Engagement Question - Do

Take a few minutes today and answer the following for yourself:

What part of your job or business could you do all day?

There must be one part that you absolutely love and could do all day in an ideal world - what is it?

And as you answer that, take it a step further and answer two more questions for yourself:

Why do you feel that way?

and

How can you get to do more of that activity today?

Now - put it into action and bring more joy into your day. Not only will your team, clients, family and friends be excited to see you doing more of what you love, but you'll feel more energized throughout the day while having peace that you were successful at the end of it.

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5 Tips for a Successful Book Signing

I really love on-line and in-person events. It’s a great way to connect.

My corporate experience included time attending trade shows and manning booths as well as being the project manager to pull entire shows together. On top of that, I’ve done a lot of book signings since being an entrepreneur, so I wanted to share some tips so that your next event is a great success.

Let’s get started!

1 - Get clear on why you are there

To get started, how would you answer this question: Why do you want to attend or even host an event? The reason this clarity is so important is that it shapes your mindset and energy for that event. Dive into this a little deeper with this article [What's the So What?].

When you’re in the headspace that says, “I’m glad to be here!” or “It’s going to be a lot of fun!”, then that comes through in how you engage and how you present yourself.

The same can be said for the opposite.

If you’re saying to...

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Are You Holding Your Organization Back?

The first time I heard the phrase exploit the constraint was in the corporate world.

My 20 year path included some time in a manufacturing company and specifically with process improvement, turning ideas into executable strategies, and increasing employee engagement. Lean Manufacturing and The Theory of Constraints were big practices at this company. With the theory of constraints you’re figuring out where the bottleneck is, which is not only a constraint, but the most important limiting factor, and from there, figuring how to improving things so that it’s no longer the bottleneck.

You are the most important factor, and the more you’re able to focus your energies, time and attention on things that really need what you can only bring, the more productive you feel and your enthusiasm comes through. Your team will feel the shift and they will be open to following your example.

Understanding where the bottlenecks are, and if they aren't benefiting the organization,...

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Power of Journaling and Leadership

One of the best ways I know of to process ideas and feelings as well as use for decision making clarity is journaling. Do you journal? Even if you don't think of yourself as a writer, much less write well, you don't have to be. 

The power of journaling enables you to treat your mind as a sponge that needs to be wrung out. When there's so many thoughts running through your mind and processing any one of them feels like a challenge to actually get through, journaling is a way to get those thoughts out of your head and onto paper. It's not about how well you write, if there's errors, or if it's organized. It's not for anyone else, but you. In fact, the more you can silence the inner editor and critic and just allow whatever to come out and get on the paper, you'll feel lighter.

Like a release of sorts.

And if you take some time in between journaling and unloading what was on your mind and allow some space for it to just sit on the page, when you return to it a few hours, a few...

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Your Leadership Picture

Have you ever heard the saying “a picture’s worth a thousand words?”

It comes from the idea that sometimes a picture can better articulate in one image what would take a lot more words to describe.

A picture conveys a message through the image which allows the receiver to feel what it means to them. They can really see the elements that are there which shape their own perception and emotion of the picture.

So using saying as inspiration, I’m curious… what's the picture of your leadership practice?

You see, the clearer you are in where you want to be, the more likely you’re gonna get there.

Let me talk through how I see this.

Think about where you are right now.

Your current state in your business or organization. Your current assessment of how you're showing up and engaging as a leader.

When you think about where you currently are – how would you describe it?

What does it currently look like?

What does it currently feel like?

Is it ideal...

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Engagement Question - Love

What part of your organization, company or business do you love the most?

There must be one part that you absolutely love - what is it? And as you answer that, take it a step further and answer two more questions for yourself:

Why love it?

and

How can you get to do more of what you love today?

Now - put it into action and bring more joy into your day. Not only will your team, clients, family and friends be excited to see you doing more of what you love, but you'll feel more energized throughout the day while having peace that you were successful at the end of it.

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4 Keys to Vision and Goal Setting - Inside

This four part series addresses 4 Keys to Vision and Goal Setting. New impactful and meaningful projects and goals are just waiting for you to rise up to achieve them - to bring them to life. Yet when setting a vision and goals can feel daunting, these four components will help you create the big picture and a plan to get there. Each of these elements are important to frame the vision while enabling it to be actionable and achievable, so this episode will break down the question: what that real key to achieve any goal is.

 

With each component, make some time today to grab a sheet of paper and a pen or open the notes app on your phone and voice all of your thoughts and responses to see what comes up.

More than likely the goals you've selected are challenging, but that's a good thing because part of leadership is learning and growing. In order to move closer to your vision and move to the next level of performance for you as an individual or as an organization, you have to...

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4 Keys to Vision and Goal Setting - How

New impactful and meaningful projects and goals are just waiting for you to rise up to achieve them - to bring them to life. Yet when setting a vision and goals can feel daunting, these four components will help you create the big picture and a plan to get there. Each of these elements are important to frame the vision while enabling it to be actionable and achievable, so this episode will break down the question: what resources are needed to achieve these goals? 

 

With each component, make some time today to grab a sheet of paper and a pen or open the notes app on your phone and voice all of your thoughts and responses to see what comes up.

More than likely the goals you've selected are challenging, but that's a good thing because part of leadership is learning and growing. In order to move closer to your vision and move to the next level of performance for you as an individual or as an organization, you have to step out of your comfort zone.

Pro tip: Schedule your...

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4 Keys to Vision and Goal Setting - What

New impactful and meaningful projects and goals are just waiting for you to rise up to achieve them - to bring them to life. Yet when setting a vision and goals can feel daunting, these four components will help you create the big picture and a plan to get there. Each of these elements are important to frame the vision while enabling it to be actionable and achievable, so this episode will break down the question: what goals would you like to achieve? 

 

With each component, make some time today to grab a sheet of paper and a pen or open the notes app on your phone and voice all of your thoughts and responses to see what comes up.

More than likely the goals you've selected are challenging, but that's a good thing because part of leadership is learning and growing. In order to move closer to your vision and move to the next level of performance for you as an individual or as an organization, you have to step out of your comfort zone.

Pro tip: Schedule your business reviews...

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4 Keys to Vision and Goal Setting - Where

New impactful and meaningful projects and goals are just waiting for you to rise up to achieve them - to bring them to life. Yet when setting a vision and goals can feel daunting, these four components will help you create the big picture and a plan to get there. Each of these elements are important to frame the vision while enabling it to be actionable and achievable, so this episode will break down the first question: where do you want to be at the end of the year?

 

With each component, make some time today to grab a sheet of paper and a pen or open the notes app on your phone and voice all of your thoughts and responses to see what comes up.

More than likely the goals you've selected are challenging, but that's a good thing because part of leadership is learning and growing. In order to move closer to your vision and move to the next level of performance for you as an individual or as an organization, you have to step out of your comfort zone.

Pro tip: Schedule your...

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