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  • January 06, 2020 9:00 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    This is a sponsored job posting.

    Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is seeking dynamic adjunct faculty for the Master of Science (Health and Human Performance) for Interpersonal skills coaching.

    In addition to specialized subject matter expertise, knowledge of its application to coaching is a positive.

    Health and human performance coaching: Interpersonal skills (3 units) 

    Students hone their coach-client communication and interpersonal skills. Integral to these, students research personality types and traits, and consider the role of empathy, intuition, compassion, body language, and more. Students learn to teach clients methods by which they can be more effective in their personal and professional communication.

    Minimum/Required Qualifications:

    • International Coaching Federation (ICF) Certification
    • Master’s degree and/or preeminent scholarship in the subject
    • Passionate about teaching at the graduate level
    • Classroom-based teaching experience at the graduate level
    • Availability to teach late afternoon, evenings and or weekends
    Desired Qualifications:
    • MCC or PCC ICF certification
    • Online teaching experience at the graduate level
    • Familiarity with Moodle, PowerPoint and APA writing style 

    Application deadline: January 24, 2020.  To apply, please send a cover letter describing course of interest, experience and qualifications with resume/CV to facultyjobs@pacificcollege.edu 

    Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is one of the oldest and largest accredited institutions training practitioners of Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and massage. It now also offers degrees in health and human performance coaching, and nursing. Founded in 1986, Pacific College has campuses in New York, San Diego, and Chicago, and features an esteemed faculty of professors from around the globe that conduct ongoing research and educate approximately 1500 students every year.

    We offer the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of professionals. We are committed to creating a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

    Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, disability, veteran's status or any other personal trait protected by federal, state or local law.

  • January 04, 2020 10:24 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    First published in Coaching World in August 2019 by the International Coaching Federation.

    Leadership starts within. As leaders, we naturally and inevitably bring ourselves into our work. The same is true with leadership coaches: In order to serve and support leaders, coaches need to be able to access themselves in a way that they can use themselves as instruments.

    A familiar scene comes to mind: Before an airplane takes off, the flight attendant reviews the safety instructions and informs you that, in the event of an emergency, oxygen masks will be available. “Be sure to put your own oxygen mask on first,” the flight attendant warns, “before trying to help others.”

    In what ways can coaches put on their own oxygen masks so that they can better support leaders? What does this “inner work” really look like in practice, and how can coaches do it? Try this three-step process:

    Step One: Pause

    How many leaders truly take the time to pause? In today’s hyper-connected, always-on world, it’s certainly a difficult task. But the benefits abound: By integrating a “pause practice” throughout a busy day, leaders create the space to be more attentive and productive when they return to work.

    Leadership coaches have the same opportunity. Despite experiencing the same distractions, it is our chief responsibility as coaches to be truly present with our clients so that we can support them on their growth journeys. What might this look like for you as a coach? Perhaps it means taking three deep breaths before a coaching call. Maybe it’s a slow, mindful walk around the block before going into a coaching meeting. Maybe you meditate, do yoga, or run. In whatever way possible, choose to stop and still your mind, every day, for even just a moment. Any amount of time is a helpful start…for you, and your clients.

    Step Two: Listen

    We know that our job as coaches is built on the skill of listening to our clients. But what about listening to ourselves? This is especially helpful when integrated with those moments of pause. When you quiet your mind, what do you hear? What ideas pop up? What insights do you have? What do you learn about yourself?

    By modeling a sense of curiosity about your inner self, you demonstrate to your clients the power of this type of learning. As coaches, we know that silence is a powerful tool, one that often leads our clients to their own insights and aha! moments, in part because they were given the time and space to bring them to the surface themselves. Give yourself this same gift, and you will find you gain similar insights…as long as you are truly listening.

    Step Three: Connect

    Every coach’s inner work is a little different because we are all different people, and that’s part of the work itself: connecting to the unique gifts you bring to your role as a leadership coach and embodying them in a way that is authentic to you.

