Friday, April 2, 2010

Message to ICF members relative to credential enhancements and the Board meeting of March 18

Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 by International Coach Federation

On March 18, the ICF Board of Directors met for its second Board meeting of 2010. The agenda was very rich and allowed for fruitful conversations. The most relevant agenda items were: 1) Credentialing work plan approval, 2) Proposed change of criteria and process for the Nominating Committee, 3) fiscal 2011 budget approval, and 4) Minimum eligibility criteria for ICF membership.

1) Credentialing work plan approval
As you are aware from previous communications, the ICF Credentialing & Program Accreditation Committee has been charged with developing standards to meet the objective determined by the Board of enhancing our credentialing program to best protect and serve consumers of coaching services, measure and certify competence of individuals, and inspire pursuit of continuous development. The first step was developing a plan of action to be presented to the Board at our March 18 meeting. The Board approved the 17-page two-year work plan presented by the Committee. Several working groups will review the following:

  • The current system;
  • Governance of the credentialing process;
  • Assessment process of applicants; and
  • Qualifications of credential applicants.
Obviously, this is a large task and we need your help. Some of you have already contacted ICF about getting involved and others have yet to step up and identify yourselves. There will be various levels of commitment to choose from. For instance, some of you may want to:
  • Participate on a work group for several months, which may take four to six hours a month;
  • Review and comment on selected drafts, which may take one to two hours a month;
  • Give your opinions when asked, which will take an hour here or there; and
  • Some of you may be open to any level of commitment described above.
We have a commitment to reflect the diversity of our membership through all levels of participation around these charges. The Committee is now engaged in developing a brief application form to build the pool of members who are interested in this work. You will be able to indicate your level of interest on this form.

If you want to be a part of the biggest undertaking in our current year at ICF, look for, and take a few minutes to complete the brief application form which will be made available this month. The application form is the first step in beginning the selection process for participation in this important work.

2) Proposed change of criteria and process for the Nominating Committee
In alignment with the Board’s commitment to transparency and integrity of governance, we want to make sure that our processes and structures provide the best way for leadership succession. Currently, the ICF bylaws call for the existence of the Nominating Committee for researching and selecting candidates to fill vacant ICF leadership positions on the global Board. Prior to the Board’s March 18 meeting, the policies to appoint members to the Nominating Committee did not include an open solicitation for members.

Staff shared some research that was collected internally (with interviews with ICF Past Presidents and groups of ICF Chapter leaders from Europe and the United States). Staff also conducted research on current election rules of several international organizations and held conversations with experts in the field, and reviewed responses from the International Management Section of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

After reviewing the information available, the Board made the decision to seek Nominating Committee members through open solicitation, providing specific eligibility criteria. The Board will have the final approval authority, including adding members who did not apply in the open solicitation, should there be a critical need in order to achieve diversity on the Committee. In addition, those who are named to the Nominating Committee will be announced when selected, rather than at the end of the nomination process. The rest of the process will remain the same. The Board also voted on three additional criteria for Nominating Committee membership to be used in addition to the current criteria. To serve, ICF members must be:

a. Credentialed Member of ICF for at least two years;
b. Have experience in a leadership role of a chapter, committee or SIG; and
c. A portion of the members of the Nominating Committee should have experience in assessing or hiring people.

The Board took another decision related to current Board members who are considering running for the position of president-elect and/or for another term on the Board. Those members shall recuse themselves from the process of selecting members of the Nominating Committee.

3) 2011 Budget approval
At the March 18 meeting, the Board was also presented with the fiscal 2011 budget as recommended by the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee. In recognition of the fact that ICF reserves reached the level of 1.9 million USD making the ICF financially solid, the Board recognized that in 2011 we may have the opportunity to finance some key projects such as Web site enhancements, the initial brand platform launch, and the option to extend the already approved ICF Consumer Awareness Study to more countries in order to establish more globally relevant data. The financing of these projects reduce the originally proposed 2011 contribution to reserves from $101,565 USD to $1,565 USD.

Among other investments, the 2011 budget includes funding for:

  • A director of communications staff position to assist in strengthening our branding and marketing efforts;
  • Purchase of software to automate and streamline the credentialing process;
  • Sponsorship of a Global Leaders Forum preceding the ICF European Coaching Conference; and
  • Funding of an Omnitaxi survey to benchmark consumer awareness.
All of those investments are in line with our 2010 strategic plan and priorities that you can find here for review.

4) Minimum Eligibility Criteria for ICF Membership
After being solicited by ICF members interviewed during the ICF Brand Development Taskforce work in 2009 and the several conversations that followed, the Board intended to explore the possibility to develop minimum eligibility requirements for ICF membership.

The Board asked the Membership & Community Committee to develop several possible minimum eligibility criteria for member-practitioner to be presented to the Board for approval at the March 18 meeting, possibly exploring short and long-term options. The Membership & Community Committee recommended that more time be granted to research and discuss this topic, as the issue of minimum eligibility requirements does not stand in isolation: it is connected to the credentialing process, our branding initiative, and the globalization efforts of the organization, to name a few. Moreover, it has administrative and financial implications.

The Board approved that the minimum eligibility recommendation be presented at the July Board of Directors meeting, allowing the Committee additional time to review, and if needed, collect more information and research.

Real Talk with the ICF Board of Directors
As announced in several communications already, I invite all of you who are interested to know more about the ICF’s work, including progress on the enhancement of our credentialing program, or any other topic, to join ICF Board members on several calls that are planned throughout the year. The next round of these calls is scheduled for: (times below are in US Eastern/New York):

Tuesday, May 4, 9 a.m. (in English)
Tuesday, May 11, 1 p.m. (in French)

Tuesday, May 18, 5 p.m. (in English)

The bridge line for all above calls will be +1.877.242.3279, Pin: 7400. Additional dialing instructions, if needed, are available here (view PDF). All calls will be recorded and shared through this blog, to make sure that those who miss the calls can stay updated of the ICF’s efforts.

Giovanna D’Alessio, MCC

2010 ICF President

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