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September VOICE

President’s Letter

by Pepe del Rio, IAC President

Our theme for this edition of VOICE™ is awareness and so I invite you to become aware of the International Association of Coaches (IAC) certification process as a unique and challenging process.

Thomas Leonard’s vision was to streamline the process of certification with the IAC, which emphasizes the demonstration of coaching rather than the documentation of it.

You don’t have to attend a particular school to be eligible to go through the IAC path of certification. What you do need to do is demonstrate that you understand the coaching process, the IAC Coaching Masteries® and that you are up for the challenge. You will have a unique and growing learning experience valued the world over.

To you, this may sound like the IAC certification would be easier than other processes. It is by no means true, because, as the certifiers say, “Professional life coaches need to demonstrate masterful coaching skills.”

The reason for becoming an IAC Certified Coach is unique, and personal, as Martha Pasternack, MMC our current IAC-BOG Secretary says, “It is an opportunity to serve others for the greater good.”

Presently, only about 25% of coaches who apply for the IAC Coaching Certification pass the first time. That is why, as an IAC member, you can access tools, and coaching triads that will provide you with the support you need to develop your skill on your learning path. By taking advantage of these offerings mentioned above, you can focus, and go for it.

There is a global standard of coaching, and then there is the IAC standard. The International Association of Coaching certification assures you that you are qualified with the highest standard of universal excellence. Indeed, “The platinum coaching standard of universal excellence.”

To support you further, the IAC trains and grants qualified coaching programs a license to teach you the IAC Coaching Masteries®. They will prepare you for the IAC certification path. 

Be aware that not just any school can tell you that they can certify on behalf of IAC, or that you have to be certified with them before going for IAC certification. If you want to check our list of current licensees, please go to our website:, and confirm that you are with a current licensee.

IAC coaches are proud to be certified at the CMC or MMCC level of mastery. It is a process rather than an event. Once certified, there are several opportunities to continue your professional development.

I also invite you to become deeply familiar with the IAC Coaching Masteries®. and Code of Ethics. Become one of the worldwide elite coaches that call themselves IAC certified coaches.

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Pepe del Rio, IAC President

José Manuel “Pepe” del Río: Executive and career coach. He works with clients from different parts of the world. Founder and Head Coach of the Rio training boutique firm, specializing in Coaching and Logotherapy, which for 22 years has been working with executives and organizations on communication issues and creating leadership and high performance cultures that provide support for people to become the best versions of themselves. 

Self-Awareness is the Key

by Krishna Kumar | IAC Past President 2016 / 2017 

“Self-awareness is the key to being a Champion,” said legendary American tennis champ, Billie Jean King and it is that distinct quality that differentiates champions in sport like Roger Federer, Usain Bolt and Michael Jordan from other players. While the ability to achieve peak performance under pressure is starkly visible in sports arenas it is equally needed in all other arenas of engagement, such as the worlds of theatre, music or business where performance matters. If it is that distinct quality that sets apart a champion from the rest then how do they achieve peak levels of self-awareness?

Awareness is known to be present at multiple levels. The single biggest obstacle to being fully aware is the presence of ‘distractions.’ Dealing with distractions is the main differentiator between mediocre and peak performance that allows the performer to achieve amazing results. As we move through a typical day our levels of awareness vary in relation to the distractions that we encounter and how well we overcome these distractions by managing our emotions. To illustrate, while playing tennis when the ball is flying at you very rapidly by starting to think that you ‘shouldn’t miss the ball’ you create a mental distraction that might lead to playing a poor shot. If instead, you focus your attention on the direction, angle and spin of the ball as it is moving towards you, the return shot will be played to the best of your ability.

From this simple illustration it is clear that the journey to becoming self-aware requires us to go beyond our outer world of sensations and actions, and connect deeply with our inner world of thoughts and feelings about which we typically know very little. In this journey we attempt to reach the source of our consciousness and get to know our inner life. The Sufi mystic, Rumi, describes this quest brilliantly,

Then journey into yourself!
And like a mine of rubies
receive the sunbeams print!
Out of yourself ? such a journey
will lead you to yourself,
It leads to transformation
of dust into pure gold!

Coaches make Champions by helping them master their inner core of self-awareness and create peak performance in the field of their choice. In a personal quest to apply self-awareness in coaching, I developed a model, called AWARETM, which many of my colleagues are using with success. The model blends five concepts, namely Awaken (A), Will Power (W), Action (A), Reflection (E) and Engage (E) that can lead us to that perfect state of self-awareness.

It would be wonderful to know your experiences with self-awareness in coaching and I look forward to your connecting with me at

With Appreciation

Krishna Kumar, IAC Past President 2016-2017 

Krishna Kumar is the Founder-Director of the Intrad School of Executive Coaching (ISEC) and a pioneer in the sphere of Leadership and Executive Coaching in India. His firm belief that coaching is the best way to learn has carried him through a varied learning journey over three decades that included donning the hats of a senior corporate executive, an entrepreneur, a professional tennis coach, a B-school professor, Leadership Advisor and Strategy Coach. The journey continues…


Important to Note: Our 2018 Quo Vadis? webinars will be held the

last week in November. Plan on participating with masterful coaches  and become even more

inspired to deepen your work as an IAC coach.



