Grind it Out

This week the PyeongChang Olympics have the Canadian Women’s Curling Team facing challenges we, as Canadians, are not used to seeing.   Skip Homan and her team lost their first three games and then began to turn things around.  In contrast, the Men’s team, skipped by Koe, won 4-straight before a losing skid.

To help add some support and words of encouragement, Mike Babcock, former Team Canada Coach for Men’s Hockey in Vancouver and Sochi phoned the women curlers.

 

What we do and what they do is exactly the same thing. The ability to execute under pressure is so important. You think it’s going to go good and it doesn’t go good. You have to find a way to grind.

I always tell people the difference between good and great is your passion and your ability to stick with it. Keep grinding. To me that’s what champs do.

As business leaders, Babcock’s words are wise ones for us to follow as well.  How many times have you faced obstacles in your business?  In my 25 years, I have weathered the economic ups and downs, shifts in client demands, lost revenue due to extended medical leave and more.  Yet, no matter what situation seems to step in my way I find a way to grind it out and come out better and stronger.

As an Executive Coach, I am often asked to work with business leaders to tap their true potential so they too can grind through adversity.  The advantage of working with me, is the ability to look at situations with different perspectives, run scenarios and optimize the solutions.   Together we become a team with a goal and the passion and determination to overcome the challenge and create a new outcome.

As Michael Jordon once said:

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.         

Michael Jordan

The one thing we know is that Olympians have worked long and hard, navigated large and small obstacles and rise above them to be the best they can be.  Most importantly they haven’t faced these challenges alone.  They have a team surrounding them — coaches, family, friends, team mates and supporters.

In business, our own success requires we face adversity with the same dedication and persistence to learn, grow and deliver on our goals.  It also requires us to create a team that is there to support us, work with us and teach us.  The route we take to get there may have to be adjusted or take a little longer, yet dedication and perseverance and a strong team can be the difference maker.

By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.   

Christopher Columbus

 

Executive Coaching offers leaders the ability to add to their support team.  In fact, an Executive Coach can assist you in fostering better performance so you grow, learn and lead effectively.  It can also help you develop high-performers on your team.   Book a call to explore how we can assist you and your team.

When Teams are Fractured

This past week has been an interesting case study on the impact of team dynamics on the ability of that team’s ability to achieve optimum outcomes.

I was speaking with a potential client on the challenges they are facing.  What bubbled to the surface was high turnover, poor communication, and a lack of perceived value in what they do.  From the outside, this group offers amazing value that has the potential to have a significant impact throughout the organization and beyond yet internally they lack the culture to clearly recognize and reveal their value.  This results in fractures between the team.

Later in the week I heard a discussion on the radio in response to two statements made by members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.  When some players dedicate themselves to a solid preparation routine and others don’t, performance suffers and cracks show.

What do you think?   Is there a real connection  between the ability of a team to work toward a common goal and preparation, communication and perceived value?

My response to this question is definitely YES.

Preparation is a critical component to long term success.  In the case of athletes, they create routines for practice days as well as competition/game days.  These routines prepare them to be in top condition, to have the right mindset and to dig deep and deliver their best when it counts.  In the business world, preparation can include having the right mindset, knowing the subject matter, having the right tools to do the job when called upon, or showing up prepared to work.

Teams, whether in sport or in business, have the challenge of pulling together several individuals into one cohesive unit.  When team members change, fail to get the job done as planned, or when communication breaks down, the team can experience setbacks, lost productivity, lost confidence and in some instances, a loss of trust.

The ultimate goal is to be a high performance team where each member of the team is valued and trusted to do what it takes to bring their best to the job.  They know their role, and are committed to contributing to the goal.  Leadership is more fluid – shifting as needed to drive results.  Productivity is high and the culture is strong and cohesive.

What steps can you take with your team to build a strong culture where every team member is valued equally and results reflect the great environment?

