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  • 06 Jan 2018 10:15 PM | Pamela Kleibrink Thompson (Administrator)
    PCA Idaho Newsletter Issue #4: Why We Win with Brian Fretwell September 8 at Stevens-Henager 11:30 pm
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  • 21 May 2017 2:51 PM | Tom Hardison

    “Every New Beginning is Some Other Beginning’s End”

    The fiscal year for our association is winding down, and so is my term as PCAI president. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving that term, and look forward to continuing my service as past-president. Many thanks go out to my fellow inaugural board members Jan Salisbury, Nancy Buffington, Tom Hardison, Stacy Harshman, Ruth Romero, and Linda Secretan. You really made it easy for me to serve the association, and work through some tough things outside of the association. You all have my eternal gratitude.

    The past eighteen months have been absolutely amazing. Each of our members, whether they’ve been with us since 2011, or signed up recently, deserve kudos for taking action to raise the bar and visibility for the coaching profession in Idaho and beyond. We’ve had some great days, and our best days are ahead of us. I’m really looking forward to seeing how our new board members and committees take what has been done to date and move the association to new heights. And I have every confidence that Jan, as our new president, will provide excellent leadership, clearing the path for all of us to make a very real and lasting impact.

    Thanks again for all you do for and on behalf of those you serve. It’s an honor to be among you, and to have had the opportunity to serve as your PCAI president.

    DREAM bigger – REACH higher – ACHIEVE more

    W.V. “Bill” Rauer


    President-Elect's Message

    Members of the PCAI:

    Thank you for allowing me to lead the Professional Coaching Association of Idaho. I am excited to serve with our newly committed board. Our mission is to lead our association by sustaining growth and delivering exceptional value to our members and community.

    In 2011 we were a “start-up.” Dawn Monroe and I had an idea we believed was essential for the profession of coaching in Idaho. A small group of us traveled through the concept stage and have just reached validation with a functioning nonprofit board and a tripling of our membership. Our dedication to each other’s growth and to excellence in coaching has carried us far. We are now scaling our growth and establishing our future as an ICF Chapter!

    In 2017-18 we will continue to build our association. On May 31st the current and new board will meet for a mini-retreat dinner to share best practices and create a plan for the year.I see three primary directions: grow our membership, develop our coaching and business acumen and gain community visibility and trust.

    As has been true from the beginning, we will only reach our next destination if we do it together. Dig deep and ask what is your passion and how can you contribute? Inviting new members? Serving on a committee? Sharing your knowledge through a presentation? Leading an initiative? I promise there will be many opportunities.

    Join us. Together we will flourish. Let’s have another great year!

    Jan Salisbury MS PCC

    2017-2018 Board Members

    President – Jan Salisbury

    Vice President (President Elect) – Linda Secretan

    Past President – Bill Rauer

    Secretary – Allison Dunn

    Treasurer – Tom Hardison

    Community Outreach Committee Chair – Bill Rauer

    Marketing & Communications Committee Chair – Pamela Thompson

    Membership Committee Chair – Lisa Hecht

    Programs Committee Chair – Debra Armstrong

    Something to Ponder

    "Help thy brother's boat across and lo! thine own has reached the shore!" -Hindu Proverb

    Member Spotlight

    Nancy Buffington, member of PCAI since 2012, is a public speaking coach. Her journey to coaching came, as it did for many of us, through teaching--most specifically when she worked with the Writing & Rhetoric department at Stanford, and had the opportunity to develop their Sophomore Presentation Skills curriculum. Nancy felt like this course helped people even more than the writing that she had done in the past. "Students came to the course with such fear and vulnerability. It was inspiring to watch them go from crying at the beginning of the semester to confidently standing in front of their class, answering questions."

    Around that time, Nancy started getting tired of doing the same old thing, so she was (again, as were many of us) forced to wrestle with the question: "what other skill do I have?" After talking with some of Stanford's tutors who were responsible for presenting to her students, Nancy realized that she could do this with adults.

