How a Follower Becomes a Leader

In this TED video, Derek Sivers discusses how movements start.   It takes a leader, and a series of followers.  It is the first follower who bravely steps forward that starts a movement and is a leader in their own right.

 Is it time for you to be a Follower that steps forward to Lead?

I would like you to join me as I launch a new Business Lab — designed to offer you support, coaching, training and mastermind-like benefits which build and grow your business.

This program is due to launch in early June 2014 for 12 weeks.

What’s Involved in the Leadership Business Lab?

  • 1:1 Coaching Call with Catherine Rocheleau, CEO Ignite Leadership International
    • This call helps you identify the area you want to work on during the program which will have the biggest impact.
  • One Training Call every 2nd week.  Calls include content rich information, along with discussion and a question & answer period.  (6 calls total)
  • Private Online Discussion Board — for added coaching, insights, support, idea generation and more from your coach and your program team.
  • Access to public webinars
  • Subscription to the Ignite Leadership Newsletter

BONUS — Be one of the first 10 to register and we’ll include a 3 month subscription to the Ignite Leadership Business Journal to help you plan and track your progress.  ($60 value)

Start Date:   Early June 2014

Who Should Participate

  • Entrepreneurs who want the benefit of coaching but not sure if its right for them.
  • Entrepreneurs and small business owners who are feeling stuck yet ready to breakthrough and take action right away.
  • Professionals who are wanting to expand their business, add a new team member, or create the foundation for a new service or product.
  • Anyone who is motivated to take action today.

A new project brings new opportunities…

This post, taken from the CelebrityPress Website, explains more about the up-coming book I have participated in this Spring.  I am excited to have had an opportunity to participate with such great writers, and look forward to sharing the book with you in June 2014.

For my press release, click here


“Publisher CelebrityPress Signs Publishing Deal With Leading Experts For “The Winning Way”

CelebrityPress, a leading book publishing company, has recently signed a publishing deal with several of the world’s leading business professionals to release the new book, “The Winning Way”

Orlando, FL – March 28, 2014 – A select group of leading experts from across the globe have joined together, along with best-selling author and speaker, Brian Tracy, to co-author the forthcoming book titled, The Winning Way: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Share How They are Winning in Life and Business and You Can Too! Nick Nanton, Esq. along with business partner, JW Dicks, Esq., the leading agents to Celebrity Experts® worldwide, recently signed a publishing deal with each of these authors to contribute their expertise to the book, which will be released under their CelebrityPress™ imprint.

CelebrityPress describes the book:

By definition, winning means that you competed and you came out ahead. Human nature requires us to compete in order to survive. Therefore, winning and survival have the element of success in common. To ascend to a winning position, you need a goal, a desire to achieve it, and the qualities of discipline, perseverance and action to attain it.

Having your goal and setting yourself up to achieve your goal is the first step in the process. You adjust your mindset and begin to plan diligently. Goals may be as different as DNA, but methodologies have much in common. Furthermore, your plans and expectations will need adjustments as you go along. That is why the knowledge shared by the CelebrityExperts® in this book will be of importance to you.

The advice and suggestions of these CelebrityExperts® are based on their experiences – both their accomplishments and their shipwrecks. The knowledge they share will allow you to make plans that can propel you in the right direction. That is the function of a mentor – to guide you where you are going and to advise what to avoid.

