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  • I get by with a little help from my.. strategic plan?

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    Improve the numbers
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I was recently at an event in the North Carolina mountains… and found myself driving a very curvy road late at night with white knuckles because I couldn’t see what was ahead. The next day I did the same drive in the daytime and it wasn’t at all stressful.. in fact it was a little exhilarating! I realized that being able to see a bit farther ahead (strategic planning anyone?) took a lot of the tension away because I could see where I was going. Making a plan, comparing to a plan, tossing the plan out and making a better plan provide structure (like a fence for my beautiful…
  • 5 Phrases that Make You Sound Ridiculous

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    Mike Figliuolo
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    “At the end of the day…” You sound ridiculous.  You just don’t know it. Word choice matters.  We spend countless hours in meetings with colleagues discussing big, important ideas.  We write hundreds of documents making our case for one initiative or another.  We write thousands of emails.  We give dozens of presentations.  And you know […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • A good day – EQ

    Professional Development
    Izzy Justice
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    In a recent conversation, a good friend of mine was sharing the details of her previous day. She said it was a day filled with all kinds of very different and unanticipated challenges – both on the personal and professional fronts. This was very different from her normal day. She was able to get through the day successfully but was totally exhausted. I told her she had a great day. My valuation of her day surprised her and she asked: How could that possibly be a great day?   From an EQ perspective, we all know there is a broad spectrum of emotions we can feel in any given day.
  • 10 Warning Signs Your Business is Out of Focus

    Profitable Growth
    Andy Birol
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer May 14, 2014 Your business strategy is crystal-clear, sharply-focused, and well-versed – or is it? Do your employees, customers, and vendors really know your core competencies? Are you certain everyone understands your plan to achieve your mission and vision? Click here to read more.  
  • 7 Lessons from my Informal Liberal Arts Education

    The Invisible Mentor
    Avil Beckford
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    7 Lessons from my Informal Liberal Arts Education 7 Lessons from my Informal Liberal Arts Education I am a couple of days away from starting the actual writing of my book based on my journey toward an informal liberal arts education. I am reading through my course notes, reflecting on them, jotting down my reactions, and making note of the lessons. I have taken 12 courses so far (not including the MOOCs I took earlier in the year such as Social Media for Journalists, and Storytelling for Change), and most of them are not the initial courses that I started off with. It is important to make…
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    WordPress Tag: Business Coaching

  • I get by with a little help from my.. strategic plan?

    Improve the numbers
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I was recently at an event in the North Carolina mountains… and found myself driving a very curvy road late at night with white knuckles because I couldn’t see what was ahead. The next day I did the same drive in the daytime and it wasn’t at all stressful.. in fact it was a little exhilarating! I realized that being able to see a bit farther ahead (strategic planning anyone?) took a lot of the tension away because I could see where I was going. Making a plan, comparing to a plan, tossing the plan out and making a better plan provide structure (like a fence for my beautiful…
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    1 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
  • BreakFree and Profit Business Strategy Session

    Loretta Morrison
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    THIS IS NOT A WEBINAR ATTENTION: COACHES AND SERVICED BASED ENTREPRENEURS!!! Hi There! I’m curious…w
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    Loretta Morrison
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    THIS IS NOT A WEBINAR!!!! ATTENTION: Coaches and Serviced Based Business Owners Good Morning Friends
  • The Truth About Feelings

    Jeff Youngs
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:25 pm
    “Feeling is what you get for thinking the way you do”. – Marilyn Vos Savant Author, coach and all-around wise man Steve Chandler forwarded that quote to me.  It really got me thinking.  (Which I was careful about…)  What are the “feelings” that are most useful to my business, and which feelings are detrimental to my business?  And what thoughts trigger those feelings? When I was younger, I knew a guy – I think we all knew this kind of guy – that won everything.  He was “good” at anything he tried.  I played him in air hockey once.  Now I was pretty good, I had a…
 
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  • 5 Phrases that Make You Sound Ridiculous

    Mike Figliuolo
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    “At the end of the day…” You sound ridiculous.  You just don’t know it. Word choice matters.  We spend countless hours in meetings with colleagues discussing big, important ideas.  We write hundreds of documents making our case for one initiative or another.  We write thousands of emails.  We give dozens of presentations.  And you know […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Tuning Up Your Strategy so the Wheels Don’t Fall Off

    Mike Figliuolo
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Rich Horwath, author of Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking (CLICK HERE to get your copy). We’ve all heard the phrase, “The wheels came off,” to describe a situation where things went bad. Meetings, projects and even relationships all have the potential for “the wheels to come off.” Ironically, […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • How clear is your organization’s mission and vision statement?

