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Kristin Robertson, PCC

ICF North Texas President


November 2020

Congratulations ICF North Texas, for being an honoree (a “winner”) in the Chapter Recognition program for 2019—for the second year in a row. I hope you received the email invitations from both our chapter and ICF Global to the awards ceremony during the last week of October 2020.

Special thanks to 2019 ICF North Texas President, Mike Caracalas, who led the chapter in all the outstanding programs that stood out to the judges. Those programs included:

  • Pro Bono coaching program for North Texas Food Bank: In 2019, we started our partnership with NTFB and provided both a leadership development workshop and one-on-one coaching for the organization. Over 40 North Texas coaches each volunteered three hours of coaching expertise to leaders at NTFB. Thanks to Alliances Director Susan Daniel for this achievement.
  • Celebrate Coaching 2018: Explore the Magic of Coaching: Over 130 registrants filled Hackberry Creek Country Club to participate in an appreciative inquiry exploration of the benefits of coaching lead by guest speaker, Dr. Terry Hildebrandt. Thank you, Lisa Seay, 2019 Communications Director, for planning and implementing this successful event.
  • Association for Talent Development and ICF-North Texas partnership: In August 2019, ICF North Texas was an exhibitor at ATD-Dallas Southwest Learning Summit, jumpstarting a partnership that continues to this day. Again, gratitude goes to Susan Daniel, Alliances Director, for leading this initiative.

At this time, we are finalizing the slate of candidates for the 2021 Board of Directors. Our goal is to nominate only those people who have volunteered in the past year for committee work. If you are called to leadership in our chapter, please reach out to me or any other Board member to discuss volunteer opportunities both now and in 2021. It is only with a large group of non-board volunteers that we can continually improve our chapter and win awards.

In this month of thanksgiving, I personally thank, first, the 2020 Board of Directors for their outstanding contributions: Kathleen Klaviter, Tim Kincaid, Jane Koenecke, Staci Witten, Susan Daniel, Jay Harris, Mike Caracalas, Steve Hendon and Laurie Goetz. As president, I have been blessed with a dream team of talented coaches who give their time, labor and love to this chapter.

Next, I thank all the non-Board volunteers, including the 40-plus members who volunteered this year for pro bono coaching at North Texas Food Bank, and the dozen who volunteered to coach at the Texas Women’s Conference in October 2020. It is only with your volunteerism, that we continue to stand strong.


Kristin Robertson, PCC

ICF North Texas President


October 2020

Our ICF North Texas Chapter is here to support you, not only with excellent educational offerings, but with opportunities to make deep connections among members. Especially during a pandemic, we must maintain and deepen our connections with coach colleagues during this extraordinarily difficult time. One of our newly revitalized programs offers you a way to connect in small, special-interest groups with other coaches. This program is called LINC Special Interest Groups.


I am so proud of the work that our Membership Director, Laurie Goetz, and the volunteers she has attracted, have done in August to revitalize the LINC Special Interest Groups. Started several years ago by Cheryl Close and Jim Cooper, LINC (Learn, Interact, Network, and Contribute) is a descriptive acronym for the benefits you receive for participating. LINC special interest groups are a free benefit for all ICF North Texas members. We now have more than 55 members participating and 11 volunteer leaders engaging in LINC groups. Outstanding!


Here is a list of the LINC groups—and their leaders—that are currently available to join:



Any ICF North Texas member can volunteer to start a LINC group to bring together people with a common interest, build connections, and create a sense of community. Future topics for LINC groups could include Diversity and Inclusion, Faith-Based Coaching Community, Higher Education Coaching Community, or other areas of interest. Go to our LINC page or contact Laurie Goetz for more information.


I strongly encourage you to connect with your tribe by starting or joining a LINC Special Interest Group.



 


Kristin Robertson, PCC
ICF North Texas President

September 2020
Earlier this year, when the pandemic was new, I came across this quote from Abigail Adams (1780):

“These are times in which a genius would wish to live…Great necessities call out great virtues.”

I have used this quote as my email signature until I replaced it with a plug for Celebrate Coaching, our signature event in September.

