Spotlight: 2016

Drawn at random from those who attend General Meetings

December 2016

Geo RobertsICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Geo Roberts

I have been a member of ICF Colorado for 2 years and a member of ICF for 22 years. My introduction to ICF was a 1993 London mentoring and coaching conference. Following an exciting career as a graduate of the USAF Academy, seeing combat in Viet Nam and then serving as a fighter pilot and instructor for the first 15 years of my working life, I stumbled into what my real purpose here on Earth is. Together with my wife and sons we settled in the UK and I co-founded a management training and leadership development company which engaged a spectrum of small, medium sized and international organizations throughout Europe, UK and the US for over 30 years.

Before coaching was even perceived as a profession outside of sports, our clients wanted to explore how to produce lasting behavioral and attitudinal change throughout their work force from boardroom to the shop floor. To this end we employed a unique model and method of accelerating growth and change in the values, vision and working practices of individuals, teams and organizations called the Cycle of Experiential Development. This powerful framework helped CEO’S through to ‘operators at the ‘coal face’ to understand how and why change was desired, needed and then successfully carried out. Results were dramatically improved so that instead of 80% of change initiatives failing, over 80% succeeded. I have worked across the broad spectrum of manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, property management and IT as well as non-profit and governmental organizations.

Coaching Philosophy:
My coaching philosophy is that nearly all of us have within us the “seeds of greatness” as Zig Ziglar used to say. I see it as a treasure chest of dreams, ambitions, talents, experience and knowledge that simply needs unlocking. Given the right encouragement and environment we thrive when we consistently step out of our comfort zones and seek to make a positive impact in our sphere of influence at work, home and in the community. My book, Impact! How To make a Positive Difference (ISBN 9781615793112 – highly recommended and readily available via Amazon) was written to enhance this effective team and personal development process.

Value of Coaching:
If we as coaches can somehow inspire, challenge and support our clients who sincerely want to change and step out of their zone of comfort, access their own treasure chest of what they could do differently or better and then get them to practice their new belief, attitude or behavior, then these new skills, habits and paradigm shifts will significantly change their world and increase their sense of fulfillment.

My current focus is to help train leaders how to effectively introduce a coaching culture and approach into their corporate and personal world using the Cycle of Experiential Development through workshops, personal coaching and the internet.

Contact Information:
Geo Roberts
Geo Roberts Coaching Ltd
geo@georoberts.com
geo@georoberts.com
719-330-0855

 

November 2016

jeanniegunter150x194ICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Jeannie Gunter, MA

Jeannie Gunter, M.A. has twenty-five years of experience working with organizations, professionals and individuals to increase their communication skills, emotional intelligence and leadership capacity. She has worked nationally and internationally as an organizational consultant, personal growth facilitator, trainer, coach and speaker. She sees herself as a bridge between professional and personal growth and brings a balance of practical, results-oriented coaching and facilitation with a focus on supporting coachees who are on a path towards self-actualization and full-self expression.

Jeannie is also a certified Shadow Work® facilitator and coach, and a Voice Dialogue coach. Jeannie uses her coaching tool bag, and years of facilitation experience, to support coachees in having immediate breakthroughs and incorporating practical changes in their lives over time. Her coaching practice focuses on executive coaching as well as transformational coaching. She works with clients who have done a great deal of personal growth work and need support working through lingering, stuck issues.

Jeannie did her ICF accredited coach training through the Rayner Institute with additional training at the Voice Dialogue Institute of New York and Shadow Work Seminars in Colorado. She has been a member of ICF Colorado since 2015.

Jeannie is also a lover of salsa dancing, hiking, travel and driving her Mini with the top down. She lives in Bailey, CO with her husband Mark.

