As I look out
the window and see the sunshine and the snow slowly melting, I am
thinking to myself: 3 more weeks?? Three more weeks of winter? And
then spring will suddenly spring?
February is a
month of beautiful traditions. We celebrate Valentine's Day and some
celebrate Groundhog Day, an American tradition, which began in
southeastern and central Pennsylvania as a German Pennsylvania custom
in the 18th and 19th century and which has its origins in ancient
European weather lore.
So on Sunday, the 2nd of February, the groundhog appeared, saw his
shadow and disappeared again. This meant another 6 weeks of winter.
But do we
trust the groundhog?
of 2013, I participated in an ICF-Michigan TeleClass, in which
Charles Feltman spoke about trust. How we measure or assess it, how
we build it, what it takes to nurture it, and what happens when trust
is broken - which in most cases happens unintentionally. This
TeleClass was an incredibly eye-opening experience for me. Trust is
an integral part of any relationship, whether personal, professional
or coaching. For this reason, I'd like to share this with you.
introduced 4 methods of assessment of trust. I like to call them
are they (the person in question, whether personal, professional
or coaching) generally honest? Do they act in accordance with
what they say? Do mouth and feet point in the same direction?
are commitments kept? Do they do as they say?
- Competence: do
they have the capacity, skills, time and resources to do what
- Care: do
they have my or the common interest at heart as well as theirs?
So, when for
some reason there are issues around trust, what could be the cause of
that? Where are the issues? And, after identifying in which of the
four levels the problem is, what is it that can be done to solve the
How does this
show up in your coaching and in your personal life?
Let's have a
little fun with this and use our groundhog as an example:
- Sincerity: as
a groundhog has no reason not to be honest and acts on basic
instinct, I personally would think the groundhog to generally be
honest and that his nose and feet point in the direction of
what would be the reliability in this case? The groundhog
reliably performs this task every year, on February 2nd. Or is
the reliability based on meteorological accuracy? According to
Groundhog Day organizers, the rodents' forecasts are accurate
75% - 90% of the time. Whereas a Canadian study shows an
accuracy of only 37%. StormFax Weather Almanac is at 39% and the
National Climatic Data Center states that the groundhog has no
though this is based on superstition, there is a grain of truth
in it. The winter days that he can see his shadow are often
especially cold as there are no clouds to insulate the earth. So
the groundhog acts on instinct rather than on a degree in
this is a tough one. The groundhog's interest surely isn't to predict
the weather. It is to stay warm. And that is what he intends to
Do we trust
the groundhog? I leave it up to you. Please feel free to share on the
ICF-Michigan Facebook page your
thoughts on trust in your coaching and if you trust the groundhog!
ICF-Michigan to offer many fantastic opportunities to connect and
learn. Scroll down for our news and updates and allow for our
upcoming TeleClasses to be eye-opening for you as well. Also be sure
to mark your calendars and register for the ICF Global North America Midwest Conference
finally arrives (only 3 more weeks), stay warm,