    Mike Figliuolo
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How clear is your organization’s mission and vision statement? - It’s crystal clear, simple and compelling: 43% - It’s generally clear but could be better worded: 25% - It’s full of meaningless buzzwords or we simply don’t have one: 21% - It’s not clear and it’s hard to rally behind: […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Deliver Your Technical Message with a Human Voice

    Mike Figliuolo
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today’s post is by Frank Pietrucha, thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of Supercommunicator (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Who would you rather watch deliver a presentation on Youtube: Steve Jobs or Bill Gates? Most likely you’ll pick Steve Jobs. The late co-founder of Apple had a magical touch in discussing technology in a friendly, accessible […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Business Execution Lessons from the Kitchen

    Mike Figliuolo
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Patrick Stroh, author of Business Strategy; Plan, Execute, Win! (CLICK HERE to get your copy). After 20 plus years of life in corporate America, it was time for a bit of a sabbatical. Or maybe better said, it was time to knock some stuff off my bucket list. You know, that […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
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    Professional Development

  • A good day – EQ

    Izzy Justice
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    In a recent conversation, a good friend of mine was sharing the details of her previous day. She said it was a day filled with all kinds of very different and unanticipated challenges – both on the personal and professional fronts. This was very different from her normal day. She was able to get through the day successfully but was totally exhausted. I told her she had a great day. My valuation of her day surprised her and she asked: How could that possibly be a great day?   From an EQ perspective, we all know there is a broad spectrum of emotions we can feel in any given day.
  • Seeking Clarity vs Advice

    Izzy Justice
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    There is a difference between seeking clarity and seeking advice. Both are invaluable exercises in critical thinking and the decision-making process. Some of the distinctions are obvious. We seek advice from parents, friends, coaches, attorneys, and consultants for example. They tell us what to do. We also seek clarity from the same folks as a precusor to the advice. In the personal develpment space, and especially in the context of important relationships we have personally and professionally, the lines get blurred quite a good bit. It often is the case that in this context, many skip the…
  • How to be better…

    Izzy Justice
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:46 am
    For some reason, when I ask younger professionals what they need to do to be better, they can quickly provide an exhaustive list. This is to their credit. For folks over 40 or so, the response to the same question becomes challenging. People tend to take longer to respond, their lists are much shorter, and their desire to actually be better seems far less than their junior counterparts. Why is this? Is it possible that there just is not that much to learn after 40? Or is it because after 40, it is just too hard to either learn new stuff or to let go of older stuff you know you need…
  • Father’s Day

    Izzy Justice
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:12 am
    As an executive coach, I have had the great privilege to work with amazing leaders across the world from all walks of life. Regrettably, many of them do not have healthy relationships with their children. My mantra has always been that success in one dimension of life that occurs at the expense of another is not success. Sunday is Father’s Day. If you are a father, then it is a day spent reflecting on both your Dad as well as your children. The “reflection” can be emotional, and the memories of both are often regarding experiences where signature emotions occurred – both positive and…
  • Creativity Barriers

    Izzy Justice
    27 May 2014 | 8:27 am
    I recently worked with a group of leaders on innovation in their company. The starting point was discussing why it is so hard to be creative at work? If people in general are not creative and problem-solvers, then that is one thing. But given the access to knowledge we all have now, it is hard to find people who have a need in their personal lives and with a few minutes of clicking, cannot find a creative solution to their problem. Since most of us are very creative and resourceful, then something must happen in the workplace that stifles innovation. If you agree with this, then innovation…
 
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  • 10 Warning Signs Your Business is Out of Focus

    Andy Birol
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer May 14, 2014 Your business strategy is crystal-clear, sharply-focused, and well-versed – or is it? Do your employees, customers, and vendors really know your core competencies? Are you certain everyone understands your plan to achieve your mission and vision? Click here to read more.  
  • How to find a banker who adds value to your business

    Andy Birol
    25 May 2014 | 7:28 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer May 20, 2014 As long as capitalism survives in the United States, there will be bankers and business owners. Whatever the stage of the business cycle, one will need the other more. If bankers are lending freely, there’s a good chance owners don’t need to borrow (and the reverse is true). Click here to read more.                
  • Why your company should avoid venture capital

    Andy Birol
    25 May 2014 | 7:21 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer April 7, 2014 You need capital for your company to grow, but you may want to reconsider venture capital. The basic problem with partnering with venture capitalists is that their need to earn quick, big returns conflicts with your goal of building your business. Growing a company’s customer base rarely enriches a venture capitalist as much as the next round of investors. Click here to read more.
  • 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.
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    The Invisible Mentor

  • 7 Lessons from my Informal Liberal Arts Education

    Avil Beckford
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    7 Lessons from my Informal Liberal Arts Education 7 Lessons from my Informal Liberal Arts Education I am a couple of days away from starting the actual writing of my book based on my journey toward an informal liberal arts education. I am reading through my course notes, reflecting on them, jotting down my reactions, and making note of the lessons. I have taken 12 courses so far (not including the MOOCs I took earlier in the year such as Social Media for Journalists, and Storytelling for Change), and most of them are not the initial courses that I started off with. It is important to make…
  • Why read, what to read, and Teddy Roosevelt

    Avil Beckford
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Why read, what to read, and Teddy Roosevelt Why Read Books? Reading well written books expands your vocabulary, gives you a pool of ideas to draw from, makes you a better writer, and gives your brain an intellectual workout. If you conducted an internet search on the benefits of reading, you will find that there isn’t a shortage of valid reasons for reading books. I have also written on the topic, but today, I am writing about why I read books. By the number of book reviews on this blog, anyone can tell that I love to read, but why do I read so much, when there is so much to keep…
  • Pay Your Taxes – George Fraser, Summer Series Interviews

