Cheers to a New Year when We, Coaches, Help Make the World a Better Place
Here’s to wishing you and your loved ones a very healthy, happy, loving, inspired and transformational 2019, and to hoping that many of your dreams come true!
At ICF, we dream that, ultimately, everyone in the world has the opportunity to experience the transformative power of coaching and that society thrives as coaching transforms lives. May I invite you to reflect, today, about how, together, we can make our cherished profession even more of a force for positive societal progress in the next 12 months?
Our World Deserves Transformation
Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swedish climate advocate, challenged world leaders at the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland, and went on to say, “I have learnt that you are never too small to make a difference. […] To do that, we have to speak clearly, no matter how uncomfortable that may be.”
Other brave thought leaders advocate higher standards for education, measures for greater well-being, and attempt to shift our mindsets from scarcity to abundance.
Can we, humble coaches, united by our values of integrity, respect, collaboration and excellence, do more, to help improve the course of humanity this year?
Together, We can Help
ICF coaches are spread over 140 countries and are a fast-growing, passionate family; almost 1,000 new members joined ICF every month in 2018!
With our skill set and our shared belief that every human being is creative, resourceful and whole, we help people:
- Become aware of and truthful to who they are
- Unleash their best and find the courage to make a positive difference for themselves and those whose lives they touch
- Enhance the quality of their relationships
- Develop further their empathy and critical thinking
- Enable collective intelligence in their organizations or communities for a better outcome
We model coaching skills for our clients—in business, civil society or government—and to coaching students. And, we occasionally speak to and inspire audiences and journalists about the transformative power of coaching.
The ripple effects of our combined actions may well be far greater than we suppose. How many lives will ICF’s more than 33,000 Members positively influence in 2019?
Shall we attempt a quick calculation?
Say, we each coach 30 clients in 2019…We’ll then collectively serve 1 million people!
We also help our clients enhance the lives of people around them, right? Let’s estimate each one of our clients impact seven other individuals. Now, that’s another 7 million people.
Many of us teach coaching skills in organizations or coaching schools, and probably will inspire and upskill another 1 million people around the world, who will then positively influence the lives of a few more millions of people in 2019.
What if, in addition, we all create opportunities to engage our communities and the groups of leaders we know about the transformative power of coaching? If we each talk to 200 people this year, we’d reach more than 6 million people who shall inspire many others.
What a ripple effect we can have!
It all starts with you and me. We need to leverage our passion to the next level of impact.
Ready already? What will it take for you to reach out to 200 people this year?
ICF will Strive to Help Coaching Make a Greater Difference in 2019
In 2019, our ICF Global Board Directors, volunteer leaders and staff around the world will partner ever more closely and open exciting new frontiers for coaching growth and impact worldwide.
Together, we are committed to further enhance:
- The value people place on professional coaching
- ICF support to Members around the globe
- Our partnerships with training and education providers, thought leaders, organizations, HR leaders and nonprofits, with a service mind and ever-higher performance standards
Persian poet Hafiz wrote, “The sun never says to the earth, ‘you owe me;’ look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.” I believe our kind of love for those we serve, our values and our skill set will help advance the societal transformation we aspire to and brighten the future of individuals, families, companies, systems and humanity!
Here’s to doing together all we can to make 2019 another year when we, coaches, help make the world a better place!