IAC VOICE, Volume 4, Issue 31, December 2008, Circulation: 12,606


From the Editor

I am so thrilled to be presenting this first newsletter as your Editor. Thanks
so much to everyone who has taken the time to welcome me, and especially to
Angela Spaxman for your support and guidance.

Angela has some exciting news in her President's report this month, while Past-President
Natalie Tucker Miller sat down for an interview with the always fascinating
(and yet so down-to-earth) Dan Pink.

Also in this issue:

In his interview with Natalie, Dan Pink expressed his enormous respect for
his readers, and his awe and gratitude that they've chosen to spend time reading
what he has to say.

That is precisely how I feel as I embark on this journey with you. Thank you
for honoring us with your time and attention, and I hope that you find this
newsletter valuable. If you did, we'd love to hear why. And if you didn't, please
help us to improve by sending your feedback.

Warm wishes,

Linda Dessau, CPCC
Email: voice@certifiedcoach.org


From the President

by Angela


After an action-packed month, we have three very important launches to announce
this month. Three? Yes, three! I can't believe it!

The long-awaited
IAC Coaching Masteries™ Licensing Program
is here. This License allows commercial coach training companies and
coaching mentors to use the IAC Coaching Masteries™ to teach, train and
coach people towards IAC Certification. Our vision is that IAC
Licensees will support many more coaches to reach IAC Certification,
thus strengthening our membership and our organization. As the
Licensees support coaches to gain the IAC-CC designation, they are
helping us advance coaching to the highest standards of excellence. And
most importantly, these Licensees will help you, our members, reach
your goals for IAC Certification.

If you are interested in teaching or mentoring using the IAC Coaching Masteries™,
please see:

If you are looking for a school or a mentor, please see:

We're just getting started, so check back as more schools and mentors become
available. I will keep you posted on our progress.

2) IAC Volunteers Groupsite Wouldn't it be great if you could
interact directly, anytime and from anywhere, with everyone around the globe
who's involved with the IAC? Now you can! We've recently created the IAC Volunteers
Groupsite where you can share your questions and ideas and find out what others
are doing in their local IAC Chapters. You can go behind the scenes and get
involved in the movement to advance coaching excellence.

Already an IAC member?
Click here to request an invitation to join.

Not yet an IAC member?
Then this is your golden opportunity to join and get involved.
Click here to join the IAC. Then follow the instructions on the Member Login
Page to "Get Involved with the IAC Volunteers."

We already have 43 coaches on the site. Will you be the next? Great stuff happens
when coaches get together.

3) We have a new editor. Did you notice? I'm so pleased to welcome
Linda Dessau to our organization. She brings a wealth of experience both as
an editor and a coach and she is a delight to work with. You can read more about
her here. To welcome Linda, please
send her an email telling her what
you would like to see in the IAC VOICE.

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the people who have made these developments
possible. I am particularly grateful to our
Treasurer Jean Gran, and
Board Member Diane Krause-Stetson, both highly intelligent professionals who accompanied
me in creating the IAC Licensing Program. I expect their efforts will bring
dividends for many years and for many coaches.

Angela Spaxman
President, IAC


Members Only – Interview with Dan Pink

by Natalie
Tucker Miller

Dan Pink is a best-selling author, free agent and self-described fan of coaches.
And many coaches are already quite familiar with Dan and highly endorse his
first two books, Free Agent Nation and A Whole New Mind. In addition
to being a guest on Oprah’s Soul Series, Dan presented at the ICF conference
in 2006 and is a contributing editor for Wired Magazine.

Dan recently spent time with Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC, discussing, among
other things, his latest book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko.

So sit back and listen in on Dan and Natalie's conversation as they cover topics
such as:

• Why accentuating strengths is
powerful mojo
• What makes the advice in this book pertinent to our rapidly changing
global economy
• How contributing and serving creates a win-win

IAC members,
click here to listen. And our broader community members can
to listen to the first five minutes of the interview.

Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC, serves on the IAC board of governors as the
immediate past president. She is a certifying examiner at the IAC as well as
an Instructor and Dean of Students at the School of Coaching Mastery. Additionally,
Natalie is founder of Ageless-Sages.com, publisher of books for elders and their
families (www.ageless-sages.com).

The Realizations Behind the Masteries


How do the realizations behind the IAC Coaching Masteries™ unfold into
a life after ten years or more of working with them? They unfold differently
for different coaches. Some coaches say they’ve changed in fundamental
ways and it shows. Other coaches say they’ve changed fundamentally but
it appears they have only become better organized and have better boundaries.
What does it mean to change fundamentally? The IAC Coaching Masteries™,
and before them, the 15 Proficiencies, can be taken at two levels. The deeper
level is the more fundamental.

