Leadership Blog

  • What is EOS®? by Ryan Giles EOS® Implementer
    EOS® changed my business, my family, and my life…really.  So what, you may ask, is EOS®?  EOS® is the Entrepreneurial Operating System®; a business operating system created in the 1990s by Gino Wickman.  Over the past 20 years, thousands of businesses leaders have been using EOS® to help them get what they want from their businesses.  Here’s my story… For Continue Reading
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  • 3 Surefire Ways to Lose or Get Traction in Your Day!
    One area business owners often come to coaching is a desire to get TRACTION in their personal and professional lives. We often have many demands on our time, energy and efforts and it can be challenging how to prioritize and get to everything that would like our attention. Before we look at getting traction, let’s look at what gets in Continue Reading
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  • 5 Steps to Creating Your Milestones
    The topic of Milestones is a favorite because it is a key to success and traction. Often people set their goals and just have that single focus in front of them. That is awesome to be focused on your goal, however, without milestones, it can be hard to feel success and progress. When a person does not experience some level Continue Reading
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  • Those Who Set Goals Are More Successful
    Many people get tired of the word “goals” and “resolutions”. They kind of roll their eyes at those who set goals, jaded by past experience.  Truth is, 80% of the populations never set goals and of the 20% who do, only 30% reach their goals.  (source: goal setting guide) The reason people DO set goals, however, is those who do Continue Reading
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  • The 3 Keys To Plan
    “I don’t have time to plan.” “I want to plan, but I never follow it so why bother?” “Things are going to change anyway so why make a plan?” Have you ever felt this way or thought these things? Many people KNOW they SHOULD plan or at least that it is recommended by any productivity consultant, coach or expert… but Continue Reading
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  • Step #10: VISUALIZE
    Great work getting through all of the TEN steps! Congratulations! The last step is about locking in your goal and intention by getting in front of you and inside you! I highly recommend creating a vision board to post your goal and all the visual pictures and words that help bring that to life. Include your WHY (motivators for doing Continue Reading
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  • Step #9: CALENDAR  
    Now that you have your baby steps outlined, you want to put these on your calendar so they travel with you through the year. Go back and look at the baby steps and add dates to each action. Open your calendar and schedule the steps as appointments on the calendar. You might even make an event for the first of Continue Reading
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  • Step #8: BABY STEPS  
    Now that you have an area of focus, you want to break that goal down into BABY STEPS. You can just have linear baby steps, or you can go even farther and think about it over a period of time. Let’s say you want to accomplish this in the next 3 or 6 months. You would consider the steps you Continue Reading
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  • Step #7: STRATEGIZE  
    One unique thing MOST goal planners do not talk about it planning to your obstacles. This is key and a wise step to ensure thoroughly planning and getting actions and a design that truly will support your goals success. In this video, we walk through how to think through this step. STRATEGIZE VIDEO https://youtu.be/3MkiMltHIT0 PRINTABLE WORKSHEET
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  • Step #6: S.M.A.R.T. Goal
    After looking at the wheel, look at which ONE area would make the greatest impact if you focused your energy and effort there. Take that area and set a SMART goal…. that is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed. In the video, we walk through things to think about in each of these 5 elements. Post your goal in 3 Continue Reading
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  • Step #5: WALK THE TALK
    The walk the talk is a play to sync the actions and tasks that came to mind in the last few steps… review your reflections from step 1, your tolerations from step 2 and your wheel from step 4. If there are any “tasks” (vs a toleration project) consolidate them to the WALK THE TALK list. You will want to Continue Reading
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  • Step #4: Get What You Want In 8 Easy Steps
    A key to goals is to assess where you are. The Wheel of Life tool is a simple and easy way to assess 8 main areas of your life. You can repeat this quarterly if you want, but usually, we just do this assessment annually as a basis to assess and set goals. In the video I go through 7 Continue Reading
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  • Step 3: DESIRE
    Life takes us in different directions and events in life affect us in different ways. Ideally, they make us better people, but sometimes in the midst of tough knocks we find ourselves, and therefore our energy depleted. Assess how you are doing. How are you “showing up” in life and work today? This is “who we are being” or the Continue Reading
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  • Step 2: TOLERATIONS
    As you think over the last year, consider nagging annoyances that subconsciously suck energy from you. These are called “tolerations”; pesky annoyances that might have sat on the “honey-do-list” for 6 months.  An “area or issue” you notice and always think, “I really need to get that fixed” or “I have to do something about _________” but day in and Continue Reading
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  • Step 1: REFLECT
    Reflecting on the past year is important to the process. Sometimes we have guilt or regret or just had a tough year and are ready to move on. Sometimes we had a great year and just want to keep charging. It is important to take time to assess and reflect on the past year, however, to look at what worked, Continue Reading
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  • Make a Plan For Your New Year
    Happy Holidays! December is a great time of the year to reflect on the year past and the year ahead and make a plan! You know it is hard to accomplish what you don’t have a plan for. In the next 10 posts, we are going to walk through 10 steps to reflect and make a plan for your new Continue Reading
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  • Five Strategies for a Balanced and Joy-filled Holiday
    We are on the edge of the holiday seasons. Our excitement stirs as we think about the smells, activities and fun that each event brings. But, just as joy fills our thoughts, stress often fills the body!  All of the to-dos, dates, expenses, people and other holiday demands fill our minds. It’s time to make this year different! Here are 5 Continue Reading
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  • Holiday Planning to Leverage Your Time
    The holidays are quickly approaching. If you have not already started it is time to figure out and plan for what you want to do to acknowledge your friends, co-workers, employees, colleagues, business partners, associates, etc. this season. There are a few areas to think about and some great tools to keep in mind. One of the best ways to Continue Reading
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  • Toxic People
    No one wants to be a toxic person, and usually toxic people don’t realize they are. Successful people are self-aware and inventory themselves regularly to assess and learn how they can be their best self, grow and learn. Check out the following article and see if any of these traits are ones you do. Consider your vision and aspirations for Continue Reading
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  • “Failure Is So Important”
    In our American society, we are conditioned “failure” is bad. From the time we are in school, the F is the dreaded sign of a “bad student” lacking in ability, skill or talent to do what they need to do to get a passing grade. Maybe the F was needed to measure and indicate the need for more skill development Continue Reading
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  • 5 Tips For Being More Grateful
    Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness are all expressions of a heart that has a contentment, appreciation, and joy for the blessings one has. It is not because of all you have, but an attitude of joy founded in the outlook a person views life from. There are touching stories of homeless people role modeling this “thankful” spirit and “sharing” with others even though they Continue Reading
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  • How to Have Great Remote Relationships
    More and more people today work remotely or on the go.  With the many technology options, we have to communicate, it is much easier to be massively on task and accidentally become relationally rude or flippant. Have you ever thought about how you come across to others? While I would agree in our fast-paced world productivity feels like the king, Continue Reading
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  • Guide to Better Sleep Health
    This is a great resource shared with me about better sleep health by the author Kayla Johnson.  She states that "...sleep is an important part of improving productivity and focus, but that’s not all it can do to help you get ahead. I wrote this guide covering the current state of research into how our sleep habits influence our ability Continue Reading
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!
    Hope you have a wonderful day reflecting on the many blessings we have. If you are surrounded by friends, family and good food, consider yourself extra blessed! More Than A Day As Thanksgiving Day rolls around, It brings up some facts, quite profound. We may think that we're poor, Feel like bums, insecure, But in truth, our riches astound. We Continue Reading
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  • Will You Recognize the Possibility?
    Possibility is one of my favorite words… because it is a concept that our human selves do not go to as often. The human being is more naturally negative and seeing the “scarce” or “lack” of things. This is in relationships, work, home, friends, things, etc. We tend to look at what we don’t have, what is not possible, what the Continue Reading
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  • 3 Keys To Get Traction In Your Life/Work
    In today’s highly changing business world, getting traction in your business or achieving success can be a challenge. Competing for people’s attention and standing out in the crowd are keys to get to where you want in business. With so many things to do, many quickly feel overwhelmed. First, don’t get so consumed by frustrations that these common problems run Continue Reading
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  • How Is Your Perspective Affecting You?
    It is obvious that depending on our location, distance and view we see things differently.  Understanding how perspective on topics and life outlooks can create differences and can lead to conflict, stress and challenge is less obvious. We might know this, but perspective can be a hard topic to self-reflect on. Due to the fact that we get attached and Continue Reading
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  • Perfectionism
    Often we people (especially perfectionists) can think of perfectionism as a positive and honorable thing.  After all, it is the quest for doing things well and doing things right. The more I look at perfectionism, the more I realize how much I struggle with it. I personally am very far from being perfect. As a High I personality (on the Continue Reading
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  • Many People Struggle With Discipline
    Wow! Have you ever looked up what “discipline” means? There are a LOT of negative connotations about the word. When I am talking about discipline, however, I am referencing the skill of being able to focus and stick to a course of action or routine in order to develop, advance or make yourself better. This usually involves self-control and the Continue Reading
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  • Change Can Be Challenging
    Change can be a challenging. Period. While some “like” change, most of the general population does not like change and even those who do, have areas they like it the way they have it. The challenge is that the world is constantly changing, like it or not. Generally speaking, if you do not change and evolve you become outdated and Continue Reading
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  • Book Review: Career Distinction (with supporting 360 assessment tool)
    This book is a fantastic resource and not only helps the person on the career search but any person seeking definition of their professional brand and to understand their leadership impact (how they are currently understood or impact others). I use this book and assessment for all three of these areas: career search leadership development (simple 360 assessment) marketing brand Continue Reading
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  • Does Focus Really Matter?