    After a family move back to Boise (where she had grown up), Nancy worked for 2 years as an adjunct at BSU while getting her business up and running. She hadn't known anything about coaching or business, so "it took a while to figure all this out!" She found success from her first client, who stayed with her, on and off, for three years.

    Her introduction to PCAI came through Janice Lung, who she knew from social circles. Nancy credits PCAI with teaching her about the coaching community, best practices, and ethics of the coaching professions, which she hadn't known about before and which are so helpful to us as coaches. The early group consisted of Idaho's most experienced coaches, who helped coach Nancy into solving the issues she was facing in her own young practice.

    "PCAI is a great way to network with other coaches, specialties, resource connections, etc. It helped make me more honest and accountable to myself as a coach."

    Now, 5 years later, we are glad to have Nancy's own experience contributing to PCAI's list of specialties. She is an invaluable member of our community. Say hello to her at our next meeting (at which she will be presenting)!

    Upcoming Presentations

    1. June topic: TED Talks by Nancy Buffington
    2. July and August: Summer hiatus--but your board will continue to meet to prepare for an exciting new fiscal year at PCAI!
    3. September: Mark your calendar for 9/8, 11:30 AM--Watch for news of a meeting unlike any we've had, featuring one of our members in an important new role!

    Resources and Announcements

    To see the slides from Dave Covington's excellent May presentation, "Design Thinking for Coaching," please visit our resources page. There you will find links to download this and other useful documents shared by our members.

    For your convenience, past Newsletters can be found on the Newsletters page.

    Our social media pages are up and running, but a bit sleepy, so wake them up with your own questions, thoughts, and discussions!  Use Facebook for general coaching conversation, LinkedIn for referrals and recommendations, and our Website for discussions that need to remain private!

  • 21 May 2017 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    Table of contents:

    1. President's Note
    2. Something to Ponder
    3. Member Spotlight
    4. Upcoming Meetings
    5. Resources/


    A note from the President: 

    Welcome, my fellow coaches, to a new calendar year. I hope the holiday season was everything you hoped for, and that the recent winter weather pattern has done nothing to dilute the positive emotions generated.

    With the turn of the calendar comes “Strategic Planning Season” at the Professional Coaching Association of Idaho. In the last newsletter, my note referenced all that has come to pass for PCA Idaho up that point. Much of that was driven by our current plan, and I’m happy to report you met or exceeded every goal you set. I’ve been involved in strategic and operational planning for nearly all of my 31-year professional career, and this is the first time I’ve been able to report a 100% “Nailed it!” I suppose it is to be expected of professional coaches. Thank you for your dedication and participation all the same.

    But wait; there’s more! Now your officers and board are tasked with managing the evolution of the plan for the 2018 fiscal year (running from June 2017 through May 2018). “How can I help?” you ask. Well first, thanks for asking. PCA Idaho members have a great reputation for active contribution. Second, get involved in a committee. There are three standing committees: Membership, Programs, and Marketing/Communication. Regardless of where you think your expertise lies, I know you can add to our success by jumping in. Our committee chairs are:

    Membership – Stacy Harshman (stacy@yourfulfillinglife.com)

    Programs – Linda Secretan (lsecretan@gmail.com)

    Marketing/Communication – Ruth Romero (ruth@ruthromero.com)


    Feel free to reach out to any or all of them. I can tell you the time commitment for each is only a few hours per month, and the more of you being involved makes the work lighter. Please, please, please join a committee. They are the engines that have driven all of the success to date.

    “How else can I help?” you ask. My, aren’t we the little go-getter! Jan Salisbury (jansalisbury@cableone.net) is our current vice president and president-elect. Also, she is the chair of the ad hoc nominating committee, and she needs help creating a slate of officers for the next fiscal year. You can help her by being a member of the committee, and/or throwing your hat in the ring for a board position. We have openings for vice president, secretary, and marketing/communication chair. Please, please, please consider helping Jan, even if you jump onto one of the standing committees. The term for the nominating committee is just for the next few months.

    So again, thank you so much for your active membership, and for considering the opportunities above. I’ll leave you with Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” I hope you’ll take an active role in creating the future for the Professional Coaching Association of Idaho.

