by Susan R. Meyer,
In the Eye of the Storm
This month’s President’s Message is being written as Hurricane
Sandy makes its way slowly up the eastern seaboard of the US. Winds have been
high since last night. The entire transportation system has been shut down.
People have been asked to evacuate. The electricity may or may not go out. Hype
or reality? Who knows.
As I look at the IAC and the coaching industry as a whole, though, I find myself
asking the same question. My Inbox continues to be flooded with dire warnings
about how coaches are not making any money, don’t have skills, need to
learn how to market, sell books, create programs, etc. And all of these have
a grain of truth, perhaps. I read articles about how coaching is: not a profession,
an emerging profession, a fad that has peaked, life-changing, useless, not well-researched,
carefully documented or not regulated. Others claim that coach preparation is
not sound, is excellent, is based on educational principles or is based on nothing.
This, to quote Oprah, is what I know for sure:
- I have a deep, abiding appreciation for the IAC Masteries and continue to
find applications for them in my business and in my life.
- Most of the coaches I know are well-trained and are life-long learners.
There are many successful coaches out there—and a large group of them
are part of the IAC.
This is what I don’t know:
- What do you want from a professional association?
- Where are we serving—or not serving—you well?
- As we approach our second decade, what would you like to see in our future?
I’m listening. Your Board of Governors is listening. How can we serve
warm wishes for your success,
Susan R. Meyer
Susan R. Meyer, MCC (IAC) is President of Susan R. Meyer, Coaching
and Consulting and of Life-Work Coach. She provides personal and executive
coaching and facilitates seminars on topics including life planning,
emotional intelligence, leadership development, communication, and
coaching skills for managers. www.susanrmeyer.com.