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  • The Pearls in Your Mind

    Rebel Brown
    rebel brown
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:12 am
    We’ve all heard of Gestalt. It’s a form of psychology that has been prevalent in our history for decades.  Gestalt also offers a vivid way to describe how we  store our mindware programs. First, let’s start with the definition of Gestalt. A structure, configuration, or pattern of physical, biological, or psychological phenomena so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable by summation of its parts. That’s exactly how our mindware forms. A program is created by an experience. Then another experience validates that program and creates…
  • Do you have these 5 videos?

    Alicia Dunams
    Alicia
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    There are just five videos your business needs that will help you share your message with more people, give you more exposure, and help make a bigger impact on others. Do you have them? My good friend and YouTube Marketing Expert James Wedmore is hosting a special one-time-only LIVE Event this Wednesday to show you HOW to get these FIVE videos to start working for you on autopilot! Reserve your spot for this special training call and download your .PDF now. On this 60-min Video Marketing Workshop, you’ll discover… *The FIVE Videos that have helped James Generate 1.7 Million Views on…
  • The Crucibles of Leadership

    Content for Coaches and Consultants
    Patsi Krakoff
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    Difficult and, in some cases, career- or life-threatening events are called leadership crucibles. They are trials and tests — points of deep self-reflection that force you to question who you are and what really matters. Characterized by a confluence of threatening intellectual, social, economic and/or political forces, crucibles test your patience, belief systems and core values. “Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley The ability to extract wisdom from challenging experiences distinguishes successful leaders from…
  • How habits are formed

    The Invisible Mentor
    Avil Beckford
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    How habits are formed Information circulates all the time and they somehow become truths, no one ever questioning them. For instance, we have heard that in the story Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (My review), he only has three wishes, where did that information come from? The truth is that while in possession of the lamp, any wish that Aladdin makes is granted. In this instance, it is important to read the Aladdin story that is translated into English from Arabic. Likewise, we have often heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit, but is that the truth? Or another misconception? How are habits…
  • 4 ways to make your own luck in business

    Profitable Growth
    Andy Birol
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer March 18,  2014 The saying “it’s better to be lucky than smart” is often used to describe successful CEOs who aren’t necessarily  the smartest people in the room. Despite flopping in the classroom, not coming from money, or not attending a top school, some of these business owners become quite successful. Click here to read more.
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  • Self-management techniques for a chaotic wold.

    Handy Luigi
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:49 am
    The world is chaotic… our assets and energies allow us to have a certain level of control over it.  However small the amount is, it should not be minimized to the point where it’s neglected. We must learn to harness, organize, and create ways to overcome. If you are facing big challenges, are constantly affected by outside stressors, or you’re having difficulty dealing with the direction life has taken you, here are 4 simple self-management techniques you can apply today. Have mini missions. Often times, life goes by to so fast… leaving us with very little to craft a…
  • Only look back to see how far you have come...

    Integrated Heart
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Only look back to see how far you have come… A couple of my clients have grown so fast that th
  • Chris Hammers' Review on David Jenyns' Internet Marketing Coaching

    David Jenyns
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:22 pm
    “I thought about what I wanted ahead of time and sent off the email to Dave. I was quite happily surprised to get an email back just like that saying, yes, I think we can do that. I think I can give you what you’re looking for. It was just very quick and very confident. He delivered. After talking with him, he drew a diagram and suggested a business model in terms of different services and different products…different price points…and how to go about getting the customers in there, navigating them through and offering them a well rounded service. Just how he diagrammed it out for me…
  • Jenny Ower's Testimonial on David Jenyns' Business Coaching

    David Jenyns
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:05 pm
    We make organic cotton luxury bed linen. We’ve done that for probably eleven, twelve years now. We’ve had a website since about 2005 and a newer website since 2007. So our main path to marketers is selling our bed linen online through Australia and New Zealand and then other countries as well. To be honest, as a small business owner, you have to be good at everything. Unfortunately, I guess not knowing exactly what we could do was holding us back. I think we’ve got a great website but we just need to get it out there to more and more people. We were using Google Adwords which I think is…
  • Clarity - What is it? And does it matter?

    Sophie Bennett UK
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:59 am
    I’ve been hearing the word “Clarity” being bandied about all over the place lately. It sounds great – but so does the word “perfection” and there’s not much of that around either, at least not around here. But BMW has it, Prada has it, H&M has it, Ryanair has it (seriously – they aren’t loved, but they do have it!) So have you got it? How do you know if you have (or haven’t) got clarity? What the heck does it really mean? Does it matter anyway? And how can getting it help you financially or in your business? I’ll be…
 
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    Professional Development

  • Workplace Inefficiency…

    Izzy Justice
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    I was recently in line for coffee and overheard the lady in front of me on her cell phone make the comment, ”I was in meetings all day yesterday, did not get anything done.” I am certain most of us have heard this before and felt it ourselves. This is further evidence of my continued assertion that the workplace today is one of the most inefficient operating system. If our computers or any technology worked the way we did, we literally would throw them out the window. So it seems quite paradoxical that our expectation of efficiency with technology is at an all-time high often complaining…
  • Myth of “2 sides to a Story”

