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Have You Registered Yet for the ICF Regional Midwest Conference?

If not, what’s holding you back from registering?  The next ICF Midwest Regional Conference is not until 2018!  So, if you miss this conference, you’ll have to wait two more years for this kind of line up of speakers and content.

We have a fantastic line up of engaging speakers featured at this year’s conference.  In addition to our keynote, Marshall Goldsmith, we will have Karen Keller.  She will be speaking about Coaching Leaders to Influence by Choice NOT by Chance.

Everyone is a leader – or at least has the potential to be. Future leaders are asking, “If I’m not influential, how can I make a difference?” The demand for leadership coaching by individuals and organizations is greater than ever before. Coaches need to understand influence and how it applies to their clients’ needs. This session provides coaches the opportunity to create influential leaders by introducing them to the Keller Influence Indicator® (KII™). This assessment tool measures a person’s Seven Influence Traits™: confidence, commitment, courage, passion, empowering, trustworthiness and likeability. Today’s leaders are eager to unlock the door to becoming as influential as they can be. Come prepared to create, coach and learn!

KellerKaren Keller, MCC, Ph.D., CEO of Karen Keller International, Inc., is author/creator of the Keller Influence Indicator® (KII®). She is a clinical psychologist and Master Certified Coach specializing in influence and human behavior. Dr. Keller develops programs, materials and resources relating to the Art of Influence. Her latest influence report, SOCR®, incorporates a person’s Seven Influence Traits® as related to 5 Organizational Competencies. She is passionate about helping people and companies develop their influence potential and an influence culture. Dr. Keller speaks and facilitates training seminars on Influence Mastery for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations. Her list of clients includes Clemson University, PepsiCo, American Express, Pizza Hut, Paragon Medical and Purdue University.

Learn more and register here.

ICF Midwest Regional Conference Speaker Spotlight

We have a fantastic line up of engaging speakers featured at this year’s conference.  In addition to our keynote, Marshall Goldsmith, we will have Cynthia Kivland.  She will be speaking about Neuroscience and Emotionally-Intelligent Teams: Coaching for Membership, Empowerment and Meaning.

The two top derailers of teams are trust and vulnerability, according to Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of Teams. In this session, you will learn about ten years of research conducted by The Liautaud Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), detailing the communication protocol and EI-based exercises that increase “trusted vulnerability”. First, we’ll explore the “brain at work” and how we learn, the three “R’s” to create emotional habits, and the neuroscience that supports the biogenic needs of membership, empowerment and meaning. Attendees will be invited to participate in exercises to experience a process-driven approach to build high-performing, emotionally-connected teams specific to mindful listening, trust and coaching for awareness.

KivlandCynthia Kivland serves as Chief Learning Officer for the Liautaud Institute at the University of Illinois- Chicago. She oversees global learning, coaching and talent development for The Institute’s corporate, university and consultant partners. Cynthia is a Board Certified Coach and author of the Social Emotional Intelligence Coach Certification program. Her book Smart2Smarter-Smarter Skill Every Employee Wants is based on research identifying seven smarter skills to connect and contribute, using the intelligence of emotions and biological need to group. Cynthia is also on the Leadership Faculty of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as an emotional-intelligence expert. She is passionate about The Liautaud Institute’s research and program on developing self-managed, emotionally-connected teams.

Learn more and register here.

Wish you were here! Conference Wrap-Up.

Dr. Boyatzis, Opening Keynote.

Dr. Boyatzis, Opening Keynote.

A week has passed and I have had a chance to calm down and relax after the wonderful 2014 ICF Midwest Global Conference. Wow! What a wonderful learning experience!

I have been a coach for 10 years and an active participant in the wonderful ICF Cleveland Chapter for the last three or four years but this was my first conference. It really did ROCK!

Logistics – The Marriott did a marvelous job. The food was delicious. I heard other Clevelanders comment that they have been to the hotel many time but the food was never this good. We ate very well with a wide variety of salads, cute little desserts, and healthy snacks. Yum! I still dream about that tiny little éclair.

The volunteers were everywhere, wearing flashing LED guitar pins showing they were available to answer questions and give directions. It was kind of neat to look out at the ballroom filled with people and see flashing lights spread out at every table.

The Friday Food opportunities seemed particularly popular. You could hardly get near the table to sign up for a group dinner outing to some of Cleveland’s most popular restaurants. We wrote about the food several times in the blogs leading up to the conference so we were not surprised that Michael Symon’s Lola filled up almost immediately.

The weather cooperated too. It stopped raining every time conference attendees had a chance to walk around outside. The sun even came out for the walk to the Friday dinner destinations.