Transformation,  by Krishna Kumar | IAC President 2016 / 2017

What would cause someone who was a world champion in his sport and equally successful in business to want more from life? Is there life beyond the endless quest for fame and fortune?

In conversations, coaching legend, Sir John Whitmore, mentions that when faced with such a dilemma and seeking answers he took the path of studying the emerging field, at that time, of humanistic psychology. Paths of transformation that lead him to learn Tim Gallway’s seminal Inner Game coaching concepts and apply them to businesses. As we all know what followed is rooted in the history of modern coaching.

The need to transform is not restricted to our search for meaning in life or work. It could occur in more mundane situations, such as feeling ‘stuck’ in a role or when performing below one’s own expectations. The challenge lies in determining the nature of transformation and building the self-belief to make it happen.

Roger Federer, arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, a few years ago passed through a phase of poor performance. Having the courage to take those hard decisions required for reinventing himself at his comeback to the top of the sport is now the story of legends.

Commenting on this transformation Toni Nadal, the long-time coach and uncle of Federer’s great rival Rafael Nadal, said, “”The human mind is conservative in the face of uncertainty. Roger Federer was not afraid of uncertainty when he had already won everything and his reputation was impeccable. Nothing is more difficult than modifying what has already worked instead of continuing to trust in their virtues.”

The root of all transformation lies in trusting oneself. Coaches can greatly support in the transformative process by helping their clients develop the self-belief to bring about the desired changes and also commit them to taking the responsibility to make those changes happen.

We may continue to be inspired by John Whitmore who said, “Coaching is an industry specifically focused on building self responsibility in people and what a wonderful opportunity it is to be a coach in this time of transition.”

It would be wonderful to know your thoughts on Transformation through Trust and please feel free to connect with me at

With Appreciation

Krishna Kumar, IAC President 2016-2017


Krishna Kumar is the Founder-Director of the Intrad School of Executive Coaching (ISEC) and a pioneer in the sphere of Leadership and Executive Coaching in India. His firm belief that coaching is the best way to learn has carried him through a varied learning journey over three decades that included donning the hats of a corporate executive, an entrepreneur, a tennis coach, a B-school professor, independent Board member and an Executive Coach. The journey continues…

Change: The Cosmic Dance That Brings Transformation

Change: The Cosmic Dance That Brings Transformation by Krishna Kumar, IAC President

Accepting the inevitability of Change, wouldn’t it be best that we seek to embrace and ensure that it moves us on a path to healthy and positive transformation?

In his seminal work, ‘The Tao of Physics,’ physicist Fritjof Capra focuses our attention to ‘the laws of change that are innate around us.’ Capra mentions that ‘every subatomic particle is involved in a ceaseless flow of energy in which they are created and destroyed without end in a continual variation of energy patterns. It is a cosmic dance in which our participation is mandatory.’ He likens it to the ‘Dance of Shiva,’ the Hindu God of Destruction. In Hinduism, Shiva is a deity who represents transformation. Through destruction and restoration, Shiva reminds us that endings are beginnings, and that our world is constantly undergoing a cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

By taking an eclectic approach of drawing on the disciplines like science, spirituality, philosophy, psychology and strategy coaching prepares us to deal with the challenges brought about by change and for discovering the wisdom that helps transform us to a brighter future.

Over the past two years, consistent with our founder, Thomas Leonard’s vision that the IAC ‘lead the coaching world’, we have transformed as an organization in multiple dimensions to take coaching universal. We successfully launched our VOICE editions in Chinese and Spanish with more languages planned in the future. Our Quo Vadis, Coaching? webinars in English and Spanish were path-breaking in many ways and earlier this month, the IAC hosted our first-ever International Coaching Conference in Colombo that was attended by delegates from 13 countries.

The Conference provided an opportunity for Master Coaches to mingle with their peers in a wonderful atmosphere of shared learning. The conference revolved around the impact on coaching posed by the movement towards a cyber- physical world. Would coaches need to adapt and adopt tools developed through artificial intelligence? Alongside researching these changes in the external world we also took the time to explore that basic tenement of coaching, which was bringing about transformation by managing Inner Change.

On a personal front it is a time for change. While I am humbled to have the privilege to lead the IAC for the past two years, I now pass the baton of leadership to the very capable hands of my colleague and good friend, Pepe del Rio, who takes over as IAC President from January 1st, 2018.

Master Coach Pepe, who is based in Mexico City, brings a deep commitment to coaching and the IAC. And will lead a hugely competent multinational, multicultural team that constitute our Board of Governors, who are backed by a community of volunteers located across the globe selflessly supporting all our initiatives. They have been the back-bone of the IAC and I would like to thank each of them for their untiring and immeasurable support in these past two years as also the global IAC community for their contribution to the world of coaching.

