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December 24, 2013

Note: Republished from my Big Cheese Coaching blog

It is once again  time for my annual tradition of sharing 12 Questions to help you complete the year past and reflect on the year ahead.

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This is my favorite time of the year for reflecting. To be your best, it is imperative to have a foundation of personal awareness. Journaling is a great way to reflect in a purposeful way; to become more mindful, and to instill more awareness and intentionality in your life.

For this year’s iteration of the 12 Questions, I’ve kept some of the tried and true questions from previous years (mostly for the ‘year past’ reflection) and added some brand new questions for the year ahead. These newer questions are inspired from themes in my recently launched book, Ease – Manage Overwhelm in Times of “Crazy Busy”.

On a personal note, this has been a huge year for me with lots of change and growth. I’m excited to capture and celebrate some of the most salient highlights. And I have so much in the queue for the year ahead that I can’t wait to write about that too. “Writing it down” is another essential tool offered in my book to pre-empt the feeling of ‘mind full’. Getting all these thoughts and ideas down in writing will help me clarify and tune-in to my goals and commitments for the year ahead.

How about you?

I hope you take some time in the weeks ahead to reflect on your year past and the year ahead. Please enjoy these questions and if you think others would enjoy them too, please do that ‘social share’ thing (buttons at the bottom of the post).

THE YEAR PAST:

 1) What went well? Identify the goals you accomplished or advanced towards; and anything else that went well and is worth acknowledging.

 2) In what ways did you grow and evolve in the ‘evolution of you’? How were you tested or challenged, and how did you grow as a result? What new skills, knowledge, ideas and have made you better or different from the beginning of the year?

 3) What were your favorite moments of the year past? Savouring positive experiences gives you the opportunity to replay the positive moments which is a proven strategy to boost your “positivity muscle” leading to more optimism, resilience and mojo – all essential ingredients to personal and professional wellbeing. Go ahead – indulge and enjoy them again.  

4) What do you need to clean-out or let go of right now from the year past to be ready to start fresh in the New Year? Consider both your physical space (your office, your home) as well as your emotional and mental mindsets.

5) What and who are you most grateful for right now? Consider the people in your life; the circumstances; the gifts; make this a juicy list! Practising gratitude helps fast-track you towards greater happiness, health and well-being.

 6) If there was a theme for the past year for you, what would it be? i.e. “This was the year of ____.”


THE YEAR AHEAD

  7) What do you want for the year ahead? What goals are you embracing and willing to commit to?  Are these goals actionable and part of a plan? Or just wishful thinking? Make them count; make them meaningful; and make them happen!

8) In what areas do you need to get better organized to avoid the ‘mind full’ syndrome so you can bring your best self to your goals? Consider your daily tasks as well as longer term priorities? How will you make sure you get your vast amount of ‘to do’s out of your head but maintain a top-of-mind awareness of key priorities?  How will you manage your crazy schedule? What boundaries and structures will you put in place to manage your time more effectively and meaningfully? Chapter 1 of Ease provides a ton of tips in these areas.

  9 ) How will you tame the multitasking beast and add more focus and flow to your days?  Sure, life is busy and there’s a lot to juggle. But science tells us that our brains aren’t built for certain kinds of multitasking. In fact, we are depleting our energy and compromising our best ‘brain-ability’. Our brains need some time for focus and flow. Give it some and you will be rewarded with a greater sense of ease, energy and ‘brain-ability’ to tackle the loads more effectively.

 10) What inner critics need to be acknowledged and then invited to take a back seat this year in order for you to tap into your more essential self that will empower you to flourish? We all have parts of ourselves that limit our greatness – if we allow them to. We can’t quiet our inner critics if we don’t notice them. What voices need to be noticed and quieted this year? What empowering voices from within yourself will you listen to more intently – e.g. your voice of trust? Wisdom? Experience? Courage? In Ease, I offer guidance on how to get to know your inner critics and how to park them in favour of other more empowering forces from within.

 11) How will you boost your positivity ratio?  Research in the science of positivity has proven that those who practice robust positivity habits enjoy greater success and tend to be more apt to stretch higher and reach more of  their goals. They also experience greater well-being physically, mentally and emotionally. How much positivity makes the difference? The ideal ratio is a minimum of 3 positive thoughts to one negative thought. Scaling back negativity is one way to achieve that and ramping up authentic positive micro moments is another. Chapter 6 in Ease provides many tips to help you ramp up your positivity habit. What will you commit to practicing in the year ahead?