    - Bill Rauer

    Something to ponder:

    “The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities."

    -James Allen

    Member Spotlight:

    Tom Hardison serves as PCA Idaho's Treasurer. His journey to professional coaching is both familiar to many of us while at the same time being an original story belonging only to Tom.

    15 years ago, Tom stumbled upon coaching accidentally (an experience many of us share), when he was asked to do some coach training for a major integration at HP, when they were merging with Compaq. "It was a fascinating experience. I really enjoyed helping executives focus on questions like, 'How do we accelerate our businesses as we merge teams?' From there I became more interested in coaching for people development. Lots of training was available [at HP], but it was for management, not coaching." So, despite his interest, it would be another 10 years before Tom revisited the world of coaching.

    In 2013, Tom began pursuing coaching as a career. Uniquely available to him in the area were a number of other professional coaches--David Spann, Jan Salisbury, Dawn Monroe, and others who he relied on for guidance. It was David Spann who introduced him to Presence-Based Coaching, a book by Doug Silsbee that has evolved into a coaching methodology and training program. Tom loved the book, went through the training program, and the rest is history.

    A discussion of Tom's journey would be incomplete without a summary of the Presence-Based Coaching model. According to Tom, "Presence-Based Coaching is a process model with a set of skills and principles about what being a coach is. We coach on both the intellectual/mental level and the emotional/somatic level. It helps us become effective at both of these levels so that we can best serve our clients." In short, Presence-Based Coaching includes fostering an awareness of the shifting nervous system--the underlying mood and what emotions might be arising--and reflecting those emotions back to the client. For example, Tom's client may share something that causes Tom to recognize some discomfort in himself, which he openly and honestly communicates to the client, thereby serving as a mirror of impact. "Presence-Based Coaching conversations go beyond just the words that are being shared."

    Tom says the Presence-Based Coaching model has been extremely valuable for him. Since receiving his certification from that training, Tom has joined the International Coach Federation and PCA Idaho, and has obtained his Associate Certified Coach credential. He continues to attend training programs for his own personal learning and to improve the quality of coaching he delivers to his clients. He wants everyone in PCA Idaho to know that, "going through ICF membership and credentialing was beneficial because of improved rigor that increased my confidence and helps me be a better resource to my clients."

    PCA Idaho is thankful to have Tom as a member. He is a wonderful person who we are lucky to know. If you would like to reach out to him, feel free to do so at tom@generativeleadershipgroup.com, or at 208.914.1750

    Upcoming Presentations:

    PCA Idaho Monthly Meetings second Friday of every month:

    1. February 10--Experienced coaches  at the peak of their powers will enliven our spring series with ideas that will have you thinking and growing. To get us all ready for great content to come, PCA-I asks everyone to be present at the next meeting, February 10!

    Together we’re far smarter than either Alice or the Cheshire Cat. We know where we want to go–our mission says so! Together as Idaho’s “professional community of  coaches” we can chart our course. Whether you are an original member who’s been building your own awesome practice or a newbie who wants to learn from some of the founders, you are crucial to a solid and responsive Strategic Plan. PCA-I needs you February 10th!

    2. March 10--Spring Series, Professional Development
    3. April 14--Spring Series, Professional Development (continued)

    Resources and Announcements:

    Tom's Recommendation: Presence-Based Coaching, by Doug Silsbee: Available on Amazon

    A summary of the origins of different coach training paradigms (click for larger view). Presence-Based Coaching has its roots in the Ontological paradigm: 

    For Health and Wellness Coaches: Effective immediately, the NCCHWC is changing its name to ICHWC. See details here: http://ichwc.org/

    For all PCA-I members: Our social media community pages are young and we want to grow them! Visit us on Facebook for general coaching conversation, LinkedIn for referrals and recommendations, and our Website for private discussions about your coaching practice!

  • 31 Oct 2016 4:32 PM | Tom Hardison

    A note from the President: 

    Greetings fellow coaches, and welcome to PCA Idaho’s first newsletter. This is the latest milestone in a list of many from the past year. We’ve come a long way baby!