    Avil Beckford
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Pay Your Taxes – George Fraser, Summer Series Interview Pay Your Taxes – George Fraser, Summer Series Interview I decided that for the months of  July and August, each week, I will take one of the interviews from my book,  Tales of People Who Get It, and post it on the blog so that you may learn from some of the interviewees. This week we feature George Fraser, who didn’t pay his taxes on time, so the government placed a lien on all his funds. I learn something valuable from each interview I conduct, however,  some words of wisdom from George Fraser gave me what I needed to…
  • The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio – Book Review

    Avil Beckford
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio – Book Review Every week, I come across an article talking about the importance of including images in your blog posts to increase traffic. For centuries, images have played a major role in societies and cultures. For instance, in archaeology, signs and symbols give us insights into what life was like in the past, and they are used to express ideas. We have heard it so many times, that we now know that great visuals that complement written text make for very powerful storytelling. However, many of the people who are…
  • Leading Women toward Self-Sufficiency, Anthea Rossouw – Summer Interview Series

    Avil Beckford
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Leading Women toward Self-Sufficiency, Anthea Rossouw – Summer Interview Series Last week, I decided that for the months of  July and August, each week, I will take one of the interviews from my book,  Tales of People Who Get It, and post it on the blog so that you may learn from some of the interviewees. This week we feature Anthea Rossouw who developed a program to help South African women to become economically self-sufficient. Although interviewees may be doing different things now, their words still hold the wisdom they did seven years ago. I am calling the eight interviews, the…
 
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    Rebel Brown

  • Why Following a Standard Sales Process is Like Putting a Square Peg in a Round Hole

    rebel brown
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    We’ve all been taught that standard sales processes are key to great sales.  Heck, over two plus decades of consulting, I’ve created hundreds of those standard sales approaches. I thought they were critical for my clients’ success. Today, I  understand why they just don’t work. Here’s what neuroscience taught me. Standard sales processes are designed to communicate the way we prefer to communicate, to share what we think is important, in the order and manner that we think works. We’re designing what we think works. Neuroscience has now proven that every…
  • How Neuroscience Empowers HR and Leaders to Tackle Turnover

    rebel brown
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    We all know that employee turnover is costly.  We lose valuable knowledge and skills even as we pay to recruit, hire and train replacements.  New estimates show that turnover results in costs that exceed 150% of the employee’s salary. That’s a big number in any business. Turnover results from  a resignation or a firing. In the former, we’re facing an employee who is disengaged, demotivated and dissatisfied enough to leave the business. All too often, “problem” employees are facing the same issues, demonstrated as poor productivity and results. Why Traditional…
  • 3 Ways to Shift from Idle to Ideal

    rebel brown
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    We’ve all heard that “idle minds are the devil’s workshop.” A recent discovery in neuroscience  demonstrated what happens with our idle minds. It looks like the old saying is, well, kinda true. Here’s the quick scoop: In a study at the University of Virginia, subjects were placed alone in rooms and told to sit still and do nothing but think – for a time ranging from  6 to 15 minutes. Simple right? Prior to the idle time, they were each given a mild electric shock, then told they could shock themselves during their idle time if they wanted. By the way, the…
  • 3 Steps to Impossible Dreams and Breakout Innovation

    rebel brown
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    I spent a day last week at the Arizona Biotech Conference, sharing and learning about the amazing industry that’s forming in Arizona.  Who know that the #1 biotech IPO for 2013 was an Arizona firm?  I surely didn’t. I had the chance to see an approved synthetic heart (yep,we can all forget the Russian roulette of  that transplant list now.)  I say a new pacemaker/ defibrillator that is smaller than a stint as well as new monitoring devices that can be injected in a vein. Talk about micro! I was surrounded by breakout innovation. What a powerful experience and opportunity to…
  • 3 Ways to Ditch Your AutoPilot

    rebel brown
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:22 am
    We’ve all done it – packed up everything we own to head into a new place; new home, new locale, new friends and faces. I recently did just that – moving to my new ranch in Arizona. Along the way, I had lots of giggles over simple little habits that are programmed into my mindware.  Habits I didn’t even know I possessed, until I had to change them. Silly things really, yet each point to the power of our unconscious habits to pt us all on autopilot. My garbage can was under the right side of the sink in my last home. Here it’s on the left side. Thanks to that lil…
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  • What is Group Coaching? How Do You Develop It? (Part 2 of 2) by Carter McNamara

    Carter McNamara
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    In Part 1, we described group coaching, starting with a description of coaching and then group coaching.  We also listed many powerful applications of group coaching. Basic Considerations in Designing Group Coaching It is very important to customize the design of group coaching to the specific way that you want to use it.  There are many considerations to be made during the design.  For example: What is the primary purpose of the groups? Who will be in the groups? Will they be from the same organization or different? Will each work on the same topic or each work on different? How will they…
  • Extensive, Free, Practical Online Resources for Action Learners, Facilitators and Coaches by Carter McNamara

