Guest Blogger: Sue McLeod
There’s nothing like a room full of coaches! Really! Energetic, expressive, curious and generous… It’s magical energy to be a part of, if only for a few hours.
The first event with the ICFNE Maine Chapter created that magic!
Over 30 coaches traveled from points in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts to Portland, Maine. We had coaches of all types – leadership, health, parenting, life, career, non-profit. Some were just starting out on the path to coaching; others have been doing this a long time. The diversity was inspiring, and everyone found a small group to which they belonged.
We spent two hours discussing how to manage the boundaries of coaching. From answering the client’s question, “What do you think I should do?” to broaching the subject of needing services from a different type of professional (such as a therapist or specialized consultant), the group grappled with defining those “boundary moments” and shared best practices for managing them.
It’s tempting to ask (or want to report) a list of “what we learned” from the session, but it’s difficult to summarize the learning from an interactive session with 30+ people (especially when no one was taking notes!). We created the space, invited the conversation, and trusted that everyone would contribute their best and take away the nuggets that resonated for them, and we believe that is exactly what happened.
While everyone mingled and traded business cards after the program, I heard many comments that the conversations were incredibly valuable. As one person who is new to the region told me, “I met so many great people and learned something, too.” She emphasized that her learning was not just a reminder of something she already knew, but was truly something new that she needed to know. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
Did you attend the event? If so, please share any “nuggets” that you took away from the workshop in the comments section below!
We had a great first event and we’re planning to hold them quarterly – September, December, March and June. Watch the ICFNE newsletter and social media for future announcements.
And – ICFNE Maine Chapter is going full steam ahead on our other goals to increase the awareness of coaching in Maine and supporting successful coaching businesses. I’m sure we’ll be writing more about that in the coming months.
ICFNE Maine Chapter is a great example of what a small group of committed coaches can create. I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Sue McLeod, PCC, CPCC, CMC – brings 13 years of experience in coaching and leadership development and over 20 years of experience in high-tech consulting to her work with leaders and organizations. She works with senior managers to adapt to changing business environments, understand their strengths and development needs, focus on top priorities, develop their leadership skills, and manage their career transitions.
Sue is on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, teaching programs in leadership coaching, mentor coaching, and coaching with values. She is on the board of the Association for Coach Training Organizations (ACTO) and can be reached at email@example.com and on Linkedin.