Some of the authors contributing to Against The Grain include: Stephen A. Stack, Soul Ongoiba, Jonathan Leise, Dr. Wayne Pernell, Lupe-Rebeka Samaniego, Dr. Bernard Press, John Muldoon, Robert Putnam, Craig McPhail, Catherine Rocheleau, Tamara Word-Magalotti, Paul Emery, Janis Butler, John Haggerty, Shawn Chhabra, Oksana Mazourik, Rick Poston, Louis Brindisi, Robert Keil, Linda Drake, Mark Gaffney, Dr. Eric J. Christeson, Malcolm Ross, Bob Roark, Dr. Dr. Luc Lemire, April Holmes, Kip L. Carpenter, Joseph C. Culin, Patricia Tello, Kate Beeders, Daniel Shub, Brenda F. Wise, Jimmy Ocean, Matt Choi, Kimleigh Smith, Nina Irani, Dr. Michael W. Payne, Bill Walton, Cheryl Catchings PhD, Soren Majgaard, Kellee Spillman, Dr. Diyari Abdah, Jonathan Graves, Steve Hansen, Tony Horner, Daron Destiny, JW Dicks, Nick Nanton, Lindsay Dicks, Greg Rollett and Brian Tracy.

The book is tentatively scheduled for release in June 2014.

Other books recently released by CelebrityPress™ include:

  • The Ultimate Home Buyer’s Guide: The Nation’s Leading Expert Advisors Reveal Their Secrets For Buying Right In Any Markets
  • Tech Multiplier: The World’s Leading Technology Consultants Reveal In-Depth Case Studies of How the Smartest Businesses In the World Are Leveraging Technology to Increase Profits and Reduce Waste While Safeguarding Data
  • Secrets to Winning Big: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Their Top Strategies for Winning Big in Life and Business
  • Healthy Input: America’s Leading Dentists Reveal the Secret Truths to a Healthy Body Starting With What You Put In Your Mouth
  • The Ultimate Success Guide: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Their Secrets for Success in Business and in Life

About Celebrity Press™:

Celebrity Press™ is a leading business, health and wellness book publisher that publishes books from thought leaders around the world. Celebrity Press™ has published books alongside Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Dan Kennedy, Dr. Ivan Misner, Robert Allen and many of the biggest experts across diverse fields. CelebrityPress™ has helped launch over 1400 best-selling authors to date.

If you’d like to learn more about Celebrity Press™ or to see if we’re a good fit for your book project, please visit

Leaders Step Up

Are you pushed in your role as a business leader into areas outside your comfort zone?

Working outside of your comfort zone is a reality for many leaders.  Your comfort zone is the complete opposite of risk.  Choosing to remain in your comfort zone leaves you risk-free but fails to allow for growth, development and leadership.  If you can’t step up , do what’s needed and push forward, you risk losing the respect and dedication of your team and business success will elude you.

Leaders thrive on risks and challenges.   Risks are frequently calculated and designed to achieve growth and development, innovation or advancement.   Risks also lead change.  As a leader, the people who follow you will learn from your reasoning, your actions, your emotions and how you face each situation or any set-back.

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(c) Suwit Ritjaroon |

“Managers work to get their employees to do what they did yesterday, but a little faster and a little cheaper.

Leaders, on the other hand, know where they’d like to go, but understand that they can’t get there without their tribe, without giving those they lead the tools to make something happen.”


In his book, “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us“, Godin indicates that leaders know when to step forward and lead from the front.  They also know when to lean back and lead from behind.  Leading from behind allows those around you to become more engaged and facilitates improved utilization of the skills and abilities of your team.

Failing to lead your team can lead to many obstacles and challenges in your business.  A few of these challenges include:

1.  Lost motivation — In the business world there are leaders and there are followers.  If you fail to lead, those who are following you will quickly become “lost”.  Poor leadership causes frustration, disengagement, productivity drops and more.   To any business, this is very costly!

2.  High Turnover — When your team are unhappy and unmotivated, they look outside the workplace for “something better”.  Employees spend a majority of their day at your place of work.  If you are not leading them effectively, why should they stay?  Turnover is a major expense to any business and for the most part its avoidable.

3.  Financial Failure — Poor productivity, high turnover and disengaged teams will reap havoc on your bottom line.  No business can withstand these issues for long if they want to be profitable.  Your financial picture can tell you more about the inner workings of your business, and how well you are leading them than you may recognize at first glance.

