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The International Coach Federation (ICF)


I became aware of the work of Terrance Barkan CAE and GLOBALSTRAT through ASAE and learned about the quality work and thought leadership that they offered. 

The growth of the International Coach Federation (ICF) had been significant for many years but we had a problem focusing our efforts for the best long-term outcomes. As always, the opinions within leadership were plentiful and the possible directions that were considered were rather diverse. Our Board of Directors was certain that it was the time to engage a knowledgeable, experienced and unbiased party to help us to develop a plan.

GLOBALSTRAT was one of the several groups responding to our request. Based on the thoroughness of that proposal and a deep understanding of the issues we were facing, it was clear that they were the right partner in this endeavor.

Terrance and his team conducted a lot of research independently of the information we provided them. They were very attentive to the needs and desires of the staff and the Board for information, input or explanation. The plan they designed for us was very comprehensive and provided us with a detailed and specific roadmap on how to continue our growth globally. 

The plan called for some strong positions and necessary actions that by some may have been considered unpopular. GLOBALSTRAT was persistent. They used sound logic and business reasoning to support their recommendations. As a result, they managed to convince  the Board to pursue the plan. 

We are glad they did – three years later we are still observing an unprecedented growth worldwide, our retention rates continue to increase, even with an increase in membership dues, and the sharper focus of the organization seems to be attracting more professional and seasoned coaches as members.

GLOBALSTRAT, with their experience, expertise, industry insights and a track record of always staying current in the affairs of global associations is a proven resource for anybody who plans to grow internationally or for those that want to strengthen their international presence.



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Posted to the International Herald Tribune


Having had the privilege to live and work in more than 60 countries, I have been a participant in and first hand observer of the effects of globalization.

Let me share what I understand "globalization" to mean:

'The expansion of mostly large, multinational companies, introducing production, sourcing, sub-contracting, distribution, sales as well as research and development, to lesser developed (i.e. low cost) countries of the world.

It is the increasing interdependency and linkages of the financial, commercial, political and social systems of nearly all the countries of the world based on common standards, protocols, treaties and multilateral agreements.'

Whether "globalization" is a "good" thing or a "bad" thing misses the point. The fact is, unless the world reverts to a nationalistic, protectionist form of international commerce, globalization is a feature of our world and will remain so.

Therefore we should not waste precious time and resources on debating globalization but work on perfecting it so that the obvious inequalities that any change brings can be minimized and the positive aspects preserved.

There are far more examples of how globalization has improved health and safety standards, for example, than the often publicized negative effects. Sometimes substituting admittedly low standards, but still infinitely better than the absence of any standards at all.

There is a critical role for civil society to play, including trade and professional associations, to raise the global standard of living through education, training, health, safety and quality standards, and the dissemination of information so that as far as is possible, every individual has a similar access to information that allows them to be an informed participant.

None of this requires the homogenization of cultures; no one is forcing this change. Given the choice, people everywhere have repeatedly opted for more freedoms, greater choice, access to information, and self determination.

Globalization, properly guided by a set of universal principles, can deliver this to people everywhere without a loss of history, culture or unique regional aspects to their way of life.