    Carter McNamara
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    (The aim of this blog has always been to provide highly practical guidelines, tools and techniques for all types of Action Learners and coaches.   Here are links to some of the world’s largest collections of free, well-organized resources for practitioners in both fields.) The Action Learning framework and the field of personal and professional coaching both focus on personal, professional and organizational development, especially by including thoughtful questions among participants to clarify current priorities, select relevant strategies to address them, and take realistic actions…
  • What is Group Coaching? How Do You Develop It ? (Part 1 of 2) by Carter McNamara

    Carter McNamara
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    (In this Part 1 of 2, we will describe group coaching.  In Part 2, we will describe some basic considerations in developing a group coaching application.) Group coaching is used much more often now because it often can achieve more impact, more quickly and at lower cost. Group coaching leverages the untapped wisdom, support and networking among clients, employees and peers.  But what do we mean by “group coaching”? First, What is Coaching? The International Coach Federation has a definition for personal and professional coaching that is widely accepted: “… coaching…
  • Action Learning Certification — There is No Independent Certifying Body (Should There Be?) by Carter McNamara

    Carter McNamara
    23 May 2014 | 11:52 am
    I started my first Action Learning groups in the early 1980s. I’ve networked with Action Learning researchers, educators and practitioners, in addition to fielding many calls about Action Learning. There seems to be a mistaken impression that there already is an independent organization that grants Action Learning certification for the field of Action Learning.  Actually, there is not — and that should not confuse current and new Action Learners. Increasing Need for Independent Action Learning Certification Organization? I believe there is a strong need for an independent…
  • Many Faces of Action Learning: A Key to Learning from Experience by Chuck Appleby, PhD

    Chuck Appleby, PhD
    21 Oct 2013 | 9:46 am
    Need for Flexible Approaches to Action Learning My hope is that Action Learning practitioners throughout the world will fully embrace the passion for discovery and active experimentation—the pillars on which our practice is built.  Both are essential factors in adapting Action Learning to the evolving needs of our clients.  My purpose as an Action Learning educator and practitioner is to encourage the importance of a flexible approach to the practice of Action Learning, and to suggest the need to adapt our practices to the evolving challenges and opportunities our clients are facing. …
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  • Book Review: “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl

    Jim Clemmer
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I often find biographies of accomplished leaders or thought pioneers inspiring and instructive. Having read the Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl’s, classic book, Man’s Search for Meaning years ago I recently came across his autobiography Viktor Frankl Recollections. I enjoyed reading about his story and it drew me back to reread Man’s Search for Meaning. Meaning is far more inspiring and relevant than his meandering, disconnected, and poorly written autobiography. Maybe something was lost in translation. The first part of Man’s Search for Meaning…
  • Is your Leadership Audio in Sync with Your Video?

    Jim Clemmer
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s really annoying to watch a video with the audio slightly out of sync. Too often this is what people see from their leaders in matching their behaviors to their bold proclaimed core values. Here are a few examples of how leaders in extraordinary organizations ensure they’re role models of the organization’s values: The CEO of a contact lens manufacturer begins each executive team meeting with a report from each executive on what they have personally done to advance the service/quality improvement effort in the past two weeks.  This includes such activities as senior…
  • An Hilarious Illustration of How Perceptions of Fairness and Equality Are Relative

    Jim Clemmer
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As part of a larger culture development effort, we’ve worked with dozens of executive teams over the years to articulate or revise their core values. An almost universal core value is some variation of respect, integrity, or equality, or fairness. Whether our espoused or aspirational values become the real or lived values to everyone inside an organization is all about perception. That’s especially true with equality or fairness. How does the individual or team feel they’re dealt with relative to how others are treated is the critical question. So I might be perfectly fine…
  • Talent Management and Global Leadership Development

    Jim Clemmer
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Talent Management including succession planning, developing high potentials, and attracting and retaining top people is now a critical issue. During the financial crisis and economic downturn of the last few years organizations slowed or stopped leadership development. As executives now face a wave of retiring Baby Boomers and take a longer term view, “leadership bench strength” has become a choking constraint to organizational growth. We’ve recently published a Zenger Folkman white paper on Global Leadership Development. The paper reports on one of our studies on the topic that looked…
  • Coaching and Feedback are Vital to Continuous Improvement

    Jim Clemmer
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There’s an old story about a man walking into a drugstore to use the pay phone: “Hello, ABC Company, sometime ago you had an opening for an operations manager.  Is the position still available?”  After a slight pause, he continued: “Oh, you have.  Six months ago, huh?  How’s he working out?” A somewhat longer pause. “I see.  Well, thank you. ‘Bye.”  The druggist, having overhead the conversation said in sympathy; “I am sorry you couldn’t go after that job.”  The man, surprised, turned and said; “Oh, I’m…
 
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  • How to make iPhone & Smartphone Life Coaching Videos

    Nicole Schneider
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    So you are a life coach on a low budget and you wish to gain exposure through life coaching videos? But you don’t have expensive equipment, just an iPhone or a Smartphone? You may even lack editing software, and skills. And since Youtube is the second biggest search engine, and videos are a lot more popular on social media these days than blog posts will ever be.  Now what? It may surprise you, but when I hired a professional videographer he (next to a regular camera) also used his iPhone. And in the final results, I can’t tell which video was taped with the iPhone! I had to learn by…
  • NLP Techniques for Motivation: Video

    Nicole Schneider
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    This video gives a few simple NLP techniques based on the same tool. I explained it in the framework of exercise, but it can be easily used in many other contexts. Click here to view the embedded video. These NLP techniques can be quickly applied, and easily be combined with other tools you have learned inside your NLP training. For example anchoring, submodalities, perceptual positions to name a few.   The post NLP Techniques for Motivation: Video appeared first on Global NLP Training Blog.
  • NLP: Presenting in the Big Picture or the Details?