Want to step up?  Make the changes needed to create the work environment and outcomes you can be proud of?

Consider working with a certified business or executive coach.  You will identify the what areas you want to work on over the summer to capitalize on this slower time of year.  Leverage your efforts to re-energize yourself, your career or get that project completed.   You will create a detailed plan and implement the steps to move you toward your goals.  Let’s take action together so you have the support and encouragement to walk outside your comfort zone and enjoy a stellar Fallthe choice is yours!

I have time available for only 2 new clients…

 … don’t miss this opportunity to ignite your goals and

 exceed expectations in the latter half of 2013!!


Book a complimentary exploration session to get you registered today!

Boost Morale and Enjoy the Results while Away

Hello again!  I have been off-line for a while and now I’m back at it, refreshed and rejuvenated    I was on a cruise sailing from Sydney Australia to Vancouver BC.  Wow, what a great holiday!  The time at sea offered so many opportunities to sit back, relax and enjoy life!

Interestingly enough, this is the first time I have taken a full month away from my business!  I frequently take short holidays (i.e. 1 – 2 weeks) but taking 4 weeks presented some new challenges.   I thought I’d share some tips on how I made this work!

1. Take time to Preplan.  I am fortunate to work with a team of very skilled and motivated people.  Prior to leaving I knew I had to ensure each person was clear no what they needed to do while I was away, and what outcomes were expected.  I also had to ensure they had the resources they needed to complete the work.

People need to know how to do the jobs they will be expected to complete.  This may require only a short walk-through, or it may require more extensive skill development.  Regardless, it’s important to set everyone up for success!

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Planning should also include clear operational systems within your business so everyone knows what and how to do what is expected.  Do you have operations or policy manuals?

Planning improves employee’s moral.

  1. Planning creates an atmosphere of order and discipline in organization.
  2. Employees know in advance what is expected of them and therefore conformity can be achieved easily.
  3. This encourages employees to show their best and also earn reward for the same.
  4. Planning creates a healthy attitude towards work environment which helps in boosting employees moral and efficiency.

2. Communication is vital. In this day and age, we have the ability to be connected 24/7.  Every business leader and entrepreneur knows this is standard in business today.  What happens when you want to really unplug and get away from it all?

Before I went away, I connected with each customer and supplier to let them know when i would be away, what the contingency plans were and ensured they were ok with what I set up for them.  I was thrilled with the positive feedback I received.  They felt taken care of.

While I was on my cruise, I met many other consultants and business owners who were trying to balance the need to unplug with the reality that they still had a business to run.  Ships now offer satellite internet access (convenient albeit expensive!).  Each of us would regularly check emails, respond to questions and troubleshoot challenges from the middle of the pacific ocean.  I worked about 15 – 30 minutes per day until the last week when I went completely off-line!   The result was smooth uninterrupted work flow for my team.  There were a few glitches that arose that were completely unexpected but for the most part, my planning and communication offered smooth sailing for everyone.

Debrief once you’re back at the helm! This offers you an opportunity to learn first hand what worked, what went wrong, and identify what changes are needed in your systems, communication and planning for your next absence.  You also have a unique opportunity to provide feedback to those who stepped up in your absence or better understand why others didn’t.

3. Delegate don’t Abdicate.  As a business owner or executive, you are perceived as the leader of your team.  This role is not one you can abdicate when you want to go away for some rest and relaxation.  Instead, it is important to be a strong leader and ensure you delegate appropriately.  Part of your planning should include who is responsible for decision making, leadership and follow-up in your absence.  Delegation offers a structured and clear plan for those you lead, and other key stakeholders such as suppliers, clients, employees/contractors etc.

When you delegate effectively, you and your your team members  have some very definite benefits!  Team members are empowered to take on more responsibility and develop new skills.  Delegation offers positive reinforcement by recognizing their ability to step up in your absence and it provides a clear focus for every member of the team.


Next time you want to take time away, I encourage you to use these three steps to make it an all-round success!