12) How will you ensure you get enough quality sleep this year? Lack of quality sleep has become a problem for too many people. Ample zzzs are imperative for our brains and bodies to operate most effectively. Lack of sleep combined with excessive stress, poor mood is a recipe for poor performance and ‘bye bye thinking capacity – hello brain freeze’. It’s time to wake up to the issue of not enough sleep! In Ease, I offer some tips to help you get a grip on sleeplessness. What will you commit to this year to get the sleep you need to flourish?

  BONUS Q:  If the year ahead is to have a personal theme for you, what would that be and what word or phrase best embodies this theme? i.e. “This will be the year of ____” This is one of my favorite questions.  This year my theme continues to be “Ease”: To live and work with greater ease. I’ll still work hard and give it my all – and then some. But I will use the tools shared in my new book, Ease, to do so with much less frazzle and struggle. How about you? What’s your theme?

And do you have your word?

Wishing you an abundance of well-being, positivity and ease in the weeks ahead as you complete the year and more of the same for the shiny new year ahead!

Eileen

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Update on Ease (my book)

October 28, 2013

Note: this was first published on my Big Cheese Coaching blog

 

UPDATE ON EASE – Pre-launch News:

The T’s are crossed. The i’s are dotted. The book is now in the stages of design, production and….drum roll please: closer to launch.

For those of you subscribing to my newsletter, you have heard me talk about a book I’ve been working on for quite some time. Much of the past months (year) have been about writing, editing, etc. Well it’s time for a shout-out:

COMING SOON!

Ease Book Cover V2 (as of Aug 27)

(Book Design Concept by H2 Marketing Central)

The front cover concept above is not yet 100% final because we may be tweaking the words on the bottom and I’ll have more to share as we finalize the back cover too.  But it’s pretty close.  And a huge shout-out of thanks to H2 Marketing Central who designed this cover concept. Looks good eh?!

In the meantime, I’ve been receiving some stellar advance praise — I can’t wait to share with you (stay tuned for an upcoming post on this).  And more good news: Ease has also been awarded an ‘Editor’s Choice” from an independent panel associated with the publishing company I am working with. This is a thumbs up on the editorial quality — I’ve gone the self publishing route so this is a very important stamp of approval by a panel of industry editors. Well – that puts me at ‘ease’ to say the least!

Gotcha curious? Make sure you come back and visit soon….I’ll be sharing more news about the launch of Ease in the weeks ahead as we get closer to take off.

So what’s Ease all about? If you haven’t heard me speak of this before read on for a little description….

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EASE

Do you ever find yourself asking, “Where did the day go? Where did the week go? Where did the years go?” Do you look at the stuff you have to do and ask, “How the heck will I get all this done? How will I survive this week, month, year? Where did all the fun go?”

Do you sometimes feel bogged down and overwhelmed by it all? We live in times of unprecedented busyness. Having too much to do in work and life seems to be the new normal these days.

Ease offers strategies to manage overwhelm in times of ‘crazy busy’.
The heart Ease is a toolkit that you can customize for your own personal and professional well-being.

Ease offers hundreds of deceptively simple ideas and tips backed up by the rigours of neuroscience, emotional intelligence and the science of positivity. You can pick your spots with simple ways to make work and life flow with more ease, productivity and fulfillment.

More than just getting things done – Ease will help you reclaim your spark even in times of “crazy busy”. 

  • Learn to better organize the burdensome loads with a “brain in mind” approach.
  • Become more mindful and develop conscious, empowering mindsets that will energize and empower you.
  • Develop the positivity advantage and become more resilient, creative and resourceful.
  • Experience more ease and well-being in work and life

Coming soon! It will be available from book vendors across North America.

Stay tuned for more…..

Eileen Chadnick

Small Rock; Big Tumble; and Bigger Questions

June 23, 2011

Who knew such a small rock can instigate such a big tumble – not to mention even bigger questions?!

The background: Very early this morning, I set out on a little run before work. It’s been a while since I felt like running because I’d been fighting a cold, feeling tired and a little off my ‘mojo’ of late. But in the last couple days I felt a return to my old self. With some deliciously-renewed energy and enthusiasm I headed out for a run. Ahhh, all was well and I was feeling great.  As I ran (super slow), I noticed the birds, gardens and my mind blissfully wandered…until I tripped, crashed and fell. Ouch.

