Review and Preview: Mid-point 2022
Incredibly, the year is already half over! June is an ideal opportunity for a quick review and preview, framed with our new Strategic Priorities.
Our chapter strategic planning is on a three-year cycle. This year is the beginning of the next planning cycle, so in January your Board of Directors met for an off-site retreat to review the prior three-year plan and co-create a vision for 2022-2024. We decided that the existing Strategic Priorities were still relevant, so we chose to adapt and update. We identified three Strategic Priorities to guide our focus and actions, outlined below with a few examples of actions taken in the first half of 2022 and planned in second half:
Strategic Priority #1: Supporting the Entire Members’ Journey
Empowering all our members to grow, succeed and thrive throughout their coaching journey.
– Our popular special interest LINC groups (LINC = Learn, Interact, Network, Connect) keep expanding, with a reenergized ACC LINC and formation of a new Business Building LINC. LINCs are another benefit of chapter membership. See the LINC page of our website
New Member Outreach – The personal outreach to new members is a key component of successful and enduring engagement. To scale up for increased size and engagement, the Membership Committee is looking for volunteers for help with “bite-sized” roles, such as the “Connection Crew.” This is an excellent way to get involved. Contact Cheryl Close, Membership Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Member Orientations
– are quarterly one-hour virtual presentations to provide an overview of the benefits of belonging to ICF North Texas. If you have joined in the past year, I recommend you attend one of these. I learn something new each time. The next is June 23 at 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Contact Cheryl Close, Membership Director, email@example.com
Strategic Priority #2: Expanding a Vibrant Coaching Community
Engaging our members, coaches, clients, and the NT region through
in an inclusive and welcoming community of coaching excellence.
– In 2022 we resumed meeting in person, starting with one meeting each quarter, with virtual meetings between. It felt so great to be together again in January and April! Our community now extends well beyond North Texas, so to be inclusive we decided to experiment with hybrid meetings to accommodate those who want to meet in person and those who prefer virtual. Our first two hybrid meetings were well attended, and feedback indicated that hybrid may become standard for us. Doing hybrid meetings well does drive extra cost and we are watching expenses carefully.
– We continue to attract and engage new members (our chapter is among the largest, with approximately 200 members).
International Coaching Week
– For 2022 and beyond, we plan to increase emphasis on expanding visibility of ICF North Texas and of coaching across the region. A splendid example is our chapter’s offerings during International Coaching Week (ICW) in May. This included offering 45-minute virtual lunch-and-learns, free to all and open to the public, on five consecutive days This unique approach showcased the expertise of our outstanding members. This was in addition to traditional ICW pro bono coaching opportunities that continue. Thanks to Dara Rossi, Alliances Director, for organizing this ICW event.
Celebrate Coaching (Hybrid)
– Our annual Celebrate Coaching event will be on October 14. This hybrid event has two outstanding presentations. Carol Kauffman, PCC, is keynote speaker. Then the award-winning team from BNSF railroad will share a case study on coaching in organizations. Thanks to Sandi Knight, Director of Special Events, and the Celebrate Coaching committee. Registration and table sponsorship details are coming soon.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI +B)
– DEI continue to grow in importance throughout ICF. Volunteers are sought for a new chapter DEI+B committee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have a passion for this work and would like to help create a more welcoming and inclusive chapter.
Strategic Priority #3: Demonstrating Operational Excellence
Continuously improving and sustaining our operational effectiveness through simplified
and standardized processes, procedures, governance, policies, and tools.
– Operational excellence provides the chapter with important structure and focus to be effective. ICF Global recommends that chapters have an independent Governance Audit every few years, to ensure sure bylaws, the chapter agreement, and policies are in alignment. A recent audit found our chapter was very well aligned, with only minor adjustments recommended for consistency. Thank you to chapter Past President Catherine Oleskiw for conducting a rigorous review and assessment.
– Teresa Dabney, our Director of Online Platforms, is heading a website enhancement initiative, to improve and refine our online presence and make our website
easier to interact with. Working with Teresa is Kathleen Klaviter, Past President.
Online Trainings Database
– Steve Hendon, our Director of Programs, is working with Teresa to create an online database of all trainings for members.
Member Focus Groups
– Our May membership meeting program was essentially a virtual focus group, with small extended breakouts to review and discuss the three strategic priorities. Board members were in each breakout to listen and take notes. Our goal was to confirm and calibrate, with adjustments based on what we heard. We gathered excellent feedback that will inform the board’s Mid-Year Retreat on July 16. Thanks to all who participated.
At the January hybrid meeting, I shared a vision for 2022 to be our best year, yet. The first half is over, with much to proud of. We are looking forward to an even better second half of the year.