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ICF Michigan Newsletter

October 2016

 

David Chinsky - Ph.D, MCC, Past ICF Michigan President

Coaches Column  

  

A Millimeter of Progress in a Million Directions
 
Are you stretched too thin?  Are you majoring in minor activities; busy but not productive; or always in motion and never getting anywhere?  Many of us are making a millimeter of progress in a million directions.
 
Lin Yutang, the Chinese writer and inventor, and the author of The Importance of Living, used to say, "the wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials".  In Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown encourages us to live by design and not by default, and to "distinguish the vital few from the trivial many".
 
McKeown points out that the basic value proposition of Essentialism is simple: "Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter".
 
The antidote to non-essentialism is remaining in control of our choices and our priorities.  If we don't make the effort to prioritize our lives, someone else will rise to the occasion and do this for us.  Perhaps our new mantra should be: I can do anything but not everything.
 
Jim Collins, in How the Mighty Fall, writes about how "the undisciplined pursuit of more" is a key reason for the failure of many companies he studied.  Even Joseph Juran, who in 1951 wrote the Quality Control Handbook, referred to the inevitable need to make tradeoffs in our personal and professional lives. He referred to this as "the law of the Vital Few".
 
As we close out 2016, and begin planning for 2017, we might decide to "uncommit" a little more frequently and to become more comfortable with saying "no".  After all, the Latin root of the word decision - cis - literally means "to cut". Scissors, anyone?

 

WELCOME, NEW ICF MICHIGAN MEMBERS! 

Matt Rampe of Ada, MI
Janice Forsythe of Windor, Ontario

 

NEWS FROM ICF MICHIGAN 

BOARD ELECTIONS

Nominations to the board remain open until October 15th. Please send your nominations (including yourself, if you wish) to Board Secretary Andrea Fleischfresser at andrea.lifecoaching@gmail.com. Election process will begin November 1st.


NOVEMBER MI COACHES CONNECTION 

Date:  Thursday, November 10 from 9 am - 12 noon EDT

Location: VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152


Join us and connect with fellow coaches while earning CCEUs by attending the Connection! 


November's topic: Breaking Coaching Barriers - Coaching Assumptions that could be Creating Barriers to Powerful Results.

Click here
for more information and to register.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PRO BONO COACHING

Looking for an excellent opportunity to offer pro bono coaching? Consider Women For Change, a non-profit organization that makes coaching accessible to lower-income women who are seeking to change their lives. The coaching program covers a 12-week period. If you are a credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation or International Association of Coaches, Jackie Browning can give you more information. Contact her at jbrow603@yahoo.com and start bringing positive change to someone's life.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Enjoy these great articles from Coaching World and the ICF Blog:          
-Promoting Change in Your Coaching Practice: http://bit.ly/2dds9Ep
-Choosing a Payment Model:  http://bit.ly/2ddrLWn
-Top Podcasts for Professional Coaches: http://bit.ly/2dxfZ4B
-Declutter Your Mind: 5 Steps for Mental Clarity: http://bit.ly/2djoGAH 

 

NEWS FROM ICF GLOBAL

ICF GLOBAL CONFERENCE RETURNS IN AUGUST 2017 

Save the date! The first ICF Global Conference since 2012 will be held August 24-26, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park.

 

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.

 

COACHING FACTS & FIGURES

In a recent global study of more than 15,000 participants, it was learned that 67% of coach practitioners are female,
and a little more than half
of coach practitioners are between the ages
of 45 and 59.
However, nearly half of managers and leaders who use coaching skills are under 45 years of  

age.

 

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE

Are you excited by the learning opportunities provided through ICF Michigan? Inspired to join the team and continue the momentum? The Education & Development team is looking for two people to support continued programming!
 
1.  An organizer and facilitator for the monthely Teleclasses.
2. An additoin to the hosting group for the Core Competency calls.
 
Interested? Contact Beki Fraser at 248-320-9556 or
-Education@ICFMichigan.org for more information.

 

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
October 11 at 1:00 pm 

Topic: "Facilitating Learning and Results: Designing Actions" 

Click here to register

 

TELECLASS WITH GUEST STEVE MITTEN 

October 17 at 1:00 pm 

Topic: "The Hero's Journey"
Click here to register

EXPERIENCED COACHES' TELEFORUM 

October 25 at 4:00 pm 

Topic: "Favorite Resources"
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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