Coaching Philosophy:
Here is some of what I believe that informs my coaching. As leaders, we have a responsibility to continually grow ourselves to be our best. All limitations can be transformed into opportunities. The places that we most avoid in ourselves are the places that have the most potential energy to help us move forward. Life is meant to be lived as fully as possible. We all get stuck at times and we need outside support to live the lives we are here to live. As Joseph Campbell said, follow your bliss. As a coach I do my best to be profoundly present with my clients, follow them where they need to go, and blend heart, courage, and empathy with asking hard questions. In short, I am committed to my client’s greatness and to supporting them in having breakthroughs to lead, live and love extraordinary lives.

Jeannie’s coaching style is intuitive, practical, empathetic and results-oriented. One client’s comment: “My sessions with Jeannie have been transformational. I left these coaching sessions with a feeling of profound personal epiphany and a deeper understanding of myself and how I respond and react to the world. Jeannie is a highly intuitive and gifted facilitator and coach.”

We all have blind spots, limiting beliefs and past experiences that get in our way. A good coach can help us to navigate those obstacles to grow into who we want to be and to grow into our mission and vision for the world. If you are up to making a profound difference in the world, a coach can save you years of struggle.

Value of Coaching:
We all have blind spots, limiting beliefs and past experiences that get in our way. A good coach can help us to navigate those obstacles to grow into who we want to be and to grow into our mission and vision for the world. If you are up to making a profound difference in the world, a coach can save you years of struggle.

Quote:
If you want to change your life, change your beliefs.

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
As a “solopreneur,” I miss working with other like minded people, especially for collaboration. I signed up for ICF-CO membership to be able to have access to a group of peers who are committed to growing the coaching profession. As a new member, I look forward to opportunities to share ideas, resources and support.

Contact Information:
Jeannie Gunter, MA
Jeannie@transformativetraining.com
www.transformativetraining.com
www.soulactualization.com
(303) 653-3097

 

October 2016

Donna ReadICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Donna Read

I have been providing career development, leader development, executive and team coaching services for the past thirty years. I worked first as an internal coach and HR specialist providing career development support to international technical consultants and coaching international foreign assistance team leaders and team members. My responsibilities also included working overseas and at headquarters to provide crisis support, psychosocial care and wellness training to aid workers in posts such as Afghanistan, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan etc. I currently work in private practice at the senior and middle management levels providing training, facilitation, and coaching in leader development, team dynamics, career transition, workplace wellbeing and resilience in the private and public sectors.

I am deeply committed to building healthier, more psychologically safe work places that foster creativity, collaboration, and resilience. As a coach and clinician, I have a profound interest in the processes of implicit emotion and work deeply with clients to uncover maladaptive emotion schemas (aka lifetraps), which are held in the nonconscious mind and show up in the form of schema coping behaviors when triggered. These lead to behaviors that can impede the functioning of the group and hurt the client’s career. The processes of emotional contagion and behavioral entrainment at the group level fascinate me and give me an edge in understanding and unraveling the dynamics at play in professional demanding work environments. Basically, I help people learn how to behave better at work.

My work with individuals centers on helping them to get unstuck from difficult thoughts and emotions. While I can’t promise to remove unwanted and painful thoughts, emotions, memories, bodily sensations and the like, I am able to provide my clients with skills that change their relationships to these internal events that are holding them back. I am particularly fond of working with issues of workplace stress and trauma, including bullying. Training in values-based living and mindfulness are fundamental to my approach.

I have a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and am a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Behavior, currently preparing a dissertation on using evidence-based methods in team strengthening and building self-organizing frameworks. I received my coach training through Saybrook University in executive, leadership, integral and wellness coaching. I am certified through the Canadian Coach Federation as a Coach Professional. I am also certified in Social and Emotional Intelligence Coaching. I have worked in Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Europe, and North America. I am bi-lingual in French and English (from childhood) and have a somewhat less than working knowledge of Moroccan Arabic, having lived in Morocco for twenty years.

