What I learned on my summer vacation in Colorado

Sometimes a break from business is truly the best prescription to transform stress, widen awareness and gain perspective.  I could not fully unplug due to unforeseen problems with a project, but I still found it so worth while to get away.  Here are some simple lessons I learned from a recent break.

  • The views from Denver to Grand Junction aboard Amtrak are stupendous!
Amtrak coming around the bend of the Colorado River

View from Amtrak rounding the Colorado River

  • Waking up to sunshine, blue sky, and fresh Colorado air is awe-inspiring. Nothing fancy required to experience this glorious environment.

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Are you ready for your organization’s next BIG opportunity?

impossible compAs a CEO or organizational leader, you may be searching the marketplace for that  next big revenue source,  investor,  or grant — your next opportunity to execute on your mission and create a sustainable bright future.

 

But, are you ready for it?

There are countless stories of individuals and businesses securing wonderful opportunities and being completely unprepared for what came next. [Read more…]

Three Keys to Sustainable High Performance

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As a business leader do you wonder: “How can I create a culture that consistently produces sustainable high performance?

I recently interviewed leaders from nine high performing organizations who shared their accomplishments and challenges in creating sustainable organizations.  Clearly three areas consistently require a leader’s attention.  They are:

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Creating an Intentional Re-charge Day

christmas ornamentThis year I am encouraging my coaching clients, emerging leaders in their businesses and organizations, to take a whole day over the holidays to re-charge and re-set their systems.

This is critical in a world where we have trained ourselves to mostly react to outside stimulation. The mind and body become exhausted and depleted from this constant outward focus.

December and winter are a great time to go inward. Business activity slows for many. It is cold outside. Time to come in.

Here is a step-by-step guide to creating a special re- charge day: [Read more…]

4 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Your Team

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Healthy engagement feels like fireworks! There is spark, creativity and joy. Anything becomes possible in business.

I read with interest the New York Times article “Why You Hate Work”.  It is a bit of a manifesto on disengagement and lack of motivation at work.

Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath define engagement (per a number of studies) as “involvement, commitment, passion, enthusiasm, focused effort and energy”.

Motivated workers are engaged and engagement is widely correlated with higher performance at work.  According to Gallup studies across 192 companies, [Read more…]

Want a reliable source of knowledge for business? Try your body.

I am so happy it is Spring.

This winter was one of the hardest I can remember in my adult life.

Sometimes I feel like I have been ‘routed’ – meaning stripped clean.

Difficult times seem to do this.

Not pleasant, but clarifying.

Serious illnesses among close loved ones and the long end of life process for our little dog challenged me beyond words to remain fully present to my life and business. [Read more…]

My Writing Process Blog Tour

hummingbirdI am happy to join a whole group of talented writers on a blogging tour sharing something about their writing process.

Sara Arey passed the torch to me. She is a powerful mindset coach for entrepreneurs.  Check out her amazing work here.

What am I working on – I am excited about a couple of new projects.  I have just launched a free Skillful Means Productivity Tool Kit for my subscribers who recently completed a short survey.  (You can get it too – go here.)  It gives us a chance to work together over three weeks.  I am curious if the sustained support will help people try out some new ways of working that will create big positive jumps in productivity as well as joy in their work. (Yup, they can go together quite well.) [Read more…]

How My Father’s Death is Helping me Make Friends With Time

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Ratna Ling Retreat Center at dusk

Co-leading a retreat with Arnaud Maitland on ‘Timing Mind’ for Training the Mind for Leadership program participants recently, I deepened my understanding of my own relationship to time.

At the beautiful Ratna Ling Retreat Center, we studied the natural cycles of time, seeing that everything has a beginning, middle and end.  We discovered where we were in different parts of  these cycles within business and our personal lives. [Read more…]

Ever Want to Spend the Day in Bed?

Sleeping beauty compressedToday I woke up wanting to spend the whole day in bed.

I felt a combination of being tired and lazy and that ‘enough is enough!’—whatever that means!

After a nice run (you can do this when you own your own business) I got my lazy butt to my desk about 11 am.

I REALLY did not feel like doing anything and yet I had so many things I needed to do, I realized that it was all making me very uncomfortable.

Then I remembered what my business coach and mentor Christine Kane said recently.  She said: Being in business means being uncomfortable. [Read more…]

Banish the Deadly Boring Meeting

energy being sucked out of a meetingOh, the dreaded meeting.

Many of us spend a lot of time there.

When I ask people why they don’t like meetings I hear:

•    They’re boring.
•    They waste lots of time and are too long.
•    They take away from what I should be doing!
•    There is too much tension, too much drama.

Badly run meetings create organizational inefficiencies, negatively affect everyone involved, and suck productivity right out of the company.  What can be done to shift this negative pattern?

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