Letter from the President | ICF Indy Chapter News

Margie BieswangerWell, so-far-so-good as far as the Polar Vortex returning to us here in the Midwest, eh? I don’t know about you, but my energy and motivation is a LOT higher right now than it was this time last year when we were in the unrelenting grasp of the dreaded Polar Vortex of 2014. Brrrrrr.

We had our first chapter meeting of 2015 on January 27th and it was such a fabulous time of connection and learning! Wow, we have some seriously good programming lined up this year (thanks to the programming committee) and we started it off with a bang.

Here’s a compilation of just some of the folks who joined us:

January 2015 Chapter Meeting

We’ve got a Coffee Chat coming up on February 12th. I hope to see you there. We already have 11 people RSVPed. Can I just say that we’re going to be making a lot of joyful noise at the First Watch Café that morning?! I can hear the symphony of connection, camaraderie, and caffeine percolating now. (Okay, so I mixed some metaphors. You have permission to roll your eyes.)

At any rate, there is lots of fun stuff planned for the chapter this year. Be sure to stay on the newsletter list so that you are in the loop. And be sure to scroll down. Way down. All the way to the bottom. Each month. Yeah, I’ve got a lot I want to share each month. Because I don’t want you to miss a thing!

The chapter leadership team is having a Strategic Planning Retreat on February 5th. I’ll be updating you on the outcomes from that retreat in future communication.

And you’ll be invited to participate in the action plans we develop. Yes, YOU. We want you to help make this chapter what you want it to be. In order for that to happen, your presence and your participation will be required. Don’t worry. It won’t hurt.

Alright, I think the last big thing I want to be sure you’re aware of is that the Midwest Regional Conference is around the corner. Yes, June will be here before we know it. I plan to attend. How about you? Take a look at the dates and at Julia Mattern’s monthly column. She is keeping us updated on the conference planning (thank you, Julia).

I can’t wait to head to Kansas City and partake in the conference activities. I would love for you to plan on attending, too.

So mark your calendar and set some intentions… Set an intention that you will attend the conference. Set an intention that the registration, hotel, and other travel expenses will be easy-peasy for you to cover. Set an intention to make some wonderful new connections and friends. Set an intention that you will learn some amazing coaching tools that will set you on fire! Set an intention that you will even more fully participate in this alliance of coaches here in the Midwest and flourish because of that. Those are just some of my intentions. And I’m happy to hold those intentions for you, as well. Are you in?!

Stay connected. Be an active part of this community. And definitely plan to attend chapter events this year.

I can’t wait to see you again or meet you for the first time!

Margie

 

 

Margie Beiswanger
ICF Indianapolis Chapter President 2015-2016

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Our Chapter At A Glance

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The ICF Greater Indianapolis Chapter is comprised of a diverse blend of professional coaches. Here is a snapshot of our membership:

  • Our members represent a mixture of life coaches, business coaches and executive coaches.
  • Curious about our experience? We have coaches brand new to the profession, coaches with 15+ years of experience and all levels in between.
  • We currently have over 250 members.
  • Many of our members have ICF Credentials. In our chapter, we have 16 ACC’s, 10 PCC’s and 2 MCC’s!

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What is Your Question Behind the Question? Who are You Choosing to Become?

There is an old adage that has stuck with me for 40+ years. “We are the sum total of our choices.” Said another way, “We are who we choose to become.” At various times in my life that ‘truth’ has been uncomfortable.

My observation is that many of us have forgotten about the power of choice in our lives. What we are ‘choosing’ to do, and what we are ‘choosing not to do.’ The ‘busy-ness’ of our lives, the noise in our heads, seem to ‘short circuit’ our willingness or ability to be more ‘intentional’ (on purpose) about what we choose. Consequently, we ‘give away’ some of the important power to ‘live’ our lives and become some lesser version of who we could be.

Think about your own life. Do you find yourself saying that you have no time for this or that, your work or boss is so demanding, when you’re done with work you have all these responsibilities that life seems so overwhelming at times? Does it seem like other people’s choices are ‘crowding’ your own? Is this how you have come to see your life? Is that okay, or is there another way you want to think about it, and another way that you would prefer to live?

When my life begins to resemble the above, I find it beneficial to ask the ‘question behind the question’ (QBTQ). It is a time to examine not only what I’m choosing, but why. What value, belief, or deeply held assumption is at work in this particular area of my life? Exploring the QBTQ is often quite difficult, but it is the key to change. One word of warning – in the process of exploring the ‘QBTQ’ you may uncover information, knowledge, or develop an awareness that may be an ‘epiphany’ as it relates to the actions or thinking you want to change. The common thought is that once I have all the awareness and ‘data’ I need that the path to change will be linear and successful. It isn’t. Countless times I witness people that have all the information, knowledge, and awareness they need continue to make choices that are not in their best interest – baffling, frustrating, sometimes humorous. Why is that? I don’t know. My mentor, Dr. William Glasser, believed that we choose the behavior we do because it gives us the most control, regardless of whether or not it is ‘good’ for us. Maybe he’s right. It comes closer to explaining my own paradox between what I choose and what I ‘should’ choose.

We need to move on. Our awareness is still the cornerstone of change. Our motivation for all change comes when there is a perceived gap between where we are, and where we want to be. We need awareness to help us understand what it is we are choosing in order to choose to change… if we choose (intentionally confusing).