The realizations behind the Masteries refer to how much you can see regarding
who you are and what life is all about. Trust, potential, expression, listening,
etc. aren’t just coaching tools. They are ways of being in the world.
They reflect how you see the world. The deeper you live with the Masteries,
the deeper you live in harmony with what is… without resistance. The Masteries
point us in the direction of seeing everything that’s going on in life.
There is the level of appearances, the way things appear to be. And there is
the level of appearances plus a whole, unadulterated, expanded life, behind
the appearances. It's sometimes helpful to differentiate appearance from
reality by thinking of appearance as a semi-transparent level (or veil)
distracting us from reality.

Level One is the level of ego and appearances. Ego is something that has been
much referenced and now means something different to just about everyone. For
purposes here, I define it as a function in the mind, that seeks physical safety
and psychological comfort and pleasure, in whatever way is necessary. When the
mind is free of concern, ego plays a small role in the personality. However,
when pleasure and safety are threatened by events (real or imagined), ego kicks
into high gear. It focuses and contracts the mind. It can’t see beyond
its needs for pleasure and staying safe. It associates what is going on in the
moment with every possible similar scenario it has ever experienced in the
past (real or imagined) in order to regain equilibrium…So things tend
to appear much worse than they are.

After stress emotions (often irrational ones) have been released, ego looks
to repair the damage it’s done to itself and others as quickly as possible.
Defense and rationalization are what ego does best to return to the experience
of pleasure and safety. Life is reduced to an “it’s a good thing
or it’s a bad thing” duality. And if it’s a bad thing, it
needs to be fixed, now. Ego is about manipulating life, resisting and changing
anything that doesn’t immediately bring pleasure, comfort and safety.

When coaches are identified with the ego, and most of us are, whatever is happening
to the ego is what is happening to us. If the ego function is scared, we say,
“I’m scared.” If the ego function is “going nuts,”
we say, “I’m going nuts.” Essentially, in our mind, we are
ego…and nothing else. So, we can only feel pleasure and safety when life
happens to be going well for ego. The truth is, we can feel pleasure and safety
even when ego isn’t happy, if we seek a deeper level of awareness.

Level Two is getting down to all the other stuff that’s going on, beyond
ego’s view. While ego is reacting to the appearance of life, there is
an unperceived, deeper response that is possible. Without the ego's drive to
seek pleasure and security and to search the past to understand the present,
Level Two is characterized by a lack of drama. At Level Two, life events are
often seen with simple openness and curiosity. There is no baggage, so the normally
unperceived reality can come into view. It reflects another level of knowing
that all is well, even when it doesn’t appear to be. It’s an intuitive
knowing that spontaneously arrives as a coach lives more deeply into the Masteries.
Humility and surrender to life are always present in the deeper realizations
about life. They are the mark of a fundamentally transformed coach.

A coach who is living into the Masteries understands coaching in fundamentally
different ways than the regular coach. To the regular coach, the words and frameworks
won’t make much sense. Most regular coaches don’t really want to
become transformed coaches. Even those who say they do. Until it happens, most
of us can’t imagine giving up our conditioned way of being and stepping
into this vast unknown space. It’s such a wild ride. So different from
anything anyone has ever told us. Additionally, it’s so very difficult
to articulate this vast space. I never get the words to match the reality. Words
are just pointers. You have to live there to know the place. To those who have
come all the way I say, welcome.

Postscript: I pen the name anon not for the sake of disguise. I am anonymous
because the name I go by is not who I am. I am, as you are, no-one.

Editor's Note: The author of this article is a long-standing member of the
IAC and was one of Coachville's earliest faculty members.

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The Spanish Version of the IAC Coaching Masteries
is Ready

IAC membership has increased to over 500 in 2008. I feel the collaborative
energy of this unique profession flowing right around the world. In line with
IAC's slogan, "To advance coaching to the highest standards in universal
excellence", coaches all over the world are voluntarily contributing their
hearts and time to translating the IAC Coaching Masteries™ into different

I am very excited to announce the release of the Spanish version. Coach Roberto
García de la Mora completed the first Spanish translation draft in early
2008; Dr. Ariel Orama further fine-tuned the translation and later led a team
of experienced coaches and linguistic experts to complete the job in September
2008. Their contribution inspires our universal excellence in action.