 

Ignite Leadership is committed to turning dysfunctional or challenged workplaces into one that is built on trust, strong leadership, effective communication, good processes and systems and positive team dynamics.   How can we assist you and your team?   Book a call to explore options.

 

Give Yourself the Gift of Inspiration

Have you ever attended a TEDx event?  I have.   Initially I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy listening to speaker after speaker.  I know that when I attend conferences my attention can wain, particularly when the speakers are less than stellar.  My first TEDx event quickly changed my perspective!

During that first event, I found each speaker to be engaging, inspiring or educational and I experienced a roller coaster of emotions.  A fellow public speaker and I attended together and we both were amazed.  We also shared insights on what speaker traits we found engaging or distracting.  We couldn’t help ourselves but it was a great learning opportunity.

At the end of last week I received the information for another up-coming TEDx event.  Every year TEDx Stanley Park features some amazing speakers.  This year is no different!  This year’s theme is “Inspiring Brave Actions“.   Organizers state

” This theme is born from our belief that all human achievement is rooted in 3 elements: the dreams that we dream, the decisions that we make, and the actions that we take. The most impactful of these is the actions that we take. This Inspiring Brave Actions theme guides our selection of talks to those with powerful calls to action that give legs to dreams of what could be.”

I love this year’s theme.  Dreams become reality when we take action!  Action moves us forward as quickly or as slowly as we want to go.  Without action we go nowhere!

TEDxStanleyPark 2018 will happen on March 3, 2018.  It will feature 13 high-impact talks by a range of different presenters.  I am really looking forward to attending.  I’d love for you to join me too!   I’ve been asked to be a Team Leader, for which I am very honoured.
 

Will You Join Me on March 3, 2018?

I would like to invite you to join me on Saturday March 3 to experience this unique and inspring day.  I have reserved seats in the Balcony Front section of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for you and your friends, colleagues.  Tickets are only $89 each for this section.   Each ticket holder will also receive 4 Bonus gifts worth $195.

When you select tickets in Balcony Front, you will automatically be seated in my reserved section.  If you order tickets in other sections (which is ok too), you will not be in my reserved section but I hope you’ll join me for lunch (see below).

 

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ―Dale Carnegie

 

How to Order Tickets

  1. Click on the BuyNow Button
  2. Click on Tickets in the top right of the TEDxStanleyPark home page.
  3. Complete the order form & pay with a credit card.
    1. Choose Balcony Front if you want to sit in my reserved section, otherwise choose your desired section.
  4. About 20 minutes after you buy your ticket(s), you’ll receive an email from TEDxStanleyPark with further information about the Conference.
  5. Then you’ll be kept informed of Conference developments with a short weekly email.

 

With the holidays ahead, why not share the event with a family member, or friend? 

Your ticket(s) are 100% refundable until January 15, 2018 and transferable until February 28, 2018 so don’t let uncertainty about your availability hold you back.

 
 

Spread the Giving

In keeping with my MoreThanGreen approach, I want to add more value to the day, therefore I am donating $8 for each ticket sold using my link to charity.
 
 

Another Value Add Experience

Getting together for lunch to share our insights with new and old friends will be a lot of fun.  After you purchase your ticket(s), use the contact button below to let me know if you would like to join me for lunch.

I will make reservations for us all at a nearby restaurant.

 

I hope you’ll join me at TEDxStanleyPark 2018!

 

Let’s be stimulated & inspired to take action bravely and move the needle toward a better world.

CUTV News Radio Interview

I had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Jim Masters of CUTV News Radio.  Jim and I talked about organizational change and leadership.  I hope you will enjoy this conversation.

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News Release – CUTV Radio

Catherine Rocheleau of Ignite Leadership International to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

Posted: Nov 06, 2017 7:01 AM PST

 My whole passion is seeing people be successful in a measurable way.”

— Catherine Rocheleau

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, November 6, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — If you want to make a change, how are you going to know whether it’s effective and how quickly are you going to know that it’s effective? How are you able to evaluate and measure change?