    Why would you want to be focused or develop the skill of focus? Does it really matter? Does it really help? The truth is most people are NOT naturally focused or disciplined.  In today’s world, it can be very challenging to focus. Years ago in the time management workshops, we taught these tips for life: shutting off the email bell, Continue Reading
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  • Energy Tips for Leaders on the Verge of Burnout 
    It is natural that there are some instances where you can feel discouraged, down and even depressed about the certain happenings in your work and life. However, it is best for you to take over your problems rather than your problems taking over you. As a leader, it can be a lonely place. You have information that you cannot share with Continue Reading
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  • 6 Performance Habits by Jeff Haden
    In his LinkedIn article, 6 High-Performance Habits Only the Most Extraordinary People Share, Backed by Science, Jeff Haden revealed 6 habits for high performance shared with him by Brendon Burchard who has spent 20 years answering the question, "how do we become more successful and feel more fulfilled?" Burchard wrote about this subject in High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way. The Continue Reading
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  • How Leaders Influence While Managers Direct by George Bradt
    It takes two to tango and two to influence. Both the influencer and the person being influenced must want it to work and must invest in making it work. Consider the difference between leading and managing and different level of engagement before trying to influence anyone. In brief, leaders influence contribution and commitment while managers direct compliance. Don’t make false trade offs between influencing Continue Reading
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  • 25 Books for Success Shared by Success.com
    How To Win Friends and Influence People The Richest Man in Babylon Think and Grow Rich The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives The Law of Success In Sixteen Lessons by Napoleon Hill Acres of Continue Reading
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  • Two Words That Will Kill Your Company by Mike Paton
    If you want to guarantee that you and your leadership team will never achieve your vision, get comfortable using the following phrase over and over: “Kind of.” Trust me, nothing will kill your company (and maybe you) faster. After running more than a thousand full-day sessions with the leadership teams of entrepreneurial companies, I’ve learned some things about what makes Continue Reading
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  • Developing a Plan That Gets Results
    The old saying advises to plan your work, then work your plan. Simple as it is, it's one of the fundamental rules of good management and one that is often overlooked. Many great plans are made; few are followed. I get it. There are fires to put out and the day, week or quarter gets away from us. To stay on Continue Reading
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  • Let’s Stop Apologizing, Shared from Courtney Carver
    Recently I read this article: Let’s Stop Apologizing for These 8 Things written by Courtney Carver and requested to share it here. Check out her website at BeMoreWithLess. "Living with less stuff, stress, and busyness is important for a healthier, happier life, but there are other things we can benefit from eliminating too. Let's stop apologizing for things we don't need Continue Reading
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  • Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations (Book Review)
    Another fantastic book by Carey. He has done such a great job of studying the church, culture and leadership today. This book is BEYOND packed with material, but all very on point - like any of Carey's writing (articles, podcast, other books). We got this on audio and bought the book as well so we could reference many of the Continue Reading
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  • Who’s Bugging You, Shared from ZonePositive
    How to eliminate grudges and get on with your life Goal of this intervention: At any given time in your life someone close to you does something that really bugs you. This could be something significant… or it could be something trivial. Question is, how long do you hold on to the grudge you may feel? Are you annoyed for Continue Reading
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  • Seven Practices of Effective Ministry (Book Review)
    I LOVE THIS BOOK! Very very good for ministry -- and for a business owner. Clearly written for business, but there are so many great points and perspectives, I am referring to my business leaders as well. For Ministry, highly recommend pastors and lay leaders to read this book. Stanley does not mess around with sugar coating things - which Continue Reading
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  • The Opened Door, Using optimism to deal with adversity
    Goal of this intervention: Hope and optimism are positive emotions about the future. The optimist sees the good in the bad, the silver lining, and the bright side. These views have become clichéd in their expression, but that does not diminish the huge effect that optimism has on fighting depression, on higher productivity, and on better health. The essence of Continue Reading
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  • How to Focus to Execute Well
    “Do you want it right or do you want it on time?” Can things be done correctly and on time? When an organization has clarity around its goals and is focused, both quality and time can be attainable deliverables. I know it sounds easier said than done. However, by coaching dozens of executives over the years, I have watched leaders Continue Reading
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  • Emotional Habits: 7 Things Resilient People Do
    Fantastic Book! Got the book on audio and then purchased the print book. Too many things I wanted to reference! I have been in personal growth for years and this book was still very helpful and packed with great info. The author is insightful and offers support material on his website so you can dig deeper in your learning. I Continue Reading
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  • Millennial Mindset
    PURPOSE - What is the meaning and purpose of your organization;  what are you on a mission for? Is it just about you or does it really matter to the world? How are you serving and reaching and connecting to the community? EXPERIENCE - What is the experience your business or organization is creating? How does it make people feel Continue Reading
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  • Finding Success in Balance
    This book is a quick and light read.  It is a great reminder of ways to have balance and focus in your life. The author, Apryl Schlueter, presents the information in a personal, unfiltered approach about how she has been able to design this in her life. Using her own journey as a prime example, she is authentic and real about the struggle Continue Reading
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  • Getting Clarity in Your Leadership Direction
    It is easy to get distracted by ambiguous goals, sales targets and many other issues of daily operations. As the leader though, it is imperative to HAVE and PROVIDE a clear path of direction.  This is for you to make strong decisions and for your team to be able to execute their part of the work. As we are clear Continue Reading
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  • Management Tips for Great Leaders
    Share information - SERIOUSLY! YES! DON't be cryptic! remember if you don't share the info or story, they will make it up - and it is rarely better than the truth Adjust your style I KNOW. REALLY? But yes! Know your team and their style and communicate in a way that speaks their language. It doesn't mean accommodating their whims, it Continue Reading
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  • The Good Life: Goals, Pathways, Strategies
    Goal of this intervention: After the Good Life Survey (on the Zone Positive website) is taken and scores are retrieved, you may be wondering what you can do to lift your scores across any or all of the pathways (positive emotion, engagement, meaning/purpose and positive relationships). This exercise aims to prompt thoughts around what actions can be taken (and which Continue Reading
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  • Could You Be More Patient?
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  • I choose to be positive each day
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  • 20+ Sutras and Mantras for Being Here Now Enough
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  • Sugar vs. Lemon (shared by Zone Positive)
    Try reframing when you get frustrated or angry Goal of this intervention: This exercise encourages you to try a different approach when you get frustrated or angry. How many times have you been put on hold for (what seemed like) hours waiting for a utility provider (i.e. your phone company)? How many times have you waited in a line longer than you thought Continue Reading
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  • What LEADERSHIP Mistake are you making?
    Recently I read this article: 5 Common Leadership Mistakes You're Probably Making. I loved it and found it nailed some of the key areas leaders got off track -- ego, emotional reaction, avoidance, not delegating or planning and questioning yourself. All are natural and human and normal. The best leaders have to work through these things… the key to GREAT leadership Continue Reading
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  • Can Other Leaders Inspire Us?
    In their article, 10 business leaders that innovate, inspire, and influence, American Genius staff tell about leaders from various industries that "INSPIRE US TO GROOM OUR OWN PATHS."  They go on to say "one of the best ways each of us can become a better leader is to groom our leadership paths, inspired by those who have gone before us." Below Continue Reading
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  • Be Motivated. Excited. Sweet Spot. Inspirational.
    Create an environment that is motivational to you. Whether it is quotes, pictures, a dream board, etc. Put these things in your surroundings. Make sure you are working in your strengths. When you are in a space that is clean and inspirational, when you are working on things that you love and are easy for you, we all stay more Continue Reading
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  • Reframe the situation
    Positive way to deal with adversity starts with challenging negative beliefs Goal of this intervention is to give you a more effective and productive way to deal with minor adversities that may come your way in daily life. By minor adversity, we’re talking about a friend not returning your phone call, or a comment your boss made about your performance and how Continue Reading
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  • Be Planful. Have a Routine and Systems
    Systems are things like a set of folders on your desk labeled with your main 5-6 work categories. When items come in you put them in the folder and then schedule work time for each “bucket” of work. Bucket examples are administration, marketing, customer care, accounting/invoicing, production, development, etc. Consider what tasks you need to do each week and create Continue Reading
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  • Be Focused.  Try: Frog. AM Habits. To-Do List.