Great necessities have called out great virtues in the ICF-North Texas community. I have seen virtues such as flexibility, optimism, stepping up to help, and taking responsibility in our community this year. We shifted to virtual monthly chapter meetings on March 13, 2020, several days before the COVID-19 quarantine was announced, and have conducted every meeting since via Zoom. We are staging two signature events this fall—Celebrate Coaching in September and our 25th Anniversary party in November—online.

And, it’s not just board members who have shown their virtues this year. Please check elsewhere in this newsletter for the extensive list of volunteers who have engaged in ICF North Texas programs in 2020. The vitality of our volunteers directly correlates to the vitality of our chapter. Thank you, all, for stepping up to serve both our coaching community (through chapter work) and the larger community (through pro bono coaching for North Texas Food Bank, Texas Women’s Conference, and others). We are blessed with high caliber leaders in North Texas.

You won’t want to miss our incredible speakers lined up for Celebrate Coaching on September 11. Renée Robertson is the President of the ICF’s Coaching in Organizations family and has led two large companies to win the ICF Global Prism award for excellence in coaching programs. And Sandy Mitsch, Brené Brown’s top presenter, is introducing us to Brown’s Dare to Lead curriculum.

There is still time to register until September 10, so please spread the word and I’ll see you there!

To show how excited I am about the event, I invited twenty-six current and prospective clients to join me at my virtual table for the event. Of course, not all of them can make it, but it was fantastic to reconnect with prospects who haven’t been in touch during the pandemic. This is a great way to market your business, and at $200 for a table of eight, it is a true bargain.

It is not too late to register your table or half-table—the deadline to sponsor a table is Friday, September 4, so don’t wait!

 


 



Kristin Robertson, PCC
ICF North Texas President

August 2020

We are more than halfway through a tumultuous year that has delivered sudden and massive changes to our lives. In such times, it is helpful to remember what we stand for, both collectively and individually. ICF North Texas values provide a clear direction for the board and our members as we steer our organization into a far different future than we could have imagined at the beginning of the year. It is a good time to revisit our core values.

ICF-North Texas has five core values that the board identified in January, 2017. We introduced the values to our community over the next program year, to positive acclaim. They continue to provide direction for our future plans, and a test for the decisions that we make. Here are the five core values and what they mean to us, and some examples of how your board and our members have been living these guiding values in 2020.



I’d love to hear stories from you about how you’ve seen ICF-NT members live these values. Please send them to me at president@icf-nt.com


 


 



Kristin Robertson, PCC
ICF North Texas President

July 2020
Hello, precious coaching community,

A pandemic. Racial inequality. A battered economy. We are dealing with a trifecta that is shaking our world. While the current situation is grim, I truly believe that much good will come out of this crisis. I can’t tell you exactly what good things will look like, but shame on us if we don’t work together to make the new normal a better normal.

ICF North Texas is here to provide you with a supportive community during this time. I encourage you to get involved by attending chapter meetings and webinars, join a LINC Special Interest Group, or volunteer to help the chapter by emailing me at president@icf-nt.com.

And, I want you to know that your ICF North Texas board wholeheartedly supports the International Coach Federation’s recent statement condemning racism and systemic inequality. Please consider attending the ICF Southeast Region Town Hall meeting on July 15 at 11:00 AM CT called UNITED: Breaking Down Barriers of Race and Systemic Inequality to learn what we can do as coaches. Look for more information in this newsletter.

Last, I’d like to share the closing words from Magda Mook, the CEO of ICF, in her statement against racism. I invite you to join in the sentiment:

“As One ICF, we stand together.
We stand for greater diversity and inclusion.
We stand against racism.
We stand against violence.
We stand for respect, dignity and integrity.”
So be it.

 


 



Kristin Robertson, PCC
ICF North Texas President

June 2020

ICF: What’s in it for me?