In a nano second, I was on the ground, the world spinning, nauseous and with an aching ankle and a bloody knee.  What the  @#@# (expletive)! That was my first reaction. I looked over and saw the culprit: an iddy biddy pebble. That little, modest thing somehow got under my foot and tripped me! Such power! Stupid, bad rock! Stupid me for not seeing it! Now I’m going to miss my golf, not be able to run….yada, yada, yada….let the whine’n’worry fest begin!

I heard my little (coaching) voice inside me whisper: Is that all y’a got? Maybe there’s  another way to experience this?

Y’a think?

I had no way of going back and reversing that fall. But I did have a choice in how I’d deal with it – right then and there. So yeah, I decided to look at this tumble in a new light. Accidents happen (and thankfully this was just a small one).  Recently  I’ve been paying more attention recently to a more soulful and spiritual way of approaching my work and life. Well, no better time than now to apply that philosophy. I reminded myself that I can do better. How I look at ‘the stuff that happens’ in my work and life has much more impact on how I actually experience my life  than the actual events and circumstances.  Living and working a meaningful (tgim) life means we have to navigate these ‘tumbles’ and falls in a moment by moment way.  The tough part is remembering to do that in the moment.  But I did, kinda.

You see I’ve just started to tune into a powerful series of teleseminars put on by Jennifer Mclean. Jennifer has interviewed 24 of the world’s most renouned experts on topics related to living and working more soulfully, joyfully and authentically (yummo!).  James Redfield, Dan Millman, Wayne Dyer, Marshall Goldsmith, Sonia Choquette, Hale Dwoskin – to name just a few.  Chock full of tips, lessons, wisdom, these sessions remind me of the choices we have and lessons to be learned in our ‘moments’. I just listened to the first few this week, so fresh in my ears I looked at this tumble in a new light and with new questions.

There are lessons in everything that comes our way in life (the good, bad and ugly). As I brushed myself off from the tumble I wondered what the lesson was from this fall. I reflected on this as I hobbled home. I noticed I could walk but couldn’t run. Was the universe telling me to slow down? Maybe.  More lessons started to bubble up as the day wore on because I stayed in the question (and particularly, as I write this post – writing helps us reflect!).

Being of service to others — people can be generous and kind and it feels as good to give as it does to get.  Well, it was a quiet street but one gentleman who was tending his garden saw me lying on the ground. He came to offer help. I was okay (ish) by then but was so grateful that someone was there to offer help. I told him so. We had a nice chat as I tested out my ability to walk. Two strangers connecting and some gratitude shared. I think we both felt better for it.

There are no coincidences: I asked this gentleman his name. He said it was Patel. Hmmm. My “patella” (knee) was bleeding.  Coincidence? Perhaps? But James Redfield (Celestine Prophecy) says there are no coincidences in life so if that’s true, what was the significance of this? I don’t know yet, but as I look at my knee in the next few days I will be thinking about this and I have a hunch it won’t be about the bruise, scab or swelling. I think there might be something more here at work….those lessons perhaps, still unfolding?

All we have right now is the present:  It’s good to make plans and to have goals. I’m a huge advocate of that. But if we only focus on what’s next, we miss the ‘now’.  I started off worrying about my future golf, running, mobility, etc. But I quickly shifted to focus on what I could do ‘now’: to ease the swelling of my ankle;  AND to reframe my thinking so that I can be resilient from yet another potentially ‘mojo threatening’ event, ruining my day. The result was much better. Not only did I take care of the ankle (less swelling), my mojo is just fine!

My Take Away: Today’s tumble reminded me that I have the power to choose how to be with the seemingly irritating stuff that happens. Today’s accident wasn’t about the fall at all. Today’s accident was a metaphor for all the other stuff that bugs me in life or appears to set me back  such as the work deboggles, the lack of time, the unforeseen challenges – and more.  It’s not always the big things that are going to derail us. The small stuff can – if we let it – take us away from experiencing the good in life (it was such a small rock afterall….and just a little fall).

So to echo the teachings of James Redfield (Celestine Prophecy) and others – there are no coincidences or accidents in life.