    About a year ago a handful of us were developing the formal structure of our organization over dinner at a downtown Boise restaurant. This resulted in our first slate of officers (Jan Salisbury – VP, Nancy Buffington – Secretary, Tom Hardison – Treasurer, and yours truly as President). Immediately following that we identified our committee chairs (Stacy Harshman – Membership, Ruth Romero – Communications & Marketing, and Dawn Monroe – Programs). Dawn had an opportunity to relocate to Montana and closer to family, so Linda Secretan has capably assumed the Programs role. This became your organization’s board of directors, and we’ll serve in these roles until the end of May 2017.

    Since then PCA Idaho has…

    …authored and ratified the PCA Idaho bylaws

    …established a banking relationship with Idaho Central Credit Union

    …established a relationship with the International Coach Federation (ICF) so that we can become a chapter in the near future

    …seen our membership population exceed our goal for both general members and ICF members

    …conducted monthly membership meetings where we deliver high-quality content, “raising the bar” for our local and statewide coaching community

    …received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service

    …accepted our first corporate member, Community Partnerships of Idaho Inc.

    …launched our newsletter!

    The list above only covers the highlights. There are myriad other “behind the scenes” efforts and achievements undertaken by nearly every member, regardless of how long they have been associated with the organization. I’m very proud to be a part of this mission-focused, community-minded, and diverse group of coaching professionals. Our past is something to celebrate, and our future is bright. Thank you for your part in it!

    Until the next issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with your questions, comments, compliments, and concerns. And most importantly, make today your greatest day. – Bill

    Something to ponder:

    “We do not get to choose how we start out in life. We do not get to choose the day we are born or the family we are born into, what we are named at birth, what country we are born in, and we do not get to choose our ancestry. All these things are predetermined by a higher power. By the time you are old enough to start making decisions for yourself, a lot of things in your life are already in place. It’s important, therefore, that you focus on the future, the only thing that you can change." – Idowu Koyenikan

    Member Spotlight:

    Dan Long has been a member of PCA Idaho for two years, having been introduced to the group by Ruth Romero, now our chair. His start in coaching came very naturally: "After running a successful company for 25 years, people start to seek you out," Dan says.

    Dan currently owns the Sandbox Group, where he has been helping other business owners succeed for 8 years. Sandbox Group works mainly with entrepreneurs, risk-takers, and other creative types. Dan has noticed that these sorts of people "try to be geniuses with a thousand helpers. We help them focus on one or two strengths, then hire the rest of it."

    The Sandbox Group is named after a number of analogies that Dan likes to use with his clients. "Learning to work well with others in the sandbox sent me to meet the President in the White House. You have to realize that some people are good at digging, some are good at building walls, and some are good at tunneling. They all have to work together to build something."

    You can see Dan at PCA Idaho's monthly meetings, or catch him on the news: KTVB 7's "It's your Business", Fox 12's "Business Solutions", and AM 670 KBOI's "A Closer Look at Business" all air weekly.

    Upcoming Presentations:

    1. November 11: Experience Vistage

    Vistage helps business executives engage in peer mentorship. Come hear David Spann share Vistage's approach to leadership growth and development, and discover some tools to use in your own coaching practice.

    2. December 2: Christmas Party (members only)

    In lieu of our normal December meeting, we will be holding our annual Christmas party. We would love to see you there, so if you haven't joined yet, now is a great time to do so!

    3. January 13, 2017

    We will ring in the new year with another unique view of coaching, presented from the perspective of one of our members.

    Resources and Announcements:

    Coaching Resources from our Members (shared during the July meeting). We hope you find them useful!

    1. Gleicher's Formula for Change, shared by Bill Rauer 

    2. A format for coaching session notes, shared by Tom Hardison

    3. An exercise to evaluate and reflect on personal values, shared by Dave Covington

    Our social media pages are up and running! Visit us on Facebook for general coaching conversation, LinkedIn for referrals and recommendations, and our Website for private discussions about your coaching practice!

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