As the IAC and the coaching world move ahead in a cyber-physical world, I am inspired by the words of the philosopher, Tielhard de Chardin, who said, “The day will come when after harnessing the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

With appreciation,

Krishna Kumar, IAC President

La Belle Vie

“La Belle Vie”

by Krishna Kumar,BTME, MBA, BCC, President – IAC




Coaching is that rare profession where success or satisfaction is measured vicariously through the actions and feelings of our clients. We walk alongside them through experiences and situations, support them in navigating a wide range of emotions, help them build stronger relationships, search for more engagement at their workplace and discover deeper meanings in life. 

While joining in celebrating our client’s accomplishments, it is possible that we might question if they have truly met their aspirations and goals; whether their measure of success translates to a feeling of inner fulfilment and joy?   

In the past decades, there has been considerable research in the field of Positive Psychology that seeks answers to questions such as these. The founding father of Positive Psychology, Mihaly ‘Mike’ Csikszentmihlayi laid the foundation in his seminal work on the Flow State. In recent times, Martin Seligman expanded on the concept of Flow by introducing the PERMA model where he believes that these five core elements (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment) can help us reach a state of authentic happiness.

Mankind’s quest for happiness is a deep rooted one. In the early 1940’s when Abraham Maslow introduced the ‘Theory of Human Motivation’ he listed the five hierarchies of needs that are familiar to all of us. It is interesting that these five needs were later expanded by other researchers to eight. The eighth need was described as the ‘Transcendence need: helping others to achieve self-actualization,’ which arguably is an apt definition for coaching.

In the IAC® we intend to continue this fascinating conversation by conducting two exciting events. On 22nd November, 2017, in our Quo Vadi, Coaching?s webinar, we host two experts, Devdas Menon and Paul Pahil who will share their thoughts on the topic of Inner Fulfilment.

It will be followed by the IAC® Coaching Conference on the 4th and 5th December, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka where we expect delegates from over 15 countries to listen, learn and lead the ‘conversations among coaches’ on the futuristic topic, “Coaching  In A Cyber Physical World.”

We welcome you to Colombo and starting on the path to discovering joy and Inner Fulfilment. Meanwhile please share your thoughts with me at .

Life is Beautiful (‘La Belle Vie’)!

With appreciation,

Krishna Kumar
IAC® President

Krishna Kumar is the Founder-Director of the Intrad School of Executive Coaching (ISEC) and a pioneer in the sphere of Leadership and Executive Coaching in India. His firm belief that coaching is the best way to learn has carried him through a varied learning journey over three decades that included donning the hats of a corporate executive, an entrepreneur, a tennis coach, a B-school professor, independent Board member and an Executive Coach. The journey continues…



當 Tata 這家全球集團的前總裁 Ratan Tata 最近在一項訪談中被問到,他最希望留下什麼成就?他的回答簡潔而優雅:「我希望能夠創造點不同。不多、不少。」


一整個九月份,我一直都很興奮地在分享,有許多來自我們 IAC 團隊的教練,被邀請來擔任這場年度網路研討會 – 「30 天輔導教練 (Desafio Coaching 30 Days)」的講員。「輔導教練 (Desafio Coaching)」是在西班牙語系的教練社群裡面,最熱門的線上教練活動。今年受邀的講員名單裡,來自 IAC 的教練成員,包括 Pepe del Rio、王金珠教練、 Shan Moorthy、Fernando Celis, Luis Gaviria、以及我本人。


這項活動,是來自阿根廷的 Fernando Saenz Ford 所發想創辦的。Fernando 當然是對教練世界創造了不同的影響。在我的演講結束後,Fernando 私下找了我,他的一個問題,抓住了我的注意力「您認為,什麼是您對 IAC 的成就與貢獻呢?」


投身於 IAC,是一項終身的志業。這項志業,可讓與我們連結的每個人,以其自身的方式來創造點兒不同。當我謙卑地回應上面那問題時,我衷心的回覆是「我希望能夠引導概念性及實務上的突破,來對教練世界有所貢獻」。


我們的創辦人,Thomas Leonard,對 IAC 的願景是要領導教練世界。我把這個問題,留給各位,讓各位一起來思考,我們怎樣可以對我們的教練世界帶來影響力,造成一點兒不同。誠摯地期盼得到您的想法與回饋。請透過下面電郵網址與我聯絡



Krishna Kumar, IAC President


克里希納·庫馬爾(Krishna Kumar)是Intrad學校的創始人與執行者,是印度高階教練( ISEC )及領導力和執行力教練領域的先驅。他堅信,學習教練的最佳方式   就是 過往三十年,戴著各式的 帽子引領著他經歷各式各樣的學習之旅,包含擔任企業高階主管、企業家、網球教練,商學院教授、獨立的董事會成員和 高階教練。旅程持續中..


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