Ignite Leadership International is a consulting and coaching firm that helps organizations implement change. Led by its founder, Catherine Rocheleau, Ignite Leadership has worked with small and medium-sized businesses to improve their leadership for over 25 years.

“For me, what I try to bring to my job is an excitement and passion for the change process,” says Rocheleau. “It’s a tough process to go through; it’s not always fun. But gaining the clarity of the end result, learning as you go and being willing to adapt is essential for success.”

Ignite Leadership combines both the soft skills of interpersonal communication as well as the hard metrics so organizations can see improvements in real time and adapt to today’s ever-changing world in a successful way.

“We have a real focus on team dynamics, communication and leadership,” says Rocheleau, “but everything we do is tied back to business metrics as well. We want to know the work we do together is actually making a significant difference within the organization.”

Sometimes what businesses think is their problem area is something completely different. Sometimes it’s the systems within the organization, but, says Rocheleau, it will usually start with a leader.

“It is not uncommon that I peel back the layers to identify a problem that is different than that originally identified by the client during our initial meeting,” says Rocheleau. “Clients have to be willing work on the real challenge and make the needed changes for us to be successful.”

Rocheleau says she sees leaders as having lifelong passion and engaging in lifelong learning. Leadership is a role. It’s not necessarily attached to a position. Leaders are the people who support change to making things better.

“How do we make sure, if there are communication problems or performance problems, that we’re actually dealing the root cause,” says Rocheleau. “Those are the things I think are really important to focus on.”

Coming from a background in the food service and healthcare industries, Rocheleau holds a master’s degree in managerial leadership and project management, as a well as an executive coaching certification.

“I’ve always been very interested in making things work well and to see people improve, so for me, to see the success at the other end, that’s really what drives me,” says Rocheleau. “I love to see people make that shift that’s going to help them to be better. My whole passion is seeing people be successful in a measurable way.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Catherine Rocheleau in an interview with Jim Masters on November 8th at 4pm EDT.

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.

If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Ignite Leadership, visit http://www.igniteleaders.com

Lou Ceparano
CUTV News
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Showcasing Your Business to Achieve Results!

I am thrilled at the opportunity to be able to showcase my business, Ignite Leadership International® at the Burnaby Board of Trade’s Showcase & Expo on May 25, 2017 from 2:30 – 6:30 pm.

This showcase includes over 50 B2B exibitors, over 500 attendees to network with, and an oppotunity to particiate in three new seminars.

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Why is it important to showcase your business?

As a small business, one of the major stumbling blocks to growing your business is lack of awareness by potential clients.  People can’t do business with you if they don’t know you exist.  Imagine that!!

When you participate in a trade show event, or have a display table at a seminar or community event, you open up the doors and let people know you are in the marketplace.  You never know who may walk by your booth or display and recognize how you can solve their problem.

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What is your goal in participating?

I was in the unfortunate position of having to step away from my business for almost 8 months,  Despite several attempts to return earlier, I was unable to speed my return.  As such, my client base dried up when exisiting projects came to a conclusion during my absence.  Although I faced a huge obstacle in rebuilding my business after this break, I was confident building new relationships and reconnecting with prior clients and colleagues would help fast track the process.

Making a connection with as many business leaders as I can and sharing a bit of what I do became the focus of my efforts.  Notice, my goal for the showcase is not to sell.  Why?  Because people want to business with people they know, like and trust.  The showcase is exactly that.  An opportunity to tell the 500+ attendees what is going on in my business world and what solution(s) I have to offer.

 

Create a Theme or Focus

Most businesses have a wide range of products and services they offer to customers.  It is difficult to try and sell to everyone.  Find out what kind of people will be attending the show and create a theme or focus that will appeal to a majority of those attending.  You goal is to attract as many people to your booth as possible so you have an opportunity to make a great impression.  If you don’t narrow your focus, you may look too scattered and they may rule you out!