I often ask my coaching clients to tune into radio station WII-FM (What’s In It For Me?) when we discuss new behaviors to try. I might say, “What’s in it for you to interact more positively with your boss or co-worker?” Or “What’s in it for you to pause a moment to breathe before you react to an emotional trigger?” I then ask them to turn WII-FM around and pose the question from the other person’s point of view, as in “What’s in it for the other?” I’ve been pondering the turned-around question regarding ICF North Texas and its members. I’ve been asking myself, “What’s in it for our members to be involved in the International Coach Federation (ICF) and our local chapter? How can ICF North Texas help our members survive and thrive during this weird COVID-19 pandemic?”
As a board, we have created a standard list of benefits for joining ICF-NT, which are:

  • Access to locally produced and low-cost continuing education units, which are necessary to maintain your ICF coaching credential
  • Creating a community of local coaches who help, nurture and support each other
  • Advancing the coaching profession

As for membership in the global ICF, an additional benefit is the prestige of attaining an ICF coaching credential, such as Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC).

And there are more benefits that you may not be aware of! I’d like to share some specific services that I’ve taken advantage of recently and hope that you’ll be inspired by some of them. Here’s my curated list of What’s In It For You to be a member of ICF and ICF North Texas.

  • Reciprocal Coaching, administered by ICF, is a service that matches you with both a coach and a client for a six-session engagement (six sessions as a coach and six sessions as a client). The cost is $55, which is an administrative fee for the matching. The concept is that you are willing to barter being a client to a coach in exchange for getting the experience of coaching another coach. Your client is not the same person as your coach, ensuring confidentiality and compliance with the ICF Code of Ethics.

    Sara Smith, a member of our chapter and 2020 President of the ICF Professional Coaching Board, mentioned this service in her presentation at the May ICF North Texas chapter meeting. In a subsequent conversation, she recommended it to me as a good and inexpensive way to take my coaching to the next level. Neil Phillips, a Past President of our chapter, has had experience with Reciprocal Coaching and explained the service to me:

    “There are really two programs, Peer coaching and MCC Preparation coaching. The “Peer coaching” is just that. They are opportunities to hone your coaching. They are generally not recorded and you generally don’t ask for feedback about your coaching.

    The other type of coaching is “MCC Preparation” coaching. These are done with 30 minutes of coaching and about 15 minutes of feedback. With one exception, prep coaching has been great.”

    With both Sara and Neil’s recommendation, I signed up for the next Peer Coaching round that starts in mid-June. For $55, it’s a great deal!

  • COVID-19 resources, especially the video recording of “Staying the Course: What Coaches Can Do in the Time of COVID-19” with Ann Betz, a neuroscience in coaching expert, and William Arruda, host of the ICF Business Development Series. Included in this great presentation is a handout that lists the Top Ten Reasons You (and Your Organization) Need Coaching More Than Ever Right Now. This is a fun presentation. I highly recommend it to you.

  • ICF Business Development Course 2020, hosted by marketing guru William Arruda, is still available in an on-demand format. This course helps you create and implement marketing plans for your coaching business.

  • ICF-NT’s June 16 programs are ones you can’t miss, with speakers from the Gallup organization. 

  • ICF-NT’s LINC Special Interest Groups are being revitalized by our 2020 Membership Director, Laurie Goetz. Look out for more information about how you can get involved in chapter SIGs formed around topics such as MCC preparation, online marketing, mastering the PCC markers.  More to come!
I hope my personal list of services and benefits is helpful to you. See you at our next chapter meeting and workshop on June 16.

 


 



Kristin Robertson, PCC
ICF North Texas President

May 2020
As 2020 continues to unfold in very surprising ways, I marvel at how I am seeing many of you leverage your coaching training and expertise to launch yourselves forward. In spite of whatever challenges have emerged during this pandemic, our coaches are creating a whole new level of digital connections and are supporting organizations of every size and scope through a cyclone of change.

As people of our community continue to endure many disappointments and cancellations, we are uniquely equipped to help them deal with any negative emotions in a healthy way. We can help our clients to understand that if not dealt with, ignored emotions pop back up like a beach ball that you try to keep submerged. By supporting our clients through naming, acknowledging and understanding their emotions, we can help them step through it all toward a positive future. For example, you might say to a client, “I sense that you are feeling a bit anxious about your job. Given the circumstances, I would feel the same. After we’ve discussed your feelings a bit more, could we make a plan for how you are going to come out of this even stronger?” We can make such an important difference for our community members right now, and I hope you are feeling fulfilled in this gift you can give.

