We are now 8 1/2 months into 2012 —
have you completed at least seventy five percent of your annual goals?
August is always a great time to review what you have accomplished so far and to consider what changes are needed to meet your annual goals. My strategic goals are such an important component in my business success. My strategic goals are the longer term goals that I want to achieve in the coming year. Each quarter I create quarterly, and then monthly goals which will keep me on track and focused on what I want to achieve while I maintain a successful business and continually introduce new tools, programs and products. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
Is a Coach Right for You?
As I have been growing my new business, I have been asked by many people why a person would hire a coach, and what I bring to the table that would benefit my clients. These are great questions and ones worth responding to… so I am taking the liberty to respond in this article.
What is a Coach?
According the the Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey, “Executive coaching means regular meetings between a business leader and a trained facilitator, designed to produce positive changes in business behavior in a limited time frame.” Sherpa also indicates that business coaching is the new term for business consulting, whereby the Coach works to develop a clients knowledge and skill. Regardless of which type of coach you want, a coach will facilitate a positive change on a set schedule in a limited time period. A Life Coach focuses on your personal life and relationships, rather than on business activities and business behaviour. [Read more…]
The past couple of weeks have been a challenge for me as I try to balance competing priorities. It is an exciting time as my business continues to grow and develop both in the ways I set out to achieve last year and in ways I hadn’t even considered!. During my networking meetings I have heard so many professionals and business owners speaking on the challenges they face in their lives, career and business. I am sure you can relate to this.
While at the BC Home & Garden Show in February, TV personality Bryan Baeumler spoke about the success and failures of home “do-it-yourselfers”. His take is that most DIY’ers make more mistakes than successes because they don’t go far enough. Instead they focus on the “pretty”, leaving a rat’s nest in place – untouched. [Read more…]
Ignite Leadership International is proud to announce
our new fundraising project
with Create Change!
As part of Ignite Leadership’s “More Than Green™” program, we are proud to share our latest social responsibility program.
To change the lives of six (or more) capable young women in Northern Ghana, who cannot afford to fulfill their dreams of having a career.
I encourage you to check out my latest article in the Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine. This article explores why businesses need to look at community-centered philanthropy as part of their business plan, client and employee retention programs.