Three Ways to Thrive

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How will disruption and turbulence impact your work, your life, your emotional and physical health; your ability to thrive? The World Health Organization tells us that stress and depression will be the leading cause of disability in the world by 2020. Yes, if you are not suffering from anxiety or depression someone you know, lead, work for or love is.  It is time to recognize that default patterns of thinking will not take us forward, times of great change demand leadership that helps us adapt, evolve and thrive.  Read more

You have the power and you are the answer because there is nothing you can buy or learn that will take YOU forward without changing the way you think.  I have run a successful business, been a trailblazer who lived a life many dream of, but I have also faced a litany of challenges (career, business, life, and health) that would have crushed many people.  The most important lesson of all is that only YOU have the keys to the kingdom, only YOU can change your perspective in ways that sustain the faith, hope, courage, integrity, and humanity that can help you keep going, help you survive and thrive. Read more

Here are 3 free steps to help you start thriving in disruptive times.
 Steps I call “Cool Tools” because they take less than 10 minutes.  I have a library of many steps, the following three steps are a great way to start building your 3Q Edge (IQ-EQ-SQ).   Pick ONE step and try it on for size for 7 days.  DO it consistently for a week, and post your results on the blog or send them to me privately (irene@justcoachit.com)

  1. Cultivate the power of the present moment, build your ability to be in the NOW. Start doing so by thinking of 3 things you are grateful for because we cannot retain negative emotions when feeling grateful.   Appreciate this moment because you are alive, you are here for a purpose that you were meant to fulfill.  Retrain your brain by developing an attitude of gratitude AND developing greater positivity.
  2. Give yourself 90 second window-3 minutes to optimize! Yes, we can all find 3 minutes and if you use these 3 minutes three times a day, you will see positive results within a week. CLICK here to try the PAUSE 3-minute exercise. Science confirms that taking a small amount of time each day to be in prayer, contemplation, meditation or chanting can change your life by making you more resilient, focused, positive driving improved emotional and physical health. (even longevity).
  3. Keep your flame going. Do something to help someone else.  Drown out what’s wrong and feed your ability to contribute by sharing a smile, helping a friend, colleague or a stranger, mentoring a team member.  The smallest things can make a powerful difference in the lives of others, and being of service will also make you feel GOOD.

Life presents us with choices.  Carpe diem, take this moment to recognize your ability to be the difference and make a difference!  Give one of these three tools a try consistently for a week and let me know your results.

Get inspired. Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower. Build your leadership, communication, career and personal edge in disruptive times!  Find out about 3 to Thrive and other new programs.
Reach out and we will reach back!


Irene (1) 416-671-4726  Skype:  beckerirene
Irene’s assistant, Drew Jones, (1) 737-5075
Email:  irene@justcoachit.com    drew@justcoachit.com
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Monday Motivation: Success school with Evan Carmichael

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53 Confidence Boosting Actions You Can Take Today

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Post Views = 3691 Originally published on Self Development Secrets | Rebecca Temsen  | Do check out their site because “being your own hero” is critical! One of the most important ingredients of a well-lived, enjoyable life is self-confidence. Confident people get what they want the way they want it, people enjoy being around them, and they’re […]

How to Build Strength and Success in Uncertain Times

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Team Building Toolkit-25 Tips!

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Success is NOT achieved alone. If your team is not effective, your results will be poor.    

What team building activities have worked the best for YOUR team?  What is the greatest team building challenge you face? Sharing 25 team building tips for your toolkit!

 

 

1. Have a clear mission. Start with the common anchor, the objectives and values you share.  Internalize them, mention them, and ignite them because they are the fuel for your greatest individual and collective potential.

2. Make sure that roles, responsibilities and accountability are clearly defined.  If you are working with an agile team/project team where roles change, this in itself is a new type of role that must be explained.  Clarity is king and buy in from members is queen.

3. Develop a team charter.  Team members need a strong sense of belonging to the group that will build trust and commitment. This sense of commitment is reinforced when the team spends the time to develop team norms or relationship guidelines together.

4. Lead, don’t micro-manage.
Make sure that all team members feel that they are a critical part of the team’s success. Make sure roles, responsibilities and accountability are clear, but do not micro manage. If process helps execution, use it.  Process used as a substitute for poor leadership, lack of trust will ultimately impede or undermine that potential of the team. Get the right people on your team, empower them, engage them; help them with their professional/personal development and hold them accountable.

Align & Motivate Empathize
Delegate & Monitor Plan & Control

5. Develop your ability to use care-frontation. Don’t shove problems or conflicts under the rug where they can fester, brew and explode in overt or covert ways.  Conflict is a healthy sign.  Use it to build connection.  Remember conflict that his not expressed, festers, brews and ultimately destroys everything in its path. Use shared values and objectives to break down barriers and to also help team members build strong intrinsic motivation so that they focus forward when times are tough.

6. Ready to react? Stuck in stasis?  Worried about driving in reverse?  Ready to go into fight or flight?  Try my R-E-A-C-H™ coaching method for better and faster results!  Go ahead change a default pattern of thinking, communicating or doing that is no longer working for you. Yes, brain science confirms that our brains are neuro-plastic (we can rewrite default patterns)

 

Redirect focus Don’t let your amygdala hijack you!  Pause.  Depersonalize and refocus on your primary objective.
Empower confidence Develop personal rituals that help you get empowered when times are tough.  Find ways to empower the confidence of team members because YOU cannot light a fire (yours or theirs) with wet wood. If you believe you can do it, you are arming yourself with an almost unstoppable weapon.
Actualize potential Put your best effort forward and execute.  Enable your best self and best work.
Communicate effectively Learn how to understand communication styles of others and how others perceive you so that you can speak/write in a way that opens their ears and send them a message that drives reach, resonance and results.
Harvest results Celebrate all wins, big and small and make sure to recognize the people who helped to make the win a reality.  Success is a group activity.  Build your team and they will reach back and help YOU grow.

 


7. Give your team a safe place to share their thoughts by developing team rituals that further transparent communication. 
Ask the right questions because developing your ability to not only ask the right questions, but ask them in a way that engages/empowers while also holding them accountable is critical.

8. Organize the team for excellent communication and execution by creating team rituals, regular meetings (face-face or virtually), team-building sessions as well as informal meetings that provide engagement, fuel focus and enthusiasm (lunch and learns, regular launches, social gatherings-fun time).  Never punish or castigate a team member for having a different opinion.  Open the door to different opinions they are the lifeblood of innovation and success.  If team membership changes during the project, or there are other important changes to deal with plan a short team building meeting to review forming and norming stages again (and/or to get the new team member up to speed).

9. Model failing forward.  Learn from successes and failures. Be honest with your team.  Do not try to buffer them from critical/difficult decisions.  Show them how to deal with challenges and turn them around. Show team members how to move from conflict to connection.

12. Championing learning, training and mentoring.  Help team members develop skills that help them improve interpersonal relationships, communication with all stakeholders (internal/external), presentation skills, career related skills AND skills that speak to their own personal development.

13. Hold pre-meetings (face to face or virtual review of meeting agenda so that you know if there are any questions or issues).  Pre-meetings are necessary ingredients of successful project meetings. Prime team members for a positive meeting.  Set the stage for fruitful results with a pre-meeting

14. Hang out with your team and also make sure there is fun time. Show them you are smart with heart. Sit with them and talk about their life/ambitions. Make sure that you humanize your relationship because you cannot lead heads without touching hearts. Let them know that you not only value their work and efforts, but enjoy them as people.

15. Model appreciation for efforts put forward and recognition for individual and collective achievements. One of the number one complaints of over 70% of USA employees is that they are not appreciated or recognized for their work.  Disengagement and presenteeism are rampant.  Nip them in the bud.

16. Be thoughtfully decisive. Take a stand that reflects 1.  Values   2.  Objectives   3.  The best course of action. “A leader always explains or fixes”. Explain your decisions to your team or go fix them.

17. Champion diversity.  Diversity of gender, race, skills and background makes a team stronger. Make sure to view each member as a unique and special component of the team with experiences, points of view, knowledge and experience to contribute.

18. Model leadership by creating an environment where team members are comfortable taking risks, communicating, advocating positions and taking action.  Do not punish, castigate or scoff at someone for disagreeing.

19. Model active listening.  Be a great listener and help team members improve their listening skills.  The most important part of communication is listening without judgment, without trying to guess what the other party is really trying to say or formulating your response while they are talking.

20. Expect and encourage creativity, innovation, and different viewpoints need to be expected and encouraged. Comments such as, “we already tried that and it didn’t work” and “what a dumb idea” should not be allowed or supported.

21.  Champion reflection and continuous improvement.  The team should regularly examine itself to improve processes, practices and interpersonal communication and interactions as well as an open discussion of team norms/practices that have become counter-productive in a changing environment. 

22. Work on team procedures for identifying, analyzing and resolving team problems and conflicts.  Again, use challenges as a positive lever to build better processes, communication and solutions. When you are having team building challenges focus on interpersonal relationships first!

                Goals
                Roles
                Processes
                Interpersonal Relationships

23.  Remember that trust is the glue that holds a great team together.  Shared values, objectives, honest communication, accountability and collaboration built trust and make it stick.  Frequent meetings, team rituals, social meetings (with and/or without family) community volunteer opportunities are all great ways to bond and share, wins and challenges are all opportunities to build trust.

24.  Identify toxic team members and get them off the team.  Make sure that you are not removing team members who have great potential and need coaching, training, mentoring but rather members who are NOT a fit for the team and who will not benefit from personal development initiatives.

25. Teach your team members to take breaks every 90 minutes for blank time in order to recharge.  Even the tightest schedule can grow to fit in 5 minutes of blank time every 90 minutes.  Stress is one of the most critical threats we face from an individual, business and organizational perspective.  Help yourself and your team members find ways to recharge. Explore and select personal rituals you can do in a couple of minutes a day that help you recharge, refocus and repower!

What team building activities have worked the best for YOUR team?  What is the greatest team building challenge you face?  We’d love to hear from you!


Irene Becker, Just Coach It for Breakthrough Results in Turbulent Times
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Leadership, Success and Peace of Mind in Uncertain Times

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“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.”
—John Sculley, former Apple CEO

We live in times of extraordinary disruption, and equally extraordinary possibility. Our ability to see the extraordinary possibilities before us, our desire to become possibility thinkers, communicators, and leaders is critical on a multiplicity of levels.

I discovered how to be a possibility thinker and doer by finding a way to transform pain into strength, challenges into courage, hope into faith, conflicts into communication and difficult problems into cognitive dexterity; a way, a path that speaks to life and business/professional leadership. And, as, is often the case, the genesis of my 3Q model and work started when I faced the worst of times; a time when my life and work hung in the balance by a very thin thread.  Read more-My story Against All Odds (over 49,000 views)

A recent McKinsey and Company article estimates that change is happening ten times faster and at three hundred times the scale and impact of the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution altered life and work as we once knew it; our transition from the world of information to the age of innovation comes with a velocity of change, challenges, hyper-competition, and opportunities that our predecessors could never have imagined.   A VUCA (volatility-uncertainty-change- ambiguity) world demands a whole new focus and set of leadership skills that can take us forward faster, smarter, and stronger at a speed of change, challenges, and possibilities that will continue to accelerate. Read more-The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership (over 41, 000 views)

The 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report by Deloitte pinpoints four critical pivot points for success: leading, engaging, reinventing, and reimaging. What worked yesterday may be impotent today or tomorrow; the need to shift forward is critical, and it depends upon your attitude, your ability to reimagine, engage, reinvent, and LEAD forward.  It depends upon our ability to help men and women, people of diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to transform what is into what can be.  Read more-Women and Leadership (over 59,000  views)

 Your ability to remove the barriers to your greatest potential is real, and the first step in moving forward is recognizing the incredible potential within;  your potential to think, feel, see, and learn faster and better than before.  I have dedicated my life to helping people build their 3Q Edge because a whole new world demands a whole new focus that helps us live, learn, communicate and lead forward faster, smarter and happier than before.  Read more-3Q Benefits and Why I Have Dedicated My Life to This Work. (over 59,000 views)

 Are you ready for a new focus?  Is it time to think differently?  Transform stress into success?  Make change your greatest ally? Stay tuned, for my next post, as we explore taking the road less traveled by using challenges, changes, and stressors as a powerful lever for your greatest potential and results!  In the meantime, check out three interesting, exciting innovations and a list of predictions by Bill Gates!



Irene Becker, CSO, Just Coach It: irene@justcoachit.com  (416-671-4726)
Irene’s assistant, Drew Jones, drew@justcoachit.com (416-737-5075)

Monday Motivation: Improve Your Day in 5 to 38 minutes!

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Can a 38 minute routine turn a negative day around or infuse your day with positivity? Do 5 minute Cool Tools work? Yes! Try them on for size and find out! Continue to read for a great morning routine. Scroll to the bottom of the page for 5 minute Cool Tools. I believe you will be positively surprised by your results!

How can you get happier and more focused? Turn blah into blossom? Transform negativity into a new positive way of thinking? Michel Schwantes, shared terrific advice in his column for Inc. I am sharing an abridged version of the key steps mentioned in his recent article because they are simple, practical and purposeful. You can also find my cool tools at the bottom of the article.

1. Fuel your brain with the good stuff. in 10 minutes
Whatever you do, don’t skip a healthy breakfast. Trade your bowl of sugary cereal for something healthy–like oatmeal or a protein berry smoothie (have all the parts cut up the night before and ready to be blended).
You’ll avoid being tired and hungry later when the sugar jolt wears off.

2. Have a quick 15 minute exercise session.
If you fear a grueling work out, don’t worry, this won’t require you to push play on the P90X video. Positive psychologist Shawn Achor says that a short burst of fun cardio activity (think hula hoops, jumping on the trampoline, a laser Zumba dance session, or a brisk walk with the dog) works wonders . All it takes is 15 minutes per day.

3. Breathe for 5 minutes
OK, now that your heart is pumping a bit. it’s time to switch it up. Sit in a comfortable spot (your “happy place”), and breathe. No, we’re not talking breathing normally but “conscious breathing,” a focused form of yoga-based, breathing meditation.
Click here for one of my favorite Cool Tools (exercises that take less than 5 minutes) The Pause. The Pause will help you breathe better and develop greater mindfulness.

4. Here’s what to do in 5 minutes or less: Before noise from the outside world or your smart phone (or the kids waking up) distract you and you’re off to the races, find a quiet space, take out your journal or a notepad, and write these questions down:

What will grow you personally or professionally, and improve you as a human being today?
What will excite you and give you more energy today?
What will set the stage for an epic-productive day?

5. Take maximum 5 minutes to reflect on three things you are grateful for in life.
Move to another quiet and sacred space, preferably outdoors (a swing bench, a dock, or under a tree). Close your eyes, breathe through your stomach and center yourself. Meditate on the good things of life for 60 seconds–your family,job, good health, community, religion, etc. Now open your eyes and for the next 2 minutes write on your notepad or journal 3 things that you are grateful for the previous day.

Whether you are down in the dumps, stressed or discouraged taking simple, positive and purposeful steps can make a world of difference! We all hit ruts in the road, challenges, detours that sadden us and make it difficult to engage the positive energy and focus required to have a successful day.

Recharge in 5 Minutes or Less. Here are some 5 Minute (or less) Cool Tools
3 Simple Powerful Ways to Turn Negativity Around
How to Inspire and Enable Your Greatest Potential
100 Stressbusters
The Happiness Course-7 Tips and More
The 18 Word Success Formula
The Pause

 

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Success in Uncertain Times-A Small Favor & Thank You Gift

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Why Storytelling Skills Make You a Better Business leader

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Finding Happiness and Success in a Chaotic World

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Saturday Video: Presentation Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

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Public Speaking words on a box for training to give a big speech

 “There’s nothing more inspiring than a bold idea delivered by a great speaker,”  Carmine Gallo, the author of Talk Like Ted-9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds.The leader who communicates well succeeds well.  Whether you are presenting for 2 people or 2 hundred, the ability to sell your ideas is one of the most important business and professional skills you can acquire, and it is a skill you can learn and improve.   

In his book, Talk like TED, Carmine Gallo identifies and outlines 9 techniques used by the top TED presenters and shows how you can use them to improve your own presentations by making them more powerful and dynamic. The mission of TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is to spread ideas. The non-profit organization is best-known for its TED Talks, short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less, delivered by experts drawn from the worlds of technology, academia, entertainment and beyond.

How can you improve your presentations skills and results by making your presentation more emotional, novel and memorable? What are the key secrets of great presenters?  Enjoy this 2-minute video summary of Talk Like Ted-9 Presentation Secrets of the World’s Top Minds. 

 

Gratitude to Carmine Gallo for his excellent book and to The Business Source for their excellent video summary. 
Photo Credit:  Big Stock Photo

More on Successful Communication?  You Betcha!
7 Ways to Turn Conflict and Communication Problems Around
How to Build Better Communication NOW
BOLD-4 Simple Steps to Enhance Ideation, Communication, and Results
Presence-Developing a Critical Success Factor (Video)
Using Your Voice to Inspire and Engage

 

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Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
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 Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene   
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Saturday Video: Boost Your Results & Reduce Your Hours

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Extreme Productivity
How can you boost your results while reducing your hours?

In the book, Extreme Productivity, Robert C. Pozen shows us how to be truly productive, even when faced with a myriad of competing demands and multiple time-sensitive projects. During the 5 year period in which this book was written, Pozen held down two full-time jobs as a business leader and a Harvard teacher while also keeping a good relationship with his wife and family.   The book is based on his long-term, real-world experience and gives the reader excellent counsel on productivity, personal development, and relations.

What are the secrets to extreme productivity? Enjoy this 2-minute video
book summary of Robert C. Pozen’s book, Extreme Productivity by The Business Source.

 

More?  You betcha.
Here are  some of my favorite stress-busting techniques and a cool tool (2-minute solution) to help you recharge, refocus and repower.  Yes, stress is a 21st-century part of life that is eroding individuals and organizations from inside out.  Stress not only impairs cognition, productivity and also damages our physical and emotional health. Less stress-greater productivity and success!
100 Stressbusters
The Pause-A 2-minute cool tool, a transformational exercise anyone can learn to do.

 

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Just Coach It | Recharge-Refocus-Repower

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Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
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 Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene   
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Leadership is Olympian | Practical Ways to Ignite Your Inner Olympian

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Saturday 2 Minute Video: Effective Leadership, Engagement & Results

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Leadership BS-Changing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time
Disengagement is a critical problem that is destroying organizations from inside out. The imperative to revisit our thoughts about what makes a good leader and how to develop effective leadership training is critical.

What if most of what you’ve been taught about leadership in college, business school, seminars and management literature is either wrong or useless?

In his intriguing and controversial book, Leadership BS-Changing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, Jeffrey Pfeffer highlights five disconnects between contemporary leadership teaching and real world practice.

•What are the five disconnects that create ineffective leadership and dis-engagement?
•What can we NOW to develop good leaders?

Watch the Video
Watch this 2 minute video
synopsis of Professor Pfeffer’s book, Leadership BS-Changing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time by The Business Source and re-visit your beliefs about what makes a good leader.

 

 


Leadership MeansMore on Effective Leadership at the Speed of Change/Challenges?  Yes!

The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership

Enlightened Self Interest-6 Ways to Build a Resilient Thriving Organization

3Q Leadership™ Exposed-Realizing Leadership Magazine Cover Story

Free eBook-Leading and Succeeding in Disruptive Times-A 3Q Edge™ Primer

 

 

 

Take action NOW. Build Your Ultimate Advantage-Your 3Q Edge

Irene Becker, Founder, Just Coach It
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™

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                                        Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene

Contact: Irene’s Assistant Drew Jones: 416-737-5075 drew@justcoachit.com

Build Your Ultimate Advantage in Turbulent Times

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 You have heard of EQ/EI (emotional intelligence) but what is 3Q, and how can building  three “Q” strengths change and improve your life, your communication, your leadership and the results you achieve in a VUCA* world?   Click here to learn all about 3Q skills  scroll down to take a free 3Q life and career self-assessment. (*volatility, uncertainty, change, ambiquity)

Here are 7 ways to start building YOUR 3Q Edge:

 

  1.  Build a community of purpose, because success in a connected world demands communication, collaboration with your direct reports, your boss, your colleagues and other stakeholders. Click for more info on developing YOUR Community of Purpose.
  2. Develop Greater Self Awareness  Your ability to find new ways, better ways to R-E-A-C-H (redirect, empower, actualize, communicate and harvest results) in yourself is the starting point, the pivotal determinant for your ability to inspire and engage the best in yourself and others in good times and bad.
  3. Increase your emotional intelligence, build the self-awareness, awareness of others, emotional mastery and resilience that is critical to effective.  Click here to learn more about EQ management, leadership and wellbeing. Learning about EQ/EI is important, but it is not enough. Emotional intelligence is honed in the practice, in using challenges at hand to build each critical area of EQ/EI that will allow you to live, lead and succeed more effectively, optimize and delegate purposefully and build the communication and strong relationships that are critical to success.
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  4. Embrace and nurture your strengths. Get in focus with what you do brilliantly, with your areas of excellence. Know what you do best, and use every challenge you face to engage and build you’re your intrinsic and learned strengths. Choose team members who have different strengths that give the sum total of your efforts more power. Team members whose values, integrity and dedication mirror yours but whose intrinsic and learned strengths are different and complimentary to your own.
  5.  See challenges in a new and different way that takes YOU and those you lead forward. Develop a new and different relationship with changes, stressors, difficult people/situations that will help YOU Fail Forward faster and better. Your ability to reset default patterns is the coachable moment. It takes awareness; it takes practice and consistent small positive steps or changes in perspective and behavior that will have a formidable impact.
  6. Develop your REACH coaching skills. Learn how to effectively coach others. Develop the coaching skills that can help you help others to optimize their potential, communication and results when the going gets tough by helping others R-E-A-C-H™ (redirect focus, empower, actualize potential, communicate effectively, harvest results). Apply systems theory, because even one small consistent positive change will impact the whole system in ways that can be pivotal and transformational.
  7.  Develop new ways, better ways of communicating that helps you build a bridge across cultural or generational differences that helps you to achieve the engagement and collaboration you need to succeed in our connected world.  Your ability to communicate effectively is one of the most important determinants of your personal and professional success.Do you want to play to strengths while transforming stressors, changes, challenges into a lever for your greatest purpose, potential and results?  Pie in the sky?  Think again.  The proof is in a 13 year track record of breakthrough results in high stress, high change environments.

Take action NOW…

Find out where you stand with this FREE 3Q Career and Life Self Assessment and contact me for a complimentary 15 minute consultation because the need to not only play to strengths, but to transform changes, challenges and stressors into a levers for your greatest potential, happiness and results is real and CRITICAL.

Irene Becker


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Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™

Contact:  irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
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Self-Actualization, Happiness and Success in a Chaotic World

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Self LoveI share this post with you because I  believe in our ability to build a better tomorrow.  I wake up each morning striving to share more, to help more because I believe with all  my heart that courage, integrity, hope, humanity and faith can take us forward.  They are the values, the strengths, the greatest riches that no one can take from you.  Read more

Self-actualization, happiness and success start by knowing what you really want and adopting a fresh perspective that will help you learn, live and lead forward. What do you really want?  What is really bothering you today?  How can you engage your purpose, your passion, your ability to tap into your strengths and transform challenges into possibilities? Stop thinking about what is wrong, and start focusing on what is right. Read more

Will you choose greatness?  Will you choose to be a victim or a victor?  Do you want to let life happen to you or use what live gives you to tap into your greatest power and the heartfelt values that ignite and sustain your greatest power and happiness?  The greatest power we have lies not in what we have, but in who we are-who we choose to be. Become the director in YOUR movie/YOUR life.  Read more
Start now.  Start this moment by applying self-love.  We are all capable of greatness.  What this means to each individual is different, because our impact, our contribution to the world is different.  Each positive contribution, no matter how big of small, is a critical component in an evolution of self and society that will take us forward to face a brave new world with hope, faith, courage, humanity and integrity.   Read more

Every day is an opportunity to begin again.  Every day will present you with challenges and opportunities to transform the challenges you face into levers for your greatest potential.  Will you seize the day?  Will you recognize your power to make a difference in any way you choose?  Think carefully, because the greatest fulfillment, the only true happiness we feel is when we are contributing, when we are sharing, when we have touched the life of another. Read more

Where do you start?  Start here! Start with self-love and appreciation that is NOT founded on the need to be validated by others. Make a decision, a choice to appreciate your unique gifts, your unique potential, your unique fingerprint because YOU can make a difference in whatever way you choose, but making a difference means being grounded in love not fear or anger.  Apply self-love. Read more

Start this day with a fresh new perspective that will take you forward! Refocus, repurpose, repower! Get inspired by the person you really are because that person is the person YOU can choose to be. Feel your power to choose love over fear, humanity over anger, hope over despair, faith over uncertainty.  Build your 3Q Edge™, your ability to tap into your strengths while using challenges as a lever for your greatest potential and results. Read more

 

Irene Becker


Just Coach It.  Empower-Engage-Transform Your Next Challenge Into Possiblity Thinking, Doing & Results
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Saturday Video: Bold-How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

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BoldAre YOU ready to get BOLD, go big, create wealth and IMPACT the world?  Is it time to understand the power of exponential technologies, moonshot thinking and crowd-powered tools that are disrupting huge organizations and enabling startup entrepreneurs to go from an idea to a billion dollar company?  Bold is a fascinating read for anyone who wants to make their boldest, most purposeful dreams come true.

Do you want to  design and use incentive competitions, launch million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns to tap into tens of billions of dollars of capital and build communities of purpose—armies of exponentially enabled individuals who have the ability to make your boldest dreams come true?  President Bill Clinton called Bold-How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter Diamantis and Steven Kotler, “A visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the world-and invaluable advice about bringing together partners and technologies to help them do it.”

Click here to enjoy this 2 minute video summary of Bold-How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World 

Gratitude to The Business Source for this excellent video, and to Peter Diamantis and Steven Kotler for their important work and book.

What’s next….Stay tuned for another 2 minute video summary of a great book next Saturday! 

 

Irene Becker


Just Coach It.  Empower-Engage-Transform Your Next Challenge Into Possiblity Thinking, Doing & Results
Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
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Speaker’s Corner: One Of The Keys To Success-Gratitude

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I am delighted to introduce a new segment on 3Q Leadership Blog, Speaker’s Corner.  A new weekly insight on life, success, leadership, organizational and self actualization by blog subscribers, colleagues and writers.  Our insight this week comes from digital marketing expert, Mike Lee.  Do you have a short post, an insight or opinion you would like to share?  Email irene@justcoachit.com

Success is much more that what we get…

Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs has passed the test of time.  Once or need for food and shelter has been met, it is our ability to tap into our talent, to express our contribution, our ability to make a positive difference that takes us forward.  True success, that feeling of deep fulfillment, can never be measured by what we get because it is the by-product of what we give and what we are when me rise to the challenges before us with integrity, courage, hope, faith and humanity.

Many years ago, I asked a client who was a captain of industry what he defined as success.  I expected to get an answer that reflected success as expressed by what he had accomplished.  His answer has stuck with me for many years because hearing the definition of success from a man who had a life and a financial/business empire that most people can only dream of was simple, powerful and profound.  My illustrious client answered me without hesitation, telling me that there is only one definition of success and that definition is happiness.  Is it possible to be successful-to be happy without feeling gratitude?  Enjoy the sage insight of digital marketing expert, Mike Lee on the importance of gratitude.

One Of The Keys To Success – GRATITUDE by Mike Lee

I am absolutely blessed by the fact that I can honestly put my hand on my heart and say I’ve come to a personal understanding of what gratitude is and its power to open the doors to a successful but also fulfilling life.

You’ll hear no denial from me that I spent many a year trying to aspire to others perceived level of success. And most of us will do it in our work lifetimes and beyond.

My gratitude comes from the fact that, one day, I suddenly recognised what this word really means. It starts with each of us and being grateful for the lives we have. Whether it’s with everything or nothing, the key to expanding our lives starts with ourselves.

On business networks in particular there is a sense of lost folk syndrome. People that are in all manner of roles but lost amongst the noise of have, need and want. What’s lacking is gratitude and the acknowledgement of how lucky we are to be able to converse and live the way we do.

What we don’t do is be true to ourselves and share stuff that really matters in areas we work in. So much is geared towards take. There is so little give now it’s astonishing that there is any benefit gained from business networks.

How often will you read a post like this without a book push at the end of it? Why don’t we ever share on subjects that matter that are more life affirming but add significant value within a commercial environment?

