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ICF Michigan Newsletter

March 2014


Dear fellow coaches,


Yes, the sun is shining again... and with the promise of spring, it feels as though a new energy is flowing through the cells of my body. An urge to get more active, to get back out there, to set new goals and to reach them, to set new intentions...and watch what unfolds, to feel the power of intention.


A great friend and fellow coach said to me, "When you really want something, the universe will conspire to make it happen." Is that the power of intention?

Or is there more to it than setting an intention and then letting the universe do the rest?


At the last ICF Michigan Coach Café in Royal Oak, I asked the question, "What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the power of intention?"

These were some of the answers:

-       Focus and "What you focus on gets done"

-       Deliberation

-       Clarity

-       Purpose

-       Intentionality

-       Being present

-       Understanding the intention behind the intention

-       "Where your intention goes, your energy flows"

-      That it is everything...that what you experience is the result

        of the quality of your intentions.


An intention is a goal, a wish, a dream, something I really want or want to happen. And, as we coaches know, a SMART goal is:

                S    = specific

                M  = measurable

                A   = attainable

                R    = realistic

                T    = time specific.

Doesn't that also work with our intentions? If we are clear about them and truly understand and believe the purpose of our intention, we start to move towards fulfilling this intention with focus and deliberate actions. And, yes, everything we experience will be the result of the quality and commitment to this intention. The universe is our "partner in crime" yet the biggest leap is still up to us.


So when you "lose" or discontinue something, aren't you really creating space for something new, better, or bigger? Is that change not serving your intention, and isn't the universe in the midst of conspiring?


Setting an intention is a first step and to act on it demonstrates your commitment to it. Here are a few things I do to help the universe conspire:

  1. I get very specific about my wish or intention. I'm clear about the purpose of it. Some may chose to write it down, I visualize it and commit that picture to my memory.
  2. I share it with somebody, and I do that in a way that it will hold me accountable.
  3. I try to do something every day to demonstrate my commitment to this intention. This can be as funky as envisioning myself doing exactly what that intention is.
  4. I acknowledge the things I have done [for it] as I said I would and then take the next step.
  5. I allow things to happen, as I firmly believe that everything will come together in the end.

My good friend also said that if that one intention or wish doesn't come through, that it is simply because the universe has something better up its sleeve.


What comes to your mind when you think about the power of intention? How does this show up in your personal life and in your coaching? What intentions have you set now that spring is on the verge of (finally) springing? Please feel free to share your thoughts on the ICF Michigan Facebook page!


One of ICF Michigan's intentions is to connect and to share so see below for the newest in TeleClasses, where the Coach Cafés are, and where to register for the ICF Global 2014 North America Midwest Conference.

Also, don't forget to nominate an outstanding coach for any of the 5 Recognition Awards to be presented at the conference!


Until next time, enjoy setting intentions and letting the universe conspire!


Much energy,



Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff

2014 ICF Michigan President

(248) 225-9032



Cleveland Rocks! ICF Global North America Midwest Conference

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.

Midwest Regional Recognition Award Nominations Now Open!
The Midwest Regional Recognition Award nomination period is now open! Coaches can be nominated for:

  • The Avatar Award
  • The Community Outreach Award
  • The Innovation Award
  • The Leadership Award
  • The Thomas Leonard Achievement Award

Nominate exemplary colleagues by April 15, 2014. Selection criteria and application can be found at www.icf-midwest.com/nominate.   Winners will be announced at the ICF Global 2014 Conference-North America Midwest this June in Cleveland, OH. Nominate an outstanding coach today!

Join the ICF Michigan Business Coaching Team!
Interested in an exciting pro-bono business coaching opportunity? Be a part of "growing Michigan" by working with entrepreneurs looking to launch a start-up business.
Want to learn more? Contact Sandy Marshall at Sandy@MarshallLeadershipGroup.com to see if joining our ICF Michigan business coaching team is a fit for you.

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  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.

April 17th Teleclass with guest Karen Cappello
Topic:  "The Art of Group Coaching"
Click here for more information, and the link to register.

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. 

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.

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 discounted annual rate.



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


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 is March 31st 2014!

Keep up with news and trends in the world of coaching and continue to benefit from all this membership has to offer. For more information, and to renew, go to http://coachfederation.org/renew.




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