I’m just back from the International Coach Federation (ICF) Conference in Montreal. I have attended many of the ICF Conferences over the years – even chaired two of them. At this year’s conference I gave a presentation on “The New Rules of Marketing”. They told me to expect 30 or 40 people, and I ended up with over 200! The topic was very popular and I got some nice comments afterward. I’ll offer the topic as a teleclass soon.
More than 1,400 coaches from around the world were at the conference with 47 countries represented. Whenever I gather with other coaches, I always feel very proud to be a part of – and a pioneer in – this growing profession. The ICF is growing by 400 members every month, and the profession of coaching is thriving.
We heard keynotes from many thought leaders, including management guru Peter Senge who spoke very passionately about the environment and encouraged us to take a stand to reverse current trends. All three keynoters commented that coaching could have a big impact on changing the world. Vandana Shiva phrased it that the coaching profession could be a ‘detox agent’ for our toxic world.
Social responsibility was a key theme at this conference. In fact, my two favorite presentations were at the end on social entrepreneurship and about coaches leading social change. Coaches were encouraged to step into more visible, thought leadership roles to influence change. I was and am inspired to be a catalyst and leader for change.
Stay tuned for me stepping up in a bigger way!