The Value of Coaching:
I believe that coaching can benefit everyone, whether it be at work, at play, at home, or in intimate relationships. There is something empowering about having a coach help a client to see the obstacles and opportunities in front of them and having support in identifying possibilities for success, making choices, moving forward, and getting unstuck. After all, you can’t see the mountain when you are sitting on it and the eyes of someone watching you from an adjoining mountain can see what you may not be able to. Everyone needs to and should have a coach. Coaching is the best way to achieve one’s full potential.

Quote:
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares to other expressions. It is your business to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that activate you. Keep the channel open. – Martha Graham

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
I have been a member of ICF for the past four years and have found great value in gaining the friendship and support of other coaches, increasing my training through our wonderful SIGs, and connecting with the experienced coaches in the Coaching Salon.

Contact Information:
Donna Read, MA
donna.read@managing4wellness.org
http://managing4wellness.org
571-217-1434

 

September 2016

Bill ShirleyICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Bill Shirley

My first formal coach training was with Coach University, beginning in 1995. In 1998, I moved on to the Coaches Training Institute’s Co-Active Coaching program. Next, I completed the Organizational Relationship Systems Coaching offered by The Center for Right Relationship in 2004.

Coaching executive leadership development is my fourth career. My first career was as an industrial leader in both manufacturing and service industries. My second career was as a turnaround consultant in medium-sized businesses. My third career was as a ski instructor at Aspen-Snowmass.

I’ve been developing leaders, all of my life. I became a Director of Operations for a Fortune 1000 company by age 30 largely on my ability to develop leaders. I began delivering leadership development workshops in 1980 and embraced the emerging field of Coaching in 1990. My Authentic Leadership Insights model evolved from my executive leadership experience.

While living in the roaring Fork Valley, I joined ICF in 2003, was awarded the PCC in 2004 and MCC in 2006. I began participating in ICF–CO activities when we moved to Longmont in 2008.

Coaching Focus:
Our business is individualized leadership development through coaching and mentoring. Today, even the most seasoned executives face many challenges they’ve never seen before in this Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) business environment. I partner with executives and business owners to create an essential pause for reflection in their turbulent and chaotic life. I provided safe space where they can openly reflect on these wicked business issues and confront their fears and concerns. I walk beside them as they explore ways to increase the level of engagement and collaboration among those they lead so as to create a culture of rapid adaptability. An organization’s rapid adaptability to disruptive technology is the new metric for success!

Today’s successful leaders are moving beyond the traditional Authoritarian – Command-&-Control – leadership style. They are embracing a Cooperative – Collaborate and Transform – leadership style that promotes innovation and adaptability. Very often an executive brings a complex leadership issue to our coaching conversation. The interaction of quiet reflection and curious questioning uncovers insights and possibilities not evident to the client before the conversation. While the coaching session is productive, most executive fail to invest the time and attention between coaching sessions required fully internalize the new learning.

My Authentic Leadership Insights model is designed to support these leaders in transition with limited time and attention for deepening the learning of their coaching experience. It is a collection of brief essays originally written to further the action on a specific subjects after a coaching session. When appropriate, I send a PDF of the essay related to the discussion after the coaching session.

We use the challenges the leader is facing in the moment as the raw material for our leadership development work. It is a form of “just-in-time learning.” As they process their challenges, “I’m a growth stimulator.”

The Value of Coaching:
We are all leaders, all the time. We cannot not lead. Someone is always looking to us as an example. The best and most effective leaders I’ve ever known have a deep, ongoing relationship with a personal coach (or someone in that role). We all have blind spots, self-limiting behaviors and other dimensions of our humanness – and humanmess – that are better managed with an ongoing, intimate relationship with a coach.

Coaching is most effective as a developmental methodology rather than a remedial methodology. I’ve learned to only take clients that don’t “need” coaching but strongly desire personal growth stimulated by coaching. A successful coaching engagement is more than cheerleading; it requires hard work on the part of the client. Only if the client is totally committed to achieving the desired results, will the engagement be successful.