Just as you may be providing more for your clients or dealing with a loss of business, ICF North Texas is here to help you weather the COVID-19 storm. Our programs, including chapter meetings, webinars and happy hours, have moved online, and we are here supporting and educating you to be the best coach possible. As our chapter has shifted to completely virtual gatherings, we remain determined to deliver a great deal of value to coaches across North Texas. And ICF Global continues to add more and more resources on the Covid-19 Resources for Coaches page.

Please take a look at some of the upcoming offerings and, I’ll see you on Zoom soon.

 





Kristin Robertson, PCC
ICF North Texas President

April 2020
The old Chinese adage says, “May you live in interesting times,” and we are doing just that. The COVID19 virus has sent us all back to our homes, where many of us, especially the extroverts, are going crazy. It seems like the business community is either super busy and stressed, or twiddling their thumbs and I imagine it’s the same for our ICF North Texas coaches. Whether you are busy or idle, this is a time to re-assess and re-charge. I’ve added a quote from Abigail Adams to my email signature because I was so touched by its relevance to this time of crisis:

These are times in which a genius would wish to live…Great necessities call out great virtues.
— Abigail Adams, 1780
How can you be a genius in this uncertain time? One resource for drawing out your inner genius is a great article from International Coaching Federation called Coaching in Times of Crisis, which contains many helpful resources. Because we all have a bit more time during the shelter-in-place mandate, we can do more of the things that can sustain us. I’ll add some suggestions of my own:

  • Get outside once a day to exercise or just enjoy the beautiful spring weather
  • Practice gratitude for every small blessing that comes your way. For example, on my morning walk with my dog, I notice each tree that has new buds on it and give thanks.
  • Set aside a daily time to amp up your inner life through meditation, prayer, inspirational reading or mindfulness
  • Improve your mind! Read some of the coaching books you’ve been meaning to but haven’t had the time for. Some of the ones on my list are:
  • The Hedgehog Effect by Manfred Kets de Vries
  • Your Brain at Work by David Rock
  • No Ego by Cy Wakeman
  • Humble Inquiry by Edgar Schein
  • Good Leaders Ask Good Questions by John Maxwell
  • Look into the government’s recently passed bill to help small business. You can start here with this article on Where Small Businesses can go for Help.

If you are financially secure, consider giving to the North Texas Food Bank, the non-profit that ICF North Texas has partnered with to provide pro bono coaching in both 2019 and 2020. Because of the enormous amount of economic suffering caused by COVID-19, they are in need of both gifts-in-kind and financial donations. Please visit here to donate money. I just did.

And, do take advantage of our online events this month—a webinar, a virtual chapter meeting and a virtual happy hour.






Kristin Robertson, PCC
ICF North Texas President

March 2020
March 2020 is an exciting month for the North Texas chapter. We are hosting a special, once-in-a-lifetime event on March 25 at 6:00 PM—the evening before the Global Leadership Forum (GLF). GLF is a yearly conference of ICF chapter leaders worldwide, when we come together to learn best practices about chapter leadership and governance, learn about ICF Global’s strategic plans, and network with other chapters. GLF is in a different city each year (last year’s conference was held in Dublin, Ireland) and Fort Worth was chosen for 2020. You can see now why this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

If you are an ICF North Texas Chapter member, or an ICF Global member, please check your invitation (emailed on February 20) for information on how to register for this very special event. You will meet ICF staff and board members from across the globe, hear about the exciting plans ICF Global has to make our profession even stronger, and network with your fellow North Texas coaches.

And, making things even more exciting, we are holding our first ever monthly chapter meeting via webinar. We hope to include people who are not able to attend our Friday luncheons in person. Judy Feld, one of the founders of our chapter and the first director of the coaching program at UT Dallas, will be sharing practical advice from her 25 years of coaching. This is sure to be an instructive and fun webinar, so be sure to register and attend on March 13 at 11:30. Bring your own lunch to eat at your computer.

It’s a pleasure to serve you with the 2020 Board of Directors, who are an amazing team.