    Izzy Justice
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:33 pm
    All of us have used to the term “there are 2 sides to every story.” We have used it to make equal the perspectives of two contrasting sides. And there is truth to this. We see things not as they are, but from where we are. The latter is based on our past experiences, our intelligence, our current or immediate-past emotional state, the opposing argument, the history of the opponent, and a number of other variables that collude together to blurr our view of what is actually happening on both sides. The problem with this term, however, is that it often implies that though their are…
  • Your Leadership Brand

    Izzy Justice
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    When you think of any great athlete you admire, there is usually one or two adjectives you think of when you describe that person. The same could be said of your favorite actors, each one having a different set of descriptors. If you extend this thinking to the workplace, there are some good leaders in your organization at all levels that you have met that you can find words or phrases to best capture what you like about them.  Think of these terms as brand labels for each person. Conversely, you can think of athletes, actors, and leaders who you despise for whatever reason. May be you do…
  • Think differently …

    Izzy Justice
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:02 am
    I think I was in my very early teens when I first heard someone say that we are using but a very small percentage of our brain and that we achieve far less than we are actually capable of. The comments were made in a philosophical manner with goodwill. As I collaborate with neuroscientists from all over the world today, I am happy to share that those comments are scientifically true and we are now living in what many are calling the Golden Age of Neuroscience.  Why should this topic be relevant to you? Because you have a brain and we are underutilizing it. Whether you are a business person,…
  • Just ask …

    Izzy Justice
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:59 am
    There are countless stories in the workplace of successful products, innovations and business practices. I am certain there are many in your organization right now. Did you ever wonder how that happened? Where they came from? Who caem up with the idea? How did they do it? If you have been around long enough, think back, and if not, ask someone who has been around a while. You might be surprised to learn that most, not all, of the things that make your work life easy or comfortable did not come out of some major think tank or require a massive amount of capital. They came from people who saw…
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    Profitable Growth

  • How to know a business owner is about to fall from grace (and what to do about it)

    Andy Birol
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer March 4, 2014   Good, smart people start companies, and they go into business with ambition and a sense of purpose. So, why do some of them make decisions that are painful to watch? Even when the owner is pompous or self-righteous, it’s easy to flinch when terrible choices lead to them to lose their way — and then lose everything. Click here to read more.
  • 4 ways to make your own luck in business

    Andy Birol
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer March 18,  2014 The saying “it’s better to be lucky than smart” is often used to describe successful CEOs who aren’t necessarily  the smartest people in the room. Despite flopping in the classroom, not coming from money, or not attending a top school, some of these business owners become quite successful. Click here to read more.
  • 5 police strategies that businesses should adopt

    Andy Birol
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer February 25, 2014   You think you have problems? Try being a cop. Years ago, I went on a police ride-along in Pittsburgh’s highest crime zone. During that Saturday graveyard shift, the officer and I responded to nonstop calls about gunshots, domestic violence, armed intruders, crack-addict beatings, fugitive surveillance, and gang hangouts. Click here to read more.
  • How to fix your sales process so you won’t ever be disappointed in a sales rep again

    Andy Birol
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:37 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer February 4, 2014   Have you ever screamed, “Why can’t I hire good sales reps?!” If so, you might be asking the wrong question. The problem might be your company’s sales process, not the salespeople. Are your sales reps failing for these reasons? Click here to read more.
  • Menard USA Doubles Sales With Help From Andy Birol

    Andy Birol
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:34 am
    Background Menard (www.menardusa.com) a design-build specialty geotechnical contractor who offers value engineering and innovative techniques to deliver practical, sustainable solutions such as controlled modulus columns (CMC’s), which are a technologically superior alternative to deep (pile) foundations that support buildingsUnder the leadership of its CEO, Seth Pearlman, Menard had experienced great success by servicing general contractors and highway contractors as well as property owners in the energy, commercial building sectors. The Challenge Despite the great recession of 2008,…
 
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    The Invisible Mentor

  • How habits are formed

    Avil Beckford
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    How habits are formed Information circulates all the time and they somehow become truths, no one ever questioning them. For instance, we have heard that in the story Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (My review), he only has three wishes, where did that information come from? The truth is that while in possession of the lamp, any wish that Aladdin makes is granted. In this instance, it is important to read the Aladdin story that is translated into English from Arabic. Likewise, we have often heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit, but is that the truth? Or another misconception? How are habits…
  • Rapid Reading and Retention Workshop

    Avil Beckford
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    Rapid Reading and Retention Workshop Talk about synchronicity! As you know I have been investing a lot of time learning to read faster so that I can read the 50 classic literature books for my informal liberal arts education. And each day I perform speed reading drills using browser extensions and bookmarklets. I received an email informing me about a Rapid Reading and Retention workshop offered by Jim Kwik so I immediately signed up. I like to learn as much as I can about a topic of interest or a new subject so that I can pick out the sections that will work for my situation. And this is…
  • Do you make this critical mistake because of impatience?

