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ICF Michigan Newsletter

August 2014


Dear fellow coaches,

This week I had my "Holy Cow!!" moment... August? Already? Wow. Isn't it incredible how time flies? In my search for topics for this newsletter I toyed with various ideas, but was magically pulled back over and over to a question that Alan Seele, in his closing keynote at the ICF Global Conference in Cleveland, asked us in June: "What would you do, if you didn't have to know how?"

This question has been keeping me wonderfully busy ever since Alan asked it, and I have posted this question to many around me since. It has become a favorite of mine. Why? Because of the quizzical, then thoughtful, then even dreamy looks on the faces of those I ask. Because of the many inspiring answers and, most of all, because there is much more to this question than meets the eye.

What would I do, if I didn't have to know how? Among many other things, I would sail a boat to Bora Bora and I would build a portable teleportation device to be able to see friends and family around the globe face-to-face whenever I wanted. I would also be a big published author... all of this, if I didn't have to know how.

What does the question really tap into? I truly believe it taps into our dreams and desires. Things that we would love to see or do or have; things that may seem unattainable - at first. But are they really unattainable? Okay, the teleportation device probably is, but what is the dream behind the dream? Where is a compromise? Where could the compromise be? What do we already know? What other path could lead us to fulfill this dream or desire?

Let us use my three answers. I would sail a boat to Bora Bora. What is behind this one? To me it is not the desire to sail a boat. It really is the desire to visit Bora Bora. It has been for many, many years. What is the desire behind the teleporter? It is the wish to be closer to my friends and family around the globe, to communicate, to share, and to be close to them - to not loose touch. And in being a published author? It may be a mix of wanting to be a really good writer and the courage to put more of my ideas out there.

What do I already have or know? Answering these questions is what leads to a compromise or onto a path of being able to somehow fulfill this dream or desire. It helps me create a plan. I can visualize what I want and revisit this vision everyday. I can even get emotional about it to better manifest it, and I can reflect on it before I go to sleep.

What are the compromises for me? This is where I can really set the intention that will lead me. I can fly to Bora Bora and I do plan on celebrating a special birthday there. I will continue to write and maybe even daredevil my way to a blog. As for the teleporter... for now I'll grab the phone... I will be in touch more often in as many ways as I can.  

What would you do, if you didn't have to know how? What is the deeper desire and where is the compromise? How can you use this for yourself and how could you use this in your coaching? Please feel free to share what you would do on our Facebook page. Also, as this is my favorite coaching question, please feel free to share your favorite question.

As a teenager, my wish was to study psychology but I studied business administration instead. My wish back then already was to work with people and engage them to dream big and grow. Now I am (finally) a coach. The compromise - and a really good one at that. ICF Michigan is a big part of this path. To be a part of your path, ICF Michigan strives to offer many opportunities to connect, learn, and share. See below for all updates on TeleClasses and Coach Cafés. Please make sure to mark your calendars for the ICF Michigan State Conference on October 23rd and, if you haven't already, please remember to renew your ICF Michigan membership.

Until next time, dream big and stay energized,


Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff

2014 ICF Michigan President

(248) 225-9032



2014 ICF Michigan State Conference - "Your Business: Today and Tomorrow's Coach"

Mark your calendars for our annual ICF Michigan State Conference on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 in Okemos, MI. This promises to be a fantastic day filled with great speakers, workshops, learning and sharing.  Join us as we celebrate 10 years of ICF Michigan and the community we have created. 
Click here for more information and a link to register. 

Interested in being an Exhibitor at the conference? Register by August 31st and pay only $150! Link is here

"Women for Change Coaching Community" - Coaches wanted!
Are you interested in making a difference in the world by using your coaching skills to help others? ICF Michigan is partnering with "Women for Change Coaching Community" (www.Women4ChangeCC.org) to provide volunteer coaches to help financially challenged women make powerful changes in their lives.  If you are looking for an opportunity to provide coaching by telephone, this may be a great fit for you. Better yet - you will receive "paid" coaching hours toward ICF certification! ICF Michigan coaches (men, you are welcome as well!) who have completed or are currently enrolled in coach training are invited to apply. Be one of the first to apply and receive a special benefit! Want to learn more? Contact Sandy@MarshallLeadershipGroup.com

ICF Michigan's Scholarship Program
In a demonstration of ongoing commitment to
the coaching community, ICF Michigan is launching a new scholarship program for current or prospective ICF Michigan coaches. The scholarship program is designed to support and promote the highest standards of professional coaching in Michigan and serve our vibrant community where coaches connect, learn, grow, and succeed to best serve our clients.

Scholarships will cover the membership fee in part or in full and are available to individuals who are studying to become a coach or continuing their coach education. Applicants must be actively involved in current ICF or ICF Michigan Programs, events, or committees and be willing to support the ICF Michigan mission, vision, values, and community. Please see the ICF Michigan website for more information about this exciting new opportunity!

August 27th Experienced Coaches' Bi-monthly Teleforum at 4 pm ET
Topic: "Identifying and Overcoming Client Resistance"
Click here to register

September 15th Teleclass with Alan Seale at 1 pm ET
Topic: "Cut to the Chase:  Transformational Coaching"
Click here to register

September 17th Core Competency Teleclass at 12 noon ET
Topic:  "Facilitating Learning and Results: Designing Actions"
Click here to register

ICF Global 2014 Europe Conference

In September of this year the ICF will host the ICF Global Conference for Europe in beautiful Malmö, Sweden, right next door to beautiful Copenhagen, Denmark. (I have been to both, yes, they are beautiful.)  Join our colleagues in Europe for 3 days packed with great keynote speakers and breakout sessions under the theme of "Courage to Create Change - Coaching for a Sustainable Future." See here for more information: http://icfglobal2014-europe.org


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




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


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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"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.  Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." 


- Gloria Steinem 




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