    Nicole Schneider
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    In NLP Master Practitioner, I teach one of my favorite “speed reading” tools, the meta programs. Though it initially took some practice and time to start using all of them, once I did know them all and could both consciously as well as unconsciously apply them, a whole new world opened up for me. It’s my special Jedi sword. In presenting information or teaching NLP or life coaching, I always like to know how people prefer information to be presented to them. And I listen for how they present information to me. I ask myself the question: do they present the big picture or the details? Or…
  • NLP Questions: Are Your Personal Rules Limiting You?

    Nicole Schneider
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Have you ever noticed that we set rules for ourselves that do not apply to everyone else? Perhaps a parent instilled them, we respond to a series of feedback from failure, or perhaps simply we are living true to our own values. Sometimes we set rules for ourselves that harm us, suck an enormous amount of time, cause stress, or prevent us from being happy. Here are a few simple questions you can ask yourself about the validity and benefits of your rules. 1. Who specifically determined the rule? You or someone else, such as a parent? Where does the rule come from? 2. What values and beliefs do…
  • 4 Easy Ways to Beat Test Anxiety Using NLP

    Nicole Schneider
    21 Jun 2014 | 3:41 am
    We are often asked questions about how someone can beat test anxiety using NLP! Test anxiety is very common in both adults as well as children. What would life be like, if this very important test is about to be there. Let’s say the outcome of passing the test will allow you to change your life for the positive, and/or allow your dream to come true. But there you are, and the test anxiety at the moment reigns supreme and rears its ugly head. You stand frozen, sweating like a cat in a Korean Deli (no offense to Koreans,) you have forgotten everything your yoga teacher said about breathing.
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    Innovation Speaker

  • The Eureka Moment of Ideas & Idea Management

    Robert Brands
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
     Idea management is the second of critical processes of Robert’s Rules of Innovation and is essential in Innovation and New Product Development (NPD). It is really important to fill the innovation... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • How Does Your Company Match Up to the GE Innovation Barometer?

    Robert Brands
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The GE Global Innovation Barometer conducts annual surveys to put a finger on the pulse of innovation around the world. The survey was conducted earlier this year with over 3,200 high level business... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Risk is an Imperative for Sustainable Innovation

    Robert Brands
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
      Over five thousand failures for just one success:  When Thomas Edison discovered the light bulb it took him 5999 tries to get it right.  Edison is quoted as saying, “Every wrong attempt... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Chief Customer Officers – Bob Thompson

    Robert Brands
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chief Customer Officers: It’s Time to Build a Voice of Customer Command Center Like Innovation and being the “Chief Innovation Officer”, the CEO has to be focused on many elements... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Manage Innovation to Drive Value Creation

    Robert Brands
    27 May 2014 | 5:55 am
    The fundamental purpose of Innovation is to create value that translates into enhanced stakeholder/shareholder value. Sustainable process-driven innovation transforms ideas into vital intellectual... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Corporate Class Inc.

  • Tips for Healing a Bruised Reputation

    Diane Craig
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Your reputation follows you wherever you go. No matter how many paths you take or career changes you make, you will always have the same reputation. As such, it is so important that you constantly work to build an excellent one. Of course, life is also full of mistakes and learning can be a process of trial-and-error. Along the way, you might find your reputation in need of repair. Here are a few tips to care for your reputation throughout your career – whether or not you need to fix a mistake. The best medicine is preventive medicine. Just as staying active and eating a healthy diet can…
  • Tips for Maintaining Grace Under Fire

    Diane Craig
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Gravitas, one of the three core pillars of Executive Presence, is not a single trait but a combination of many characteristics. Among them, confidence, decisiveness, reputation and vision are key. Another indispensible element of gravitas? The ability to maintain calm and collected under intense pressure – otherwise known as “grace under fire.” Like any feature of Executive Presence, the ability to demonstrate grace under fire is not a given trait. It must be learned and practiced. Staying focused and maintaining a cool head under pressure is certainly not easy – and those such as…
  • Dining Etiquette in the Age of Food Selfies

    Diane Craig
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mobile etiquette is now an integral part of etiquette training, especially when it comes to the presence of cell phones at the dining table. And as technology constantly evolves, discussions about its appropriate use must keep up. This week’s blog post, then, addresses one of the more recent yet wildly popular mobile trends: food selfies. Photograph: Ana Arevalo/AFP/Getty Images The other day, I was dining at a fine restaurant as part of Toronto’s Summerlicious festival. I couldn’t help but notice the behaviour of the couple at the table next to me. When each course of their…
  • How does your Executive Presence measure up?