    Each night make your to-do list for the next day. Star your top 3 priorities and pick your Frog. Your frog is an important (vs. urgent) item on your to-do list. It doesn’t matter if you get it done the next day but is something you really need to do the next day because it is growing in importance to Continue Reading
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  • Be Clear. Try Nightly Brain Dump & Clean Sweep
    Each night take 30 minutes for this game-changing routine! It can be at the end of your workday or at the end of the day. Start by “picking up” from the day – papers, tools you have used, notes, etc.  As you clean up it often triggers your mind of things you need to do. Allow this to integrate with Continue Reading
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  • An easy routine to keep your weight in check
    Betsy Ludlow, Founder-Zone Positive Goal of this intervention is to provide you with an easy routine to keep your weight in check. I don’t know about you, but I have been fighting the battle of the bulge for more years than I care to remember. It’s not that I’m really overweight, but I know in a flash when my clothes don’t fit Continue Reading
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  • Bedtime Blessings: Giving thanks each day for blessings
    Goal of this intervention: “Bedtime Blessings” is one way to learn how to increase your happiness. It is designed to increase your life satisfaction and to sweeten your memories about the past. As put very eloquently by William Penn, "The secret to happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles." We have determined in well-designed research studies Continue Reading
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  • A Four-Step PLAN to Successful New Year’s Resolutions
    New Year’s resolutions, otherwise known as "good intentions," are those things that are set at the beginning of the year when people feel they can wipe the slate clean and get a fresh start. It is said that 80% of all News Year’s resolutions fail. A survey conducted by Gail Kasper, LLC (www.gailkasper.com) finds that 51% of people don’t have Continue Reading
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  • New Year Planning
    I hope you are doing well and are getting ready for a great New Year!! If you are in the mood to reflect on the year and plan forward, my favorite planning tool is attached.  This Goal Planning Workbook is a great way to implement your New Year's resolutions and creating a game plan for a productive and prosperous new year! Here is Continue Reading
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  • An Attitude of Thanksgiving
    In a time where it seems like each week you hear of someone new laid off or out of work, people are short on money and struggling to make ends meet. Stress is high, nerves are short and tempers are quick. It can be easy to forget the many things we have been blessed with and focus on what we Continue Reading
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  • Avoiding sink holes: Identify and deal with negative beliefs
    The goal of this intervention: This intervention is a continuation of the cognitive behavior theme and a sequel to the Reframing the situation exercise. It delves deeper into how some beliefs are formed and what can be done to challenge these beliefs before they lead to regrettable actions. The goal of this exercise is to become more aware of the common traps Continue Reading
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  • Can Others Help You Win in Your Business?
    An independent business owner (IBO) often thinks he has to “do it all.” For example, he may say, "I AM my business, who else can help with this?” You can outsource just about anything, for a price. Many IBO's may do this for technical things (web development, printing, etc.) but try to fight through the marketing, selling, Social Media, development, Continue Reading
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  • 15 Minute Bounce Back
    A quick but structured exercise to reduce stress and fatigue Source: Deb Giffen, MCC, MAPP Goal of this intervention: The goal of this intervention is to give you a quick and effective way to relieve stress and anxiety that can arise during the course of everyday events. This resiliency exercise will give you a structured approach for slowing down, assessing Continue Reading
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  • Stop Procrastinating
    As you harness your energy, budget your time, say no, get a hobby, etc. you will begin to see a shift in how much time you have. We cannot make more time, only use what we have most efficiently and effectively. You cannot be on all the time, so planning for breaks and scheduling for a maximum of 12 hours Continue Reading
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  • Tackle the Important and Stop the Urgent
    Stephen Covey, in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, says that one of the traps of ineffective people is getting caught in doing the urgent rather than the important. Bottom-line this is reacting to life rather than responding.  While urgent things will come up, they seem to happen more when you are not planning. Eventually, everything will become Continue Reading
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  • Your Winning Season!
    Are you winning your game? Are you playing at peak performance? Do you feel like you are sometimes on the court, but more often on the bench, in the bleachers, or (even worse) at the concession stands? There is a concept called “pattern language” which means taking language and concepts that are already familiar to you and applying them in Continue Reading
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  • Clarity
    Achieve what you want in your organization and life starts with knowing the answers to powerful questions.
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  • Designing the Financial Environment
    Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “Finances” more in-line with your goals. Having your fianancial environment in order will lead to less stress. DEFINITION: The financial environment is your money, investments, property, savings, debt and future goals that will require money or impact your financial health. Why is this environment important? What Causes Financial Stress? Here Continue Reading
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  • Free Budgeting Worksheets
    Bob at SeedTime Christian Personal Finance says "I believe that budgeting should be fun and if done properly, it really makes your life a whole lot more peaceful."  He has gathered some good budgeting worksheets at: http://christianpf.com/free-printable-budgeting-worksheets/ Keep Charging & Shine! Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Budget Allocation
    These budget divisions are based on your net income. According to Crown Financial your net income equals, gross income minus giving/tithe, minus taxes. Keep Charging & Shine! Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synerg-old.dev
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  • You Must Control Money
    “Money, like emotions, is something you must control to keep your life on the right track.” ― Natasha Munson, Life Lessons for My Sisters: How to Make Wise Choices and Live a Life You Love! Keep Charging & Shine! Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synerg-old.dev
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  • Life-Changing Action
    Keep Charging & Shine! Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synerg-old.dev
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  • Life Changing Questions
    In his LinkedIn article, 50 Questions To Change My Life, Paul Drury, RecruitmentWriter.com - HR, Recruitment & Employer Branding Writer, shares 50 questions that he likes to consider in his down time.  He uses this contemplation to improve his life. The 50 questions are: What can I do to improve my relationships? Have I done something today to bring my Continue Reading
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  • Innovation Web
                     Keep Charging & Shine! Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synerg-old.dev  
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  • Focus Your Attention
    In his LinkedIn article, How Not to Lose Focus When You Need it Most, Elad Levinson, says  “Focus is how we concentrate; attention is where that concentration resides.”   He then shares 3 ways to regain your focus and better your attention. "Gather your attention." "Give all of your attention to one task at a time, sequentially moving decisively and consciously Continue Reading
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  • How to Prepare Your Environments for Back to School
    In my blog series, Designing Successful Environments For Your Life, I discussed how to evaluate and bring your environments more in-line with your goals. This time of preparing for back to school is the perfect time to practice evaluating your environments and making changes or plans to achieve your goals.  Everyone hopes for a smooth back to school transition full Continue Reading
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  • Designing the Environment of Relationships
    Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “relationships” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of relationships is the interaction with the people around you. This includes your: Family – those that live under the same roof as you and can include your extended family – like your birth family, family of origin, adopted family, etc. Continue Reading
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  • Building Blocks for Relationships
      Keep Charging & Shine! Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synerg-old.dev
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  • Nine Ways to Ignore Distractions at Work
    In my blog, Designing the Environment of Nature, I discussed how to evaluate and bring your “NATURE” more in-line with your goals. The environment of nature is our natural surroundings. Often these are things we cannot control; the in’s and out’s of life. What is presented each day… In the office there are aspects that are hard to control but Continue Reading
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  • Designing Nature’s Environment
    Environment of Nature: Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “NATURE” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of nature is our natural surroundings. Often these are things we cannot control; the in’s and out’s of life. What is presented each day… This includes: Life – The process of existence. The evolving stages from birth to Continue Reading
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  • Why is Getting Organized Crucial?
    In my blog, Designing the Physical Environment, I discussed how to evaluate and bring your physical space more in-line with your goals.  Getting organized is crucial to making the best use of your physical environment, but what are the tangible benefits of being more organized? In his article, Benefits of being organized, David Caolo, shares the nine reasons he thinks Continue Reading
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  • 6 Steps to Office Organization
    In my blog, Designing the Physical Environment, I discussed how to evaluate and bring your physical space more in-line with your goals.  Office space is a crucial environment to success in the workplace. In her article, 5S in the Office Today, Audrey Thomas, CSP, better known as Organized Audrey, gives 6 ways to better organize your office environment.  They are based Continue Reading
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  • Designing the Physical Environment
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  • How Successful People Lead
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  • Be Real and Be Effective
    The way to be passionate is to be honest.  True passion comes from true purpose. If you only pretend to be passionate, what have you really accomplished?  You've merely managed to be ineffective at something you didn't want to do anyway. You have the power and the ability to do great things.  It just makes sense to direct that power Continue Reading
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  • What Is the Difference Between Good Stress and Bad Stress?
