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How satisfied are those who have been coached?

Studies have indicated significantly different satisfaction levels depending on the credentials of a coach.  When working with a credentialed coach (yes, I am credentialed!), 92% of clients are satisfied, compared to 36% of those working with a non-credentialed coach. I’ve personally coached hundreds of different professionals and businesses.  My business has been built on word of mouth and referrals, both...
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Safety First: Our Basic Needs Are Required Before Esteem or Actualization

Reflecting on the recent traumatic experience of Hurricane Irma, I remembered learning  in school about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. At the top of the hierarchy is self-actualization, the point at which a person reaches fulfillment of his or her talents and potential. You may be familiar with the idea of self-actualization; Abraham Maslow proposed this...
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Building Collective Intelligence with LEGO

Often a minority consisting of a few individuals set the tone and culture of a meeting. They speak more frequently, define key concepts more often and conclude with stronger determination. The minority takes up the majority of the time, leaving a large group of participants standing on the side line realising only a small portion...
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Use SWAG to network effectively

As an introvert, attending networking events is not my most favorite thing to do, but if I follow the “SWAG” method, I am more comfortable and consequently more effective.  I recently did a presentation on using SWAG for effective networking and would like to share with you a few highlights from that presentation.   SWAG...
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Emotionally Hungover?

  Hurricane Irma provided a great example of a challenging life experience that leads to a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty.  What makes a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, so traumatic is the threat to all aspects of your life.  There is fear related to your personal well-being, the well-being...
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How long can I expect to be working with a coach?

According to the Harvard Business Review, the typical length of engagement with a coach is between 7 and 12 months.  I have also found this to be true in my experience over more than a decade of working with clients.  The average duration is 6-9 months, with the shortest time frame being 3 months (it takes at least 21 days of...
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What Motivates People to Engage in Coaching?

Recent studies have indicated that the top reasons that people engage a coach are: to define their strengths and weaknesses; maximize and develop their potential; optimize individual or team performance; expand career opportunities; increase self-esteem and confidence; develop business management strategies; and manage work-life balance.
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4 Characteristics of Confident People

4 characteristics of confident people Being confident is a wonderful feeling, whereas not having confidence can be grueling.   Confidence is a quiet feeling inside, knowing that you are competent and capable.  Boasting about your greatness and questioning your decisions are both manifestations of insecurity.  Sometimes the differences are hard to discern.  The four characteristics below...
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What is Coaching?

What is coaching? It isn’t always easy to define coaching because it is a relationship, a process, and an outcome.  Gallup Management states coaching has a purpose. A coach helps people reach their goals and potential by helping them understand who they are and where they want to go. A coach guides and supports clients...
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4 Signs You Are NOT Ready To Be Coached

4 Signs You Are NOT Ready to Be Coached   Despite the increased utilization of coaches for personal and business situations, not everyone is ready to be coached and consequently will not benefit from coaching.  A good coach will evaluate your readiness before accepting you as a client, just as you should interview several coaches...
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Easily Filter Your Email Like a MASTR!

No, MASTR isn’t a typo – it’s an acronym.  I’m very big on acronyms because they help people retain and apply relevant information.  In many of my coaching sessions, time management, and specifically email management, inevitably comes up, especially when I have clients who receive hundreds of new emails daily and keep thousands of old...
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What do you want to be when you grow up?

There was a time (long, long ago) when the decision to pursue a job or a career was a commitment for life.  The focus was to get a good position, work hard, save money, and retire; hopefully all within the same company.  Nowadays that is not the norm.  Today,  people typically change careers or jobs...
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Welcome Back

Welcome back to Surpass Your Goal.  You didn’t go anywhere . . . I did!  You may have noticed that it’s been two years since I’ve sent out an article or update.  Why, you ask?  I returned to school to complete my doctorate in human .  I have just one class remaining, on addictions, that...
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Three indicators that you are a strategic thinker

Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham is a great tool to help you identify your strengths, providing access to an assessment which determines your top strengths or “talent themes.” Using this book and the assessment, I learned that one of my top strengths is as a strategic thinker (in addition to learner and responsibility...
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Wish you could clone yourself?

Did you ever see the 1996 movie Multiplicity with Michael Keaton?  Click here to watch video. I was in graduate school then, wishing I could clone myself the same way his character did.  There would be one version of me to do the vocational work, one to have fun and be rebellious, and one to handle...
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Three signs you are a show-off

Do you remember Stuart from MAD TV? He was notorious for saying “Look what I can do!” Most of us have been taught Show Off! to be polite and not brag about ourselves. It’s a lesson we need to learn if we want to increase our likeability and connection with others. You know what I’m...
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Think and grow rich – literally!

I recently read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which was originally published in 1937.  It is fascinating that something written nearly a hundred years ago is still applicablrele today; it was that far ahead of its time.  The premise of the book is to detail the 13 steps to gaining riches. This is...
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There is a fine line between confidence and conceit; body language can highlight the difference

The distinction between confident and conceited is sometimes difficult to articulate.  We seem to know on a gut level when someone is arrogant, often leading to an unpleasant taste in our mouth.  On the other hand, when someone is confident, we are naturally more drawn to them.  This also happens on a gut level. I...
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How satisfied are those who have been coached?
October 17, 2017
Safety First: Our Basic Needs Are Required Before Esteem or Actualization
October 9, 2017
Building Collective Intelligence with LEGO
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