This is the time of year that many of us review our priorities and make some decisions about what we would like to accomplish in the coming year. The IAC is also engaging in a visioning process and I would like to include you in it! What would you like to see the IAC become over the next year? What changes would you like to see the IAC make? How can we support you as a coach? What would you like to contribute to the IAC? What special talents do you have that you would like share with the IAC? Help us to make 2005 a great year for the IAC and for the coaching profession. Please email me your thoughts to email@example.com.
Now that the IAC has the Certification process in place; a process that took most of the resources available to the IAC and thousands of volunteer hours, your Board of Directors are now able to take a look at some of the inconsistencies that have made their way into the organization over the past 2 years.
Our first task was to redefine the levels of membership and define what comes with each.
We believe that the list below accurately represents what the IAC can offer to our members at this time. As we grow benefits of membership and sponsorship will of course grow along with us.
Individual Membership Levels
Diamond Lifetime Membership
Limited to a total of 500 Name Listed on website, eligible for Certification, member benefits and subscription to the Voice.
Platinum Charter Membership
Open through December 31, 2005 – Name Listed on website, eligible for Certification, member benefits and subscription to the Voice.
Gold 3-Year Membership
Eligible for Certification, member benefits and subscription to the Voice.
Silver 1-Year Membership
Eligible for Certification and member benefits and subscription to the Voice.
Receives subscription to the Voice.
Corporate Sponsorship Levels
$10,000 per year
Limited to a total of 500 companies. Name and Logo displayed on IAC website with link back to their organization. Company name listed on Sponsor Page of IAC website, one member of corporation eligible for lifetime membership certification, member benefits and subscription to the Voice.
$5,000 to $9,999 per year
Company name listed on Sponsor Page of IAC website with link back to their organization, subscription to the Voice.
$2,500 to $4,999 per yea
Company name listed on Sponsor Page of IAC website subscription to the Voice.
$1,000 to $2,499 per year
Company name listed on Sponsor Page of IAC website subscription to the Voice
$100 to $999 per year
Company name listed on Sponsor Page of IAC website subscription to the Voice.
We thank you for your support of the IAC and remind you that the IAC is run solely by volunteers. We invite you to become involved and help us grow… Anyone who in interested in working long hours for no pay please contact us for Volunteer Opportunities. According to Martin Seligman in Authentic Happiness it was discovered that philanthropic activity leaves the individual feeling gratified and often they find themselves in the state of FLOW.
How did you discover coaching? I've been a psychologist / counselor / therapist since 1985, so I've had 20 years of experience there. Coaching as I see it was a natural extension of the counseling work I had done for two decades. What I realized five years ago is that I could become virtual, to work on the phone and internet, so that I could live exactly where I wanted. A lot of my experience is from the skillset I learned from counseling.
What personal growth work did you do to help you become successful as a coach? In my own personal growth, early on, as a therapist, I did my own growth working with counselors and therapists, back in the 80's. If you don't do your own work, you'll be ineffective as a coach, because it's very easy to project your own un-solved issues on the client and not even know it.
What coach training have you had? Basically, CoachVille Schools of Coaching has been my main area of coach training.
Do you have a coaching specialty/niche? One of my challenges is that I'm an eclectic guy! My current focus is on online marketing and the Guerrilla Marketing Coaching program. I really have three strong areas and it's difficult to focus on one, but I think they are all connected – you're dealing with people and a set of principles allows me to be effective there.
Would you like to help your clients quickly and reliably identify their motivations and their aversions in their work and life?
If you answered, ”Yes”, then we invite you to consider the MAPP On-Line Career Assessment. The system is straight-forward and easy-to-use. Plus, results are on-line for both coach and client.
If you're unsure, we invite each IAC member to experience the MAPP Executive Level Assessment for themselves – for f^ree! You can get this 30+ page analysis of your personal, vocational and educational motivations by going to http://www.assessment.com/iac, then clicking on Click here for detailed program instructions and your f^r^e^e trial! You will need your IAC MEMBER ID NUMBER to take the assessment.
F^r^e^e support is offered through teleclasses, hosted by renowned coaches Karen Whitworth and Al Reams. You learn how to navigate the MAPP website and experience a live demonstration of how to use the MAPP results in an actual coaching situation. To register for the MAPP Teletraining classes, go to www.Assessment.com/CoachEnrollment and sign up for the course you wish to attend. Teletraining classes take one hour, and are F^R^E^E to IAC Members.
MAPP Tip Of The Month: Over 2.5 million MAPP members are the basis for the reliability and validity data available on-line at www.assessment.com/iac.
Honing In on What's Most Important
Letters to the Editor
I have a another perspective to Jann Snyder re: Coach training.
There are a number of components to both the topic and her letter.
The first is what might be broadly termed the coaching process skill sets. For example, of communication, building rapport, listening, inquiry, dialogue, feedback, recognising conflict styles etc; the understanding of adult learning principles, change, problem solving skill processes…all fundamentals that underpin effective coaching. Then, there are context specific skills that matter.
Take the example of coaching a dysfunctial executive team. Provided the person could work in a business environment,I can't see the problem if the coach is also a psychologist in this context. It might be that the background as a psychologist has equipped the individual to be a more effective coach particularly with an understanding of group dynamics. On the other hand, the psychologist is unlikely to coach the team on business strategy and tactics.
We all come to coaching from some where… Life/work expereince, skills and knowledge. Credibility to coach often emerges from one's prior work/life experience, successes and wisdom and then transitions to coaching. The skills you choose to learn as a coach are therefore multi-faceted. You may go to one school to learn the finer nuances of communication skills, another for spirituality, another for deeper values training, etc. depending on what type of coaching you specialise in. I see Martin Seligman's – Authentic Happiness Coaching Program is an example of niche training.
One size doesn't fit all, and some coaches are going to come to coaching with MBA's and Ph.D's and some won't. What matters is that the coaches choose an area of coaching where they have relevent skills knowledge that compliment their coach training. Most importantly they have the awareness and ability to know what they can and can't do.
The IAC® is a community of progressive and diverse coaches. With coaches from 80 countries, and even more languages, from all walks of life, you’ll have no trouble finding a coach or colleague you can connect with. If you are a client, this is a great way to find the most masterful coaches in the world! *
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