Over one hundred people attended the conference from more than forty countries – from Japan to Australia, New Zealand to Hong Kong, South Korea to South Africa, Latvia to Lithuania, Morocco to Mexico, Argentina to Chile, and let’s not forget United States to Canada, to only name a few. Overall, it was an incredibly powerful experience to be surrounded by so many leaders who are all working toward the same vision – to be in service to humanity flourishing.
(L-R Todd Hamilton, Damian Goldvarg, Leda Turai Petrauskiene, Dave Wondra, Magda Mook, George Rogers)
The discovery I made while representing our Chapter in Atlanta in the company of Donna Howes, our Vice-President, is the fact that our Chapter is miles ahead of many with the initiatives we have in place and the impact we are having in our local, professional and business community. As a leadership team and our community of volunteers, we have a great opportunity to support other chapters around the world to achieve their local aspirations.
Why did ICF Global invest thousands of dollars to unite leaders from all over the world? Why do coaches join ICF Global? Why do members choose to be part of our Chapter? Why does the leadership team invest so much of their time and energy for ICF Vancouver Chapter? What exactly is our common purpose? Peter reminded us that people don’t buy ‘what’ we do, but rather ‘why’ we do it. He continued to say that when we are clear about why we do it, people can be inspired to ‘do what they do’ to achieve it. Innovation is released along with discretionary effort. And, I like to add, the collective energy can truly move mountains!
Although I can’t quite replicate his accent, Brett Walker, a fellow ICF leader from New Zealand, captured the ‘why’ I personally experienced during the global conference which I would like to share with you:
“Being a member of ICF is really something bigger than the individual. It is about enabling the local AND global growth of something we all love and believe in!”
‘Local’ ICF leaders who are part of the Global ICF community left Atlanta with the intention of taking their inspiration and learnings back to their Chapters, and committed to playing their part in supporting the global growth of this powerful ‘thing’ that we do called coaching in service to the global community.
This is the time for us, our community of coaches, our local Chapter, to ask ourselves the questions: What is the future we want to create based on the powerful work we do? What are we willing to do in order to achieve the global vision?
And so I would like to set a challenge to you, our members who are writers, to those of you who spend time creating newsletters, writing blogs, or any other form of communication to your own community, to step up on Monday 18th May 2015 and ‘talk’ about coaching on social media. Post on Linked In or Facebook, blog, tweet, do what it is you do best to get the word out into the universe about what we do, why we do it and the impact we are having. My goal is simple, yet I know we can be impactful – let’s get the word out – and if enough people are interested, then let’s put the challenge out to the global community – after all, the global leaders are all still talking! Who knows, we might even ‘break the internet’ and take over social media that day!