President’s Message – March 2018

Edmonton coaches,

We are more than half way through March!  I’m behind on my messages to Chapter membership!  Getting to be nearly a quarter through my year as President!  It’s been a busy year so far with more to come.

February itself proved to be the month of Intelligence.  Our own chapter members Sam Nguyen and Lori Lacey got us started off with an in-person education session at the Delta Edmonton South on the subject of Conversational Intelligence.  They played to a packed house. Sam and Lori have both invested significant time and energy into this work by Judith Glaser.  Her work focuses in on how we can positively impact the neurochemistry of our brains in and through conversation, how we can strengthen relationships and success, and how in changing our interpretation of reality we impact (for the better) our results.  It was a very interactive and powerful session.  Some of the feedback arising from the participants was that it was one of the best education sessions the Chapter has ever had.

We continued the theme of Intelligence with our first VIRTUAL book club event of 2018 – Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine.  Board member Lisa Shepert took the lead on a very engaging and challenging resource.  I can personally attest that the reading, engagement with my coaching colleagues, and the free on-line assessments have already more than paid for the price of the book. In fact, several of us had identified that we have been making use of the insights and resources with our coaching clients.  I challenge you to find out more about your PQ Score and your personal Saboteurs!  What if?

Next up for the Chapter?  In April we join with Amanda Knight on Thursday April.  She presents an interactive workshop that will share how you can help your clients ‘stand up’ and ‘speak up’ so that they are respected and heard to co-create powerful, positive relationships at home and at work


We also look beyond our own local boundaries in April as we engage in a partnership venture with the ICF Chapter in Calgary.  Together we have accessed supporting funds from ICF Global HQ to be present at CPHR Alberta 2018 Conference: HR Undefined.  This year’s event takes place on April 11 & 12, 2018 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary and several Board members will join our Calgary colleagues in advancing our coaching profession as this important HR gathering (

We have also already started working on celebrating International Coaching Week.  This year the event will take place between May 7 and 13, 2018.  We will be reprising our pro-bono coaching offering and, in that regard, will get the message out to not-for-profit organizations (including those from last year) to advance the coaching profession while also giving back to the community.  We will also again be seeking a proclamation of International Coaching Week from the Mayor of Edmonton.

We’ve got other ideas on the go and as I write this I can tell you we are definitely going to be doing something big for ICW!!  Look for a highly unique and appropriate stage for ICW in Edmonton!  Stay tuned.

But beyond all of that we want your ideas on how to further advance the standing of coaching in Northern Alberta during International Coaching Week.  What are your ideas?  What if each member came up with one small (or big) idea for getting our profession more well known?  Let us know your thoughts through our on-line survey - Click Here To Share Your Ideas

And remember – its time to renew our ICF Membership!  Create some energy, be part of the energy for 2018 and beyond.

I will continue to challenge us all with the phrase – What if?  What if you took up the challenge of participating and promoting International Coaching Week?  Again, with 140+ members all contributing to at least one event this year we can certainly achieve and leverage more than we ever imagined as individuals or as a 9-member Board of Directors.

So, keep on imagining and working on our collective “What if!?”

Continuing success to us all!

Greg Hadubiak