I’ll finish off with just one statement. I am grateful to feel free of the run of the mill shares which enables me to share my pure view – that offering gratitude on a daily basis not only creates opportunities for you, but also leads you to others of a similar ilk. Those that you’ll work so well together with you’ll wonder why you never applied this simple, but ever important element to your life, far earlier.

Speaker’s Corner bio: Mike Lee, Founder, Digital Headway, UK
Mike Lee
Mike Lee is a marketing master whose career has led him to working for international marketing giants, and to more founding, Digital Headway, a company aimed at helping small and mid sized businesses grow their marketing reach and sales expotentially.

Contact Mike via Linked In or by email at ml@digitalheadway.com

 


Do you have a short post, an insight or opinion you would like to share on our Speaker’s Corner?  Email irene@justcoachit.com

 

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Irene Becker


Just Coach It.  Empower-Engage-Transform
Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer, Just Coach It
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
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Presence-Developing a Critical Success Factor

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Presence can launch your success and can also give you the power to rise up when faced with difficult moments. Passion, confidence and enthusiasm (presence) are critical whether we’re talking in front of two people or five thousand; interviewing for a job; asking for a raise; speaking up for ourselves; or speaking up for someone else, we all face daunting moments that must be met with poise if we want to feel good about ourselves and make progress in our lives. Presence gives us the power to rise to these moments.  Presence is not only special success factor that can drives resonance and results.  It is not only one of the strongest predictors of successful startup funding, but it may be the flame that lights the fire of personal, professional and business success.

In her book, Presence, Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy reveals how to  heighten your confidence, influence others, and perform at your peak by developing presence. Have you ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over? Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation? The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives’ biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

By accessing your personal power, you can achieve “presence,” the state in which you stop worrying about the impression you are making on others and instead adjust the impression you have been making on yourself. As Amy Cuddy’s insightful book reveals, you don’t need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, you need to nudge yourself, moment by moment, by tweaking your body language, behavior or  mind-set in your day-to-day life.

There’s a good reason why we put their faith in people with presence (passion, confidence, and enthusiasm); the traits that define presence cannot be easily faked.  Think about it, when we’re feeling confident, our vocal pitch and amplitude are more varied, allowing us to sound expressive and relaxed. But when we’re trying too hard to fake these things, our vocal cords and diaphragms tend to constrict, causing our voice to come out all squeaky.  And it’s not just our voice that gives us away. When our “fight or flight” trigger goes off, chemicals in our bodies might cause us to go red in the face, break into a sweat or even squirm in our seat.

How can you develop greater presence?  A great way to start is by watching this video summary of Presence by Amy Cuddy, Ph.D by The Business Source

 

Do you want to get motivated and inspired?  Transform a people-centric leadership, business development, communication or career challenge into an advantage?  Transform an area of personal challenge into an asset? Build sticky coaching, training and mentoring initiatives? Take action now. Find out how we can help.

Irene Becker


Just Coach It.  Empower-Engage-Transform
Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer, Just Coach It
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
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10 Quotes and Tips on Re-igniting Happiness

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How can you re-ignite happiness? Appreciating the value of true happiness and learning to cultivate happiness in good times and bad is critical and doable.
I can write these words because I have lived them and I have also worked with clients to help them achieve greater happiness and success for more than a decade.  Yes, I have been to the back of the dark forest to the edge of challenges, changes, defeat, despair, illness, tragedies to recognize that our ability to truly build happiness is not reflective of what we have, but who we are.  Our ability to reset the GPS, adopt new ways of thinking, communicating or doing is real and critical to our happiness and an evolution of self that will help us live our best lives and do our best work.

Here are 10 of my favorite quotes and accompanying top ten simple, powerful tips on feeling happier.

 

If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.” Chinese Proverb
Tip One →Find the light and share it with someone else.
 Step out of sadness by helping another person. Try it, because it is scientifically proven to work!


“Happiness never decreases by being shared.” 
Buddha
Tip Two→Share a joke or funny story with someone who will appreciate it.

 


“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen.  Stacey Charter
Tip Three → Apply love.  Spend five minutes a day thinking about how you love yourself.   Yes, think of all the qualities that make you special,            because each human being is gifted with attributes that are truly lovable.  If you had a dysfunctional childhood, learning to re-parent yourself, learning to                comfort the child within, to love him/her can be pivotal.  If you are going through a difficult experience or challenge the need to love yourself,
appreciate yourself is critical.

 

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” Winnie the Pooh
 Tip Four →Take time out each day for blank time; time when you DO not worry, time when you are just at peace and at one with the
universe.

 

 “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Frederick Keonig
Tip Five →: Adopt an attitude of gratitude.  
Keep a gratitude journal or simply make a mental note before you go to bed and when you wake up of what         you are grateful for.

 

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Tip Six: Smile because science tells us that the simple act of smiling will elevate your mood.

 

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”  Helen Keller
Tip Seven →Beware of the abyss.  The longer you stare at the darkness, the more it will overwhelm you.  Look for the good, no matter how hard it is to
do so.

 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop
 Tip Eight →
Be kind because there is not enough kindness in the world and one small drop can make a huge ripple in your life and the lives of others.

 

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Tip Nine→Get coached.  Learn to change your thinking by taking very small, consistent steps to think in ways that will help build
happiness and success.  Work with your coach to find the right small steps that work for you and actualize/integrate them in your
life/work.

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Tip Ten → Understand and appreciate your true beauty by moving past the abyss, through the struggle or pain by holding on to the

faith, hope, courage, integrity and humanity that  no one can ever  take from you.

 

I hope that this simple post will speak to your heart and soul, because nothing can be more important than preserving and cherishing them both. Your heart and soul empower your greatness, and ability to rise to the challenges before you and use them to do good, be good and lead in a way that makes a positive difference, an important difference in your life and the lives of others.  Carpe diem.

©Irene Becker, 2016

 

More on Happiness in Disruptive or Turbulent Times?  YOU Betcha!
How to Live Happier in the Midst of a Storm
The Secret to Peace and Prosperity
Refocus, Repurpose, Repower
I Choose the Road Less Traveled
The Happiness Course
Picking the Golden Apple
Recharge, Repower in 3 Minutes or Less
100 Stressbusters
True Happiness
Rediscover Your Genius

Not Enough?  Visit the drop down menu for more inspiring articles
Click here for 3,617 inspiring quotations

 

Do you want to get motivated and inspired?  Transform a people-centric leadership, business development, communication or career challenge into an advantage?  Transform an area of personal challenge into an asset? Build sticky coaching, training and mentoring initiatives? Take action now. Find out how we can help.

Irene Becker


Just Coach It.  Empower-Engage-Transform | Build a Better and Happier Tomorrow

Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer, Just Coach It
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
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How to Live Happier in the Midst of a Storm

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iStock_000014644345XSmall-glass-half-fullHow can you live happier in the midst of a storm? What do I know about storms, happiness and success? More than most.  I can honestly say that my expertise in all three areas may be unchallenged.   Read More  and More.  This year I faced a tragedy of enormous proportion, today I face myself and I reach out to you with one message.  Choose life, choose happiness, find a way to ignite and inspire your best self because doing so is the only way forward.  Find a way to give and contribute, because doing so will ignite your heart, soul and help you engage your strength.  Be kind to yourself and pay kindness forward to others.

Let’s face it, negativity abounds, change, challenges, and upheavels are the norm.  Yes, we are living in a storm that is going to get worse before it gets better. Learning to extract happiness every day is a learned habit that starts with making a conscious decision to fight the negativity that surrounds us as we open our newspaper, turn on our radio or TV and interact throughout the day.    When negativity overtakes our consciousness we feel helpless and powerless.  Unable to see all that we have to be grateful for negativity blinds us to options, opportunities.  Psychological research indicates that a pessimistic cognitive bias makes you vulnerable to feelings of helplessness and depression.  Negativity also appears to compromise the immune system – optimists have been shown to have better-functioning immune systems and better health overall.  Optimists generally live 8-9 years longer than do pessimists.  It is clearly time to get happy, to get joyful.  Read more

Do you want to reduce the risk of depression, physical illness, and early death?  Start by reclaiming your personal power to be joyful.  Can we train ourselves to be happy?  You bet.  How can we start?  Start by preparing your consciousness to accept joy and to reject negativity.  Decide that you are going to spend one whole day, 24 hours refusing to be negative.  Stretch out of the comfort zone and decide to make today a positive day, no matter what!  Read more

Go ahead, just spend 24 hrs. being positive, drinking in life with your glass half full.
   Choose life, choose happiness, find a way to ignite and inspire your best self because doing so is the only way forward.  Find a way to give and contribute, because doing so will ignite your heart, soul and help you engage your strength.  Be kind to yourself and pay kindness forward to others.Reclaim your personal power to be joyful by taking making this day a purely positive one.  Reject all negativity for 24 hrs and decide to be happy.  Try it, you’ll like it!  Read more

© Irene Becker, Just Coach It

More on Getting and Staying Inspired?  YOU Betcha

The Secret to Peace and Prosperity
Refocus, Repurpose, Repower
I Choose the Road Less Traveled

The Happiness Course
Picking the Golden Apple
Recharge, Repower in 3 Minutes or Less
100 Stressbusters
True Happiness
Rediscover Your Genius

Not Enough?  Visit the drop down menu for more inspiring articles
Click here for 3,617 inspiring quotations

 

Do you want to get motivated and inspired?  Transform a people-centric leadership, business development, communication or career challenge into an advantage Transform an area of personal challenge into an asset? Build sticky coaching, training and mentoring initiatives?  Find out how we can help- call Irene (416)-671-4726  Skype:  beckerirene

Irene Becker

Just Coach It.  Empower-Engage-Transform | Build a Better Tomorrow

Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer, Just Coach It
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene   irene@justcoachit.com 
Tel:  Irene’s Assistant Drew Jones: 416-737-5075 drew@justcoachit.com

Where is the value? Buyer Beware!

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value01Why is value important?  Because value is the bottom line, on a multiplicity of levels, and it should be the most critical factor in our choices and in our decisions to purchase. Determining whether a purchase will deliver value, or whether spending your time (your greatest declining resource) is worthwhile means pausing and stepping back because even the best and brightest among are high jacked by emotions.  Sometimes our initial gut feeling is right, other times we are swayed by something that has nothing to do with our gut and everything to do with how we are feeling at a particular moment in time.

 

 

 

 

value02Why do even the best and brightest among us sometimes forget about value?  Because we are all built with the same primal wiring; the same initial operating system that served us well when we were living in caves and surrounded by predators.  Yes, our default reaction is to want to follow the leader (to safety) or to flee from or fight predators.  The feeling of being in control by following the leader, fleeing or fighting will ignite a positive feeling that can compel us to purchase.  Have you found a miracle solution yet?  I haven’t.   I have found that success demands hard work, thoughtful preparation and the desire to learn, change, grow and succeed forward.

At a time when miracle solutions, programs and courses for business owners and entrepreneurs abound, the litmus test for your next purchase must be value based. Not investing in that which can take you forward faster and better is most often a mistake.  We all need help to move to the next level of success.  It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes the right advice, the right community, and the right support to develop a strong business or professional practice.

 

 

value04Do not believe everything YOU Read. I just read an article in a serious business publication speaking about the fact that YOU are responsible for your success.  Great headline, it got my interest and then fell flat.  The wildly successful author speaks to the fact that anyone can succeed.  Well, there are many “anyones”, many people with multiple degrees, genius IQs who are driving taxis.  There are many people who have tremendous potential but they did not have the right connections, were not in the right organization to achieve the type of success that would have otherwise been possible.  There are many brilliant people of high integrity who are struck my calamities and tragedies that impact their success and make simply surviving their focus.

 

 

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Easy Does Not Mean Better.

It is easy to jump on the bandwagon of the latest economic or personal fad that promises to make your life, business or career successful. Easy does not mean better.  Easy does not mean cheaper or quicker. Easy is attractive because we all want to follow the leader or superstar; find that magic pill, that magic solution that makes his or her success rub off on us.  While we cajole our epidemic sense of uncertainty with attempts to control that which we cannot, or try to find quick fixes when there are none, there is no doubt that getting the right advice is critical and that success is not achieved alone.  It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community of purpose and dedication to grow a business.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes Cheap is Expensive and Free is Costly.
  Getting the best professional advice you can from a trusted advisor or mentor is invaluable.  YOU cannot be a mirror for yourself and it is often hard to find your way out of a box you have created or a political playing field you did not create.  Your life and your career are YOUR priorities.  Get the best advice YOU can from someone who shares your values, understands your strengths, challenges and who looks upon the integrity of their work as a priority.  Sometimes free advice is valuable, often it is costly because the individual giving it cannot or does not take the time to really reflect upon the situation and consequences in their entirety.

 

 

 

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Get the support you need to turn the learning into action. The greatest book, training course or program will not take you forward until you transform thought into action.  Will you need collateral support?  Most people do.  If you need support to turn learning into doing, make sure it is available.

 

 

 

 

The Soul of Leadership-The Heartbeat of Sustainability

 

How Can YOU Decide How to Invest Your Time and Money?  

1.  Identify your objectives and goals.  Step back and ask yourself what you really want.

2.  Focus on the value. Don’t be led astray by an initial desire to follow the leader or find the miracle pill or cure.  Pause, reflect, review and decide.  Recognize that changes in thinking, behaviour or communication demand practice.  Choose programs or services that include pre-program and post-program support.

  1. Focus on YOUR values and theirs. Does the company or individual selling the service/product share your values?  Will your particular areas of challenge be addressed? Is the company or individual you are considering hiring dedicated to the integrity of their work/products and the value they provide?
    © Irene Becker, Just Coach It, 2016

 

Do you want to get motivated and inspired?  Transform a people-centric leadership, business development, communication or career challenge into an advantage Build sticky coaching, training and mentoring initiatives?  We are here to help you lead, communicate and succeed forward in disruptive times;  face to face, by telephone, skype or video conferencing.  Call (416)-671-4726  Skype:  beckerirene

Irene Becker

Just Coach It.  Empower-Engage-Transform

Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™

irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene   irene@justcoachit.com 
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Saturday Solution: 2 Minute Video on Designing Impactful Conversations

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Impactful Conversations
Are you spending untold hours in unproductive meetings?
  Statistics tell us that managers spend 50-85% of their time in meetings, and that the majority of these meetings are not fruitful.  Authors of Moments of Impact, Chris Ertel and Lisa Kay Solomon share a way to design conversations to energize your team and generate breakthrough insights so you can achieve real Moments of Impact.

Strategic conversations must elicit both analytical and emotional/creative responses and lead to definite action, while being flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances. They have to engage and inspire participants, often using novel techniques and tactics. And they have to be memorable so there’s meaningful follow-through. Such meetings, say Ertel and Solomon, must be built around five core principles.

What are the five core principles that can help YOU design strategic conversations that energize your team and create breakthrough insights?  The best way to find out is by watching this excellent video by The Business Source.  Thank you, authors Chris Artel and Lisa Kay Solomon for an excellent book, and The Business Source for an excellent 2 minute video summary.

Click here to access the 2 minute video.   Learn how YOU can design impactful conversations!

More on effective communication?  You betcha!
7 Ways to Turn Conflict and Communication Challenges Around
How to Build Better Communication NOW

5 Ways to Communicate and Lead Forward
3 Ways to Build Great Leadership Communication
How to Build 5 Benchmarks of 21st C Leadership Success

 

Do you want to get motivated and inspired?  Transform a people-centric leadership, business development, communication or career challenge into an advantage Build sticky coaching, training and mentoring initiatives?  We are here to help you lead, communicate and succeed forward in disruptive times;  face to face, by telephone, skype or video conferencing.  Call (416)-671-4726  Skype:  beckerirene

Irene Becker

Just Coach It.  Empower-Engage-Transform

Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene   irene@justcoachit.com 
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Saturday Solution: 2 Minute Video-Fixing Leadership and Careers One Truth at a Time

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success diceThe writing is on the walls of our organizations and workplace; the training received misses the mark a great deal of the time.  Hence the blunt title of this, the 14th book that the Stanford Business School professor Jeffrey Pfeffer  has either written or co-authored.  Jeffery Pfeffer shares his thoughts about the leadership industry, which he says is sucking billions of dollars out of corporate coffers by telling us things about leadership that are misleading, far removed from the real world and, sometimes, patently untrue.  “A provocative case that most leadership advice is baloney and the entire industry is broken. Pfeffer convincingly argues that we consistently give the wrong people power – and even when we get it right, authenticity is a recipe for disaster.” – Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

 

Leadership BS-Fixing Leadership and Careers One Truth at a Time poses important questions:

→What if most of what you’ve been taught about leadership in college, business
school, seminars and management literature is either wrong or useless?

→What if  you’re being taught someone’s idea of how they think things should be, rather than
how they actually are?

→What are the five disconnects about what we are told about successful leadership and what successful leaders actually do?
The best way to find out is to click for an excellent 2 minute video summary by The Business Source

>>>Enjoy this excellent video book summary by The Business Source by clicking here <<<

More on Effective Leadership?  YOU Betcha.  Visit the drop down menu on this blog for a large collection of leadership articles.

 

Do you want to get motivated and inspired?  Transform a people-centric leadership, business development, communication or career challenge into an advantage Build sticky coaching, training and mentoring initiatives?  We are here to help you lead, communicate and succeed forward in disruptive times;  face to face, by telephone, skype or video conferencing.  Call (416)-671-4726  Skype:  beckerirene

Irene Becker

Just Coach It.  Empower-Engage-Transform

Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™

irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit
Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene   irene@justcoachit.com 
Tel:  Irene’s Assistant Drew Jones: 416-737-5075 drew@justcoachit.com

 

Difficult Conversations-How to discuss what matters most

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Difficult ConversationsHave you struggled with a difficult conversation?
Do you want to improve your results managing difficult people?
Is it time to STOP avoiding difficult conversations?

Communicating effectively is a critical competency for leaders and for everyone who wants to succeed in today’s marketplace and workplace.  Most people will avoid conflict and the potential stress of having a difficult conversation; certain cultures and personality types are particularly confrontations and risk averse, making moving from conflict to communication particularly challenging.

What do you need to know about ALL difficult conversations?
How can you strengthen relationships, improve effectiveness, confidence and engagement? What are the 3 sub-conversations that make up and impact all dialogue? Thanks so the authors of this best-selling book, and the producers of the video synopsis and book summary, The Business Source for sharing this important knowledge.  Enjoy this 2 minute summary of Effective Conversations-How to discuss what matters most.  ←

How can you transform conflict into communication?
Understanding what fuels conflict and fans the fire of disengagement, anger or frustration starts with the fact that all people react when they feel invalidated.

Feeling invalidated by a person or the details of a situation touches our primal core and activates our reptilian brain (amygdala) automatically putting us into fight or flight mode.  Learning to recognize triggers and to circumvent the automatic fight or flight response is critical and doable. Read More:  7 Ways to Turn Conflict Around
I look forward to giving three workshops at the forthcoming Project Management and Business Analyst World Conference in Toronto May 9, 10 and 12 because communicating effectively across cultural and generational boundaries is critical.  Read more

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Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer
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Effective Leadership-How do you measure success?

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Effective LeadershipAs a leader how do you measure success? What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?  What is the difference between a leader and a boss?  How would you promote cohesion among teams who disagree? How do you motivate your team?  What leadership style do you use?  How do you resolve conflict?

Enjoy this leadership listicle from Villanova University around effective leadership.  How would you answer the aforementioned questions?  Your comments are valued and encouraged.  Please do not hesitate to share them on 3Q Leadership™ Blog

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Skip Prichard

President & CEO, OCLC, Inc.
Leadership Insights blogger

SkipPrichard.com
@skipprichard

What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?

It is always my goal to be seen first as a servant leader. Servant leaders think of others first. They encourage, they motivate and they are humble. I think they lead with others in mind.

What is the difference between a leader and a boss?

A boss manages through positional power, whereas a leader radiates personal power. Leaders can emerge from anywhere in an organization. They galvanize others with their ideas, energy and passion. People are swept into their vision and want to achieve results. A boss is a box on an organizational chart. With a position of power, the boss has an extraordinary opportunity to influence. That opportunity does not always equate to becoming a leader.

How would you promote cohesion among teams who disagree?

A team needs to align around a decision. You can and should disagree openly in a team meeting. Argue and debate within the team. Once the decision is made, then you need to align as a team publicly, or you will undermine the ability of the team to deliver. I think leaders often struggle with cohesion because they do not encourage debate and listen to the arguments on both sides. If people feel like they will be treated fairly, they may be more likely to support the final decision.

How do you motivate your team?

I hire motivated people. It’s very difficult to motivate someone to do something. I find it’s much easier to find people who are self-motivated. As a leader, my job is to provide an environment of encouragement mixed with challenge. After that, it’s up to the individual.

What leadership style do you use?

I’m a lifelong student of leadership. We all have preferred styles based on our personality and experience. However, successful leaders learn to adapt the style to the required situation. At times, a good leader needs to listen and influence in a subtle way. Other times, that same leader may be required to be on stage, up front and vocal. Still another time, the leader may be persuasive, influencing behind the scenes. The best leaders are constantly changing styles to serve others and to serve the intended goal.

As a leader, how do you measure success?

Through results – That usually implies financial results, but when I answer “results,” I think of them in a much broader way. It’s not only financial results or measureable metrics, but I make sure these questions are answered. Are we improving our skills? Are we better this year than last year? Are we influencing more people to take action? Jim Rohn said, “Success is something you attract by the person you become.” I’ve adopted his philosophy.

How do you resolve conflict?

It depends on the conflict. I never shy away from conflict because it can be a welcome learning experience. It can offer a window into an important issue, or it can provide an opportunity to develop personally and professionally. Francis Crick said, “The death knell to real collaboration is politeness.” In a civil, respectful way, encouraging conflict is important. It leads to better results. Hiding or avoiding conflict only pushes the real battles to the boundary.

Jon Mertz

Founder, Thin Difference
Speaker and Published Author

ThinDifference.com
@ThinDifference

What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?

The most important value I try to demonstrate is empathy. Everyone experiences joy, ordeals and uncertainty within the workplace and within their families. Having open, honest and understanding conversations can help set the stage for determining the right steps forward. Demonstrating empathy is not being weak. It is just the opposite.

Empathy is about showing strength as a leader to solve problems and support team members and colleagues in good and challenging times. The other key values I try to demonstrate are a problem solving and growth-oriented mindset. Going into any situation with an attitude and belief of “this can be solved” sets the stage for everyone to apply their talents together.

Being growth-oriented means we must always keep learning and get better at what we do. If my team members do not see me demonstrating these mindset values, then I have failed. Each of these values must always be grounded in integrity.

What is the difference between a leader and a boss?

Simply stated, a leader raises others up while a boss holds people in their place. Leaders empower the best in others, and the best comes out by how they use their talents. A boss tells others what to do and may even tell them how to do it. A boss puts people in a box. A leader unboxes the gifts each individual has.

A leader holds people accountable while giving them the responsibility and authority to do the work. A boss just holds people accountable with little corresponding responsibility and authority.

How would you go about getting cohesion from a team who disagrees?

I think Dr. Henry Cloud said it best. “Go hard on the issue and soft on the person.” What this means is to keep the focus on the issue and process. We need to be relentless in this focus. By doing so, eventually the true cause or challenge will be discovered and then can be resolved. If we get distracted on the personal stuff, the relationship may fray, and no progress made.

Another key element is empathy. Understanding another’s perspective may help begin to flesh out where the common ground is. Asking a lot of questions and getting confirmation on what we hear can also help determine how to collaborate together. One final point is to remember to lighten up the environment. A good laugh can help spark a refreshed perspective.

How do you motivate your team?

What I try to do is set the big goals each quarter and give people space to determine how to achieve them. Our goals align to our purpose. Staying focused on why our work is important will keep us motivated. Too often, the simplicity and power of these actions are missed.

I believe most teams are good, and they want to make the best decisions possible and put their best efforts forward as often as they can. Motivation springs from here.

What leadership style do you use?

My leadership style is designed around collaborative results. By working together with a focus on the higher purpose at hand and leveraging each other’s strengths, we can achieve many great things together.

As a leader, how is success measured?

Success is measured by how team members grow in the use of their talents and the new initiatives they undertake on their own. In our world today, there is more opportunity for horizontal growth than vertical. How team members gain new capabilities, take on new initiatives and demonstrate creativity in solving problems are how I measure success as a leader.

The added way is what we achieve as a department and a company. Within an organization, there is a higher purpose to realize. Success is measured in how well we perform in achieving that higher purpose.

How do you resolve conflict?

As difficult as it is, resolving conflict begins with an honest, open conversation. Staying focused on the issue and not the personality is vital, although not easy. Taking deep breathes and listening intently to what is being said – verbal and nonverbal – can also help a great deal.

I try to keep my emotions in check while remaining centered in calm resolution. In many ways, there is a sense of rising above the situation and observing how the conversation is unfolding. A new perspective is gained, and I stay focused on resolving the issue.

Irene Becker

Founder, Just Coach It – The 3Q Edge™
Leadership, Career and Communication Expert, Speaker and Writer
20+ years in Leadership and Executive Positions

JustCoachIt.com
@justcoachit

What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?

The most important values I demonstrate as a leader are character, competency, integrity, humanity and courage. These values are the anchors for seven timeless commitments that build and sustain great leadership:

  • The commitment to lead and not follow
  • The commitment to the empowerment of self and others
  • The commitment to purpose and vision
  • The commitment to communicating the vision
  • The commitment to courage
  • The commitment to integrity
  • The commitment to action ability

What is the difference between a leader and a boss?

A boss is a person who is responsible for workplace objectives being met. They are the individual that employees report to, and the individual who will set objectives and is responsible for seeing that they are met. Leaders are responsible for inspiring, guiding and enabling potential, collaboration and results. They set the vision, inspire the mission and create new pathways that drive reach, resonance and results.

How do you get cohesion among a team who disagrees?

It is important that team members bring different skills, strengths and a diversity of thought to the table. What unites a team is a common purpose and common values that are the linchpin for team development, growth and cohesion. I would use disagreement as a positive. Disagreement is not necessarily negative. Different opinions are important.

How is disagreement transformed into consensus and collaboration? By refocusing on the common objectives, values and goals and determining how to find a balance, an answer that uses areas of disagreement to come up with a new and better solution(s). In transforming disagreement into new solutions, one is also modeling and teaching the ability to build respect, resiliency and integrative thought (the skill of holding two opposing thoughts in one’s mind in order to come up with the best solution). Respect, resiliency, integrative thought and collaboration are critical 21st century leadership and team strengths.

How do you motivate your team?

You should motivate your team by helping employees develop their professional abilities and personal strengths. Your commitment to your people, your ability to help them build upon their strengths, learn new skills and develop new habits of thinking, doing and communicating is critical. Teaching and helping team members to fail forward (to use failures in a positive way to generate new ideas and results), making sure that every effort is made to grow communication/collaboration, as well as highlighting accomplishments of individuals and the team as a whole, are important motivators.

The balance in motivating your team lies between knowing each team member and understanding how to communicate in a way that motivates them as well as the entire team. Motivation comes from respect, understanding, communication and the feeling that the work one is doing is valued. Team synergy comes from a team that communicates and collaborates together toward a common goal with shared values that hold them together.

What leadership style do you use?

My leadership style is collaborative, but I believe that it is critical to adapt one’s leadership style to fit the people you are leading. To me, leadership is about character, competence and integrity and the style one uses must reflect all three values. Different groups, sectors and demographics require different leadership styles because the litmus test of great leadership is being able to inspire, engage and enable people, potential and results.

The ability to adapt one’s leadership style in terms of how one communicates is critical, especially in a new arena where diversity, generational and cultural differences demand a leadership style that can build bridges and drive consensus collaboration.

As a leader, how do you measure success?

As a leader, I measure success by my ability to not simply achieve objectives, but to champion and entrench the values, the mission, the organization as a whole and the importance of every individual who contributes to the greater goal. Success is measured not only by my ability to lead positive change, but to inspire, engage and enable others to optimize and engage their greatest potential and results in alignment with the objectives and common values that unite us all.

How do you resolve conflict?

The best way to resolve conflict to bring all parties to the center of the table. When conflict arises, even the best and brightest among us can get hijacked by emotions. It is imperative to pause and NOT react, but to respond. Focusing on the center of the table means focusing on the shared goals, objectives and values that tie everyone together.

It also means listening to another’s opinion without judgment and making sure the other party is heard and respected. It means reflecting back what they have said and using it to validate their opinion, so that everyone moves from conflict to connection.

Mark Fernandes

Chief Leadership Officer, Luck Companies
Keynote Speaker and Writer

MarkSFernandes.com
@marksfernandes

What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?

My personal core values are responsibility, accountability, discipline, excellence and significance. These are the ones that I feel are important to live my life by. However, this does not necessarily make them right for everyone. Each of us has our own set of core values, and our deeply held beliefs about what is right and good. What’s most important is that we do the hard work of understanding and embracing what our own core values are, then live our lives in alignment with them as this would be our authentic best self.