    To me, bad stress “runs” you in a way you don’t want to be run. It brings out the “ugly” attributes of you and results in feeling nervous and tense.  You feel overwhelmed and drag as you have to force yourself to push through the stress. When you have this kind of stress, you want to break the cycle, even Continue Reading
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  • Inspire Action: Learning
    Learning has greater value when we share what we learn. - Trixie Overcashier https://www.facebook.com/BeautyInsideOutProgram Keep Charging & Shine! Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Entrepreneurs
    Entrepreneurs have a great ability to create change, be flexible, build companies and cultivate the kind of work environment in which they want to work. - Tory Burch   Keep Charging & Shine! Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Continual Growth and Improvement
      Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. Benjamin Franklin Read more at Brainy Quotes Keep Charging & Shine! Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • A Chance To Improve
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  • I Am…
    Daily cleanse 3x with the LOVE of Christ God is Love. God wants us to commune with him in that love. 1Corinthians 13:4-7 and Galatians 5:22-23 With God’s help: I am PATIENT I am KIND I am not boast I am not proud I am not rude I am not self-seeking I am not easily angered I keep no records Continue Reading
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  • Inspire Action: Ideas
    The responsibility of leadership is not to come up with all the ideas but to create an environment in which great ideas can happen. - Trixie Overcashier https://www.facebook.com/BeautyInsideOutProgram Keep Charging & Shine! Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • The Secret of Getting Ahead
    The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain Read more at Brainy Quotes Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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    To get ahead, work ahead. To enjoy bigger rewards later, make an extra effort now. When you've already done what must be done, take the opportunity to do more. When you're on a roll creating value, keep on rolling as long as you possibly can. Productive, meaningful effort adds real and lasting richness to your world. Never pass up an Continue Reading
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  • Why Coaching for Personal Growth
    Why Coaching? What do people coach on? How could it support me? Here are some examples of coaching agendas / priorities: LIFE or PERSONAL GROWTH / DEVELOPMENT COACHING I am ready to design my environment to profoundly support, stimulate or inspire me. I would like to pursue several personal interests but I cannot seem to find the time. I am Continue Reading
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  • Inspire Action: Know Why
    When we know why we do what we do, everything falls into place. When we don't, we have to push things into place. - Trixie Overcashier https://www.facebook.com/BeautyInsideOutProgram Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Live On Purpose
    "If you have felt hopeless, hold on!  Wonderful things are going to happen in your life as you begin to live it on purpose." -Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Life) Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • The Purpose of Life
    "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." — Eleanor Roosevelt Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Make Life Good
    Your resentment gives more power and influence to whatever you resent.  Is that really what you want? There's no reason why a negative situation has to make you negative.  You always have plenty of other options. You don't have to let your attitude be poisoned by other people, situations, or events.  You can choose a positive, powerful perspective no matter Continue Reading
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  • When My Work Feels Stressful, What Can I Do To Keep Myself Calm?
    Yoga. One year the place where I worked offered lunchtime yoga. It was held several times a week and was one of the best things I did for myself. The deep breathing of yoga and the stretching calms and relaxes your body. I found myself to be slower to frustration, more alert and experienced an overall increase in health and Continue Reading
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  • Inspire Action: Fear
    Feel the fear and do it anyway! - Trixie Overcashier https://www.facebook.com/BeautyInsideOutProgram Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Do What Scares You
    "Do one thing every day that scares you." — Eleanor Roosevelt Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Daily Motivation: The Power of Joy
    To have joy in your life, give joy to your world. Live joy as each moment comes. Don't postpone the joy until conditions are perfect. Every experience is an experience to which you can add joy. Feel how truly fortunate you are to be living this moment. Give joy and live joy just because you can. Each day is an Continue Reading
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  • Be a Good Teammate
    “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team” (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). A good teammate understands that no matter what position you may play, whether you are the best player on the team or on the field, your nothing without your teammates. The key to a good teammate is being willing to give Continue Reading
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  • Inspire Action: Confidence
    Confidence is like the foundation of a house: • it takes time to build • it's best when hidden • it gives remarkable strength to any structure - Trixie Overcashier https://www.facebook.com/BeautyInsideOutProgram Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Successful People
    "Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?" — Brian Tracy Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Daily Motivation: Success Is a Way of Life
    Success is not a secret. Success is a direction, a process, and a way of life. Success is not merely something that you get. Success is all about the way you choose to live. You can be successful right now. Simply turn your focus, your awareness, your thoughts and actions in a positive, meaningful direction. Success is the journey, and Continue Reading
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  • Helpful Marketing Tools
    Helpful marketing tools you might be interested in: Content Lead launched their new website on July 16th, and with it came some great new resources they provided to inspire and help businesses with their content marketing strategy. Reviewing and applying these to your business can help to keep you one step ahead of the competition. Check out their new website Continue Reading
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  • Inspire Action: To Be Fulfilled
    If you want to feel happy, do something for yourself. If you want to feel fulfilled, do something for someone else. - Trixie Overcashier https://www.facebook.com/BeautyInsideOutProgram Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • This Week I Challenge You (part 2)
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  • This Week I Challenge You (part 1)
    This week, I challenge you to consider the lessons your life is offering you right now. I say, "offering" because God offers lessons, but it is up to us to learn from them. If we don't learn, the same lessons are offered again and again. Through both frustrations and exciting times, there is something for you to learn that will Continue Reading
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  • Daily Motivation: Richness in Your Life
    The richness in your life is determined not by how much you have. It comes from how much you treasure and appreciate what you have. Living richly is not necessarily a matter of living extravagantly. Living richly is living with purpose, with meaning, and with authentic joy in every moment. You don't need a certain set of circumstances to enjoy Continue Reading
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  • Why Coaching for Small Businesses
    Why Coaching? What do people coach on? How could it support me? Here are some examples of coaching agendas / priorities: COACHING FOR SMALL BUSINESS I have an idea for a new business; I need to figure out if it is a good fit for me. I need to create my business plan and need to think through it (SWOT, Continue Reading
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  • Inspire Action: Start Down a Path
    It doesn't matter if the path you start down and the path you end on are the same... as long as you start down a path. - Trixie Overcashier https://www.facebook.com/BeautyInsideOutProgram Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Flexible and Amazed
    “Be infinitely flexible and constantly amazed.” ― Jason Kravitz Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Daily Motivation: Be Amazed
    Don't be ashamed to be amazed. Life is wondrous and amazing, so let yourself experience that amazement to its fullest extent. Even the most ordinary aspects of your life are really quite amazing. Think about the amazing things that have become commonplace and familiar, and be amazed again. Though you've explored and fulfilled many great possibilities, there are even more Continue Reading
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  • When My Work Environment Feels Stressful, What Can I Do To Relax Me?
    If you have a cluttered, boring or uninspired work environment it makes it more difficult to be there.  1)      Set your “stage” for work. What inspires you, what relaxes you, what brings you joy? Decorate your office with some “art”… some people put motivational quotes or passages, pictures of your family, certificates of achievement, photos of your WHY (i.e. working hard Continue Reading
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  • Inspire Action: Trust
    Trust is not born out of what you do well. Trust is born out of what you believe. - Trixie Overcashier https://www.facebook.com/BeautyInsideOutProgram Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Study To Become an Authority
    “One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.” - Earl Nightingale Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Daily Motivation: Not Quite Perfect
    Perfection is an admirable goal. But even when you can't quite get it perfect, make sure you get it done. Hold yourself to the highest standards. But don't make those standards so unattainable that you fail to make the effort. Seek always to create great and useful value for others. But don't get bogged down in worrying about what others Continue Reading
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  • On the Lighter Side
    Noah's Ark: Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark. One: Don't miss the boat. Two: : Remember that we are all in the same boat! Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark. Four: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big. Five: Don't listen to Continue Reading
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  • Inspire Action: Push To Be Better
    Pushing yourself and those around you to be the best is unsustainable. Pushing yourself and those around you to be better is the only way to be the best. - Trixie Overcashier https://www.facebook.com/BeautyInsideOutProgram Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go! Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • Attitude (Yours) is EVERYTHING!
    Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. - W. Nelson A happy person isn’t one with a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. - Hugh Downs A leader leads by example…. Whether they intend to or not! - Unknown Though no one can go back and Continue Reading
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  • Daily Motivation: Your World Is a Mirror
    Your judgments about other people say more about you than they do about the people you're judging. The reason you can detect the weaknesses and insecurities of others is because you have experienced those same weaknesses and insecurities. Similarly, the reason you're able to see beauty in others is because that beauty lives in you as well. The positive possibilities Continue Reading
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  • What Successful People Do…..
    While this can look different for everyone, there are perhaps some common themes. Note, this is not “things you have heard or should do", rather what you DO that sets you apart from others who desire or aspire to be where you are. Maybe you have a signature belief or value that you live by, an activity that you credit Continue Reading
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  • Inspire Action: Look Forward
    Look forward...tell people what you believe and where you want to go and you’ll be amazed how well your positive words will inspire those around you. - Trixie Overcashier https://www.facebook.com/BeautyInsideOutProgram Christy Geiger, Business Coach, www.synergystrategies.com
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  • How Do You Keep Focused and Grounded?