    Avil Beckford
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Do you make this critical mistake because of impatience? We are living in a world that is always turned on, with the expectation that people will respond at the speed of light. You get an email, and if you do not respond in a few minutes, you may receive a phone call inquiring if you did not receive the email message. Because of this intense pressure, people may cut corners in many areas of their lives hoping to accelerate things, achieving their goals faster. They could also cut corners in their professional development, thinking that they will attain professional success that much faster if…
  • The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

    Avil Beckford
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe, Review The Purloined Letter  by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story that I found at American Literature. Early this year, I read a blog post, and in it the blogger commented that reading a short story each day helped to improve his writing. As a writer, there is always room for improvement so that I can become better at my craft. But, the reason for reading the short stories is that they present opportunities for me to practice my speed reading drills while getting access to works by a variety of writers. If you use a speed reading bookmarklet to read…
  • Maude Abbott, International Authority on Heart Disease

    Avil Beckford
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Maude Abbott, International Authority on Heart Disease Name: Maude Abbott Birth Date: March 18, 1869 – September 2,1940 Job Functions: Medical Doctor & Curator Fields: Medicine Known For: Heart Disease Specialist Image Credit: Wikipedia Maude Abbott and her sister Alice were raised by their maternal grandmother after their mother died from tuberculosis and their father abandoned them. Their grandmother legally adopted them at the age of 62 and gave her granddaughters her surname. In June 1885, Maude received a scholarship to attend McGill University, which recently started to admit…
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    Rebel Brown

  • Transforming the Future of Human Resources with Neuroscience

    rebel brown
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Originally posted on the Louisiana Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) blog site. Whether you’re running HR for a smaller business or are the Chief Human Resources Officer in a larger corporation, you’re focused on humans in business. Creativity, engagement, performance and satisfaction are driven by our human mindsThanks to neuroscience, every organization has the opportunity to leverage the power of our human minds to create competitive advantage. That’s why neuroscience is so exciting for HR professionals. Finally, we can understand what makes our employees, teams and…
  • How to Get Your Focus On

    rebel brown
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    It’s time to take back our focus. To consciously step into the inherent power of our human minds. That’s why I’m sharing the practices and tools I used to get myself (and clients) back into focus and away from a nasty addiction to screens, multi-tasking and the scatterbrain program that’s rampant in our modern world. How to Get Your Focus On I’ve successfully retrieved my focus. I still have to work on it every day, but I’m finally back to my productive self.  It was frustrating and at times.  I wanted to throw in the towel and boot up my favorite Sci Fi…
  • Scatterbrain, ScreenBrain and What’s Wrong With my Mind?

    rebel brown
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    Scatterbrain is becoming a sign of the times, and not a good sign at that. While some proudly thump their chests over their supernatural powers to multi-task, normal humans find themselves more scattered than ever. We even have an official diagnosis. A.D.D. Lack of focus is all around us;  from jumping between work tasks to the interrupts driven by social media, from our distraction with our mobile devices to the simple act of channel flipping. We’re caught up in a  frenzy of nano-length attention spans. In the process, we’re losing one of our most powerful human weapons, the…
  • Scatterbrain Syndrome – It’s Not Just Multi-Tasking

    rebel brown
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    Scatterbrained seems to be a popular topic of discussion these days.  Even on  ski lift last week I heard folks chatting about how distracted they are these days. Scatterbrain is a sign of the times. It’s not just due to multi-tasking. Although the habit of juggling multiple projects, information sets and communications is certainly a contributor. Scatterbrain is the result of the constant state of threat we experience from living in our modern world. I don’t mean full blown survival mode -like when someone with a gun points it at your head. This level of survival mindware is…
  • The Pearls in Your Mind

    rebel brown
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:12 am
    We’ve all heard of Gestalt. It’s a form of psychology that has been prevalent in our history for decades.  Gestalt also offers a vivid way to describe how we  store our mindware programs. First, let’s start with the definition of Gestalt. A structure, configuration, or pattern of physical, biological, or psychological phenomena so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable by summation of its parts. That’s exactly how our mindware forms. A program is created by an experience. Then another experience validates that program and creates…
 
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    The Practical Leader

  • Employee Engagement Reflects Leadership Effectiveness

    Jim Clemmer
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When our three kids were growing up I was — sometimes painfully — reminded of the old parenting adage; “children act like their parents despite all attempts to teach them good manners!” When Chris, Jenn, or Vanessa behaved poorly in public — if I took a deep look in the mirror — I could recognize their behavior. It clearly came from … their mother! It’s often difficult to face up to the role we play in shaping the behavior of others we lead. In the workplace it’s easier to the blame the team member, organizational culture, declining work…
  • Make Performance Appraisals an Inspiring Event

    Jim Clemmer
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Last week I was working with a diverse group of senior operating executives at their professional association’s leadership forum. The new research we reviewed and discussions we had on building leadership strengths resonated strongly with the group — especially our Best Leader/Worst Leader exercise (see “Exceptional Leaders Aren’t Well Rounded“). What especially rang true for participants was our discussion on the abysmal state of performance reviews. We agreed that most performance appraisals are about as fun as being poked in the eye with a sharp stick. Yet…
  • Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman Named Thought Leaders of the Year

    Jim Clemmer
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It’s been two years since Jack Zenger and I explored partnering once again (our previous companies, Zenger Miller and The Achieve Group worked together in the 80s). Since forming The CLEMMER Group in 1994 we’ve been approached by many consulting and training organizations to work together. We’ve always chosen to do our own thing and develop our own programs and services. In A New Era Begins: Our Strategic Partnership with Zenger Folkman I gave five key reasons for this change in direction; 1. Jack Zenger, 2. Strengths-Based Leadership Development, 3. Research/Evidence-Based…
  • Webinar: 7 Ways to Increase Employee Satisfaction Without Giving a Raise

