The Future Is Coaching: The 2016 ICF Vancouver PRISM Awards

On October 20th I attended the International Coach Federation (ICF), Vancouver Chapter’s 2016 PRISM Awards Gala, at the beautiful Pan Pacific Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom in Vancouver – with more than 180 business leaders including coaches and clients gathered to celebrate the impact of coaching. I felt a bit guilty as I haven’t made it to many ICF events this year, but couldn’t miss this one!! And what an evening it was – so many powerful stories on the impact coaching has had on more and more progressive organizations and leaders.

Big congratulations to all the winners and nominees, including:

  • Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation – recipient of the 2016 PRISM Award
  • BC Hydro – Honourable Mention PRISM Award (an ICF first for this award)
  • Tana Heminsley – 2016 ICF Vancouver Coach Impact Award Winner
  • 6 new CoachingWise recipients: Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, BCAA, Macdonald Realty, Providence Health Care, Telus and Vancouver Coastal Health

I feel honoured to have worked with leaders at BC Hydro since 2011 and witnessed their growth in the area of coaching and the immense impact it’s had.

“Coaching programs at BC Hydro were first initiated in 2005 and have been incorporated in various leadership programs. In 2012 an internal coaching program was piloted with 14 coaches which includes two full days of in-house training with strong focus on practice & feedback. This program is supported by 4 ICF certified mentor coaches. In 2016, BC Hydro now has 65 internal coaches and 165 participants receiving coaching through the program.”

Truly amazing evening that sparkled from start to finish! Congratulations to all the nominees, winners and countless others championing coaching!

*Photo credit: Belle Kang

What Do You Value?

October 20th, 2016 is World Values Day! When we have a deep understanding and awareness of our core values we are better equipped to live our lives in the fullest, happiest and most meaningful way, both at work and overall.

Here at Thinking Partners, we are honoured to support World Values Day and recognize the enduring importance of values in our own lives and the communities we live in and serve!

Will you join us in connecting to your values?

Here’s how you can participate in this transformative event:

  • Take the free World Values Day Personal Values Assessment – thanks to our colleagues at the Barrett Values Centre for making this available to everyone!
  • Be like the team at Thinking Partners and download the “I Value” template to express one of your core values.
  • Take a selfie/photo showing you and your value.
  • Share your selfie on social media and spread awareness of the importance of values. Use the hashtags: #WorldValuesDay and #CTTValues

Click here to read more about World Values Day and how you can get involved.

Look out for our upcoming post about the CTT Conference held in Toronto last month – it was a fantastic conference that brought together practitioners from all over the world around the shared theme of the importance of values-based culture transformation.


2016 CTT International Conference

If you are interested in learning about a culture change process that leads to enduring business performance and high levels of employee engagement, join us at the 2016 CTT International Conference, Sep 28-30 in Toronto.

With colleague Charles Holmes, executives from BlueShore Financial I’ll be co-presenting to examine conditions for readiness, how to engage an entire organization in profound and meaningful ways and how to instill a deep sense of progressive spirit over time.

The 2016 CTT International Conference will bring leaders and practitioners together to further the journey towards conscious evolution. It will cultivate authentic inquiry, curiosity, learning and growth by providing both inspiration and practical tools for application. The conference is an opportunity for leaders and change agents to collaborate and innovate, linking real world challenges to universal wisdom and emergent best practice.

Visit the Barrett Values Centre website for more information about the conference, and view the preliminary agenda and flyer!

From Words to Action: Bringing Organisational Values to Life

Case-Study-jpg-150x150Over the past 2 years we (CEHolmes Consulting and Thinking Partners) have had the great pleasure to work with the Executive of BlueShore Financial to assist them on an exciting culture change journey. The Barrett Values Centre has been central to helping engage people in deep and meaningful dialogue around the changes they are striving to create. BlueShore Financial: From Words to Actions – Bringing Organisational Values to Life.