I also believe trust building and relationships are exceptionally important as a leader, and doing what you say, saying what you mean, and being what you seem (my definition of integrity) go a long way toward building both. Trust building and relationships take time, however, they can be lost in an instant of untrustworthy behavior.

There is also something to be said about grace, an ethic of kindness. Grace is not only something we need to extend to others but also to ourselves. As Ian Maclaren said, “Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” We could all benefit by giving each other and ourselves a break.

What is the difference between a leader and a boss?

Leaders serve others and often spend the majority of their time asking questions about how they can help or support those around them. Bosses are self-serving and spend most of their time telling others what to do.

How would you build cohesion among a team who disagrees?

Getting a team or group of people to agree on something can be a difficult task and generally divide team members even more. Oftentimes, alignment is a better desired state whereby team members agree to disagree, however move forward as one voice and/or in one direction. This is typically best accomplished through a collaborative approach to the solution, where everyone’s voice is heard, and a decision made through consensus building.

How do you motivate your team?

The best motivations are intrinsic or the self-desire to seek out new things and new challenges. It is driven by an interest or enjoyment in the task itself, and exists within the individual rather than relying on external pressures or a desire for reward. As a leader, I see it as our responsibility to create the environment and conditions for our employees and teams to be self-motivated and use the characteristics of organizational climate (clarity, standards, rewards, flexibility, responsibility and team commitment) to do so.

Along with these characteristics, it is also the responsibility of the leader to use the appropriate leadership style that is best suited for certain situations to ensure the best conditions for motivation exist.

What leadership style do you use?

Tough love is the leadership style that has been most influential and impactful for me throughout my life. This is the style that I have carried forward from mentors, coaches and my parents, but over time I have adapted my application of this practice to meet the specific needs of each person I engage with.

While the “one size fits all” principles of tough love worked well for its time, I felt the need to redefine this approach for both myself and a transforming world of work that is asking for a very different kind of leader – a truly human leader. I have chosen to lead by employing a greater balance between “tough” and “love,” seeking to meet people where they are in any given situation and providing them with exactly what they need to, in turn, be influential and impactful for others.

As a leader, how is success measured?

In the early stages of my career (and life), I defined success much like most other Baby Boomers. Success was more about the accomplishment of goals and attainment of things, positions, honors, wealth and the like. Today, it is so much less about what I “get” and so much more about what I “give.”

My personal mission statement is to inspire people to believe in themselves, and become everything they are capable of becoming. On any given day where I may have inspired just one person to wake up to the limitless possibilities of their life, that would be a really successful day.

How do you resolve conflict?

My personal preference for resolving conflict is to focus on the problem not the personalities and to not let it get personal. Conflict is a normal part of any healthy relationship and learning how to deal with conflict – rather than avoiding it – is crucial. It’s typically best when emotions are diffused, as calmer heads often prevail, and attention is paid to the rational facts versus obsessing on the feelings.

Scott Mabry

Senior Operations Leader in Financial Services
Leadership Author and Blogger

Soul2Work.com
@soul2work

What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?

To me, the most important values are empathy, honesty, competence, inclusion and vulnerability. All of these values relate to building trust, and trust is at the heart of leadership.

What is the difference between a leader and a boss?

A manager is focused on doing things right. A leader is focused on doing the right things.

How do you improve cohesion among team members who disagree?

Listen carefully to the stories and pay attention to the underlying emotions. Is this really about the issue or about something hiding behind the issue? Refocus on the outcome both parties want to achieve and search for common ground. Find a path that best serves the needs of the team and work with them to build an agreement on the work load and how they will work together. Create opportunities to build informal relationships that break down barriers.

How do you motivate your team?

I don’t spend a lot of time directly trying to motivate the team. I focus on creating an environment where people will find their own internal motivations. People are motivated when they feel cared for. Care about your team members, get to know what inspires them on a personal level and create a culture designed to encourage both individual and team success.

What leadership style do you use?

I focus on an inclusive, connected and confident leadership style. I feel it is very important to bring others into the leadership process and to lead together, but I understand that I must also be decisive and directive at times when that is what the team needs from me. I seek to build positive relationships with each person in my direct team.

As a leader, how is success measured to you?

Success is measured by the degree to which I am able to lead the team to reach the objectives we set out to achieve. It is also the degree to which each person on my team grew as a person and a leader through our shared experiences. My goal is to help each person realize their potential and feel appreciated, supported and rewarded by their work. This isn’t the same as trying to make people happy. Sometimes, it means tough conversations and pushing people beyond their comfort zone.

How do you resolve conflict?

I help people work through their differences with a focus on finding common ground, and I help each person recognize how they can contribute to a better situation. I set the expectation that if the conflict is hurting the team, a way through it must be found. Disagreement and debate are acceptable, and even healthy as long as the discussion is over a common goal and the team is passionate about the best way to accomplish the mission. Conflict for the sake of individual pride, accomplishment and reward or professional dislike is not acceptable.

Dennis and Michelle Reina

Co-Founders of Reina, A Trust Building® Consultancy
Best-selling authors with nearly 25 years of experience strengthening workplace trust

ReinaTrustBuilding.com
@DrDennisReina
@DrMichelleReina

What are the most important values you demonstrate as leaders?

As leaders in workplace trust building, we know we have a responsibility not only to what we do, but how we do it. This means committing to do what we say we are going to do and working hard to deepen our own trustworthiness. This critical inner work is guided by demonstrating four core values:

  • Do the right thing and do it right
  • Push boundaries to learn and grow
  • Co-create for the greater good
  • Honor the mind, body and spirit

We find these values fuel us – daily – to give our best. Time and again, we attract colleagues and clients who’re willing to give us their best.

What is the difference between a leader and a boss?

People follow bosses out of obligation. They follow leaders out of inspiration. We’ve found that worldwide, across all industries and levels of responsibility, the key difference between bosses and leaders is their trustworthiness. People trust leaders to do what’s right, particularly in tough situations. Leaders build trust through focusing more on the people they’re supposed to be leading than the things they’re supposed to be doing. As a result, people can:

  • Feel confident in the direction they’ve set for the organization
  • Strive to produce extraordinary results, even in challenging circumstances
  • Support and nurture their leader’s growth – both as a leader, and as a human being

How would you get cohesion from a team who disagrees?

We’ve found the most effective method to forge consensus is to uncover the disagreement’s ‘why.’ Why are people divided within an issue? How are they seeing the future unfold differently if certain decisions are made? What impacts are some people anticipating that others may not have considered? The only real way to get at these insights is to create a safe container for people to talk candidly with one another in focused pursuit of the ‘why.’

In this space, people can unearth and test assumptions, pinpoint risks and opportunities and develop a clear path forward together. We find that through this process, team members begin to engage with one another. This engagement not only strengthens trust, it fuels optimal performance.

How do you motivate your team?

As team leaders, it’s our job to give people permission to slow down and pinpoint what’s holding them back. Could they use additional training, an outside perspective or a subtle shift in environment? Do they need time to rest and reboot? Or, are there dynamics that are diminishing the trust they have in themselves – or in other members of the team? In our experience, a breakdown in motivation can be a red flag for a breakdown in trust. Even in the highest performing teams, people practice behaviors that make trust vulnerable. Broken trust is the outcome of people doing business together.

In our team, when we notice energy levels declining, we give people room and space to pinpoint behaviors that may be breaking trust and clarify what’s needed to get back on track. This isn’t always easy – especially when our team needs to be firing on all cylinders. Yet, the time we invest in this process is always rewarded. Our relationships improve, our effectiveness increases and – most importantly – our ability to teach trust deepens because we’re living it, authentically.

What leadership style do you use?

Both with clients and in our team, our leadership style is highly collaborative. We believe the most effective, sustainable solutions are co-created, not dictated.

As leaders, how do you measure success?

Our clients refer to us as pioneering leaders in workplace trust building. For nearly 25 years, we’ve supported people at all levels of responsibility to shift behavior, optimize relationships and perform exceptionally, both as professionals and as human beings. Because trust work lives at the core of the human experience, we measure our work’s success in terms of impact. Other questions we ask include:

  • Has our approach to trust building supported people to transform their workplaces and lives?
  • Have the business results our clients achieved increased public awareness around the value of workplace trust?
  • Have we built a method to build trust that stands the test of time?

We’re thankful and proud that we’re enjoying success by these measures. Yet we’re more proud that our clients are enjoying success from trust building.

How do you resolve conflict?

In our work with thousands of leaders worldwide, we’ve found that conflict is rooted in compromised trust. We’ve developed a proven seven-step formula that supports people to resolve conflict, restore trust and work together again effectively.

  • Observe and acknowledge what’s happened. Recognize the impact of the conflict on both work and life outside of work.
  • Allow feelings to surface. Is there confusion, anger, hurt or shock?
  • Get support. Seek objective counsel to gain greater perspective.
  • Reframe the experience. Get curious. Consider the bigger picture, opportunities that may now be open, options that can be considered. Reflect upon what the experience may teach about personal development, relationships and life.
  • Take responsibility for moving through the conflict and restoring trust, even if not at fault. Learn the behaviors to practice that can keep the situation from happening again.
  • Forgive others. Release the weight of bitterness and resentment and approach others with compassion and understanding.
  • Let go and move on. Disengage from the grip of conflict and move forward.

Gail Angelo

Coaching and Consulting
26 years of Leadership Experience

GailAngelo.com
@GailCoaching

What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?

The most important values for me as a leader include service, compassion and supporting the greatest potential of those I interact with and lead.

What is the difference between a leader and a boss?

A leader inspires people to action regardless of position and/or subject matter expertise. They are strategic in their thinking. They are Agile in their approach to getting things done. Leaders create followership. They are self-aware people with integrity and character, and they actively influence cultures of the same characteristics. A leader is someone you ARE. A boss is something you DO. Bosses are often more about position than about character, and not all bosses are leaders.

How do you build cohesion among teams who disagree?

I start with what is working and where teams do agree. I look for common ground, which is typically around purpose. There will never be a team without disagreement. Consequently, I promote a culture of respectful disagreement. Oftentimes, it is out of disagreement that some of the most creative and best solutions arise.

How do you motivate your team?

I start by engaging them by explaining the purpose of the team. Why does the team exist? What can they connect with? I see them for who they are as people as well as professionals. I support them in seeing the value of each other. I play to their strengths. I ask what they like to do and what they do best. I maximize opportunities for leveraging their strengths. I thank them publicly. I provide balanced, clear, actionable and timely feedback. I communicate with transparency. I trust them.

What leadership style do you use?

My leadership style is inclusive and collaborative. I thrive on collective ideas and input. Ideas and input help make us better and more Agile in times of rapid and complex change.

As a leader, how do you measure success?

Bottom line results The team’s sense and/or feeling of fulfillment Engagement Serving as a model to/for other teams as to how to get things done well

How do you resolve conflict?

  • Get the facts
  • Encourage open dialogue directly with the person
  • Set an expectation that conflict is not always bad if dealt with constructively
  • Model what you want, and set the expectation that there will be no gossip, no rumor mill
  • Listen well, and encourage others to do the same!

Extending a big thanks to Villanova University for their commitment to leadership, education and for inviting me to participate in this leadership listicle.

Do you want to learn more about leading through change, effective facilitation or communicating for impact? Join me for three powerful workshops at Project Management and Business Analyst World, Toronto May 9-12

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Irene Becker

Just Coach It.  Empower-Engage-Transform

Irene  Becker, Founder and Chief Success Officer
Coaching•Consulting•Workshops•Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™

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What Are The New Rules Of Work?

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Point Counter PointThe world is changing and it will continue to change faster than ever before. What are the new rules of work?  What does it really take to succeed?  Robin Sharma believes that are 50 New Rules of Work that are critical to success.  I esteem Mr. Sharma’s work and books, but there are a number of his rules that I disagree with I believe that discussing different points of view is critical on a number of levels, and I welcome you to share YOUR opinion.

Mr. Sharma, if you see this post, please know that I think you have done exceptional work and no one would argue with your contribution, but I disagree with many of your “new rules of work” because I think they can only be ascribed to people who are in a position of power, entrepreneurs who innately thrive on change/challenges, people who are exceeding high performers and those who are in positions to influence and impact decisions and organizational culture.

 Express your point of view.  Share your opinion by emailing me at irene@justcoachit.com or posting a comment on the blog!

The 50 New Rules of Work by Robin Sharma

1. You are not just paid to work. You are paid to be uncomfortable – and to pursue projects that scare you.
My take:  Pursuing project that scare you (as opposed to challenge you) is a recipe for disaster.  Fear automatically kicks off your amygdala and puts you into fight or flight mode, it also has a negative impact on cognition and memory.  Entrepreneurs can thrive when uncomfortable, and have the innate ability to pursue projects others would not dare to undertake, but 90% of the population does not fall into this category.  The ability to look for positive challenges is critical, as is the ability to develop intra-preneurs (employees, managers and leaders who can have an entrepreneurial eye within an organizational culture where collaboration is critical)

2. Take care of your relationships and the money will take care of itself.
My take:  Relationships are the foundation for all success, but you can have great relationships with the wrong people or be pigeon holed in the wrong sector or industry where the relationships you have will not and cannot help you earn more money.  There are also industries and many sectors where making big money is nearly impossible. Furthermore, having the right skills or the right people on the bus is also critical to monetization.

3. Lead you first. You can’t help others reach for their highest potential until you’re in the process of reaching for yours.

4. To double your income, triple your rate of learning.
My take: Increasing learning and re-learning is critical, but there are people who accelerate learning and will not and cannot double their income for a multiplicity of reasons.

5. While victims condemn change, leaders grow inspired by change.
My take: I disagree that victims condemn change, because there are many victims who would love to embrace positive change and growth, but have not yet developed the skills to do so. While some leaders are inspired by change, I believe that the backbone of leadership is not being inspired by change, but being committed to inspiring, enabling and modeling positive change.

6. Small daily improvements over time create stunning results.

7. Surround yourself with people courageous enough to speak truthfully about what’s best for your organization and the customers you serve. My take:  In principle this is so true, but if you are not the boss, not the CEO…if you are not in charge of hiring decisions or the culture in which you work is not progressive; surrounding yourself with people who will be truthful can be very hard, if not impossible.

8. Don’t fall in love with your press releases.

9. Every moment in front of a customer is a moment of truth (to either show you live by the values you profess – or you don’t).

10. Copying what your competition is doing just leads to being second best.
My take.  Sometimes second best is excellent.  If you are not stealing intellectual property, products or services, taking what your competition is doing and honing it to your particular market can be excellent.

11. Become obsessed with the user experience such that every touchpoint of doing business with you leaves people speechless. No, breathless.
My take: This is SO inspiring, but the ability to leave people speechless or breathless is rare.  Every touchpoint is an important opportunity to build relationships, build trust and acknowledge common goals and values.

12. If you’re in business, you’re in show business. The moment you get to work, you’re on stage. Give us the performance of your life.

My take:  I believe that business today is about authenticity.  The moment you wake, the moment you go to work you are either focused on doing your best work, being of service or NOT.  You can give a performance, but I believe that this is best used to “fake it until you make it” by being confident or engaging another attribute that you do not normally have so that you can begin to grow it.  Using the metaphor of performance can lead to imposter syndrome and other challenges that negatively impact quality of life and more.

13. Be a Master of Your Craft. And practice + practice + practice.
My take:  I agree in principle, but I think that the ability to become a master of learning and relearning is also critical, because YOUR craft can and will change. 

14. Get fit like Madonna.
My take: This is inspiring, but  I don’t think you have to or need to get fit like Madonna in order to increase cognition and wellbeing; and doing so is unattainable for the majority of people for a variety of reasons.

15. Read magazines you don’t usually read. Talk to people who you don’t usually speak to. Go to places you don’t commonly visit. Disrupt your thinking so it stays fresh + hungry + brilliant.  I agree.
My take:  The ability to move out of our intellectual and social silos is very important, and while we can all be smarter, brilliance is the attribute of a very small percentage of people.  I believe that doing the best you can do in the moment, is an important goal.

16. Remember that what makes a great business – in part – are the seemingly insignificant details. Obsess over them.
My take: I have mixed feelings as obsessing over seemingly insignificant details can lead to analysis paralysis and very often limits potential and results.  I think that one of the things that makes a great business is knowing what is important, no matter how small it is.

17. Good enough just isn’t good enough.

18. Brilliant things happen when you go the extra mile for every single customer.
My take: I disagree.  A 25 year career has shown me that going the extra mile can lead to a great relationship and long term results, but it can also have little effect if the customer does not value your putting in the extra effort.  I think it pays to do your best work, and to go the extra mile for customers who will appreciate your efforts.

19. An addiction to distraction is the death of creative production. Enough said.

20. If you’re not failing regularly, you’re definitely not making much progress.
My take: I wrote an article on failing forward, Mr. Sharma, and believe with all my heart that it is critical to those who want to achieve great things by accelerating and engaging their greatest potential.  It is also very important  to resiliency and self esteem, but there are many people who will make progress without failing regularly.

21. Lift your teammates up versus tear your teammates down. Anyone can be a critic. What takes guts is to see the best in people.

22. Remember that a critic is a dreamer gone scared.

23. Leadership’s no longer about position. Now, it’s about passion. And having an impact through the genius-level work that you do.

24. The bigger the dream, the more important the team.

25. If you’re not thinking for yourself, you’re following – not leading.

26. Work hard. But build an exceptional family life. What’s the point of reaching the mountaintop but getting there alone?
My take: I understand this rule and believe that the most important relationship we have is with our family.  That being said there are people who cannot build an exceptional family life for a wide variety of reasons, but they can develop a family of choice (close relationships that can help fill the void)

27. The job of the leader is to develop more leaders.

28. The antidote to deep change is daily learning. Investing in your professional and personal development is the smartest investment you can make. Period.

29. Smile. It makes a difference.   Laughter is also good for the body and soul (and it helps improve cognition as it gives your brain and aerobic difference)

30. Say “please” and “thank you”. It makes a difference.

31. Shift from doing mindless toil to doing valuable work.
My take: Well, some people have jobs that you might consider “mindless toil”.  To me, the litmus test of valuable work is what it means to you, how much you feel that you are contributing to a greater whole.  Cleaning toilets can be valuable work, that many people would consider mindless, but it is critical and valuable.

32. Remember that a job is only just a job if all you see it as is a job.

33. Don’t do your best work for the applause it generates but for the personal pride it delivers.

34. The only standard worth reaching for is BIW (Best In World).
My take: I really disagree because 99% of people will never be the Best in the World and aspiring to this can ultimately kill enthusiasm, limit potential and cause people to be stuck.  I believe that the only standard worth reaching is  being the best you can be in a way that helps you actualize your potential, engage your purpose and feel that you are contributing to a great whole.  

35. In the new world of business, everyone works in Human Resources.

36. In the new world of business, everyone’s part of the Leadership Team.

37. Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well.

38. You become your excuses.

39. You’ll get your game-changing ideas away from the office versus in the middle of work. Make time for solitude. Creativity needs the space to present itself.

40. The people who gossip about others when they are not around are the people who will gossip about you when you’re not around.

41. It could take you 30 years to build a great reputation and 30 seconds of bad judgment to lose it.

42. The client is always watching.

43. The way you do one thing defines the way you’ll do everything. Every act matters.

44. To be radically optimistic isn’t soft. It’s hard. Crankiness is easy.

45. People want to be inspired to pursue a vision. It’s your job to give it to them.

46. Every visionary was initially called crazy.

47. The purpose of work is to help people. The other rewards are inevitable by-products of this singular focus.

48. Remember that the things that get scheduled are the things that get done.

49. Keep promises and be impeccable with your word. People buy more than just your products and services. They invest in your credibility.

50. Lead Without a Title.

Thank you Robin Sharma for your important work and contribution.  I know that you value creativity and the exchange of ideas, this post was written with both in mind. Did you enjoy this post?  What do you think about Mr. Sharma’s 50 New Rules of Work?  Would you like to share the Rules of Work you feel are important to your career?  I welcome your feedback with anticipation by email or as a comment on the blog.

Are you a project manager or business analyst?  I hope to meet you at Project Management and Business Analysts World, Toronto where I am giving workshops on communication tips and tricks, facilitation for business analysts and leading through change!

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Ten Ways to Lead and Succeed in Times of Complexity and Change

Ten Practical Ways to Build Essential Sucess Skills at the Speed of Change

 

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Are You Running on Empty?

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Are you running on empty

Now, as you read these words someone you lead, work for or love is running on empty.  Are you running on empty?  Are your people running on empty? Increasingly stressful work environments, heavy work loads and dwindling resources, cynicism and negativity from coworkers adds fuel to the job dissatisfaction, frustration and negativity that destroys our greatest purpose and potential from inside out.

Is your work environment becoming increasingly stressful or frustrating?  Is negativity creeping or invading your thoughts and impacting your actions?  Do you have difficulty reflecting upon your day and finding rewarding, meaningful experiences that made you feel on purpose? Are you questioning your career or life? Do you get up in the morning with an increasing feeling of dread or stress? Are you doing ‘just enough’ at work and life to get by, hoping that the next “miracle” course or turn of events will bring hope and positive change?

If you answered yes to one of the aforementioned questions, you are not alone. Studies tell us that if you are not running on empty, someone you know, lead, work for or love is.  The World Health Organization forecasts that stress will be the major cause of physical disability in the world by 2030, and depression the most common malady by 2020. These are not new forecasts, and they deserve our attention.  You can only hit a target you can see, and dumbing or numbing down the rapid growth of smart, capable, great people running on empty is the path to ultimate dismay and defeat.  The engine of economic and social survival and growth in this century is not controlling the mode of production, but actualizing human purpose and potential to think better, communicate/collaborate better and stoke the fire of meaning and purpose that will keep us moving forward at the speed of change, in the face of challenges, stressors even failures.

Signs of Running on Empty

  • Exhaustion

  • Reduced ability to feel sympathy and empathy

  • Anger and irritability

  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs

  • Dread of working with certain clients

  • Diminished sense of enjoyment of career

  • Heightened anxiety or irrational fears

  • Intrusive thoughts

  • Hypersensitivity or insensitivity to emotional material

  • Difficulty separating work life from personal life

  • Absenteeism – missing work, taking many sick days

  • Presenteeism-being at work but not really contributing.

  • Problems with intimacy and in personal relationships

  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns

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What is the most important challenge you face?
Think about it, reflect upon it and decide whether your greatest challenge is other people, or yourself.  Do you need to change or shift a way of thinking, communicating or doing so that you can inspire yourself and others?  Is it time to start now to build a new skill set, a 3Q skill set that will help you think and lead smarter; feel and do better? Are you ready to fight negativity, fight depression, fight frustration by filling your tank?

Practical Advice!
Seize the day.  Make a critical shift forward by recognizing and actualizing your power to be the difference and to make a difference. I remain committed and dedicated to helping as many people as I can shift forward by learning to recognize and actualize strengths while transforming challenges into a lever for their greatest potential, happiness and success; their 3Q Edge™  Download Your Free E-book, Leading and Succeeding in Disruptive Times-A 3Q Primer

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Sharing the top five articles (multiple topics) on 3Q Leadership Blog that have had thousands of reads.  Pick a topic or title that speaks to you and know that I would appreciate hearing from you and knowing what you liked about the post, or what you would like to learn more about.

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Tame Information Overload-Post & Video Clip

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How To Build and Develop Business in 2015I hope you enjoy this short post and video about  information overload and solutions to this growing problem. These days most of us are deluged by the sheer volume and velocity of information before us.  While this access to information is supposed to help us make faster and better decisions, it has the reverse effect because our circuits get overloaded.

Studies suggest that information overload actually makes us dumber; making smart people underperform while also increasing stress related illnesses. Our circuits get overloaded and it negatively impacts cognition, performance and health. In a Harvard Business Review article, Overloaded Circuits-Why Smart People Underperform E.M Hallowell, MD  discusses the negative impact of information overload.  While this article was written in 2005, the epidemic of negative effects caused by information overload has continued to grow as information multiplies at a staggering rate.  Sufferers from information overload have been described as having ADT-attention deficit trait.  “ADT is now epidemic in organizations. The core symptoms are distractibility, inner frenzy, and impatience. People with ADT have difficulty staying organized, setting priorities, and managing time.” E.M. Hallowell, M.D.

Information will continue to grow at an exponential rate
Knowledge doubles every 12 months; soon to be every 12 hours says IBM.  Buckminster Fuller created the “Knowledge Doubling Curve”; he noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century. By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today things are not as simple as different types of knowledge have different rates of growth. For example, nanotechnology knowledge is doubling every two years and clinical knowledge every 18 months. But on average human knowledge is doubling every 13 months.  According to IBM, the build out of the “internet of things” will lead to the doubling of knowledge every 12 hours.” David Russel Shilling, Industry Tap, 2013

⇒How can you tame information overload and excel? This short video clip is a great place to start. Daniel Levitan, author of The Organized Mind, talks about 4 important, powerful and simple ways to tame information. Enjoy!  Just click here to access the video.  ⇐

Gratitude to Daniel Levitan for a great read/great book and to Business Source for a terrific video and platform.

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The Most Meaningful Gift

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We stand on a glass cliff, a place where we will see the greatest renaissance man has ever known, or a decline into the abyss of chaos, aggression and destruction.  A place where we can choose to embrace our potential to use what is to create what can be in ourselves, our families, our organizations, our society…our world.

One of the most meaningful gifts you can give is the gift of encouragement.  The father of Positive Psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman ascribes 5 factors to human wellness; these five factors are also the anchor for resiliency, tenacity and top performance:  Positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning/purpose and accomplishments.  These five factors cannot be cultivated and sustained without encouragement.

“You get the best efforts from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.” Bob Nelson 

A person possessing the gift of encouragement transmits an energy, a humanity, a deep sense of caring and acknowledgement of another person’s qualities that can change a life, a relationship, a team or an entire organization.

Techniques don’t produce quality products or pick up the garbage on time; people do, people who care, people who are treated as creatively contributing adults.” Tom Peters

Your encouragement can shine the light on current potential and on past accomplishments in a way that ignites the fire, the power of another person; and the bonus of encouraging others lies not only in empowering them to feel better and do better, but it has the same effect on the encourager.

“The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.”  Charles Schwab

•Do you want to build greater resiliency and tenacity?  Improve your performance or results?

•When was the last time you encouraged someone else?  How did it make you feel?

•Do you use encouragement to engage and empower yourself and others?

•Do you encourage at least one person a day?

•Did you have receive encouragement in your life or career that helped you see and live your best life?

Remember to encourage yourself, because self-encouragement is important. In order to lead you must develop the self awareness it takes to embrace our power and transform our challenges into levers for wisdom, purpose, integrity, humanity and results. Seize this moment to encourage yourself and recognize that you can build your 3Q Edge™!  Continue this positive energy by reaching out and encouraging someone else, you will be glad you did.

Leadership is a 3Q equation supported by courage. Courage grows each time we align intelligence (IQ)-humanity (EQ) + integrity (SQ).

Celebrate your ability to change and grow because while our brains are primally wired to look for problems and seek out negativity; cultivating the habit of encouragement will help you reset the primal wiring and refocus in a more positive way. Yes, your brain is neoplastic; cultivating new ways of thinking, new habits of doing or communicating can help you re-write primal wiring or old scripts that no longer work.  New mindset = new results!

 “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” ~Stephen Covey

One of the most meaningful gifts you can give yourself and others is the gift of encouragement.    Yes, encouragement can be contagious! It only takes one candle to illuminate a room.  Think about how encouraging others can impact your future and theirs. Seize this moment to encourage yourself!  Continue this positive energy by reaching out and encouraging someone else, you will be glad you did.

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William James

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Your Greatest Happiness

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3Q Leadership™ Blog- 54,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing! Freedom or Slavery

The litmus test of your greatest happiness rests on your ability to find freedom from that which will only lead us down a path of instant gain and long-term pain. It is  easy to become a slave to our ego (the need to be validated by others), or to the demands of others.  It is easy to develop “soft addictions” to avoid areas of our life that run against our true purpose, our desire and nature to love and to share.  “ Soft addictions”  like getting hooked on t.v., focusing on negativity or being a workaholic are facile ways to distract us from what really matters to us.

When we choose to be addicted to that which helps us avoid that which is difficult or painful we lose touch with the fact that our greatest sense of purpose comes in sharing, contributing and giving.   Whether you are addicted to TV, video games or shopping your soft addictions are a trap. How can you gain the personal freedom to empower our best thoughts, engage our greatest actions and live our best lives when we are facing a change or challenges that has impacted the landscape of our life or work?