    Jim Clemmer
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As baseball great Yogi Berra (known for his “Yogiisms”) or Canada’s bombastic hockey commenter, Don Cherry, might have said “it ain’t rocket surgery.” Dissatisfied frontline servers don’t produce satisfied customers. Disengaged employees don’t provide the discretionary effort leading to peak performance. Discontented team members don’t create inspired and energized teams. In a thriving and highly mobile economy dissatisfied employees will often quit and get another job. In today’s economy job opportunities are scarce and fewer…
  • Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on…Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

    Jim Clemmer
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Ellen Jane Langer is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. Over the past 35 years she’s written eleven books and more than two hundred research articles on mindfulness, illusion of control, decision making, and aging. Her landmark book, Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility (click here to read my summary/review of it), reported on her experiments proving elderly men could improve their health by acting as if it were 20 years earlier. These quotes are drawn from the March 2014 Harvard Business Review interview, “Mindfulness in the Age of…
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    Global NLP Training Blog

  • 5 Clever Ways to Get Life Coaching Clients

    Nicole Schneider
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    Get Life Coaching clients easily. How? Be creative! I have trained coaches from around the world, and the ones who made it versus the ones that didn’t had one determining factor. The ones that got out there actively, daily, and in the right way made it! And once they got to work, they offered top notch life coaching. 1. Ask a life coaching question over coffee Spend a day at a coffee house, with a set of helium balloons tied to your chair. Use a sign that says “ask a life coaching question over coffee” or something like that. Consider doing this every week for 1 hour on a specific day,…
  • More Tips to Practice the Meta Model after Taking NLP Training

    Nicole Schneider
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:24 am
    Read the first 5 tips to practice the Meta Model after your NLP Training! Last week many of you enjoyed the first 5 tips, below a few more ideas. 6. Flash Cards Create flash cards with all of the NLP Meta Model questions, and listen to other people talk. Thumb through all of the questions, and listen for when it is a good fit.  Another way is to simply pick up your NLP training manual, and go over it. Anything unclear? Contact your NLP trainer, the better companies offer a commitment to post-course support (which is something to look for before you book a class.) 7. Calling Someone You…
  • 5 Tips for Practicing the Meta Model after NLP Training

    Nicole Schneider
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:48 am
    The only way a person can truly master the meta model is by practicing a lot after their NLP Training. Here are the first 5 out of 10 useful tips to start wielding that meta model sword like a pro! 1. One bite at a time (just like you should practice your entire NLP training.) Practice the meta model each day after your NLP training, by spotting one meta model violation at a time and using the corresponding question. So instead of using all of the meta model, just spot the universal quantifiers (all or nothing statements,) and use the appropriate questioning that comes with that. 2. Post-its…
  • 10 Tips for Choosing Your NLP Training Location

    Nicole Schneider
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:20 pm
    A lot of people asked me why I took all my professional training in the USA, instead of a location near home (Amsterdam.) Click here to view the embedded video. Before I was 27: Training in the USA is simply a lot cheaper, even when factoring in the hotel and the flight. This still is the case, I can book a training in Amsterdam or even London and I can still save money going to the US. After 27: The likeliness of receiving a quality training in the USA is simply much higher! Competition is extremely  high, and unlike Europe in the United States people are trained to be a public speaker (or…
  • 5 More Easy Ways to Reduce Stress Using NLP (Part 2)

    Nicole Schneider
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:36 am
    5 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress Using NLP (Part 1) 6. Turning your negative self talk into Donald Duck You may get a good laugh instead of stress! 7. Changing the quality of someone else’s talk Imagine that a person talking to you inside your internal experience or in the outside world suddenly, in your mind’s eye, starts speaking in slow motion? Or starts sounding like Kermit the frog? 8. Firing a positive anchor Anchoring is taught in most NLP courses. In the case of stress, a self anchor may provide a solution. This requires some work before the stressful moment though, instead of doing…
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Innovate With Purpose: Idea Prioritization

    Robert Brands
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    Idea Prioritization  Ideation and idea management pack the front end of the New Product Development (NPD) funnel with a wealth of viable concepts. One of the toughest processes in innovation is idea... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Invitation to Innovate

    Robert Brands
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:55 am
    Innovation is hardly a new term. Dating back as early as the 15th century, innovation comes from the Latin innovationem, noun of action from innovare, and means “to renew or change”.  It seems the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Forecasting Innovation: Observe and Measure for Future Success

    Robert Brands
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    When creating innovation, it is vital to set metric goals and track these metrics. One of Robert’s Rules of Innovation, “Observe and Measure,” in terms of the performance of the program... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • The Chief Innovation Officer: Is It CIO, CNO, or CINO ?

    Robert Brands
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Blog By Sean Klein & Bill Poston of Kalypso The great Chief Innovation Officer acronym confusion has obscured a much more important conversation about the requisite responsibilities to do the job... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Don’t (Just) Focus on Innovation

    Robert Brands
    25 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    While innovation is paramount to the profitability of any business, there are other supporting factors which are essential to make innovation successful. Similar to the construction of any building,... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
 
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    Corporate Class Inc.

  • What Would You Do with an Extra Hour?