Spanish Translation Team Members:

Mg. Olga E. López (Colombia)
Sr. Gerardo Silbert (Uruguay)
Dra. Carmen I. Orama (Puerto Rico)
Dr. Ariel Orama, Coordinador (Puerto Rico)

I am also glad to inform you that the Korean, French and Italian translations
are all underway by different groups of volunteer coaches. If you would like
to be part of our team and see the IAC Coaching Masteries™ in your own
language, please write to bonnie@coachlite.com.

Bonnie Chan IAC-CC
Team Coordinator, IAC Coaching Masteries™ Translations



Bonnie is an executive and mentor coach. She is the first Chinese IAC-CC certified
coach from Hong Kong and has passion to help other coaches to attain the same.
Bonnie likes to advance her coaching by exchanging with coaches all over the
world. www.bonniechancoaching.com


Certification Gets Real…
By Nina East, Lead Certifier for the IAC

It’s hard to believe we’ve been using the IAC Coaching Masteries™
as our exclusive standard of coaching excellence for almost a full year! They
were developed with the intention that they would be the next evolution of coaching mastery
– and that they would continue to evolve in order to provide the best
and easiest access to masterful coaching.

Throughout the past year, the certifiers have continued to look for additional
ways to clarify and define the Masteries, with the goal of making them even
easier to understand, and hence, easier to apply. Don’t worry, though
– we’re not “changing” the Masteries. We are merely
clarifying them by providing greater detail and further explanation. Questions
from members have been key to this process – so thank you to everyone
who has sent in a question!

The updated version of the IAC Coaching Masteries™ will be available
in early 2009, so be sure to be on the lookout. Current members will be notified
of the new link, and anyone who has purchased the eBook in the past will receive
the updated version.

Here’s to the continuing evolution of coaching…

Nina East is the IAC’s Lead Certifier and the founder of PersonalGrowthProfessionals.com. As a coach, she helps personal growth
professionals turn creative edge thinking into practical tools and resources,
and helps coaches master the art of coaching. For even more insights about
improving your coaching skills, visit


Please send your questions on the IAC
Coaching Masteries™ and the certification
process to certification@certifiedcoach.org.

"Coaching Moments" takes a
thoughtful look at how coaching
can be interwoven into our daily lives. 

Strands of Light
by Janice Hunter

the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we
are here for the sake of each other – above all for those upon whose smile and
well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls
with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. ~ Albert Einstein

At this time of the year, more than any other, I wonder who you are…why
you’re reading VOICE and where you’re sitting right at this very

Are you in a bright, air-conditioned office somewhere in the southern hemisphere,
or snuggled up in a comfy chair in a warm, cosy study, surrounded, like I am,
by the stuff that makes a life – notebooks, a half-empty coffee cup, a glass
of water, crumbs on a plate, spectacles, a phone, pens and a pile of papers?

Are your spirits lifted by the serene glow of specially lit candles or will
you be relaxing later in a home twinkling with strands of fairy lights and glittering
baubles that gladden your heart and remind you of magical moments spent as a
child, counting the sleeps till Christmas?

When I was young,
growing up in a Scottish mining village, we had no car. My uncle used
to take us every year to the nearest town, to see its High Street hung
with multi-coloured Christmas lights that not only connected one
lamppost to the next along the whole length of the town, but
criss-crossed above our heads. There were angels and reindeer, Santas
and sleighs, baubles and bells, stars and holly, their glorious colours
reflecting in the warmly lit shop windows below. My uncle drove slowly,
letting us take in the wonder of it all. At the end of the High Street,
we stopped and got out at the huge metal gates that marked the entrance
to the town park. There, covered in hundreds of brightly coloured
lights reaching up to the starry blue-black sky and glowing like a
miracle, stood a mile-high Christmas tree.

It’s a memory that has warmed my heart for nearly half a century.

The flickering light of one special candle, perfectly placed, is beautiful
in its own right, but I still love to see a thousand twinkling lights in the
darkness – trees, homes, buildings and streets all lit up and connected to each
other by an invisible source of power.

I like to think of our coaching community like that, all of us unique and shining
in our own way, but interconnected by so much more than phones and faxes, fibre
optics and satellite beams, trade and commerce. Alone, we can transform lives;
together we can do so much more.

Wishing you a special season full of love, strength, cherished memories, grateful
moments, clarity and generosity of spirit. ~ Janice

Hunter is a writer and IAC certified coach who lives in
Scotland with her husband and two children. She specialises
in homelife coaching (helping people create authentic,
spirit-filled homes and lives) and also enjoys supporting
other coaches through her writing and collaboration. Contact
Janice at

Janice has
compiled all of her Coaching Moments pieces from the last
two years into a free 46 page ebook, 'Coaching Moments: a
Collection of Articles about Coaching in Everyday Life'

which can be downloaded

or from her



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