Keynote – Case Western University Professor, Richard Boyzatis, Ph.D., kicked off the conference with a two hour keynote so totally on point that you would have thought that every breakout session speaker peaked at his notes beforehand. I’ve never experienced such a well-structured conference.

His points stayed with us through the entire conference. He encouraged us to ask questions that help our clients make an emotional connection then he explained the science behind this idea. He reinforced his points with exercises that raised such a din he had trouble bringing us back to attention. My table stayed around through the break to finish the final exercise. I am sure some of that was the general enthusiasm of coaches but much of the racket sprang from the excellent way Professor Boyzatis framed the exercises to bring home his point. Well done!

Programming was structured to support the keynote theme. I know the Programming Team created six different ways Coaching Rocks but it might as well have been called Boyzatis Rocks the way the breakout sessions supported Boyzatis’ main points. Walking down the hall between breakout sessions I overheard participants mentioning how their last breakout speaker emphasized the points Professor Boyzatis made. That was awesome – many thanks to the Programming team!

Each breakout session offered a choice of tracks depending on your personal interesting, giving each participant many options. I highlighted at least two sessions for each breakout. I know some people started at one session and ended at another because the choices were deliciously difficult.

I chose sessions about building my coaching business through marketing, networking, content delivery and how to treat my clients. I was quickly in information overload with so many ideas buzzing around my head. I typed up my notes and shared them in a planning / review session with my business partner who could not attend. We adjusted our second half plans based on what I learned! For example, we have been growing our business through speaking engagements. I attended at least three sessions that looked at marketing and speaking engagements from different perspectives. I think I finally understand how to move forward!

Exhibits and Sharing – The exhibitors were an active part of the conference. I seldom saw an exhibitor without at least a few people around the table. The conference was so tightly programmed that many speakers were able to point to an exhibitor that supported the concepts discussed. That seldom happens either.  Plus you could always find a quiet place to chat with a colleague about some fascinating point from the past session.

Overall, the energy was stimulating, the learning useful and the experience energizing. I heard that one participant was so energized that he came to the conference knowing NOTHING about coaching and left planning to get certified in the next two years. I too am re-engaged about learning and growing in coaching! Are you?

Let’s get this great learning experience next year in Kansas City! See you then!

Katherine Burik
The Interview Doctor, Inc.®

Planning Continues for ICF Global 2014 North America Midwest Conference

Confucious said, “Study the past if you would define the future.”

positively clevelandThe ICF Global 2014 North America Midwest Conference Cleveland appreciates all the hard work that went into making the last two conferences so successful. We want to build on past conference to provide progressively better conference experience for you.  Here are some areas we hope will support a great conference:  

The food team is planning to offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free meal options in a way to satisfy your needs. You may see questions about food preferences on registration materials or special tables reserved for those with special food needs. Details are not finalized yet but be assured someone is thinking about it.

The Host City Committee is working closely with Positively Cleveland, the award winning local marketing team to offer valuable local information about what to do in Cleveland during the conference. We want to facilitate networking so conference goers can mingle and take advantage of all Cleveland has to offer at the same time.

“Positively CLE” will have a table at the conference with dining and entertainment information. We want to match people to restaurants for group reservations even if you come to the conference alone.  You can make reservations without effort and connect with other conference goers you might not know yet. No one should spend Friday evening alone in their room unless they want to.

The conference set up encourages networking and learning. The Downtown Cleveland Marriott Key Center is laid out so all conference meeting rooms, meals, and services are on the second floor very close together.

Remember, Coaching Rocks! and you will too at the ICF 2014 Global Conference!

Recognizing Our Rocks

The 2014 ICF Global Conference – North America Midwest is a time to learn, grow, and connect as a coaching community. It’s also a time to recognize coaches throughout the region who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the coaching profession. Started in 2013 by the Midwest Regional Council (MRAC), the Midwest Regional Awards honor ICF Midwest Region coaches who exemplify ICF Core Values through outstanding contributions. We are thrilled to honor our Midwest Region “Rocks” this year in Cleveland.

For 2014, coaches can be nominated for:

The Avatar Award – This rockin’ coach is a dynamic, up-and-coming ICF coach who is coming to be regarded as the embodiment or personification of coaching and leadership. The Avatar is recognized by their uplifting spirit as well as their positive and inspiring energy. They are a model of professionalism in personal growth and the growth of their coaching business and will exemplify the “coach approach” in team and chapter activities. They should also hold or have a pending ICF ACC credential.

The Community Outreach Award – This coach rocks the region with their exceptional leadership in local/regional community outreach. They consistently identify opportunities for outreach and demonstrate creativity in defining community outreach initiatives. They not only proactively recruit involvement in community outreach but they also inspire participation and positively impact lives in the community via their enthusiasm and commitment to the outreach model.

