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ICF Michigan Newsletter

June 2014


Dear fellow coaches,


In the past few weeks I have been truly lucky to have had many opportunities to both connect and reconnect. This is the reason this month's newsletter comes a little later than usual.


In the last week of May I travelled out to Washington State for a high school reunion. I went to high school in Taipei, Taiwan and because we are so spread around the globe, we try meet once a year, wherever someone can put together a reunion. It was at this reunion that I reconnected with people I had not seen since 1990. It was wonderful to reminisce and laugh about the past. It is there that I gained a deeper understanding that our past does not define us, but rather helps shape us. It is through our past that we become who we are.


With whom have you reconnected lately? With whom would you really like to reconnect? What would it take for you to do exactly that?


Another place of connection, reconnection, and incredible learning was the ICF Global 2014 Conference North America Midwest in Cleveland, June 20th and 21st. What an incredible conference. We had fantastic keynotes and breakout sessions. Almost 400 participants were there with an unbeatable representation of ICF Michigan. The conference is for coaches, by coaches, and it wouldn't be possible without the many volunteers that give much time and energy to create this wonderful event. Thank you to all of you.


The winners of the 2014 Midwest Regional Recognition Awards were announced and honored at the conference, and it makes me burst with joy that three ICF Michigan coaches were among the winners:


Leadership Award:   Sylvia Becker-Hill

Innovation Award:     Rebecca Kraus

Outreach Award:      Nancy Mathias


Congratulations to each of you! Thank you for all that you contribute to ICF Michigan, to our community, and to the profession of coaching.


Coaching is much about curiosity and questions: "When furious, get curious" (unknown) or "If you don't know what to say, ask a question" (Peter Metzner). An entire ICF Core Competency is dedicated to powerful questions. Questions can trigger thought and create shifts. Of the many ways to be curious or ask questions we experienced at the conference, I would like to share what our closing keynote, Alan Seale, presented. Five simple yet powerful questions that can cut through the complexity to get to the essence of an issue to then begin to work from the essence out. Alan Seale calls it "The Deep Simple" - A Path For Discovery:


  1. What are three things you know to be true (about this issue)?
  2. Which of those things holds the greatest power for us to explore right now?
  3. With that thing that holds the power, if there were something new trying to happen or something wanting to shift, what might that be?
  4. Who do you choose to be in that shift? What role do you choose to play?  Alternatively you could also ask: Who is that shift asking you to be? What role is it asking you to play?
  5. What is one step you can take now, or simple yet powerful question can you ask of yourself and/or others to begin moving toward that shift?

I personally find The Deep Simple to be very powerful. It gets one to the heart of an issue fast and creates incredible shifts. How could you use this in your coaching or even in your personal life? Not only is this of great use with clients, but also a great self-coaching tool.


For all of you that went to the Conference in Cleveland, please feel free to share your thoughts, aha-moments, favorite speaker or topic, or any pictures on our ICF Michigan Facebook page!


As our first Keynote speaker, Richard Boyatzis, noted, "You can't inspire others if you don't feel inspired yourself." ICF Michigan is a chapter full of wonderful, inspirational coaches and we strive to offer events that inspire in return. See below for updates on TeleClasses and Core Competency Calls. Make sure to mark you calendar for the upcoming ICF Michigan Statewide Conference in Okemos on October 23rd. And please, if you haven't already, remember to renew your ICF Michigan membership!


Until next time, stay curious, stay connected,



Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff

2014 ICF Michigan President

(248) 225-9032



Save the Date!

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

ICF Michigan Announces 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!

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



July 16th Core Competency Teleclass

Topic: "Communicating Effectively:  Direct Communication"

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July 22nd Teleclass with Mark Lengies

Topic: "How to Stop Chasing Clients:  5 Keys to Shift Your Business Into High Gear and Attract More Clients with Less Time and Effort "
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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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ICF Global Membership - Hurry and renew today!

"ICF Membership indicates your commitment to the profession and to your clients. But equally important - it is simply an investment in yourself."  

Deadline for ICF Global membership renewal was March 31st 2014!  Memberships expired April 1st, no joke. 

Members that have not renewed will be dropped June 1st and no longer receive emails and and notifications from ICF.  Don't let that happen!

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