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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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World Economic Forum 2015-2016 Global Competitiveness Report

Download a PDF copyThe World Economic Forum (WEF) , based in Switzerland, issues an annual global competitiveness report that profiles, in detail, more than 140 countries world-wide. The report compares key factors that determine the ease of doing business in each country as well as the major obstacles. 

Associations can make use of this information to help identify which countries hold the best opportunities for growth and those that have serious obstacles and risks. 

NOTE: It is far easier for most associations to establish a presence in many countries around the world than it is for a commercial company to establish itself. We look at how best to use the WEF report from a non-profit association perspective.

The 12 Pillars

The WEF analyzed information from over 160 partner organizations, 5,600 international organizational data points, and surveys of more than 15,000 business executives. Information was analyzed in 12 critical categories, or "pillars" which were then weighted and ranked.


Ranking tables 

All 144 countries that were analyzed (representing 99% of the world's Gross Domestice Product - GDP) were then ranked according to their aggregate score.

Switzerland, Singapore and the United States ranked in the top 3 positions, followed by Germany, the Netherlands and Japan. 

The ranking table provides a prioritized list of the most advanced and mature global markets through to some of the most challenged, least developed nations and is a good starting point for assocoations to prioritize future growth markets.


Country Summary

The next most useful section in the report contains concise, 2 page country profiles. These include a very brief country summary in the header that lists population and GDP (overall GDP, per person and per persion with a purchase price equivalent to allow for currency and local buying power differences - otherwise known as "PPP").

It also includes a graph showing the historical development of GDP compared with other countries that are in a similar stage of development. 

Development Stages

The WEF report allocates countries to one of five stages of development (three main categories and two transitional stages) and is a very useful tool for associations that are targeting countries with a certain profile. The groups are;

Factor Driven - These are economies driven by agriculture, raw materials and natural resources with little value added domesticly. These are the least developed and often the poorest countries. 

Transition from Factor Driven to Efficiency Driven

Efficiency Driven - These are your classic emerging economy countries that are developing a local middle class and consumer driven economy. They also are typically opening up to greater inward investment, dvelopment and market liberalization.

Transition from Efficiency Driven to Innovation Driven

 Innovation Driven - Innovation driven countries include the world's most advanced nations and are characterized by very strong domestic, consumer and services driven economies. These are also the wealthiest populations and are home to the most mature markets for associations.

Depending on the purpose of your association and your target audience, you might decide to focus on any one or more of these development stages. 

Main Obstacles

The graph that appears on the bottom of the first page of the country profile ranks, in order of frequency, the main obstacles to doing business in that particular country. Obstacles include a wide range of factors, including; corruption, political instability, lack of an educated workforce, crime, inflation, lack of access to financing and poor public health, among many others.

The main advantage to this graph is that it alerts associations to be on alert for the particular types of obstacles that are most prevalent when entering or expanding in a given country. 


The World Economic Forum 2015-2016 Global Competitiveness Report is a powerful resource of important, current, country specific information. Together with relevant market reasearch, it helps an association to better identify and prepare for international growth opportunities in a very targeted, proactive approach. 


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