Too many organizations only engage a coach when faced with an acute remedial situation: “Let’s get Joe a coach for six months. If he doesn’t improve his relationship with his team within that time, we must let him go.” Engagements structured on coercion seldom produce the desired results. It is like teaching a pig to sing: it’s a waste of time and only annoys the pig. While my initial engagement agreement is only for 6 to 9 months, my coaching engagements generally run for much longer than three years. The longest was twelve years. An engagement continues only as long as the clients feel the centering and developmental benefit of the safe space for reflection and curious exploration of their most stressful challenges.

I’m always looking for potential associates among my colleagues. I often have the situations where I can make referrals. One of my first questions when I meet a new coach is “do you have a coach?” If so, I then ask “how long have you had a coach?” I decided Coaching was my calling eighteen years ago.

I’ve had two calls per month with my coach over those 18 years, except for a three-month period when I was selecting a new coach. I’ve only had two coaches during that time. As coaches, we are leaders. “All leader-ship is example, anything else is coercion.”

Overview of Coach’s Philosophy:
My life Philosophy is my Coaching Philosophy. I’m very clear with my prospective clients: life must be fun and fulfilling. I believe it is possible for business leaders to build a profitable, sustainable enterprise in the turbulent VUCA environment without burnout or health-threatening stress. All leaders are entitled to a low stress, fulfilling life adventure of their own design. (All of their employees are similarly entitled.)

If the prospective client’s values and goals are materially different than mine, I gladly referred them to another coach.

Mastery of the ICF core competencies is essential if one is to be an effective coach. While necessary, I found them not to be sufficient in my niche of executive leadership development. Yes, in theory, a coach does not need to know anything about the client’s business as a prerequisite to being an effective coach. In practice I find the situation to be different.

In establishing credibility leading to honesty, openness and trust with a new client, I found it supremely beneficial to be at least generally familiar with the client’s industry, its operating parameters and vocabulary. I’m a coach, not a consultant. I don’t provide answers, but I’m able to ask more powerful questions and suggest alternate perspectives based upon my familiarity with the client’s area of business interest.

Occasionally, with the client’s permission, I can be of greater service by crossing the line from coaching into mentoring. Typically, the situation occurs when a brilliant, technically trained, individual contributor is promoted to a leadership position with no training or preparation to handle the ambiguities and polarities of a leadership role the person has never faced before. These very capable, “high potentials” need more help than provided by the self-discovery process of competent coaching. It is essential in these special situations that the client understand which hat the coach is wearing in any given moment.

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
Loneliness is inherent in any leader’s role. Professional coaching is no exception. Having warm relationships with colleagues with a similar life purpose, values and priorities is of great value. It’s fun to share experiences and swap “war stories.” Supporting the international organization may not have the emotional connection of belonging to the local organization, but I believe it is essential if we are ever to achieve the public recognition we all deserve.

Contact Information:
Bill Shirley
Bill@InSearchOfEagles.com
http://www.InSearchOfEagles.com
303.485.5970

 

August 2016

Debra DeVilbissICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Debra DeVilbiss

Debra has been a career coach since 1998 and an active member of ICF since 1999. She trained with CTI and became a CPCC in 2001, then a PCC in 2006. She has also earned her BBA in Finance and M.Ed. in Organizational Performance and Change. During her career in state service, she served 8 years with the CO Department of Labor and Employment as a Job Search trainer, and held leadership roles in higher ed. at both CU Boulder and CSU Fort Collins.

In service to the coaching profession, Debra co-founded the award-winning Boulder Coaches Alliance in 2000 and through 2005 served in several board positions, including President. In 2005, and again in 2010, she served as Treasurer for the Colorado Coaches Coalition, a group of 12 coaches aligned to impact the mental health legislation in Colorado. She is currently registered as a mentor coach through the ICF.

Debra volunteered with the Laura Whitworth Prison Project from 2011 to 2014 teaching coaching skills to offenders in the Denver Women’s Correctional Institute. From 2012 through 2015, she co-presented the same curriculum at CSU through the annual Professional Development Institute, teaching practical coaching skills to faculty and staff. She is also an occasional field cook for the Wild Lands Restoration Volunteers, and will donate 10% of all revenue between July 1 and Dec 31 of this year to WLRV.