    Here is a one-page dashboard you can create to keep you focused and grounded. On a single piece of paper, write down a couple of sentences to answer these questions: What is your vision for your organization, expressed in a way that inspires you? How would you describe your organization's mission in a way that gives you a real sense Continue Reading
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  • Jane Wells Says
    "Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise for it is better to bend a little than to break. Believe the best rather than the worse; people have a way of living up or down to your opinion of them. Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship. The person Continue Reading
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  • Three Steps to Maximizing Your Productivity
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  • PRODUCTIVITY TOOL
    Technology always has it pros and cons, however the use of apps can greatly improve your effectiveness! Recently I read an article where I found many of my favorite aps in the list of 7 Must-Have (Free) Mobile Apps to do Your Job Better (Written by Ryan Holmes, CEO for HootSuite). Here is a short list: 1. Brewster: Instant Rolodex Continue Reading
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  • How To Eliminate the Inessential
    "Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest." --- Leo Babauta TIP: How do you do this? Make a list of everything you do in a week (or month). You can focus on your business or your whole life. Then go back and rate each item as HIGH, MEDIUM or LOW value. High would be something that's Continue Reading
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  • Why Coaching?
    What do people coach on? How could it support me? Sometimes people are interested in the idea of coaching, but they are not sure how it works or how to make it productive for them. Coaching works best when a person has an idea of a goal or vision of where they want to be. Typically (as with any growth Continue Reading
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  • Does Every Owner NEED a Blog?
    No, a blog is not for everyone. Does the house cleaner who runs a very simple and full local business need an on-line presence? Maybe not, but MAYBE. I would say a blog is for those who want to increase their ability to be found on the internet, to be contacted by your local market or beyond. As I understand Continue Reading
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  • ATTRACTION
    The topic of attraction has different reactions depending on your background and exposure to it. If you have not heard of it, it is about the universal laws of energy magnetism. What you put out is also what you “attract”. If you don’t like that you are “attracting” in life or work, evaluate what you are putting out in the Continue Reading
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  • Get More Time By Managing Your Energy (part 2)
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  • Get More Time by Managing Your Energy (part 1)
    You can't get more time, but you can have more energy. Learn five simple strategies to gain more time through maximizing your energy. In the book, The Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz offer a paradigm for time management which focuses on leveraging energy rather than time. Loehr says, “The ultimate measure of our lives is not Continue Reading
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  • Change Is Inevitable
    Do you resist change or struggle to embrace it in your company or organization? Change is hard for most people. In the DISC personality profile, one company statistically extracted that 63% of the world (so over ½ of the population) are more of the “S” profile style. The “S” profile style does not like change. They thrive in habits, rituals, Continue Reading
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  • What To Do About e-mail Pile Up?
    What to do about e-mail pile up? I discovered a new ap today called BLOOM. The website that goes with the ap is www.mindbloom.com. What I was looking for was an ap to help me track and stay motivated to do my daily habits that I have designed for a  health life. Mind Bloom is a creative site to help Continue Reading
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  • Strategies to Maximize Your Time
    Simple and effective Daily Habits. 10 min. daily pick-up time. Check e-mail 3x a day; limit time to 30 min. for each checking. Touch it once and put it in its place (file it, toss it, etc.) Keep a weekly plan of activates with the top 5 things you will do each day Keep regular tools at your fingertips (healthy Continue Reading
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  • Signs You Are Doing Little Things
    Have a long list of things to do and can mark off 4 of them in an hour. You are straightening, cleaning or micro-working. You are spending hours on e-mail. You can't find things and spend a lot of time looking and discovering things you have not seen in a long time. You spend social/idle time on the phone. You spend Continue Reading
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  • Common Reasons Goals Are Not Accomplished
    Lack of planning Lack of time Overwhelmed with project Lack of motivation Distractions/Interruptions Other priorities Emergencies Tired & frustrated Lack of resources Lack of clarity on vision Excuses (life) Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Making the Most of Your Year (part 3)
    Step 4: FOCUS... Now that you have your plan fleshed out and in place, who do you need to be to accomplish this? Going back to your vision of your completed goal, what mindset and attitude did you have throughout the project? How did you do this? What schedule or strategy kept you focused? What systems of accountability did you Continue Reading
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  • Making the Most of Your Year (part 2)
    Step 1: EVALUATE... To create an effective plan, begin with a careful evaluation. Most people are constantly evaluating their present state without much problem. We are constantly assessing, "What do I really want right now?" We look at things around us and talk about what we would like to be different in our life. We talk about our goals, New Continue Reading
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  • Making the Most of Your Year (part 1)
    Do you find yourself amazed at how quickly the months pass? Do you find yourself in a small panic over all you know you have to do and how little you feel you are actually accomplishing? Join the crowd! We live in a busy world where our time, priorities and energy are constantly challenged. The reality is that there is Continue Reading
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  • Reflecting on 2012…
    What was your favorite: book you read, tool you found, resource, tip or strategy, etc.? Here are a few of mine: BOOK: Cracking Your Churches Culture Code (great book on culture vs. the "running" of an organization) TOOL: iphone (while it is a little concerning everything that "someone" can be tracking on what I do and where I am, the Continue Reading
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  • “Procrastination Nation”
    Check out this article "Procrastination Nation- Don't Put This Off" at Online Classes.org What did you put off this year that you HAVE to get done in 2013? Now is the time to assess 2012 and your wins and then plan for 2013. Procrastination happens to everyone. Check out the stats and the COST of procrastination. Create a plan to Continue Reading
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  • Roadblocks to Goal Success (part 2)
    I have goals, but don’t seem to reach them? Why? Lack of a plan. In the book “Goals” by Brian Tracy, he tells the story about 2 deserts and how people died crossing to get from one town to another because they lost perspective in the middle of the dessert since they could not see the beginning or the end Continue Reading
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  • Roadblocks to Goal Success (part 1)
    Goal setting often gets a bad rap as people have tired and been unsuccessful at setting goals. Do not despair. Try, try, try and try again. Each time you will develop a stronger discipline, focus and skills for goal success. Here are some roadblocks people run into with their goals and some solutions to try! Keep Charging! I don’t want Continue Reading
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  • “WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE NUMBER ONE?”
    WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE NUMBER ONE? is a great summary and publication by Simple Truths. The book and movie link below captures the fundamentals for success in sports, in business, or in life. The 9 chapters include Lombardi's philosophy on: Commitment, Discipline, Excellence, Mental Toughness, Habits, Faith, Passion, Results and Truth. Be inspired today.... http://play.simpletruths.com/movie/what-it-takes-to-be-number-one/ Christy Geiger, Executive Continue Reading
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  • How To Overcome Procrastination in One Easy Step
    With the new year just around the corner, there are all kinds of intentions floating around. But, be it the cold weather or the less than pleasant tasks involved, procrastination quickly sets in and our "to-do" list just grows and grows. If you’re ready to take on your "to-do" list with intention check out this short movie...http://play.simpletruths.com/movie/eat-that-frog/ I highly recommend Continue Reading
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  • What is You Company’s Culture IQ?
    There is an on-line tool that will help you access your company’s culture IQ developed by Paul Spiegelman. It measures if: “Our core values are deeply ingrained into our decision making process. We have fun at work. We have a system in place to show that we care about the personal lives of our employees. We hire for fit in addition Continue Reading
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    In the article, 10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today, Paul Spiegelman argues that some traditional leadership practices should be replaced by better options. "1. Out: Micro-management, or the need to control every aspect of your company. In: Empowerment, the ability to give your people some rope--even rope to make mistakes without blame. 2. Out: Management by walking around the office; Continue Reading
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  • Leadership Challenges
    In his article, Facing the 3 Pressing Challenges of Leadership, Leadership Freak, Dan Rockwell says that the pressing challenges are: Focusing on the thing that matters most. People matter most. Making what’s obvious to you obvious to everyone. Narrowing your focus." For the full article: http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/facing-the-3-pressing-challenges-of-leadership/ Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Are You a Procrastinator?
    A great thought worth considering by Danielle Port https://wt107.infusionsoft.com/app/hostedEmail/4033394/f604d7be23bd7061.  I believe whenever we procrastinate you have to consider what might be going on. Is it something you need to do and just don't want to? That is classic procrastination. Is it something you need to do and are not good at? Delegate or outsource it. Is it something you need to do and don't know how? Continue Reading
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  • Two Key Ways to REDUCE STRESS (part 2)
    CREATE A PLAN: How can taking charge and exercise affect my stress level? How do do I want to feel after I have planned and exercised - both physically and emotionally? What can I do to incorporate planning and exercise in my life? Note: What? When? With who? How long? GET STARTED TODAY: Find a friend to exercise with through Continue Reading
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  • Two Keys to REDUCE STRESS (part 1)
    What symptoms do you exhibit when stressed? How do they show up for you? Often stress shows up in a wide variety of ways… physical, mental and emotional. Physical signs are headaches, muscle tension, upset stomach, restless sleep, shaky/sweaty hands, fidgeting. Mental signs are easily distracted/inability to focus, more forgetful, exaggerated issues, increased dreaming. Emotional signs are irritability, short temper, Continue Reading
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  • It’s not the load…
    “It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” ― Lou Holtz Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • What Are the Demands of Successful Entrepreneurs?
    In their article, Can You Sustain the Company You Started? on Gallup.com, Sangeeta Badal and Joe Streur, use the following "10 Demands of Successful Entrepreneurs" to correlate the founders characteristics with the start-ups ultimate success. "1. Know your personal brand. Entrepreneurs must interact effectively with others. Successful entrepreneurs know themselves well and can perceive others accurately. 2. Take on challenges. Continue Reading
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  • What are the Strengths and Weeknesses of Your Leadership Style?