Happiness is a choice that starts with being grateful for the gift of life and to look at your glass as half full.  It starts with championing the faith, hope, courage, integrity and humanity that can lift YOU  from where we are to where we need to go.  We can start by learning to appreciate the present moment.  We can gain perspective by taking time to reflect, time to really live in the present moment so that we can be still and hear our inner voice.  

Mindfulness is something that is top of mind for leaders, as it helps drive cognition, ideation and resiliency.  It needs to be top of mind for us all!  Take nine minutes out of your busy day to be mindful-try the 3 minute Pause exercise three times a day, and you will see a difference in your state of mind, focus and the feeling of gratitude that elevates your consciousness and your soul.

We can make a choice to step back and see challenges, changes, even failures with new eyes that take us forward; new eyes that help us tap into our true power and acknowledge that we have a purpose that is bigger than the challenge, bigger than the change or failure are facing.

Our true power is the power to choose freedom over slavery, happiness over despair by refusing to be a slave to our thoughts, by pointing them in new directions that take us forward.  Is it time to recognize that every thought and action that feeds your need to be validated by someone else, makes you a slave to your ego and to the demands and expectations of others?  Is it time to re-awaken and re-inspire your best self and best thoughts?

Take a moment, take this moment to be still and reflect on what you truly want and need. You can choose to elevate this day by taking one small step that will bring happiness to another human being.  It can be a simple smile to a co-worker; it can be anything we choose.  Just one small, simple gift of goodness will add a drop of greatness to your day. Pie in the sky?  Think again!  Take a moment to spread a little goodness, because doing good feels good.

Choosing not to follow the crowd, choosing to empower and enable thoughts and actions that disable your best self and thoughts is to choose slavery over freedom, happiness over despiare. At a time when the World Health Organizations forecasts that stress related ailments and depression will become the major causes of physical and emotional disability in the world, the imperative to strengthen your resolve to focus on that which truly empowers and enables your best self, best thoughts and best actions is clear.

Seize this day, empower this moment by choosing freedom over slavery. Find your happy spot. Refuse to be a part of the silent war of negativity, discouragement, disengagement, depression and despair.  Tap into YOUR power to think differently, communicate differently and develop a NEW relationship with your strengths and challenges that takes YOU forward!

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The Secret to Personal Development and Growth
Turning Negativity Around
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7 Ways to Engage and Enable Your Greatest Potential
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Surviving Friendly Fire

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Surviving Friendly Fire | How to Escape Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts

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Surviving Friendly Fire

My assistant recently coined I had not heard before, “death by a thousand paper cuts”. The more I thought about these words, the more I recognized that we are each cut thousands of times by words, thoughts, experiences that hurt, injure or wound us in ways that may not seem important.  Paper cuts are important because our way of dealing with them impacts our purpose, potential and impedes that results we could be achieving.

It is utterly sad that most people never touch upon their personal greatness; most people do not stop to understand what makes them different, unique and special.  We each have something to contribute, something of value to share with others, but paper cuts deride our best selves in ways that we cannot even begin to imagine.  When friendly fire, when paper cuts impact our thoughts and emotions we lose track of what we can control, what we can influence.  The greatest locus of control you have is over your 3Q’s:   Q1:  What/how you think      Q2: How you feel/communicate     Q3:  Your values, personal boundaries and the spiritual quotient that keeps you strong and focused when things are tough.  Learning to hone and grow your Q skills is doable, critical and can change your life, your work, your career in ways you cannot begin to imagine.

Unfortunately, when we are the recipient of friendly fire; the pain, anger or frustration we feel can turn around and bite us in the back.

Do you deal with paper cuts in one of the following three ways?

1.  You deny them.
2.  You dwell on them, and become a victim.
3.  You allow paper cuts to silently impact or erode your sense of self-worth.

Perhaps you deal with paper cuts by taking out your, hurt and frustration on another person, a situation, or by tossing out angry words or throwing the nearest object across the room.

Being successful, feeling fulfilled and happy lies at the other side of a thousand paper cuts.  Denying the paper cuts, becoming a victim of the paper cuts, or allowing the paper cuts to erode your sense of self-worth will take you down a long and winding path that can and will undermine your purpose, potential and the results YOU can achieve.  Turning your next paper cut into an experience that grows one of your Q skills can be empowering and transformative!

How can YOU escape death by paper cuts?  How can you empower YOUR best self on days when you are not feeling that you can take on the world, days where blue skies look grey or grey skies look black?  Here are seven simple solutions to try!

Simple, Practical 3Q Solutions for Paper Cuts

1.  Recognize when you are impacted by a paper cut.  Take a 3 minute window to just process and let go of the negative feelings the cut caused you.  Wiggle your toes.  Ridiculous as it may seem, it is difficult to stay anger while wiggling one’s toes.  If wiggling your toes does not work, find another way to distract your brain until the power of the paper cut is gone.

2.  Refocus on the fact that hurt people hurt people; if your paper cut came from someone who is emotionally injured it reflects their issues and not YOURS.  If your paper cut came from someone who was trying to help but did not know how to communicate their message, refocus on the fact that they were trying to help and let your anger go.

3.  Reflect upon what was said or done and ask yourself what is within your circle of control?  What can you do, what can you say that could change the situation.  If nothing can change the situation because of the mindset of the other party, find a way to get rid of your anger and frustration and move on.

4.  Do NOT judge.  Refrain from judging others, because in judging others you will also start judging yourself and get caught in an awful cycle of negativity.  Stand up for your values, stand up for your boundaries but do so from a place of self-worth, not judgment.

5.  Develop a new strategy to communicate with the bearer of friendly fire in ways that do not invalidate him/her and allow him/her to understand what it is about what they have communicated, the words they have used that does not sit well with you.  Trust is built on communication.  Communication takes practice and the most important arena to practice occurs when there is friendly fire, mis-communications etc.  Read:  Turn conflict and communication challenges around.

6.  If you are receiving friendly fire from a friend, family member, boss or co-worker; remember that while you can drop a friend you may not be able to switch jobs and cannot switch families.  Determine how you can minimize contact so that you are not standing in the middle of the firing range, waiting for the next shot.  Remember that YOU cannot change, you cannot cure toxic people, but you can get out of their way as much as possible while recognizing that the bullets coming your way, the paper cuts inflicted reflect their own personal issues and problems and are not a reflection on YOU at all.

7.  Begin again now.  Do your best, address paper cuts when they happen or remove toxic bearers of friendly fire from your life.

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Motivating People Beyond Money

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The imperative to make a critical shift forward is written on the walls of our workplaces.  Money is not enough, because in a world of increasing change, challenges, competition the litmus test, the NEW currency of success is providing YOUR people, YOUR bread and butter, the foundation of YOUR success, with a workplace that is purposeful, engaging and allows them to not only grow professionally but personally.  

Delighted to share a guest post by internationally acclaimed speaker and trainer, Chris Atkinson.  Thank you Chris for your important work.  I am sure that your upcoming seminar Transformational Leadership-Moving Beyond Money  at World of Learning, Birmingham, UK will be received by a captivate audience Sept 30th

 

Motivating People Beyond Money by Chris Atkinson
Motivating People Beyond Money

 

Despite a growing body of research to the contrary most organisations remain fixated on incentive and punishment as the key methodologies for employee motivation and engagement. Many leaders find it hard to imagine an organisational context where money isn’t the driving force behind the motivation of their people. Whilst money will remain the primary reason why most of us decide to work it actually isn’t an effective motivator nor is it actually very effective as a means to drive higher performance.

If you see organisations like an engine, any engine needs fuel. The traditional fuel that powers that engine was incentive and reward or punishment and fear. The features of this engine design were bonus schemes, performance awards, KPI based management, disciplinary processes and even anger/aggression. What we’re seeing today is that the current workforce is running on a different kind of fuel so the ‘engine’ of the organisation must now change in response. The workforce we have today is fuelled by wanting to do meaningful work, wanting to feel trusted, wanting to feel respected. Our organisations now need to change their design accordingly so that we are able to use that particular fuel.

Let’s move away from the analogy to real life. A simple way to understand this is to ask yourself, “When my boss asks me to do something, why am I agreeing to do it?” The answer will fall into two camps:

1) I’ve got to do it because it’s my job, because I’m contracted to do it, because I’m afraid of punishment or because maybe there’s a reward which I desire, it could even be that there’s some politics at play meaning I want to keep my boss happy.

2) Because I’d enjoy doing it, because I agree with it, it feels right to me, I want to support my boss, I see it as a positive challenge.

This is hugely important to organizations right now because the historical relationship between employee and employer is about, “I give you x amount of hours in return for a certain amount of salary.” The thing with this transaction is it has to be equal and fair. The problem becomes, as companies ask employees to do more, to give more hours, to put more effort in, most people aren’t seeing more salary so the transaction starts to look unfair .

Organizations are starting to realize that they need deeper relationships with their employees in order to rise above the wave of turbulence in the industry.

Simply put, the traditional methodology of organisational performance management ensured employees came to work for money and kept working by carrot or stick systems. The modern design of high performing organisations has taken a radical step away from this design and in doing so it seeing a radical shift in organisational performance.

The research is unequivocal; a 2013 paper by Gallup looked at 263 research studies across 192 organisations in 49 industries and 34 countries. In total, they studied 49,928 business units including 1,390,941 employees. Their findings showed that organisations with an average of 9.3 engaged employees for every actively disengaged employee experienced 147% higher earnings per share (EPS) compared with their competition.

I’m sure you recognise that what you enjoy in work, what gives you satisfaction in work, it’s not really about the pay cheque and benefits, those are very important to you but they don’t cause you to feel energetic, passionate, dedicated or absorbed. These words come from a different place; they come from intrinsic motivation, a feeling from inside ourselves rather than from external stimulus. With this in mind organizations today need to focus on how they create a sense of EMOTIONAL rewards and satisfaction for employees. The key influencing areas to drive emotional satisfaction in work are:

  1. i) Line manager personality

  2. ii) Characteristics of day to day work

iii) Organisational culture

  1. iv) Senior team qualities/traits

  2. v) Induction and orientation process

If we want to change the design of our organisations then we need to take a deep and hard look at these critical areas. We need to change the design of the organisational engine to promote intrinsic satisfaction from work, environment and our working relationships. This cannot happen through management, through process and systems. This is a human issue and needs human solutions.

In conclusion, I would emphasize that this doesn’t mean we can get employees to work really hard and not pay them. People are always going to want to be fairly and appropriately compensated for the work that they do and moreover it’s right that organisations reward people for their efforts, time and even sacrifices. But the key is, beyond these things we must find a more meaningful and a deeper relationship with our employees.

There is a wealth of motivation to be found once we move beyond money.

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•The Purpose Equation
•The Leadership Equation:  Building Great Leadership
Performance Optimization and Success in Disruptive Times
•Smart and Fast are NOT Enough:  What YOU Need to Know about EQ

 

Author Bio: Chris Atkinson
Training Design Director, Elysian Training | International Speaker

Chris AtkinsonChris is a passionate business speaker who combines strong commercial and training focus with a deep psychological knowledge to inspire individuals and businesses. He travels internationally as speaker specialising in engagement, organisational culture and inspiring leadership. Starting his career in 2001 Chris has worked with diverse business sectors in more than 20 countries worldwide with 43 different nationalities. In April 2015 he was featured on the front cover of Realizing Leadership magazine.

 

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I Choose The Road Less Traveled

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I Choose The Road Less Traveled

I choose the road less traveled.

•I love myself because from a place of self-love my ego is quiet, my awareness and compassion are restored.

•I serve with an open mind and heart because that which is closed withers and dies.

•I learn with passion and re-learn with vigour because each day is a blessing, an opportunity to learn, share and contribute.

•I know that my strengths are a gift, my challenges are a lever for my greatest purpose, potential and growth.

•I lead forward with faith, hope, courage, humanity and integrity because these are the only true riches we have; they are the virtues, the power within that no man can cast asunder.  They are the anchors for our best thoughts, best work and greatest contribution to a stronger, better future.

I choose the road less traveled because to lead is to serve, to be grateful is to grow, to know is to care…

 

My work does not and cannot speak to everyone. It touches smart, forward thinkers; people who have the courage to seek higher ground, people who know in their hearts that we each have a role to play in building a better world, a better future. I think this 182 word post says a lot, and my new site, revamped blog and a whole new terrific assortment of offerings, practical powerful simple ways to recharge-refocus-repower and LEAD FORWARD will say even more.

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•Inspiring Posts 
The Secret to Peace and Prosperity
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The Soul of Leadership-The Heart of Sustainability
I Will NOT Be Broken-The Call to Build a Better Future
Great Leadership and The Call to Lead Greatly
Against All Odds-A True Story of Hope, Courage and Leadership
Picking the Golden Apple
Five Ways to Lead Forward by Championing the Challenge

•Inspiring Compendiums of Quotes, Info-graphics and Information
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Over 700 posts and Infographics on NeuroScience and Brain Facts

 

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How to Build and Develop Business in 2015| Practical Tips and Insights

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Business-as-Usual-Gaping-Void-300x225Building and Developing Business Requires a New Focus; because the velocity of challenges, hyper-competition facing all businesses is extraordinary. The rules of the game have changed; what worked in the past, may be irrelevant tomorrow.  The ability to focus forward, to learn, lead and succeed forward depends on your ability to recognize the new arena while using both strengths and challenges as a lever for new strategies, new ways of communicating, collaborating and growing business at the speed of change. Read More:  The Next Revolution is Already Here

 

How To Build and Develop Business in 2015Building Strong Entrepreneurial and Intra-Preneurial Skills is the Way Forward
The imperative for entrepreneurs, small and mid-size business owners to understand this new arena and negotiate it in ways that generate results is particularly important because the birth of more and more entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies will continue to swell. Courage, agility, communication influence, collaboration, integrity of purpose and products are integral to building, developing and landing business in 2015.  Interestingly, baby boomers are starting business at a 2:1 ratio compared with their millennial counterparts  READ more

A recent linked in post by Dr. Roshawnna Novelus on How to Fail like Barbara Corcoron inspired this post >>  Read the article in its entirety  

“Despite her $80 million net worth and tremendous success as a businesswoman and television personality, “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran is no stranger to failure.” Ms. Corcoran’s recent course on the Fundamentals of entrepreneurship includes core philosophies that have been part of her success.  1.  Embrace Fear    2. Develop Immense  Optimism  3 Create Pressure and Don’t Overanalyze 4. Fake It Until You Are It Core philosophies that resonated profoundly, because the ability to fail forward is critical not only to entrepreneurship, but to enhancing resiliency, grit, focus on what counts, business skill/innovation. Read 2015 Global Trends and the Business of Success

 

Refocus, Reflect and Repurpose Your Greatest Potential and Results
Take time today to reflect upon what you are doing that is works (keep it) and what you need to change and what you want to transform in order to build, develop and land business.  Change is not the problem, it is the solution. Helping you shift your relationship with change and challenges so that we you can use both as a catalyst for your greatest potential and results is what my 3Q work is all about Learn more about 3Q-Listen to Leadership 3.0 Podcast stayed tuned for our new website, blog and podcast series!

 

The Soul of Leadership-The HHow Can YOU Build and Develop Business in 2015?
The importance of not only learning to Fail Forward but seeing our strengths AND challenges we face with new eyes that take us forward faster and stronger is critical.  Sharing a collection of insights and tips on doing just that!  Insights, tips and tools for entrepreneurs, small and mid-sized business owners who want to communicate, lead and succeed forward!

 More about what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not?  YOU Betcha!  
Over 400 articles on Business at the Speed of Change

 

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The Soul of Leadership-The Heartbeat of Sustainability

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A great conversation with Sunny Lee-Goodman, Director of Public Practice at Lapin International inspired this post.  We were speaking about purpose, about David Lapin’s excellent book Lead by Greatness and what greatness really means.  Sunny encouraged me to write the words that are etched on my soul. Thank you for encouraging me to write about the soul of leadership, Sunny!

 

The Soul of Leadership-The Heartbeat of Sustainability

Lead Forward Because YOU Can

Seize this day to ignite the power within, get inspired by the soulful voice that is the heartbeat of sustainability. Listen to YOUR beautiful voice, your leader’s voice, and hear its goodness, courage, integrity and humanity. It is the voice that lifts you when you see natural beauty, it is the feeling that touches you when you do something that helps another; it is the antithesis of the need, greed and ego that pulls at us all and beckons us to make an important choice between what we feel me need at the moment and what we know will help us build or contribute to a better, stronger future.
Read more:  Our Greatest Hope

 

The Soul of Leadership-The Heartbeat of Sustainability

Stronger Together

The soul of leadership is the heartbeat of sustainability.  It is the voice of courage and the strength of character that helps you do something that is difficult because you know it is the right thing to do and will, in the end serve the greatest good.  It is the spark of the Creator, the light of the infinite source of goodness that can change a life and many lives because it speaks to our best as human beings; our ability to put down our emotional or political swords and recognize that which is stronger than anything else, our ability to learn to adapt, evolve and thrive together.
Read More:  Building and Sustaining Great Leadership-7 Timeless Commitments

 

 

The Soul of Leadership-The Heartbeat of SustainabilityThe soul of leadership is found in those difficult and often dark times when we are caught between a rock and a hard place; those times doing the right thing is as critical as finding a new way, a different way to think, communicate or execute.  A way that helps you engage and grow your 3Q Edge™ by recognizing your strengths AND using the challenges, changes, stressors AND failures to BUILD your greatest potential and results:

Q1) IQ    Cognitive dexterity, focus, strategic thought, innovative thought and execution

Q2) EQ   Emotional intelligence, resiliency, communication and collaboration across boundaries

Q3) SQ   Integrity of spirit, purpose, values and the growth of intrinsic motivators that keep one leading forward in disruptive times.

 

The Soul of Leadership-The Heartbeat of SustainabilityTimeless anchors?  Leadership sustainability?   3Q Strengths that GROW at the speed of change/challenges?  Pie in the sky?  Think again.  My first name is grit. My journey through successful times, recessions, difficult, gut-wrenching and even life threatening times taught me as much as many years of dedicated study and practical work with clients helping them optimize their leadership, communication, career and business potential by seeing strengths and challenges with new eyes.  Read More:  3Q Leadership Benefits and Why I Have Dedicated My Life to This Work

 

The Soul of Great Leadership-The Heartbeat of SustainabilityMy second name is determined.  I have dedicated my life to helping smart people and organizations build their 3Q Edge™ because the only way forward is together, the only way out of the morass of challenges that threaten our individual and collective social and economic well-being is have the grit and determination to think differently, communication and collaborate across boundaries while building the soulful, powerful, timeless anchors that tie us all together irrespective of age, stage, culture or any type of boundary.
Read more: What Does Leadership REALLY Mean?

 

The Soul of Great Leadership-The Heart of SustainabilityMy third name is soulful; the desire to learn, share and contribute punctuates my days and my work. Take a moment right now to be soulful.  How are you building and growing soulful leadership?  How can you use what is to create what can be in your life and the lives of others?  Make a perceptual shift, develop a new relationship with strengths, changes and challenges the empowers YOUR best self and work?  What do you really want to create in this lifetime that will last after you are not here?  Read More:  The Secret to Peace and Prosperity

 

 

 

Seize the Day-Ignite Your Greatest Power!

Seize the Day-Ignite Your Greatest Power!

Seize this day to ignite the power within, because YOU can.  Get inspired by a soulful voice that cannot be cast asunder, and can take you forward in ways you cannot even begin to imagine.  True power lies not in what we consume or have, but in what we contribute.

More on Soulful Leadership, Sustainable Leadership and Staying Inspired?  YOU Betcha!

Ten Practical Ways to Re-focus, Re-Purpose, Re-Power
Re-Charge and Re-Power in 3 Minutes or Less:  List of 3Q Cool Tools
Building a Better Future: Mission, Vision, Values 
The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership™

 

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts this month. Stay Tuned!

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Programs, Services and Keynotes for a Better, Stronger Tomorrow
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Re-imagine, Re-Invent, Engage and Lead Forward in Disruptive Times

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“Employee engagement and culture are now business issues, not just topics for HR to debate. And there’s no place for organizations to hide.”  Deloitte University Press, Feb 2015

2015 Global Trends and the Business of Success
Practical Tips on Leadership, Organizational Development/Growth and Success in Disruptive Times | A 3Q Perspective

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Re-invent, Re-Imagine, Engage and LEAD Forward

Adapt, evolve and thrive…or die. The 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report by Deloitte pinpoints 4 critical pivot points for success; leading, engaging, re-inventing and re-imaging. You can run, but you cannot hide. The revolution is already here, and neutral is a negative.  What worked yesterday may be impotent today or tomorrow; the need to shift forward is critical and it depends upon your attitude, your ability to re-imagine, engage, re-invent and LEAD forward. Read More: Deloitte 2015 Global Human Capital Trends Report

 

 

Success means seeing things differently

Success means seeing things differently

Do YOU see the opportunity before YOU?  Look again.  It’s there.  Will you become a pioneer in a new world of work and business?  A solution driven champion who will inspire, model and engage their first customers (their people) by helping them optimize talent, potential, purpose and results?  Will you use what is to create what CAN be or become a victim of what was and what will NOT take you forward at a speed of change, challenges and competition that will continue to accelerate? Read more:  The Revolution is Already Here-Adapt, Evolve and Thrive

 


Build Your 3Q Leadership Edge

Build Your 3Q Leadership Edge

Leadership means making the critical shift forward and helping your people do the same. It means building YOUR 3Q Leadership™ Edge; your ability to think differently, communicate/collaborate across boundaries while building the anchors that drive leadership, engagement, purpose and sustainability. Being smart and fast are important, but they are no longer enough.  The imperative for smart, fast, forward thinkers to champion new ways, faster ways of optimizing great thought, communication, collaboration and results has never been greater.  The buck stops here, and it starts with you.  Read More:  The Individual and Organizational Imperative for 3Q Leadership™

 

 

 

Optimize Your Potential

Optimize Your Potential

Words make worlds and the words you choose to think and share are the seedbed for what you will or will not create. Will you change your definition of winning so that victory speaks to the collaboration, the optimization of human purpose, potential and results that is critical to our individual and collective ability to not simply survive AND thrive?  Will you change your words, because the way you choose to think, the words you choose to share create your perspective.  Every time you think or say “change is difficult” you are strengthening a neural pathway, giving power to an outdated habit of thinking that will not and cannot take you forward.  Read More:  Worlds Make Worlds-Opening the Door to a Better Present and Future

 


Re-imagine, Re-invent, Engage and LEAD Forward
Change is not the problem; it’s the solution that drives great thought, great leadership and great organizations.  The ability of smart, fast, forward thinkers to USE change, challenges, stressors, even failures as a positive lever for their greatest potential and results is real and critical.  The imperative to stretch and grow, adapt, evolve and thrive by honing your ability to build cognitive and emotional dexterity (Q1 and Q2) while developing (Q3) the spiritual capital; the integrity of purpose, great leadership and intrinsic motivation is before you.   Read more:  Enlightened Self Interest:  Building a Thriving, Resilient Culture

 

 

 

Re-Imagine, Re-invent, Engage and LEAD Forward

Re-Imagine, Re-invent, Engage and LEAD Forward

Re-imagine, re-invent, engage and LEAD forward,  because you can. Adapt, evolve and thrive…or die. Celebrate YOUR ability to be the difference and champion the difference by making positive change and the development of all three Q strengths a living reality.  Find new ways, faster and better ways to think differently, communicate/collaborate across boundaries while building the anchors that drive and sustain leadership, engagement, purpose and results; ways that can help you, ways that can help your people build their 3Q Edge™.  Carpe Diem!  Read More:  Re-focus, Re-purpose, Re-power: Ten Practical 3Q Personal Development and Leadership Tips

 


More?  YOU Betcha!
Possibility Thinking, Doing and Results (Part 1) A 3Q Portfolio of Strengths
Possibility Thinking, Doing and Results (Part 2) 5 Success Benchmarks
A Growing Compendium of  475 Great Leadership and 3Q Leadership Articles

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts this month. Stay Tuned!

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Irene Becker, Chief Success Officer
Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ)
Face to Face, By Telephone, Skype or Video Conferencing
Programs, Services and Keynotes for a Better, Stronger Tomorrow
Leadership Growth, Communication Influence, Career Optimization in Disruptive Times
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Re-focus, Re-Purpose, Re-Power

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New mindset = new result!

10 Practical Ways to Re-focus, Re-purpose, Re-power in Disruptive Times (and a BIG list of practical, inspiring 3Q personal development links and tips)

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New Mindset-New Result

Take Back Your Power to Make a Difference-Because YOU Can

Who is writing this post? What do I know about this topic? More than most people.

I have been to the top of the mountain, and I have started again from ground zero with challenges and seemingly impossible odds staring me in the face.  You can read my story and the genesis of my 3Q Leadership work…you can read my bio OR you can reflect upon what causes someone to be passionate about your ability to not simply play to strengths but to transform changes, challenges, stressors AND even failures into a powerful lever for our greatest potential and results. Potential and results that speak to your talent, your purpose your ability to make a difference in a way that will positively impact your life and the lives of others.

Life and career were complicated enough before we entered this new VUCA (volatility-uncertainty, change, ambiguity) world.  Is there an upside?  Yes! 

Success means recognizing and accelerating your ability to learn/re-learn, rethinking and finding new ways of communicating, collaborating and executing that help you use what is to create what can be in yourself and in others.  It means actualizing your greatest potential, and this potential is ignited when you recognize YOUR ability to make a difference. New Mindset-New Result.

Here are 10 Ways to Re-focus, Re-Purpose-Repower!
New Mindset=New Result

 

Be Your Own Hero

Be Your Own Hero

1. Be Your Own Hero.  Focus on YOUR Greatest Power-YOUR True Power.

Whether you seek to lead your best life, lead your team, organization or country you will need to lead greatly. Leading greatly means understanding and enabling YOUR true power. It means championing yourself, rather than waiting for someone to champion you. True power is not the power of domination, exploitation, ego or arrogance; true power is the fire of faith, hope, courage, integrity and humanity; it is the spark plug that can help you be your own hero! Read more…

 

 

 

 

Ask the right questions

Ask questions that take YOU forward!

2. Ask yourself the right questions. What are YOU doing with your life? What do YOU really want to achieve?

What new personal rituals/habits of thinking are you developing to inspire, empower and engage YOUR best self?

How can YOU shut down YOUR negative self talk in ways that empower YOUR best thoughts and feelings?  Read more…

 

 

Build Mindfulness

Build Mindfulness

3. Make mindfulness part of your daily practice…in less than 10 minutes a dayNo time to meditate….Try The Pause-Yes, in 3 minutes you can put your brain in an alpha state, develop greater mindfulness and repower!

Click for the 3 minute Pause exercise Science confirms that mindfulness is critical to health, cognition, ideation, longevity, happiness, creativity.  Meditating, praying, chanting all build mindfulness…so does doing a simple exercise like The Pause.

 

 

Develop Self Awareness

Build Greater Self Awareness


4. Build self-awareness; develop a better, stronger relationship with yourself and others. 
How can you build a better stronger relationship with yourself?How can you build a better stronger relationship with others?

Take time to reflect and build self-awareness and your relationship with yourself because doing so is critical to establishing and building better relationships with others.  Read more...

 

 

 

 

 

Develop "Cool Tools" Five minute rituals to refocus, recharge and repower!

Develop “Cool Tools” Five minute rituals to refocus, recharge and repower!

5.  Use “Cool Tools” 5 minute rituals that bring out your best; personal rituals you can do almost anywhere that help you refocus-recharge and re-power.

Cool tools (5 minute rituals) you can use almost anywhere, and that will help you re-set the GPS so that you are empowered, solution focused and ready to do and feel your best!  Click for an excellent list of 5 minute Cool Tools…

 

 

 

Fail Forward!

Fail Forward!

6. Turn failure around by using it to succeed and to build the cognitive dexterity, emotional dexterity and resiliency that are critical. Crazy? Really? Think again. Being able to see them with new eyes, learning to use them as positive and powerful stepping-stones to your greatest potential and results is the way forward.

Yes, in the middle of failure there are many levels of opportunity and growth! Read more…

 

 

 

 

Inspire Yourself

Inspire Yourself

7. Inspire yourself.  The choice is before you, is before us all; you can choose to champion the best or be swept away by the worst.

Let’s face it, we are primally wired to be on the look out for predators; negativity and fear will catch our immediate attention. Yes, it is time to re-set the primal wiring!

