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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Christy is very helpful in assisting people to sort out the wheat from the chaff in their lives and in setting workable priorities. She’s creative in coming up with solutions for problems that seem intractable, all the while working within the parameters of each individual’s personality. She’s an excellent listener and the counsel she gives is rich in wisdom and experience. I highly recommend her.
Paul WendlandPresident at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
Christy is a polished and superb Executive Coach. She is able to listen, assess, and provide support where it is needed most. Christy is particularly skilled at finding the perfect resources to expedite any executive’s professional development. I strongly recommend Christy!
Patti (Cusimano) GomasStrategic eCommerce and Marketing Executive
Christy has been a valued Active TCC Member Coach with The Coach Connection, which in itself is quite a tribute to Christy. Christy is one of less than 7% of the coaches pass our rigorous screening process. I readily recommend Christy to our clients and she is not only very popular, but our clients love her because they achieve their remarkable goals quickly and with a lot of fun. One of the very best coaches around and I say that rarely.
Bill DueeasePresident/Owner The Coach Connection
RTC has been working with Christy for three years now. We have relied on her to help our staff members overcome blind spots, shift into greater performance capacities, and lead according to our core values. To date, Christy has worked with at least a dozen of our staff members, including our leadership, and she has been a sensational asset for our hiring process to help us ensure we are bringing aboard new staff who can grow and thrive with us. We recently shifted to a retainer relationship with…
Christy is an incredible thought partner, coach, and organizational consultant. I have partnered with a lot of trainers over the last 25 years, and Christy is among the best I have ever worked with – she is multi-talented! She custom designs all her processes, she delivers powerful results driven training experiences, and ensures all key learning tools are fully implemented through her effective coaching processes. Christy is one of the few consultants out in the market today that brings a high …
Tracey Burchette-SimmonsExperienced Sales Professional, Sales Coach and Personal and Professional Development Specialist
Before I met Christy I thought there wasn’t much to coaching, but she has completely changed my opinion. She is blessed with a unique combination of gifts–she is insightful and a clear thinker, and she is able to gently though persistently move her clients toward their goals. Her sound knowledge of business and business practices allows her to guide leaders by helping them to find clarity, and to focus and plan effectively, in order to transform their organizations. Her understanding of human be…
Christy helped me greatly with her expertise in learning how to organize my projects, tasks, and strategic planning. She gave me exceedingly helpful insight as I worked through the process of building and expanding a team to accomplish the goals of the department I oversee. Not a day goes by that I don’t benefit from tips and insights she has shared with me.
Christy was a critical resource for me at a time when I was dissatisfied with my job and looking for more fulfillment on a day-to-day basis. With her insightful questioning, genuine listening, and future-orientation, she helped me uncover the type of role that I could thrive in. Our regular phone calls were a key part of keeping me accountable for completing various career and networking activities.
I’m grateful for her coaching and consulting, and would gladly recommend her to other individu…
Christy has been an invaluable resource to my business and personal life over the last 8 years. With her insight, I’ve been able to set and achieve goals that I’ve long desired. Christy’s professionalism, wisdom, and care make her an effective and trustworthy confidant while navigating the many arenas of a successful business and life: managing people, increasing profit, getting clear on the why of my business, and setting personal goals. I’ve learned that although my schedule is very full as …
I have had the distinct pleasure to work with Christy in a number of settings most notably I worked with her while I was with Mutual of Omaha. Christy is full of ideas and has great drive and desire to see those ideas through. She is an excellent motivator and also great at bringing people together and creating consensus. Her expertise and experience has been of great benefit to me professionally and working with her in volunteer activities has also been very rewarding. Christy adds value to the…