Distinguished Service Award
Thank you for your nominations for the Distinguished Service Award for ICF North Texas. We hope you will be able to join us, in person or virtually, to learn who will receive it this award at our Annual Chapter meeting on January 14.
New ICF North Texas Member Badges for a Fresh New Year!
We are anticipating a fresh new year with excitement and the hopes of hybrid ICF Chapter meetings and other, safely planned events. To celebrate the return of in-person meetings, we have ordered new ICF North Texas member name badges for every active member in our chapter. These custom-imprinted name badges will be available for every member that attends the first Chapter meeting of the new year on January 14 at Las Colinas Country Club (4400 N O’Connor Road, Irving, TX 75062).
If you are not able to attend in person on January 14, your personalized badge will be mailed to your physical address as listed in your member profile on our website. If you need a reminder of how to update your address follow this 90-second, easy training video.
December 9 Holiday Party Wrap-Up
Thank you to all who participated in our virtual holiday party. It was a great way to finish a wonderful year with our coaching community—and to share fellowship, holiday spirit, and wonderful prizes.
Celebrate Coaching 2022 Seeks Volunteers
It’s not too early to start planning our next year’s Celebrate Coaching 2022 event. If you are looking for a place to volunteer next year, this is a great opportunity. Some of the areas we need help on are: finding the right speakers, finding the right location (on site in 2022), catering options, other types of events we may want to include. We do not have a firm date yet as that may be dictated by the speaker’s schedule and will be decided in 2022. If you are interested, please contact Sandi Knight directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Snapshot - Steve Coxsey, PCC
To start off 2022, we are pleased to share a snapshot about Steve Coxsey, PCC, a longtime member of ICF North Texas.
Organization / What Type of Coaching Do You Offer? Steve Coxsey leads Thriving Edge, offering leadership coaching that focuses on human dynamics and covers both the people aspect and the workflow. In addition, Steve works with people on career and personal goals from a self-leadership framework.
Credentials and Training: Steve holds a PCC credential from ICF. He received his professional coaching education through MentorCoach, a positive psychology focused ACTP program. This was a great fit for Steve whose first career choice was to be a therapist with a strong emphasis on development.
Why Coaching? Steve says, “Promoting psychological development of all sorts, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual, is what I enjoy.” Steve gets to make his profession out of partnering with people on their development. He has avoided choosing a niche as a professional coach because Steve enjoys working with a variety of people on a variety of goals and challenges. Steve defines it as leadership coaching because even when he is able to help clients with personal goals, it all fits under leadership. Steve values variety in his work and he appreciates that his career is filled with opportunities to guide clients as they face challenges in new areas, overcome barriers, and expand their horizons.
Favorite Client Story: “A client hired me to coach her to grow her bookkeeping and tax preparation business. As we dug in, we discovered she had a lot of resistance to cold calls, taking on lots of new clients, and hiring another assistant. Through our coaching that focused on her strengths and values, this client realized she was growing the business because it was expected, not because it was what she wanted. She redefined her business vision, focused on working with the clients she really enjoyed, and wrapped up her office lease and returned to working from a home office. She was able to work less, make more money, and have time to visit her grandchildren who live in another state. We wrapped up coaching sessions soon after this realization; my client had discovered the life she wanted and took the action needed to make it happen!”
Why are You A Member of ICF North Texas? Like many independent coaches, Steve initially joined ICF North Texas to meet other coaches in the area and be able to interact in person with them since his coach training was all virtual. “I made some great friendships and discovered opportunities for learning and for giving back that continue to be meaningful,” Steve says. “Coaches supporting each other is one of the greatest rewards of being in this profession.” Steve also found that his experience as a member improved significantly once he volunteered. He explains, “I got to know people beyond the networking conversations at meetings and started some long-term friendships. I learned more about the chapter and I opened doors to get involved in activities that helped me to reach my potential and really increase my enjoyment.” He encourages everyone to reach out to do something this year, and to join everyone who is taking some sort of action to strengthen our growing profession.
Roles / Volunteering for ICF? Steve has been a very involved member of ICF North Texas, volunteering for a variety of roles for the chapter and beyond, including: Vice-chair of Prism for ICF North Texas for one year, Director of Alliances for two years, and Treasurer for one year.
Steve shares, “While I was Director of Alliances, I represented the chapter at the Southeast Region and met leaders from the other Texas chapters. It turned out to be a very meaningful time of learning together, and we created a committee and founded the All-Texas Retreat and Conference. As this turned into an annual event, a separate organization became needed to manage it, and Texas Coaches Coalition (TCC) was born. It is a wonderful way to stay involved in leveraging resources, creativity, and diversity by working with professional coaches across the state of Texas. I currently serve as Director of Finance for TCC and greatly enjoy how this work integrates with our ICF North Texas chapter relationships to strengthen professional coaching for all.”
What Else? Here I am with my grandbaby. There is no other way to interact with grandchildren than to be in the present moment with them! She’s a marvelous teacher.