You can feed your mind, your brain, your soul with intake that inspires, engages and challenges your forward or give in to the ongoing climate of volatility, uncertainty, change and ambiguity that characterizes this time of great paradox and transition.  Finding one simple way each day to feel inspired, developing personal rituals of inspiration is critical.  Read more…

 

 

 

 

Inspire Others

Inspire Others

8.  Inspire Others
Find a way each day to inspire another person forward. Just like volunteering your time makes you feel good, simply sharing a smile, a word or gesture that inspires someone else will positively impact your day. Mirror neurons enable us to sense the feelings of others. Pass positivity forward by inspiring another person and watch the inspiration ripple grow!   Read more…

 

9.  See your story with new eyes that help you appreciate your strengths/talents while transforming challenges into a lever for grit, greatness, potential and results.  Read more…

 

 

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Build Your 3Q Edge-Use strengths and challenges as positive levers for your potential and results!

10.  Build YOUR 3Q Edge™ You cannot defy gravity, but you can learn to optimize strengths while also transforming changes, challenges, stressors (even failures) into a lever for your greatest potential and results- Neuroscience confirms that our brains are neuro-plastic; we have the ability to re-write patterns of thinking, communicating and doing. Read more…

More? Always! A selection of passionate, inspiring and practical 3Q personal leadership and personal development  posts and tips:

 

 

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts this month. Stay Tuned!

Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges? We are here to help!

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Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ)
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Five Truths and Business Development Best Practices

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Cheat Sheet:  Business Development | A 3Q Perspective
(Including over 400 bonus business links)

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3Q Leadership™ Blog- 50,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!

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The imperative to hone your ability to communicate and sell your ideas, your products, your services/organization is more than the litmus test of sales people and those involved in business development.  We are living in a whole new world and marketplace where the ability to communicate and get buy in is critical.

Here are some business development truths and best practices for people who want to improve results by building their 3Q Edge™ as it relates to sales and business development:  Q1) Improved focus, creative and strategic thinking    Q2) Emotional mastery, relationship building, communication influence/buy-in   Q3)  Integrity of purpose, communication and execution.

Truth #1:     It is all about THEM.  

Best Practice #1: Refocus.  ASK Questions that demonstrate your interest and allow the prospect to talk about the challenges YOU will then demonstrate you can

Truth # 2:  Good business is built on trust; trust is built by developing good relationships.

Best Practice #2: Empower your confidence, so you can empower their confidence and engage them in a win-win relationship.

Truth # 3:  Focus on benefits, not features. Your prospect does not want to hear how great you are, they want to know that you care, understand and can solve their problem/pain point.

Best Practice #3:  Communicate Effectively. Learn how to open the ears of your prospect; speak their language and make sure they understand your message and your commitment to helping them solve their challenges.

Truth # 4:   You cannot light a fire with wet wood.  Emotional buy-in is critical.  Demonstrate that you understand and care before you back up how you can help solve their challenges with facts/logic/ data.

Best practice #4:  Hone your ability to understand, empathize and connect with your prospect. Great salesmanship is demands emotional intelligence.

Truth # 5:  Success means creating value for others; a 3Q equation that demands

Q1)   Focus, strategic and creative thinking

Q2)  Emotional intelligence, communication skills

Q3)  Integrity of purpose, communication and execution

Best Practice #5:   Harvest your best results by having:

1.      A goal.

2.  A commitment to listen, observe, understand and meet the needs of others.

3.   A process to prospect, monitor and follow up.

Business development is a 3Q Equation that can be achieved with REACH™-5 simple, powerful steps that form the basis for 3Q coaching, and can help you adapt, grow and build new skills and strengths!

Redirect focus (prime your brain for success)
Empower confidence (build engagement)
Communicate Effectively (trust and rapport)
Actualize (sales + relationship potential)
Harvest Results (and re-harvest)

More on Business Development?  YOU Betcha.  Here come the bonus links!

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog will debut soon!
Featuring expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders. Stay Tuned!

Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges? We are here to help!

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Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ)
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Programs, Services and Keynotes for a Better, Stronger Tomorrow
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Get Smarter, Happier and Take Control of YOUR Time!  

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5 Practical Tips and More…
A Time Management Self Quiz and Over 1500 Great Infographics and Posts! 

©Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 50,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!

 

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PsyBlog recently shared 20 Everyday Activities That Keep Memory and Thinking Sharp  If you have not read the post, it is a worthy read in that it details simple ways to stay sharp that are centered around crafts, artistic activities and socializing. Yes, that’s right you can enhance your memory and develop sharp thinking by engaging in activities that are FUN.

 

Getting smarter, happier and taking control of your timeWhat did you accomplish yesterday?  Did your accomplishments include an activity that fed your imagination, your emotions and brought a smile to your face?  Why is cultivating your imagination, your emotional wellbeing and your sense of happiness important?
1.  Health
2.  Cognitive ability
3.  Emotional well-being/resiliency
4.  Productivity-yes being happier increases productivity

How much time did you waste yesterday locked in a battle of frustration or stress that sucked your energy, limited your productivity? The imperative to start one’s day with not only goals, but intentions that take us forward is critical.  Time spent organizing your thoughts, your intentions and resetting your attitude so that you are prepared to seize the day rather than having the day seize you is time well spent.  How can you optimize your time?  Build a stronger brain, enhance emotional resiliency, improve your attitude, inject fun and human social time into your day?

Get smarter, happier and take control of your timeWhat’s stopping you?  Many people will say that they do not have time, but each day holds 24 hours, 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds that must be devoted to not simply work, but to the fun activities, the leisure time, the down time that helps our brain, our emotions and our souls survive and thrive!

 

 

 

Get smarter, happier and take control of your time

Here are five simple, powerful steps, a time management self quiz and some excellent posts and tips to help you get smarter, feel happier and take control of your time!


dwight-eisenhower1.  Prioritize and plan! Find a simple, practical way to get organized
. Developed by President Eisenhower, this simple matrix is brilliant and powerful. I have worked with many Project Managers with large portfolios and responsibilities.  Most of my PMP clients love the Eisenhower chart, and all clients who use it find it helpful because it is practical, simple and allows you to transfer areas of priority from one day to the next!

Eisenhower Chart:
Divide a sheet of paper into four columns, prioritizing what you must do now, need to do asap, can do in the future and other items that can wait.
Use a new chart each day.

Urgent                                                 Important

To Do                                                  Can Wait

 

 

Get smarter, happier and take control of your time2.  Start your day with the right attitude.  What YOU focus on grows! Attitude is altitude.  If you get up on the wrong side of the bed, find a personal ritual, a habit that will help you get positive and put a smile on your face.

Go ahead, find something that will make you smile, and get you to feel happier!

 

Get smarter, happier and control your time-image 63.  Words make worlds.  Watch your self-talk.  Close down the voice of negativity that follows you because your brain is wired to hunt out negativity and is the greatest conspiracy theorist you will meet.  Our primal wiring has us on the lookout for predators, and while it served us well when we were living in caves, it is in most cases a current day impediment because it directs our thoughts to all that is negative impedes our ability to see the solution, he caveat in the problem we are facing.

Get Happier, Smarter and Take Control of Your Time  4.  Stretch and grow! Be a change leader.  Embrace and grow your ability to change and evolve by doing simple things that build cognitive dexterity, emotional resiliency. Examples: Make one small change each day in a habitual routine.  Take a new way home.  Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand.  Learn something new.  Start looking for the bright side in every change or challenge. Stretch and grow.

 

 

 

Get Happier, Smarter and Take Control of Your Time

5.  Understand your time management challenges and turn them around!  Adapt, optimize your time, your results and your ability live and lead forward!

Find the gap, understand where you are not optimizing your time and turn it around!  

 

 

quizTime Management Self-Quiz

Find one area you can improve and dedicate yourself to improving it for the next two weeks!   

1.  Do you separate urgent matters from other demands?

2.  Have you cultivated the art of remaining focused on what really counts, rather than being overloaded by extraneous information?

3.  Do you allocate one hour a day for ME time-time to think, read, plan, daydream, have fun or do something creative?

4.  Do you spend time each day cultivating relationships (business, personal, familial)?

5.  Are you focused on being the best you can be in the moment, rather than chasing some unattainable standard of perfection?

6.  Do you have a system that allows you to browse business or professional journals/articles you need to read in a way that is fast and effective without getting stuck in information overload?

7.  Do you make sure that you have regular holidays or work breaks that include experiences that are memorable and fun for you?

8.  Were you on time for all your appointments last week?

9.  Do you meet your work and personal deadlines?

10.  Do you return all phone calls and emails within 24 hours?

11.  Do you have a system for organizing and dealing effectively with emails?

12.  Are you working at a job you love or do you have a career plan to find a new/different position?

13.  Have you mastered the art of delegating?

14.  Do you have a 3 year personal and career objectives, and a system to help you transform goals into results?

15.  Do you spend time each day nurturing your soul; finding ways to tap into your highest power that inspire your best self?

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Anything else?  You Betcha!  There is no time like the present to get smarter, happier and take control of YOUR time.  Here are some posts to help!

Cool Tools:  Exercises that take less than 5 minutes and can help you think, feel and do better!

Actualize Your Greatest Potential Now-3Q Edge™ Cheat Sheet

Best Self and Career-Ten Minute Self-Test

The Pause:  A 3 Minute, Simple, Powerful, Transformative Exercise

Get Re-inspired in Five Minutes or Less

Ten Ways to Build Happiness and Increase Productivity

The Happiness Compendium

Too Busy to Get Happy-Think again!

The Happiness Course

The Empowerment Compendium

Performance Optimization and Success in Disruptive Times

 Brain Food:  Over 600 Posts and Infographics

 Life, Happiness, Success:  Over 600 Infographics and Posts

 

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts end April 2015. Stay Tuned!

 Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges? We are here to help!

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Irene Becker, Chief Success Officer
Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ)
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Programs, Services and Keynotes for a Better, Stronger Tomorrow
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Ten New Rules of Business Success

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Are YOU following the new rules of business success? New rules of business success will continue to grow as we move from the age of information to the age of innovation.  Here are ten new rules, and over 500 insightful and practical business and leadership links!

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3Q Leadership™ Blog- 50,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!

 

00Big fish, little fish, all fish swimming in this new world and marketplace must make a critical shift forward because changes, challenges, hyper-competition and the opportunities they present will continue to accelerate.  Every change, challenge or element of competition presents you with an opportunity to get unstuck; an opportunity to think, communicate or execute in a new way that takes YOU forward faster and better while helping you also build the cognitive and emotional dexterity, the ability to think differently/more creatively while building resiliency and grit is a winning combination! Success means thinking differently.

 


Ten New Rules of Business Success

1.  Champion the challenge by looking at your competition with new eyes! Study your competition to further determine what your clients and prospects want.  Discovering the WANT is critical in a crowded marketplace, as is finding new ideas and gaps in products and services that you can fill by finding a new, better or customized solution. The imperative to get innovative and entrepreneurial is critical. Read 3 More Lessons From Seth Godin: How To Build A Wildly Successful Business (Eric T. Wagner, Forbes 10/28/2014)

 

 

 

 

 

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2.  Be a red fish!  
Again, the imperative to be entrepreneurial, to adopt an entrepreneurial or intra-preneurial mindset is critical. Know your clients/prospects, get clear on your objectives and make sure that you are working every day to take them forward. We are in a whole new marketplace where bright upstarts are overtaking established brands; a new era of David and Goliath competition . Read Why Entrepreneurs Should Read Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath, Glen Tulliman, Forbes                                                                                                                                                

 

Ten New Rules of Business Success 3.  Pack a purposeful punch!  Build a strong an resilient culture by developing  enlightened self interest! Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels. Purpose speaks to the shared values and objectives that drive great leadership, great strategy, great teamwork, great innovation and collaboration, great communication. Purpose that speaks to your commitment to excellence and to serving employees, clients, stakeholders and the community your serve. Read Enlightened Self Interest

 

044.  Create the right environment for collaboration. Build a community of purpose; external and internal alliances of like-minded people with complimentary and different skills sets who share your values and objectives. Raising a child demands a village, so does building a successful business, professional practice or organization .  Creating the right environment for internal and external collaboration is critical and it includes developing stronger and better client relationships that drive customer service/satisfaction and help build your digital community of purpose Read Leadership Means Developing A Community of Purpose

 

 

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 5.  Communicate for influence across social, digital and cross generational lines.  Hone your ability to develop a communication skill set that is bigger than yourself, bigger than your intrinsic communication style or pattern. Do not be limited by habits of communication, because you can learn to effectively communicate across social, digital and cross generational lines, and doing so is critical to your success . Read From Now To How: Building Social, Virtual and Cross Generational Leadership

 

 

 

Ten New Rules of Business Success

6.  Cultivate a growth mindset.  Follow, read the landmark work of Carol Dweck around building a growth mindset. Remember, YOU are in control of your thoughts, and YOUR thoughts, YOUR perspective, YOUR ability to choose to grow, evolve and flourish is the fire that can and will take you fire. No desire, no growth; and if you are not growing your business, professional practice or organization will ultimately crumble, stumble, sputter and fail.  Read How Can You Change From A Fixed Mindset To A                                                                                                            Growth Mindset (Carol Dweck,                                                                                                                               Mindsetonline.com 2010)

 

 

Ten New Rules of Business Success7.  Be a change leader and champion; make change leadership skills a priority for your executive team, managers and people because developing a new relationship with change, is critical to the development of an entrepreneurial l (or intra-preneurial) mind-set and culture.  Read Corporate Entrepreneurship And It’s Importance For Large Companies (Ryan May, Businessdictionary.com Sept 2014)

 

 

 

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8.  Cultivate FOCUS.  
Focus on what really matters. Developing your ability to focus on what counts because it will help you learn and re-learn faster and better while being able to direct your attention to that which will help you in optimizing your potential and achieving better results.  Watch This Video:  Daniel Goleman-Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

 

 

 

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9.  Fail forward.  The sheer velocity of change and challenges means that we will all fail.
Failing forward means not only developing grit and resiliency but also a new relationship with failure that will allow you to find the silver lining behind the cloud (see point #1-because the greatest innovations and successes often are born of failures).  Read Using Failure To Succeed: 7 Powerful, Practical Tips

 

 

 

 

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10.  Build YOUR 3Q Leadership™ Edge. Build three essential strengths YOU CAN learn to grow at the speed of change, challenges, stressors and failures. Adopt a new 3Q mindset because YOUR brain is neuro-plastic; science confirms that YOU can re-write patterns of thinking, communicating or doing that are not taking you forward. That’s right, you are not defined by what was, and have the ability to use what is to create what can be! Learning to think, communicate and execute in new ways will make you stronger and better. Read 3Q Leadership Exposed, Realizing Leadership Magazine Cover Story

 

Are YOU pushing the right buttons? Thinking in a way that will optimize solutions and results at a speed of change, challenges, hyper-competition? Doing what is necessary to tap into the opportunities that are before you? Finding better ways of communicating that create engagement, buy-in and collaboration? Make the critical shift forward because there is no time like the present to turn things around. Carpe diem!

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Free eBOOK: Leading and Succeeding in Disruptive Times-A 3Q Edge Primer

The Thriving Organization-10 Steps Out Of Jurassic Park

Enlightened Self Interest-Building a Strong, Resilient Culture

Consulting Success Tips by Seth Godin

Business Basics

Are YOU Leaving Business on the Table?

Finding New Sources of Profitable Growth

More than 350  Posts on Business at the Speed of Change!

 

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts end April 2015. Stay Tuned!

 Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges? We are here to help!

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Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ)
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Programs, Services and Keynotes for a Better, Stronger Tomorrow
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Getting Unstuck: Empathy, Success and Living Well

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Getting unstuck means realizing that living well in a world of unreason is a commitment we must make to ourselves every day.

Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 50,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!

We cannot lead, communicate and succeed well; we cannot take footsteps that  build a sustainable future without getting unstuck. Developing empathy for ourselves and others, while strengthening our resolve to live, lead and communicate to purpose is essential for our individual and collective survival. The economic, social and organizational argument for building empathy is addressed in a brilliant read, Born to Love:  Why Empathy Is Essential And Endangered by Maia Szalavitz and Bruce D. Perry, PH.d, M.D. 

 

Living Well

At a time when our access to knowledge, information and technology are unsurpassed in human history; and our standard of living is higher than ever before, few of us are truly living well. The World Health Organization forecasts that depression will be one of the most common problems by 2020. It is easy to be distracted by the growing demands of a life and career that charge forward and push us in ways we never expected.  It is easy to lose our footing, by forgetting what really counts.  Sadly, it is also facile to lose the human connection as we live and work in an exceedingly virtual world.  Human doing is not enough. When we forget to focus on human being better, we get stuck on a course of action that will undermine our greatest potential; potential to contribute, potential to make a positive difference, potential to find meaning and fulfillment in our lives and work.

 

Crazy ProfThe march of unreason has infiltrated our popular entertainment, music, and our lives. Too many of us ingest a regular diet of violence, discord, anger, fear that is cloaked in the guise of entertainment.  Living well is something that starts with personal transformation, with the realization that what matters most is not what happens to us, but what we choose to do with it.  The most difficult of circumstances or experiences can be transcended when we refuse to be a victim of what was, and start taking back our power to create and re-create what can be by striving to find our best self, our noblest thoughts, emotions and actions.

 

 

The secret to success is timeless. Create value for others, and you shall prosper and attain happiness.  Love yourself more, and you will feel greater tolerance and love for your fellow human beings. Build a fence around yourself that protects you from the greed and ego of those who are not able to share and seek only to take, because  sharing their company will not help you live well or create sustainable prosperity.


Every day presents us with a new opportunity to get unstuck, to remove the shackles that keep us bound to living and working on a collision course that is outstripping our energy, passion, purpose and potential.  Every day presents us with challenges that can be used help us build greater empathy for ourselves and others.   Take the free 3Q Life and Career Self Quiz!

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Get Inspired by World Changing Ideas and Innovations
Smart and Fast Are Not Enough-The Need for Better Emotional Intelligence ( EQ/EI)
Leading and Succeeding in Disruptive Times-Top Ten Posts 2014

 

 

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts end March!   Stay Tuned!
 Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges? We are here to help!

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7 Ways to Inspire, Engage and Enable YOUR Greatest Potential

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Post Views = 5027What is the value proposition that will fuel your purpose, passionate engagement and success? Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ) 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 50,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing! How can I share a simple, powerful and important message that is the focus, the raison d’etre of my life and 3Q […]

Recharge! Inspire YOURself ( in 5 minutes or less!)

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3Q Leadership™ Blog- 50,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!

iNSPIRE BY INSPIRED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop.  Reflect.  The imperative to fill your emotional reservoir, light your own fire, re-motivate yourself is critical.  So many of us are focused on making more money, meeting the growing list of demands and responsibilities that make up the day that we forget to fill the emotional reservoir that keeps us happy, healthy.  Your reservoir that must be filled on a regular basis.  Frustration and stress create a biological reaction that attacks your immune system, emotional well-being, physical health and can also push even the best and brightest among us to say or do something that is counterproductive to personal or professional success.

I am here to remind you this second, this moment that YOU can develop personal rituals (I call them COOL TOOLS) that take less than 5 minutes a day; rituals that help you replenish your reservoir of personal power, resiliency….even happiness!

Here is a simple exercise from a workshop I did many years ago for executives and executive coaches called the Just Joy Workshop.  Try it, share it…and if you discover something new about your personal portal to more joy in life and at work, please write to me and let me know the new learning that has come from this simple exercise.

Instructions: Take a few second to relax, regroup and just take a pause from the mundane world.
Clear your head and write down the answers to three simple questions on a piece of
paper or in your journal.

Step One:
What is your name?  Not the name that you go by, a different name. I want you to find an emotion that describes you at your best and consider it your name for the day (i.e. joyful, caring, insightful, adventurous etc-that is going to be your new name.)  Write it down.

Step Two:
What is your job?  Not the title you have or the job description you fill but what you    really do every day.  i.e.  I sell high-end clothes.  Drill it down.  I help people look better so they can live  better and do better.  **If you are in career transition, here is a tome of info about successful career transition, and you can do the exercise by thinking about the job you enjoyed the most and what was YOUR job (as per step two)

Step Three:    
Write down how many times you did your job today.’

Step Four:
Write down what you can do on a daily basis to remind yourself of your answers
to step one and two because they are critical.  Purpose = profit on a multiplicity of levels.  Our ability to feel purposeful, our ability to build the intrinsic motivators (Q3 Strength-SQ) is critical.

Anything else?  If you get stuck…put the exercise aside and try another one!  Here is an excellent list of Cool Tools (Rituals you can do in 5 minutes or less to build YOUR 3Q Edge™)  Three Q what>>Click here to learn more!

Graphic Credit:  Hugh McLeod, Gaping Void Art

 

Efficiency to Effectiveness

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The Power of NOW
The Power of What
Actualizing YOUR Greatest Potential NOW
Best Self, Best Work-Ten Minute 3Q Focused Self Test!
The Happiness Compendium
The Happiness Course
The Empowerment Compendium
A Collection of Inspiring Life, Happiness and Success Infographics, Posts, Podcasts & Videos!

 

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts this soon.   Stay Tuned!
 Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges? We are here to help!

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Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | (IQ-EQ-SQ)
Face to Face, By Telephone, Skype or Video Conferencing
Programs, Services and Keynotes for a Better, Stronger Tomorrow
Leadership, Communication Influence, Career Optimization in Disruptive Times
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The Ultimate How To Post

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© Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ)
3Q Leadership™ Blog- 50,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!

 

The Ultimate How to Post:  A Compendium of Practical, Powerful Tips with a 3Q Focus for Results in Disruptive, Turbulent Times

 

The Biggest How To Post EverWhere?  Who? What? Why? How? When?  >> NOW!

Do you want to transform changes, challenges, turning points into levers for your greatest potential? Rethink your thinking?  Build improved communication, collaboration and results across internal or external boundaries? There is no time like the present to think, lead, communicate and succeed forward.  Yes, this may be the biggest “HOW TO” post ever.

 

Ten New Rules of Business Success Playing to strengths is no longer enough. It feels good, because we have all been trained to build upon our strengths, but the reality before us speaks to not only optimizing strengths but finding new ways, faster and better ways to use changes, challenges, turning points, stressors and even failures as levers for our greatest potential.  The reality before us speaks to building our 3Q Edge™, three strengths and a new mindset that help us grow, evolve, collaborate and succeed at the speed of change, challenges and turning points.

May you peruse the following articles, videos and radio interviews and choose topics and practical advice that speaks to your power, your potential and your ability to use what is to create what can be in your life, your work, your people….YOUR world.  Carpe diem.  We are all pioneers in a brave new world. Those who succeed will have the courage and insight to find new, faster and better ways forward.

 

Radio Interview:  Moving From Pain To Gain in Life and Career | My interview by Deb Scott, The Best People We Know Radio Show

Video Interview:  Leading and Succeeding at the Speed of Change/Challenges | My interview for Extraordinary Women TV by Shannon Skinner

Podcast:  Leadership 3.0  | My interview by JoAnn Corley on HR thought leadership and results

 

Change is a constant, using the changes and challenges we face as positive, powerful levers for our greatest potential and results is a new way of thinking, a better way of doing.  The velocity of challenges, turning points and opportunities we face individually and collectively will continue to accelerate, our ability to use all three to build smart leadership, strategic and innovative thought, communication excellence, collaboration and results is REAL and critical.

We are all pioneers in a brave new world. Those who succeed will have the courage and insight to find new, faster and better ways forward. Focus forward, develop your ability to become a possibility thinker and doer. Hone your 3Q Edge™, build your advantage at the speed of change, challenges and complexity because YOU can!  Start today.  Get inspired by what you can do, build and accomplish.

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 Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges? We are here to help!

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Enlightened Self Interest: 6 Ways to Build a Resilient Thriving Culture (Including 6 Bonus Links/Tips)

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Enlightened Self Interest by Irene Becker first appeared in People Development Magazine
 This Post Includes 6 BONUS links to action steps and tips!

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(Enlightened self- interest is a philosophy in ethics which states that persons who act to further the interest of others (or the interest of the group or groups to which they belong) ultimately serve their own self-interest.)

How can you enlighten your self- interest and build a resilient, thriving culture in an environment of change, challenges and hyper-competition? Develop anchors that drive engagement, empowerment, communication and collaboration when the chips are down, the going is tough and best practices are made in the now?

Take a deep breath, get ready to stretch, because optimizing your potential and the potential of your people means unlearning much of what worked in the past and is irrelevant today. Learn and unlearn? Build adaptive thinking, improve empowerment, engagement and execution? YOU Betcha!

Here are six powerful, practical steps that will stretch you out of the comfort zone, inspire you with possibility and hopefully challenge you to build a resilient, thriving culture in disruptive times!  AND, if you click on each of the following steps, you  will find additional bonus articles-insights and tips!

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  1. Champion enlightened self- interest because success is a me to we equation. You are only as good as your people. A successful business is a human business. Today, more than ever before, purpose = profit. Success means creating value for your employees, stakeholders, shareholders and the communities you serve
  2. Improve recruitment, employee retention and productivity by building a happier, healthier workplace. Offer health benefits, family-friendly policies (job sharing, child care support, paid time off for family responsibilities), personal and professional development opportunities, and community based projects.
  3. Build essential 3Q skills that will grow at the speed of change. Help your people build their 3Q Edge™ by offering coaching, training and mentor initiative that help them optimize strengths while using/transforming changes, challenges, stressors (even failures) into Q1: Enhanced focus, strategic thought, ability to learn-relearn Q2: Enhanced EQ/EQ, emotional self-management, communication, collaboration, resiliency, risk tolerance Q3: Enhance purpose, integrity of communication, actions and the development of intrinsic motivators that work when the chips are down.
  4. Be a promise manager and leader who fails forward. Use every opportunity to model promise management and leadership. Build the DNA of all successful relationships, trust. Do what you say, come through with the promises you make and when you fail, fess up to the error and teach your people the power of learning to fail forward. Model it, teach it because the sheer velocity of change means that the best and brightest among us will fail. Learning to use our failures to help us lead forward is a critical life and leadership skill.
  5. Become relentlessly solution focused. Develop a new relationship with change, challenges and stressors. Neuroscience now confirms that our brains are set on automatic negative, a default from our days in the cave when being on alert for surrounding predators was critical. Yes, we pick up negative occurrences, random thoughts etc. with the greatest facility; yes, our brains are conspiracy theorists! The caveat is that we can learn to use simple steps that will help us reset the internal GPS, reset patterns, habits of thought that impede our being solution focused.
  6. Encourage learning, growth, collaboration and action! Get out of the comfort zone on a daily basis. There is nothing comfortable about the era in which we are living and leading. Learn to embrace and use moments that take you out of your comfort zone as opportunities to stretch, grow, learn and succeed. Getting out of the comfort zone in small ways, will help you develop greater emotional and mental adaptability in big ways.The imperative to challenge the status quo by developing new ways of thinking, communicating, collaborating and succeeding is written on the walls of our workplaces and organizations. There is no time like the present to champion enlightened self- interest, build your 3Q Edge™ and take your organization forward!

    More?  YOU Betcha

    Ten Ways to Build a Thriving Organization

     

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts this soon.   Stay Tuned!

 Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges?
We are here to help!

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Leadership, Communication, Career REACH-RESONANCE-RESULTS
We do it better at the speed of change, challenges and opportunities.
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Best Self, Work and Life-10 Minute Self Test

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There is no time like the end of the year to reflect, re-charge, re-purpose and optimize!  

A Gift for YOU

 Instructions:

  1. Check the statement is consistently true for you.
  2. If the statement doesn’t apply to you, replace it with a different one that fits within that category.
  3. Add up sections and total scores.
  4. Understanding your strengths, while learning to USE changes, challenges as levers for your potential is the way forward.
  5. Build YOUR 3Q Edge™, see your strengths and challenges with new eyes that take you forward faster and better!

 
Family & Relationships:

___1. I am happy with my personal relationships.

 

___ 2. I am close to my family.

 

___ 3. I have a good circle of friends whom I enjoy.

 

___ 4. I have a best friend, a confidante, someone I can trust with all my heart.

 

___ 5. I am very close to my children/parents. There is nothing in the way.

 

___ 6. I enjoy my family/extended family; we have worked through any dysfunction and past problems.

 

___ 7. I am part of a professional network that stimulates me intellectually and emotionally.

 

___ 8. I get along well with my neighbors.

 

___ 9. I have at least 20 friends and colleagues who live outside of my country of residence.

 

___10. I am constantly learning how to build better relationships and develop good communication.  Meeting new people is something I look forward to.

 

___ Section score (Number of checked boxes)

 

 

Career/Work:

 

___11. My work/career is both fulfilling and nourishing to me; I am not drained.

 

___ 12. I am highly regarded for my expertise by my manager, clients and/or colleagues.

 

___ 13. I understand what I want to accomplish with and through my career/work and am on a positive career path to meet my personal, financial and emotional goals.