    In her article, The Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Leadership Style, on Entrepreneur.com, Gwen Moran defines the good and bad of four leadership styles based on the DISC assessment tool. “Conductor. These leaders are direct, with a constant sense of urgency and focus on results. Conductors want to win, and often make quick decisions to get a competitive edge. The Continue Reading
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  • Must Read Leadership Books
    In his article, 11 Books Every Young Leader Must Read on Harvard Business Review, John Coleman suggest the following books. The Emperor's Handbook by Marcus Aurelius Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl A Man in Full by by Tom Wolfe Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins Influence: The Continue Reading
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  • True Test of Leadership
    "One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency." -Arnold H. Glasgow   Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Lessons in Leadership
    In her article, 10 Leadership Lessons From Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, Forbes contributor Jeanne Meister shares the following ten "lessons in leadership": 1)    Define leadership in your company 2)    Understand how to evolve from a start-up to a public company  3)   Prioritize your business goals 4)   Practice time management 5)   Encourage all employees to think like an owner 6)   Keep Continue Reading
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  • How To Judge Success
    "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson     Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Can You Motivate Yourself in 30 Seconds?
    In his article, Motivate Yourself in 30 Seconds on www.Inc.com , Geoffrey James says, "It's easy to motivate yourself when you ask your mind (and heart) the right questions. Getting motivated is easy. All you need do is "connect the dots" between why you take action and what action you must take next. To do this, you ask yourself nine simple Continue Reading
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  • Getting the Full Value By Making It Happen
    How is it that “One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week." - Charles Richards because... "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." - Michael Jordan  Which are you? Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN  
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  • 10 Proven Practices for More Productive Leadership
    J.D. Meier, author of Getting Results the Agile Way and blogs on personal effectiveness and leadership at Sources of Insight suggest the following: "Leadership is a verb, and productive leadership is an art. The art part is when you use your experience and judgment to apply proven practices to the situation you are in to produce effective results. Know what Continue Reading
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  • Management is…
    "Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things." -Peter Drucker Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Why Entrepreneurs’ Succeed
    In their article Top 10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs' Succeed, Rock the Post suggest these reasons: Well Defined Purpose High Speed Good Management With Finances Social Skills Self-Discipline Strong Determination Being Able to Adapt to Change Salesman Strong Focus Confidence For the full article visit: http://blog.rockthepost.com/2012/02/top-10-reasons-why-entrepreneurs-succeed/ Would you make a good entrepreneur? Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • 16 Seconds to Improved Performance
    Human Performance Institute talks about strategic recovery through looking at athletes for their performance under pressure and playing to their full potential: http://www.salesavatar.com/hpi/2012-04-offer2.html?mtcCampaign=19340&mtcEmail=30180598 In life,  there are 1-2 minute intervals.  What you do during your down time determines if you perform to your full potential.  Practice a 16 second cure to manage that recovery time to improve your performance: 1) Positive physical response - replace Continue Reading
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  • Are you boiling?
    Have you heard of the Simple Truths Company? They have movies to inspire you that apply to work and life. Here is one about 212 degrees.  It follows the same thinking as the tipping point. http://www.212servicemovie.com/?cm_mmc=CheetahMail-_-MO-_-04.23.12-_-TTSVmovie-USCAXX-&utm_source=CheetahMail&utm_campaign=TTSVmovie This might even be something to use in your marketing of what you do… use it as a model of how you work?? I Continue Reading
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  • Characteristics of a True Leader
    Do true leaders share the same characteristics?  In their book, "The Lotus", Baan, Long and Pearlman suggest that there are 9 "personal capacities of an authentic leader." "1. Being Present - being fully aware and awake in the present moment – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This includes connecting to others, the environment around you and current reality. 2. Suspension & Continue Reading
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  • How Developed Are Your Leadership Skills
    Have you ever wondered how developed your leadership skills are?  Steve Tobak suggests that there are five stages to leadership development.  "Stage 1: Sponge. You listen and learn from everyone and every situation as you try to figure out how things work in the real business world. Just like a baby learning to walk, you look really cute stumbling around Continue Reading
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  • Add Your Unique Value
    "Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own." – Bruce Lee   Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • How To Improve Your Leadership
    Here are "five essential skills for leadership" suggested in an article by Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. in Psychology Today. "1. CONTRIBUTE UNIQUENESS - There are so many people out there saying exactly the same thing. To stand out, you have to be original. Being original involves taking time to really think about material that you hear or read. 2. ACT EFFECTIVELY Continue Reading
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  • What Makes It Effective?
    “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker   Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Does Email Consume Your Day?
    It is important to use email to your benefit while not allowing it to consume too much of your time and energy. Here are 7 tips for managing your email by About.com guide Alyssa Gregory: "1.Turn off notifications.Email tends to come in at all times of the day and night, so it is vital that you control how the flow Continue Reading
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  • Do you need to make better use of your time?
    Staff at the Mayo clinic suggest to improve your time management by trying one of several techniques for just two to four weeks.  You can then choose other techniques one at a time for further improvement. Here is  what they suggest: "Plan each day. Planning your day can help you accomplish more and feel more in control of your life. Continue Reading
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  • Looking to build a better brain? Here are 8 tips found in an article by Kashbox Coaching.
      “As we mature our brains evolve accordingly. We have a significant amount of control over this development. Through deliberate, proactive practice, we can change the way we think and behave. Here are eight strategies: 1. Self-awareness: Know your strengths and work on developing them to reach your goals. Select those goals that intrinsically motivate you because of your unique Continue Reading
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  • Eight Core Beliefs of Successful CEOs (part 2)
    5. Motivation comes from vision, not from fear. Average bosses see fear--of getting fired, of ridicule, of loss of privilege--as a crucial way to motivate people. As a result, employees and managers alike become paralyzed and unable to make risky decisions. Extraordinary bosses inspire people to see a better future and how they'll be a part of it. As a Continue Reading
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  • Eight Core Beliefs of Successful CEOs (part 1)
    Some of the most successful CEOs in the world were interviewed in order to discover their management secrets. The "best of the best" shared the following eight core beliefs. 1. Business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield. Average bosses see business as a conflict between companies, departments and groups. They build huge armies of "troops" to order about, demonize competitors Continue Reading
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  • Time Management Quiz
    This is an interesting quiz by Mind Tools to help you discover how good you really are at time management. http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_88.htm Once you complete the quiz, be sure to determine whch area you need to improve on the most and make it a goal. Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Be Careful What You Plant (part 2)
    When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!" All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his Continue Reading
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  • Be Careful What You Plant (part 1)
    A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the Continue Reading
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  • 5 Tips for First-time Managers…
    Here is a link to an interesting article by a college, Jennifer King, HR Analyst, Software Advice "You’ve recently been promoted to “manager.” Congratulations! But as a first-time manager who’s now responsible for the growth and well-being of an entire team, you have no idea what you’re getting into. To help you out, I spoke with a few recently-appointed managers Continue Reading
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  • Comfort Zone
    Some words for you to reflect on today --- are you in your comfort zone? What is possible if you get out of your comfort zone and do something different? What do you need to do different? What is the risk? What will help or support you to embrace the challenge? Have a great day! The Comfort Zone Author Unknown Continue Reading
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  • Looking to get organized?
    If you are looking to get organized, here are some great tips from a self-described obsessive compulsive on Zenhabits.com.  His number one tip is to put everything in its place. "Everything in its place. If you just followed one tip on this list, this would be it. Practice this, and you can skip the rest of the tips and articles Continue Reading
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  • Building Your Focus (part 3)
    TOOL #2: Work in Projects. Google does not really have job descriptions or an organizational chart… which puts you in a box or labels you. It does not set you up for GOOD work. Google runs on projects and empowers people to do it to their best. i.e. cutting the lawn or sculpting bushes into great shapes. You can’t do Continue Reading
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  • Building Your Focus (part 2)
    Great Work defined as: meaningful, engaging, proud of it, makes a difference and impact. It is work that matters. None of us are doing as much great work as we would like to do. Generally there is a hunger to do more great work. We want this because it is powerful and has a fire and energy to it. You Continue Reading
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  • Building Your Focus (part 1)
    Here are some notes from the class I was on today – thought you might enjoy!  Beyond Overwhelm - Building your own Focus Muscle from Michael Bungay Stanier Today I was on a teleclass with Michael Stanier. Here are a few notes and things gleaned from him. Question: On a scale of 1-7 how focused do you intend to be Continue Reading
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  • Do Not Procrastinate
    One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is worth half-a-hundred half-finished tasks.  - Malcolm S. Forbes Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • How to find Career Fullfilment According to “Eat Your Career”
    In her article, Five Essential Step to Create Career Fullfillment, Chrissy Scivicque suggests these steps: "1. Know Your Needs 2. Listen to Your Gut 3. Make Changes Thoughtfully 4. Learn from Others 5. Work at It For the full article see: http://www.eatyourcareer.com/2010/10/five-essential-steps-create-career-fulfillment/ Can you make these steps work for you? Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN  
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  • Just How Important is Time Management?
    Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.  - Charles Richards Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Do You Need a “Goal Buddy?”
    Susan Ward, an About.com guide, suggests that having a "goal buddy" can help you achieve your goals. She says that having someone to help you with your gaols will provide accountability and increase your determination.  It is important to find that right "goal buddy."  She suggests the following tips for a good goal buddy relationship: Pick the right person. Structure Continue Reading
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  • How can you gain a competitive advantage?
    An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.  - Jack Welch Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/organization.html#1QLex58rqGg3QSwf.99   Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • The Charles Schulz Philosophy
    I received this from an e-mail chain.  It is a great reminder to BE YOURSELF and that leadership is not about position or accomplishment, but about the heart and desire to serve others. "This is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. 1. Name Continue Reading
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  • Vince Lombardi Said it Well
    The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.  - Vince Lombardi  Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/organization.html#1QLex58rqGg3QSwf.99 Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Education Moments from Brian Tracy
    I love Brian Tracy’s education moments. He has some great practical tips and materials. Here is an example and some food for thought: "Did you know that there are 4 common obstacles that salespeople face when closing sales? There are several other reasons why the end game of selling is stressful and difficult, but there are a few that are Continue Reading
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  • Run with it
    "Let your life come fully and positively to life. You are here on this glorious day, so make the very most of it. You have passions and interests, so pursue them. You have dreams and desires, so get busy and fulfill them. You have unique perspectives and opinions, so express them.  A magnificent, fascinating universe surrounds you, so experience it. Continue Reading
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  • We Are All Leaders
    We are all leaders. No matter what your role. Who are you leading/influencing? Book: THE LEADER WHO HAD NO TITLE: The New Way To Win in Business - and in Life Leaders without a title know that whether they have a title or not, they have power to: • see opportunity amid crises • drive positive change • encourage everyone Continue Reading
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  • To Develop Your Effectiveness Is An On-going Process!
    To develop your effectiveness and leadership personally & professionally is an on-going process!  John Maxwell’s book – Developing the Leader Within You Levels of Leadership:  (Where are you?) Position – hired / in an organizational “role” Permission – lead by focusing on people’s needs and desires -- relationships Production – things are happening/getting done People Development – Empower others, multiply Continue Reading
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  • "A leader’s attitude helps determine the attitudes of the followers."  -John Maxwell Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Test of Leadership
    Quote: "The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there." Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Four Things Resilient People Do
    Research shows that resilient people think differently. They have a set of skills - sometimes learned, other times innate - that allow them to persevere, manage stress and triumph in the face of challenges. 1. They are authentic Resilient people are at peace with their humanity. Perhaps it is because their mistakes along the way have humbled them, or life Continue Reading
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  • Capacity to Develop Leadership Skills
    The capacity to develop leadership skills is the difference between leaders and followers.  - John Maxwell Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Making Even More
    "Strength does not get used up when you use it. In fact, it grows. Sharing your wisdom with another person does not take that wisdom away from you. It actually deepens your wisdom, and makes it even more profound. Giving your love does not in any way diminish the love you have. It makes your love richer and more meaningful. Continue Reading
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  • Leaders
    Leaders develop daily, not in a day.  - John Maxwell Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • What Can a Coach Do For You?
    I recently had to do a comparison of coaching and type of candy. I picked Jolly Ranchers and my husband Mike wrote this poem about Jolly Ranchers and Coaching… There once was a rancher named Molly Whose Ranch was OK, but she not so jolly The ranch hands were mad, cattle running amuck Profit was dwindling, poor Molly was stuck Continue Reading
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  • Fulfillment Is Yours
    "Fulfillment is yours You've waited long enough. This is the day to take action. The excuses are quite reasonable and understandable, and yet they have brought no value to your life. Let go of those comfortable excuses, and step forward into the bright, direct light of achievement. The hours in this day will quickly pass no matter what you choose Continue Reading
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  • Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Business & Life
    I don't know about you, but this summer has been flying by! As I am working with many of my clients, we are designing what they want for the fall . August is here, a few people may still be trying to squeeze summer activities in before "back to school/work" time! This is a great time to get some work done Continue Reading
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  • When my work feels stressful, what can I do to keep myself calm?
    • Yoga. One year the place where I worked offered lunchtime yoga. It was held several times a week and was one of the best things I did for myself. The deep breathing of yoga and the stretching calms and relaxes your body. I found myself to be slower to frustration, more alert and had an overall increase in health Continue Reading
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  • What is the difference between good stress and bad stress?
    To me, bad stress “runs” you in a way you don’t want to be run. It brings out the “ugly” attributes of you and results in feeling nervous and tense.  You feel overwhelmed and drag as you have to force yourself to push through the stress. When you have this kind of stress, you want to break the cycle, even Continue Reading
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  • Titles
    Titles don't make leaders.  - John Maxwell Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • To Lead…
    To lead yourself, lead with your head. To lead others, lead with your heart.  - John Maxwell   Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • When my work environment feels stressful, what can I do to relax me?
    If you have a cluttered, boring or uninspired work environment it makes it more difficult to be there. 1) Set your “stage” for work. What inspires you, what relaxes you, what brings you joy? Decorate your office with some “art”… some people put motivational quotes or passages, pictures of family, certificates of achievement, photos of their WHY (i.e. working hard Continue Reading
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  • The Difference Between a Leader and a Manager
    Difference between Leader and Manager http://bit.ly/cPwQHE   Leadership Management Conflicts: Leader uses the conflicts Manager avoids the conflicts Focus: Leading people Managing work Outcomes: Achievements Results Appeal to: Heart Head Origin of word: The word "leader" adopted from the German: the word Führer, and its accompanying ideas on the Führerprinzip The verb manage comes from the Italian maneggiare which in Continue Reading
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  • Summer Productivity
    How can I take care of myself and eat healthier at the office when I have a busy schedule? This is hard to do; a challenge I have as well. Being prepared is the key. PLANS and PREPAREDNESS. So, 1) keep health bars, nuts and fruit at your desk. If you get absorbed in your work it is easy to Continue Reading
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  • Healthy Summer Balance
    As summer gets going – it can be a challenge to balance the on-going demands of work and the pulls of kids, family and warm weather calling you to summer activities. Here are 4 or 5 tips on how to have a healthy work/life balance this summer: • Have a FROG time in the AM – which is a one Continue Reading
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  • Personal Growth is KEY to Leadership!
    John Maxwell Leadership INVENTORY: A. What tools are you using to raise your level of leadership and, in turn, your effectiveness? Check out: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership John Maxwell B. Rate your leadership on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) and discuss how you assess your effectiveness. C. Using this same scale, rate the top 3 Continue Reading
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  • Be Authentic
    "Be authentic. This breeds trust and credibility. Makes an impact and shows passion. Exploring the truth: Self-inquiry/Self-awareness  - Know Thyself " - Socrates Book: Servant Leadershipby Robert Greenleaf   Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN
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  • You see what you look for…
    Perspective in life is one of those amazing and fun topics. The mental games and shifted perspectives we make our reality is fascinating. How often do you hear people say "business is really bad", "no one is buying anything right now", "there are no jobs out there", "everything is so expensive", ..... If you look for that, you will find Continue Reading
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  • Focus and Purpose
    "Effort alone does not create achievement. Somebody can put forth a lifetime of effort and not have much to show for it. What counts is focused effort in the service of a meaningful purpose. Get that, and you're really getting somewhere. Just being busy is not going to make you successful. Instead of merely using up time, find a way Continue Reading
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  • Top Reasons Why Businesses Fail. By Source: Jessie Hagen, U.S. Bank
    General Business Factors               78% - Lack of a well-developed business plan, including insufficient research on the business before starting it.  73% - Being overly optimistic about achievable sales, money required and about what needs to be done to be successful. 70% - Not recognizing, or ignoring, what they don't do well and not seeking help from those who do.  Continue Reading
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  • Push Your Edge
    What is your edge? Edge is the line between where you are great and where you can grow. You are already successful and effective in many parts of your performance. Your edge is your opportunity to take it up a notch. A true performer is always doing this. While you may “rest” between “pushes”, in your life of personal development you Continue Reading
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  • The Benefits of Coaching
    VISION - MOTIVATION - FOCUS - CLARITY - ENERGY - SPEED - PRODUCTIVITY - RESULTS - SUCCESS - and more.. What could you do with this? VISION. You will have a clear idea of where you want to go and how to get there. Often we know the end result, but do not see what it takes to get there. Continue Reading
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  • Get over it!