Smooth Sailing!

If I can assist you to prepare for your next vacation or time away, please book a complimentary Exploration Session


Leading a Group of Your Peers

I found this video on SmartBlog on Leadership by John Baldoni.  I thought you may find it interesting when you next lead a group of your peers.



When you think about feedback, what comes to mind? 

Does it invoke a positive thought or experience or a negative one?

Feedback is a powerful tool that allows you to communicate information to another person.  This information can be positive, inspirational, thoughtful, and valuable.  At the opposite end of the spectrum, feedback can be negative, hurtful, pr thoughtless.  Sometimes, feedback can be neutral — neither positive or negative, and when given you wonder what point they were trying to make. [Read more…]

The Power of Words

Last week I was reviewing some on-line articles and one article “Top Companies are Guided by These Three Best Principles”  got me thinking about how key communication is within any organization – virtual or traditional.  As I write this article I am working with a client to implement significant changes in how the entire team functions at every level of the organization.  Key areas that have suffered include communication and collaboration.  The breakdown that had occurred was having negative effects on staff engagement, inter-departmental cooperation, and the quality of work performed.  Employees were feeling under-appreciated, stressed, and frustrated. [Read more…]

Are You Ready for Change?

Last week I was fortunate to attend a speakers meeting.  Everyone attending the event was a speaker in their field.  The format of the meeting was quite similar to a Toastmasters meeting but each of us was asked to make two short impromptu presentations.

The topic for the meeting was “That’s My Story and I’m Sticking With It”.  When I was first told about the topic I was not very clear how I could incorporate that topic into a short presentation.  On my way to the meeting, I realized that the best topic to speak on was change! [Read more…]

Are You Stuck?

Life is a road you travel based on your experiences, education, the decisions you make and the effort you contribute.  You have dreams and goals.  There are many things you want to achieve and with some planning, hard work, assistance and luck you can make those dreams a reality.
Too bad it doesn’t just happen as smoothly as that!  Life, and business, have a lot of bumps in the road and sometimes you can become stalled.  This may include:

  • revenues that plateau
  • overlooked for promotion
  • high turnover, low productivity, low morale
  • and more!

When these obstacles present themselves, it is up to us to determine what steps we will take, or the amount of effort we will exert to overcome these challenges.  Indecision, fear, competing priorities, lack of willingness to change, a lack of clarity or failing to plan can each impact our ability to move forward.  A successful entrepreneur once said that “entrepreneurs have a very high fear tolerance because they are always pushing themselves to move forward into the unknown over and over again.  But being on the edge is also very invigorating when those efforts pay-off.”

Very few of us, if any, go through our careers (employed or as an entrepreneur) without questioning our path, or wondering what we should/could be doing to achieve our dream. Business professionals will experience times when they feel stuck.  This feeling may reflect:

  • a job that isn’t ideal,
  • results that are less than stellar,
  • a lack of decision-making power because you are sandwiched between front line employees and senior managers,
  • frustration that time is passing and goals remain unmet, or boredom.

Dr Timothy Butler, a professor at Harvard Business School, and author of the book Getting Unstuck: How Dead Ends Become New Paths says “This feeling of being stuck in one place, while troubling, is part of a necessary crisis leading to personal growth.  Without it we cannot grow, change, and—eventually—live more fully in a larger world.” 

According to Dr. Butler, an impasse doesn’t happen overnight.  Instead it is something that grows over time.  “When we feel stuck, getting our energy moving can feel like a Herculean challenge. It can seem as if we are glued to wherever we are, with no hope of a remedy,” says Dr. Butler.  “Feeling stuck can take a lot of forms. It can manifest as boredom, the blues, impatience, frustration and even hunger. If you stay stuck long enough, it can translate into more serious things like depression, hopelessness and despair.

Want to get UNSTUCK?