    Diane Craig
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Do you want to enhance your Executive Presence, but have no idea where to start? Do you have trouble determining your areas for improvement or knowing how others perceive you? It can be difficult to understand the strengths and limits of your own Executive Presence without knowing the right questions to ask yourself. Luckily, we have developed some tools that can help you to determine exactly where you stand. Evaluate your Reputation Capital In business, your reputation is one of your most valuable assets and you must work constantly to build and improve it. Your reputation follows you…
  • Recharge Your Batteries to Maximize Your Presence

    Diane Craig
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:27 am
    Your phone, tablet and laptop are not the only things that need to be recharged on a regular basis. So do you! Whether you need a burst of energy in the middle of the day or need to envision your career path with a revitalized point of view, there are several strategies that can help you find the drive you need to meet your professional goals. All professionals need to dedicate time and thought toward recharging. A tired, unmotivated individual cannot project a high level of Executive Presence or put forth the most positive and enthusiastic image possible. These qualities will enable success…
 
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    Team Building - Corporate Team Building Tips & Strategies

  • Fake Slum for “Team Building” in Very Poor Taste

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    As I scrolled through my tweets, I caught something out of the corner of my eye. I figured I wasn't seeing properly so I scrolled back. Sure enough, a website is advertising a shanty town as a venue for weddings and team building. Does this strike anyone else as being in extremely poor taste?
  • Team Building is not a Meeting Plus a Social Event

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:45 am
    I've been noticing a trend for some time that is becoming so common that it will soon be the order of the day. All too often the meeting + social activity scenario is yet another example of the trends towards substituting recreational activities for real team building. It's yet another sign that executives are missing the mark for team building.
  • 9 Tips for Facilitating Small Team Building Retreats

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    29 May 2014 | 8:33 pm
    We've fine-tuned a number of strategies to ensure that participants and their organizations get full benefit. Here are some strategies that are highly effective with groups of 6 - 25 participants.
  • Is there value in extreme team building?

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I have addressed the topics of frivolous team building and extreme team building a number of time in this blog and on other blogs.  I thought it was important to devote some more quality time to the issue.
  • 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.
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    Content for Coaches and Consultants

  • Power Communications: Master the Unconscious

    Patsi Krakoff
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Most communication is unconscious. You may think you’re delivering clear and consistent messages based on your words, but unconscious nonverbal behaviors are key to communicating with power. Evolution has given our unconscious minds the ability to handle most incoming cues automatically and rapidly, thus freeing our conscious minds to make complex decisions. Much of this activity occurs instantaneously, nonverbally and unconsciously. Without the participation of your unconscious mind, you’d react too slowly to avoid danger, would have a hard time relating to others and would be unable to…
  • Time Management: Get Rid of Brain Clutter

    Patsi Krakoff
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Better time management isn’t the only solution to feeling overwhelmed. You may have a case of “brain clutter.” When you’re feeling stressed and unproductive, your first instinct might be to look for a better system: A better system to manage your time A better system to manage your projects A better system to manage your life Before you blame the system, first check to see if you have excessive mental friction and brain clutter. As Brigid Schulte explains in her book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, “Getting a handle on overwhelm was not just about…
  • Toxic Leadership: A New Look at Solutions

    Patsi Krakoff
    21 Jun 2014 | 11:16 am
    “Toxic leaders cast their spell broadly. Most of us claim we abhor them. Yet we frequently follow — or at least tolerate — them.” ~ Jean Lipman-Blumen, The Allure of Toxic Leaders (Oxford University Press, 2004) Much has been written about toxic leaders with psychopathic traits and narcissistic personality disorders. Bad leaders leave a trail of diminishing returns, ruined reputations, failed products, employee litigation and disheartened staffs. But applying labels doesn’t solve any problems. Leadership is relationship-driven, and organizational toxicity involves all levels—from…
  • Shift Your Mindset: Choose “Thrive” Instead of “Survive”

    Patsi Krakoff
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    Do you ever wonder why some very smart people don’t live up to their potential? Maybe even you are included in this category. It may come down to mindset. Mindset is “an established set of attitudes held by someone,” says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turns out, however, that a set of attitudes needn’t be so set, according to Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford. Dweck proposes in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, (2006) that everyone has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. According to Dweck, we have the power to shift our mindset from one that barely…
  • Driven to Lead: What Makes People Tick

    Patsi Krakoff
    25 May 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Leadership is about relationships with others. You cannot lead without understanding the innate drives that are essential to human development and survival. “Our understanding of leadership can be no better than our understanding of what makes humans, all humans, tick—what are the ultimate motivators of our behavior.” ~ Warren Bennis Decades of research have given us numerous theories about drive and motivation, to include: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization) Intrinsic and extrinsic motivators (inner satisfaction and…
 
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    The CEO Challenge

  • Why Do CEOs Hire People Backwards?

    Rick McPartlin
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    CEOs have two choices in hiring: CEOs can search for great people and then create motivation, alignment and profits – BACKWARDS!!!! CEOs can hire passionate, motivated and aligned people who are chasing the CEO’s bus because those people already on the bus are excited, charged with energy, and aligned to a revenue strategy, which is achieving profitable growth based on an aligned True North. Guess what Apple, Disney and Harley do? At these companies, the employees are there to achieve the shared True North (WHY, Dream, Vision, etc.) as a member of a committed team.  There is a deployable…
  • Digital Marketing Agencies: If they aren’t in the Marketing Business, What Business are they in?