Have other materials not on display for other areas of your business to share if needed — better yet, get their card and offer to send the information by tomorrow.

 

Once you know your goal, what next?

Conversation is King!

During the showcase itself, it is important to have knowledgable personnel in attendance at your booth

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or display table at all times during the trade show, or when display tables are open.  You want to try to engage as many people as you can in short, inquiry style conversations.  You want to learn as much as you can about them.  Ask for their business card for a draw and record a few details about them on the card to help you in the follow-up after the show.  Remember, at the show, you are the star and should shine!

Collateral has a supporting role!

It is important to have some collateral for you to share with attendees – flyers, rack cards, etc.   I usually also have a calendar that allows me, and those helping in my booth, to book meetings (in person or phone) on the spot, where I know I have time available.  Booking an appointment while you are front of mind with your potential customer helps you move along the know, like and trust scale faster.  

If you have a book or another small item people can purchase at the show that supports your The Winning Way my covertheme/focus, by all means offer it for sale. Have lots of change in a cash box or use a web-based payment app to accept payments quickly and easily. Have someone available to process these transactions for you so you can focus on your staring role!

Don’t overlook other Exhibitors

It is important to interact with other exhibitors during slower times of the show.  This offers two benefits.  One, you can introduce yourself and your business – give them your business card.  Secondly, you can learn about them and what they do, and obtain their business card.  Look for opportunities to help each other.  Do you have a similar target client?  Do you have products/services which could align nicely and help both of you grow business?

Leaders Measure Results

Leaders measure resultsAfter each tradeshow, determine how much collateral was used, how many business cards you received in your draw, how many are good leads, and how many did you move along your sales funnel process?  What was your return on investment?

 

The Follow-Up Rules

Like every staring role, its what comes next that can make or break the outcome!  If you have collected a number of business cards or booked appointments, respond to every person within 24 hours or less!  Yes, I said 24 hours or less!  Have something new to share them.  I frequently use an e-book or my chapter in “The Winning Way” or a recent article, tool or resource that reponds to the theme shared in my booth.

Once you have made that initial follow-up contact, continue to work your sales funnel system to build a trusting relationship and hopefully move them from potential customer to current customer!

 

Can we help you and your business ignite results?   Book a complimentary Ignite Call and let’s find out.

Press Release – Worldwide Business with kathy ireland

For Immediate Release:

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® Highlights How Ignite Leadership International Helps Challenged Businesses Work More Efficiently 

Company Leader Will Discuss How Vivial Helps Businesses Connect and Engage with Customers

Tune in to Fox Business Network as sponsored programming on Sunday, May 21, 2017. See market-by-market listings below.

Los Angeles, CA – May 16, 2017 — Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® is pleased to announce an exclusive interview with Catherine Rocheleau, Founder and CEO of Ignite Leadership International, a team of business-savvy professional consultants who are dedicated to turning dysfunctional or challenged workplaces into businesses that are built on trust, strong leadership, effective communication, good processes/systems and positive team dynamics.

Ignite Leadership International helps develop better leaders and better teams who are more engaged, enhance existing or develop new business and communication skills, align systems to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase revenue and amplify learning. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.

16-11KIWWB_3754_IgniteLeadershipRocheleau says that the team of professionals at Ignite Leadership International is not an average team. She explains, “I’m not a typical consultant or coach. Typical consultants tell you what’s wrong, write you a report and then leave it to you to implement. A coach may help dig deep, but not actually give you the solution. I tend to be more solution-focused, and I measure those results. I really want to know that whatever we’ve done together has made a significant difference.”

JL Haber, Vice President of Programming for Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®, is delighted to feature Ignite Leadership International. He says, “As companies strive to grow, there can easily be some hiccups along the way. But when those roadblocks arise, Ignite Leadership International is there to help. This inspiring company is great for helping companies boost engagement, learning and profits. We couldn’t be happier to have Ignite Leadership International on our show.”

