In the past few
weeks I have been truly lucky to have had many opportunities to both
connect and reconnect. This is the reason this month's newsletter
comes a little later than usual.
In the last week
of May I travelled out to Washington State for a high school reunion.
I went to high school in Taipei, Taiwan and because we are so spread
around the globe, we try meet once a year, wherever someone can put
together a reunion. It was at this reunion that I reconnected with
people I had not seen since 1990. It was wonderful to reminisce and
laugh about the past. It is there that I gained a deeper
understanding that our past does not define us, but rather helps
shape us. It is through our past that we become who we are.
With whom have
you reconnected lately? With whom would you really like to reconnect?
What would it take for you to do exactly that?
Another place of
connection, reconnection, and incredible learning was the ICF Global
2014 Conference North America Midwest in Cleveland, June 20th and
21st. What an incredible conference. We had fantastic keynotes and
breakout sessions. Almost 400 participants were there with an
unbeatable representation of ICF Michigan. The conference is for coaches,
by coaches, and it wouldn't be possible without the many volunteers
that give much time and energy to create this wonderful event. Thank
you to all of you.
The winners of
the 2014 Midwest Regional Recognition Awards were announced and
honored at the conference, and it makes me burst with joy that three
ICF Michigan coaches were among the winners:
Award: Sylvia Becker-Hill
Award: Rebecca Kraus
Award: Nancy Mathias
to each of you! Thank you for all that you contribute to ICF
Michigan, to our community, and to the profession of coaching.
Coaching is much
about curiosity and questions: "When furious, get curious"
(unknown) or "If you don't know what to say, ask a
question" (Peter Metzner). An entire ICF Core Competency is
dedicated to powerful questions. Questions can trigger thought and
create shifts. Of the many ways to be curious or ask questions we
experienced at the conference, I would like to share what our closing
keynote, Alan Seale, presented. Five simple yet powerful questions
that can cut through the complexity to get to the essence of an issue
to then begin to work from the essence out. Alan Seale calls it
"The Deep Simple" - A Path For Discovery:
are three things you know to be true (about this issue)?
of those things holds the greatest power for us to explore right
that thing that holds the power, if there were something new
trying to happen or something wanting to shift, what might that
do you choose to be in that shift? What role do you choose to
play? Alternatively you could also ask: Who is that shift
asking you to be? What role is it asking you to play?
is one step you can take now, or simple yet powerful question
can you ask of yourself and/or others to begin moving toward
I personally find The Deep Simple to be very powerful. It gets one to
the heart of an issue fast and creates incredible shifts. How could
you use this in your coaching or even in your personal life? Not only
is this of great use with clients, but also a great self-coaching
For all of you
that went to the Conference in Cleveland, please feel free to share
your thoughts, aha-moments, favorite speaker or topic, or any
pictures on our ICF Michigan Facebook page!
As our first
Keynote speaker, Richard Boyatzis, noted, "You can't inspire
others if you don't feel inspired yourself." ICF Michigan is a
chapter full of wonderful, inspirational coaches and we strive to offer
events that inspire in return. See below for updates on TeleClasses
and Core Competency Calls. Make sure to mark you calendar for the
upcoming ICF Michigan Statewide Conference in Okemos on October 23rd.
And please, if you haven't already, remember to renew your ICF
Until next time,
stay curious, stay connected,
2014 ICF Michigan President