    Rick McPartlin
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    SEO, Keywords, Clicks, Views, Email Campaign, Brand Image, Community, Cloud, Web Presence, Mobile, Apps and all those other words are things you pay a Digital Marketing Agency to do for you.  They must be about better lead generation or shorter sales cycles, or higher margins, right? Maybe!?! The most famous quote about marketing and advertising comes from John Wanamaker: "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.” How does that apply to “Digital” Marketing? Or, is what we call “Digital” marketing at all? So many different things are…
  • Revenue Generation: Lessons from the Phone Booth Wall

    Rick McPartlin
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Before there were cell phones, I lived in a college dorm and had to make all my phone calls from a pay phone booth on my floor. Teenage guys are not likely to win awards for organization. So when they were on the phone and needed to make a note, they would borrow a pencil and write on the wall. Most of the information on the wall was of no use to anyone other than the person who wrote it. I had no use for the zip code of my wall mate’s grandparents or the office hours of the dean in the Physics Department. However, there was lifesaving information (about 3 things) hidden on the wall for all…
  • Why Good Luck is the Enemy for Long-Term Profitable Revenue

    Rick McPartlin
    28 May 2014 | 8:37 am
    Sales are up, I have more employees every month, profits are growing, my bank likes me...how can things get any better? This is the business equivalent of being 22 years old, feeling great, being able to eat or drink anything, looking trim, feeling healthy, having a great job, and a full social life. Fast forward and the story changes: being in the right place at the right time does not a future make or, more accurately, not a great future make. We all know classmates who were on top of the world at 22, but at the 20 year reunion have physical challenges and are hoping to find that job to get…
  • Set Your Compass, Share Your True North, Takeoff & Don’t Look Back!

    Rick McPartlin
    21 May 2014 | 10:15 am
    What would happen if you picked a point on your “business compass” and you were passionate about arriving there? It would be clear who you would hire, who your partners would be, and most importantly, who your ideal customers would be. If your organizational behavior was aligned to your “business compass point” – let’s call it True North - you could stop looking for the best employees, partners and customers because their GPS would have your compass point programed to experience your passion. Now, let’s set your True North so your GPS point will be clear to all. To do that,…
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    Greater Revelations Christian Life Coaching

  • Is It Just Me!!

    greaterrevelationschristianlifecoaching
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    It seems to me when we want to walk in the power of God when it comes to miracles signs and wonders people have an issue with it but the word is clear what a true believer does so why in the 21st century believers have a problem with walking in what Jesus has made available to every believer I pray that God will send the ladder rain and a out pouring of his spirit breaks out in our country starting with me
  • Eyes Opened

    greaterrevelationschristianlifecoaching
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
  • Let The Prophet Speak

    greaterrevelationschristianlifecoaching
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good
  • Christian Life Coaching

    greaterrevelationschristianlifecoaching
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Would you pay for someone to be your christian life Coach and how much would you be willing to pay comments please
  • Jesus Meant To!!

    greaterrevelationschristianlifecoaching
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
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    Grove Hill Coaching

  • I’m Dreaming Of…

    Jason
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Twice a week I teach by the Science Park in Granada and have to walk through the ongoing works that should one day transform itself into part of the city’s potentially… more
  • What Do You Stand For?

    Jason
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    If you’re setting up your own business, working for somebody else, writing a book, creating your own art or whatever it may be, what do you want to say that… more
  • There’s Only One Way To Groundhog Day

    Jason
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    My wife and I recently hired a car to have a weekend break and we had a lovely few days driving around Ronda in the south of Spain. We’re lucky… more
  • Leave The Door Open

    Jason
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A  friend of mine recently told me how she had been on a tantric meditation course. To be honest, I had no idea what this involved and then I realised that my… more
  • Once In Every Lifetime…

    Jason
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:19 am
      This isn’t my usual kind of post but I felt compelled to write something as I have just read in the news that Rik Mayall has died. Maybe to… more
 
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    People Management Consulting

  • 10 Tips to Prevent Your Social Media from Ruining Your Career Growth

    Cecil Wampler
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    We see it all the time. A person says something on Facebook or Twitter and they get themselves into trouble. You might watch what you say, but you can still get led into trouble. What types of photos do you have online? What photos have others tagged you in? These are all new concerns for people who are trying to move up in their company or looking for a new job. Recruiters and hiring managers are usually going to Google your name and see what types of information comes up. More than likely, they will check out your social media and see what you’re up to away from work. It seems like an…
  • Things Managers Should Never Say

    Cecil Wampler
    21 Jun 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I read an article a few days ago that had a list of things employees should never say. It was things like “This is not part of my job” or “I can’t do it.” It made me immediately think of the things managers should never say to employees. The ways that words are used and chosen in the workplace defines the direction and culture of the organization and the type of leadership in place within the organization. If a manager is reporting on the great work of an employee, she might say “John took over this task last April and has created wonderful results for us this past year.” Now…
  • Ten Reasons You Don’t Have Your Dream Job

