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ICF Michigan Newsletter

February 2014


Dear fellow coaches,


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?


In September 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.


Charles introduced 4 methods of assessment of trust. I like to call them levels:

  1. Sincerity: 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?
  2. Reliability: are commitments kept? Do they do as they say?
  3. Competence: do they have the capacity, skills, time and resources to do what they claim?
  4. 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 issue?


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:

  1. 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 warmth.
  2. Reliability: 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 talent whatsoever.
  3. Competence: 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 meteorology.
  4. Care: 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.

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!


Trust 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 in Cleveland!


Until spring finally arrives (only 3 more weeks), stay warm,



Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff

2014 ICF Michigan President
(248) 225-9032



Single Renewal Date
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.

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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 

March 26th Core Competency Teleclass
"Co-Creating the Relationship:  Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client"
Click here for more information, and the link to register.

March 19th Teleclass

"Dragon Slaying for Coaches:  Overcoming the Fear of Selling Once and For All and Build the Practice of Your Dream" with Inga Estes.  
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March 20th 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. 

Cleveland Rocks! ICF Global 2014 Conference - North America Midwest

Registration is OPEN! Under the Motto "Coaching Rocks" we will be rocking Cleveland, OH from June 19-21, 2014!  Early bird registration for the only ICF Global Conference in North America is open so grab your spot now!  There are lots of opportunities to be a part of this great event, click here for more information.

Affiliate Relationship - MBPA and ICF Michigan

Consider joining the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) (http://michbusiness.org/). Benefits of membership include joining an association of 20,000 business owners and professionals, state-wide networking events and seminars, vendor discounts, and much more. ICF Michigan members will be invited to join MBPA at a substantially discounted annual rate of $50 (normally $125).



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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