Looking around it seems that 2017 is the year of coaching – as the saying goes you cannot swing … as coaches we rarely deal with pets, more with their owners. At the same time the strange bifurcation remains that you’re either a highly-paid C-level executive of a major company, then of course you have a coach – it comes as perk with your job – or you “need” a coach because you’re considered a complete failure. As a coach, you are well aware that everybody needs a coach. Coaches need a coach. Shunryu Suzuki, the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, remarked: “You are perfect as you are and you could use a little improvement.” Coaches are everywhere – just met with over 300 coaches from around the world at ICF Global Leadership Forum in Warsaw and it was both inspiring and comforting to see that everyone has different challenges in their way of being a coach and at the end it's all the same – a comforting thought.
Finding a coach, selecting the right coach can be a daunting undertaking and it is part of our task as coaches to facilitate that, to educate the public and to reach out in multiple ways. The ICF International Coaching Week is a great opportunity to increase visibility for the coaching profession and to give back to the community. Over the last years our chapter has developed impressive programs for ICW and this year we have an even more diverse set of activities.
I invite you to participate in one of the organized programs during ICF or create your own outreach to spread the word, educate about coaching, offer services and not the least also grow your business.
Sometimes coaching feels more like herding cats than swinging them, yet it’s so gratifying to see how much the cats appreciate being herded in the right direction.
With best wishes for a wonderful spring,
“Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.”
― Shunryu Suzuki