So thank you to “Patel” for his generosity and Jennifer and her panel of experts for her series. And mostly, to that little rock for pretending to get in my way and reminding me how to see the bigger picture.

To a TGIM work and life

Eileen

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Never Going to Retire?

May 15, 2010

Are you uncomfortable with the “R” Word?

Mention the word retirement and a lot of boomers defiantly say: “Not me – I’m never going to retire!”

Well, not an unfamiliar reaction. In fact, 31% of boomers in an RBC poll – said the same thing.  Another 51% said there was no appropriate age to retire – it’s up to you!

I couldn’t agree more!  That is one of the reasons I launched UNretiredLife!  Because many of us boomers will delay the ‘hard-stop’ retirement and instead either continue to work in the same career, recareer, and/or start to test-out and ease into a different kind of work-life balance.

We boomers are known to ‘live to work’.  Despite the complaints along the way, work give us a lot more than just a paycheck: we get intellectual stimulation, the satisfaction of contributing, a place to test our mettle, develop skills and grow ourselves.  Along the way we self actualize, connect with people to ‘play with’ — and a whole bunch more. And yes, that paycheck is critical. Many of us will continue work for financial reasons.

But does that mean you don’t have to plan for your life and work? Heck no!!!

The biggest mistake people can make is to float along and delay the reflection and planning that is critical to ensuring your next stage of life — whether you work or don’t — is working for you!  We all know how important the financial planning piece is. Well the life & work planning is equally critical — and will make your financial planning that much more meaningful.

What will you do when you grow up (do we ever grow up?)? What are the career possibilities for you in the next stage of life? Will you shift career gears or continue in the same lane? Full time/part-time/contract – solopreneur anyone?

Those are just a few of the career question but there’s more: And what about the balance side of things? Will you delay that till you eventually do the ‘full stop retirement’ — or might that be an area to tackle first while you are working?

So whether you call the next stage of life ‘retirement’ or “Unretirement” — you still gotta plan! Financially of course. And for life.

WORKSHOP: That’s what my Retirement 2.0 program  is all about It’s the next version of ’so-called-retirement’ and isn’t just for people planning ‘hard-stop’ cessation of work. It’s for boomers who want to make the most of the next stage of life (work optional!) — but perhaps haven’t yet had the chance to think it through. We’ll bring guidance, reflection prompters and challenges to your assumptions.  And it will be fun! At least that’s the intention:) 

SO….Care to join me and some Big Cheese Boomers starting June 24th?

Would love to see you. It’s all part of the TGIM worklife….just getting ready for ‘what’s next’.

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Are SMART goals dumb?

April 26, 2010

Are SMART goals dumb? Well, yes, if you want to do GREAT work. At least that’s the conclusion of a study by the Leaders IQ consultancy, which found that so-called SMART* don’t always correlate with success.

Photo: from Flickr/js3pt

(* Smart goals: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-sensitive. )

According to the research, goals crafted within the parameters of SMART (see above) can be impediments to doing great work. They make us play it too safe; lack the impetus to make us reach for bold challenges and end up encouraging us to to mediocre performance.

The research looked at more than 4,000 workers from nearly 400 organizations and looked at what goal-setting processes lead them to achieving GREAT work. They came up with 8 attributes:

1. I can vividly picture how great it will feel when I achieve my goals.
2. I will have to learn new skills to achieve my assigned goals for this year.
3. My goals are absolutely necessary to help this company.

4. I actively participated in creating my goals for this year.

5. I have access to any formal training that I will need to accomplish

my goals.

6. My goals for this year will push me out of my comfort zone.

7. My goals will enrich the lives of somebody besides me (customers, the

community, etc.).

8. My goals are aligned with the organization’s top priorities for this year.

Notice no mention of ‘realistic and achievable’; nor of time-sensitive and measurable. Hmmmm.

Not that I’d throw out all those attributes. I think different goals will serve different purposes. But there is an important lesson here: if you are wanting to step it up into doing GREAT things in your work and life, you need to step it up on creating goals that are more than just SMART.  They need to get your heart pumping and have a bigger impact beyond yourself. They must touch and benefit others too.

The researchers coined a new acronym. Instead of SMART – they suggest you go for HARD. This stands for: Heartfelt (will enrich others lives); Animated (I can vision how great it will be when achieved); Required (these goals are necessary and make a difference to others) and Difficult (I must learn new skills and leave my comfort zone).

