मुकदमा Brundege, आईएसी-सीसी से
Four members of our Board of Governors had the privilege and pleasure of attending this year’s स्वामी के बीच बातचीत (CAM ’09). Nearly 130 master coaches from around the world gathered in Branson, Missouri, USA May 3–7 for this unique, invitation-only event. We exchanged ideas, explored innovative directions, made new friends and had a lot of fun!
Our IAC attendees included President Angela Spaxman; Secretary Bob Tschannen-Moran; Volunteer Coordinator Kristi Arndt, and Communications Chair Sue Brundege. Not only was it great to meet one another in person, we also had the opportunity to educate many well-established coaches about IAC’s mission, our unique certification process and the benefits of being a member.
Our four board members share their perspective on what was most inspiring about attending CAM this year.
This is what inspired me about this year’s CAM event:
1) Masterful coaches love meaningful conversations. We don't have much time
for small talk, so each conversation I had with fellow coaches was stimulating,
allowing me to learn so much from others' experiences.
2) Masterful coaches want to contribute. It was very heartening to have a chance to share and develop together our aspirations for bringing coaching to the world for the good of humanity. Masterful coaches have developed their lives so well that they are overflowing with passion to help others, and coaching is an ideal tool to use in so many ways.
3) Masterful coaches can be stupid, testy, mean, fearful, hopeless and much, much more! The Big Mind Process that Genpo Roshi led us through was hilarious, highly emotional at times and very useful. We all become more attractive, effective human beings when we allow all aspects of ourselves to do their good work, rather than disowning them.
What most inspired me about CAM this year was the time I spent with my IAC colleagues. I know that sounds strange, since we had such wonderful speakers and workshop leaders, but I came away with a wonderful sense of community with my IAC colleagues as well as clarity as to the mission of the IAC and how we fit into the landscape of the coaching world.
The IAC and its credential are not for the novice or beginning coach. For them, the ICF training programs are a great place to start. The IAC and its credential are for seasoned and masterful coaches. Without requiring a particular path of development, the IAC assesses and celebrates coaching mastery.
We’ve said that from the beginning, of course, but the conversations we had at CAM affirmed the important place such a credential has in the coaching community. Many of the coaches at CAM were not ICF-certified, MCC coaches. There was great interest, therefore, in an alternative credential that did not require backtracking on or apologizing for one’s experience or education. I love how our credential promotes innovation and creativity in coaching. I think many people will be joining the IAC and checking out our credential as a result of the CAM Conference – especially after they saw our President dance.
More than anything, what distinguishes the स्वामी के बीच बातचीत annual gathering from other events is the creativity, innovation, love and devotion demonstrated by the organizers, volunteers, presenters and participants. It’s not easy to put into words; you almost need to have been there to know what I’m talking about.
Imagine walking into a typical conference ballroom but rather than theater-style seating, the room is full of bright red, blue, yellow and silver exercise balls to provide seating for an exhilarating and really fun peek into the future with Jody Turner. Her quirky, fast-paced presentation was followed by a fishbowl experience facilitated by Ann Clancy and Jacqueline Binkert. Twelve chairs at the front of the room were available for anyone who was moved to create and contribute to an evolving conversation; participants stayed to say their piece, then went back to bounce on their balls, leaving an open seat for someone else.
Last year was cool, too, as we sat comfortably in our rocking chairs while conversing with Martha Beck, fellow mystics coming together to recognize ourselves as members of a common tribe. Such purposeful environments contribute something uniquely powerful yet mysteriously intangible, making a memorable shared experience for everyone involved.
These are just a few of the special moments I’ve experienced at CAM. The best part, however, is spending time with such wonderful, interesting people who are doing amazing work in the world. The conversation really never ends as there is always further to go and more to discuss well beyond the conference itself. Good thing there are so many ways to stay connected and share thoughts, ideas and inspiration with others, whether they attended or not!
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what was most inspiring about CAM ’09. To experience so many intelligent, insightful, creative and courageous coaches in the same room was awe-inspiring in and of itself! And if that weren’t enough, each day we participated in a unique dialogue, initiated by thought-provoking speakers. Each master coach attendee had the opportunity to stand up, speak their idea, respond to another’s comments or take the conversation in a completely different direction—it was a dynamic example of the co-creative process en masse, both reflecting and magnifying what we all do with our clients individually.
Against this stimulating backdrop, I was delighted to engage in both scheduled and impromptu meetings with fellow IAC board members Angela, Bob and Kristi. It was such a treat to meet these wonderful coaches/leaders in person, and brainstorm on how to make the IAC even more valuable to our members. I was also excited to see the growing interest in IAC from masterful coaches around the world who attended the conference.
Looking ahead to next year, CAM ’10 will be held near Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. To learn more about CAM and its invitation criteria, visit www.conversationamongmasters.com.
Sue Brundege, IAC-CC, is a CTA- and IAC-certified coach, communication consultant and trainer, writer, and public speaker. Through her business, Self Made Self LLC, she helps service-based professionals gain confidence in public speaking, writing, and networking to attract ideal clients and grow their business. Sue also serves on the IAC Board of Governors as Communications Chair.