1. Write your goals in a list, vision board or mindmap.  Post these goals in a visible location so you can see them every day!  This will keep your goals front and centre in your mind.  Check out my Goal Strategy Success program.  This proven tool guides you to set, plan, act, review and keep moving forward for an entire year!  The perpetual format of the journal allows you to start TODAY!
2, Work with an accountability partner. This may be a mentor, Coach or Mastermind team.  When you share your goals and dreams with another person and they are supportive to your efforts, you are significantly more likely to achive those goals more quickly, and the process will be easier.   Check out my mastermind program and 1:1 and group coaching programs!  I have a plan that fits your needs and budget!
3. Connect & promote. This may be very challenging when you are feeling stuck but networking is vital for every business person!  If you business is stalled, networking puts you in touch with potential venture partners and customer and helps you keep in touch with what is happening around you.  It allows you to shift your focus!  If you are employed and bored or frustrated in your job, networking connects you with potential employers or new job opportunities.  Don’t hibernate…reach out and enjoy the pay-off.


Don’t let setbacks, dashed goals or broken relationships be the glue that holds you back.  Learn from these events, add SPARK and set forth on another adventure!  Life and business have their ups and downs but the journey is worthwhile with a bit of effort!

Bad Decision or On-Track?

Today I have heard a lot of discussion on the radio surrounding the Hockey Hall of Fame announcements and the induction of  Pavel Bure – a former Vancouver Canuck.   Pavel Bure was recruited by the Vancouver Canucks just prior to his defection from the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s.  Pavel was known as “The Russian Rocket” and demonstrated his phenomenal skill while wearing the Canucks uniform. (sidebar:  I was thrilled to have watched him live on several occasions).

Pavel wasn’t a typical Canuck in that he wasn’t a major contributor to the community.  In my opinion, the Vancouver Canucks have set a high expectation on their team, and management, and their participation in community and charity efforts.  This can be quite different than other teams who have a lower bar in place.  Add to that, Pavel’s rocky departure from the Canucks.  Two years ago, Vancouver retired the jerseys of three key players in Canucks history and added others to a newly created Ring of Honour.  Pavel was not chosen for either.

At the time, I remember writing a blog post on how honourees were chosen.  Hockey skill,  leadership, community (social) and team contributions were all key factors.  Each of the players chosen unquestionably met each of these criteria.  Roll ahead to today.  Pavel Bure was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  He was arguably one of the best goal scorers of all time, so from that perspective a good inductee choice.  Sportscasters spent the day questioning why Bure hadn’t had his jersey retired or been added to the Ring of Honour.

How does this hockey story apply to you as a business person?
If you have established criteria for a particular role or recognition award that reflects your values, do you ignore some of those values and only focus on one component of the criteria to recognize an employee or co-worker?
I contend that an organization is only truly successful when their values are integrated into every aspect of their business activities.  These values are not just words on a wall, but living and breathing components of every action embraced and demonstrated by all levels of the organization.

I have been working with a client of mine on a project where the work we were doing had to truly integrate the four key values of the organization.  This made our work so interesting and provided a great “bar” to measure our work against.  It added life to what otherwise may not be “alive”.  Over the past year while I have been working on changes within my own business I have become very clear on my own values and they have become strong determinants in deciding what work to take on, who I work with, what I do and what I wish to project to others.

Are you really clear on your own personal values?  Do you know the values of your business (or those of your employer’s business)?  Are these values integrated into every component of the organizations activities, culture and decisions?  If no, why not?

Next Steps
1.  Become very clear on what your personal values are?  Evaluate how these values fit with your employer or business values.
2.  Identify ways to integrate the values of your business/organization into decision making, actions and the overall culture.
3.  Take steps to recognize when values, decisions and actions are all in alignment!  How does that look/feel and what does it mean to you and your team?

So, should Pavel Bure have his jersey retired?  I don’t think so because he didn’t embrace all of the components so important to and reflected in Canucks who embraced their values and culture.

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