Save the Date: 2017 ICF Gulf Coast Annual Workshop

By Dr. Grady Batchelor, CPC, CMC

Mark your calendars and plan to join the ICF Gulf Coast Chapter for the 2017 Annual Workshop in Jackson, MS on March 16-17, 2017 with Ann Betz, CPCC, PCC, CNTC, for The Neuroscience of the ICF Competencies: Using Neuroscience for Greater Client Engagement and Coaching Effectiveness.

The Neuroscience of the ICF Competencies:
Using Neuroscience for Greater Client Engagement and Coaching Effectiveness

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Coach Susan Hayman Featured

By Dr. Grady Batchelor, CPC, CMC

Our very own former Gulf Coast Chapter President and Coach Susan Hayman, ACC, was recently featured in The Oxford Eagle in an article entitled “Life coaches help others reach achieve goals.”

“A life coach works with a client to bridge the gap from where they are to where they want to be” –Susan Hayman

Life Coaching

By Sue Schleifer, MA, PCC

Do You Need a Life Coach?

Actually no, you don’t need one. However, you may want one at certain times in your life. Just like you might hire a tennis coach when you want to work on your backhand, a life coach might be the right resource to jumpstart your career or life.

What is Coaching?
Coaching is a partnership that helps you assess where you are now in your life and where you want to be. Your coach will support and challenge you and be your sounding board so that you may create a fulfilling life.
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Coaching for Managers and Leaders

By Craig Juengling, PCC

The coaching profession has clearly matured over the past two decades and demonstrated its value to the companies that employ them as part of leadership development. With the growth of coaching, the profession has become more disciplined about training programs and credentialing of its members. In 1995, the International Coach Federation (ICF) started as a nonprofit organization for fellow coaches to support each other and grow the profession. Today the ICF specifies the competencies and ethics of the profession, and defines the curriculum standards (accreditation), to ensure consistency in coach training, and develops an ICF Credentialing system, requiring renewal every three years. Currently, membership is growing around the world by an average of 500+ members a month and exceeds 20,000. ICF continues to focus on professional standards while positioning the organization more strategically.
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Ethics Required

By Dr. Grady Batchelor, CPC, CMC

If your ICF credential expires on or after December 31, 2016, you will be required to provide evidence you completed three (3) Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEU) in coaching ethics training before you will be eligible to renew your ACC, PCC, or MCC credentials.  ICF Global will be offering a free ethics training course consisting of on-demand video, a case study, and final exam.  Upon successful completion of all there parts of the ICF Global ethics training, you will be guaranteed three CCEUs in coaching ethics to address the new requirement.

For more information on the recent changes to the credential renewal requirements, please see FREE ICF Ethics CCE Course.

Attitude of Gratitude

By Susan Hayman, ACC

Our own ICF Gulf Coast Charter Chapter president and Life Transitions Coach, Susan Hayman, brings us an Attitude of Gratitude.

Coaching Hints:

  • If you didn’t start your gratitude journal in January, start today.
  • Each day is a new opportunity; will you make positive choices?
  • Are you controlling your attitude?
  • Will you look for the good in the bad, the happy in the sad and the gain in the pain?

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Awakening Possibility

By Sue Schleifer, M.A., PCC

Benjamin Zander is a conductor, teacher, speaker and writer. In his talk entitled, The transformative power of classical music, I found him funny, engaging, and inspirational. He began the presentation by playing a piece of music by Chopin. He demonstrates on the piano that when he stops thinking about every note and instead considers the “long line,” suddenly the music takes off. He describes this as being about vision.

With my coaching clients we also explore vision.

  • What is my purpose in life and how do I know?
  • What really matter to me?
  • Is the way that I focus my energy aligned with my purpose and values?
  • In coaching, as in playing music, we put body, spirit, heart, and mind all together to pursue the “long line” in their life.

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Why Being Unvarnished Matters

Being unvarnished in this sense is not the same as being blunt or rough around the edges. It means you’re presenting yourself without a false front or unnecessary embellishment, not shoehorning yourself into a persona or temperament simply because that’s what’s expected of you.

And it’s not always easy. It might even be risky.

That’s because peer pressure is not reserved for teenagers. You might feel obligated to bend your personal ethics for your employer, who insists you fit into a corporate culture of aggressive sales. Or you might feel intimidated by your in-laws, who are less than subtle about their expectation that you will adopt their version of professional success. Or you could feel bullied by a friend whose strong convictions about lifestyle and money turn into an oblique critique of the way you’re living your life.

But the challenges (and perhaps even short-term sacrifices) you face when being unvarnished pale in comparison to the personal and professional rewards.

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