 

___ 14. I work in the right industry or field; it has a bright future.

 

___ 15. I look forward to going to work virtually every day.

 

___ 16. My work is not my life, but it is a rich part of my life and a source of personal and professional growth.

 

___ 17. I work with people I respect and admire.

 

___ 18. My work environment brings out the very best of me because it is stimulating and supports my career and personal development.

 

___ 19. At the end of the day, I have as much energy as I did when started the day; I am not drained.

 

___ 20. The work I do helps to meet my intellectual, social and emotional needs.

 

___ Section score (Number of checked boxes)

 

 

Finances

___21. I have at least  6 month’s living expenses in the bank or money market fund.

 

___ 22. I am on a financial independence track or am already there.

 

___ 23. I don’t have to work at financial success; money seems to find me with very little effort or pushing.

 

___ 24. I have no financial stress of any kind in my life.

 

___ 25. I invest at least 10% of my income/earnings in my ability to increase/expand that income.

 

___ 26. I do not carry credit card debt; I do not overspend.

 

___ 27. When I buy something, I buy the best possible quality.

 

___ 28. I don’t lose sleep over my investments.

 

___ 29. I am financially knowledgeable — I know how money is made and lost.

 

___ 30. I make money because I provide more than enough value to the people/customers who need what I have and I know how to organize, manage and optimize effectiveness in my career or business.

 

___ Section score (Number of checked boxes)

 

 

Resiliency & Happiness

___ 31. I spend my leisure time enjoying my interests; I am never bored.

 

___ 32. I take blank time every 90 minutes; five minutes time to just recharge and relax.

 

___ 33. I have positive waking up and going to bed rituals that help me realize my potential and de-stress.

 

___ 34. I have developed positive rituals that help me recharge, refocus and repurpose in a few minutes.  Rituals, cool tools I can use almost any place and that keep me centered and empowered.

 

___ 35. I am happy and energized.

 

___ 36. I am living the life I want, because my career and lifestyle fit my needs, my goals and purpose.

 

___ 37. I have at least 30 minutes a day that is exclusively for me and I spend it in a chosen way that makes me happy.

 

___ 38. I have developed good mindfulness habits and rituals; I am not excessively stressed or on cortisol/adrenaline overdrive all day.

 

___ 39. I have trained myself to take pleasure in small things and small wins, because they are very important.

 

___ 40. My home makes me happy.  It reflects who I am and where I want to be.

___ Section score (Number of checked boxes)

 

 

Optimize Your Time & Effectiveness 

___ 41. I recognize toxic people and do not spend time with people who drain my energy and time.

 

___ 42. I know how to pace myself and have developed personal rituals to really optimize periods of high energy as well as recharge when my energy is low.

 

___ 43. I am assertive and no how to ask for what I need.

 

____ 44. I have the right tools, equipment, computers, software and peripherals that I need to optimize my work.

 

____ 45.  I have developed good systems and processes to build greater efficiency.

 

___ 46. I am an excellent team builder and delegator.  I know how to optimize my time and the time of others.

 

___ 47. I have a system for answering emails that allows me to filter out what is not important, answer what is pertinent.

 

___ 48. I optimize my time by prioritizing what is urgent, important, can be done later and can wait

 

___ 49. I know what my goals are and reflect upon them on a regular basis to make sure that my goals, values and actions are in alignment.

 

___ 50. I recognize the critical importance of effective communication and have honed my ability to communicate for influence across generational and cultural boundaries.

 

 

___ Section score (Number of checked boxes)

 

 

Live YOUR Values

 

___ 51. I love my home and everything about it; it reflects who I am and represents a haven that makes me happy.

 

___ 52. My boundaries are strong enough that people respect me, my needs and what I want.

 

___ 53. I do not tolerate behaviour or communication that is not in alignment with my values, and address it immediately.

 

___ 54. I spend time to reflect upon the values I cherish and make sure that they are an integral part of my life and work.

 

___ 55. I have learned to nurture myself so that when difficult things happen, I can rely on the intrinsic motivators that will keep my moving forward in a positive way when things get tough.

 

___ 56. I understand my personal needs, have developed self-awareness, and am not held hostage by unmet needs or wounds that sabotage my true potential.

 

___ 57. There is nothing I am dreading or avoiding.

 

___ 58. My personal values are clear and present in my life and choices.

 

___ 59. I have resolved issues that held me back in the past, and use this growth to further empower my resiliency and focus.

 

___ 60. I don’t use avoidance as a way of not dealing with work, life problems or issues.  I address the challenge and have learned to use it to optimize and realize my greatest potential.

 

 

___ Section score (Number of checked boxes)

 

 

Thrive!

 

___ 61. I do not have any regrets.  If my life were to end tomorrow, I would be at peace with what I have done, contributed and accomplished.

 

___ 62. I march to my own drummer, and have learned to understand my purpose, know my values and clarify what I want and how I will get there.

 

___ 63.  I do not put off dealing with problems, and have found positive ways to see problems I face with new eyes that help me grow, stretch and succeed.

___ 64. I recognize and appreciate my strengths and am learning to use changes, challenges, stressors and failures as a lever for my greatest potential (my 3Q Edge™)

 

___ 65. I am the captain of my ship and have the motivation, inspiration and synergy that keeps me moving forward.

 

___ 66. I have learned to embrace change and challenges because they are part of my evolution and help me grow and optimize!

 

___ 67. I am aware of my beliefs, and have aligned my beliefs with the values and focus that will help me do my best and accomplish my goals.

 

___ 68. I feel that while I cannot control life, I can control the way I think, feel and communicate; doing so is important.

 

___ 69. I have learned to really appreciate myself, my accomplishments and the challenges I have faced and overcome.
___ 70. I enjoy my life because my purpose, values and sense of self worth continue to grow and expand.  Learning new things is something that excites me!

 

___ Section score (Number of checked boxes)

 

 

Take Care of YOURself

 

__ 71. I take regular vacations/time off.

 

__ 72. I address unresolved matters as soon as I recognize them,

 

___ 73. I take good care of my teeth, gums and health.

 

___ 74. I make sure that I have enough time for self care, self reflection and rest each day.

 

___ 75. I eat food for sustenance and pleasure, not for emotional comfort.

 

___ 76. I spend time to give back, to do volunteer work, mentor etc. because it is important to my sense of purpose and vitality.

 

___ 77. When faced with a health challenge, I address it and get effective care.

 

___ 78.  I keep a gratitude journal or have a personal process or ritual that keeps me focused on the positive in my life.

___ 79. I have positive daily personal rituals that reduce stress and help me feel empowered.

 

___ 80. There is nothing I am doing that is messing up my mind or heart.

 

___ Section score (Number of checked boxes)

 

 

Champion Your Happiness 

Please write down 10 situations, routines that make, or would make, you the happiest and most content.  Pick at least one that you will work on next month!

 

___ 81. _________________________________________________

 

___ 82. _________________________________________________

 

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___ 84. _________________________________________________

 

___ 85. _________________________________________________

 

___ 86. _________________________________________________

 

___ 87. _________________________________________________

 

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___ 89. _________________________________________________

 

___ 90. ________________________________________________

 

___ Section score (Number of checked boxes)

 

 

Learn & Grow

Please write down 10 activities that you would like to try; activities you have always wanted to try!  Pick at least one activity you will commit to doing next month

 

___ 91. _________________________________________________

 

___ 92. _________________________________________________

 

___ 93. _________________________________________________

 

___ 94. _________________________________________________

 

___ 95. _________________________________________________

 

___ 96. _________________________________________________

 

___ 97. _________________________________________________

 

___ 98. _________________________________________________

 

___ 99. _________________________________________________

 

___ 100. ________________________________________________

 

___ Section score (Number of checked boxes)

 

___ Total score (Number of checked boxes)

 

 

Scoring Key:

90-100. Awesome. Congratulations. Incredible.™
80-89. Excellent! Your score is very high — this is a tough test.
70-79. Very good. You’re definitely on track. Keep going
60-69. Pretty good, but there is some work to do.
50-59. Average score. Why not make best self-best work-best life a priority and score 10 more points in the next month?
40-49. You may need develop a new relationships with changes, challenges or failures that helps you actualize your potential!
30-39. Weak. Get re-engaged.  YOU can turn this around
00-29. Time to really focus on YOUR best self, best work and best life.  Carpe diem!

 

I hope you will use this quick self test to get empowered by where you are and where you can go in 2015!  There is no time like the present to develop a personal action plan that helps you engage your best self, best work and build your best life!

More?   YOU Betcha.  Lots of 3Q Edge™ posts and cool tools (3 min or less)  to share!

The Pause-A 2-3 Minute Mindfulness Tool  to Recharge, Refocus and Repurpose!
100 Stressbusters that Take  3 Minutes or Less!
The Empowerment Compendium
The Happiness Compendium
Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times (#1 Post for Elysian Training UK 2014)
Using Failure to Succeed (#1 Post for Elysian Training UK 2013)
Ten Ways to Lead and Succeed Forward in Times of Complexity and Change
The Secret to Peace and Prosperity

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts this soon.   Stay Tuned!


W
armest wishes to all for a wonderful Holiday Season and 2015!

 

 


Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges?

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Leadership, Communication, Career REACH-RESONANCE-RESULTS
We do it better at the speed of change and challenges!
Programs, Services and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™ | Face-Face, Tel, Skype, Video Conf.
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The Secret to Peace and Prosperity (Including 19 Posts and 98 Inspiring Podcasts & Interviews!)

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The greatest miracle is the miracle of life; our ability to use our life ( as opposed to spending it) by celebrating and realizing our individual and collective ability to build a better present and future is real….and critical.

If you enjoy  this short, purposeful allegory, please take a moment to share it with others.

 

Conquering Self Doubt or Discouragement #4

The Secret to Peace and Prosperity
A Short, Purposeful,  Allegory

Three wise men and one wise woman were walking in the woods, when they found a special box, a box unlike any other, hidden deep in the forest…

 The three wise men approached the most incredible treasure, the secret to peace and prosperity…

 

 The first wise man was too busy to see the treasure…

 

 The second wise man was too stressed to see the treasure…

 

The third wise man fell to his knees and wept because the greatest treasure, the secret to peace and prosperity was emblazoned on a simple blade of grass that sat between the river of his greatest desires and his most hidden weaknesses and fear…

 

  • Live and lead with faith in your highest power and dedication to following the universal values that sustain your world, and you will discover the secret to building your best self, best thoughts, best emotions and best actions.

 

  • Live and lead with compassion and non-judgment towards yourself and your fellow human beings, and you will discover the secret to building humility, courage, tenacity and resiliency in the face of change and pain.

 

  • Live and lead with love in your heart for the great gift of life, and you will discover that the secret to peace and prosperity lies not in what you can command, control or acquire but in what you can give, receive and share.

The third wise man turned to the wise woman with whom he shared his story,  and continued to cry because…

In reading what was written on that simple blade of grass between his greatest desires and his most hidden weaknesses and fears…

He had opened his head, heart and soul to that eternal flame that can transform all that is into all that can be…

 

Today, as you are reading these words and digesting this simple story; think about the purpose of your life, pause and reflect upon the reality that life and the accoutrements of success and comfort that you acquire on your journey are simply on loan to you.

When you leave this life, all that you have commanded, controlled and acquired disappears.

But, the faith, compassion and love that you have shared with others becomes a legacy, an eternal, timeless treasure that will remain in the hearts and minds of those whose lives you have touched. A gift that they can, in turn pass on to others who seek to realize their potential to make a difference in their world.

Seize this moment, this day to think about how you can build the faith, compassion and love that can help you take your life from good to great by simply starting to activate your potential to make a difference in the life of another. 

Because, all that we have, all that we are, is nothing in comparison with what we have the power to become when we choose to live and lead from goodness to greatness.  Be the miracle, see your strengths and transform your challenges into your lever for a better present and future!
Carpe diem.

 

Yours in service,
Irene

 

More about Human Passion, Purpose and Potential?  YOU Betcha.  Go ahead, get inspired.  Enjoy one or more of the following 19 posts and a Compendium of  98 Inspiring Podcasts and Interviews!

Against All Odds:  A True Story of Hope, Courage and Leadership
I Will NOT Be Broken
From Victim to Victor
The Empowerment Compendium
Look Within-You Are The Secret
The Best And Worst Of Times
Our Greatest Hope
Rising to the Challenge Before Us
Success Equals The Reach And Resonance Of The Human Heart
The Secret To Personal Development And Growth
Be The Miracle
Rediscover Your Genius
The 18 Word Success Formula
True Happiness-Transformational Joy
The Happiness Compendium
Live And Lead Forward-Connect And Contribute
Goodness to Greatness Leadership
A Collection of Favorite Quotations
Great Read Excerpt and Review of Dare Dream Do by Whitney Johnson

A Collection of  98 Inspiring Podcasts and WebTV Interviews

 

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts this soon.   Stay Tuned!


Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges?

We are here to help!

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Leadership, Communication, Career REACH-RESONANCE-RESULTS
We do it better at the speed of change, challenges and opportunities.
Programs, Services and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™ | Face-Face, Tel, Skype, Video Conf.
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A Whole New World

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A Whole New World

 Courage lies in our ability to develop a whole new mind set, skill set and heart set that optimizes the unbridled passion, purpose and potential of humans to do better, rather than simply living or working faster than ever before.  Hope lies in the hearts and minds of those who recognize our ability to use what is to create what can be in our lives, workplaces and organizations.

♦A Whole NEW World. Last week I was struck by a conversation with a colleague who has a big footprint in the coaching and training community. In thinking about his words, this post was born. My colleague shared his opinion that those who train, coach and teach are not doing anything different, and that there has been nothing new since Aristotle…we just position things for the times.  In thinking about his words, I could not help but reflect upon a decade of working tirelessly to help people and organizations see things differently and why in 2014 this still remains an uphill battle, but a battle worth fighting.  Things are different today, and if we are inured to what is different and what must change we are seeing the forest and missing the trees.  While large organizations are particularly geared to entrenching the status quo, we will not lead forward, we cannot prosper by doing what was and expecting to create the foundation for a better futureIf we cannot see the differences before us, the whole new world we face, we will not be able to step out of a box that will ultimately limit or deride our potential.

♦What is different today?  Just about everything.  Change, challenges, hyper-competition and opportunities are the new normal. The values, the importance of asking the right questions and of championing dialogue, integrity and value are timeless…but the skill set we need NOW in order to live, communicate, lead and succeed forward IS DIFFERENT from what we learned in the past because it requires us to use what is to create what CAN be, rather than relying upon what was to take us forward.

♦Why is a new mindset important?  Because what was will not take us forward.  The writing is on the walls of our lives, our workplaces, our organizations; success about creating value for others and doing so means learning new ways, faster ways, better ways, different ways to open our minds, engage our ability to ideate, innovate, create and co-create while recognizing that the darkest, bleakest part of human nature is the desire to take for the self alone. The mechanism for education, for learning AND re-learning must be focused on optimizing our minds, recognizing our ability think smarter, better and more creatively while engaging our purpose as human beings doing better.

♦Why is developing a new skill-set and vocabulary important?  Because managing is not enough.  We cannot truly manage change, but we can count on a velocity of change, challenges, hyper competition AND opportunities that will continue to accelerate.  We can manage people, talent and performance, but unless we raise the bar with a focus on optimizing our potential we are managing a ship that will ultimately sink.  Our ability to use words, use phrases and change the language from a focus on managing to a vocabulary of optimization is important because in changing our words, we also change our focus. Our ability to develop our 3Q Edge™, to use our strengths as well as the changes, challenges, stressors and failures we face as positive levers for enhanced ideation, innovative thought, cognitive ability as well as emotional intelligence, resiliency and enhanced communication collaboration is not pixie dust…it is the way forward.  And, it is a way forward, a way of building IQ and EQ that is anchored in the purpose, values and development of intrinsic motivators (SQ)  that make us stronger, keep us learning, leading and living forward when the times are tough.

♦Why is a new heart set important? How do passion, purpose and potential fit into the business equation? Passion, purpose and potential are part of the new business equation because while controlling the mode of production was the litmus test of success, rising to the top means developing cognitive, emotional dexterity and engaging our ability to focus on value creation for ourselves, our people and the communities we serve.  What does not create value for others is doomed to ultimate failure, and this failure represents that downfall of every great nation in recorded history and is also the new battle ground for consumerism gone wrong, individual rights that are critically important but must be also aligned with the collective good.

I believe in our ability to think, learn, communicate and succeed forward.  It is this belief and the values that support it that has helped me move molehills and mountains in my life and the lives of others.  It is this belief that is the pilot light of all pioneers, of all those who feel the pull, the desire, the opportunity to build and contribute to a better world in what every way speaks to their lives, their purpose, their journey.  We can choose to be pioneers in a brave new world, ombudsmen and ombudswomen of our greatest purpose, our most important potential or wait for the next change, challenge or competitive dilemma to obscure our ability to develop new ways of thinking, communicating and doing that take us forward faster and better together.  People, passion, purpose, process and aligning all four to create better workplaces, better organizations and the type of engagement and commitment that drives results is critical on an individual and collective level. Carpe Diem!

More…YOU Betcha.  Some excellent links and pod-casts for people who want to optimize their potential, people who believe in our ability to learn, communicate, lead and succeed forward!~

Anything else?  YES.  Our new website and blog  with expanded collaborators, programs and services for individuals, organizations and emerging leaders debuts this soon.   Stay Tuned!

 Are you ready to find a new way, a better and faster way to build strong leadership, communication influence and career success at the speed of change/challenges?
We are here to help!

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Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™
Leadership, Communication, Career REACH-RESONANCE-RESULTS
We do it better at the speed of change, challenges and opportunities.
Programs, Services and Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™ | Face-Face, Tel, Skype, Video Conf.
irene@justcoachit.com  Twitter @justcoachit Tel: (1) 416-671-4726   Skype: beckerirene

3 Ways to Build Great Leadership Communication

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The leader who communicates well succeeds well. Great leadership communication means developing your  3Q leadership™ edge by transforming your communication into words that drive reach, resonance and results.  Words that position you, words the reinforce your brand as a trusted leader who is committed to taking his/her people forward. Why is communication critical?  Because the attrition of projects and initiatives due to communication failure is epidemic, and your ability to take good communication and make it great is critical and doable.

Here are three simple and powerful steps to build great leadership communication, as well as many bonus links!

 

›Step One: Build Q1-REACH
Set the foundation for great communication.  Be an Essentialist Leader. Focus on what counts. Limit extraneous detail. Define your objective and find the key words, the key message that will open the hearts and minds of your audience.  The message is all about them, the objective is all about YOU and them.  The way forward is together and your communication is the glue that binds people, purpose, process, potential and results.

 

›Step Two:  Build Q2-RESONANCE
Build Emotional Buy-in.  Use words that develop emotional buy-in  before you align what you are saying with rational evidence, refine and hone your message to fit YOUR people.  If you do not understand what is purposeful, meaningful to your employees, your clients, your constituents you are riding a broken train that will ultimately derail.  Stephen Covey said “seek first to understand.”  Effective leadership communication starts by using your understanding of your people to build emotional buy-in, to punctuate and situate your words, your demeanor in ways that hit the heart first and provide the rational evidence second.  Effective leadership communication is cemented by authenticity, integrity and your ability to walk the talk.

 

›Step Three:  Build Q3-RESULTS

 Grow the purpose factor that transforms your vision into a mission that is embraced by others. Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels that start with the human need to feel that we are contributing to something larger than ourselves. External motivators are important, but internal motivators are the pilot light that champions our ability to go the extra mile.  Growing the purpose factor that transforms your communication into a vision and a mission that is embraced by others while using the language that speaks and resonates with them is critical.  People, purpose, power…aim for all three in your communication.  Get the buy-in, build the purpose factor and hone your message for results that take YOU and your people forward. If there are ruts in the road (challenges and failures) use them as levers for greater potential, better focus and to reinforce purpose and potential.  Hone your ability to transform ruts into solutions that inspire, empower and enable YOUR people.

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The Essentialist Leader: Unforgettable-Exceptional-Remarkable

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3Q Leadership™ Blog- 43,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  This post was originally published on Switch and Shift Blog April 2014, and now includes bonus links, videos and podcasts

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The desire to do something unforgettable, exceptional and remarkable is the fire that burns in the head and hearts of leaders who strive to create a better future; a living, learning, evolving workplace where potential thrives and products and services create value for all constituents and the communities they serve.  What is Essentialism? Why is it so important? Buy the book by Greg McKeown and find out what “Essentialism” can do for your life, your work, your potential because it is a worthy read. And, for a moment reflect upon the words of Greg McKeown, “The way of the essentialist means living by design not by default.” Thinking by design and not by default means training your brain in ways that can help you build a better present and future.

 

The imperative to train our brains to focus on that which is essential is brilliant in its simplicity and power.  We are what we think. Our ability to learn to focus, to develop greater strategic thought through ideation and innovation in a sea of stressors and changes, is paramount to our individual, collective and organizational success. What would happen if you could see through the sea of noise, information, and opinions around you with greater acuity by learning to focus on that which is essential to a better present and future? The challenge, the courage to grab the gauntlet, go against the flow and embrace “essentialism” is something that can lead to exceptional and remarkable results. Think about it.

Essentialism is a brilliant concept that can help forward-thinking people, leaders and organizations to strengthen their 3Q Edge/Advantage in disruptive times. 3Q Edge™ uses strengths, challenges, failures and stressors to build three critical areas of strength:

  • Q1: IQ – Enhanced ideation, innovative thought, strategic thought, ability to learn-relearn
  • Q2: EQ – Emotional intelligence, communication, collaboration, risk tolerance, resiliency
  • Q3: SQ – Values, purpose, integrity of communication, action; and the development of the intrinsic motivators that keep us learning, leading and striving forward when times are tough)

Will you become a Essentialist Leader? Embrace your ability to do remarkable and exceptional things in disruptive times? The imperative to do so is clear, because it is a philosophy that can help your leadership, your people and your organization develop a new way of thinking that will help you gain the clarity and courage you need to push boundaries, optimize potential with rapidity while strengthening the emotional, mental and spiritual strength that can take you and your people forward.

The biggest opportunity lies in looking at things in new ways while anchoring the values, integrity and courage that can take us forward; it is this opportunity that helped me develop my 3Q model, it is this opportunity that punctuates my days with purpose and determination. I believe essentialism is fundamental to our ability to grow, evolve and embrace our ability in a sea of change, noise, competition, opinions and information that will continue to grow. The essentialist leader speaks to those who seek to lead greatly in disruptive times, by building a better present and future.


Is it time to be not simply an agent of change, but a change leader?
 Only you can decide, but the imperative to develop new ways of thinking, doing and communicating that take you and your people forward has never been greater. Carpe Diem!

 

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12 Important Things I Have Learned About Leadership, Success And Failure

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12  Important Things I Have Learned About Leadership, Success And Failure (Including 1700+ bonus links, audio and video clips)

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3Q Leadership Insights And Action

  • Business success is not about the need, it is about the want.  

    Showing up with the greatest strategy, solution or program will not take you forward unless your audience, your constituency, your stakeholders recognize the critical area of need you serve as a WANT.  Some of the greatest inventions, ideas and strategies were never realized as great successes by their creators. The imperative to find and fill the want so that you can establish a footprint that will allow you to speak to the need is critical.

  • Competitive differentiation and success are about creating value.  

    Innovation is fueled by the desire to create value.  Competitive differentiation and success are about delivering this value.  What does not create value will not survive.  Success is a value based equation, and today part of that equation is the optimization of great thought, great ideas/innovations, great communication and collaboration.  The ability to innovate is born of a desire to create value, this desire must be part of organizational cultures, learning initiatives…it is part of the DNA of 21st century business success.

  • The biggest challenge we face is internal.  

    The greatest threat we face is internal; whether we are sabotaging our own ability/talent, working in the wrong culture or sector, trying to climb a ladder that no longer exists…It is our mindset, our ability to stand tall by recognizing our strengths and challenges and using BOTH to optimize and realize our potential that is the way forward.  It is our 3Q Edge™

  • Leadership is a tough road, but true leadership is not an easy journey, it is a road of purpose, commitment, courage and results.  

    What separates those who truly lead and those who do not is the ability to cleave to the courage, purpose and commitment to achieve results.  Results that drive great business, results that drive an evolution of self, of one’s people and positively impact the community in which one lives.  Our greatest hope lies in the hearts and minds of leaders who can inspire, empower and enable our greatest potential.  If you want to lead forward, be prepared for a tough road that is worthwhile because paving the road will be your biggest commitment and contribution.

  • Purpose Equals Profit on a Multiplicity of Levels.  

    You cannot destroy the power of purpose because it is the fire that lights our souls, our greatest thought, action and results. Purpose keeps us strong, focused and helps us develop the resiliency we need to lead, learn and succeed forward.  Purpose is the strength that kindles the human passion and resolve that can take us forward on a multiplicity of levels that impact the quality of our lives, our workplaces, our leadership and our world. Coaching, training, learning and development, mentor-ship initiatives that are not focused on tapping into the purpose of the organization in alignment with the individual and collective purpose of employees and teams will be unable to drive sustainable results in this new trajectory of change, challenges, hyper-competition and opportunities.  Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels.

  • Being a change-maker is not an easy path, but it is worth it. We can all be change-makers in our own way. All positive changes big and small are critical.  

    I did not start out my career aspiring to be a change-maker, but I successfully led a steel company when there were few/no women in similar positions, helped to change the environmental law in a province, and took a landmark case for children’s rights to success and have faced and overcome gut-wrenching challenges.   None of these accomplishments were easy, and they required gut wrenching decisions and fortitude.  Was it worth it?  YOU betcha.  There is nothing that can replace knowing that one has in some small or large way contributed to a better future. We can look upon challenges we face and feel defeated, or we can pick challenges we have the courage and commitment to address and help resolve.  The former is tough, but in making the difficult choice, we make a right choice that drives our best self and best results forward.

  • Difficult challenges and failure are hard, but necessary.  

    I have had great success and I have also suffered great challenges and failures that humbled me, nearly destroyed my career and taught me that the only way to lead forward is to learn forward. The ability to develop a new relationship with one’s failures that optimizes our ability to learn and relearn, build resiliency and grit and also look at problems, solutions and failures with new eyes that take us forward is critical.  Using failure to succeed is a critical life and leadership skill.

  •  What you focus on grows. 

    Neuroscience and psychology have taught us that what you focus on grows. Our minds give direction to our brains, and the focus of our thoughts, the belief systems that underlie them will predetermine what and how we see things. Learning to do an internal re-set, to let go of default patterns of thinking that sabotage our greatest potential is critical and doable.  We can learn to take small, consistent steps that re-write default patterns of thinking (as well as communicating and doing) that take us forward faster and better.

  •  The ability to develop cross-cultural, cross generational communication, engagement and results is real, doable, teachable and critical. 

    We cannot break through barriers when our focus is the barriers that exist between us, because this mind-set automatically limits our ability to communicate, collaborate, ideate and work together towards a better future. Learning how to build bridges across cultures, generations, internal and external barriers is one of the most important communication and leadership skills.  I cut my teeth being a woman CEO in the steel industry many years ago because wearing the yoke of a visible minority who was discounted immediately, having to develop international and cross generational communication helped me realize that the way forward is a focus on what unites and resonates all parties regardless of culture or generation.

  • Seven commitments are critical anchors for great leadership.

    They are commitments that take us forward faster and better.  Commitments that ignite our best selves, best work, best leadership and best lives.  They can be used as part of learning, training or leadership commitment statements that are championed by the C-Suite and lived vertically and horizontally in the organization.  Leadership starts with a commitment that must be mirrored in our organizations, our lives and the employees, constituents and communities we serve.

  • Our greatest promise lies in re-setting the status quo because what worked in the past may be impotent in the future.  

    Learning, leading and succeeding forward means re-setting the gender divide, championing diversity, collaboration and taking active positive steps that drive new ways, better ways, faster ways to work better together.  The ability to stretch, to grow, to move past educational, generational, cultural silos that keep us transfixed on one point of view, rather than incorporating the power of shared viewpoints and complimentary strengths is the way forward. Leading forward means making a critical shift forward.

  •  Happiness and success are a value proposition. Life is a gift you can either choose to spend or use.

 We live in a world of paradox where some of the richest, most successful people are also bitter, disenchanted and unhappy. Once our survival needs have been met, the truest success is happiness; and true happiness can only be defined by self actualization and our ability to feel that we are contributing, giving, sharing and growing. Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is timeless, because the human desire, the pilot light of purpose that lights our greatest purpose and happiness cannot be cast asunder.

 

Human effectiveness must be a critical focal point, because looking at efficiency without effectiveness, short-term results without long-term consequences, communication without engagement and buy-in will deter our greatest potential and results. The imperative to realize our ability to think smarter, communicate, collaborate and lead forward faster and better must be aligned with a focus on the actualization of human potential, purpose and the realization of results that take us forward better together.

