March 7 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Happy Saturday EVERYONE! Hope you enjoy your weekend and do amazing things!!

Don't forget to register for Jean-Francois Cousins, ICF Global Board Chair 2019, will be coming to Chicago to talk with us about game-changing initiatives that are happening within ICF how it can help us all. This event will be downtown on March 23, 2020 at Catalyst Ranch. Check out the website for more information. 

See you on the March Business Sig call  on Thursday March 12 from 12 pm - 1 pm.  Carter  Cofield will not disappoint!!

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Calendar of Events

Key Takeaways:

  • Which kind of leadership organizations need, to thrive in a VUCA world
  • How the world’s most successful companies in the Silicon Valley enhance interpersonal trust within small teams and larger groups, value and leverage diversity, to foster inclusive ways of being and an inclusive workplace
  • Traits of a collaborative leader
  • Traits of an agile leader
  • Latest most-successful leadership practices, and provides recent research from ICF, Accenture, PWC and HCI about what makes workplaces successful
  • Impact of Coaching cultures
  • How we need to be, as leaders, and practical steps we can take, to support the growth of inclusion, trust, agility and collaboration and the emergence of collective intelligence in our own organizations
  • Latest update on ICF transformation and opportunities for volunteer leaders and members


About Jean-Franois:

Jean-François Cousin became a global executive coach in 2006, in the wake of a management career around the world with a Fortune-500 company. By June ’18, he had clocked 10,000 coaching-hours, served over 800 executives and dozens of executive teams, travelling to 35 countries / 5 continents to work with them.
Jean-Francois serves as a Director on the Global Board of the International Coaching Federation and was elected its Chair for 2019.
He authored the book Game Changers at the Circus—How Leaders Can Unleash Greatness in Their Organizations, coauthored several other books and regularly writes columns for the media.
For more information visit

Time: 5:30 – 8:30

Where: Downtown Chicago - Catalyst Ranch

5:30 – 6:30 Networking and light dinner

6:30 – 8 Program

8 – 8:30 Wrap up and networking

Register Today!!

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Business Sig

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Core Competency Call


Core Competency #2

Embodies a Coaching Mindset

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What's New

Partnership Event Information

Thousands of coaches are already registered for the complimentary Team Coaching Accelerator: Advance to the Leading Edge of Team Coaching and Team Leadership with Leadership Professors Peter Hawkins and David Clutterbuck. 

This live 90-minute accelerator is setting records in the coaching community. Join your peers and be a part of this rare event - register now to guarantee your spot.

Secure your seat for the Team Coaching Accelerator here

If you missed it, you can still be a part of the historic first class of the Global Team Coaching Institute - THE global destination for team coaching! This live 90-minute accelerator is setting records in the coaching community. Join your peers and be a part of this historic event - register now to guarantee your spot.

In this complimentary accelerator, you'll learn how to: 

• Distinguish between team coaching and other interventions, such as team facilitation or team building
• Take a complex, adaptive systems perspective of teams and their leaders
• Begin building team coaching into your personal development planning as a coach

Get ready to unlock the paradigm of leadership and teamwork you NEED to succeed in this fast-changing world. 

Register for the Team Coaching Accelerator with Peter & David here

Excited to see you there, NAME!



Raise Your Coaching Game by Using Post-Coaching Rituals

By Rosa Edinga, MBA, CEC, PCC

In the first year of my coaching practice, I began to observe an interesting phenomenon with those with whom I worked.  Whatever issue I found myself struggling with—confidence, time management, holding difficult conversations—coincidentally showed up in coaching conversations as issues my clients were facing.  It can be argued that these are common themes.  The themes themselves were not the fascinating piece.  It was the timing of the alignment of topics.  Within days, or even sometimes on the same day, that I was working through an issue, it would appear in a coaching conversation I led.  During the conversation, a question I would ask my client would linger in my head as a question that could help me work through my own situation.

At first, I began scribbling the questions on the margins of my note page in order to capture it for follow up. In my quest to stay present for my client, however, I found it difficult to capture notes for my own learning.  I began scheduling time immediately after each coaching conversation to capture and reflect on some of those questions that emerged.  On the days where the was no serendipitous alignment of topics, I used the time to ponder how I could more effectively and intentionally use this scheduled post-coaching time.

In that curiosity, I found myself returning to my first foray into coaching, where my continued learning and development was constantly top of mind.  Many of us can recall the first phase of our coaching: going through a training program, scheduling as much practice as possible, working with mentors—all with the daily focus of identifying our strengths and growth areas.  I began to wonder, What could it look like to integrate those practices as part my own ongoing development? The result: a loose process that blends this learner practice and the tools I use as a mentor coach; a practice I refer to as my Post-Coaching Ritual.

I use the term “loose process” because for me, similar to my coaching conversations, it is not a static, linear process. At the same time, my ritual consistently integrates the same elements.

  • Client focus. Whether it is sending follow up notes, scheduling the next meeting or sharing some relevant resources, I use this time to make a list of items (and frequently follow up on) those things in service to my client.
  • Personal reflection. This is the space I dedicate to exploring the thoughts and emotions that surfaced for during the conversation. This has led to the most informative, and often most surprising personal insights, driven by the following questions:
    • What subjects triggered an emotional reaction?
    • What two client-focused questions warrant further personal reflection?
    • What part of the conversation most challenged my ability to stay present?
    • What one to two things did I learn from my client conversation?
  • Personal Development. Here I focus on my strengths and growth opportunities as a coach. This space has deepened my appreciation for the impact being a mentor coach has had on my development. Again, the work here is driven by questions.
    • What one thing worked well in the conversation?
    • Where did the conversation feel difficult? In reflection, what one thing could have made it flow more easily?
    • What crucial thing will I start doing as a coach? Stop doing as a coach?
    • What underutilized skill/competency, if added, would have made a substantial impact on my client?
  • Action Planning. This is where reflection turns into tangible action in service to my personal and professional development. My action planning is focused on identifying:
    • Next steps based on the reflection
    • What supports I need to follow through (including working with my own coach or refreshing or obtaining a skill or competency)
    • What obstacles may get in the way
    • What will look different if I were successful in my action plan

My ritual has made me more intentional with my personal development.  Unless I am able to step outside my comfort zone, challenge my assumptions, maintain a learner’s mindset and push myself to raise my game, how can I ask the same of my clients?


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