“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus
Happy Fall! One of my favorite things about living in New England is that we experience four seasons. (Truthfully, I wish we only had 3, but I digress). As a young adult, I dreaded the arrival of Fall. I mourned the loss of summer (my favorite season) and braced for the arrival of winter (to call it my least favorite season would be an understatement). As an adult, I am able to re-frame my thoughts and appreciate Fall for what it is – a time of transition to reflect and harvest. Being a Type A minus personality, I love the duality of a season that pays homage to slowing down to reflect and a time of action to harvest. Isn’t this a metaphor for how we as coaches work with our clients?
Fall is best known as a time to harvest. However, following the rhythm of nature, we are also called to begin to slow down and reflect internally. As we experience this seasonal transition, we have the opportunity to assess our own inner harvest, evaluate our personal growth, and express gratitude for what our personal development harvest has yielded. As coaches, we spend significant time helping our clients navigate transition as part of their growth and development.
It seems appropriate to me that Halloween occurs in the Fall. It is a holiday that honors these two themes. Through the use of costumes, Halloween encourages people to be who they want to be and the harvest comes in the form of candy. I remember as a child how much fun it was each year to decide who I wanted to be (reflection) and then make my costume (action). As coaches, we help our clients determine who they want to be – not just one day – but every day of the year. This requires the client to reflect, set goals, and take action. When successfully achieved, the harvest is a happy, fulfilled, and purposeful life.
Transitioning into a new ICFNE season provides an opportunity to facilitate our individual and clients’ growth and development. In an effort to support these goals, program objectives include providing:
- High-quality programs with high-caliber speakers
- Core competencies and resource development CCEUs training opportunities
- A balance of In person live events & teleclasses
- Networking opportunities to enhance community and member engagement
I’m thrilled to announce that the entire 2015-2016 program calendar was finalized this summer. This allows you the opportunity to plan ahead, block your calendar, and increase your opportunity to participate. Click here for a link to the program calendar and mark your calendar to save the dates. Registration is open for events through the end of the year. Registration for the 2016 events is coming soon to an inbox near you.
Highlights of this year’s program enhancements include:
- 2 full-day events – providing 7 CCEU credits each and opportunity for a fuller immersion experience
- All telelcasses have been extended from 60-90 minutes allowing for a deeper dive in content, more Q&A, and .5 more CCEU’s
- Six MCCs presenters to provide a depth of knowledge and experience that can appeal to even our most seasoned coaches
- Increased savings for early bird registration providing additional cost savings for those who register early for evening or afternoon live events
- Additional savings opportunity for members of the Enhanced Membership Package – More details to follow in a future newsletter
As we transition into this new season, it’s an opportune time to reflect on your own personal development goals. I invite you to consider what you want to harvest in your lives, in your businesses, and with your clients. I encourage you to consider how ICFNE can support you in those endeavors.
I hope you enjoy this year’s programs. I look forward to connecting with you during our live events and teleclasses.
Wishing you all a bountiful harvest!
VP, Education and Professional Development
ICF New England