Work More Powerfully and Rest More Deliciously
Whew – the Holiday Season is over…and as we reflect and share our experiences, I find that time and again people are saying how much they enjoyed the cold snap/deep freeze that we experienced over the Christmas season. What?? Enjoyed? A crazy thought, I know…but there is a common theme. It was so bitterly cold, most of us stayed inside – it gave us “permission” to stop, rest, curl up with a book, stay in our PJ’s, binge-watch on Netflix. These stories were told with such glee, such reverence … “I did nothing…” We gave ourselves permission to just goof off. And if we really think about it - it is an indication of how much we recognize that somewhere along the way we lost the natural rhythm of our lives. We can work full-out, and get focused on accomplishing our new resolutions – but “rest” does not usually factor on that... read more ❯
Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds!
Note: This article contains 1,324 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 5 minutes. For any business owner today, there’s often a misconception that your most powerful tool is your products or services. While that’s true to an extent, who delivers on those products or services? Your employees. Your employees are the ones who grind and work all day; who spend as much time as they can, putting in the hard work and the effort on your behalf. So, what happens when you start to cut their salaries (hourly pay)? Or when you start to cut expenses by reducing employees’ numbers when it could be more productive to cut from elsewhere? Simply put, your employees give up. And rightly so, in a way. If you work for a business (organization) where you feel neglected, and based on the business owners actions they seem disengaged from the value of their employees, why... read more ❯
The 5 Things That Every Business Owner Must Be Competent in To Be Successful
Note: This article contains 1,433 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 6 minutes. In business, like in life, certain skills are more useful than others. The challenge of running a business is that the skills needed to succeed can feel rather abstract. In a bid to help you feel more comfortable about running a business, here are five key skills you certainly will need. The right skills can be the difference between lasting success and brutal failure, so it might be worthwhile paying attention to these skills. If you don’t have these skills, you can learn! Employee Engagement The first skill any good business owner needs is the ability to engage with their employee group. In sports, a manager of a team is there to manage as much as coming up with a winning tactic. If they cannot engage their players to listen and to run through brick walls for them,... read more ❯
New Year, New Goals, But Your Motivation Sucks
It's a brand new year and you have new goals for the year, but did you know that only 9.2% of people who make New Year's goals feel they actually achieve them, according to Statistic Brain (January 1, 2017). The issue is never an issue of time, but instead is an issue of motivation and focus. Understanding Your Motivation According to Motivational Mapping, an ISO certified assessment created by James Sale, there are nine different motivators. Each of us has all nine motivators but what is important is the sequence of the motivation, the intensity of the motivation, and the satisfaction of the motivation. Would you like to have your motivation tested? The Nine Motivators That You Might Have According to James Sale, in Mapping Motivation: Unlocking the Key to Employee Engagement... The Three Relationship Motivators The Defender seeks security, predictability and stability. High job security, clear roles and responsibilities, regular and accurate information, and continuity and... read more ❯
VIDEO: Debunking The 30 Day Challenge Concept
We are about to head into the season of New Years Resolutions and 30 Day Challenges, or 6 Week Challenges or 100 Day Challenges. But do you know why you are doing it? It might be a great way to kick start something, but then what? Take a look at this video that debunks the 30 day challenge. https://youtu.be/agU9Nr60Qjc Prefer to read it? Take a look at the transcription... Hi team its me Christopher Lawrence with Change My Life Coaching. Do you participate in 30 day challenges? I’m asking this question or maybe it’s a 100 day challenge, but I’m asking this question because I find them realty fascinating. I’ve done a couple of 30 day challenges and I did them with the promise, of some kind of result that I would get at the end. So it was like oh try going meat free for 30 days, do the 30 day challenge. Do... read more ❯
Is Your Networking Playbook Off?
Note: This article contains 1,307 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 5 minutes. As a business owner or someone working in sales, your main challenge is likely going to be effective networking. If you are like most people, every event is an opportunity to network! You need to be able to work with people, to mingle with new minds and to work together in the right manner. You never know who is who in someone else’s network – you want to get access to their network too. That takes a lot of work and no small amount of planning, however. While most of us see networking events as an excuse to have a few drinks and shake some hands, there’s far more to networking than this. Do’s and Don’ts Always come prepared – you should never turn up to a networking event without prep for things like leaflets, business cards... read more ❯
Hustle and Bustle
At this time of year, the term “Hustle and Bustle” conjures up the image of people with brightly wrapped gifts stacked in their arms happily on their way to spread good cheer. But sometimes the reality of “hustle and bustle” of this season is a long “To Do” list and lots of pressure to fit in all of the shopping and visiting and activities by the big day. The fun can drain out of the experience as stress seeps in and pressure can rob you of your energy and ultimately the memories and the Joy. So, what to do? It seems a lot of stress comes from projecting into the future…”what if” - we can’t get it all done, someone is disappointed, it’s not all “picture perfect”? But… “what if” we try something different? I came across this video from Mindvalley Academy about “falling in love with this moment” that I’d like to share. It’s... read more ❯
CHALLENGE VIDEO: Get Stressed!
Is it time to get stressed!? Kyle says to get stressed out! https://youtu.be/UNlpItMwhSk Originally aired: November 21, 2016 Transcription Christopher: It’s the most stressful time of the year and that’s not just because of my singing. Christopher Lawrence with Change my Life Coaching here, with Kyle Kalloo with Change my life coaching. We wanted to talk to you about this time of year, because people get stressed out and you’re going to see lots of videos, and lots of tips on holiday shopping, and learning to say no, and not burning out, don’t stress yourself out, and all this stuff but you have a unique opinion Kyle. What’s your opinion? Kyle: Get stressed out because there’s coaches. No. You know what here’s the thing, because when people are stressed out what do we do? We cocoon, we stay at home, we don’t do anything, we don’t have a lot of monies, so we can’t take... read more ❯
7 Different Styles of Coaching
Note: This article contains 1,113 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 5 minutes. When we hear that someone needs to be ‘coached’ most of us think of an overly universal term. Coaching, though, is a massive sector with so many sub-styles involved that the term ‘coaching’ without any context is almost worthless. Instead of leaving you constantly searching for some universally applicable style of coaching, let’s take a look at some of the most popular forms of coaching in the world. When used correctly, these different styles of coaching play a critical role in self-development. What, though, are the options open to those who wish to be coached? 7 Styles of Coaching Skills Coaching. Skills coaching is more commonly used for employees who need to improve on their ability to handle a certain task or take on a more specific role in life. If you want to be good... read more ❯
Game of Telephone In C-Suite Leadership
Note: This article contains 1,270 words and 1 image, with an estimated read time of 5 minutes. For anyone who has dealt with handling feedback from employee to employer, you’ll likely know how frustrating this can be. Staff are expected to be able to get in touch with senior management and company leadership, and talk to them about potential problems within the workplace. At how many businesses, though, does this happen? Instead, what we see a lot is a case of Game of Telephone (is an international children’s game, in which the players form a line and the first person in the line whispers a message to the ear of the next person in the line, and so on, until the last player is reached, who announces the message to the entire group. The first person then compares the original message with the final version). What starts out as a totally valid, fair... read more ❯