create as the legacy of coaching in the world. Now that is something worth doing. And it's a lot of fun too.

Some of what I heard still echoes in my thoughts, such as: "Coaching will evolve and will need a new name….; Research will validate and improve on current models of coaching; The IAC needs to be more courageous…"

We welcome you to listen, enjoy and follow the process and email any more ideas you may have by September 15, 2009. The recordings are available here.

3) For the first time in our history, we have a President-Elect! I'm thrilled to announce that Bob Tschannen-Moran has accepted this position with the intention to become the next President of the IAC in January 2010. Bob has proven his ability as a member of the Board of Governors over the past two years and brings plenty of coaching and leadership experience to the role. Most importantly, Bob shares a heartfelt dedication to the IAC and the values we stand for.

I'd like to admit that I had considered (to myself) staying on another year as President. I do enjoy this role despite the pressures. But I don't want to be a "dictator for life!" I view it as a sign of maturity that the IAC has the capacity and support to make a smooth leadership succession. And we will benefit tremendously from the new ideas, energy and connections that come from new leadership. I will continue to support and contribute in 2010 and beyond.

At times like this I envision a tailwind. So many people are invisibly pushing me forward to where I want to go, which is also where WE want to go. I'm thinking now especially of Natalie, Bob and all the people who took time to share their thoughts about the future of coaching. Thank you.

Angela Spaxman
President, IAC®

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