I have a friend who wanted to lose weight. After many failed attempts to lose weight and keep it off, I asked him if he knew what his ‘relationship’ was with food and the role food played in how he coped (QBTQ). He admitted he didn’t. In that moment, however, a light bulb went off. He understood that he was trying to solve for the symptom, but not the cause. In his case, once he started to work on the cause it was a much different and more difficult journey. He came to understand how and why he ‘abused’ food. He began to develop healthier coping skills. It was hard. He realized how a lifetime of attitudes and habits had to be formed, and how long it would take him to unlearn and relearn new ones. He chose the journey. After five years, he was able to lose weight and keep it off.

This is real life. The question behind the question can reveal deeply held beliefs, values, and assumptions about ourselves that have become habits that aren’t helping us. The journey to a different life is often difficult. It can also be transformational, your choice.

Is there a key QBTQ in your life – something that if you could change your thinking and/or your behavior about would make an incredible difference in the life you are choosing?

To a better you…

Jim
James Struck, President
B.A., M.A., Reality Therapy Certified
Leadership Vision, LLC
www.ldrshipvision.com

Jim StruckJim has been owner/president of Leadership Vision, LLC in Carmel, Indiana since 2006. His firm is dedicated to improving leadership effectiveness of individuals and teams so they experience greater performance in their business lives, and greater satisfaction in their personal lives.

Prior to Leadership Vision, Jim spent 25 years in the collection industry; including 21 years as CEO of Mutual Hospital Services, Inc., a hospital-owned healthcare receivables management company in Indianapolis.

Jim has served as:

* Chairman of ACA’s Healthcare Services Program
* President of the Indiana Pressler Memorial Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
* Executive Director of the National Healthcare Collectors Association (NHCA)

He writes and speaks extensively on leadership, employee engagement, personal productivity and energy management, and execution.

He obtained his B.A. degree from Hanover College and his Masters from Ball State University.

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How to Raise Your Personal Standards

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Last March was a big travel month for me with two trips and the collection of many frequent flier miles. For some reason the quality of toilet paper caught my attention in the cozy Florida airport (nice soft and multi-ply) and the expansive Atlanta terminal (thin single ply). I could theorize that the smaller airport can afford a higher quality TP because it serves fewer people, or that it serves an older clientele that prefers the extra softness, but it really all comes down to the standards set by the TP purchaser, right? What’s more important, the price or the quality?

I get it. It’s just TP, but I think it says so much more. The personal standards we set for ourselves become almost invisible to us, much like our TP. They become part of the background and our life reflects those standards. If you are experiencing a lot of difficulty in your life and work, it may indicate that a raising of standards is needed.

“If you don’t set baseline standards for what you’ll accept in your life, you’ll find it easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes and a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.” ~ Tony Robbins

So how do you raise your personal standards you ask? Working with a coach will accelerate this process of course, but you can start with a few steps:

1. Make a list of 10 people that you admire, especially in how they deal with problems and people. How can you be more like them, yet still be yourself? Identify these role models and observe their behavior. Set some goals to emulate the behaviors that will meet a new higher standard for yourself.

2. Be constructive with absolutely everything you say. Yes, I said absolutely everything! This means that when you are faced with an issue, instead of blaming someone you only discuss ways to improve and move forward. When you find yourself in the middle of a gossip fest, you either change the direction to a constructive tone, or extract yourself from the conversation. This isn’t easy, but raising your standards shouldn’t be easy anyway.

3. Admit your role in everything that occurs in your space and raise your standards to prevent it from reoccurring. This can be difficult to do, but taking responsible for absolutely everything that happens to you. Determine what role you played in the situation. What could you have done differently in order to have a more successful outcome and what do you need to put in place in order to ensure that you’ll create more success in the future?

And above all, I wish you many years of soft, multi-ply TP.

Lynn ZettlerLynn Zettler founded CORE IMPACT COACHING, Inc. (formerly LifeAction Coaching), an Executive and Professional Coaching firm serving business owners, and C-suite and corporate professionals, in 2006. Leveraging from her 20-year corporate and leadership experience from The Dow Chemical Company, and Coach University training, Lynn partners with clients to develop their leadership and communication styles, while aligning with their integrity and vision. With a specialty in effective communications, Lynn engages organizations through workshops and trainings related to topics such as: Leading With Influence, Core Values at Work, The One Page Business PlanTM, and many others.

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A Coaching Approach to Business Development for Coaches

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The number one challenge facing many coaches can be summed up in four words: Fear of business development.

I have met hundreds of coaches over the years–I have had virtual tea with many around the world–and they all smile with a sense of recognition when I share my response to their question, “Do you have any guidance for me?”

I watch as it lands when I ask them, “How are you at business development? Who are your potential clients? How many potential clients do you meet with each week?”

I share with them what I see coaches, particularly new ones, doing. After they get their shiny new certification from an ICF accredited school, they sit behind their (often) new computers and wait for clients to show up. Often, they are so uncomfortable with the idea of sales or marketing, and they have old baggage attached to the concepts, that they would rather spend time doing the fun and comfortable tasks of building a perfect website (which in my experience is always a work in progress and will never actually be “done” so relax and put it up when it’s 70 percent there), or they take more courses to be a better coach. And they put themselves into debt, and heighten their stress level, in the process.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “I took this great course… or I took that great course.” Or “I need to take this course before I’m ready.”

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