I know I am in the midst of creating some new programs and am so excited about these. Interestingly, to keep me moving forward, I inadvertently have been thinking about many of these things the research suggests. I’ve been visualizing; thinking about the impact and contribution to others; and learning (always in learning mode) — a whole bunch of stuff to help make this happen.

Hmmm. Maybe me and my goals are smarter than I thought 🙂

How about you? What goals need to be shined up a bit…or a lot!?

To a TGIM work life filled with wonderfully HARD goals that inspire you to success and fulfillment – and make a difference to others as well!

Eileen

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Are You Ready for the Creative Economy?

February 5, 2009

A report on Ontario’s prosperity has recommended a transition to a significantly more ‘creative economy’. Dr. Richard Florida and Roger Martin’s much-awaited report is saying OUT with the ‘tree-pulping, metal-bashing old economy’ and IN with much more of the analytical/creative/knowledge oriented kind of employment.

Despite the current hardships of the economic crisis — it just may be giving Canada (and certainly other economies in our global world) the shake-up it needs. Does it make sense to spend so much money investing in older, limping, businesses? Would  it make better sense to invest in areas that will meaningfully boost our productivity and competitiveness in the global economy — as such invest in developing skills, employablity and organizations that will have more sustainibility and power our future success?

These issues are being bandied about quite ardently with the release of this report. And it’s not even the first time we’ve heard this. Do you remember the terms “new economy” and “knowledge economy“. The world has been transitioning enormously to those….but the current economic crisis is prompting a harder look at: Are we doing enough? Is our attention appropriately apportioned?

Outdated approach. Florida is right on the money – Do you invest in the weaker parts — or develop the parts that have true capacity to shine and grow?  

“Develop and keep the keepers”. As a coach, that’s my mantra on a more ‘micro’ level (about employees)…..but it’s true for the stuff that drives economies as well. 

SO WHAT ABOUT YOU? On an individual level — what does this mean from a skills, competency and employment perspective?

The creative economy calls for less brawn and more brain….the kind of brain that Dan Pink refers to in his book: “A Whole New Mind“. That is more fluency in social intelligence, emotional intelligence, analytical thinking, creativity and even empathy!

How are you developing yourself in those competencies? And where are you setting your sights for your next career move?  Thinking of going back for some training? Retooling? What are you going to invest your future in?

So many questions but at times like these (with economic challenges; job uncertainty; etc.) — asking questions — the RIGHT questions is critical to your success.

On a personal level (my own take):  I specialize in emotional intelligence coaching. I help organizations and leaders develop their competencies in the realms that Richard Florida, Dan Pink, etc….all recommend for the new creative economy: social intelligence, communications, reflective thinking, empathy….and so much more.

I’m feeling optimistic this morning reading about all this. And I’m ready to make sure I’m truly IN  and helping others to be ready for the Creative Economy.

HOW ABOUT YOU??

To a TGIM Worklife in the Creative Economy

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New Year’s Reflections – Qs for Thoughtstarters

December 28, 2008

UPDATED – DEC 09:

We’re just weeks away from starting a brand new year. New Years is one of my favorite reflection opportunities. Each year, I spend some time reviewing the year past and reflecting on the year ahead.  I’m in the midst of doing so now and thought I’d share the questions that I use for my own thought-starters. 

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 (photo courtesy of ToniVC on Flickr)

 For those of you that have been around this blog for a while, you’ll recognize many from previous year’s post. They still work so here they are:

THE YEAR PAST:

1) What accomplishments from this past year are you most proud of?  Aside from the obvious big ones – see if you can  also drill down further and recall other successes (large and small) that you might have you forgotten or perhaps overlooked. E.g. a task well done; new learning; a courageous act; other? This is the time to be generous in acknowledging yourself!

2) What did you learn about yourself last year?

3) In what way(s) have you grown? Who have you become in the “evolution of you” this past year ? (e.g. wiser, more courageous, more open….etc.?)

4) What were the high points of the past year? It could be anything – maybe a special experience…..perhaps a joyful moment or event that needs to be remembered and acknowledged. You decide what makes it a ‘high point’.

5) What do you need to let go of from this past year that might get in the way of you beginning the new year ‘fresh’ and in top form? E.g. holding on to a fear; a disappointment; an illusion of hope; a bad habit;  other??