Coaching Focus:
Debra coaches individuals seeking career fulfillment. She works with professionals who are restless and discontent, those who are weary of the status quo, and those who are seeking change. She helps them redirect their path toward meaning and challenge.

Her book, The Unmarked Path: Finding Your Way Through Change and the accompanying workbook, The Fireside Circle Workbook, outlines her innovative coaching program designed to create a 28-Day Framework for Change. This program utilizes a metaphoric journey to create tangible action steps. When participants gather around The Fireside Circle they are held accountable while receiving feedback and encouragement from other travelers.

Overview of Coach’s Philosophy:
To Debra, every client is an unexplored country, unique, with blue skies, dark swamps, and treasures of talents the world needs. She helps others discover a path toward their life’s work and holds their feet to the fire to get those plans into action. Nothing happens until you get into action.

Quote:
“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force … When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” Karl Menninger. Listening is the most powerful communication skill missing in the world today.

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
I always learn so much from respected colleagues who are doing interesting and vital work. The world of coaching encompasses so much! It revitalizes my spirit to be around fellow coaches, it stimulates my creativity, and it keeps my coaching edge sharp.

Contact Information:
Debra DeVilbiss
debra@theunmarkedpath.com
http://www.theunmarkedpath.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-devilbiss-pcc
720-939-3962

 

July 2016

Michelle VosICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Michelle Vos

Coaching Focus:
Michelle Vos is known for being the Visibility Expert. Her root focus is helping women be seen and heard in the way they want and to discover the ways in which they hide, so they can make the real impact they want. She coaches women into being more clear and connected to the truth of who they are, then teaches them how to express that in a profound way with their business, brand and through speaking.

Overview of Coach’s Philosophy:
My job as a coach is to see the unseen, to hear the truth that is not being spoken, and to reflect that back, so they can be in conscious choice to create the life and business they what. I am very direct and use my intuition to bring forth what is needed. I trust the process, always!

Value of Coaching:
“You cannot see the forest through the trees.” It is intensely valuable to have someone else we trust, to help us with the perspective we are too close to see.

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
The resources the ICF-CO provides its community is worth so much to create connection, to receive information, and to help you thrive as a coach.

Contact Information:
Michelle Vos
michelle@michellevos.com
www.michellevos.com

 

June 2016

Andy ScantlandICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Andy Scantland

After more than twenty years in senior corporate positions, I determined that my true life purpose is to help people identify and reach their potential. So I began studying coaching in the belief that I could combine my corporate experience and the coaching discipline to support leaders. I’ve since left the corporate world and opened my own executive coaching and leadership facilitation business, Upside Partners, and joined ICF Colorado in fall 2015.

Training:
I am now a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) trained through the ICF-accredited Coaches Training Institute. Andy is a certified StandOut strengths coach and facilitator through the Marcus Buckingham Company, a leader in strengths-based performance management. In addition, I hold certification to administer and interpret the TILT365 Leadership Predictor suite of individual and team assessments, which help leaders and teams understand their strengths and develop agility.

Coaching Focus:
I work primarily with leaders in start-ups and growing businesses with a focus on improved team performance, increased engagement, and values-driven leadership. I have worked with new managers, senior executives, C-level leaders and business owners in the technology, hospitality, communications, financial, education and development industries.

Overview of Coach’s Philosophy:
Life is too short to live small. As coaches, we serve best when we are bringing out the power and authenticity in others.

Value of Coaching:
Coaching done well clears out the cobwebs and opens us up to what’s really possible. The first steps in achieving the life we want is setting clear intention and building a plan to deliver it. Good coaching is a powerful tool to get there.

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
I’ve done a couple of small things but nothing significant in service to this point. I’m looking forward to offering up my time and skills in supporting ICF because it’s been a powerful ally for me even in my first year of membership. ICF offers learning, a sounding board, high expectations and standards. I depart every ICF interaction as a more capable coach.

