I received this message from the President of the ICF (International Coaching Federation) as part of a monthly ICF update. There’s a huge nugget of wisdom in these words, can you find it?
The sustainability of coaching
When I left my country or origin, Argentina, and moved to the United States, I was 23 years old, did not speak much English, and brought all my savings, $500 dollars. I left everything I knew to grow and have a better life. I had many fears but I did it anyway.
This transformational process helped me to understand that having clear goals, taking risks, working hard, and collaborating with others were key to my success. I applied these principles in my life and was able to get two masters and a doctorate working full time as a therapist with families and children affected by HIV and AIDS.
Working with life and death situations taught me what is really important in life: our relationships and our health. I never forgot these lessons. After graduated as an Organizational Psychologist, I got a job as an international leadership development consultant and traveled to more than 40 countries all over the world providing leadership training, assessment and coaching. I worked with powerful executives from Fortune 100 companies, and developed programs for very poor immigrants at community-based organizations. I have also had the privilege to work as a coach with United Nation agencies.
All of these experiences helped to prepare me to be your ICF President this year. It is truly an honor and very humbling experience to serve you and our profession as your President for 2013. I care deeply for our profession and believe the only way that coaching can keep growing and becoming an even more integral part of society is with the commitment from every one of us. If every coach becomes a leader and inspires the people around them, this world, will become a more peaceful and loving place for everyone.
I believe we all have a job to do to assure the continued growth and development of professional coaching. If you want to help, you can get involved in your local chapter as a volunteer, participate in regional conferences, or just educate every prospect client about the benefits of coaching and the importance of hiring coaches that are well trained, certified and work under the ICF code of ethics.
This year, you can count on my passion, my love for our profession, my hard work, and collaboration to support the accomplishment of the ICF strategic objectives.
I am committed to work with everyone of you to grow our profession, to give it more visibility, to have a stronger credentialing program, to provide professional development opportunities, and to conduct meaningful coaching research.
In closing, I want to thank all the people who encouraged and supported me on my journey. It is so true that we don´t do anything amazing on our own. So let´s support each other in making 2013 a memorable year!
Dr. Damian Goldvarg, MCC
2013 ICF President
Okay, maybe it’s just my interpretation, but Mr. Goldvarg had a distinct advantage on most people ~ he was scared. Fear and desperation are unbelievable motivators; how many times do you “settle” because of comfort? You’ve heard people (you may be this person) say they would like to do something different/quit their job/go back to school, etc., but they are too “scared” to make the change. I respectfully reply “horse hockey”.
It’s not “fear” that keeps you in check, it’s comfort. Success stories almost always begin the way Dr. Goldvarg initiated his own experience – no comfort, and no option but to make something happen for themselves. Be good to yourself – learn how to embrace fear rather than settle for comfort.
John “Whit” Whitaker is Founder of the HR Hardball™ movement.
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