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ICF Michigan Newsletter

June 2016

 

Milt

Milton Fletcher, PCC
Executive Coach and ICF Michigan member

Coaches Column  

  

Success or Significance? 

by Milton Fletcher

In reflecting on my coaching career, I think the most impactful thing that shows up for me is not what I have accomplished, but who I have become.

During my career at General Motors, success was the prevailing theme.  When I became a coach I defined myself as a" career and leadership coach" because I wanted to help individuals grow in their professions and positions. I included the word career as part of my services so as not to exclude individuals who did not self-identify as leaders. My own coach(s) helped me overcome the limiting belief that in order to effectively market myself I needed to cast a wide net and not exclude potential clients. Once I realized my passion for leaders and leadership development, I ceased calling myself a career coach.  That is when I became authentic!  

However, my coach cautioned me, "Authenticity is not enough." Was I an authentic hobbyist or an authentic entrepreneur? I realized I was not treating my coaching like a business.  The success I now enjoy would have never materialized had I continued to treat Great Minds Coaching as a hobby.  I'm so glad I became an authentic entrepreneur!  

I have reached a point where I no longer believe success is the ultimate goal.  When I left corporate America, I was certain my claim to fame would be to help people become successful.  I soon realized that many successful people do not find fulfillment in their success. In contrast, some individuals who do experience personal fulfillment consider themselves successful, but not necessarily using the terms by which we normally define success. These individuals are experiencing "significance!"  Significance is realized when our efforts and activities are perfectly aligned with our values. People who experience significance make a difference in the lives of others. When we are truly significant, success becomes a natural byproduct.  As a result of this awareness, I now support my clients to step into their significance, which for me has become the ultimate goal.  

On a recent trip to China, I taught on servant leadership at Shanghai University. Reflecting on my own personal growth, I now identify with what it means to become a servant leader. Currently, I serve clients in various professions in five different states and in China.  I have stepped into my own significance because my work is totally aligned with my values. As a leadership coach, I am making a difference in an area about which I am most passionate! I have yet to reach the level of success I desire, but I am experiencing a level of personal fulfillment which speaks to my significance in the world.  

 

WELCOME, NEW ICF MICHIGAN MEMBERS! 

Wendy Ascione-Juska of Dexter, MI 

Kim Monaghan of Hudsonville, MI 

 

 

NEWS FROM ICF MICHIGAN 

JUNE IS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL MONTH! 

If you are already a member of ICF Michigan, it is time to renew! Please click here to do so.
If you would like to join ICF Michigan, click here for the "Join" page on our website.

ICF MICHIGAN HAS PARTNERED WITH THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN (SBAM) 

ICF Michigan has formed a partnership with the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). As a member of ICF Michigan, you will have opportunity to take advantage of a number of SBAM premium membership benefits. Watch for more information coming your way.


YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Use your coaching skills to help others. ICF Michigan has partnered with "Women for Change Coaching Community" (www.Women4ChangeCC.org) to provide volunteer coaches to help financially challenged women make powerful changes in their lives.  Contact support@icfmichigan.org for more info.

 

 

NEWS FROM ICF GLOBAL 

MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE - June 23 - 25

Indianapolis, Indiana - "The Crossroads of Coaching"

Keynote speaker:  Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author
More info here - http://icf-midwest.com/conference2016/


ICF ADVANCE: SCIENCE OF COACHING - Sept. 15 - 17

Registration is open for this conference in Tempe, AZ.

Click here for more information.

   

 

2016 BOARD MEMBERS

Please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or suggestions.  Click here to learn what our board members are excited about for 2016! 


Mary Selzer, President

Vicki Hepler, President-Elect/Treasurer, Member Relations

Rebecca Kraus, Past President


Jackie Browning, Outreach

Beki Fraser, Education and Development 

Nadine Henry, Marketing


Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator

MISSION STATEMENT

A dynamic, diverse community of coaches, which grows, develops, connects, and serves members and community with highest standards of professional coaching.

 

TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN ICF MICHIGAN

There are lots of great reasons to join ICF Michigan, whether you are just starting out as a coach or have an established career... 

Check them out here!

 

LINKS TO OUR CURRENT TELECLASSES AND CALLS

CORE COMPETENCY TELECLASS

June 14 at 1:00 pm 

Topic: "Communicating Effectively: Active Listening"
Click here to register

TELECLASS WITH GUEST LEISA PETERSON 

June 21 at 1:00 pm 

Topic: "7 Ways Coaches Sabotage Their Financial Success and How to Stop Doing It"
Click here to register

EXPERIENCED COACHES TELEFORUM 

June 28 at 4:00 pm 

Topic: "Business Development, Marketing and Client Attractions for the Experienced Coach: What Works and What Doesn't"
Click here to register

 

  ADDITIONAL LINKS

 

COACH CAFÉS

 Join us for Collaborative Coaching Conversations both virtually and throughout Michigan!!  


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for more information about locations and meeting dates for Coach Cafés.
 

 

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