    Jennifer
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    How many times have you found yourself saying, “If only I had one more hour to work on this project!” or, “If there were a few more hours in the day, I could…” When we have so much to accomplish in a day, gaining even one extra hour – whether during daylight savings time or when transitioning between time zones – can seem like a luxury. What would you do if you had one extra hour in the day? Although we can’t actually create that extra time, imagining what we would do with it can be a helpful exercise for daily productivity. A goal or a reason to make extra time can be just…
  • In the News: Casual Attire Gone Too Far?

    Jennifer
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Earlier this year, the New York Times featured a Room For Debate discussion on the topic, “The Casual Couture of the Average American.” The article series drew opinions from six debaters with thoughtful responses on the topic, from fashion bloggers to a fashion psychologist as well as the curatorial director of the nearby Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. Their opinions varied: some argued that casual attire fosters a more accessible workplace; others thought that casual dress might send others the wrong message about ourselves. Each debater lends an interesting perspective…
  • Professional Growth through Self-Evaluation

    Jennifer
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Though many attempt to avoid the task, regularly evaluating one’s own work, habits, objectives, strengths, and areas for improvement is necessary for any successful professional. Consistent self-reflexivity will allow you to understand what you need to work on to become a stronger professional, as well as help you to identify opportunities for advancing to the next level in your career.   While critical self-reflection can be a challenge, luckily there are many resources available to help you improve where you need it. In this post, we outline a few common areas for improvement, as…
  • How to Master the Self Intro

    Jennifer
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    5/5 of our Executive Presence Video Series
  • How to Work a Room

    Jennifer
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    4/5 of our Executive Presence Video Series
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    Team Building - Corporate Team Building Tips & Strategies

  • Team Building: 12 Ways Executives are Missing the Mark

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
    Team building is one of the most powerful vehicles available to executives. It's an opportunity to break down silos, improve cross-functional teamwork, and brainstorm to generate solutions for business challenges. Unfortunately, this opportunity is often missed and many companies fail to get full benefit from team building. It's important to think of team building in terms of R.O.I. instead of viewing it as an "activity" divorced for organizational goals and objectives.
  • Team Building is not a Half Day Event

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    12 Feb 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Let's be clear. I am talking about real team building that has an impact on the business, not a corporate play day or recreational event. They have their place but that is not what we are discussing today. How would you feel if someone invited you for dinner and instead of providing a full meal served an amuse-bouche and dessert and rushed you out the door before you could finish your coffee? Yet, this is the approach to "team building" that is becoming more and more common.
  • Recreational Trivia vs. Facilitated Trivia Team Building – Is There a Difference?

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    5 Feb 2014 | 10:57 am
    There are so many different dynamics when it comes to teams; in order to truly identify and address your company’s unique challenges and team building goals, it will take a professional with the experience and expertise to provide ongoing counsel on every aspect of the initiative – development, execution and follow-up. if a company has specific team challenges, customizing appropriate and trivia questions, ensuring that the entire group is broken down into teams which are in line with those goals, and facilitating any team building elements are imorptant through the course of a…
  • Team Building Trends for 2014

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    28 Nov 2013 | 8:30 am
    Last year, I took a stab at forecasting what lay ahead for corporate team building. Here are the projections that came true. Unfortunately, they don't bode well for 2014.
  • Team Building: Saying Thank You Doesn’t Always Take Much

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    26 Nov 2013 | 2:32 pm
    I stumbled across the following Dempster's Healthy Way® Bread commercial on YouTube. In fact, at first I didn't realize it was for bread. I thought that a company had created it to show appreciation for their top performers. What a cool way to say thank you.
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    Content for Coaches and Consultants

  • The Crucibles of Leadership

    Patsi Krakoff
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    Difficult and, in some cases, career- or life-threatening events are called leadership crucibles. They are trials and tests — points of deep self-reflection that force you to question who you are and what really matters. Characterized by a confluence of threatening intellectual, social, economic and/or political forces, crucibles test your patience, belief systems and core values. “Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley The ability to extract wisdom from challenging experiences distinguishes successful leaders from…
  • The Past as Prologue: How Experience Shapes You

    Patsi Krakoff
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Life is full of daily lessons. We interpret experiences; tag them as good, bad or neutral; file them into memory (or not); and create stories about ourselves. If you want self-awareness, take a look at how experience has shaped your stories. “Many leaders point to their childhoods as the source of important ideas and values, and the time when they began to develop emotional energy and edge.” ~ Noel M. Tichy, The Leadership Engine Our stories are, in fact, quite loosely “based on a true story,” as the tagline boasts in movies and books. It’s not about what actually happened, but how…
  • Conversational IQ: 5 Conversational Blind Spots

    Patsi Krakoff
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Is there such a thing as conversational intelligence? It could be that some leaders are naturally more adept at the art of conversation. It’s certainly true that we all could improve our ability to engage and influence others through conversations. “Human beings are the most highly social species on this planet. When we succeed in connecting deeply with others — heart to heart and head to head — trust is at its all-time high, and people work in concert in extraordinary ways.” ~ Judith E. Glaser, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary…
  • Put Happiness into Action

    Patsi Krakoff
    1 Mar 2014 | 5:15 am
    Is it possible to take specific action steps to become happier? Do we find ourselves pouring effort into improving our circumstances, only to find that we’re not that much happier after all? The King of Bhutan, the last Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas, has decided that the best way to foster economic development in his country is to shift the focus from GDP (Gross Domestic Product) to GDH: Gross Domestic Happiness. While most people in this tiny country between India and China are subsistence farmers, they enjoy food, shelter and universal health care. They refuse to make money from…
  • Overcoming Leadership Blind Spots