Kristin Robertson, PCC
ICF North Texas President

February 2020

At a recent ICF North Texas Past Presidents gathering, Sara Smith, the Chair of the 2020 ICF Global Board for Coach Practitioners Chair, told me that the North Texas chapter is a role model for others. I immediately responded that her shoulders, and the shoulders of all who have served this chapter, must be very dirty because we stand on them. Here is a photo of several of the shoulders that have offered us remarkable support over the years. Thank you to all members who have lead or volunteered in some way to make this chapter great.


Chapter President Kristin Robertson stays connected with and learns from our past presidents.
Here are a few, shown with Kristin: Neil Phillips, Jude Olson, Jim Cooper, and Mike Caracalas.
We are ready to announce our theme or Rallying Cry for 2020. Although this is meant to focus the efforts of the board, it is you, our chapter members, who will make this a reality. Our 2020 theme statement is: Expand the influence of coaching and strengthen coaching cultures!

With this approach, we’re telling members and the broader community that ICF North Texas:
  • Prepares coaches the for growing demand for a higher standard of coaching
  • Is the place to find industry information plus expertise and development
  • Is THE professional organization for all types of professionals: coaches in organizations, external or independent leadership coaches, health and wellness coaches, life coaches, and more
Please check out the February Newsletter for more on our plans for our 25th anniversary year!






Kristin Robertson, PCC
ICF North Texas President

January 2020
Welcome to the new year, 2020! As I step into my role as President of ICF-NT, I first have to bow in homage to the great leaders that have preceded me: Mike Caracalas, Catherine Oleksiw, Jude Olson and so many more. Our chapter holds the prestigious title of “Charter” chapter because we started in 1995, the same year that ICF was born. Happy 25th birthday to both the North Texas chapter and to ICF Global! Look for a chapter birthday party next fall to celebrate all we have accomplished.

We have an exciting year shaping up for you. The board’s theme for 2020 is yet to be formally determined, but it will have to do with broadening our impact on the North Texas coaching community. Stay tuned for more information

The ICF Global Leadership Forum, at which leaders from all the chapters worldwide convene, will be held in Fort Worth this March. We are planning a special event for the chapter during that time. Watch for announcements about that event.

I am proud to be your ICF North Texas president and look forward to working with you to advance the coaching profession in North Texas.

All the best,
Kristin Robertson
ICF-NT President, 2020






Mike Caracalas, PCC
ICF North Texas President

December 2019
Seasons of Change

It feels like a cliché to write about the changing seasons, but it’s genuinely what’s going on for me right now. I spent yesterday raking the fallen leaves in my backyard, and I spent the past week working with the board on transition issues. Every season has its time and my time as your chapter president is coming to an end.

Everyone wants to ask me, “Are you glad your term is almost over?” I will admit to feeling some relief at getting back some of my time, which over the past year I’ve given to the success of our chapter, but I am not “glad that it’s over.” The North Texas chapter is a wonderful organization and I am immensely honored to have led it for the past year. You as a chapter have accomplished so much. From our support of the North Texas Food Bank during International Coach Week to the prestigious Celebrate Coaching 2019, we are making an impact in our community.

All living systems go through transition and our chapter is no exception. Some of our board will be moving on at the end of this year. I want to thank Lisa Seay and Catherine Oleksiw for their tireless support of ICF North Texas. Best wishes to you, and we still look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. We also have two new members joining our board in 2020 and here’s my hearty welcome to Steve Hendon and Jane Koenecke. I look forward to your fresh perspectives.

As I take a step back, I want to be among the first to welcome Kristin Robertson into the role of President for 2020. Go get ’em Kristin! I’m here for you every step of the way.

With gratitude,







Mike Caracalas, PCC
ICF North Texas President

November 2019
Giving Thanks for the ICF

Halloween is a big holiday in my household and every year when it passes, I feel the downward momentum picking up speed toward the end of the year. I’m trying not to let that happen this year. I’ve had such a rewarding time serving as your President for 2019, and we still have a bit of time left together.

Last month, we held our 2nd Annual Celebrate Coaching event and it was a huge success. The chapter was well represented and, equally important, we had an amazing room full of guests and talent developers from organizations around the DFW Metroplex. I couldn’t have been more proud to be a part of it.

