How’s Your Aim?

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St. Thomas Aquinas said, “If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.” Now there’s a thought about fearless focus if there ever were one! What are you focused on for next year? Maintaining status quo? Moving to the next level in your career? Making […]

Mad? Maybe It’s A Good Thing

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Anger is something that we tend to avoid – especially when it’s blowing outta other people. But what if there is an upside to getting really pissed? One of the neat things about anger is that it can provide clarity and focus pretty quickly. If we resist the temptation to quickly “shut down” these emotions […]

How are those GOALS coming? Humm??

Setting Goals

Last month in “Get Your Ducks in A Row” we explored getting an early start on goal setting in order to build excitement and momentum for the coming year. An early start also gives you time to prepare all the things you need in order to be successful. But what if you still haven’t started? […]

No Show! Really? Damage Control! Part 3

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In the previous two installments of “No Show,” we talked about resisting the temptation to throw up your hands and declare a client “hopeless” when they suddenly take a U-Turn in the face of opportunity and miss a critical job interview or appointment.   However, the fact that “no shows” happen all the time is generally […]

No Show! Really? Part 2: Coaching Skills to Find the REAL Answers!

It happens. The client that seemed so motivated and ready to go a few weeks ago just “no showed” for a critical job interview or admissions interview for a great educational/training opportunity. While many “no-shows” can be predicted in light of the client’s level of interest and engagement in the early stages, there are some […]

Plug that Power Leak!

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Time has a way of moving on with or without us. Whether we spend this week making a difference or not – next week will be here in exactly 7 days. Consider for a minute how you are approaching the time you have each week to do the work you currently do. Are you positive, […]

No Show! — Really? (Part 1)

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Have you ever had a client “no show” for a critical appointment? A “sure bet” job interview? A required group meeting? If the answer is “no” then you probably work at the bank down the street because you could not possibly work in re-entry, human services or any public agency that provides support to people […]

The Power of Being Right

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There are few phrases uttered in the human language that are more emotionally gratifying as “See?! I told you so!” It is without question, the most powerful affirmation we are capable of expressing. What was it last week for you? Was it the new job that you knew your client would never last 2 weeks […]

Got Stamina?

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Somewhere along the line, the idea of “hard work” in order to succeed took a nosedive in favor of finding a way to be as comfortable as possible with the least amount of effort. Where’s the fun in that? One of the blessings and curses of modern society is that unlike our primitive ancestors, we […]

Drop the Banana!

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Rumor has it that the best way to trap a monkey is to lock a bunch of bananas in a cage with bars just big enough for the monkey to reach in and grab one – but too narrow for him to be able to pull out his hand WITH the banana in it.  The […]