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02/12/2019

OSAE, OSAE Foundation, McWherter Coaching Group Kick Off Second Year of Coaching Initiative

Use this opportunity to invest in your long-term development and growth

2019 McWherter LCIIn an effort to reinforce the value of professional and personal development, the Ohio Society of Association Executives, the OSAE Foundation and McWherter Coaching Group are excited to announce the kick-off of the second annual “Investing In You: The 2019 Leadership Coaching Initiative.”

This initiative, which is open to all segments of OSAE membership, is an exciting way for your organization to help you invest in yourself and your long-term success. Once more, this year, the initiative will allow five engaged and committed individuals to participate in a six-month coaching program, with our organization assuming 50 percent of the costs of the investment program!

Why should you consider applying? Leadership coaching is for people who are aware of an opportunity, challenge or issue that is presenting itself for them to resolve. Coaching is an action-oriented investment in your own growth. As OSAE Member Wendy McWherter, who is once again spearheading the initiative noted, clients set the goals and do the work.  The application questions will help us discern if the clients are ready for coaching.

"Good coaching clients have an emerging vision for a specific goal or results they want to work on during the six months of the coaching engagement," McWherter said. "But, clients - OSAE's members - have to be ready for coaching and the work it will entail." 

“I wanted to be more effective with limited time and resources. Coaching helped me be more intentional about project goals and desired outcomes. It also gave me a framework to work backwards from intention to actionable steps. I now stop to acknowledge and celebrate ‘wins’ of all sizes,” said Kimberly McConville, CAE, executive director of the Ohio Beverage Association and chair of OSAE. “Wendy’s coaching style meshed well with my ‘Type A personality.’  Her well-placed questions pulled insight from me that I didn't know I had until I found myself sharing it during our sessions. Coaching has slowed my hard-charging pace to a more deliberate, measured way of thinking. This still allows me to be responsive and nimble when needed, but more intentional at the beginning of projects and in high-stakes situations. I feel more optimistic about all of the large projects I will manage this year. The tendency to feel overwhelm is still with me, but I now have effective ways to redirect myself into more productive uses of time.”

“Executive coaching is a worthwhile investment, particularly when the coach is Wendy McWherter,” McConville added. “Her effective style has helped me find more productive ways to do my job and ways to find more joy in doing so.”

The deadline for applying is March 15, 2019. OSAE expects to receive many applications for this program. While the chosen candidates will have to pay $500 to invest in their coaching experience, OSAE and the OSAE Foundation are offsetting the cost by 50 percent. The actual cost of the engagement is $1,000, but we want our members to gain the valuable insights this offer will provide, which is why the Foundation, in its effort to "pay it forward," is supporing this initiative. 

Once all of the applications have been received, the organization's leadership will review them alongside McWherter and determine which candidates seem most qualified for this year's innaugural program. Once these candidates are selected, McWherter will personally contact them to confirm their interest in participating and get them onboarded. At that time, OSAE will also inform any other interested applicants that they were not among those chosen to participate at this time. However, we are very interested in working with anyone who is interested in order to move them into a future coaching opportunity. The leadership sessions will be provided via telephone calls with McWherter in order to make it easy for any OSAE member - no matter their physical location - to participate in the initiative.

Should OSAE find, as we suspect we will, that the program is highly sought-after and provides a strong value to you, we will examine opportunities to expand it for 2019 and beyond. However, due to budgetary restrictions, we can only support five candidates this year.

Successful candidates in the program will be recognized for their achievement at the Nov. 1 Q4 Luncheon Meeting/Association Leadership Forum.

We hope you'll take advantage of this great opportunity. To complete the application for this program, please select this link! We cannot wait to see how excited you are to participate in "Investing In You: The 2019 Leadership Coaching Initiative."

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