    Patsi Krakoff
    20 Feb 2014 | 3:13 pm
    There’s no escaping it: Everyone has blind spots. No matter how hard we try to be self-aware, everyone—including the best leader—has unproductive behaviors that are invisible to us but glaring to everyone else. Our behavioral blind spots create unintended consequences: They distort judgment, corrupt decision-making, reduce our awareness, create enemies and silos, destroy careers and sabotage business results. “Leadership is a struggle by flawed human beings to make some important human values real and effective in the world as it is.” ~ Steven Snyder, Leadership and the Art of…
 
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    Innovative Influence (Suzi Pomerantz's Blog)

  • The Executive Coach MBA program starts on April 8th

    Suzi
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:06 pm
    If you are looking to join a global community of coaches where you will be focused on gaining more executive coaching clients and building your coaching business whilst delivering more value to your clients, then the ECMBA (Executive Coach Master Business Accelerator) is for you. We launched last week with two powerful free webinars: Session 1: The Disruptive Business Plan for Executive Coaches and Session 2: The Executive Coach Approach to Winning Clients If you missed either or both of these masterclasses, please take advantage of these free replays, which will only be available for a short…
  • Overwhelm, the Cult of Busyness, and Wisdom

    Suzi
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Time famine. Busyness as social status. Competing with others about how busy and overwhelmed we are. What?! A compelling article challenges us to notice that we are only busy because we THINK we are, and in reality, we are not as busy as we think. You’re Not As Busy As You Say You Are, by Hanna Rosin describes it thus: The art of busyness is to convey genuine alarm at the pace of your life and a helpless resignation, as if someone else is setting the clock, and yet simultaneously make it clear that you are completely on top of your game. These are not exactly humble brags. They are more…
  • Happiness at Work is About Accountability and Personal Responsibility

    Suzi
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    Are you happy at work? Are the folks around you happy at work? It’s interesting to notice the direct correlation of happiness and personal responsibility;  those who are most unhappy are the ones that believe they are a victim of the circumstances in which they find themselves. Those who are happy at work believe they are empowered to alter their approach to the circumstances in which they find themselves…or they believe they can impact, influence, and create their own reality. If you are not familiar with the work of Cy Wakeman, she wrote a wonderful book called  Reality Based…
  • Buyers of Coaching Services According to the ICF

    Suzi
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:26 pm
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  • Over 4,000 coaches registered in one week!

    Suzi
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Did you join the ranks of the 4,000+ of our colleagues who signed up for one of next week’s no-cost webinars?? For the last two years Ian Brodie, Jayne Warrilow, Ben Croft and I have been pouring a huge amount of our time and resources into the biggest project we’ve ever attempted and we are so pleased with the result that we can’t wait to share it with you next week! We ran into a few snags along the way (do projects ever go as planned?) but we’re finally finished and we’re about to launch. It’s called the Executive Coach Master Business Accelerator and, if I may be so…
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    Alicia Dunams

  • Do you have these 5 videos?

    Alicia
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    There are just five videos your business needs that will help you share your message with more people, give you more exposure, and help make a bigger impact on others. Do you have them? My good friend and YouTube Marketing Expert James Wedmore is hosting a special one-time-only LIVE Event this Wednesday to show you HOW to get these FIVE videos to start working for you on autopilot! Reserve your spot for this special training call and download your .PDF now. On this 60-min Video Marketing Workshop, you’ll discover… *The FIVE Videos that have helped James Generate 1.7 Million Views on…
  • [Replay] 60 Days to 6-figures Hangout – 7 Ways to Pre-sell Your Coaching, Information Products and Online Trainings

    Alicia
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:06 am
  • Eben Pagan: ALL IN and Accelerate

    Alicia
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:46 am
    Curious about how business has evolved into a new paradigm? Join Alicia Dunams as she interviews Eben Pagan, one of the most successful online marketers of this age. We’ll learn more about how Darwin helped to shape his business point of view and how our definition of leadership needs to expand.   Eben Pagan launched his first online business from his bedroom in 2001. Beginning with an ebook of dating advice, his company grew to over 10 brands, selling more than $100 million worth of trainings and information products, with over 70 employees, all 100% virtual (no office).Today,…
  • Get Your Book Finished and Published!

    Alicia
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:45 am
    Did you finish your book? Did you complete Bestseller in a Weekend? Did you finish your book? We understand- life can get in the way, and the momentum you had falls flat. There is a solution. Join Friday, 03/21/2013, at 11am PDT, as we interview bestselling authors Laura Brandes and Rhonda Liebig, who finished their book by going through Bestseller Blastoff Breakthrough. You will learn: Why accountability is key to finishing a book How a bestselling book has changed their lives Tips to finishing your book Secrets to marketing your book to success They are just a few of the successful…
  • Podcast Guest on Today’s Leading Women

    Alicia
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I was personally invited by Marie Grace Berg, host of the top business podcast for women, Today’s Leading Women, to be her podcast guest. Here are the highlights of the interview: Biggest Challenges: Being a single mom and starting a business during a recession. Getting clients who are willing to pay you for what you’re offering when you’re just starting out. Top 3 Business Advice/Tips: Play as big as you possibly can. Delegate tasks that you don’t like doing. Have systems in place to streamline your business. Listen to the full podcast interview here.
 