Contact Information:
Andy Scantland
Managing Partner, Upside Partners
ascantland@upside-partners.com | 720.493.8888

 

May 2016

Ralph DatemaICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Ralph Datema

Ralph joined ICF Colorado in 2009. As a personal coach since 2007, he has worked with people of various ages and in various life situations. A graduate of the Coach Approach Ministries in Hickory, NC, Ralph became interested in life coaching in 2005 as an adjunct to his counseling practice and ministry. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he holds a Doctorate of Ministry and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Ralph is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Overview of Coach’s Philosophy:
My coaching style is very person and compassion centered. I believe that compassion is best defined as being present to individuals in a way that empowers them to find the solution and/or next steps to the challenges they face externally, within themselves. A healthy coaching presence involves empowering individuals to become aware of the difference between mindful actions that are well thought out versus automatic responses which are reflexive and not thought out.

Coach’s Quote:
“Coach the person not the problem.”

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
The monthly meetings, as well as the SIG’s, book club and the meet up groups, offer me an opportunity to learn from others and to share my own experiences. I also value the friendships and professional relationships that have developed. I especially enjoyed sharing my experiences with Spiral Dynamics in the SIG for Executive Coaches, in March.

Contact Information:
Ralph Datema
ralphdatema@comcast.net | 303.974.0947

By Jacquie Fedo
ICF Colorado Communications Director

 

May 2016

Jim SharonICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Jim Sharon

Jim Sharon, Ed.D., a partner of Energy for Life, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Centennial with his wife Ruth Sharon; he has served as a psychotherapist for 40 years. Although certified as a life coach in 2001, Jim chose to focus on relationship coaching with Ruth as of 2012, when the two began writing a book dedicated to committed couples. Secrets of a Soulful Marriage: Creating and Sustaining a Loving, Sacred Relationship, published by SkyLight Paths in 2014, forms the foundation for the couples’ enrichment coaching that Jim and Ruth provide.

Overview:
In addition to couples’ counseling, one of Jim’s therapy specializations, he has served with Ruth as a seminar and retreat facilitator for couples since 1986. Beyond guiding couples to enhance their relationship skills, Dr. Sharon assists them through coaching to develop or expand their dreams/vision together–to create their relationship as a masterpiece. In the process, couples tend to better accommodate, respect, and even appreciate their differences, communicate and resolve conflicts much more effectively, and collaborate to share a more balanced, fulfilling life. Furthermore, they attune to supporting each other’s core life purposes.

Jim and Ruth felt very honored to have been voted Best Relationship Coaches in Colorado during 2015 and 2016 via a “Fan Bragging” contest that recognized outstanding professionals and business people in many categories.

Meanwhile, the Sharons will be co-facilitating Peace at Home, Success at Work with fellow ICF coach Mark Entrekin June 17-18 at Aloft Broomfield. The program is designed to significantly enhance communication and connection between busy, often-stressed couples.

Married to Ruth since 1970, Jim is the father of three married children and has two young granddaughters.

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
The Sharons joined ICF in October 2015, the day they attended the annual conference at Red Rocks. They have volunteered to serve as greeters at the 2016 conference, and wish to offer a future presentation for ICF.

Contact Information:
Jim Sharon
jim@energyforlife.us | 303-796-7004 | www.energyforlife.us

By Jacquie Fedo
ICF Colorado Communications Director

 

April 2016

Stephanie WachmanICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Stephanie Wachman

Stephanie, Past President of ICF Colorado and current facilitator of our Time Management SIG, has been a member since 2012. Her executive coaching practice is going on 6 years. Her specialties and areas of focus include: leadership development, assertiveness (for both men and women), presentation skills, communication skills, business development, managing others, executive presence, overcoming personal challenges (non-serving thought patterns and saboteurs), promotions and how to handle the transition to a new position and time management.