    Cecil Wampler
    7 Jun 2014 | 12:55 am
    Assuming you’re not an heir to a billion-dollar fortune or a lottery winner, most of us have to work for a living. I’ve always enjoying working, but I never liked having a boss. I think most people would like to be appreciated at work and do what they enjoy doing. If they have a manager who recognizes their talent and achievements, it gets even better. The final goal is to get the dream job. The job you’ve set your goals on for a long time. If you’re just getting started, you might just want to get a foot in the door. If you’re a seasoned staffer, you’re ready for the next big…
  • The General and the 13 Rules of Leadership

    Cecil Wampler
    19 May 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Sometimes managers try to deal with their people like they handle normal work issues. They deal with their people issues very logically and by the book. People are more complex than this, but managers get around these complexities by making the decisions using the rules that are in place or their own logic. It reminds me of Mr. Spock from the old Star Trek series. Spock was always logical in his decisions and never considered the emotions of those around him. This often caused problems for him when he was in charge due to his lack of connection with his people. While he made excellent…
  • Strategic Management: From Vision to Reality

    Cecil Wampler
    9 May 2014 | 6:25 am
    Strategic management seems like a difficult process. In its simplest form, it just means the company has chosen a strategy to follow and the strategy will be carried out through strategic management. To say we have chosen a strategy is quite a commitment. Of all of the ways to do things, one method has been chosen and a specific path has been decided. The company is now on a clear, concise path to what it hopes will be a successful future. Getting to that point requires some work. I’ll discuss some of the steps to successfully carrying out a strategy in your business. 1) Strategic vision-…
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    Coaching Excellence

  • Six Ways To Shorten Your “To Do” List

    ipeccoaching
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    We live in a busy world that can, at times, be challenging to keep all our ducks in a row. There are work commitments and deadlines that we need to stay on top of. There are family responsibilities that have to be met and social activities we need to attend. Sometimes it feels like there really aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. With all the tasks and errands we need to fit in, “To Do” lists aid in prioritizing and keeping a sense of order. Like anything else, the more you practice, the better you usually […]
  • Don’t Miss The Spectacle!

    ipeccoaching
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Last weekend the family and I were out at my sister-in-law’s place for a day of barbecuing and relaxing by their pool. They live in Hunterdon County, New Jersey so it’s pretty rural. It’s always a fun time and the kids love having a sleepover at their aunt’s house. A nice perk is after we put them down for the night we hang out and share some time with just the grown-ups. After a day in the pool with a bunch of kids, it’s a well-earned treat. After tucking in my daughter, I returned poolside while my wife stayed inside […]
  • The Reality Is…Do What You Love

    ipeccoaching
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    I have a job that I absolutely love. Call it fate. Call it luck. Call it fortune or karma or whatever you’d like to call it. I’m where I want to be. I have the right skills for the position. I work really hard – though most of the time I honestly don’t think of it as “work.” I still have goals and ambitions that keep the fire lit, because we always need to be looking and moving forward. I can’t imagine doing anything else. That is reality. Since I’m involved in coaching, I get to meet a wide range […]
  • Unplug and Go

    ipeccoaching
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Americans work more than their European counterparts. Fewer people in the U.S. are working traditional 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM hours; even if that is what they are hired to do. The virtual office has taken over our lives and, for some, makes it impossible to unplug and go. According to a study from the Huffington Post, nearly half of the salaried employees surveyed felt pressure to continue working during the evening, over the weekend, and on vacation. The study also concluded that for the typical American worker: • 3 in 4 are stressed about their jobs • 1 in […]
  • Ready, Aim, Focus!

    ipeccoaching
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:22 am
    I’m frequently amazed how, at times, a few words can sum up so much. I came across this anonymous quote recently, “A person who aims at nothing is sure to hit it.” Pretty simple sounding, right? No real great message here. Perhaps, at first glance, it’s even a bit trite. Something you might see on a motivational poster over an archery picture. I get it…have goals. Nice. Okay, moving on. Ah, but, there is so much more to it. At least I think so. Let’s see if you agree. When we talk about “aim” what I think of is “focus.” […]
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    Nerd-to-English

  • Conformity is the Modern Cowardice

    Glenn S. Phillips
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    We don't run away from a fight, we pretend there are no more fights, or that fights are for others. It is the modern cowardice. The post Conformity is the Modern Cowardice appeared first on Nerd-to-English.
  • The Danger Of Gaming Your Message

    Glenn S. Phillips
    14 May 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The woman sounded so genuine and her boss could not wait to meet me The post The Danger Of Gaming Your Message appeared first on Nerd-to-English.
  • We Killed The Statesman

    Glenn S. Phillips
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Politicians rule, statesmen are gone, and we are no better. The post We Killed The Statesman appeared first on Nerd-to-English.
  • Stop Faking Buy-In

    Glenn S. Phillips
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Committing to the cause is more than just a verbal pledge or clicking "Like" The post Stop Faking Buy-In appeared first on Nerd-to-English.
  • Motivated Incompetence

    Glenn S. Phillips
    4 Feb 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Motivation without training and experience can inspire people to do their job wrong even faster! The post Motivated Incompetence appeared first on Nerd-to-English.
 
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