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    The CEO Challenge

  • Why I Must Fire My Friend and “First VP of Sales”?

    Rick McPartlin
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    He was my 3rd employee. Once we didn’t get paid for 4 months and  he stayed with me. Together we closed the deal that launched the company. He was my “First VP of Sales.” He hired and trained the first 5 sales people with a training manual he wrote and now, I have to fire him. He can’t keep up with me, the team, the market, the technology, or the customers. He tells me he is as good as he ever was and he is doing the exact same things he always did, but he has had a string of bad luck added to the tough economy, and the competition has gotten a lot tougher. We now have 3 offices in…
  • No Cruise Control Allowed: Take Advantage of Market Transitions & Boost Long-Term Revenue

    Rick McPartlin
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    The real estate crash. Obama Care. The Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, the bank collapse, the Greek banking crisis, high employment, off-shoring, GM’s bankruptcy. Libya, Egypt, inflation, nuclear meltdown, Generation X, Generation Y, the Baby Boomers, call centers in India, tsunamis, Hurricane Katrina, the stock market drop, and my EBITDA is way down. No matter how well your business is going, nothing is the same as yesterday. Even if it feels like you have everything going your way at the moment, the truth is that the world is continuously transitioning at high speed. And you better learn…
  • How Do You Launch New Products into the Market?

    Rick McPartlin
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    The answer is YOU DON’T! Three words from this question define the reasons businesses can never “launch new products into the market.” These three words - new, products, and market -  get companies in trouble when it comes to launching. New: Not existing before, or discovered recently, or now for the first time First Reason: Very few companies ever launch something new. Most of the time what companies want to launch is something a little different. Examples would be a better process to build a home, a better video game, the best pizza in the city, or SEO marketing. In these cases,…
  • Is Marketing a Role of “Revenue Generation” or the Other Way Around?

    Rick McPartlin
    28 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    Who is going to hate this answer? Not everyone has an opinion on this question since most people don’t know what the science of “Revenue Generation” is or if it differs from marketing. The CMO (chief marketing officer) starting in the twentieth century was the senior executive focused on marketing and sat on the senior leadership team. If you looked at the org chart of a large B2C (business-to-consumer) organization like Apple, P&G, or Johnson & Johnson, you would almost always find a CMO at the table with the CEO, CIO, CFO, etc., but who sadly was replaced about every 24…
  • Revenue Resources Required: Who Says You Can’t Measure a Sales & Marketing ROI?

    Rick McPartlin
    14 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    100% of organizations are over invested in the production of revenue! The over investment is the result of the "Cost of Chaos" to produce revenue. The production of revenue is a TOTAL organizational effort, and while every organization earns revenue in their own way, the goal is to measure and manage all the Revenue Resources Required to create the most earned revenue with the highest return on Revenue Resources Required.   Removing the "Cost of Chaos" is required to get control of revenue growth and to manage the Revenue Resources Required. Controlling the Revenue Resources Required must…
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    CMI

  • MBX Case Study Part 1

    Bruce Hodes and CMI
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the Beginning Once a small company, MBX Systems has come a long way. The company opened its doors in 1995 as “Drive Express.” The firm quickly expanded business, changed the name to “Drive and Motherboard Express,” then shortened it again a year later to “Motherboard Express.” After continued and steady growth, the company settled on the name MBX Systems. Located in Wauconda, Illinois, MBX Systems has established itself as the leader in software conversion for video on demand, firewall, spam filtering, network management and other applications to the appliance market. Like many…
  • CMI's Loyal Customers

    Bruce Hodes and CMI
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    CMI strives to create Raving Fan customers through excellent customer service, quick response time, and quality programs.  Over the next couple months we will highlight some of our client's testimonials and case studies.  Feel free to leave comments below; we look forward to hearing from you!
  • Green On!

    Bruce Hodes and CMI
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I strongly encourage your organization to adopt a direction towards sustainability. This is not a political statement but one that reflects the reality of the times. Of course, there needs to be authenticity. Just saying you are sustainable by your attempts to recycle is not sufficient. If there is not sincerity in the actions your company takes, customers will see this for what it is: an attempt to take advantage of the latest fad. By the same token, you do not need to be perfect. This is a new direction for mainstream businesses, and there will be mistakes and false starts. The payoff for…
  • What's the Future Worth?

    Bruce Hodes and CMI
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The million-dollar question is this: what, from a business perspective, is being green worth? Will customers be attracted to environmentalism and pay for it?I have watched leadership groups gasp in horror at the thought of being seen as “tree huggers.” As a recovering hippie who listens to Rush Limbaugh, I don’t think being a tree hugger is such bad a thing. But for some executives, this connotation apparently carries horrific implications—might they be turning into … hippies? Is it the possibility of taking drugs and wearing tie-dyed shirts that scares them? Is it that they think…
  • The Possibilities are Endless

    Bruce Hodes and CMI
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Two of our clients have earned the position of being the environmental leaders of their industries. They were not particularly looking for this distinction; it was thrust upon them by the inertia of their industry and competition. It helped that they were proactive and up to date with the best environmental practices.When one of these clients, an asphalt contracting company, modernized its existing facility, the organization paved the parking lot with water permeable asphalt. Because water runs through the pavement, there is no need for drainage, sewers, or a retention pond. With…
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    People Management Consulting

  • Would You Pay Employees to Quit?

