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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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Global Competencies

Do you have what it takes to be a successful international association manager?

Your association might be international, but do you have what it takes as a manager and a leader?

 a.) Curiosity and Empathy - Are you naturally intrigued by different cultures around the world with their unique politics, languages, food, business practices and communication styles? Do you identify with how much people are similar and have in common; or do you focus on how they differ from how things are done at home?

b.) International Exposure - Managing a truly international organization is not a spectator sport, you need to get out in the field. There is no substitute for travel and to learn first hand how things work in different parts of the world. Putting your self in an environment where you do not speak the language and are clearly outside your comfort zone will make you a stronger manager.
c.) Communicating and Building Relationships - It is critical to learn how to communicate with colleagues and partners for whom English may not be their mother tongue. International engagement forces us to be better listeners, as well as to be more efficient and direct with our own messages.

Building relationships internationally requires persistence and patience in order to build hard won trust.

Managing an international organization can be the most rewarding and stimulating challenge of your professional life.

By building your global management competencies, you can better position yourself for an association management career that pays dividends in life experiences and professional achievement.