From the President


by Angela

It’s a big world, and it’s a new world!
This last month has brought us into the Year of the Ox and undoubtedly also into
a new world of hope and change. I’ve been travelling and experiencing some
different perspectives from IAC members worldwide that I’d like to share with

I was welcomed by 40 coaches and friends
at the IAC Pan Greater China Chapters Annual Dinner 2009 in Shenzhen, a city in
China that borders Hong Kong. The atmosphere was delightfully warm, and the
message I heard strongly from those mostly Chinese coaches was that they want
the IAC to be a model for coaching ethics in China. I was thrilled by their
sincerity and energy.

I’m currently visiting my family in
Vancouver, Canada and I had the chance to meet with a few IAC coaches here, as
well. I learned that even IAC members don’t understand what distinguishes us
from other coaching organizations. Now that the foundations of our Certification
Process and our Licensing Program are in place, we are ready to explain how
coaches can use our certification process to gain coaching mastery and how
organizations can use our certified coaches to gain assurances of high-quality
coaching. We are ready to tell our story and expand in 2009! Will you help us?

I also went to a coaching workshop in
California and had the pleasure of connecting with some wonderful coaches with
completely different backgrounds from my own. It was heartening to learn how
much we have in common as coaches, despite our differing opinions over
methodologies. And I was reassured that the IAC Coaching Masteries™ stand up as
a common description of masterful coaching.

As the coach training industry continues
to discover the best ways to teach coaching, the IAC will be able to prove the
effectiveness of shorter or different training approaches, thus allowing us to
train more coaches more quickly to a higher standard. And with the changes and
challenges that we are facing, the world needs more masterful coaches, right?!

Finally I’d like to offer my sincere
thanks to Tara
who has stepped down as the IAC’s Secretary after a year of
dedicated service. Fortunately our new, very capable Board Member Bob Tschannen-Moran is stepping into this Executive Committee
position. I’m in awe of the thousands of hours of volunteer effort that go into
everything we do as the IAC, from our Board Members to our Chapter Hosts to
those who are mastering coaching. And I know all that energy arises from that
important desire we share: to bring coaching excellence to the world. Here’s to
our success!

Angela Spaxman
President, IAC


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