    Cecil Wampler
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    It is quite an interesting question. Which employees would you pay to leave and why? How much would you pay? Most employers would never think of such a thing. They would think of terminating bad employees rather than paying them. Terminating a bad employee or poor performer is an answer, but what about an employee who is performing adequately? They are clocking in and out everyday, pulling their forty hour week, and spending the majority of their time trying not to be bothered with anything more than the minimum. They are largely disengaged from the workplace and would be doing anything else…
  • Performing Under Pressure at Work

    Cecil Wampler
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The work landscape is always changing. The expectation now is to do a lot more than ever before with fewer resources and a decreased support staff. It can place a lot of pressure on everyone. When a manager says they can’t handle stress very well, I almost automatically hear, “I am not able to do my job effectively when it counts.” It’s like a star basketball player telling the coach they can’t hit any shots in the final minutes because there is too much pressure to win. The bottom-line; learn deal with it. When people panic in tough situations, they stop thinking and start…
  • Time Savers, Wasters, and Makers

    Cecil Wampler
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:41 pm
    It seems that some people have more time to get things done than others do. As it turns out, we all get twenty-four hours a day to get things accomplished.  It sort of helps to put all of us on the same playing field. Some people like to get a lot done, some like to get the minimum done, some have goals and some play it by ear. If you find yourself looking around and thinking, “How did she get all of that done?” or “I could do that too if I didn’t have (fill in the blank here (kids, responsibilities, chores, whatever)).” The truth is people get things done that they want to get…
  • Overcoming Your Critics, Blunders and Mistakes at Work

    Cecil Wampler
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
    I am not a motivational speaker, but I know how people can begin to doubt themselves at work. It seems like you do a hundred things right, but people dwell on a mistake or error. When it seems the darkest, someone comes along who puts things in perspective for you; usually a leader. You need to balance recognizing the issues surrounding the problem and maintaining your confidence in your abilities. Let’s look at some ways you can get past setbacks at work. Don’t put a lot of credence in your critics. These are usually people who are jealous or just don’t care much for you either way.
  • Transforming New Managers into Leaders

    Cecil Wampler
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:51 pm
    In order to make this journey, we must first look at a manager from the mind of an employee. The employee sees the manager as the boss. The manager is better and higher up in the food chain. This is a normal way for people to respond to managers. Employees think of their managers this way, but most people don’t like to have a boss and being bossed around is a negative activity. Most people don’t like to feel inferior to other people, yet employees assume this role in the workplace. From this perspective, the employee doesn’t have much reason to like the manager very much. Now imagine…
 
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    Coaching Excellence

  • You Decide…Employee Alignment or Confinement

    ipeccoaching
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Values are the principles people live by, the beliefs behind everything that a person does or does not do. There are two types of personal core values: fear-based and conscious-based. Where are your values based? Values based on fear are the ones that cause people to take action to avoid certain tasks even though they must be accomplished. A simple example is the accounts receivable clerk who is tasked with producing month-end reports. If the clerk values excellence, the information in the report could, in that person’s mind, be considered a “report card” on his/her ability to perform…
  • What is Momentum?

    ipeccoaching
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    If you enjoy sports like I do, you have most definitely witnessed swings in momentum during games. Maybe it was a great defensive play, or a player just succeeding on pure grit, that fired their teammates up and they rallied behind it. Sometimes it’s easy to pick the moment the energy of a game changed. Other times it’s more subtle. Recently, someone asked me if I could quickly give a definition of what momentum is in relation to getting people started down the path to make a sustainable change. Here is what I had to say: “Momentum” happens when two […]
  • All Support Systems, Go!

    ipeccoaching
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    It’s not always easy to ask for help. Many times we have been conditioned to “go it alone” and “tough it out.” There is certainly importance in being self-reliant; but, there are also many times when a helping hand, a kind word, or an attentive ear lifts us to levels unobtainable on our own. It’s vital to have a strong support system we can lean on and bounce ideas off of. Sometimes we really can’t see the forest for the trees and need the fresh glance from another perspective to help clarify situations for us. There are all kinds of […]
  • The 5 Signs of Change You’re Probably Ignoring

    ipeccoaching
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    We live in a world of change. We’re always transitioning. We’re always transforming. Hopefully, we’re doing it consciously by having a system that helps us when the old, undesirable patterns come back or we start to backslide or go in a direction that is not where we want to be. That sustainable performance system is something that’s going to help us understand how to view the setbacks that will occur. It helps us sort through the static and reminds us that a setback is nothing more than information. It doesn’t mean “I’m less of a person” or “I’m not adequate” […]
  • What Is Blocking You From Reaching Your Vision?

    ipeccoaching
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:29 am
    Having the vision of where you want to be is one thing. Having the confidence and commitment to reach your goals are often areas where we fall short. Ask yourself these questions: • In terms of confidence, ten being supremely confident, on a scale of one to ten, where are you? • In terms of commitment, ten being absolutely committed, where are you? Many times people will be committed, but they will not be confident. Other times they may be confident, but not fully committed. Why is that? If your commitment isn’t at a ten, you need to look for […]
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