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Design Your Next Steps


Where Are You Now?

Your life has two versions: the one where you’re a star and the one where you’re a little lost. Reality lies somewhere in the middle. Your opinion inevitably reflects some reality and some fantasy.

The two strategic questions are:

• How can you best use your strengths and talents to achieve the things that will make you happy, productive and successful?

• How can you know if you’re truly maximizing your potential?

Most people insufficiently use their talents because they fear stretch goals and the prospect of leaving their comfort zones. It’s funny isn’t it, how our comfort zone keeps us stuck. We continue doing what we’ve always done because it’s safe, instead of taking risks and/or working with a professional coach. But self-discovery—especially of one’s strengths—is critical for any quantifiable success.

Most of us are reconciled to the path we’re on and rarely stop to take stock. Like the Energizer Bunny, we just keep going and going…and going.

Here’s how  to break this negative momentum:

1. Slow down.

2. Start over.

3.Work with a coach or mentor and get feedback and support.

Where Do You Want to Go?

By answering these four quick questions so you can begin to design a successful plan, avoid drifting and ultimately reclaim your life:

1. What are your strengths? Take a look at your life, work, proficiencies and the activities you enjoy.

2. What are your weaknesses? What subjects or tasks do you naturally avoid? How can you use your weaknesses to your advantage?

3. What are your differences? What makes you unique? How can your experiences, talents and proclivities make a difference to others?

4. What are you passionate about? Which tasks excite and energize you? How can you become more involved with them with your work?

Somewhere at the intersection of these four questions lies your sweet spot for success and happiness. Your time is best spent on blending these components into something productive and meaningful to you.

Once you’ve clearly identified your own priorities you can design and map out your primary goals and go for it!



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How to get more clear,strategic and on point for 2016

We start each day knowing we’re not going to get everything done. Every year, we reflect on our progress and wonder where the time went. Why haven’t we completed our innumerable to-do lists?

While we assume we’re doing our best to juggle work, family and friends, we often move along a path that doesn’t feel like “flow.”Even if we recognize we are out of “synch”, we keep doing the same things. Habits are hard to break. We instinctively know, however that there has to be a better way!

Reading another “do-it-now” time-management book isn’t the answer. Here are four categories of questions that will help you to lazor focus your day adapted from Harvard Business Review columnist and consultant Peter Bregman : ( from his book: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done (Business Plus, 2011):

1. Where are you now? Are you doing the right things, with the right people, in the right way to make the most of who you are?

2. What is this year about? What are the areas of focus (work and personal) that you want to spend most of your time over the next year?Write these down.

3. What is this day about? How can you structure your day so it’s most productive and satisfying?

4. Are you present? What is this moment about? Are you ready to get started on your main project,manage distractions and have a strategy in place so you stay on track?

This time of the year is perfect for sitting down and asking these kinds of questions. By looking at what you you want to accomplish and being honest with yourself about the ways you hold yourself back can give you the clarity to create and live a positive and productive year ahead!

Go get ’em!



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A Coach Summit You Don’t Want to Miss!


Last year I had a great experience with the online World Business and Executive Coach Summit (WBECS). The long list of transformational speakers gave me and the coaches I work with remarkable tools and resources that accelerate success.


And it’s about to happen again. Check out the end of this email to see just a few names on the list.


Each year WBECS offers a complimentary set of world class sessions you can attend online at your convenience. Pick the sessions that you most resonate with that are most relevant to you right now. The value I have received each year has been excellent and well worth the time invested.


Here is the link to reserve your spot: http://partners.wbecs.com/a/wbecs2015/dl3


WBECS always offers an outstanding professional growth opportunity. It brings together the thought leaders of the coaching world to share their knowledge and experience with practicing coaches.


The first rate presenters at this year’s Pre-Summit are diverse, but they have their sights set on one common goal: your success as a coach.


RSVP here: http://partners.wbecs.com/a/wbecs2015/dl3


To name a handful of presenters this year, your free pass enables you to learn from:

– Marshall Goldsmith-Global Thinkers, 50 award winner.

– Ken Blanchard-Business & Leadership thought leader.

– Carol Kauffman-CEO of Harvard Institute of Coaching.

– Judith Glaser-Conversation Intelligence guru.

– Liz Wiseman-Mulitplier Leaderships & Thinkers50 award winner.

– Mark Thompson-CEO of Virgin Unite and Richard Branson’s coach.

– David Peterson-Global Head of Leadership & Development at Google.

– Jim Kouzes-Leadership guru.

– Jim Clifton-CEO of Gallup.

– Peter Cheese-CEO of Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, 140k members globally.


Plus, dozens more industry leaders are set for this year.


You only need to register once and you gain access to all the pre-summit sessions live: http://partners.wbecs.com/a/wbecs2015/dl3


Enjoy and You’re Welcome!

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How to Be More Effective In Your Leadership

Are you a CEO,  executive, manager or entrepreneur?

The degree of your success depends your ability to lead and the relationship you have with your team. Leaders engage and inspire the minds and hearts of others.

This famous quote brings this concept alive:  “When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.”~ Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu

Here are impressive statistics revealed in  a recent Gallup analysis of 1.4 million employees:

Engaged employees are 22% more productive.

Engaged employees consistently demonstrate successful outcomes.

Engaged employees have fewer safety incidents and quality defects.

Engaged employees exhibit a positive attitude and have low absenteeism.


In an engaged workforce, people want to come to work. Team members understand their jobs and appreciate how their specific responsibilities contribute to the organization’s overall success.

There is a direct relationship between our team member’s “buy in” to the actual implementation and outcomes. It is truly win-win.

An effective leader builds integrated teams whose members work together creatively to achieve the desired results.

Whether you have one direct report or seven, the following guidelines will serve you to be a stronger and more effective leader.

 Five Essential Skills  You Need to Know to Engage Your Team

1. Maintain  Focus. Don’t lose sight of your personal and organizational goals as you face the everyday onslaught of complex information and technology (yet another reason to hire your own  coach).

Ask : Am I targeting the essential, top priorities? Do I consistently  and effectively communicate these priorities to appropriate team members?

2. Stay in Integrity: Regularly assess whether you’ve strayed from your personal and organizational values.

Ask: Am I staying in integrity with my values, principles and standards even in the face of pressure?

3. Strategically Prioritize and Allocate Resources: Keep resources aligned with long-term goals and strategies. Strong voices from inside and outside the organization can place conflicting demands/pressure on you. Keep your attention on  what truly matters in the long run and allocate resources appropriately and strategically.

4. Know and Understand Your Team Members: Each person on your team has their own unique style, strengths and business motivators. Take time to converse with each of your team members to discover what their unique  strengths and motivators are. Lead, manage and coach to these strengths and motivators. ( The DISC Assessment is an excellent tool for this and one I use in my work with executives, managers and teams)

5. Be a Role Model: Everything you say and do is magnified and interpreted, often in unintended ways. Your communication and  behavior carry weight and influences others. Employees want to know how you handle challenges and achievements.They are watching for your cues and will mirror your behavior. Walk your talk!

By integrating these five guiding principles, you will be a stronger leader in your work. Engaging your team is a wise and strategic endeavor that provides your company positive results.

Go forth and engage!


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