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ICF Michigan Newsletter

April 2014


Dear fellow coaches,


We did it! (I think) We've gotten through the winter! Birds chirping, flowers budding and, true to the Motor City, cars coming out of the garages and people lining the streets to watch them. Yep, spring is here.


Can you feel it? Can you feel your skin soaking up the sun? Can you feel yourself going from the intentions you set last month (see the March 2014 Newsletter) to really engaging in fulfilling them? And, what role does the Easter Bunny have in this?


What is engagement? What engages you? How do you engage others?


Most of what can be found on the topic "Engagement"; by definition also "an appointment, arrangement, a promise or obligation" is specifically about "employee engagement". Yet it goes so much further. It can be translated into other parts of our lives. Gallup, Inc. introduced the "Four Dimensions of Employee Engagement" with the following questions: 

  1. What do I get?
    What materials and equipment do I get to work with, and what is expected of me? 
  2. What do I give?
    How do I contribute?  What kind of recognition do I receive? 
  3. Do I belong?
    Do I feel accepted?  Do my opinions count?
  4. How can we grow?
    What are the opportunities?  What has been the progress? 

If we take the employee part out of this, how does this show up in our personal lives and our coaching? In conversations and through observation, I've learned that engagement is closely tied to empowerment. Letting go, to let someone else take hold. I have given this some thought...  

  1. What do I get?
    I can look at what I have to work with and where I interact with my clients and I look at my 2 little "Coach Assistants", my cats, Wilson and Diego. I look at what I need to fulfill my intentions. How am I feeling empowered, and how much control do I have? What inspires me? As a coach, I can ask myself, "How can I make this about my client and not about me?" 
  2. What do I give?
    On all levels, this is about how I can contribute. What can I give as a friend, a family member, a coach, and a team member? What do I contribute to the fulfillment of my goals and intentions? How do I inspire and empower others? What can I let go of?
  3. Do I belong?
    This is big for me. The sense of belonging is very important to me. It is what made me loyal to the company I worked for before moving to Michigan, and what so strongly attracted me to ICF Michigan. The feeling of being valued, of mutual trust, and acceptance. A place of sharing, learning and laughter. A safe space to grow. If this is fulfilled for me, it is easier to reach my goals. As a Coach, do I enable my client to f feel this way? 
  4. How can we grow?
    What opportunities for personal growth do I have in the relationships and organizations I am a part of? How can what I am a part of grow? How can my clients grow? How can I fulfill the goals that I have set? And, what progress have I made? With a strong feeling of empowerment, there will be a strong level of engagement.  With a strong feeling of empowerment, there will be a strong level of engagement. 

In another article by the Ivey Business Journal, I came across the "10 C's of Employee Engagement" and took a closer look at a few of them:


  • Connect - valuing the people you interact with.
  • Clarity - being clear in visions, goals and expectations.
  • Congratulate - providing feedback. Any feedback.
  • Control - or rather letting go.  Letting others take on and take over.   
  • Collaborate - being a strong team member.
  • Credibility - demonstrating high ethical standards.

But not only "good leaders" can do this - anyone can. To me, this is what really hits home: I can engage only by being engaged myself. It's the letting go that can engage another to take hold and take the lead. It is the everyday mirror that we are, the give and take, and the being the change we want to see. We can empower others...it all starts within us.


What does engagement mean to you and how are you engaged? How do you engage others? Please share with us on the ICF Michigan Facebook page!


Engagement is really important to ICF Michigan. We engage our members by offering many ways to get involved, learn and share with our Coach Cafés, our fantastic TeleClasses and Core Competency Calls, and our newest addition: the TeleForum for Experienced Coaches! How will you engage yourself during International Coaching Week? See below for news and updates! Being engaged is what truly engages others.


Oh, and the Easter Bunny doesn't play a role in this but, I thought he deserved a fair mention this month after the Groundhog was in the spotlight in February. I wish you much joy for the holidays you are celebrating this month!


Until next time, be empowered, empower others and stay engaged!


Much energy,



Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff

2014 ICF Michigan President

(248) 225-9032



Cleveland Rocks!  ICF Global North America Midwest Conference
Under the Motto "Coaching Rocks" we will be rocking Cleveland, OH from June 19-21, 2014!  Register today for the only ICF Global
Conference in North America as the spots are filling fast!  There are lots of opportunities to be a part of this great event, click here for more information.

Did YOU know?
International Coaching Week (ICW) is fast approaching beginning May 19 - 25! This year's theme centers on: visibility, understanding and the impact of coaching. Watch for follow-up communications on ICW in the next few weeks. How do YOU want to use your coaching to impact your community this year? We'd love to know. Contact Sandy@MarshallLeadershipGroup.com


Save the date!
Mark your calendars for the second annual ICF Michigan Statewide Forum on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 in Okemos. This promises to be another fantastic event by Michigan Coaches for Michigan Coaches. Stay tuned for more information to follow!

About the Easter Bunny..
Did you know that the Easter Bunny originated among German Lutherans? The Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient at the start of the season of Eastertide. This custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's "De ovis pachalibus" (About Easter Eggs) in 1682, referring to a German tradition of an Easter Rabbit bringing Easter Eggs for children. 

Volunteers wanted!
Want to grow your network, apply your skills in fun new ways AND make a difference?  Plug into exciting new projects now underway at ICF Michigan.  Interested in learning more?  Contact Sandy Marshall at  Sandy@MarshallLeadershipGroup.com

April 23rd Experienced Coaches' Bimonthly Teleforum
Topic:  "Identifying and Overcoming Client Resistance"
This is the first of the new bi-monthly Teleforum Series for experienced coaches, with 500 or more hours of coaching, facilitated by Mary Jo Asmus, PCC.  We will explore some of the situations experienced coaches deal with while creating a safe, confidential space to share and learn from each other.  Click here to register.

May 15th Coach Happy Hour
Join us at the Red Fox English Pub in Royal Oak from 5:30 - 7:00 pm for an informal yet structured gathering to meet with other coaches. 
Click here for more information.

May 21st Teleclass with guests Sheri Boone, MCC and Jamee Tenzer, PCC

Topic:  "Creating Awareness:  A Deeper Conversation"
Click here to register

May 28th Core Competency Teleclass
Topic:  "Communicating Effectively:  Active Listening"
Click here to register

Single Renewal Date for Membership
ICF Michigan has switched its membership renewal schedule to a single date!  Mark your calendars to get renewal notice in May 2014.  For more information, check out our website or get in touch with Vicki Hepler.



Please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or suggestions.   


Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff, President

Barb Grigsby, Past President; Website

Rebecca Kraus, Vice President;  Education & Development  

Lori Kerlin
, Education & Development (Chair)


Jan Martinez, Education & Development

Sandy Marshall
, Outreach & Volunteers


Lisa Bradley-Mitchell, Sponsorship

Kathy Munoz, Marketing & Branding

Mary Selzer, Treasurer 

Deb Voyt
, Membership & Affiliations 

Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator


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