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  • 03/19/2020 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    ICF Gulf Coast Chapter marked the 25th Anniversary of ICF Global with Anik Clemens, Regional Development Manager North America, ICF Professional Coaches. Anik  shared details about ICF Chapters' COVID-19 Coaches  Support Groups, and ICF Global’s COVID1-9  response.  

    Watch the webinar here.

    ICF’s COVID-19 We Care resource page is here

    ICF Chapters' COVID-19 Coaches Support Groups

    Looking ahead to the time when the acute crisis we are all in is behind us, she also gave us a look into what is ahead for the organization as it continues to move forward its vision of supporting the expansion of the global coaching profession. 

    • ICF's New Six Family Organizations
    • Updates to the Core Competency Model
    • Changes to the Code of Ethics
    • ICF's Vision for 2020 and Beyond
  • 03/12/2020 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 and its implications have shaken many of us.  A global pandemic and the associated ripple effects on our clients, our communities, families and selves can be down right scary.  This is a time to draw both our system one, emotional/compassionate thinking and our system two logical/analytical  thinking.  I'm a professional coach, and like many of you coaching is a career evolution for me, my background has deep roots in social work and public health.  I'm grateful for the perspective taking that has afforded me in terms of community,  wellbeing and the practical realities of confronting the as yet unknown related to the now. 

    As you likely know ICF Global has developed a COVID-19 resource page for the ICF community, available at coachfederation.org/wecare.  New resources will be added to this page frequently, and we encourage you to bookmark the page and visit often. 

    Take the precautions you need to for your wellbeing , that of your family,  your  community and your clients.  For example, you may consider shifting to a virtual platform for meetings. Be that telephone or video.  The We Care landing page on the ICF website has a section on shifting to a virtual platform.   There are also  resources on supporting your clients and for self-care.

    Finally,  I invite you to watch:  A message from Magdalena Nowicka Mook.mp4

     Be well, be wise and be kind,

    Deirdre Danahar,  MSW, MPH, LCSW, PCC
    ICF Gulf Coast President

  • 03/11/2020 3:18 PM | Anonymous



    Many of us joined this profession because we’re passionate about helping our clients become the best version of themselves. As a trained coach, I know that ICF Membership helps me be the best version of myself, both personally and professionally.

    As ICF Members, we each represent the highest quality of professional coaching. Together with our colleagues around the world, we are raising the standard for our industry.

    Locally, I’m excited about what 2020 has in store for those of us who choose to rejoin ICF for another year:

    • Continuing education monthly web conferences each worth 1–1.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) credits ($135 Value)

    • 15% discount to the ICF Gulf Coast Annual Workshop ($60 Value)

    •  50% discount for Southeast Regional Webinar Series ($90 value)

    • Special Interest Groups for Executive Coaching and Business Development

    As an ICF Member, you’ll also continue to enjoy the credibility, community and opportunities for continuous development that come with identifying yourself as a member of the world’s largest community of professionally trained coaches. Rejoin ICF Global for another year to connect with our cutting-edge coaching research, lifelong learning, and opportunities for networking and community-building.

    You are a valued member of ICF Global and ICF Gulf Coast. Maintain your ICF Membership by renewing your ICF Global membership today.  Then check the status of your ICF Gulf Coast Chapter membership to take full advantage of the benefits and resources available to you.   

    I look forward to continuing to partner with you in 2020 as we strive, individually and collectively, to be the best coaches we can be.

    Kind regards,

      Martha Brabston, ACC
    ICF Gulf Coast Membership Chair

  • 02/08/2020 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    To support ICF Members and Credential-holders in understanding and applying the revised ICF Code of Ethics, the ICF Code of Ethics Review Team has prepared a set of Interpretive Statements.

    The Interpretive Statements provide a detailed look at the perspective of the Code Review Team behind the revision of each standard of the Code. Use them as a resource to further your understanding of the ICF Code of Ethics and how you may apply them to your coaching.

    The Interpretive Statements are accessible here and are to be treated as a living document that will be updated from time to time with additional content as necessary.

    If you have any questions around the Interpretive Statements, the ICF Code of Ethics, or ethics in coaching, please contact the ICF Ethics Assist line at ethics@coachfederation.org or +1.859.226.4245.


  • 01/27/2020 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    2019 started off like any new year—with a steadfast commitment to resolutions. As a coach, you play an important role in helping your clients hold themselves accountable for their new goals. Did you do the same for your own goals to increase your profile with media engagement?

    Reflection is a necessary quality for anyone who wishes to embark on a successful coaching partnership. To close out the year—and the last month of this decade (!)—we are reflecting on the top insights and strategy from this year as a way to enhance the media relations and marketing aspects of your coaching business.

    Here’s a look back at our top takeaway tips for coaches, from leveraging social media to preparing for a media interview.

    Read more here.  