    We often think about connection as an external act, but in this process, think of it is an internal one. Ask yourself: What is true for me? What is important in this scenario? How can I bring my inner beliefs and values to the surface here? When you make the time to pause and create the space to listen, the act of connecting to your inner self becomes easier. Over time and with practice, anchoring yourself in those beliefs and values will give you a much deeper capacity for self-expression…which is a wonderful thing for us as coaches to model for our clients.

    In the end, the process of inner work is about staying true to your intentions as a leadership coach. During tough conversations or challenging coaching sessions, it can feel easier to acquiesce to the situation at hand. Though it may seem more difficult, choosing to lean into the inner work will yield greater returns in the long-run. So pause and be present, listen deeply and take time to reflect, and engage in a way that is true to yourself and your coaching philosophy. There is no better way to serve today’s leaders.

  • January 03, 2020 9:00 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Happy New Year, friends! I hope you enjoyed a restful holiday season with your loved ones and that you're gearing up for a great year in 2020.

    We at ICF San Diego are hitting the ground running this year with two programs in the month of January. See our January newsletter for details, and I hope to see you this month!

    Cheers to a great year,

    Lynn Levis

    ICF San Diego

    Chapter President


  • December 09, 2019 11:00 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    We on the Board of Directors for ICF San Diego are ending 2019 with a deep sense of gratitude.

    First, we're grateful for our community. With 188 members and counting after just two years as a Chapter, we couldn't be more thankful for the engagement and participation of our membership. We look forward to continuing to connect with you all in 2020!

    As we move into next year, we remain focused on providing high caliber professional development opportunities for the San Diego coaching community. We're proud of the great offerings we had this past year, and in the spirit of gratitude, be sure to check out my blog post thanking our 2019 speakers!

    We also owe our appreciation to a number of our Founding Board members who are ending their two-year terms with us:

    • Bob Little, Treasurer
    • Felicia Lyon, Secretary
    • Kelby Kupersmid, Director
    • Arthur Schwartz, Director

    These leaders have contributed countless hours of time and talent to bring ICF San Diego to where it is today. To Bob, Felicia, Kelby, and Arthur: I will miss working with you all, and on behalf of all of our members, I thank you for all you've for our Chapter!

    Lastly, I want us to take a moment to recognize ICF San Diego's Founding President, Charles Furman. We appreciate his dedication over the last two years in bringing this Chapter to life, because we wouldn't be here without his leadership! I encourage you all to join us at our Holiday Social next week so we can toast Charles as he moves into his Past President role.

    I wish you all a happy holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you in 2020.

    All my best,

    Lynn Levis

    ICF San Diego President-Elect

  • December 07, 2019 11:30 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Written by Lynn Levis and Diana Long

    In 2019, we enjoyed high caliber speakers and educational programming that stretched us, challenged us, and help us grow as coaches and individuals. We want to personally thank each and every speaker for contributing their time and expertise to the growth of our community.

    We offered six educational programs this year, coordinated by our Director of Programming, Diana Long:

    • In January, Anne Egseth and Stefano Olmeti had all of us up and moving, learning about somatic competence for elevating coaching presence in this interesting and interactive session. 
    • Mary Andrews and Brian Conlon joined us in March and encouraged us to ‘play big’ and more deeply explore goal setting and managing progress and accountability. They taught us how to ask more empowering questions so that our clients can tap their inner motivation for action plans.
    • In May, Sezin Hason facilitated an experience using Points of You, a card deck based on phototherapy that serves to expand one’s point of view, create new awareness, and build connections with one-on-one clients and groups. With our partner-sharing and then full-room debriefs, we had a dynamic and lively discussion.
    • September's presentation was all about agile coaching, and Alicia McLain and John Eisenschmidt provided an overview of how this process is used for guiding teams in organizations to create effective outcomes.
    • Aleksey Groshenko and Souheyla Ford took us on a journey in October, teaching us how to understand different levels of the spiral dynamic model, helping to make it relative to where we see ourselves and others. We had the opportunity to have table discussions, exploring new ways to ask questions based on different levels.
    • We were honored to host Doug Riddle in November. He challenged us to look through a metaphorical lens with our clients, and we stretched ourselves as coaches to go beyond just asking questions about the client's story and rather to play with metaphors.

