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Message from Lisa Hale,
February 21: Virtual Program
Latest News on Programs:
In-Person Meetings &
Virtual Programs -
Feb - June
First New Member
Credentials Corner &
Notice About CCEs
ICF-CO Leadership Team
Big Rocks First
by Dr. Lisa Hale, PCC, President, ICF Colorado
Coaches! When you have a lot to do, what do you do first? How do
you organize your flow? Most people do it like this:
Whatever is easiest or first to mind, or right in front of your nose, gets done first.
The result? Usually the result is an in-completed stack of to-do’s. That’s not so bad in and
of itself. The stressful bit is that often the really most important things don’t get done and
then we lose sleep, get cranky, slip into a not so creative state of mind and then fear sets
in, and we believe that voice that says, “I suck.”
So, we have some choices right?
1, We can either keep on that same track knowing that It’s “normal” enough and just
tolerate stress, worry and overwhelm.
2. We might simply not sleep and work and stretch ourselves too thin until our health
suffers, our mood and relationships suffer, and ultimately our effectiveness suffers too.
3. We might consider this “Big Rocks First” approach.
What is it? Big rocks are the truly most life-giving, results producing, stress reducing things
we can do in a day. Medium rocks are important too. And the small rocks are also probably
not to be neglected.
If we don’t put the big rocks first, we will inevitably run out of space for the rest.
Imagine this: You have a jar. You also have a pile of sand, a pile of pebbles, a pile of
medium rocks and a pile of big rocks. If you put the rocks in at random, this is what you
The rocks are not all fitting in the jar. In this analogy, the jar represents the fixed amount of
time, energy, space for whatever it is that is important to you.
Now imagine that you slow it all down. Think about what is MOST important to you. You
can do this in thinking about your life, your year, your quarter, day or hour. It can be
abstract allocation of time and attention, or specific.
What matters most to you?
For many of my clients the things on the following list show up. What is it for you?
Making a difference
Getting my job done well
Spending quality time with friends, family
In a given day, it might be a deadline or a specific project AND some of the general big
rocks are still key.
One client has a routine in the morning with her son that gets him off to school with a great
lunch, lots of mommy kisses and a little exercise. She also has a 30 minute per day
commitment with her husband for alone time and conversation. She volunteers on three
boards AND she runs a full time business. So some of her BIG ROCKS change daily.
However, some are the same every single day. Every day, her commitments to exercise,
her family, and her spiritual practice are her fixed Big Rocks. On some days, her
established client meetings are also Big Rocks. And the Medium rocks that are
correspondences, administrative issues that need taking care of, grocery shopping – those
things must get done too, but they are not so fixed in time. The smaller rocks are things like
watering the plants, doing the dishes, straightening up the living room, filing the bills.
The magical thing is that when she fits the big rocks in first – ALL of the things that are
really important to her get done on those day. You see, everything fits in the jar when you
put the big rocks in first. The smaller rocks, the pebbles and the sand fill the spaces in
between. Like this:
All the rocks fit – and there is even some space at the top for a little ‘kick the can’ time.
In your life, which would you rather have? The Jar on the left? Or the jar on the right?
Spend time sorting out your big rocks. Maybe test it out!
With gratitude for your service,
"Life Coaching Isn’t Just For Grownups – Three Skills Every Child Should
Learn Before The Age Of 10"
February 21st Virtual Program
Date: February 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am MT
"Life Coaching Isn’t Just For Grownups – Three Skills Every Child Should Learn
Before The Age Of 10"
Virtual Program (Webinar)
CCEs: 1 in Core Competencies
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
When faced with challenges or disappointments, most kids don’t have the tools to handle
them. As a result, they often get down on themselves or give up on themselves –
developing belief systems that can hold them back for the rest of their lives. As coaches,
we’ve seen the impact of childhood events on adult clients over-and-over again!
Coaching isn’t just for grownups. It’s a game changer for our youth when they learn how to
break through limiting beliefs and proactively create supportive beliefs to help them thrive.
Life coaching can help kids learn how to use the power of their thoughts to handle the ups
and downs of growing up and to develop a mindset for creating happiness, confidence,
and success in life.
In this session coaches will learn about three mindset skills that all kids should learn before
the age of 10 and how they can use stories and activities to coach kids (the skills work for
grownup clients too).
This is for you if:
You are a parent or have kids in your life
You have clients who are parents
You work with kids or want to work with kids
Three learning objectives:
1. Why life coaching is critical for our youth.
2. Three mindset skills to help kids (and grownups) overcome disappointment and move
3. How you can use stories to evoke awareness, learning, and action in kids.
ABOUT RENAYE THORNBORROW
Renaye Thornborrow is the founder and CEO of Adventures
in Wisdom™, author of The Adventures in Wisdom Life
Coaching Program for Kids™ Curriculum, and leader of a
worldwide movement to empower kids.
Her company’s WISDOM Coach™ Certification program is
helping professionals on 6 continents and over 30 countries
use coaching stories and activities to bring life coaching and
personal development to kids ages 6-12.
Through the coaching stories, kids learn how to handle the ups and downs of growing up,
to bounce back from disappointment, to think for themselves and make good decisions,
and to go for their dreams and make them happen.
Renaye is a personal development expert, member of the International Coaches
Federation, and former 3-year board member for the Association of Coach Training
Organizations. She is also a retired corporate marketing executive and holds a Bachelor of
Science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas. She and her
husband of 27 years are the proud parents of 15-year old twins – a son and a daughter.