The Innovation Award – This rock definitely gathers no moss as they passionately explore possibility as a bold innovator and risk taker. They are an individual who decisively acts with purpose, determination and resolve to affect positive change for the coaching profession. You’ll recognize this rock as the person who exemplifies the courage to envision, be and do what other coaches have not, pushing the limits of conventional thinking and status quo.

The Leadership Award – The coach exemplifying outstanding achievement in leadership in the ICF Midwest Regional coaching community is a cornerstone of excellence. They authentically act, motivate and inspire excellence and commitment to achieve goals that advance the development of the coaching profession and community and continually demonstrate exceptional dedication for the greater good.

The Thomas Leonard Achievement Award – This visionary leader has been rockin’ for 10 years or more as a credentialed coach and embodies the visionary perspective of Thomas Leonard, founder of the International Coach Federation. They are noted for their integrity as well as the breadth and depth of their coaching work throughout their career as a coach. They hold either a PCC or MCC credential and continues to add their contribution as a leader in their local chapter and beyond.

The coaches who demonstrate these characteristics are indeed the ROCKS of our region. They are the ones who are leading the charge to position the coaching profession as an industry of authenticity and integrity. On behalf of the Midwest Regional Recognition Awards Committee, we invite you to nominate an outstanding coach today. To learn more about selection criteria and access the nomination form, visit today. Deadline for nominations is April 15, 2014.

Explore our Conference HQ – The Downtown Cleveland Marriott Key Center

Our headquarters for the ICF Global 2014 —North America Midwest will be the Marriott Key Center, a recipient of the 2013 TripAdvisor Award of Excellence, located within walking distance to many Cleveland attractions.

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  • Across the street from the Medical Mart and Convention Center. This new facility, home to the Global Center for
    Health Innovation, offers 235,000 square feet of convention space including 100,000 square feet of permanent showroom space for medical products, devices and technology. You might want to stop by for a tour if your coaching practice focuses on health issues.
  • Down the street from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will be closed on Friday evening when we have some free time. Plan to visit on Thursday evening or Saturday after the conference ends. During the week the Rock Hall offers Summer in the City, a free live concert series. As we get closer to the conference we can share specific exhibits.
  • Great Lakes Science Center is next to the Rock Hall with an OmniMax theatre and special exhibits including the steamship William G. Mather, a 618 foot Great Lakes freighter.
  • Across the street from the Cleveland Horseshoe Casino a 96,000 square foot casino that opened in 2012 in the former Higbee Building at Tower City Center across the square from Downtown Cleveland Marriott Key Center. The casino is worth a visit to see this beautiful old department store originally opened in 1929 and completely remodeled for the casino. The store was known for the 10th floor Silver Grille Restaurant and for its prominent role in the 1983 movie, A Christmas Story
  • A few blocks away from Progressive Field where the Cleveland Indians play and in the other direction, a few blocks from Cleveland Browns Stadium on the lakefront. The Cleveland Indians are in town during the conference. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, they play the LA Angels of Anaheim. The weekend starting on Friday, the Indians play the Detroit Tigers. Get your tickets in advance because games with the Tigers sell out quickly. Game time has not been announced yet but we suspect the weekend games will be night games. The Indians always have great fireworks!

From the hotel windows we can see Lake Erie during conference breaks. The conference will be located on the hotel’s second floor. We will eat and learn in a series of rooms along two corridors conveniently located near the elevator to your hotel room.

Two rooms will be devoted to morning activities to get us in the right frame of mind to learn and grow. Stay tuned for announcements about these special early morning activities.

The Food Committee is arranging tasty food to accommodate special vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free dietary needs.

We hope you take advantage of all Cleveland offers in addition to learning and growing as Coaching Rocks!

Welcome to the 2013 ICF Midwest Regional Conference

The Steering Committee and their teams are hard at work organizing and planning.  We’ve had many discussions around our theme “Breaking Boundaries: Imagine, Inspire, Impact.”  We’ve discussed what it means to the conference and what it means to each one of us who is working to bring this conference to life.  We’ll be sharing our thoughts through the blog and our newsletter over the next six months in anticipation of a conference experience like no other.  We’re not going with what a conference is “supposed to be”.  Instead, we’re asking what boundaries do we want to break for the benefit of our attendees, exhibitors and sponsors?  What impact can we create?  What conference norms do we imagine could be improved on?  What will inspire us and everyone in attendance?   We look forward to sharing our thoughts and bringing a conference of the coaches, for the coaches and by the coaches.

We look forward to your comments, questions and feedback this year.

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