    Please join me in thanking each speaker that shared their expertise with our Chapter in 2019!

    PS. As many of you know, we've also done a number of Networkshops -- lightly facilitated networking and learning events at which you all bring your expertise and share it with the group! These events are a continuous success thanks to our Director of Membership, John Murphy, and he'd love your feedback on these events and what topics you'd like to see in 2020. Feel free to contact him and share your ideas!


  • October 23, 2019 8:00 AM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    Hi, everyone:

    I'm writing this post to share more information about getting involved with ICF San Diego. I'm thrilled that there has been so much interest, and I thought it'd be helpful to write a post to put all our information in one place.

    I'd like to start by emphasizing that we do not take the gift of your time and dedication lightly. We are grateful for all of our volunteers, and want to ensure that the time you give to ICF San Diego is enriching and meaningful for you. To that end, we will work with anyone who is interested in volunteering in any capacity to find the right match for their time and talents.

    Board members must be ICF Members in good standing and maintain membership during time of service. Board terms are typically two years in length, and annual commitments include:

    • Attendance at two in-person planning meetings
    • Attendance on two conference calls
    • Regular attendance at monthly events (at no cost)

    The following positions are/will be soon available:

    Secretary

    The Secretary maintains and oversees all official records of activities of ICF San Diego. Duties will include recording minutes at all Board meetings and retreats, managing Board succession documentation, coordinating and managing regular meetings, and overseeing the annual election process. 

    Monthly time commitment: approximately 3-5 hours.

    Treasurer 

    The Treasurer oversees all financial aspects of ICF San Diego. Duties include monitoring expenses and revenue, recommending financial policies for Board approval, maintaining Chapter financial records, provide monthly and year-end financial reports to the Board, and developing and maintaining annual Chapter budget. 

    Monthly time commitment: approximately 5-7 hours.

    Director of Event Operations 

    The Director of Event Operations  oversees all operational aspects of our chapter's events. Duties include coordinating event logistics, overseeing the onsite registration process, supporting presenters, and taking photos and videos during events. 

    Monthly time commitment: approximately 5-7 hours.

    If any of these positions interest you or if you'd like to serve our Board in another way, please complete the Expression of Interest Form. Our Nominating Committee will accept expressions of interest until an extended deadline of Friday, October 25, 2019.

    For more information on any of these positions or to volunteer for ICF San Diego in a committee/support role, please contact me anytime at lynnannettelevis@gmail.com.

    Thank you!
    Lynn Levis, President-Elect
    ICF San Diego

  • June 06, 2019 10:34 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    The ICF San Diego Board of Directors seeks qualified members to join the leadership team. We are volunteer-led organization that thrives on the commitment and dedication of members who want to give back to the coaching profession. Would you like to  contribute your time and talents? The following positions are/will be soon available:

    • Secretary
    • The Secretary maintains and oversees all official records of activities of ICF San Diego. Duties will include recording minutes at all Board meetings and retreats, managing Board succession documentation, coordinating and managing regular meetings, and overseeing the annual election process. Monthly time commitment: approximately 5 hours.
    • Treasurer 
    • The Treasurer oversees all financial aspects of ICF San Diego. Duties include monitoring expenses and revenue, recommending financial policies for Board approval, maintaining Chapter financial records, provide monthly and year-end financial reports to the Board, and developing and maintaining annual Chapter budget. Monthly time commitment: approximately 5-10 hours.
    • Director of Event Operations 
    • The Director of Event Operations  oversees all operational aspects of our chapter's events. Duties include coordinating event logistics, overseeing the onsite registration process, supporting presenters, and taking photos and videos during events. Monthly time commitment: approximately 5-10 hours.

