Our Keynote Speakers for 2014 are:



We are thrilled to be able to bring you two great leaders as our keynote speakers this year. They are both going to have their own take how to:

Be the rock so you can rock the world.

We encourage you to be prepared for your time with them by reading up on who they are and how they plan to rock your world during the conference: Click here to read about Richard Boyatzis, Ph.D. Click here to read about Alan Seale, PCC, CTPC.

Opening keynote is 1.0 Core Competency CCE  Unit and 1.0 Resource Development CCE Unit
Closing keynote is 1.5 Core Competency CCE Units


Richard Boyatzis, Ph.D.

Coaching Rocks Inspiration, Better Performance, Learning and Relationships

Slides from Dr. Boyatzis’ Keynote are available by e-mail request at info@icf-midwest.com.
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Growing and developing is a major driving force in our quest to help others, make a difference and contribute to a better organization and society. Coaches help others establish a deep emotional connection called resonance, also found in other relationships, whether teacher-student, professor-student, doctor-patient, nurse-patient, coach-coachee, mentor-protégé, manager-subordinate, and likely parent-child and spouse/partner to spouse/partner. They are literally, in tune with clients. Their own levels of emotional intelligence (EI) allow them to create and nurture these resonant relationships. They use mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness to BE THE ROCK.

These experiences of mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness are essential to renewal of the human organism at the neurological, hormonal, emotional, and behavioral levels. Based on decades of research into emotional intelligence competencies and longitudinal studies in their development, Professor Richard Boyatzis will lead the audience through examples of how coaching with compassion (i.e., coaching a person to the Positive Emotional Attractor (PEA), their vision and values – to ROCK THE BOAT) is key to leadership development and more resonant relationships. He will describe recent fMRI studies on coaching to the PEA versus the Negative Emotional Attractor (NEA), as well as recent doctor-patient studies showing that arousal of the PEA increased treatment adherence for Type II Diabetics. He will explain why this is central to neuro-endocrine renewal in the human body (which is the only antidote to the ravages of chronic stress) and ROCK THE WORLD OF COACHING!

This session will address the following:

  1. A process for developing sustainable improvement on EI, resonant relationships and the central role of compassion (how to BE THE ROCK).
  2. Understanding the psycho-physiological role of the PEA and the NEA in motivating change or encouraging the status quo regression.
  3. Perceiving how coaching with compassion is effective in helping people change in sustainable ways, but coaching for compliance is not. And why it is crucial to the sustainability of the leader (i.e., the coach) as well (how to ROCK THE BOAT).
  4. Understanding the neural activations involved in these two forms of coaching and why one prepares a person to consider change and learning and the other closes their minds.
  5. How to coach others to develop EI, resonant relationships, and to sustainably change (how to ROCK THE WORLD OF COACHING).

Richard Boyatzis head-shot-cropped-smallRichard E. Boyatzis, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor, and a Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University and Human Resources at ESADE. Using his Intentional Change Theory (ICT) and complexity theory, he continues to research sustained, desired change at all levels of human endeavor from individuals, teams, organizations, communities, countries and global change. He was ranked #9 Most Influential International Thinkers by an 11,000 HR Director Survey in HR Magazine. He is the author of more than 150 articles on leadership, competencies, emotional intelligence, competency development, coaching, and management education. Most recently, his MOOC, Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence on Course had over 180,000 students enrolled from 188 countries. His articles on coaching, since 2000, have included longitudinal studies and now fMRI studies of coaching effectiveness. His books include: The Competent Manager; the international best-seller, Primal Leadership with Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee; Resonant Leadership, with Annie McKee; and Becoming a Resonant Leader, with Annie McKee and Fran Johnston. Professor Boyatzis has a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a MS and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.

Alan Seale, PCC, CTPC

The Art and Practice of “Rocking”

Slides from Alan’s Keynote are available by clicking here

“Rocking” can mean all kinds of things, from shaking things up to cradling a baby, from challenging a belief to nurturing a new idea, from pushing a limit to offering gentle encouragement. A rock can be a solid foundation upon which great things are built or a boulder blocking the path.

Just as masterful coaching and leadership is both a practice and an art, so is “rocking.” Whether you are being a disrupter or a compassionate witness, skills are important. Equally important is the presence you bring to the moment as well as the wisdom to know when, where, and just how much to “rock” and for how long.

In today’s challenging, unpredictable, and amazing world, there is a critical new “rocking” approach on the horizon. Alan Seale calls it “transformaction” – the ability to learn a new skill, gain a new insight, or transform understanding, and immediately move into action. Transformation and action then become one gesture. It’s the dynamic partnership of “being” and “doing.” The more we become “transformactional” in our coaching and leadership, the more we will indeed “rock our world.”

Come prepared to explore, intuit, invite, and co-create, as you take your next steps in being a masterful “rocker.”

AlanRedShirtCrop_200x226pxAlan Seale, PCC, CTPC is the director of the Center for Transformational Presence and the author of 5 books, including Create A World That Works and The Manifestation Wheel. He is the creator of the Transformational Presence Leadership and Coaching  training program, which now has graduates from 23 countries. Alan has presented at three ICF global conferences, including most recently in London 2012, and has been the keynote speaker for regional ICF conferences throughout North and South America and Europe. Truly a global coach, Alan serves clients from 5 continents and travels extensively to teach and speak. His books are published in six languages. He makes his home in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  www.transformationalpresence.org

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