Question . . . Why are you a coach? It is something I want to ask each member of ICF New England. We each have at least 60 hours of verified coach training which creates a common foundation as members of ICF New England. Why you are a coach begins to weave threads that unite us in community. What gives it texture, vibrancy, enhancing ICF New England in our communities, is the sharing of stories of ourselves, our clients and our community.
What began on NPR as an experiment as a story shared and recorded between two souls is now an ongoing anthology, StoryCorps, housed in the Library of Congress. Their mission: to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record their life stories. The Moth Radio Hour (yes I am an NPR junkie) which George Dawes Green, a poet and best-selling novelist, founded because he wanted to recreate, in New York, the feeling of sultry summer evenings in his native Georgia, where he and his friends gathered on his friend Wanda’s porch sharing spellbinding tales, is today an ongoing telling of human vulnerability. And do I need to say anything more than TED Talks to convey the value of story in affecting growth and change?
Over the next year, I propose we share our stories, with each other and our communities, of how coaching affects our living as an invaluable aspect of growth and success for our community, our work, as human beings. It is presently a thought, an idea, to be explored and expanded upon as the year progresses, perhaps featured on the ICFNE website as an ongoing blog, or an audio/video web post. Then again, maybe something yet to be dreamed.
Here I would like to ask you to contemplate two things:
1. Writing a 250-500 word essay sharing your story of growth and success in coaching.
2. Volunteering to be part of the publication team to bring this to our membership and communities.
It is here that collaboration begins. By definition, to collaborate means to work one with another. Is that not coaching? Actually is that not foundational to living this life? (A philosophical discussion for another time.) In this installment of the President’s Message, I ask you to mull over synonyms of collaborate:
How do you collaborate every day? In your work, your community, your relationships?
One last request: I ask you to consider collaborating with your fellow ICF New England members in creating a tapestry of the profession of coaching for our communities, our businesses and our fellow human beings by volunteering for a committee or project, writing a story, bringing forward to your leadership ideas and suggestions, or simply participating in ICFNE events to enhance ICFNE’s presence in demonstrating the value of being an ICF credentialed coach.
Well I have gone on long enough. Thank you for reading through to this end.
Again we would appreciate your thoughts, comments and suggestions on stories and collaborating, which you may send me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week . . . You are an ICF Coach.
Until next week, enjoy!
Maggie French, PCC
Chapter President 2015-2016