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What It Means To Be Part Of The IAC

What It Means To Be Part Of The IAC

by Diane Krause-Stetson, IAC-CC, Vice President of the IAC

I have been on the Board of Governors and its Executive Committee since April of 2005, first as Secretary and now as Vice President. I also participate on the following Committees: Strategic Planning, By-laws, Finance and Global Certification Standards Development.

Regardless of the hat I wear or the context in which I participate, my goal has been to help build a successful and sustainable platform for the IAC from which it can continue to evolve the highest standards of coaching. In my work with the IAC, I apply the same approach as I do in my business–using authenticity and principled decision-making along with pragmatic, goal-oriented strategies to achieve sustainable, bottom-line results. What marketers might call my tagline, I call my touchstone: "Discover who you are. Decide what’s important. Do what matters.™"

Therefore, it has been a real opportunity to be on the ground floor as we embarked on strategic planning for the IAC. Starting with the fundamentals, we clarified our vision and solidified our mission.

At our September Board meeting, the IAC reaffirmed its commitment to the professionalism of "coaching" by changing its name to the "International Association of Coaching". The IAC is a professional umbrella organization that serves coaches and others who use the art and science of coaching in their work. Members of the IAC include coaches, consultants, business leaders and managers, teachers, health care professionals, and many others.

Like any business, our strategic planning has also focused on enhancing our membership database and our financial and communications systems. With systems in place, we have begun to reconnect with you, our members, and to expand our member services. The IAC leadership takes its mission seriously and is committed to the membership.

But, remember, the IAC is still an organization that is run and operated by volunteers—your colleagues who are giving of their time and expertise to advance the organization and the professionalism of coaching. Even in a volunteer organization, there are expenses for operating supplies and systems and professional services that must be covered.

We have had numerous discussions about what value proposition we are presenting and what commitment we can expect from our membership. We have discussed the balance between having a large membership base that is making a modest contribution, or a more exclusive base that is willing and able to contribute at a higher price point. We believe that we have struck the correct balance for a professional organization. As the IAC grows, we need to know that there is a solid membership base of professionals that believes in the value of coaching and that supports—and is willing to invest in—the initiatives of this organization.

I hope that you will join me in supporting the IAC as it evolves the highest standards of coaching and as it advocates for the transformation in personal development, business, education, health care and so many other professional fields through the integration of coaching principles.

In my business, I serve as a catalyst for principled success for executives, small business owners and service professionals. I am the founder of Lead Your Life™, LLC, a coaching and consulting business that concentrates on career enrichment, leadership development and organization effectiveness for executives, small business owners and professional service firms. I am also a cofounder of Symarete™, a coaching and consulting collaboration that serves "lady lawyers" and law firms.

I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that is committed to the highest levels of professionalism in coaching.

Diane Krause-Stetson
President and Founder of Lead Your Life, LLC
Co-founder of Symarete
Alelnök, International Association of Coaching

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