ICF Michigan Newsletter
March 2013   
Barb G Dear ICF Michigan Community,

Early this month, your ICF Michigan Board met for an entire day of conversation and planning. We started the day by engaging in a "Painted Picture" exercise where we envisioned ICF Michigan 3 years out (2016). It was more than a fun exercise to get our juices flowing - it was a form of strategic planning that intentionally tapped into the right side of the brain where we pictured the organization in visual terms, not just in words.

At the conclusion of the brainstorming process, we used colored markers to draw a picture that captured our imagination about ICF Michigan now and in the future. The image that emerged was that of strong tree with deep roots. The tree was housed (of course) in the state and landscape of Michigan, surrounded by natural resources that contribute to our viability. The metaphor of the tree is ancient and well-worn. Our use of the tree to symbolize ICF Michigan is not particularly unique, but it perfectly illustrates our deep desire to ...


  • be grounded in the ICF competencies and principles (root system),
  • provide a life-source to members through connectivity and service (trunk and branches),
  • be a source of joy and vitality to all coaches - those who are "advanced" in the profession and those who are new (leaves and fruit).

You are a vital part of this picture and contribute to ICF Michigan's longevity by choosing to be actively involved. Thank you to the many volunteers who are helping to grow our Michigan chapter and nurture its members.

If you are new to ICF Michigan (or not) and want to meet fellow coaches and get on board, please see the opportunities listed below and make time on your calendar for one or more of the upcoming events. Our ICF tree of life will only grow with your personal commitment and engagement. We are all responsible for nurturing and sustaining this wonderful organization for Michigan professional coaches.

(NOTE: the complete set of Board notes from the Painted Picture process will be posted on our website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. )  


Thanks to Kyle Kinder for responding to last month's Coaching Question:
What methods (or practices) have you found helpful in developing empathy?


Working with Leaders Around Empathy - Coaching Method

As a coach I try to "reframe" empathy by using evidence and results oriented language with leaders who don't see its value.  In fact, I try not to use the word "empathy" but instead introduce and discuss the research-based benefits of employee engagement (employee satisfaction, productivity, etc.) which can only be accomplished by being sensitive and connecting with employees.


Warm Regards,

Barb Grigsby

2013 ICF Michigan President





Wow! NEW ICF Michigan Teleclass Pilot Project

ICF Michigan will be piloting a Teleclass program beginning late this spring/early summer. Our hope is to offer monthly teleclasses free to members, with the opportunity to earn CCEU's participating in 1-1.5 hour teleclasses. Non-members will be able to attend for free; Continuing Education Credit (CCEU) certificates may be obtained for a fee of $15. We are currently looking for volunteers who would like to form a Teleclass Committee as well as presenters for our calls. We are accepting applications from coaches here in Michigan as well as throughout the United States. To volunteer, or to be considered for presentation, contact Rebecca Kraus

The First One's On Us!

ICF Michigan wants you! We are seeking individuals who would serve as hosts in organizing coaching cafés in areas of the state where one currently does not exist. ICF Michigan Cafes currently are held in Royal Oak, Lansing, and Ann Arbor with a virtual tele-café on the west side of the state.

The chapter will provide each host a start-up one-time $30 gift card to buy the first round (of coffee!) on us for attendees! All you need to do is find a location, pick a date and let us know. We will coordinate with you to promote it in our next newsletter! Then - watch the magic begin!

Calling All Volunteers - ICF Michigan 2015 Midwest Regional Conference!
ICF Michigan will be submitting a bid to host the 2015 Regional Conference! As one of the senior chapters in the Midwest, we think it's time MICHIGAN shows the Midwest and coaches everywhere are pride in our chapter and state. We need your help - we are looking for coaches to form a 2015 Conference Committee as well as serve as volunteers. Whether you can volunteer several hours or substantially more, we will need the help of our Michigan coaches to host this event. Contact Rebecca Kraus if you have interest in being a Committee member.

ICF Coaching Week is May 20-26!
Please click here for more information and to see how you can participate.

Save the Date! 
The West Michigan Spring Forum will be Thursday, May 16th from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Holiday Inn in downtown Grand Rapids. Please be on the lookout for more information coming soon! 
Upcoming Events and Other News Highlights 
  • Call for Volunteers!  The Education and Development Committee is seeking a credentialed coach (coaches) who are interesting in facilitating The ICF Michigan Core Competency tele-class program. This program plays a vital role for those seeking to develop their coaching skills in applying for ICF credentialing. It also provides a great opportunity for more experienced coaches to revisit these foundation skills.

    Please contact Rebecca Kraus, Sandy Marshall or Lori Kerlin for more information. 
  • Michigan Coaches Cafes. The Coaches Cafes' meet monthly and continue to provide a dynamic and supportive experience for those who participate. They are geographically dispersed in four areas throughout the state. If you have not already done so you are encouraged to check out one of the Cafes' in your area. For more information, please visit the Events Page on the ICF Michigan website, click on the Coaches Cafes' flyer at the bottom of the page, or refer to the blue box at the end of this newsletter.
  • 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).?
  • Become a member of ICF Michigan (or renew your membership if you need to).Click here for more information and to become a member.
ICF Michigan Coaches
Come and join us for Collaborative Coaching Conversations!
Informal gatherings allowing an opportunity for collaborative coaching conversations around the substantive issues of building a successful coaching business. 

Detroit Area: 2nd Friday of the month · 8:30 AM · The Goldfish Tea Cafe at 117 West 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak  · Contact: Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff for more information - sch.coaching@gmail.com 

Ann Arbor Area:
3rd Friday of the month · 9:00 AM · Moonwinks Cafe, 5151 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. Contact: Deb Nystrom  - DebNystrom@Reveln.com  



Lansing Area:  2nd Wednesday of the month · 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing for dinner in the State room.  For inquiries, please contact Stephanie Maat at stephaniemaat@yahoo.com 



West Michigan TeleCafe':  3rd Friday of the month · 9:00 AM · Conference call information:  218-339-4600 PIN: 293548#. If you would like to be added to the West Michigan coaches distribution list please e-mail Dr. Lori Kerlin at lkerlin@progressive-dev.com.