We are excited about the upcoming year at the IAC. The organization is growing with your support. We are polishing the newsletter and the website. We now have several IAC Certified Coaches – congratulations to you! Everyone who’s already earned IAC Certification will tell you the same thing: just go ahead and try! Every one of them will tell you that he or she had to overcome some obstacle in order to pass the online test and to allow certifiers to hear them coach. And they agree – just do it! Don’t be afraid to fail, because some really wonderful coaches didn’t pass the first time they tried. They generally agree that they learned something important about themselves and their coaching on the road to eventual certification.
I am simply delighted to see the passionate debate that you are engaging in about the coaching profession! (ed. note: see Letters to the Editor below) This spirited exchange of beautifully articulated ideas addresses some of the most challenging issues that the IAC Board of Governors struggles with regularly. Your generous contributions mean a great deal to the future of the IAC – thanks so much for your willingness to share your thoughts. As Margaret Wheatley says, “Conversation is the way people think together.”
I would also like to invite you to submit articles for publication in the Voice. We have enormous resources in our members. Thanks for being there!
Designing Supportive Environments
No-Cost Resource for Our Members from a Member
Up to 500 coaches will receive the equivalent of 500 dollars.
(Yes, that’s a quarter of a million dollars.)
People are calling it a great big “booster shot of generosity” for the coaching industry.
It’s a 3-Day Conference on “Multiple Streams in Action” and you are personally invited.
The IAC Voice plans to feature a no-cost resource for our members in every issue. This resource was contributed by Andrea J. Lee and is valued at $500. There is no relationship between offering a no-cost resource and being feautred in this publication. If you would like to submit a no-cost resource for consideration in future issues, please email email@example.com.
PICK UP YOUR GIFT — fr-e-e Audio CD for coaches who are willing to think and be BIG!
What Every Coach Needs to Know! The Key Issues Every Coach Needs To Know To Be Successful in 2005 with Nina East, Master Mentor Coach, IAC-Certified Coach
“Nina, you can take a lot of pride in your willingness to be on the forefront and in the superior quality of your coaching. There are special people who go out on the skinny branches, not because they are foolhardy, but because they have enormous courage and vision. You are one of those!” Shirley Anderson, MS, MCC, IAC-CC, www.coachmiami.com
Now available to IAC Member Coaches is the landmark interview with Nina East, Master Mentor Coach, conducted by Andrea Lee, author of Multiple Streams of Coaching Income.
This interview, addressing the key ingredients for coaching success in 2005, is for leader-coaches, interested in thinking and being big, who want to impact as many clients as possible with their important work, and who want to consistently and reliably maximize their internal power, as well as their influence, in the coaching industry.
Includes a special “after the show” session where Nina and Andrea let their hair down and gab about the nitty-gritty.
How did you discover coaching? After working in executive recruitment and running my own recruitment firm in Calgary, I finally got disillusioned after sending yet another quality person to a company that treated them less than well. Feeling ineffective, I decided to take a sabbatical and either regain focus or do something new. Surfing the Internet, I discoverd the Coaching Scoop, and Thomas Leonard’s website with its photos of a cute white dog and a very tanned man. At the bottom of the site were two words: “Say Hello.” Don’t ask me why, but I did. From there, I decided to volunteer as a transcriptionist for the Scoop, figuring I’d learn what “this coaching thang” was all about while lending a hand.
Within a few months, I was offered the opportunity to help out ‘on the payroll’ and then a couple more months later, I woke up in a daze and discovered I was now General Manager of CoachVille. I guess you could say it was a whirlwind romance.
What personal growth work did you do to help you become successful as a coach? I still consider myself on the path of personal development, and defy any coach to disagree. My mental and emotional conditioning is something that I treat even better than my physical fitness sometimes…I work out every day on the former, but not the latter! In particular this year I’ve worked on my resilience quotient, or what I call ‘courage under fire,’ as well as cultivating laughter. I heard a story once about something called “Rule #6” which is “Quit taking yourself so !@#$ing seriously.” This may sound corny but laughter, to me, is the sound of love. So I work on that quite a bit.
What coach training have you had? I’m a student in Schools of Coaching, or Schools of CoachVille, as they’re now called. In particular, I’ve focussed on skills and aptitudes in the School of Personal Development, the School of Small Business and the School of Ecommerce, and I work with several mentor coaches to go deeper in each of these areas in a one-on-one and small group environment. Having had so many great mentors, I think I’ve been spoiled for other kinds of learning environments!
Who has coached you? As you may have guessed, my first coach was Thomas Leonard, which was a lot of fun some days and quite uncomfortable on others. One of my favorite moments was when he said, in an Instant Message conversation, “You seem like you have a Governor on.” To which I had to say “What’s a Governor?” Turns out it’s a thing that is installed on school buses that prevents the driver from driving faster than a certain preset speed. So I guess rephrasing the question, it’s something like “Why are you limiting your own success?” It was a great eye opener.
Professional Ethics Review Committee Working for Members
IAC’s Professional Ethics Review Committee (PERC) has been working diligently on a number of initiatives in response to recognized member needs. At the top of that list is Chairperson Michael Sanders’ commitment to develop an introductory package for new IAC members that, once completed, will also be shared with all current members. The intent of this package is to introduce members to PERC, to outline IAC’s Code of Ethics, and to offer suggestions as to how members might draw on the PERC’s resources to support and enhance their individual practices.
Given that the mandate of PERC is to perpetuate the IAC’s high and specific ethical standards throughout the coaching profession, Debbie Lawrence, PERC’s Director, has been developing Code of Ethics related materials to be made available next spring. One example is a Professional Ethics and Client Confidentiality document that coaches will be encouraged to share and review with their clients. The idea for this document came from questions and feedback PERC received regarding how best to broach issues of trust, professional conduct and the protection of personal information provided to coaches by their clients.
The committee is also looking to fill some positions with member coaches who may be interested in contributing to this very important division of the IAC. If you’re that person or if you would like to learn more about what such a role would entail, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact Debbie at PERCDirector@CertifiedCoach.org.
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Honing In on What’s Most Important
Letters to the Editor
I agree with Jann’s letter and thought the same thing when I read the interview. I really wondered why he had been featured,even though I know he has helped many people. He pretty much blew off the idea of coaching as a field where people are trained.
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