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ICF Michigan Newsletter

March 2016

 

By Mary Jo Asmus - Executive Coach and ICF Michigan Member

Coaches Column  


Three Things I've Learned in Fourteen Years as a Coach 
 


I'm an executive and leadership coach. I've worked in all business sectors - from the largest companies in the world to much smaller ones; nonprofits to local and federal government. Coaching individuals and teams is my primary source of income. I am also an engagement manager for CoachSource where I am the liaison for company coaching program managers and the CoachSource coaches working at these companies.

The years doing work I love has flown by! I feel honored to be a part of the lives of so many clients, and I owe a debt of gratitude to them for the things they've taught me. I've also learned a lot from other coaches, and don't know what I'd do without having colleagues who care enough to help out when I get stuck.

The three big areas where I've learned the most (and continue to learn) are: 

  1. Coaching style is important: I had an extremely painful experience once when a client severed our relationship because he didn't like my coaching style. The truth is that it sharpened me because I'd gotten sloppy in assuring that potential and actual clients know what to expect. When someone is interviewing me to see if we have a good fit for coaching, I'm now very clear about my coaching style, and I reinforce that in the intake session. I also check in frequently during client meetings to make sure we're on track. I also ask at the end of early sessions, frequently in later sessions, what I can do to make the client's experience exceptional. Lesson: Be clear about your style with potential clients. Reinforce their clarity by reminding them what to expect during your intake session too.
     
  2. Doing the hard things are what help me to be at my best: Asking for referrals, looking at my own blind spots, asking a client tough questions and making direct observations to a client that may not be what they want to hear - are the things I've learned to do, often the hard way, often after failure, and with some tough self-love. Listening to recorded sessions is also one of the hardest things I can do, because it points out, in a glaring way, what I'm doing that may not be the best thing for my clients. All of these things have made me a better coach. Lesson: Do the things you resist doing to become a better coach and grow as a person.
  3. ICF Core Competencies really work: Don't let anyone tell you that the core competencies are anything but brilliant. Going back to school twelve years after my first accredited coach training graduation to become re-acquainted with the core competencies through another ICF-accredited coach training school was worth the time and expense. I learned a lot, and I fell back in love with the core competencies while becoming more aware of how and when I use them (or don't). I noticed that when I consciously work the core competencies with a client, they are brilliant and the get brilliant results for my clients. Lesson: Reacquaint yourself with the core competencies. Practice and use them, because they really work.

As I look back on these learnings, I can see that none of them were easy, but they all were necessary. I welcome the chance to learn the hard way in the future!

 

WELCOME, NEW ICF MICHIGAN MEMBERS! 

Evelyn Summerville of Detroit, MI
Carrie Czajka of Plymouth, MI 

 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND OTHER NEWS

 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.  If you are looking for an opportunity to provide coaching by telephone, this may be a great fit for you. Better yet - you will receive "paid" coaching hours toward ICF certification! ICF Michigan coaches (men and women) who have completed or are currently enrolled in coach training are invited to apply. Be one of the first to apply and receive a special benefit! Want to learn more? Contact Jackie Browning at jbrow603@yahoo.com to get involved.

 

OUR BRAND NEW SERIES - BIZ DEV CHATS 
These are every-other-month sessions for coaches facilitated for the first time this year by ICF Michigan member and Education Board Champion, Beki Fraser. We will explore some of the strategies for establishing, building and succeeding in our coaching practices within a safe, confidential space to learn from each other.

 

Join our next (first ever) call on Tuesday, March 29

Topic: "Avoid Being the Best Kept Secret!" 

Click here for more information and to register

 

EXPERIENCED COACHES TELEFORUM CALL

If you have at least 500 hours of coaching experience, please join us! This is one of every-other-month sessions for experienced coaches where we explore some of the situations experienced coaches deal with. Barry Demp, MCC is the facilitator.

