A note from the President:
Greetings fellow coaches, and welcome to PCA Idaho’s first newsletter. This is the latest milestone in a list of many from the past year. We’ve come a long way baby!
About a year ago a handful of us were developing the formal structure of our organization over dinner at a downtown Boise restaurant. This resulted in our first slate of officers (Jan Salisbury – VP, Nancy Buffington – Secretary, Tom Hardison – Treasurer, and yours truly as President). Immediately following that we identified our committee chairs (Stacy Harshman – Membership, Ruth Romero – Communications & Marketing, and Dawn Monroe – Programs). Dawn had an opportunity to relocate to Montana and closer to family, so Linda Secretan has capably assumed the Programs role. This became your organization’s board of directors, and we’ll serve in these roles until the end of May 2017.
Since then PCA Idaho has…
…authored and ratified the PCA Idaho bylaws
…established a banking relationship with Idaho Central Credit Union
…established a relationship with the International Coach Federation (ICF) so that we can become a chapter in the near future
…seen our membership population exceed our goal for both general members and ICF members
…conducted monthly membership meetings where we deliver high-quality content, “raising the bar” for our local and statewide coaching community
…received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service
…accepted our first corporate member, Community Partnerships of Idaho Inc.
…launched our newsletter!
The list above only covers the highlights. There are myriad other “behind the scenes” efforts and achievements undertaken by nearly every member, regardless of how long they have been associated with the organization. I’m very proud to be a part of this mission-focused, community-minded, and diverse group of coaching professionals. Our past is something to celebrate, and our future is bright. Thank you for your part in it!
Until the next issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with your questions, comments, compliments, and concerns. And most importantly, make today your greatest day. – Bill
Something to ponder:
“We do not get to choose how we start out in life. We do not get to choose the day we are born or the family we are born into, what we are named at birth, what country we are born in, and we do not get to choose our ancestry. All these things are predetermined by a higher power. By the time you are old enough to start making decisions for yourself, a lot of things in your life are already in place. It’s important, therefore, that you focus on the future, the only thing that you can change." – Idowu Koyenikan
Dan Long has been a member of PCA Idaho for two years, having been introduced to the group by Ruth Romero, now our chair. His start in coaching came very naturally: "After running a successful company for 25 years, people start to seek you out," Dan says.
Dan currently owns the Sandbox Group, where he has been helping other business owners succeed for 8 years. Sandbox Group works mainly with entrepreneurs, risk-takers, and other creative types. Dan has noticed that these sorts of people "try to be geniuses with a thousand helpers. We help them focus on one or two strengths, then hire the rest of it."
The Sandbox Group is named after a number of analogies that Dan likes to use with his clients. "Learning to work well with others in the sandbox sent me to meet the President in the White House. You have to realize that some people are good at digging, some are good at building walls, and some are good at tunneling. They all have to work together to build something."
You can see Dan at PCA Idaho's monthly meetings, or catch him on the news: KTVB 7's "It's your Business", Fox 12's "Business Solutions", and AM 670 KBOI's "A Closer Look at Business" all air weekly.
1. November 11: Experience Vistage
Vistage helps business executives engage in peer mentorship. Come hear David Spann share Vistage's approach to leadership growth and development, and discover some tools to use in your own coaching practice.2. December 2: Christmas Party (members only)
In lieu of our normal December meeting, we will be holding our annual Christmas party. We would love to see you there, so if you haven't joined yet, now is a great time to do so!
3. January 13, 2017
We will ring in the new year with another unique view of coaching, presented from the perspective of one of our members.
Resources and Announcements:
Coaching Resources from our Members (shared during the July meeting). We hope you find them useful!
1. Gleicher's Formula for Change, shared by Bill Rauer
2. A format for coaching session notes, shared by Tom Hardison
3. An exercise to evaluate and reflect on personal values, shared by Dave Covington
Our social media pages are up and running! Visit us on Facebook for general coaching conversation, LinkedIn for referrals and recommendations, and our Website for private discussions about your coaching practice!