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Feel like you’re looking into a mirror?

Feel like you’re looking into a mirror? It doesn’t have to be that way. I can help.

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SMART, SMARTER, and SMARTEST Goals Revisited

In my previous post on the topic of SMART, SMARTER, and SMARTEST goals, I discussed the benefits of crafting goals that are SMARTER than SMART, or, better yet, the SMARTEST goals of all. Since that time, I’ve been asked to provide an example to illustrate my point, and that is the purpose of this article. […]

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Exercise 1: Turn Your Goal or Problem into a Question

With your goal or problem in mind, let me share a simple step that you can take, at this very moment, that will shift your thinking from goal or problem to potential steps that you can take to achieve that goal or solve that problem: just ask! In other words, take your goal or problem […]

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Exercise 2: Crafting a Goal that’s SMART, SMARTER, or SMARTEST

Now, how can we go about answering the question that lies before us? One of the best ways to start is by ensuring that your goal is SMART, that is: Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. If you’re able to answer each of the following questions in the affirmative, you’ll know you’ve set a goal […]

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Exercise 3: Put Your Goal(s) to the “Achievement Test”

One of the common characteristics that SMART, SMARTER, and SMARTEST goals share is that they are Achievable. In the spirit of former late night television talk show host David Letterman, I’m going to share with you two top ten lists of features that differentiate achievable from potentially unachievable goals, and let me emphasize the word […]

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Exercise 4: Brainstorming Solutions

Research has demonstrated that, when it comes to either very simple or very complex problems, brainstorming on our own is more productive than brainstorming in a group. And when problems are moderately complex, brainstorming in a group wins out over brainstorming on your own. I’ll leave it to you to decide where your goal falls […]

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Why do I prefer to conduct my coaching sessions via telephone?

Why do I prefer to conduct my coaching sessions via telephone rather than video conference? In addition to respecting my clients’ privacy and encouraging freedom of movement, research has confirmed that listening alone, and with eyes closed, enhances one’s ability to infer the thoughts and feelings of other individuals.   What would you say to […]

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What Type of Leader Are You?

When you hear the word “leader,” who comes to mind? Joan of Arc . . . George Washington . . . Harriet Tubman . . . the Dalai Lama? What about you? When you think about the qualities that effective leaders possess, you’ll likely consider some of the following attributes: honesty, integrity, and accountability; the […]

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The Many Faces of the Saboteur

The following grid was created using information presented in Shirzad Chamine’s Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours. Paid Advertisement

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Caveats to the Buddy System and How to Overcome Them

A client of mine joined an online accountability group for added support as she worked toward her goals. Each week, members of the group called in to share their successes and discuss any obstacles that they were in the process of overcoming. Everything was going well, until, slowly but surely, one member after another stopped […]