Join our next teleforum on Tuesday, April 26

Topic: To Be Determined
Registration link will be coming soon

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE FOLLOWING FUTURE TELEFORUMS, ALL AT 4:00 PM EST:

June 28, August 23, October 25 and December 20.  

 

CORE COMPETENCY TELECLASS PROGRAM

Each of our monthly teleclasses will focus on one of the eleven ICF Core Competencies and is open to all coaches! This series will be an opportunity for all coaches to learn from one another, practice skills, and obtain resources.  Earn 1.0 Core Competency CCEU at each class.

Join our next teleclass on Tuesday, April 12

Topic: "Co-Creating the Relationship: Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client"
Click here for more information and to register

MONTHLY TELECLASS PROGRAM

Our Monthly Teleclass Program promises another year filled with outstanding speakers and thought provoking topics. Earn continuing education credits free with your ICF membership or participate for a small fee as a guest. No matter how you look at it, the value is outstanding! Watch for our monthly e-mail announcements and website updates and mark your calendars now for:


Wednesday, April 6 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Topic: "Creating A Sustainable Business Model for Your Expertise," with Margie Beiswanger.
Registration link will be coming soon.

Wednesday, April 20 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Topic: "Turning Your Expertise Into Programs & Products for Your Ideal Clients" with Margie Beiswanger
(Note: April's classes are two-part series earning 3 CCEUs)

 

NEWS FROM ICF

MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE - June 23-25

Indianapolis, Indiana - "The Crossroads of Coaching"

Keynote speaker:  Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author

 

For conference schedule information, visit http://icf-midwest.com/conference2016/schedule/

CONFERENCE FEATURE...THE PROMISE ZONE PROJECT 

Attending the Midwest Regional Conference?  Plan to participate in the first-ever Conference Community Service Project - The Promise Zone Project. Leverage your strengths as a coach to participate in what may become a new tradition for future ICF Midwest Regional Conferences. This service project will have both a lasting impact on Indianapolis, and will raise the visibility of professional coaching. The program includes:

*  One-on-one coaching, matching staff and volunteers of several nonprofits, plus small business owners on the near east side of Indianapolis who are working towards a common goal.

*   Participating coaches will provide 3 one-hour coaching sessions - two virtual calls prior tot he conference and one in person at the conference between 1 and 3 pm on Thursday, June 23rd.

For more information, click here.  

 

IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR ICF GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP

Go to www.coachfederation.com/renew

 


TOP TEN REASONS YOU SHOULD BELONG TO ICF MICHIGAN! 

  1. Instant Credibility - Gain instant credibility by becoming part of a local community of trained coaches.
     
  2. Continuing education - Free access to a number of programs and earn Continuing Coach Education Units CCEU's. ICF Michigan offers monthly Teleclasses, Core Competency Calls, and a bi-monthly Experienced Coach's Teleforum.
  3. Resource Center - Free Access to Teleclasses and Core Competency Teleclass Recordings, to the Newsletter Archive,  the 2014 World Business and Executive Coach Summit files and to the Book Corner.
  4. Local opportunities - Participate in events that promote awareness of coaching and participate in our Community Outreach efforts.
     
  5. Give back to your community -  give back to your local coaching community and share the power of coaching with those in need.
  6. Local Connections - attend Coach Cafes and meet other coaches for networking, information sharing, and potential business/partnering opportunities.
     
  7. Coaching hours - Gain coaching hours toward your certification when you participate in our Community Outreach efforts.
     
  8. Grow your Business - Add your name to our Coach Directory and obtain referrals for business opportunities.
  9. Leadership Skills - Join one of our ICF Michigan Committees as a volunteer, work side-by-side with other talented coaches and help make a difference in your local coaching community.
     
  10. Scholarships - ICF Michigan offers four scholarships per year to support Michigan coaches enrolled in an International Coach Federation accredited coach-training program (ACTP).

 


 

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

Andrea Fleischfresser, Secretary


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.

 

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