When Did Work Become a Four-Letter Word?

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When did work become a four-letter word?  Always.  It literally consists of four letters.  Figuratively speaking, even back to its earliest roots, work has more of a negative than positive connotation.  Is work a four-letter word to you?  It does not have to be.  I won’t be changing the spelling but read on to see how you can change your perception of work. From the first use of the word, work has been synonymous with …

One For the Record Books

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19 years without a major win.  19 years of finishing in second place or worse when it comes to the big matches.  19 years, but who is counting?  Would you stop counting?  Or would that number loom large in your head as you faced yet another challenge in your professional career? Almost two decades is a long time even in our ever-increasing lifespan.  Assume a life span of 100 years and it is one-fifth of …

A Book Review: Mindset

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Confession time.  Have you ever read a book because you thought it would confirm something you already knew or understood?  Usually I seek out books to learn about something new or for a view of the world that differs from mine.  When I starting reading Mindset by Carol Dweck, it was for a different reason.  I fully expected the book to confirm something I thought I knew about myself.  I was wrong. Carol’s oft-referenced book …

Start With This Time Management Tool

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What if you could get a grasp on this slippery nebulous topic of time management?  How would your days, weeks and life look and function differently?  If only…if only you had a trick or magic wand.  If only… Instead of a trick or magic wand, how about a tool to help you identify the areas of time management that are holding you back?  Yes, there is a tool that can help you do just that. …

Is Your Calendar Structured for Success?

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What would your life look like if you took control of it?  Imagine your perfect day at work and sketch it on a piece of paper.  How would the day start and how would it be structured?  Would there be specific times for meetings and other times for executing?  Where does professional development fit in?  Can you see that some days or part of days may need to be focused on specific tasks and goals? …

Have You Identified Your Natural Rhythm?

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As big as the concept of time is, there are just as many underlying issues, remedies and strategies to help you control it.  Instead of the continual ticking of the clock, what if we approached our days with the idea of rhythm? A piece of music has harmony and melody and we use a metronome to keep us in rhythm.  A horse also moves in rhythm and we use a metronome to measure the rhythm …

4 Problems That Steal Time From Your Calendar

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Something has come back onto my radar screen that I haven’t addressed in some time.  Perhaps it is because I put it out there.  Perhaps it is a shift in our environment that has brought it back to the forefront.  The issue is time management. In a recent presentation, I shared that this is often one of the first issues brought up when I work with a business owner or leader or an individual contributor.  …

Is it Nature or Nurture?

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The question, ‘Is it nature or nurture?’ often comes up in the workshops I lead and in one-on-one coaching with clients.  Once someone has identified their natural talents and can see the role they have played in their life, they become more and more curious.  How much of what I do today and how I view the world was determined before birth? How much was developed by the environment in which I lived? Research doesn’t …

A Book Review: GRIT

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GRIT is written by Angela Duckworth, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and a professor with degrees in neurobiology, neuroscience and a PhD in psychology.  This lady has studied our brains and how they function.   In GRIT she addresses the keys to human performance uncovered through decades of research and brought to life by real-world examples from her studies and her own life.  Included in the book is a simple assessment to determine just how GRITTY you …

A Valuable Asset or a Liability, Do You Know?

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The most valuable asset of any organization is not reflected on the balance sheet.  It is not fully insurable and at times can be hard to replace. This asset can also represent one of the biggest risks to a firm.  It can result in lost revenue and clients and increased expenses.  It can personally drain you of income and of energy. Challenging and time consuming and not why you created a business, your team is …

Are You Talented?

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Every single one of us is talented.  Natural talent exists in us from the moment we are born.  For some, talents present early and for others talents lie latent awaiting an experience that demonstrates their existence.  Either way, the existence of talent does not mean we are or will use it.  Here is how we limit the power of our natural talents and what we can do about it. Dismissal of talent – occurs when …

When is Talent Not Enough?

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Early on in my blogs I shared this story… Usache (my horse) and I began showing competitively in early 2008.  For the first few shows we (okay, me) were thrilled just to be there.  After our third outing came the wake-up call.  We had an okay showing but it was obvious there were some skills yet to be learned by me and some teambuilding for the two of us.  Usually the Sunday night after a …

A Book Review: The Energy Bus

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Curious to know more about the book that ranked #2 on the Wall Street Journal best seller list behind StrengthsFinder 2.0, I downloaded The Energy Bus on Audible.  Less than a week later I was ordering multiple hardback copies as holiday gifts.  What inspired and excited me about this book to want to share it with others? Why do I recommend this great little book?  Because it visualizes possibility and potential and makes it accessible …

Begin With the End in Mind

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“Begin with the end in mind” is a well-known Stephen Covey quote you want to keep in mind when hiring a coach. Does that surprise you, coming from a coach?  How will you know when it is time to move forward from a coaching relationship?  How long is a coaching relationship and does it have to end? As referenced in How to be a Great Client and the e-book What to Consider When Hiring A …

How to be a Great Client

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Just as there are questions to be asked of a coach in the hiring process, there are also questions a professional coach will consider when deciding to take on a client.  Do you have the potential to be a great client?  Here is what you need to know about how you will be evaluated. 1. Why Why do you seek the services of a coach?  You may be crystal-clear that “in order to grow your …

Are You Ready to Chart Your Path Forward?

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New Year, new goals, new dreams.  Or is it that you are simply determined that this year the goals and dreams from last year will become reality? We all get stuck.  Whether it is a lack of knowledge about what we are trying to accomplish or a naiveté around the size, complexity and grit required to make it happen.  Life also gets in the way.  Family changes, health issues and business adjustments can shift our …

How Do You Want the Coaching Relationship to Work?

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How do you find the right coach for you? Considering that you have: identified the type of challenge you are trying to solve, determined that you are ready for outside input, change, and forward movement, narrowed the field to professionally trained coaches – Start here Now it is about fit.   Here are some things you will want to consider. Is it important that the coach have experience in your field or industry?   There is not …

Begin Your Coach Search With a Focus

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Specialization is essential in our wired world today.  We “google” to discover if something exists and to remember those facts that escape our memory.  Searching for a coach can be accomplished in the same way.  But googling leaves us at the mercy of search algorithms, paid advertising and word confusion.  Did you want a sports coach, a financial coach, a coach for weight loss, a coach for personal and professional growth or a Coach handbag?  …

Do You Know What to Expect From a Professional Coach?

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A professional coach is more than just a description on a business card.  For those who have invested in the process it represents a reputation and a set of standards that clients can expect.  Not everyone who claims the moniker of coach will go through the process to earn a credential.  As a consumer, you should know what to expect.  With or without the credential, here are the standards and where the bar has been …

Who is Best Positioned to Help You?

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As I sat across the desk from a new acquaintance, he shared that he meets coaches all the time in his networking activities. As I sat across the table from a prospective client, she shared that their firm had worked with coaches for several years and appreciated the value they brought to the employees. As we sat in the coffee shop, he shared that he had a coach previously, a mentor that had helped him …