Presidents Message – March 2016

March 31, 2016

Cynthia Moffatt, CPCCHappy Spring! Most of us associate the season with new starts, new ideas and therefore a bit of renewed inspiration. Well, I’m feeling it tenfold! The month of March created more than a few opportunities for learning and growth. Early in the month, I was invited by ICF Global, along with President Elect, Alice Kshyk, to attend ICF’s Global Leaders Forum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Gathering for four days were 200 ICF chapter leaders representing 120 countries from around the world. Alice and I are grateful for the incredible opportunity to collaborate with others, get an update on ICF’s comprehensive Strategic Plan and priorities for the year, and share best practices for creating a thriving, influential Edmonton chapter.

The theme for the 2016 summit was ”Positive Disruptions in Leadership”. In the words of ICF’s Global Board Chair, Leda Turai Petrauskiene, positive disruption is meant to advocate “the agility and ability to discontinue old patterns when they no longer serve us. It requires the wisdom of knowing what to give up and what to hold on to. It requires the intention to live and lead at the edge of growth.” Perfect theme for a roomful of coaches!

Expert keynote speakers Kate Canales (The Design of Disruption), William Arruda (Building Your Brand) and Cal Newport (Applying Deep Work) offered great insight into what it means to serve our membership. Two days of “idea labs” created space for chapter leaders from across the globe to brainstorm on behalf of our chapters, each of us bringing our unique perspectives and experience on topics such as Leadership and Governance/Ethics, Membership Engagement, Innovative Programming, Social Media, Pro Bono/Community Engagement, Alliances & Partnerships – to name a few. While Alice and I enjoyed every moment of learning, collaboration, hypothesis, experimentation and discussion – it is, of course, ICF’s (and our) intent to bring our takeaways back to the Board and to membership for further collaboration.

To that end, 10 days after the summit, we held an engaging networking session with Edmonton area coaches at Tiramisu Bistro to share thoughts and have some good discussion around our work and areas of expertise and interest. I enjoyed seeing some familiar faces and especially enjoyed meeting and welcoming several new chapter members. Thank you to all who showed up and shared!

With this season of renewal, I encourage you to take a moment to renew your ICF membership (members have until June 6 before profiles are terminated and removed from the global database.) With the Canadian conversion, I acknowledge the cost of membership is especially high this year. We like to think the benefits continue to be worth the cost. Between the resources offered through the ICF Global website and the programs and events created by your local chapter, sometimes in tandem with ICF’s Western Region Advisory Council (WRAC) of which Edmonton is a part, there is a wealth of knowledge, expertise and opportunity within your ICF community – near and far.

If you’ve already renewed for the year, thank you for continuing to play a role in ensuring the success and growth of the coaching profession through ICF and through your local Edmonton Chapter. We hope to see you joining our April event and monthly book club gathering. International Coaching week is May 16-22 and we’ll be sharing more info about ICW soon. In the meanwhile, if there is anything you would like to comment on, are concerned about, or would simply like to share, please reach out. We – and your fellow coaches – would love to hear from you!

All the best,

Cynthia Moffatt, CPCC