For more information about Ignite Leadership International, visit IgniteLeaders.com and tune in to Fox Business Network as sponsored programming on Sunday May 21, 2017 at 5:00pm EST.

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About Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®16-11KIWWB_3793_IgniteLeadership

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® is a weekly business television program featuring real world insights from corporate executives from all over the globe which can be viewed on Fox Business Network as part of their sponsored programming lineup, as well as internationally to over 50 countries on Bloomberg International.

 

Visit www.tvwwb.com for detailed airing schedules or check local listings.

 

Boost Your Productivity & Ignite Results

Do you find yourself looking back on your day (or week) and wonder where time went?  Is your to-do list getting longer and dreams of success going unfulfilled?  You may be busy and doing lots but are you doing the right things at the right time to get the right results?

Recently I led a conversation with some clients which pulled some excerpts from Seth Godin’s best selling book, The Dip.  This book looks at those time when you face minor set-backs and lack the excitement when you first began pursuing that goal.  What stops you from moving forward?  How can you rekindle that passion to take the next steps?

This conversation really resonated with me as I faced a major, life-changing event last summer which has had a huge impact on my own passion.  My goals are still there, and the passion to pursue them and not take a different direction, still exists, yet taking the first step seems more like a giant leap.

timeblockingThis forced me to look at the tips I give my coaching clients when they are facing their own “dip”.  I encourage others to use time blocking to focus on those tasks that are a high priority and high importance to reaching goals, yet may not be part of your day-to-day focus.

Time blocking is the term given to setting aside a specific time in your calendar to complete a specific task — an appointment with yourself and your goals. Yes, it’s a calendar entry and can be easy to blow off when you are busy with other things in your business, but aren’t you and your goals worth some time too?  The advantage of booking it in your calendar, is you won’t book another meeting during that time.

Once the time is blocked into your calendar, the next step is to set yourself up for success.  Part of the process is to include some time each day (either at the beginning or end of the day) which you dedicate to preparing to work.  This includes pulling the tools and resources together that you need to do each job so they are on-hand and you won’t waste time searching.  When its your blocked time, the goal is to focus on getting things done!

What I have found is that when I block the time, I am 10 times more likely to do what I’ve planned, than if I only had it on a to-do list.  More importantly, when the time is assigned to a task I really don’t enjoy doing, I know I only have to spend those few minutes and I can then move on!  It’s amazing what you can accomplish in short periods when you eliminate the distractions.

Here are a few tips to making time blocking work for you.

  1.  Identify small tasks that don’t take very long (i.e. 5 minutes or less) that you can do when you have a few free moments.  I do these items while on the bus, or when I arrive early to an appointment.  It always feels great to just get them done.  Some things I do is return emails, post to social media, enter expenditures into Quickbooks Online, update Trello with tasks that come to mind etc.
  2.  Always plan prep-time each day.  Use this time to review your day and the next day, and to pull together the information, tools and resources you will need to complete the tasks scheduled.
  3. ID-10076595 Photo by Zuzzuillo. Freedigitalphotos.netDetermine the length of the each block.  Each block of time doesn’t have to be equal.  I find 20 – 30 minutes to be ideal and more motivating than long blocks.  The longer the block the more easily you can become distracted.
  4. Set a theme to each block.  You may want to focus on client calls or writing articles, or creating social media posts, or working on a new program for clients.  It’s ok to be a bit broad in the description in your calendar.  The more definite details can be determined during your daily prep-time.
  5. Recognized your own patterns.  If you’re not a morning person, maybe its better to schedule creative tasks later in the day.  If you need quiet and are an early riser, schedule these tasks first thing in your day.  When you schedule creative tasks at times when you are more likely to be productive, you will get more done!
  6. Stick with your blocked time schedule.  This may feel rigid but if you are going to achieve your big goals and be successful, its important to stick with your plan.   As the saying goes, you won’t regret what you did, you will only regret what you didn’t do.   The time you block is “your time” and just as important as your client appointments, fitness time, etc.
  7. Avoid distractions.  Turn off the ringer and notifications on your phone and computer.  Clear your desk so other distractions are not within eyesight. The goal is to focus on the one task you planned.
  8. Set a timer.   You can use a kitchen timer or a calendar reminder on your phone – whatever works for you.  I find people really like the time when they are doing something they don’t like doing.  The timer lets you know when you can stop!  It may sound counter-intuitive but it works.  If you’ve hit a wall, then you have given yourself permission to stop and move onto another task. If you are on a roll when the timer goes, feel free to keep going!
  9. Keep detailed notes of what you have done and what you still need to do.   Just like your prep-time, your Pen in handnotes offer you great feedback on what lies ahead so you can “get in the groove” and take action quickly.  Switching your mind from one task to another can be challenging at the beginning.  Your notes help you know where you left off last time and where to begin today.  I use Trello to keep notes on my activities and have checklists to mark things off.  My notebook allows me to just write or draw thoughts and ideas and keep them in one place.  Take pictures of your notes and upload into Trello or Evernote.
  10. Celebrate your successes.  It’s important for you to recognize your efforts when you reach a milestone.  What treat or “self-reward” will you enjoy when you reach each milestone as you move through your “dip”?