6) What inspiration (a moment, thought/idea; experience) conveys what this past year was all about for you? For instance, how would you complete the following sentence: “This was the year of ___” (fill in the blank with a word or phrase that captures a theme most meaningful for you)

 THE YEAR AHEAD:

1) What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?

2) What do you want more of in the year ahead?

3) What do you want less of?

4) What new learning goals do you have for yourself for the year ahead?

5) What other goals are important to you right now?

6) How will you take responsibility to help actualize these goals? What actions can you take? What of your strengths and character can you count on to move forward towards these? What structures and plans/supports will you put in place to make them happen and keep you “on your game”?

8 )  In what way would you like to see yourself grow (i.e. via experience, personal development, other). i.e. so that next year you can acknowledge the change in the ‘evolution of you’.

9) How will you keep your mojo alive and well this year (i.e. your joie de coeur…sense of engagement and fulfillment)?

10) What relationships will you invest more in this year?

11) What is your ‘theme’ for the year ahead be– e.g. How would you complete the following sentence: “2010 will be the year of ___” (identify a phrase that conveys a theme most meaningful to you).

12) Finally….what other question(s) needs to be asked to make next year  a great TGIM year!?

Well, that’s it for now to get you going. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season. May your time be filled with what’s most meaningful for you now. And to a wonderful, TGIM work-life in the year ahead!

Eileen

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Ask the Coach: Bored at work? Time for a new goal…

September 8, 2008

September is a great time to recharge your work ‘mojo’ by taking on a new goal or two. That’s the theme of one of my recent articles published in my column “Ask a Coach” in the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) online newsletter CareerVision.  Thought you might be interested in reading it…..

Q. I recently finished a large project at work that I had been involved with for months. It was extremely busy with a tremendous amount of effort, but I enjoyed the challenge and it resulted in a huge success. Now that it’s over, the pace has slowed down and I’m feeling a little bored with not enough to do. Any tips?

A.

Your question is interesting because it raises a different issue in the work-life balance equation. Often we assume that it’s always about having too much work. But a recent survey conducted by Sirota Survey Intelligence revealed that not having enough work can be more of a negative issue than too much work. According to the research, only 44 per cent of employees who said they didn’t have enough work were satisfied with their jobs; in comparison 69 per cent of those with too much work said they were satisfied with their jobs.   With respect to your situation, it sounds like you enjoy being challenged and busy and may need a new project or goal to sink your teeth into! Creating and committing to meaningful goals are integral to having fulfillment at work and life — they can give us a sense of purpose. Goals can also provide a context to create ‘sub-goals’ along the way which helps us focus, manage time and celebrate success along the way.

Often we find ourselves focusing our attention on getting to the ‘destination’ — the end result. It feels good when we’ve achieved success, but that feeling can be fleeting if you don’t have meaningful goals for the road ahead. Indeed, this underscores the value of the journey along the way.

 

 

Questions for Reflection

If ‘what’s next’ is on your mind, there are different types of goals to consider. They don’t always have to be big goals — sometimes smaller ones will do just as well. Here are some questions to prompt your reflection:

Skills
: What skills would you like to develop further? Is there a course, book or project that you can engage in to support this development?

Courses and credentials
: When your workload is a little lighter, consider this an opportune time to engage in continuing education. Have you thought of advancing your credentials or pursuing other related designations? Or simply take a course that interests you and/or will advance your professional skills and knowledge?

Work projects in and out of your regular duties
: Is there an opportunity to participate in or initiate a project at work that may not yet be on your radar? Think in terms of both your specific job-related duties as well as other possibilities, such as helping to organize a corporate volunteer initiative, a company social event, or a learning event.

Personal/professional development
: Have you considered professional development pursuits that are focused on intrinsic competencies vs. content driven? For instance, what about a new skill within areas of leadership development, communications, or organization skills?  

Expand your business and/or social network
: How’s your network? Might this be a time to set goals around expanding your professional and personal network?

Stretch goals
: Is there an opportunity to truly stretch yourself in your work life? Perhaps attempt a task that is a little outside your comfort zone and current experience.

Stepping stone goals
: Is there a bigger goal that might prompt some smaller, ‘stepping stone’ goals that can help you get there?