    "If you've gotten off to a slow start, now is your opportunity to speed up. If you've been disappointed by the results so far, now is the chance to make some effective positive changes. Negative momentum can be powerful. Yet the moment you commit yourself to a positive perspective, that negative momentum is gone. Stop worrying and complaining about the Continue Reading
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  • Daily Affirmations to Get You Moving
    Here are a few daily affirmations to read for 30 days to get yourself in a positive forward moving direction. • My goal is ... (insert) • Be consistent, doing activities that support your goal. I need to ….. • See the gap between your goals and the activity you are doing to get there. I will close the gap Continue Reading
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  • INTERVIEWING TO SEE IF A CAREER IS RIGHT FOR YOU…
    If you have a career in mind that you might like to work in, check out your assumptions first. People who work in the career know what it is really like and can share their experience. Even if they are disgruntled with their career, they can provide good information as they share their highs and lows. Different things bother different Continue Reading
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  • PICKING A NEW CAREER….
    Did you know most people today will work SEVERAL careers in their lifetime. Working in 3-5 different careers is becoming the new norm. While traditional employment would have a person work one career in maybe 3-5 companies max, today, people not only work for several employers but are CHANGING fields as they progress in their professional life. So, are you Continue Reading
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  • Focus On the Best
    "You always get more of what you focus upon. So, what are you focused upon right now? Are you focused on the problems, the distractions, the frustrations, the excuses, the shortcomings and the annoyances in your world? Or, are you focused on your dreams, your greatest possibilities, your positive passions, and on the things that you value most? You can Continue Reading
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  • Why do people act the way they do? The Dynamics of Personalities
    There are several tools out there for understanding your personal style. Many are similar, but offer a unique perspective on different facets of your personality. The Strengths Finder Assessment, The Myers-Brigs, The DISC Personality, Keirsey Temperament, The Shape Personality, Authentic Happiness Questioner, and Jung Typology Test, are a few. One CORE assessment on understanding behavior and personal style however is the Continue Reading
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  • The Truth Is…
    "The truth is, you can do whatever you choose to do. The truth is, when you make it a priority you will make it happen. The limiting beliefs that hold you back are not based in truth. They are merely stories you tell yourself that have grown so familiar you don't even think to question them. Yet the truth is, Continue Reading
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  • What is Business Coaching?
    Have you ever thought about trying coaching but don’t really know how it works? That is a common question people have. Here is what we, at Synergy Strategies do: ….. We are a coaching company that supports people to bring every part of their life together to create a vision and plan so that their life works in fluid motion and Continue Reading
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  • Staying Organized on a Monthly Basis
    Do you have a New Year’s Resolution to have more family balance and be more organized at home in 2011? Here was HGTV's tips on staying organized on a monthly basis.   "STAY ORGANIZED CHECKLIST: MONTHLY Bill Paying Pay bills once or twice a month or set up automatic payments for recurring bills such as the mortgage, utilities and credit Continue Reading
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  • Staying Organized on a Weekly Basis
    Do you have a New Year’s Resolution to have more family balance and be more organized at home in 2011? Here was HGTV's tips on staying organized on a weekly basis.   "STAY ORGANIZED CHECKLIST: WEEKLY Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning Plan out the week's meals on Sunday afternoon and create a shopping list. Designate a time for coupon clipping Continue Reading
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  • This Year
      Share your treasure. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty to others in word and deed. Keep your promises. Nurture your appetite for learning. Find the time. Be thankful for your life and the opportunities ahead. Believe in yourself. Try to forgive. Offer your hand to those who struggle. Listen. Hug tightly the good times. Respond to adversity with determination and Continue Reading
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  • Successful People Are Always Pursuing Balance
    I asked some of the successful and talented business owners and professionals I know, what they consider their key to success… here is what they said….. "Successful people are always pursuing balance in their life. There are only so many hours in a day and it is important to prioritize every aspect of our lives instead of just our business Continue Reading
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  • Smile At Life
    "No matter what else you have or do not have, you have the beautiful experience of life. No matter what may have happened before, or what might come next, you have this moment.  Now is when you can make it count. Now is when you are connected with unbounded opportunities to make a positive difference.  Don't waste your time complaining Continue Reading
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  • The HOW TO, of Re-design Your Life
    So you get that you need to re-design your life but can’t figure out how? Here are a few places to look. 1)      Your schedule. Write out your schedule. Everything that you are doing, how long it takes, etc. Go back and look at your schedule. What things are contributing to you moving forward in your life and what things Continue Reading
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  • Is It Time To “Re-organize” and “Re-energize” Your Life?
    Like organizing anything in life, a home, office, desk drawer, car, etc. you spend time carefully setting it up and then use it. Over time, most organized spaces gradually become disorganized. Depending on your level of type-"A"-ness, it will take longer then for others. Regardless, at some point, a system that was structured, organized and neat gets disorganized. Our lives Continue Reading
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  • Successful People Are Willing To Make Mistakes
    I asked some of the successful and talented business owners and professionals I know, what they consider their key to success… here is what they said….. "Successful people are willing to make mistakes, learn from them, and move forward. “Analysis paralysis” is where you can’t take any action due to over-thinking about the details or over-planning. It is one of Continue Reading
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  • Successful People Trust Their Guts
    I asked some of the successful and talented business owners and professionals I know, what they consider their key to success… here is what they said….. "Successful people trust their guts. When we pay close attention to what our "inner voice" is saying, we are rarely lead astray. This can mean firing that person who really isn't working out, even Continue Reading
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  • Successful People Are Those Who Persevere
    I asked some of the successful and talented business owners and professionals I know, what they consider their key to success… here is what they said….. "Successful people are those who persevere – who stay committed to their goals regardless of how long it takes to get there. Why? Whether building a business, in career transition, becoming fit and healthy Continue Reading
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  • Successful People Are Positive
    Successful people are positive and surround themselves with other positive and progressive minded people.  Why? It is amazing the drain negativity and skepticism can have on a person’s energy. When business owners and people get stuck in questioning things, looking at what will not work and what is wrong in the world it is difficult to move forward. It can Continue Reading
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  • Develop Your Vision
    A good vision… … is realistic yet idealistic. A vision must be realistic enough so that people believe it is achievable, but idealistic enough so that it cannot be achieved without stretching. … is relevant. A vision must be appropriate for the values and culture of the organization as well as fitting the environment of the times. … is attractive. Continue Reading
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  • Discover Your Direction: Where Do You Want to Go?
    This might be a vision for yourself or your company.  "Vision is the art of seeing things invisible."  Your vision is your ability to see what is possible and making that vision so tangible and concrete that it is manifested in the world. Vision is the BIG PICTURE.  A vision statement paints the picture of what is possible, illustrating what the success will look Continue Reading
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  • Strategic Planning
    Have you taken time to write a strategic plan for yourself, business or division? Why do a strategic plan?.... When you have a plan you: 1) can move faster and make better decisions 2) make less mistakes – testing directions and redoing or changing things that were not thought through 3) communicate better to your team and partners what you Continue Reading
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  • Message from Jack Canfield
    Following are three things to do constantly in pursuit of your goals and dreams, however big or small: Awareness: Keep your awareness on the feedback you are getting from life and decide to address the situations immediately. Don’t bottle up feedback, cast it aside, and avoid it like you would a pile of dirty laundry or a stack of unopened Continue Reading
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  • An Attitude of Thanksgiving…(part 2)
    2.  Peace. In thinking about relationships and why we are here, the book I have been reading, The Anatomy of Peace, comes to mind. I am not a master of this either, but I seek to grow in my understanding of it. So often we have hearts that war against people and things, people and situations we don't like, or Continue Reading
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  • An Attitude of Thanksgiving…(part 1)
    In a time where it seems like each week you hear of someone new laid off or out of work. People are short on money and struggling to make ends meet. .. . stress is high, nerves are short and tempers are quick. It can be easy to forget the many things we have been blessed with and focus on Continue Reading
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  • Five Critical Questions posed by William Cottringer
    It's all about choices. Which choice or strategy reflects your behavior around fear? 1) FEAR=Forget Everything And Run, or 2) FEAR=Face Everything And Recover (to get back; regain). For something completely different, let's try strategy number two. Your personal growth can be greatly stimulated when you ask yourself the following questions and then struggle to get the right answers. This Continue Reading
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  • Productivity Assessment
    Productivity is an ideal state of being in today's fast paced world. Often we find ourselves unable to escape from responding to crisis. It is the urgent that drives us and whatever else needs to happen will have to wait!  The art of productivity comes from discipline and clarity in 5 key areas. 1) Your ability to be self aware Continue Reading
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  • Just Do!
    There is no need to try. Just do. Feel what you feel without judgment or regret.  Those feelings connect you with the power of your authentic purpose. Use your head wisely to follow your heart faithfully.  There's much that you can think, and yet even more that you can know. Let the experience of each moment come, and then let Continue Reading
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  • You Are the Leader You Develop
    We are leaders in our businesses, communities and homes. Sometimes people around us can feel exhausted if we have silent expectations for them or we hope they will lead themselves. As humans, we are all influenced by others around us. Even powerful leaders look to other leaders as a mirror (reflection), for accountability and example. As leaders, it is important Continue Reading
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  • Run to Win!
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  • Prioritize: Empty the Full Plate / Eat Salad First!
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  • Five Strategies to Building Confidence (part 2)
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  • Job Searching: A New Vision & Different Way
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