I learned about the importance of pacing oneself from an unusual source. Decades ago I was listening to an interview with the United Nation’s special envoy who had successfully negotiated the release of all of the American hostages held in Iran. With the safe return of the last hostage, he could finally speak publicly about the process. I remember he was a Spaniard and quite good looking. I also remember when asked about himself he revealed he ran marathons. When asked why, he said it helped with the stress of the job. Additionally, and as importantly, it had taught him pacing. In the years-long and high-risk process of connecting with the under world of the hostage takers, gaining their trust, and negotiating the return of the hostages, he had had to exercise tremendous patience and pacing to balance short periods of high intensity and high risk with long periods of waiting. And in the end, he succeeded where no one else did.
The Board of Directors of the ACO has recognized that we also need to address the issue of pacing. We’ve been meeting every week since we incorporated two and a half years ago, and before that the steering committee met every week as well. Because we’ve done that, we’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short time. Who would have thought, at the 2005 ADDA conference when Glen Hogard and Tammy Cochrane gave their presentation on the need for a professional membership organization specifically for ADHD coaches, that three years later we would be holding our second annual international ADHD coaching conference?!
The Board of Directors took advantage of being together in one place at the same time at the recent conference and talked about a lot of things. One topic we addressed is that we’d been running hard for a long time and it was time for a change. That resulted in the decision to start meeting the first and third Thursdays of every month instead of every week. We also agreed to double the size of our Leadership Team for the second half of 2008, from two to four.
The leadership team is comprised by individuals who have indicated interest in being more involved in the ACO (if you are interested in being more involved, just let any board member know!). They are appointed by the board for a six month term during which they attend board meetings and are encouraged to actively participate in the conversations and in additional committee work. Thus, I’m pleased to announce that the following members have agreed to be our Leadership Team for the second half of 2008. We welcome them and look forward to working with them:
The ACO is a remarkable organization comprised of remarkable people. I’m often amazed by the skills, energy, and diversity of our members, and feel truly honored to work with all of you.
All my best,
President, ADHD Coaches Organization, Inc.