PLEASE NOTE: Everyone must register for the programs & events
including ICF Colorado members
ICF-CO Members Virtual Program - $15.00
ICF-CO Members Virtual Program & CCE - $15.00
Non-Member Virtual Program - $20.00
Non-Member Virtual Program & CCE - $30.00
Latest News from
our Co-Education Directors
This year we’re offering six ongoing Education Groups (formerly called SIGs). These
groups are turning out to be quite popular, so make sure you get in before they’re full! Note
that you can register to join multiple groups, as they are now being offered at different
times throughout the month. To make these professional development opportunities more
widely accessible, most of the groups are virtual, so that you can participate no matter
where you live! Click the button below to register for Education Groups:
We now have the Education programs set through June:
March 8th: Panel Presentation & Discussion
Breakthrough Coaching: How Masterful Coaches Inspire Extraordinary Results
April 5th: Jonathan & Laurie Weiss
A Simple Process for Lasting Change
*Please Note - the April meeting is the first Thursday of the month
May 10th: Denise Hedges
The Coach as Communicator: How to Create a Masterful Speaking Presence
June 14th: Lisa Hale
Lessons From the Field: Reflections on the UCD Leadership Coaching Pilot Program
July 12th: Summer Picnic
Please note that the March - June meetings will be held at the University of
Colorado, in downtown Denver (UCD), 1380 Lawrence, 2nd Floor.
February 21st: Renaye Thornborrow
Life Coaching Isn't Just For Grownups
Click here to register
March 21st: Tara Butler-Floch
Getting to a Powerful & Committed "Yes" - How to enroll clients to fill your practice with
April 20th: Lynn Taylor
Change Lives with the CVI (An Introduction to the Core Values Index)
Click here to register
Questions or comments about programs?
Carl Dierschow / 970-225-6889 / email@example.com
Suzanne Mariner / 303-910-9534 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl Dierschow & Suzanne Mariner
ICF-CO Education Directors
FIRST EVER NEW MEMBER HAPPY HOUR
January 25, 2018
The first ever new membership happy hour took place on January 25, 2018, at the
Hacienda Restaurant at Mexico and Colorado Boulevard in Denver. Strange as it seemed
to us, this event was held in the same place, although the name has changed, as the very
first meeting of the ICF Colorado Chapter in 1996. While the number of people attending
was not huge, the evening proved to be delightful. We had ample opportunity to introduce
new members to the history, mission, vision, educational benefits, and career opportunities
that the Chapter has begun to offer since the beginning of 2017.
The three current Membership Co-Directors, Donna Read, Chris Coward and Sarah
Roberts led the meeting. New members attending were Joan Eden, Amy Sargent, Jeani
Ringkob, and Pattie Risch. We started the evening with introductions, which, unlike most
introductions, led to us getting to know each other really well and to find many, many
similarities in our backgrounds and interests. Chris opened the session and welcomed
everyone into the Chapter. Donna presented the history of our chapter from 1996 thru to
today while Sarah introduced everyone to our mission, vision, and purpose.
We noted that the current board, under the direction of our President, Lisa Hale, has
instigated more change and developed more opportunities for the membership than has
been done since the early years of the Chapter. All agreed that this was a fun, really
bonding experience that should happen on a regular basis and include any chapter
member who would like to attend. The next meeting will be held towards the end of April in
Boulder. Stay tuned for that announcement.
Chapter membership now stands at 78 members of which four are emeriti and two are
affiliates. We are growing nicely. Please note that Donna Read is taking a leave of
absence from the membership committee to finish her dissertation. She will return to full
board activity in October 2018. Sarah Roberts has graciously stepped in to replace Donna
and will remain as a full board and committee member.
Wishing you all a wonderful month,
Donna, Chris, and Sarah
(formerly known as Special Interest Groups - SIGs)
Click the button below to learn more
about each Education Group and Register!
Credentialing & Core Competencies
The Credentialing/Competencies SIG will be meeting on the 4th Friday of each month from
1:00 to 2:00 PM via Zoom. (The Zoom link will be provided as the date draws nearer.) We
will spend approximately two-thirds of our time focusing on the ICF Core Competencies,
and one-third reporting our individual progress toward out next credential.
This SIG is continuing to be led by Walt Hastings and Ralph Datema. All members and
prospective coaches are welcome to participate at no cost. If you are interested, please
contact Walt or Ralph.
Executive Coaching Mastermind
ICF Colorado’s Executive Coaches are gathering monthly to offer
an exclusive community and collaboration while presenting
opportunities for new knowledge, challenging experiences, and
cross-networking. Expect to discuss professional goals,
marketing niches, coaching techniques, frameworks and tools,
best business practices, and more. Let’s take 2018 to a whole
new level! Commitment is requested from January 2018 to October 2018 and limited to 12
participants. Meetings will be held virtually.
Sheryl Zausen | email@example.com
LOOKING BACK OVER THE PAST
The following statistics are good
indicators of the health of our Chapter.
In the past seven months, we have
accomplished the following:
- Membership has grown from 62 to
83 (up 21)
- Number of coaches has grown from
55 to 78 (up 23)
- Number of ICF Global members has
grown from 45 to 66 (up 21)
- Number of credentialed coaches has
grown from 29 to 44 (up 15)
- Number of ACC coaches has grown
from 12 to 19 (up 7)
- Number of PCC coaches has grown
from 12 to 17 (up 5)
- Number of MCC coaches has grown
from 6 to 8 (up 2)
During 2017, our credentialing effort
has encouraged 4 members to get
their ACC credential, 3 members to
get their PCC, and 2 members to get
any of our events for which CCE's are
Even if you’re not currently pursuing
credentialing (or advanced credentialing),
we suggest that you request the CCE
certificate whenever the option is offered,
and keep it on file for later use, as
needed. You can also ask our Virtual
Assistant, Kelly Johnson, to provide you
with CCE certificates going back as far as
two years previous (but no farther than two
years). Kelly may be reached at
303-840-5994 or at
allow at least two weeks advance notice to
process your request.
ICF Colorado Leadership Team