This month, we’ll hold our Annual Chapter Meeting on November 8, where we’ll take a look back on all that we’ve accomplished in 2019 and begin looking forward to 2020. And soon after that (December 5) we’ll have our Holiday Party, before we slip into 2020.

You’ll read one more President’s message from me in December, but I’m already beginning to feel the transition coming. The past four and a half years on the board have transformed my view of the International Coach Federation. I always knew it was a great organization, whose mission I align with. But I have a deeper appreciation now for all the volunteer individuals who make it what it is. I’m speaking not just about our chapter here in North Texas, but the other chapters in our “Southeast Forum” and all the chapters around the world. We are part of an amazing global community of coaches. I feel honored to be a part of it and humbled to have served as your leader for my short time on the ICF North Texas board.

If you’ve been showing up all year, I look forward to seeing you again. If you’ve been away much this year, please make a point of coming to our Annual Chapter Meeting and Holiday Party so I can say hello again (or for the first time!).

With gratitude,



 



Mike Caracalas, PCC
ICF North Texas President

October 2019
Celebrate Coaching Within Organizations

As coaches, ICF North Texas members are well aware of the power of coaching. Whether it’s with our own clients or when we’re on the receiving end of great coaching, we’ve seen the impact coaching can have. It has the power to change someone’s world.

What I find equally exciting is the impact coaching can have on the results and culture of an organization. On October 11, we have the opportunity to share that exciting message with colleagues from around the DFW Metroplex with Celebrate Coaching 2019: The Business Case for Building a Coaching Culture

Our own Sara Smith will share the latest research from ICF and HCI about how companies with a coaching culture outperform their peers and she’ll present the recipe for how to create a coaching culture. Then we’ll hear from a panel of companies who’ve had some success in this regard. We’ll finish with a keynote by Steve Sosland, who’s created coaching cultures within multiple organizations.

And it’s all happening at the beautiful La Cima Club in Las Colinas. Details can be found in this month’s newsletter. This is our chapter’s signature event of the year. Make sure you don’t miss it!

With gratitude, 

 


 



Mike Caracalas, PCC
ICF North Texas President

September 2019
Developing Talent through Coaching

In mid August, several ICF North Texas board members—along with one of our counterparts at ICF Global—spent the day at ATD’s 2019 Southwest Learning Summit at the Plano Event Center. If you’re not familiar, ATD is the Association for Talent Development, formerly ASTD (hint: the T was for Training). With respect to coaching within organizations, we believe developing a partnership with ATD makes a lot of sense. After all, what’s the best method of developing talent if not coaching? Okay, that’s my opinion, but it’s a hard-earned and well-informed opinion.

The keynote speaker called himself a coach, many of the breakouts mentioned coaching, and ATD global is even offering a coaching certificate. Given all that, I found myself surprised at the number of attendees who stopped by our booth with only a basic understanding of what coaching is and why it’s such a powerful way to develop talent. It was a reminder to me that I can sometimes get insulated in my community of coaches and forget that the general public, and even Talent Development professionals, are still ripe for an education about the power of coaching to transform lives and organizations.

Our event Celebrate Coaching 2019: The Business Case for Building a Coaching Culture is coming up on October 11. More information is coming very soon, including the opportunity to sponsor a table so you can invite your clients and prospective clients. We’ll certainly be inviting our new friends at ATD, and can’t wait to share the great story of coaching!

With gratitude, 

 


 



Mike Caracalas, PCC
ICF North Texas President

August 2019
Building the Business Case for a Coaching Culture

Lately, I find myself more and more wanting to sell organizations on the value of coaching. It’s not always easy for me to do. From my personal vantage point, it’s crystal clear. I’ve benefited from some world-class coaching and in my practice, I get to see its effects on those I coach. But when it comes to selling organizations on why they should invest their precious capital in the coaching of their leaders, it’s not always easy to put the data into words that tell a story.

Fortunately, ICF has partnered with the Human Capital Institute (HCI) to create a fabulous presentation on Building the Business Case for Coaching in Organizations. In case you missed it, Sara Smith did a fantastic job of delivering that presentation recently in an ICF North Texas sponsored webinar. You can catch the replay here. Additionally, you can have access to the PowerPoint presentation, which you can present on your own.