 

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What Happens When A Toxic Leader Is In Charge?

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What Happens When A Toxic Leader Is In Charge? 

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It’s tough at the top, and once you get their, staying there means developing a leadership footprint, a way of thinking, communicating and doing that takes YOUR people forward at the speed of change. The new ecosystem is a trajectory of change, challenges, hyper-competition and opportunities that have become the NEW normal and will only continue to grow. There are many reasons why the focus of my work is the optimization of human potential and results in disruptive times. My passion for 3Q Leadership™ is the fire that lights my day, my work and my commitment to helping those who lead, and those who aspire to greater leadership succeed.

What happens when a toxic leader is in charge?  What happens when those who lead are unable to adjust to the new reality; the new workplace where controlling the model of production, managing and directing people like cogs in a wheel is a recipe for failure. Toxic leaders poison the environment, the pollute the ability of even the best and brightest managers and employees to really excel and contribute. 

The only way to solve a problem is to recognize it. 
•Do you know a toxic leader?
•Do you work for a toxic leader?

•Is it time to help someone who struggles with a leadership style that can and will sink the whole ship get the coaching he needs to shift forward, learn and lead forward?

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The imperative to light a fire, to kindle engagement, collaboration, innovation must be the mandate of every organization and business that wants to survive and thrive.  There is no room, no place for leadership toxicity in an organization that wants to lead and succeed forward. Great business is all about people. Controlling the mode of production, organizing people to take their place as cogs in a standardized wheel with rigid protocols that impede their ability to think, collaborate, innovate and contribute is the path to decline and death. Toxic leaders who push their employees and managers into silent submission will be left with a perfect storm that will erode the people, the potential that is the only hope for a business sustainability and growth.  Is it there hope for toxic leaders?  Yes, if they have the desire to make a critical shift forward. Helping leaders make the behavioral and communication changes that optimize their potential and the potential of others is one of the most critical benefits of excellent executive coaching.

 How do we begin to develop organizational cultures that drive human passion, purpose and potential?  Stay tuned for next week’s post, and a few thoughts on the subject!

 

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Realizing Leadership Magazine-3Q Leadership Exposed

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Realizing Leadership Magazine Interview
3Q Leadership™ Exposed

 Actualizing Results at the Speed of Change and Challenges
A 3Q Leadership™ Perspective | 
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 “Irene is without doubt a powerful and passionate thought leader – her drive and commitment can lift the energy levels of a group within minutes! Her belief in the power and impact of attitude echoes the thoughts of great writers over history. For organisations Irene is able to challenge people to assess not just their competence in role but also their STYLE, she is a great driver for change.” Chris Atkinson, Training Director, Elysian Training, UK

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I was honored to be the cover story for Realizing Leadership Magazine, Aug 2014.  I am sharing the interview with you, because I think that it contains interesting and I hope equally valuable information about surviving and thriving in a new non linear eco-system where change, challenges, hyper-competition and opportunity are the new normal. The editor of Leadership Magazine, Laurie Wilhelm, has done a superlative job of not simply continuing the leadership conversation, but spotlighting change-makers, thinkers and doers, ombudsmen of a better way forward.  If you do not subscribe to Realizing Leadership Magazine, you should.  Great read. I hope you enjoy the interview and welcome your comments!

LW   Welcome to Realizing Leadership in Conversation. I’m Laurie Wilhelm and today, we’re speaking with Irene Becker.   Executive Coach, Consultant and Author of a triple award-winning blog, 3Q Leadership™, Irene is also a speaker whose 3Q message of not simply playing to strengths, but using our ability to transform changes, challenges, failures and stressors into a catalyst for potential and results inspires and engages audiences in a new way of thinking, communicating and doing that has come of age.   Irene, thank you so much for your time today to speak with us.

IB   You’re so welcome, I’m delighted to be here, Laurie.

LW   You have a very interesting leadership model; you’re the creator of 3Q Leadership™  and that’s going to be new to a lot of people listening and reading today so I’m wondering if you could please describe to us what is 3Q Leadership™.

IB   With pleasure, Laurie. I think it will be new to most people because 3Q is the model I created that is both a coaching and training model; it’s also a philosophy. It speaks not only to playing to strengths but to learning how to use changes, challenges, stressors even failures to build three really critical areas that can grow in the face of change. I think that 3Q leadership™ , or building your 3Q Edge™, speaks  not only to people who are leading organizations or companies but to all people who want to be able to really optimize their potential in a sea of changes, challenges, ambiguity that’s going to continue.

LW   Could you please briefly describe each of the Q’s so we have an understanding of what each one is?

IB

Q1: IQ is enhancing your ability to learn and relearn, focus under stress, strategic thought, really optimizing the power of your mind and intellect.
EQ: Q2 is emotional intelligence, which means self-mastery, communication, collaboration, resiliency, risk tolerance, the things that we all need very badly today.
SQ: Q3 spiritual quotient, refers to purpose, integrity of thought, communication, action, and also learning how to use and build intrinsic motivators that keep you going when the going gets tough.

LW   If we take a look at the first one, IQ, can we look at focus – an enhanced focus. What is that and how do we achieve an enhanced focus?

IB   Well, I think that we learn how to really grab hold of the power of our mind, of our brain to focus on what’s important. A lot of people are really deluged with information overload and instead of being empowered or enabled by the amount of information; you really become disengaged. You can train yourself to think better, to have greater focus on what’s important to you, to your work and that’s a critical skill because what we focus on grows. I believe that the ability to develop laser focus in high change, high stress environments is really critical.

LW   You’ve also spoken in the IQ about learn and relearn. What does that mean, to learn and relearn?

IB   I think that we’re in a whole new time where learning isn’t enough. We’re going to have to relearn and we can train ourselves to learn and relearn, to rewrite patterns of thinking, increase our ability to learn faster, to really help us get smarter.

LW   So why do we need to ‘relearn’?

IB   Because a lot of what we learned in previous eras no longer applies or what we are going to be doing now, or what was a best practice in the past may be irrelevant in the future. Life and work and all the different parts that make up our journey are moving faster than ever before. We can’t just get a degree and go on with our jobs and presume that things are going to go well. That model worked in the past. It’s defunct today.

Our ability to really optimize learning and relearning is so critical and it’s doable – there’s a huge advantage in making this exciting. When you can really develop greater focus on what’s important, when you can optimize your ability to learn and relearn, you’re not suffering from information overload, you become inspired, you become engaged, you become empowered and more successful by what you learn and relearn.

LW   With the EQ, there’s the emotional intelligence and social intelligence. What do you mean by social intelligence?

IB   Social intelligence is part of emotional intelligence. Social intelligence is learning how to build relationships across boundaries whether they’re internally or externally, different cultures, different people in the hierarchy. We need to build relationships. I think that, you know, the term “global village” was coined in the 70’s. Marshall McLuhan was visionary because we certainly weren’t living in a global village then but we are now. We need to build our social quotients, we need to know how to verbally communicate, digitally communicate with all kinds of people and social quotient also refers to not only communication but also collaboration.

One of the things that I think is even more important now and in the future is building what I would call communities of purpose. People who come together with the same values and objectives because no one can become successful alone. There’s an expression, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, it takes a village to build a success. And today, our village may be global, our partners may be virtual, but we will not succeed alone. Building your social quotient, communication, collaboration is really critical.

LW   With the communication and collaboration element and being a leader – how is that actually important? If you’re the leader, people should be doing what you’re saying. Why would you have to work on these relationships and communication?

IB   The model of leadership – if you’re the leader, people should be doing what you’re saying – worked really well in different periods of time when the equation for building success was different. Command and control leadership, saying, “I’m the leader – you have to do what I want,” that will work with a lot of people who have to retain their jobs. But are you going to get the best out of your people? Are you going to have an executive team that will be innovative and where you will have transparent and honest communication? Are you going to be able to reach vertically and horizontally within your own company or globally to prospects and constituents? No.

Command and control leadership worked in the past because success was always about controlling the mode of production, producing more, efficiencies. To me, success is now about human effectiveness. It’s about our ability to innovate, to articulate, to communicate, to collaborate and those things are not built through command and control leadership. They’re built by a leader who, yes, can steer the ship, but knows how to empower, engage and actualize the best in his people. That’s not by telling people to “do it because I’m the leader.” It’s about empowering, enabling and showing people a better way forward.

LW   And you mentioned a few minutes ago about purpose and that’s SQ, part of the third Q. How does purpose impact leaders and how they’re achieving the goals of the organization?

IB   Before we talk about purpose, let’s talk about success. What is success? Success is creating value for others, whether it’s in your business or in your life, that’s the bottom line. Why has there been only one company that has been on the Fortune 500 for more than forty years? If we don’t create value for others, we tumble and we fall.
Purpose is critical. An organization has to have a purpose to thrive. Also, individuals are purpose driven. If we feel that our work is purposeful, that we’re contributing, we go the extra mile. So purpose is two-fold. We need to individually be purpose driven, and in order to optimize our potential, we need to be working in organizations where we really feel that we’re contributing to the greater whole.

Also, today, I think we’re in a whole other arena where purpose equals profit. You could call it enlightened self-interest, but there are more people in the marketplace, we’re in what I would call the consumer age now where consumers are informed, they know what they want, there’s more competition, and there is a huge demand for companies to create value for not only their clients, but for the communities they live in and I don’t think that’s going to change. And I think that CSR initiatives, while they might have been lip service to corporate social responsibility initially, they’ve changed the culture of organizations.  Organizations that will survive and thrive are organizations that are purpose driven and that are led by 3Q leaders who are not only great thinkers and communicators but are values driven, purpose driven people who can really engage and empower, that help those they serve create greater value.

LW   Thank you for clarifying that. Now, I’d like to move on to another phrase that I’ve read in some of your writing and you’ve mentioned about “failing forward.” What is that?

IB   Failing forward is seeing a failure with different eyes – seeing it as a positive thing. In every failure, there’s a huge amount of positive learning and out of some of the greatest failures have come some of the greatest inventions.

Today, we all have to be more creative and innovative and we can’t do that without failing forward. If you’re afraid of failing, you’re never going to innovate. We need to look at our failures differently because what we want to do is extract that which is going to make us more successful, that which is really going to make us optimize our potential. When you learn to fail forward, it not only changes your relationship with failure, which is a good thing, it removes a stressor, but it also frees you to become more innovative and more creative and to see solutions.

I think another part of failing forward is that to a large extent and even in the educational system even now, we look for what’s wrong. We need to be solution focused. We live in times of great challenge but also extraordinary opportunity. Neuroscience teaches us that our brains are set to automatic negative. No matter how optimistic you are, negativity is going to attract you. It’s going to be the first kind of primal response. We need to rewrite that and become solution focused.
When you learn to fail forward, you’re building emotional and intellectual dexterity and that’s so important today. Every time you fail forward, you’re building a stronger brain and you’re also building greater resiliency.

LW   Is that a bit of the ‘relearn’?

IB   In a way, it could be. It’s interesting because when I work with clients, relearn becomes a really exciting thing for them so I don’t think of it as failing forward, but you could say that relearning as failing forward. But sometimes relearning is a different take on something you’ve learned or something additional. It really depends on the context, but you brought up a good point.

LW   Interesting. Now, looking into servant leadership, I just wanted to get your take on that. You’ve written on your blog a post titled, The Call to Serve, Lead and to Lead Greatly, and within that post, you wrote, “Service is not servitude.” Can you elaborate on this and how this relates to being a leader and being in service to others?

IB   Servitude is really being dis-empowered. Service, is being empowered by how you can create value for others. To me, leadership is about creating value for others. It’s about having a greater vision, a greater purpose. It’s about being able to negotiate dark corners. And when we talked about purpose – leadership is all about purpose. Can you really lead if you don’t have courage and integrity and you’re not purpose driven? Not in the true sense of the word. I think a lot of people think about service or serving in the wrong way. Our ability to evolve, is our ability to ultimately serve the greatest good. That’s leadership.

LW   And going beyond ourselves in order to get that done, that takes courage. To put your ego aside to focus on others.

IB   Ego, in my mind, is energy going out. The more we can distance ourselves from ego – and by ego, I’m talking about the need to be validated by others – when you need to be validated by others, it is the worst form of servitude because you will never get enough validation.
It’s ironic that we live in a time of technological and scientific wonder. Yesterday, I read two articles that blew my mind about what’s being done in medical science. It’s extraordinary. On the other hand, we’re in a time where selfishness has been glorified, in a way. We’re not better alone. We don’t work better alone – I’m not saying everyone has to be selfless, I do think that great leaders are those rare people who do have that selfless component and they remain a hope for those they serve.

LW   I have one more question for you, Irene, and it’s about something that you’ve written, “Goodness is the conduit for greatness.” What does that mean for leaders?

IB   That you really can’t be a great leader unless you do good work. Good work that speaks to the optimization of human potential. Good work that speaks to not exchanging integrity or humanity for anything else. Good work that speaks to making a positive difference. Goodness is certainly the conduit for greatness. If you look at a great leader, they had a greater purpose and given the times in which we live, our ability to champion really what counts: courage, faith, hope, integrity, humanity and intelligence is critical. So goodness is the conduit for greatness.

LW   Irene, I’d like to thank you for your time today – it went by extremely quickly. You provided us a lot to think about: your 3Q leadership™ model, what that is and how we can be successful with it, and offering some of your thoughts and insights on failing forward and servant leadership have been very valuable. I really want thank you. I’d like to direct all the listeners and readers to sign up to your Twitter feed, you blog and to follow you because we can learn from you about being a good leader and lead a purpose-driven life.

IB   You’re welcome, Laurie, and if I could say one thing. I really appreciate what your magazine is doing and if I could leave the listeners and readers with a thought, it would be: Change is not the problem – it is the solution. When you can change your relationship with change, challenges, stressors and failures, you not only lead forward, you learn and live forward. Our ability to do so is extraordinary.

LW   That is beautiful, Irene – thank you.

IB   You’re so welcome.

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The Power of a Great Leadership Event: Reflections, Features & Benefits

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The Power of a Great Leadership Event:  Features, Benefits & Reflections (Including  Powerful, Actionable Tips and Over 400 Bonus Articles)

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Reflections: The audience at Leadership Connections was most committed, enthusiastic leadership audience I have ever addressed.

“Irene is without doubt a powerful and passionate thought leader – her drive and commitment can lift the energy levels of a group within minutes! Her belief in the power and impact of attitude echoes the thoughts of great writers over history. For organisations Irene is able to challenge people to assess not just their competence in role but also their STYLE, she is a great driver for change.” Chris Atkinson, Training Director, Elysian Training, UK

My experience attending and giving a keynote October 2014  at Leadership Connections UK will remain a career highlight because the commitment to leadership excellence and the participation of the Elysian Training team who planned the event and those attending were memorable. Yes, in a country where reserve and decorum are often seen as part of the cultural fabric, the whole room of leadership delegates were so enthusiastic, so participative that after three hours of conference attendance that they took me aback doing an exercise I call the Leadership ROAR.

 

 

Leadership Delegates Doing Leadership Roar UK Keynote Oct 3 2014
The level of audience and speaker participation, learning and enthusiasm was tremendous! Did the audience resonate with my 3Q  Leadership™ message and model of not simply playing to strengths  but actively USING changes, challenges, stressors and failures to grow  three areas that are critical to great leadership in turbulent times? YES!

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Why was presenting and attending Leadership Connections  important?
Why is the footprint, the work of Elysian Training important? We are living in turbulent times. Leadership  development and growth cannot and will not occur without inspiring, empowering and enabling our ability to learn and re-learn new ways,  better ways to lead forward at the speed of change. Leading forward  means breaking down internal and external barriers that impede our greatest potential, while building cross cultural and generational  bridges that take us forward faster and better.

Features :  What made the event successful? Five areas of strength that are the linchpin of a great leadership event:

● Providing a venue and speakers that illuminate new ways of thinking, learning communicating and doing.

● Facilitating speaker to audience and peer-to-peer interaction and learning because being talked at is not enough.

● Helping attendees stretch out of their own personal comfort zone because doing so builds the cognitive and emotional dexterity that is critical go great learning, communication and leadership at the speed of change.

● Developing greater self-awareness and awareness of others (cross culturally, cross functionally and cross generationally) because the new marketplace, the new world is one of diversity on every level.

● Inspiring action through new ways of thinking, communicating, collaborating and doing that help attendees inspire, empower and enable the best in themselves and others because resetting default patterns of thinking, communicating or doing and becoming relentlessly solution focused is critical on a multiplicity of levels.

Reflections:  The power of a great leadership event lies in its ability to inspire new ways of thinking, doing, communicating and collaborating that drive individual and collective growth and potential.

Leadership Connections was a great leadership event whose strength can be measured by the courage, creativity, commitment of the Elysian Training team, the speakers and the leadership delegates who participated in a cross-pollination of ideas, concepts, learning and collaborating.  Courage, commitment and consistency of purpose (leadership growth and greatness) were areas of personal and professional focus that were echoed by those I worked with and addressed at this conference.

‘To improve is to change’ -Winston Churchill

Evidence based thinkers who have a tendency to rely on what was and what worked in the past, but were intrigued and inspired by the importance of looking forward and developing ways of thinking, doing and communicating that optimize what we have learned and take it forward in new ways.

‘Empires of the future are empires of the mind’ – Winston Churchill

 

Talent optimizers/leadership developers (coaches, trainers, consultants, HR experts) who recognize the critical need to hone their craft in ways that help clients learn, communicate, collaborate and succeed at the speed of change/challenges.

‘All great things are simple’ – Winston Churchill

Men and women who recognize that the way forward is together; united we stand, divided we will fall. The fastest way to optimize and realize our potential is to break down cognitive, emotional, cross cultural and gender barriers that preclude the realization of our greatest potential by focusing on the purpose, values and commitment that builds bridges from NOW to HOW.

Inspire Action and Results:  Here are ten powerful ways to build great leadership covered in my keynote and  pre-event article.  Pick one tip and put it to use today!

  1. Build skills that GROW at the speed of change and challenges: YOUR 3Q Edge™
  2. Do not wait for great ideas to collide. Empower them.
  3. Take one step daily to motivate someone else.
  4. Build new touch points. Get out of your intellectual, emotional or peer based silo.
  5. Develop enlightened self-interest because purpose = profit.
  6. Resolve to evolve. Re-define winning.
  7. Use change as a lever for potential; human biz!
  8. Build a better relationship with yourself and others.
  9. Unpack the knowledge. Transform complexity into powerful-simple-steps that open the ears of your constituents.
  10. Have a leadership code of ethics that you model and integrate in your company.

 

Carpe diem.  Courage, commitment, consistency of purpose and the unrelenting desire to learn, communicate, collaborate, grow and fail forward will help you move from NOW to how. Become a possibility thinker and doer. Start now. Redirect focus, Empower confidence, Actualize potential, Communicate effectively, Harvest results.

Thank YOU Chris Atkinson, Founder, Elysian Training, Kerry Bellamy, Kate Tuck, Paul Tuck and the entire outstanding Elysian team for your outstanding work and contribution.  If you have not had time to browse the new Elysian website of over 100 courses, programs and a new learning hub, it is a worthy read!

 

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Turning around the greatest individual and organizational threat we face.

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Are YOU…Is Your Organization Heading for a Natural Disaster? Turn it Around! Build Resiliency NOW!
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Fact:  Over $300 billion a year is spent in the USA on executive and employee stress related physical, emotional disability, addictions, communication and personal problems, presenteesim and other stress related problems.

Fact:  This is NOT an American phenomenon; the World Health Organization forecasts that stress will be the major cause of physical disability in the world by 2030.Leaders. Avert a natural disaster in your workplace because YOU can! Resiliency-building it, championing it and using it as an integral part of management, leadership and team development is critical.

Business success is about people; and if we do not build resiliency in our leadership initiatives, in our employee coaching, training and mentoring, we are on a collision course with disaster. Why am I passionate about 3Q Leadership™?  Many reasons, one of which is the critical imperative to not simply empower and engage, but to build a new skill set that helps us, and helps our people build greater resiliency at the speed of change, and in the face of challenges that will continue to accelerate. 

Sharing an excerpt from a Passion Point Interview with Canadian Resiliency Expert, Michael Ballard, and the original web TV interview >>in its entirety.

Irene Becker: Welcome to Passion Point. My name is Irene Becker and I welcome you to a half hour of passion, purpose and potential. A show that will engage you, inspire you and hopefully add some fun to your day. Today, I’m welcoming two incredible men, one of whom is Canada’s leading resiliency experts: Michael Ballard, and I really look forward to having this conversation with Michael, so stay tuned.

Michael Ballard: It’s great to be here.

IB: Thank you! Michael is one of Canada’s foremost resiliency experts, and I want you to tell us about your timeline, Michael, because I love it.

MB: Resiliency for life is all about bitter or better. There are several different ways to have taglines, so I have several. So you know Ballard’s the name, resiliency’s the game. I think it’s corny.

IB: Well, I think it’s very nice though. Tell me why resiliency is the game. Tell me about your – I mean this show is about passion, purpose and potential, Michael. And you were a man who left the corporate machine.

MB: I did.

IB: To become an entrepreneur, to follow your passion. How did you go from being the corporate machine and being a sales executive to setting up an organization based on resiliency and engagement?

MB: To go back in time, somewhere between 5 and 8, I had a brain injury. So off in the car, no ambulance, you know in the old days there was no ambulance service and down to the sick kid’s hospital where I got hustled in and a few days later I had to go home. But it started me on my journey on how we all react to certain things in so radically different ways. I since then learned as an adult that with head injuries, either you go quiet or it’ll make you really agitated. Believe it or not, I was the really quiet one.

IB: Hard to believe Michael.

MB: I know, very hard to believe.

IB: You were the quiet guy?

MB: I was the quiet guy. So, I wanted the lights off, the noises to go away, and I had a headache that was 8 miles wide and 10 miles deep and I wanted my roommate, who’d had a head injury and who was screaming incessantly, to just go away. And of course I went home, I was like,”Wow, that really is interesting. Two people, similar issues, you couldn’t react to it any differently.” So that got me thinking that being in grade one or grade two and off you go — and for your viewers I’m that old that bicycle helmets weren’t available then to the general public. So fast forward and then I had a medical condition at 17, and the doctor with good intentions said, “Well, there’s nothing you could do, it’s a chronic illness.” Well, he never met my mother and father and he certainly didn’t know my grandparents because you’re not allowed to say in my family “there’s nothing you can do”. There’s prayer, there’s family and friends, there’s exercise and there’s diet. But you know, sometimes when we’re experts we got to be careful with tunnel vision and I jokingly, respectfully refer to experts as a body of interest two inches wide and 10 miles deep. The nice thing about resiliency is that it gets me to pay attention to 10 miles of wide and only 2 inches deep, but I’m not shallow. So that got me really going because I mystified the experts with the chronic illness, because it kept disappearing. At a cellular level I was really sick, but I had no symptoms sometimes for 2 and 3 years. Then I’d have a 90-day speed bump test and that made me think that, “Hmm, maybe this mind and matter thing, there’s more to it.” Fast forward, I had two bouts of cancer where I confounded the mental help professionals because I was “too happy”.

IB: Oh my gosh, I got to share this with you, I relate to this. Because when I was pregnant, I had a life-threatening ailment and there was a good chance I wouldn’t see my first and the baby I was carrying. And when they were coming to do rounds, I mean you have to do something to keep your spirit up, I would make jokes. Ultimately, doctors came to see me, told me off and told me, “Don’t you realize you’re going to die? Why are you joking every day?”

MB: And that’s what I dealt with when a mental help professional with good intent said, “But Michael, I looked at your charts. You’ve got four cancer tumors, stage three of the primary, one spread and two stage twos! You’re in deep trouble!” I know I’m in deep trouble, but the day I got the diagnosis, on the drive home, I stopped at the lawyer’s office and got a new will. I stopped at the insurance agency and said, “In case I die, here’s contact information for father-in-law and father, and spouse’s work number. And you’re going to do a good job, right?” Poor guy, blood drained out and he almost fainted!

IB: So you became a resiliency expert because it’s an innate talent. You were innately resilient.

MB: Yes, my family culture is that it’s not nice to have an adversity, and it’s okay to feel what you feel, but after you’ve understood and reflected on your feelings, what do you want to do and what do you have to do to fight through? Resiliency doesn’t always change all the outcomes but it always changes the quality of the experience.

IB: But do you not say that, you know, we live – somebody asked me a while ago, because my practice is all about helping smart people work, communicate and lead smarter and happier.

MB: Absolutely.

IB: So, there is a great synergy between what we do.

MB: Absolutely.

IB: But somebody asked me this, I mean when are we going to stop riding the wave of change? The wave is only going to continue. That’s why, you know, my methodology is building the three Q’s, yours is resiliency, you need to find a way to really continue to ride the wave because it’s continuing. When you think about resiliency, I mean, it’s not only health – in terms of health and well-being, it’s really really critical. But within the machine, and within entrepreneurship, engagement, communicating with influence, really being able to survive and thrive in this climate demands resiliency.

MB: Well, I had a problem with a sales staff turnover problem, because in the old days – in the 90’s – it took 4 or 5 sales calls to get a “yes”, “no”, or “not right now it’s not in the budget, but come back soon”. Now, with some other clients, it’s taking 19 points of contact to get to that, and it’s burning people out. And I said that it’s great you’re giving out these people this amazing sales training – very professional – but what have you done to help people with what I call “mental stamina”? Because resiliency helps kids with raising graduation rates, it helps them with behavior; it helps adolescence with university and handling things and doing the right thing instead of the wrong thing when you’re in university away from home. But in the corporate world, it’s retention, it’s absentee versus presenteeism versus engagement and high productivity.

IB: Isn’t that a great term? Presenteeism? For those of you who don’t know what presenteeism is, this is a new term that was created that refers to people being present at their jobs, but basically not doing anything.

MB: The body showed up, but the mind’s on holiday, so they do a little bit of work to get by, but only enough to get by.

IB: Yea, that’s a huge problem.

MB: So, they went, “Well, it’s expense to hire people.” But I said it’s really expensive to hire new staff and also makes your customers vulnerable. Because when I was in sales, I got some of my biggest captures and stole business away from some of the competitors when their sales people changed over. Because they had a bond and an emotional connection with their sales people with high trust. I came along, for four years and said I should change things; we’d like a chance to talk. And I got all sorts of business that nobody had gotten for 20 to 40 years, away from the competition, when their reps changed because I had an emotional connection and trust, even though I wasn’t their supplier and the new guy was just “the new guy”.

IB: So, I have three questions for you.

MB: Please.

IB: Number one, what would you say is the most important thing to develop in resiliency? Hold on. What, Michael Ballard, are you passionate about in terms of the work you do? Is it keynotes, is it training? Tell us about that. And also, I want your passionate tip for the day.

MB: Okay. One of the key things about being resilient is we live in a society that Dr Helmstetter in the 80’s brought up to my attention that something upwards of 80% of what people think and what they say is framed in the negative. Not a compliment of, “Oh, Irene, I like black, it suits you,” but “Oh, Irene it’ll show all the lint! Oh, Irene, are you sure? It’ll show all the pilling eventually that type!”

IB: Oh my gosh, no, I’m so self-conscious… Michael!

MB: It doesn’t, it doesn’t. So in a world that focuses 80% of the time on the negatives, how do we make progress? So, I also with some clients talk about realistic optimism. Because, you know, some people think that optimism or being positive is just this bright sun-shiny face, the clouds will go away, the sun will come out… But it isn’t that way. There’s homework to be done, there’s a process.

IB: But the homework could be fun!

MB: Oh absolutely! So I get people who would say: if there’s a dictionary that was personal and private and your picture was there, what have you allowed, and who have you allowed, to help you define who you currently think you are? Some of those things are positive in truth, some of those things are in the neutral – half true and half that clutter and get in the way – and some of them are outright lies! And so when I get people who do an inventory of how and who they’ve allowed to define themselves, some of these things really get in the way. My grade 10 math teacher, who had retired the year after he taught us – 69% failure rate of all classes taught – nice man, chronic illness, undiagnosed, nice guy, lousy teacher. If I had believed him, I’m a 52% kid in math. No I’m not! Next year’s math teacher said, “You want to be a bridge builder? An engineer?” No. “Want to be a rocket scientist?” No. “So, you’re good in business math! Be careful of how you let others influence you in your thinking, Michael!”

IB: That’s a key point there.

MB: So he was really a powerful force in getting me to look at my self definition. When it came to business math, I have exceptional skills, which in sales paid off real fast.

IB: So you would help a client really see their strengths.

MB: Well, I help individuals, teams, groups, children and families. I worked with IBM, the government in Singapore, but I’ve also worked with foster parent groups and boards of education.