Overview of Coach’s Philosophy:
My coaching style is straight to the point. I am very direct and clear in my communication style and ask that my clients show up ready to focus and work. I have worked in the corporate world for over 23 years and prefer to speak the language of business when working with my clients. I am empathetic and a straight shooter, I work with my clients to help them see for themselves what is the underlying truth of their situation and coach them to achieving the results they seek.

Coach’s Quote:
“Be true and honest for the sake of your clients and they will benefit in ways you can’t even imagine.”

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
The value of ICF is that you are part of a community of experts who share your passion, can support you in your learning and growth. The conferences, monthly talks and SIG are invaluable to your education.

Contact Information:
Stephanie Wachman
Stephanie@coachinglib.com | 720-232-3693 | www.stephaniewachman.com

By Jacquie Fedo
ICF Colorado Communications Director

 

March 2016

James TedfordICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
James M. Tedford, Invigorating and Elevating the Human Essence

Jim is an experienced, certified coach and organization development consultant. He has a career-long history of helping people bring more of their powerful, true, creative selves to their work and lives. He is certified by the International Coach Federation and is a graduate of Coach University’s Advanced Coaching program with more than 180 hours in coach-specific training.

Jim lives in Denver with his wife, Rayna, who is a visual artist, commercial photographer and photography instructor.

Overview of Business and Coaching Focus:
Jim has worked with hundreds of people, in a variety of organizations, from Fortune 50s, to small non-profits. His individual coaching clients have included executives, professionals, team leaders, artists and writers.

Overview of Coach’s Philosophy:
Throughout my career I have seen how powerful people can be and how, with a little coaching support, they can transform even the most daunting circumstances into advantage. I love helping people make meaningful shifts in perspective and seeing them create enormously satisfying lives. My clients typically become more confident, wholeheartedly engaged, generative and effectual.

Coach’s Quote:
“Coaching doesn’t make sick people well … it helps healthy people become extra-ordinary” – Thomas J. Leonard

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
The monthly meetings are stimulating, invigorating and educational. The organization serves as a collaborative energy center for coaches in the area and the web site is a source of information for coaching clients looking for coaches.

Contact Information:
James M. Tedford
jim@jamesmtedford.com | 720-837-4221 | www.jamesmtedford.com | https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-m-tedford-4092724

By Jacquie Fedo
ICF Colorado Communications Director

 

January 2016

Chris CowardICF Colorado In the Spotlight:
Chris Coward

Chris has been a coach since 2004 after a career as a social worker running Philadelphia non-profits. Her coaching specialties include leadership development with a focus on wellness and she works with organizations to do team development, coaching and training. Chris is one of the original partners in HabitChange Company where she co-created an ICF approved 125 hour coach training program. Through this company Chris has overseen coaching service delivery to individuals and companies around the country.

Chris loves the outdoors, which brought her to Denver this past September. She is married, has a dog and plays bass guitar in various bands.

Overview of Business and Coaching Focus:
I am passionate about helping leaders improve their confidence, their relationship management and influence all while honoring their own health and wellness. I also have a great interest in helping coaches make a good living doing what they love which helps more people in the world get coached!

Overview of Coach’s Philosophy:
The health of the leader is paramount to their success and inevitably to the success of the organization.

Coach’s Quote:
“Coaching is about having someone believe in you and encourage you, about getting valuable feedback, about seeing things from new perspectives, and setting your sights on new horizons.” Author unknown

Value of ICF Colorado Membership:
As a newcomer to the coaching scene in Colorado, I’ve been warmly welcomed by a talented, friendly, resourceful bunch of coaches. Being part of the ICF CO community has led to new friendships, helpful resources and new learning. I think it’s important to support the community by personally getting involved which is what I’m doing as a new member.

Contact Information:
Chris Coward
chris@chriscoward.com | 267-226-7935 | www.chriscoward.com | www.habitchangecoach.com

By Amanda Yuill
Past ICF Colorado Communications Director