This October, we’ll be hosting our Celebrate Coaching 2019 event (see the “Save the Date” in this month’s newsletter) and our focus is on bringing in organizational leaders to educate them on the business case for building a coaching culture. And if you haven’t heard, ICF is in the middle of an organizational transformation to, among other things, bring greater emphasis to supporting coaching within organizations. There will be more to come on that in the months ahead, including an update at the October Celebrate Coaching event.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, and I’ll see you in the fall.



 



Mike Caracalas, PCC
ICF North Texas President

June 2019
What’s the Value of Your Membership?

Earlier this spring, I renewed both my ICF Global membership and my local ICF North Texas membership. I happily paid those dues because as a professional coach, I couldn’t imagine it any other way. As a board member, I’ve been fortunate to see more deeply into the ICF organization, participating at the both the Southeast Regional and Global levels. The biggest value for me has been actively becoming part of this amazing community of coaches. I’ve learned from my colleagues and made great new friends. Along the way, I’ve benefited from a wide variety of professional development opportunities.

How about you? What do you value about your membership? Maybe it’s the networking. Or it might be the LINC groups. In this month’s newsletter, our Director of Membership, Laurie Goetz, outlines five benefits of ICF North Texas membership.

Maybe you find value in the opportunities ICF North Texas provides to give back to our communities. We’re still in the midst of our annual International Coaching Week effort, where we’re providing pro bono coaching to the leaders of the North Texas Food Bank, which you can read about in this month’s newsletter. We’re making a real impact in an organization that is feeding the hungry in our local community.

Or maybe you really value the professional standards and industry research that comes with your ICF Global membership. In this month’s newsletter we’ve highlighted the launch of the ICF Global Coaching Survey, which ICF is conducting in partnership with PwC. I like to use the data I receive from Global to build credibility with my clients.

No matter what keeps you coming back to ICF, I hope you are engaging as fully and enthusiastically as you can. I truly believe you get back in proportion to what you put in. Paying your dues is a great start, but it’s just a start. Make your membership work for you. Take advantage of all that ICF membership has to offer!

With gratitude,






 




Mike Caracalas, PCC
ICF North Texas President

May 2019
It’s International Coaching Week!

I was at the dentist today, getting my teeth cleaned with my mouth full of stuff, when the hygienist asked me what sport I coach. All I could manage was a grunt. It’s hard enough to explain “coaching” without the oral impediments of dental torture.

That’s why I love the theme of this year’s International Coaching Week—Experience Coaching! The words we use to describe coaching are excellent pointers, or guideposts, to what coaching is, but until you experience it, it’s hard to understand the impact and why it works. This year we’re helping 40 leaders at the non-profit North Texas Food Bank experience coaching in support of their vision for a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

I hope you are as proud as I am to be a member of the North Texas Chapter of ICF. My personal goal this week is to share my love of coaching in every way possible. That means showing up as my best self with every client I see this week, proclaiming my pride for our profession all over social media, and continuing to develop myself as a coach with chapter webinars, monthly meetings, workshops, LINCs, and everything else our chapter has to offer coaches like me.

Becoming a coach was never a “job” for me. Becoming a coach was a choice that transformed my life. Celebrating my chosen life during International Coaching Week is the cherry on top.

With gratitude,

 


 



Mike Caracalas, PCC
ICF North Texas President

April 2019
How Do You Contribute to ICF North Texas?

Yes, I know you contribute your money in the form of dues and event fees, but we all know there’s more to it than that. We are an all-volunteer organization and this month, it feels especially fitting to recognize our volunteers. April is the month that volunteerism is celebrated nationally (National Volunteer Week is April 7–13 this year).

Like many professional organizations, we would not exist and be able to offer the benefits to you, our members, without the work of volunteers. In fact, four of our members: Katherine Bock, Marie Raines, CurVie Burton, and Laurel Rolls, have spent the last eight months planning the 2019 ICF All-Texas Conference and Retreat. The retreat was held March 28 – 31 in the Texas Hill Country. According to initial reports (and Facebook) a fabulous time was had by all 80 attendees. Thanks to the leadership of these members along with members in Houston and Austin, this event, which didn’t exist two years ago, came to be. We have also seen members joining the Membership and Communications committees, bringing their valuable expertise to help the chapter.