IB: So, tell me about your path. I mean, it’s doing training, it’s doing coaching, it’s doing keynotes, it’s teaching people about resiliency, how to create greater engagement… When you look at your business and your vision, what is it that speaks to your heart? What is the next step for Michael Ballard?

MB: It’s getting more exciting in that we’re going to go into more media forms, helping people help themselves. You know the old feed them a fish, teach them how to fish? Well, we’re helping people and teaching people to learn how to fish and be their own resiliency resource. So, for experts in the board of education and we’re currently looking at my model and how it fits with their theory. They said, “Your model helps engage the kids!” And I said, wouldn’t it be better to have 90% of the kids engaged and do 90% of what I advocate, instead of 40% of the kids do what you do and you use 10%, because yours is nice, but its dry and academic, hard and unwilling.

IB: We know from brain science that engagement is really critical to ideation. It’s really critical to one of the Q’s: IQ.

MB: Oh, it’s vital too. I have an advertising guru on my team, and he talks about creating brain tattoos. I, of course, called it mental bookmarks so that when we need it, the answers and the right thing to do is right there. So whether we’re working with children, youth or adults, and I’ve done some nursing home work as well, it’s there and it’s available. So, that’s a key: self-definition.

IB: Michael, what is your tip? What do you want to tell the audience about resiliency? One tip.

MB: Beware of how you frame and reframe things, and that’s your point of view. It’s good to have a point of view, but there are always at least two or three points of view, and those points of view come with feelings attached and methods of moving forward. So we should always, to be resilient, know our options.

IB: And focus on the positive!

MB: Yes. Half empty is valuable and half full. But if we only focus on the half empty, we’re stuck; only on the half full, we’re not being realistic. If we need to buy groceries next week, buying that cute pair of shoes or that nice new sports car might not be wise.

IB: I like the sports car.

MB: So do I.

IB: I was going to buy a convertible.

MB: Well, give me a ride. As long as you can afford the payments.

IB: And I could put the top down. I will.

MB: Good.

IB: Michael Ballard, it’s such a pleasure. I want you to tell our audience how they can reach you.

MB: Oh sure, I’m on the web, if you key in Michael Ballard or Resiliency for Life, you should find me in Toronto, Canada. That’s www.MichaelHBallard.com.

IB: Okay, tremendous. Thank you so much Michael.

Fact: Someone YOU lead, manage, work for, do business with, know or LOVE is needs to build resiliency. If you think your work, your career, your health, your business or professional practice is not negatively impacted by stress, by a gap in resiliency that CAN be corrected think again! While you are thinking, consider building the 3Q Skills that drive improved resiliency, focus and the people skills that drive hard and better results!  What?  Yes, recognize the five wolves, the five challenges that are facing even the best and brightest among us and beat them at their own game!

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Guest Post: Go BEYOND Excellence!

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Go Beyond Excellence by Abel Laureano

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Honored to host this article by Professor Abel Laureano, lawyer, educator, thought leader  who has published over 20 books on European Union Law and International Law.

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It may look a bit awkward to talk about going beyond excellence, since we are used to the idea that excelling is reaching a top. But the truth is that there is something higher: making a pattern.

When you excel, it means that you managed to reach one step further in a certain path, so you achieved the best in that path. But if you succeeded in making a pattern, it means that you were able to create a discernible regularity in the world.

Are people remembered for having excelled? Sure. But who is even more remembered? It’s those who generated new patterns.

Let’s think about means of transportation. For long, men used horse-pulled wagons. And these certainly went on being improved. But do we remember the inventors who contributed to such incessant evolution? Did they leave an outstanding remembrance?

Then someone came and shifted the paradigm. The new idea was to abandon reliance on animals for doing the transportation job. Out came the motor-car project, a self-moveable device. Out came the car industry. And who doesn’t remember Ford?

This new pattern was so strong, that it still stands. Today’s cars are quite different from the initial ones, but they are still industrially manufactured and in a similar way. So, we still live according to Ford’s pattern, be it immortal or not.

Want another impressive and older example? History tells us that, for centuries, it was believed that the Sun orbited around the Earth: this was the scientific pattern. But, when Copernicus said exactly the opposite, a different thinking pattern emerged. Before Copernicus, several men tried to contribute to a better astronomical knowledge, and some excelled in their endeavors. But Copernicus changed the path and shook the world: a new pattern, still remaining; and a place for Copernicus in Universal History. Of course, not all are roses… Copernicus’ end was a bad one.

But there’s more, as to nasty news: even if you manage to generate an idea worth to become a new pattern, you can’t take it for granted. There are, namely nowadays, various factors that can prevent such destiny: economic conditions, political conditions, social conditions, etc. And still something else: today’s life acceleration is bound to turn down patterns more quickly than in previous eras.

So it may require a somewhat tough approach. But don’t be too disappointed. If you really want to fully stand out of the crowd, don’t merely try to excel. By excelling, you may innovate, but your audience is limited. Change your scope and, if you have the guts to do it, try to establish a new pattern. Who knows, you may eventually earn your own place in Universal History books!

1Abel Laureano-2Author Bio: Abel Laureano is an Assistant Professor at the University of Porto in Portugal. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law, as well as a Diploma of Advanced Studies, European Studies, and a Postgraduate Certification in European Law. He has published over twenty books and academic publications focusing primarily on areas of European Union Law, European Law and Public International Law.

More on creating new patterns; new habits of thinking, communicating and doing that take YOU forward faster and better?  YOU Betcha!

Possibility Thinking, Doing and Results in Disruptive Times
How to Build 5 Benchmarks of 21st Century Leadership and Success 
Using Failure to Succeed: A Key Life and Leadership Skill (7 Powerful, Actionable Tips)
Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times

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Building a Better Future | Values, Mission, Vision

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Building a Better Future | Values, Mission, Vision
A 3Q Leadership™ Manifesto
(Including-Over 400 bonus leadership articles/infographics)

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Values | Mission | Vision
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Values:  To guard the hope, faith, courage, integrity and humanity that can lead us forward, because they are the foundation for our greatest thoughts, actions, and the hope for our individual/collective sustainability and can never be cast asunder.

 

Mission: To build a better world, one person, one organization at a time. It is this mission of service and commitment that was the genesis of my 3Q Edge™ model (3 essential strengths that grow in the face of change/challenges).  It is the heartbeat, focus and imperative behind every service, program and keynote we provide.

Individuals:  To help our clients actualize their greatest potential to learn/relearn, communicate, collaborate, lead and forward at the speed of change/challenges.

Organizations: To help executives, senior managers and teams develop new ways of thinking, doing and communicating that optimize potential, engagement, empowerment and results in high stress, high change environments.

Emerging Leaders: To help emerging leaders develop the 3Q Leadership™ skills that can help them to rise beyond the challenges before them by inspiring and actualizing the best in themselves and those they serve/lead.

Portfolio of 3Q Services/Programs:  To provide programs/services that stick and grow while also planting the seeds for a new, powerful relationship with change, challenges, innovation and the actualization of one’s potential. Boundary-less, customized programs deployed face to face, by Skype, telephone or video-conferencing.

Partners:  To partner with those who share our mission/passion for developing new ways, new strategies of optimizing/actualizing human potential and results; drawing upon the combined integrity, experience and skill set of people and organizations dedicated to a better future.

Planet: To build a better world one person, one organization at a time; championing our ability to use what is to create what CAN be in our lives, our workplaces, our organizations and our world. Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels.

Productivity: Dedication to a level of service and productivity that mirrors the 3Q skill set and mind-set that we teach.  Productivity is effectiveness.  We are dedicated to both.

 

Vision:  To develop a community of great thinkers/doers dedicated to the actualization of our greatest individual and collective potential; a Global Consultancy for 3Q Leadership™ that will become the springboard for a 3Q Leadership™ Foundation dedicated to coaching, mentoring, training and teaching the underserved.

 

Over 400 Bonus Leadership Articles and Infographics:

Great Leadership-3Q Leadership at the Speed of Change
Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times (# 1 Article for Elysian Training UK 2014)
Possibility Thinking, Doing and Results-Building 3 Skills That GROW at the Speed of Change
How to Build 5 Benchmarks of 21st Century Leadership and Success
Free eBook:  Leading and Succeeding in Disruptive Times | A 3Q Edge™ Primer

 

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Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training & Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
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How to Build 5 Benchmarks of 21st Century Leadership & Success | Possibility Thinking, Doing and Results, Part II

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How to Build 5 Benchmarks of 21st Century Leadership & Success
Possibility Thinking, Doing and Results, Part II

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5 Benchmarks

Recap of Part 1 of this 2 Part Series: Part  1 focused on “the what” three essential strengths you can GROW at the speed of change (your 3Q Edge™). 3 strengths that breathe life and momentum into your greatest potential because they s are built with your strengths as well as the changes, challenges, stressors (even failures) you face.

Counter-intuitive?  You betcha, but the imperative to find new, better and faster ways to realize our greatest potential is real, critical…and counter-intuitive! Change is not the problem, it is the solution.  Our ability to develop cognitive, emotional and social adaptability is critical and doable! 


Five benchmarks of 21st century success (empowerment, engagement, ideation, innovation and collaboration) are important results of building 3Q skills. In addition to building these career and business success benchmarks, developing your 3Q Edge™ can help you build greater resiliency, courage, grit, self-confidence while also developing critical intrinsic motivators that keep your values, your vision and your purpose in alignment when times get tough!

What re the five steps in my 3Q Edge™toolkit/methodology? How can they help you build empowerment, engagement, ideation and collaboration in disruptive times? Become an integrative thinker who can use two opposable ideas to create solutions?  Feel better, communicate across internal and external boundaries, grow courage, resiliency and grit in the face changes, challenges, hyper-competition or ambiguity? Enable and actualize better results?  Inspire the best in yourself and others?

5 Benchmarks of Success

Ten years of study, application with clients and a passion for fast, quick, actionable steps that drive results helped me hone in on five steps that build 3Q skills.  Five steps that are part of my coaching and training methodology because they are simple and they can be applied to in a cross-disciplinary, cross sector, cross functional basis.  Can you use R-E-A-C-H™ as a guideline for other than building 3Q skills?  Yes!  Try it out, and send me your feedback.  Most importantly, consider the potential of building your 3Q Edge™.

Taking 3Q to as many people remains a mission that punctuates my work and life, because the imperative to use the challenges we face to realize our greatest potential is critical and doable!  (image credit for this blog:  Presenter Media)

 

More on achieving breakthrough results?  YOU Betcha!

Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times (#1 Post for Elysian Training 2014)
Using
 Failure to Succeed (#1 Post Elysian Training 2013)
Rising to the Challenges Before Us (#1 Post Jesse Lyn Stoner’s Blog 2012)
Possibility Thinking, Doing and Results, Part I
The DNA of Business Success in Disruptive Times
3Q Leadership™/REACH™ Benefits and Why I Have Dedicated My Life to This Work

WebTV and Podcasts…
Extraordinary Women Web TV Interview by Shannon Skinner
Leadership 3.0 Podcast Interview by JoAnn Corley
From Pain To Gain Radio Interview by Deb Scott
Switch and Shift WebTV Interview by Ted Coine

Anything Else? Just one more thing! Delighted to be speaking in the UK October 3, 2014 

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Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training & Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
Leadership, Communication,  Talent/Career Optimization in Disruptive Times
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Possibility Thinking, Doing & Results (Part I of 2)

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Possibility Thinking, Doing and Results | Building Your 3Q Edge™ 3 critical strengths that GROW at the speed of change/challenges (Part 1 of 2)

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“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” John Sculley

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I have learned that what does not break you can only make you stronger if you recognize and optimize your ability to think, feel, communicate and execute in new ways that both expand and anchor possibility thinking and doing. What does this have to do with your life, your career, your people and your future?  If you are not feeling broken, someone you know, work for, lead or love is.  The World Health Organization forecasts that stress will be the major cause of physical disability in the world by 2030.  Empowerment, engagement and the ability to ideate, innovate, communicate and collaborate are the benchmarks of 21st Century success, and they are being undermined and eroded from inside out. Will you become a possibility thinker and doer?  It is an important choice you have the freedom and power to make.  It is as choice that should be top of mind for those who lead and those who aspire to greater leadership because leadership is about making the impossible possible.  Our ability to remove the barriers to our greatest potential is real, and the first step in moving forward is recognizing the incredible potential within; potential to think, feel, see and learn faster and better than before.  Potential to develop a fire in one’s belly, a longing and appreciation of embracing one’s passion for the possible and using it to lead forward.

My passion for the possible evolved over time. Possibility thinking grew as a results of a wicked melange of success, accomplishments and equally great negative events that challenged every aspect of my life and work in ways that took me from the mountain of success to ground zero fighting to survive on the most basic level. As a child, I lived in a world where the worst of human nature punctuated my daily existence and caused me to recognize that faith, hope, courage, integrity and humanity were the only true riches we can obtain in this lifetime.  As an adult, my fascination with transformation, neuroscience, psychology, leadership and human potential  took me down another path that helped me recognize three critical areas of strength that we can GROW and EXPAND in the face of change and challenges.

Thinking, Feeling, Communicating and Doing Better | 3Q strengths that build and reinforce YOUR greatest potential 

The 3Q Edge™ Cognitive Portfolio
Q1: IQ
Emotional Portfolio
Q2: EQ
Purpose Portfolio
Q3: SQ

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Learning Style | Ability to Flourish Feeling Style | Ability to Flourish and Reach Past a Personality Type/Barrier Being Style | Ability to Flourish
Empowering Great Leadership Leadership Style |  The leader as a learner Leadership Style |  The leader as a communicator Leadership Style | The Leader as a champion of the greatest good.
Actualizing Great Results Possibility Thinking: Intention, Focus, Adaptability of Thought, Ability to Learn-Relearn, Design Thinking, Strategic Thinking. Emotional Intelligence: Self Awareness, Self-Perception-Perception of Others, Effective Communication, Collaboration, Improved Risk Tolerance and Resiliency Motivational Anchors Driving Purpose, Values and Integrity-Purpose.  The identification of your greatest purpose and the key intrinsic motivators that keep you empowered, engaged and moving forward when the going is tough.
Enhanced Thinking, Feeling, Communicating and Doing Awareness, Discovery |
Enriched Thought, Greater ability to see, express and expand possibilities.
Empowerment, Engagement | Enriching Self-awareness, Self-compassion, awareness of others, compassion for others- empathy. Rethinking, rewriting incongruent belief systems (habits of thought) that are impeding your greatest potential while building strong intrinsic motivators.
Simple, powerful 3Q techniques that inspire/empower/enable
your greatest potential.
New ways to Refocus, Repurpose-Repower in disruptive times New ways to Refocus, Repurpose-Repower in disruptive times. New ways to help you Refocus, Repurpose-Repower in disruptive times.

 

3Q Coaching and Consulting Benchmarks: Self Actualization and Actualizing the Potential of Others Recognizing/enhancing strengths while using what are typically seen as negative factors (change, challenges, stressors, failures) as positive levers for each Q strength

Q1:  IQ Thinking Differently: Solution Focused Problem Solving | Ideation-Cognitive Adaptability-Possibility Thinking | Using mistakes, challenges or failures to fail forwardPriming Your Brain:  Setting feelings for optimization of thoughts | Enhanced Ability to Learn-Relearn | Improved Decision Making | Simplification of the Complex | Optimization of Time/Ability
Q2:  EQ Feeling Differently:  Self-Awareness and Management, Empowerment, Relationship Management, Effective Communication Across Internal/External BoundariesPriming Yourself: Increased Resiliency/Risk Tolerance, Emotional and Social Adaptability, Greater Happiness
Q3:  SQ Doing Differently: Innovation-Autonomy-Interdependence-Accountability-Purpose-Results  (critical as strengthening SQ also strengthens right hemisphere of the brain which is typically weaker)

Priming Yourself and Others to Flourish:
  Anchor for Q1 and Q2 is SQ; spiritual quotient:  The values, enhancing purpose of thought, communication, action and intrinsic motivators that keep YOU learning, living and leading forward when the going gets tough.

I remain passionate, I remain devoted to taking 3Q Edge™ Skills to as many people as possible because I believe that the imperative to find new ways, faster and better ways to recognize and actualize our greatest potential is critical.  How can you develop your 3Q Edge™?  Click here for Part 2: How to Build 5 Benchmarks of 21st Century Success

 

More?  YOU Betcha!
A Growing Collection of over 350 Articles | Great Leadership and 3Q Leadership
Free eBook: Leading and Succeeding in Disruptive Times- A 3Q Edge™ Primer
My Personal Story and Genesis of my 3Q Work:  Against All Odds

 

Just one more thing! Delighted to be speaking in the UK October 3, 2014 

British FlagIf you are in the London/Bristol, UK area I hope you will join me for an Elysian Training Leadership Event and Presentation on How to Lead Through Turbulent Times

 

 

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Get re-inspired by what you can achieve at the speed of change/challenges? Recharge, refocus, repurpose, repower?  Develop leadership skills that GROW at the speed of change? Successfully negotiate a career or leadership transition? Optimize talent and potential?

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Executive Coaching, Consulting, Training & Keynotes with a 3Q Edge™
Leadership, Communication,  Talent/Career Optimization in Disruptive Times
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Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times

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Ten Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times
(Including Over 600 Bonus Links)

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Delighted to be speaking on this topic at Leaders Connect UK Conference October 3, 2014.  If you are a leader or emerging leader, please join us.  Registration for the event is still open!

 

10 Ways to Build Great Leadership in Turbulent Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know as much about change, turbulence and failure as I do about success.  I did not start my career aspiring to run a steel company, nor did I plan to be a rather relentless breaker of barriers in business and in the community at large. What I have studied, what I have learned, and what I have lived in my journey and through the journey of my clients has given me a perspective that is resoundingly counter-intuitive because it is not focused on playing to strengths, but on using strengths, changes, challenges, stressors (even failures) as a lever for our greatest potential and results.

 

Science confirms that our ability to inspire, empower and actualize our potential has never been greater; remember this, empower it, use it! Neuroscience confirms that we can rewrite default patterns of thinking, communicating and doing; we can build new emotional set-points that take us forward faster and better while also enhancing our ability to focus, ideate, learn and relearn.

 

Common sense tells us that we should be integrating this knowledge in the way we learn, teach, coach, mentor and work; but habits of thinking, communicating and doing that made us successful in the past are often our greatest barriers to the optimization of our potential in the present. Those who aspire to great leadership must recognize that achieving it means changing the set point resetting the individual and organizational GPS to fast forward in ways the inspire, empower and actualize the fire of human potential at a speed of change, challenges and opportunities that will continue to accelerate faster than ever before. McKinsey & Company research and client experience suggest that half of all efforts to transform organizational performance fail either because senior managers don’t act as role models for change or because people in the organization defend the status quo.

 

Here are 10 ways to reset the GPS, refocus, repurpose and reboot potential; ten ways to build great leadership in turbulent times:

Step 1.  Build YOUR 3Q Edge™ by drawing upon your strengths and transforming changes, challenges, stressors and failures into a lever for your greatest potential; start building three essential leadership strengths that GROW at the speed of change/challenges.

Q1:  IQ Enhanced ideation, focus, strategic thought, ability to learn-relearn.

Q2:  EQ Self-awareness, awareness of others, self-management, relationship management, communication, resiliency, risk tolerance.

Q3:  SQ Purpose, values, integrity-the timeless anchors of true leadership, sustainability and the grit to forge ahead when the going gets tough!

To quote Professor Charles O’Reilly, Stanford Graduate School of Business,  “Staying competitive, then, means changing what you’re doing.” Our ability to change what we are doing means developing the intellectual and emotional dexterity Q1 and Q2 that drive innovation while further developing Q3!

 

Step 2: Resolve to evolve and re-define winning. Purpose equals profit on a multiplicity of levels. Reset the internal and organizational GPS by championing purpose, integrity, values (Q3-SQ) that are the only consistent anchors of comfort and sustainability we have and will have.  Make purpose = profit your mantra, and the mantra of your organization.  “By encouraging employees to both seek and provide help, rewarding givers, and screening out takers, companies can reap significant and lasting benefits.”  Adam Grant, Mckinsey & Company April 2013

Step 3.  Do not wait for great ideas to collide, empower them. Create active, thriving spaces for positive change.  Celebrate diversity. Develop new ways, better ways to build creative hubs; ways for people to come together, ways that drive vertical and horizontal communication and collaboration. Create virtual and actual spaces where new ideas to be discussed and shared.

 

Step 4. Take one step every day that will invigorate the motivation of others.Perform a random act of kindness each day by reaching out to someone outside your team, outside your usual network and championing their work and potential.  Perform a random act of kindness by helping someone who but in their best effort and failed to fail forward by helping them find the solution amid the problem.

 

Step 5. Build NEW touch points. Get out of your box.  Building a strong executive team is critical, but so is visiting the front line.  Find front line champions with whom you can build relationships.  Model and develop resiliency, empathy, risk tolerance and grit.  Inspire your people to recognize and harvest their ability to fail forward by seeing changes, challenges, even failures in new ways that guide and empower them forward. Make your town hall meetings exciting, empowering. Unpack the knowledge by using stories of your people, examples of great thought, great commitment, great purpose and results that come from all levels in your organization.  Find active ways to not only share information, motivate and to end every town hall meeting with a challenge that you can throw out there for the most purposeful to catch and throw back.  Determine how you will use your next town hall meeting to cast a challenge that will drive innovative ideas and solutions.

 

Step 6.  Build enlightened self-interest.  Develop new ways to champion working better together because success means creating value for those you lead, work for and serveWhen people begin to understand that creating value for clients,  stakeholders, direct reports, colleagues and the communities you serve is the way forward, doing so becomes top of mind and drives results.  People are deeply motivated by their ability to contribute to a greater whole, a greater purpose.  This motivation often starts with first seeing how it benefits them.

 

Step 7. Embrace change as a lever for your potential and the potential of your people by focusing on the human side. Build blank time, happiness time, relaxation time, empowerment time into your schedule and the schedules of your people because it will help them flourish.  Create small important spaces of time that are critical to ideation, innovation, collaboration and wellness.

 

Step 8. Learn to connect the dots by building a better relationship with yourself and with others. Leadership begins with self-awareness, self-appreciation and a relentless desire to grow, evolve and contribute.  It is about embracing your strengths and using your challenges to take simple, purposeful, powerful steps that will help you evolve forward in ways that impact your life, your work, the people you serve and your sense of personal fulfillment and meaning.

 

Step 9.  Find new ways to unpack knowledge, transform complexity into simple, purposeful powerful steps that are understood and integrated outside our peer group, outside the personal or organizational silos is which we dwell because success is not achieved or sustained alone.  Develop actual and virtual communities of purpose that are learning, doing hubs where people exchange ideas, empower growth and learning in new ways that help them motivate and inspire each other.

 

Step 10.  Develop a leadership code of ethics that you can model and integrate in your organization.  Champion 7 leadership commitments that drive great leadership.  Make them visible, make them real, and make them grow!

1.  The commitment to lead at the speed of change, in the face of challenges and failures; the commitment to build YOUR 3Q Edge™

2. The commitment to the empowerment of self and others.

3. The commitment to purpose and vision

4. The commitment to communicating the vision and purpose.

5. The commitment to courage.

6. The commitment to integrity.

7. The commitment to action-ability.

 

Great leadership is about success, and success is not about taking, it is about serving. Those who lead will be those who serve by developing their ability to empower, inspire and actualize their potential and the potential of others by kindling the fire of courage, integrity and humanity that keeps them on track and fuels the determination and resiliency many lack because it is easier to manage than to lead. Great leadership is a 3Q equation supported by courage. Courage grows each time we align IQ (intellect), EQ (humanity), and SQ (integrity).   Carpe diem!

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How to Inspire and Enable Your Greatest Potential

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How to Inspire and Enable Your Greatest Potential
At the speed of change and challenges? Yes!
12 Tips That Take 5 Minutes or Less

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How to Inspire and Enable Results

This post is for leaders, emerging leaders, and ALL people who want to find NEW ways, faster ways, better ways to feel, work, do and live better at a speed of change, challenges, opportunities and failures that will continue to accelerate.

 

What makes me an expert in optimizing potential and results in the face of change, challenges, failures? Building communication and leadership strengths that GROW?  Years of study, first hand experience, experience with clients and a fortunate or unfortunate history (depending on your point of view). First woman CEO of a steel company in Canada, a gal with a track history of excellence and success working in USA, Canada and Europe; I am also the survivor and thriver who has faced critical illness, poverty, racism, sexism and a litany of other challenges that would have perhaps broken many people.  The model I developed (3Q) is not simply a model for me, it is a passion, a mission to help others realize their greatest potential that punctuates my days, my weeks and my commitment to the integrity and value of my work.

What does not break YOU will only make you stronger and better if you take a counter-intuitive approach by developing a mind set and skill set that transforms changes, challenges, stressors, even failures into into a catalyst, a lever for your greatest potential; potential you can learn to access when the going gets tough.  You cannot light a fire with wet wood.  Tapping into your potential and helping others tap into theirs means getting inspired and empowered while developing a mindset and skill set that takes YOU forward!

 

Here are 12 ways to inspire and enable results in yourself and others; each tip can be accomplished in less than five minutes.  One tip, done consistently drives BIG results while helping you build one, two or three essential strengths that GROW at the speed of change, challenges and ambiguity (YOUR 3Q Edge™)

 

  1. Embrace the fact that YOU are not limited by your personality type or MBTI; do not let your personality type keep you stuck in a box. Neuroscience confirms that we can rewrite default patterns, and doing so begins with desire.  Will you be limited by a personality type or will you look at it in new ways that will help you optimize strengths and build areas of challenge? Step out of the box by determining the qualities you want to have and model.  Your ability to move past a personality type is real. Take every opportunity to build greater self awareness, while refusing to be limited by habits of thinking, communicating or doing YOU can change.  Don’t believe everything you believe!
  2. Make one small change in the way you think, feel or communicate.  Go ahead, embrace your ability to do so, because it is the quickest way you can start developing cognitive and emotional dexterity, and adaptability.  One small  change, done consistently is not difficult and no matter how small the change it will help you re-write default patterns that are no longer working and build new neural pathways.
  3. Embrace your ability to break through intellectual, organizational or personal silos; because doing so will inject new thoughts, ideas into your life and work. We are all partnered with our peer groups, and while it is important to have a community of purpose, breaking out of that community to refresh the blood is also critical.
  4. Build greater resiliency, risk tolerance and grit by building Q3:  Spiritual Quotient-The values, purpose and intrinsic motivators that will sustain YOU when times are tough, and motivate you when others are deterred.
  5. Use YOUR story as a motivator for your potential.  Perspective is everything, and your perspective around your story, your journey, your strengths, triumphs and failures will either maximize or minimize your true potential.  Find a new way of looking at the pivot points in your story that empowers you forward.  See your story with new eyes.
  6. Find personal ways, strategies to inspire yourself because doing so is critical to the optimization of not only your potential but those you lead and work with. Neuroscience now confirms that we must prime our brains to be happy in order to fully optimize our cognitive capabilities.  Finding ways to be and get happier is not only critical to cognition, and to modelling positivity for others it is important for your health and longevity.
  7. Embrace enlightened self-interest as a catalyst for your potential and the potential of others.  Enlightened self-interest is doing what is good for persons other than yourself. Remember success will be determined by your ability to make others successful.
  8. Build at least one relationship of total trust and confidentiality with someone who does not have a personal or political agenda.. If you are an executive, CEO or business owner the imperative to find someone you can trust, speak to and consult is critical on a multiplicity of levels. If you are going through a life, career or leadership transition, having a trust partner will be extremely powerful and valuable in helping you move from now to HOW.
  9. Find one way a day to do good in less than 15 minutes;  share your thoughts, your mentorship, your kindness or just listen to someone who needs your earDeveloping your human side. Building empathy, reaching out and helping another person does not have to be a huge time commitment; it can be realized in small ways that do good and will make you feel good too.
  10. Give yourself permission to take time each day to just blank out-Joy time, happiness time, relaxation time.  Remember that a car cannot run without fuel.  Your body, your mind, your soul needs to re-charge and re-purpose!  Taking even five minutes every 90 minutes can have a big impact on your life, your work, your health.
  11. Learn to adapt your default communication style. The best communication is lost of you are speaking to another person who reacts badly to the way you communicate, or whose ears are not open.  Communication does not occur without trust, rapport and using language, body language that resonates with the receiver of your communication.
  12. Develop a personal mantra; a few words that inspire, engage, motivate you and set you on the right track when you are faced with a challenge.  Simple, cost free and it works.  Put an elastic band on your wrist, and gently snap yourself and say your mantra to yourself when you face a challenge.  Yes, it works!

Lastly, stop saying that change is difficult because each time you d