Just for fun and joy goals?
A little boost in the fun factor outside of work can never hurt.  Perhaps there’s a passion or hobby you’d like to reconnect with? Or an opportunity to try something new? Engaging in meaningful activities outside of work can also benefit your overall attitude at work.

Once you come up with a goal or two that resonates with you, write up some meaningful commitments and actions to get you started, and think about sub-goals along the way. Most of all, remember that the journey is as important as the end result. So enjoy, celebrate, and acknowledge your efforts along the way.
To a TGIM worklife!
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Now Where Was I Again…..?

July 7, 2008

Hello again! Remember me? I know, it’s been a while since I’ve last posted. I confess, I’ve been MIA (missing in action). I haven’t been much in the blog writing mode these days because I’ve been in the major “DOING” mode. Busy, busy…..espousing/talking/working….TGIM work-life in a variety of workshops/retreats/webinars.  It’s all been great fun — with a lot of work — but lots at once, so a little less time to blog (sorry folks!).

In any case, I thought I’d share a quick snapshot of where I’ve been recently wrt to workshops, presentations, etc. :

Ministry of the Environment: I delivered a 1/2 day workshop: “Strategies for a TGIM Work-life” — Tips and strategies for engagement. See here for testimonials.

Centennial College: Lead a two and a half day retreat for the college’s most senior leaders: “Reflective Leadership Forum” — exploring strategies to build reflective practice in one’s daily work and life. See here to read what they had to say.

Project World / Business Analyst Conference: Lead a two day workshop for project managers and business analysts: Coaching Skills for Leaders.  See here to read what they had to say.

Upper Canada Law Society: Participated in a panel discussion on Work-life balance at their 3rd annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. Great feedback – soon to upload.

Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA): Presented a Webinar :“Assertiveness at Work” (which I’ve written about in previous posts – and am in process of planning a follow-up teleclass – details to be announced but likely in the fall).  If you’d like to listen to the archive – click here. And to read some of the great feedack – see here.

Financial Planners Standards Council (FPSC): Presented a Webinar: “Asking the Right Questions for Career Success”. Testimonial.

AND ALONG THE WAY…and in between I had all my other work — I’m not complaining, actually I’m quite grateful for all my clients and the terrific work opportunities I’ve had. But (yeah, there’s a ‘but’)….it has been BUSY so I’ve been time-challenged these days,

Now that summer’s here….I hope to slow down just a bit for a little while. Time to reflect on all that ‘doing’ and the learning along the way. I’ll be back….will write about the experiences, learnings, insights, etc.

But for now….I’m honouring my TGIM work-life needs and catching my breath.

To a TGIM Work-life!

Eileen

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New! Teleclass Series: “Assertiveness at Work” for January 2009

May 19, 2008

UPDATE – as of DECEMBER 2, 2008:

More than 700 people registered for my  CICA-hosted Webinar “Assertiveness at Work” this past spring (May). That’s a lot of interest! Leaders of all levels find themselves stretched as the stakes of work and life keep getting higher. Competent and talented — they recognize that assertiveness is not an all or none proposition. Fuency in assertiveness skills is personal and for many of us, can be further developed over time. Part of the emotional intellegence skillset, assertiveness plays a role in the degree that we are fulfilled, how effectively we perform — and generally how much we get of what we want and need in work and life.

Does this resonate with you? If so, please take notice….Drumroll please…..(darn I’m buring the lead in this post:)

INTRODUCING: the  Big Cheese Coaching Lab© — with the first offering focusing on a Teleclass series on: “Assertiveness at Work”.

 I am offering a six-week group coaching teleclass series (weekly)- starting this January 2009. The proposed starting date is: January 13th at 7pm Eastern Standard Time. However, if there is enough interest for an additional time I may add a second group.

I would like to keep the group size small (up to about 10 or so people) so first come first serve. If interested, pls contact me and we can schedule a brief phone chat to see if this is a fit for you.  I will have a promo developed shortly with additional info (topics; fees; etc.) and would be happy to email to those who express interest.

There is still time to share some of your own input! In the spirit of the Big Cheese Coaching Lab©No obligation but if you would like: You can TAKE A COUPLE MOMENTS TO COMPLETE A SHORT SURVEY HERE. 

Please assert yourself and make your voice heard!:)

Additional articles: See my CICA “Ask a Coach” article on assertiveness here.

And check back soon for more details!

Till then, here’s to a TGIM worklife!

Eileen

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