Season’s Greetings to you. And here’s to a fabulous 2022. Thank you and CHEERS everyone!
I’m hoping you get time to take a break and be with people you love this holiday season because I am pretty sure you deserve it!
For the second year in a row we have faced VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex & ambiguous) times like no other. Now more than ever coaches are needed in the world. Organisations and individuals alike have been called upon to adapt and change the way they do things, they have been asked to be both patient and immediately agile. They have carried the vulnerability of their people and been repeatably asked to make hard decisions.
As coaches we have supported people everywhere to face challenges and become more resilient. We coached about responsibility, boundaries and circles of concern, doing all kinds of hard things and so much more. We’ve witnessed everything from overwhelm to triumph and we’ve done this by adapting our own ways of working and service delivery. Many of us have done this through multiple lockdowns and boarder closures that have made connections with family, friends and clients near impossible.
I salute the coaches who this year have given countless hours in the service of others, both paid and via pro-bono initiatives. And I extend a very warm and heartfelt THANK YOU to all the Volunteer Leaders across the ICF Australasia Chapter and Branches who have provided another year full of opportunities for professional development and for connection and belonging to this great community. Without you the wheels wouldn’t turn and you make all the difference! Thanks also to our wonderful Administration Manager Brenda Brown for actually keeping the wheels on the bus and ready to turn.
In talking to coaches of all kinds ranging from C-Suite professionals and organisational coaches to life and health and wellness coaches I keep hearing the same messages:
1. I need a short break! ; and
2. I know what I do is truly valuable and needed in the world right now.
So with gratitude for all that you contribute to the coaching profession and our local coaching communities, I wish you a lovely break and hope you enjoy the holiday season. We will be back and ready with more wonderful opportunities in the new year.
Davia McMillan, PCC
ICF Australasia Chapter President