Coaching World Issue 18: May 2016 - Page 4

Michael Voss From the CEO Coaching World is a quarterly digital publication of the International Coach Federation. It is distributed via email and accessible online at Coaching World is developed and produced by the ICF Marketing Department. May We Connect ... ICF is often described as a global connected community. These are very powerful words: “connected” and “community.” As with so many words, they may mean a lot of things to different people. Let’s look at “connect.” One may say it is to establish a relationship. Others will define it as getting in touch or creating a rapport. My favorite definition actually states that to connect means to “awaken meaningful emotions.” Every day we connect—and we are being connected—by and with. Meaningful emotions are those of lasting impact and impression, even if the awareness of them comes later. That’s what coaching is all about. Director of Brand Management May is the month that we celebrate International Coaching Week Lisa Cunningham (May 16–22, 2016, to be exact). What a wonderful opportunity to get in Social Media Specialist Justin Hannah touch in so many different ways. Many ICF Chapters are hosting activities Marketing Specialist and events that will bring coaching closer to the general public. Coaching Abby Tripp Heverin demonstrations, flash mobs, media alerts, conferences, workshops, pro Communications and Awards Manager Stephanie Wright Brand Designer bono sessions and community outreach—to name just a few—will all help grow awareness of coaching. For those who know about coaching already, perhaps that will be the very last gentle nudge to actually engage in the coaching relationship. For those for whom coaching is a new offer, it could open up new possibilities. For Opinions expressed by contributors are their own and not necessarily endorsed by Coaching World or the International Coach Federation (ICF). Content may not be reproduced in whole or in part without prior written permission. coaches themselves, the deeper journey into coaching proficiency and different facets and applications of coaching could be a great moment of reflection and growth. The vision of ICF calls for “coaching to become an integral part of a thriving society.” International Coaching Week is one of many ways to make that vision a reality by ensuring that individuals and organizations—both large and International Coach Federation Headquarters 2365 Harrodsburg Road, Suite A325 Lexington, KY 40504 USA 1.888.423.3131 or 1.859.219.3580 Advertise with us! small—all know exactly what coaching is, how they can benefit from it and how they can find the right professional coach for themselves. So in May, may we connect with our clients, prospective clients, colleagues, friends and ICF Chapters. When you think about almost 28,000 ICF Members making these connections every day, accomplishing our vision is just a matter of time! Thank you for being a part of this amazing connected community. Coaching World 4 Magdalena Mook CEO/Executive Director