I’ve just returned from ICF’s Global Leaders Forum in Dublin, Ireland, where I represented our chapter along with Kathleen Klaviter, ICF NT Programs Director and a couple hundred other chapter leaders from around the world. This event highlighted the critical role volunteers play not just locally but globally. I was absolutely stunned by the energy, diversity, and talent of the volunteer leaders who make ICF what it is around the world. I could not have been more proud to be serving as your North Texas representative. And it was easy to be proud, given that ICF selected our chapter as an honoree in the 2018 Chapter Recognition program. Along with 12 other impressive chapters from around the world, we were in great company. Here are a few of my photos from the event.

How can you contribute to the chapter? In so many ways, but one in particular has to do with our International Coach Week Celebration (ICW). ICW is April 29 – May 5. It is a tradition during this week for ICF chapters to partner with a non-profit to provide pro-bono coaching. We have the opportunity for 40 coaches to provide 3 hours of pro-bono coaching to the External Affairs team within the North Texas Food Bank. It would be a small portion of your time to make an enormous impact on those helping to feed the hungry in North Texas. This is a member-only opportunity and you must be logged in to sign up. Join us as a volunteer!

Yours in volunteer service,

 


 



Mike Caracalas, PCC
ICF North Texas President

March 2019
Building a Vibrant Coaching Community

What I love most about my ICF North Texas membership is the opportunity it provides me to be part of a vibrant community of professionals. Being a solopreneur coach, I need to be intentional about engaging with my community.

This morning I was part of a very lively Digital Marketing LINC with eight of my ICF-NT colleagues. Some of us are novices at Digital Marketing, some are experts, and some are in the middle. Besides learning from each other, we had a lot of fun and simply got to know each other better, as professionals and as people. LINCs are a member only benefit that offer a great way to build Community (and if you don’t recall, that’s Laugh, Interact, Nurture, and Contribute).  

As a board member, I get the chance to be part of a larger coaching community as well. We’re part of the Southeast Region, and I meet monthly with my counterparts from ICF chapters across the Southeast. It’s a great group of people to work with and I’ve made lots of new friends in the process.

Later this month, Kathleen Klaviter and I will be representing ICF North Texas at the ICF Global Leaders Forum (GLF) in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to all the learning we’re going to experience, I plan to raise a pint of Guinness or two (or maybe a Jameson Irish Whiskey) to the amazing global community we’re all a part of.

And it starts right here, in our backyard. I hope to see you at our next meeting on March 8, or in one of the LINCs, or maybe even as a fellow attendee at our next webinar on Tuesday, March 26.

Yours in Community,

 


 

 


 



Mike Caracalas, PCC
ICF North Texas President

January 2019
How Will You Serve This Year?

That’s a question I’ve been asking myself as the reality sinks in that I’ve been elected to be your President for 2019. The rest of the board and I are in the process of setting our goals for the year, but I can tell you now what my biggest priority is.

I want to engage more of you in making a difference for our chapter.

I joined the board three years ago as a way of deepening my connection and commitment to the chapter. It definitely worked! Before that point, I was coming to a few meetings, but I was still “on the outside, looking in.” Now, I’m playing a central role in keeping our chapter growing and moving forward which, as a coach, is what I strive to do in all aspects of my life.

There is a phrase that’s been floating around among some of our fellow ICF chapters in the region which is “moving from consumer to contributor.” I’m sure you know this, but I’ll remind you, we are a volunteer-based, member-led organization. We have no paid staff. Without our members contributing to the operations of our chapter, our operations falter.

One thing that holds us back from stepping forward to contribute may be that it’s not clear exactly what help is needed. For that reason, I’m focusing this year on getting us to document the specific ways you can contribute. My vision is that you can click to a page on our site and see all the available opportunities to contribute, documented in one place, with details about the time commitment and task responsibilities. We’re not there yet, but we’ve begun. Click here to check out what we’ve started. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me directly to chat about how you can contribute (president@icf-nt.com, 972-863-1852).

How will you contribute this year to the continued success of your chapter? Let’s work together to make this year an outstanding one for ICF North Texas!