    Article by Adam Yosim  Adam has a background in broadcast journalism, and he spent seven years as a local TV news reporter in North Carolina, Kentucky and Baltimore, Maryland. He is a senior account executive at Stanton Communications, ICF’s public relations agency of record. Adam specializes in media outreach and social media to earn positive media coverage for clients.

  • 01/08/2020 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    by Jean-François Cousin, MCC

    In January, I invited us all to try our best at making 2019 a year when coaching expands its reach and advances societal progress. I wholeheartedly thank you and everyone who spread the positive ripple effects of coaching around the world! It mattered more than ever.

    Of course, our society needs way more coaching! It’s time for coaches to weave our mission and shared values into a new form of leadership that unlocks vibrant possibilities for the future of humanity. In 2019, at ICF, we enabled ourselves to boldly advance the reach of coaching, in service of our members, our profession and society.

    Growing, To Change the Game

    In January 2020, the International Coach Federation will become the International Coaching Federation. The International Coaching Federation will have a global mindset and demonstrate forward-thinking and expanded ways of serving coaches, coaching clients, our communities and the world.

    We’ll achieve this transformation with six family organizations within our “ONE ICF” ecosystem, each with a dedicated board and resources to move forward.

    Learn more about these exciting changes here.

    Landmark Contributions to Professional Standards

    Another evolution we will all enjoy results from the stellar work of volunteers and staff who finalized, in 2019, what no other global certification body has undertaken: the completion of our updated Core Competency model. More than 1,300 coaches—both ICF Members and non-members, from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience—from around the globe participated in the process.

    We are incredibly proud of the quality, integrity and validity of our evidence-based approach to credentialing and of the value it brings to ICF coaches and their clients. You can learn more about the revised competency model here.

    The ICF Code of Ethics is reviewed every three years. Our latest review began last year and involved a large Code Review Team with members from 16 countries. The team’s multi-layered review process involved hundreds of hours of research, conversation and thoughtful review. We are enormously grateful for the Code Review Team’s enormous contributions to this process!

    We released the revised Code earlier this month, and it will go into effect January 1, 2020. It includes refreshed definitions and standards, and a very helpful introduction. You can download a PDF of the revised Code here.

    Looking Ahead to an Inspiring 2020

    In 2020, ICF will celebrate 25 years of advancing coaching. Besides bringing our new family organizations to life, we’ll enhance ICF’s contribution to the important fields of supervision and Team Coaching.

    2019 has been a game-changing year. Together, we’ve created vibrant new possibilities for the future of coaching. On behalf of ICF Global Board I wish to thank wholeheartedly every member of our ONE ICF ecosystem. ICF’s global community of volunteer leaders, members and staff is the heartbeat of our Association!

    Here’s to wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a great 2020!

    To you and to coaching, with love.

    Read the full article here.

  • 01/08/2020 11:41 AM | Anonymous

    With your help, ICF and our research partners at PwC made the 2019 Global Coaching Survey the largest study of the coaching industry to date. Together, we achieved 22,457 valid survey responses from more than 155 countries! We couldn’t have done this without your support!

    The full results of this comprehensive industry research study will be released later this year.

    Learn more here.


  • 07/12/2019 11:08 AM | Anonymous


    Have you completed the survey yet?

    The Global Coaching Survey is designed to provide an up-to-date picture of the coaching profession and empower you to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges ahead.

    The survey is available online at www.coachingsurvey2019.com.

    The survey will remain open through December 2019.

    The survey is available in nine languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish.

    The survey is open to both ICF Members and non-members who are:

    • External coach practitioners
    • Internal coach practitioners
    • Coaches who self-identify as both external and internal coach practitioners
    • HR/talent development managers/leaders who use coaching skills
    • Managers/leaders who use coaching skills


    This survey explores diverse topics, including:

    • Industry size and revenue
    • The business and practice of coaching
    • Perspectives on industry trends, including regulation, technology and more


    The 2019 Global Coaching Survey is commissioned by ICF and conducted by PwC Research. PwC hosts the survey on a dedicated website, and respondents can have confidence that the information they share will remain secure and confidential.

    • This is not just an ICF Member survey. It is open to both ICF Members and non-members. The participation of non-members is crucial to its success.
    • This is not branded as an ICF study. Doing this enables us to cast a wider net and enhances the credibility of the research findings.
    • Throughout the field period, PwC will distribute periodic, formal reminder emails with a link to complete the survey to members of the ICF community and to past survey respondents. These emails are credible and have been authorized by ICF. If members have questions re: the credibility of an email from PwC, they may direct those inquiries to icfpr@coachfederation.org.


    This is the fourth iteration of the Global Coaching Survey.

    • The 2015 survey had 15,380 valid responses from 137 countries.
    • The survey is designed to engage with as many coaches as possible to provide an up-to-date picture of the coaching profession and empower coaches to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges ahead.
    • This will be the second time that managers/leaders using coaching skills are included in the study. In 2015, their inclusion enabled us to achieve powerful insights into the growth of coaching cultures within businesses and organizations.



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