    Board members must be an ICF Member in good standing and maintain membership during time of service. Board terms are typically two years in length, and annual commitments include:

    • Attendance at two in-person planning meetings
    • Attendance on two conference calls
    • Regular attendance at monthly events (at no cost)

    For more information on these positions or to volunteer for ICF San Diego in any capacity, please contact President-Elect Lynn Levis at lynnannettelevis@gmail.com.

  • April 01, 2019 10:30 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    April is here, and that means International Coaching Week (ICW) is just around the corner.  This is a week-long celebration that educates the public about the value of working with a professional coach and acknowledges the results and progress made through the coaching process. To learn more, check out the ICF’s International Coaching Week website.

    It’s been a busy spring on the Board of Directors here in San Diego. We’re excited to welcome Diana Long to the Board, and we’re thrilled that she’ll be taking the lead in our Programs area. 

    We’ve also been busy on the technology side of the house, and we’re hoping you noticed our new website! We have also unveiled our new Find A Coach page, which lists all active members of ICF San Diego who hold a credential. Be sure to renew your membership to be listed.

    On that note: all active ICF memberships expired on March 31, 2019. To renew your membership and retain access to all the benefits of being an ICF member, click here.

    Lastly, we hope we’ll see you at this month’s Networkshop: Building Your Toolkit of Powerful Questions. These networkshops are free to attend and are a great way to meet other San Diego coaches and learn together.


    Sincerely,
    Charles Furman
    President, ICF San Diego

  • March 01, 2019 1:00 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    March brings two exciting updates. First, John Murphy has joined the ICF San Diego Board of Directors and will take the lead in our Membership area. With this addition, Board member Kelby Kupersmid will provide additional support to the Programs area as we focus on growing our program offerings.

    Second, and equally exciting, is that during our annual Board retreat last month, your board decided that 2019 will be the "Year of Engagement." The board feels the success of all our activities during 2019 should be measured by member engagement. To that end, we will present exciting programs, networking opportunities, and special interest groups, all with the intention of supporting the unique needs of our members. We hope to do this via in-person offerings as well as with online access to skill-building content on a robust website. It is our belief that the more member value you receive from ICF San Diego, the more engaged you will become.

    I look forward to kicking of our “Year of Engagement” with our March 18th program, “Play Big – Accomplishing Results Based on What You Want.” I hope to see all of you there.

    Sincerely,
    Charles Furman
    President, ICF San Diego

  • February 01, 2019 1:00 PM | Lynn Levis (Administrator)

    It is a very exciting time for ICF San Diego. Our first event of 2019, Somatic Competence for Elevating Presence-Based Coaching, was an amazing experience. A capacity crowd of coaches fully engaged in exploring how our non-cognitive being impacts the relationship we have with our clients. Everyone in attendance gained new insights and awareness about how they “show up” somatically. A special thank you to our presenters, Anne Egseth and Stefano Olmeti. 

    This month, we are kicking off our first Special Interest Group (SIG) which will focus on assisting our members in reaching their ACC credential or moving to the PCC or MCC level. The group will meet virtually via ZOOM and our goal will be to create a clear understanding of the ICF credential requirements, determine what each individual needs to meet those requirements, and provide motivation and accountability. If you are interested in participating, email me at charles@sdleadershipinstitute.com.

    ICF Global has launched its 2019 membership renewal campaign, and I encourage each of you to take the time to renew your ICF Membership. Our ICF San Diego Chapter now has over 150 members and we hope you will remain a part of this growing family. Please don’t put it off. Renew today!

    Finally, our ICF San Diego Board will hold its semi-annual retreat in February to revise our strategic plan. If you have anything you would like our board to consider during this meeting, please send your suggestions to me at charles@sdleadershipinstitute.com.


    Make it a great month and we hope to see you soon!

    Sincerely,
    Charles Furman
    President, ICF San Diego

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