 

If you are struggling to reach those big goals or keep hitting a wall and unable to push through it, book an Ignition Call where we will explore what your biggest obstacle is and how you can take the first step forward.  Contact us today!

How Conversations Will Help Your Business

According to research conducted by Gallop, trusting conversations between a manager and their employees is the best way to engage employees.  Engaged employees are happier, more productive (c) alexwhite www.fotosearch.com Stock Photographyand innovated.  These factors boost the success a business can achieve.

So, my question for you, how do you, as a manager, leader or entrepreneur (particularly if you are at the top) stay motivated and engaged?

A New Approach

I am thrilled to be introducing a new program designed to stimulate great conversation between participants, help you learn more about key business successes, and motivate you personally and professionally to take action and lead change.

Leading business books like Good to Great, the Purple Cow, Pivot, Developing the Leader within You and many more offer readers great success insights that can help each of us be better at what we do.

How many of these insights do you implement after reading a book?

If you’re saying to yourself, not too many, you are not alone.  We are all busy and implementing new habits into our busy lives is difficult without daily commitments to yourself and your goals. Consistency = change success.

Amplify Learning

Coffee and Conversations offers a unique approach to network with other motivated, like-minded business leaders, help identify and extract key learnings from leading business books, dissect and share insights with the group, and create an action item you can commit to for 30 days.  Our daily on-line check-ins take less than 2 minutes a day for 30 days but, most importantly, they keep your action item top of mind.conversations-iphone

Unlike book clubs where you must commit to reading a different book each month, Coffee and Conversations provides you with a short synopsis of the book which take about 10 minutes to read prior to the meeting.  During the meeting, your Leader will facilitate discussion by asking probing or thought-provoking questions. This approach not only amplifies your learning, it also saves you time and improves your own engagement in your job.

Will You Join Me?

Join me in late March 2017 for our first 4-month Coffee & Conversation series.  I will be hosting a group in the Metro Vancouver area, and an on-line group via video-conference.  Space is limited for each group to ensure each participant has an opportunity to share.

 

Eventbrite - Coffee & Conversations Business Group (4 part series) - Vancouver BC

 

PS — If you aren’t in Vancouver BC, or you would prefer a Virtual Group format, please add your name to our notification list.  We will launch a Virtual Coffee & Conversations Business Group in April 2017.

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Sharing an Experience

Last week I had the honour of being a guest on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland.  I travelled to Hollywood CA to the CBS Television City studios.  It was such an amazing experience and I can’t wait to share the full interview with everyone.  It is now being edited and will air in early 2017.

Here is the Facebook Live video that was shared at the end of taping…

 

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