This is the first in an occasional series where we go behind the scenes at ICF HQ to provide in-depth responses to ICF Members’ questions about the organization’s policies and practices. ICF is the largest worldwide resource for professional coaches, and the source for those who are seeking a coach. Many of the ICF’s core competencies have applications outside of coaching and can better both your world and the larger world. A few months ago I was asked to be the founding curator of the Sacramento Hub of the Global Shapers Community. Each Hub runs independently allowing them to focus on issues in which they believe are most important to their communities. More than 310 young leaders from 154 countries spanning the globe gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in the 2014 Annual Curators’ Meeting (ACM) from August 21-25. Despite the extreme diversity of the group both culturally and professionally, there was an immediate sense of trust and intimacy that was created from our shared values and common purpose. This cohesion was put to test on the first day when we were broken up into small tribes and challenged to assemble one part of an overall model city, all from recycled materials.
Just take a second to imagine 310 leaders from 154 countries scrambling around to create one piece in their tribes of a giant puzzle with minimal guidelines, limited resources and a very short time constraint—all in one room and all at the same time. With open hearts and minds we were able to create something truly beautiful to emerge – especially from what seemed like chaos in the beginning.


I watched individuals and tribes starting to work with each other instead of against, listening to and supporting each other.  When resources became scarce, tribes came together and found creative solutions for what they needed, sharing what resources they did have. In the end it was the collective genius of the group working together and collaborating that allowed us to complete this task creatively with all the constraints given.
In the days that followed, we continued bond and collaborate through outdoor activities, by sharing best practices and reverse mentoring each other. Returning from this experience, I am incredibly humbled and inspired by the people I have met and the impact we are having. Today, more than ever, we need to continue to strive to find ways to see ourselves as part of a larger global community, encouraging collaboration by opening our hearts and our minds–and I know working together we can create something beautiful from the chaos. When we discuss high performance in organizations we are usually referring to more effective, more efficient work that generates higher productivity.
Core Competency #1: Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards Understanding of coaching ethics and standards and ability to apply them appropriately in all coaching situations. Core Competency #5: Active Listening Ability to focus completely on what the client is saying and is not saying, to understand the meaning of what is said in the context of the client’s desires, and to support client self-expression. Formed in 1995, today ICF is the leading global organization, with over 20,000 members, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high professional standards, providing independent certification, and building a network of credentialed coaches.
With this new blog format, ICF Global is starting fresh, adding only the top posts from the previous blog.


At a recent meeting, I found that co-creating relationships by establishing trust and intimacy can go a long way in achieving shared goals. Recognizing that 50 percent of the world’s population is under 30, the World Economic Forum created the Global Shapers Community, an independent global network of Hubs developed and led by exceptional young people (between the ages of 20 and 30) who are passionate and committed to improving the state of the world—starting with their own communities.
However, all of the hubs are deeply connected through shared values and a common purpose.  Shapers undertake projects on a local, regional, national and global level and collaborate, support and share best practices between hubs to maximize impact. Organized by the World Economic Forum (The Forum), the ACM is a yearly gathering of Curators, or leaders, from the Global Shapers Community (GSC), to connect and co-create together, channeling endless amounts of energy and enthusiasm to improve the state of the world.
It went from being narrow-focused, chaotic and tense with everyone trying to get their portion done; to purpose driven, creative and fun once we started to loosen our grips and open up. For an individual this can include lower stress, higher creativity or better time management.
Interpersonally, high performance might entail improved communication, better teamwork or more harmonious relationships. I blend coaching competencies with proven team methodologies to help teams move to high performance in a short period of time.



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