July 31, 2007, Number 13
Secret According to Nancy
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For the first time in a year I did not write the Intelligent Coaching newsletter last month. Work here at Executive Intelligent Coaching has been very busy this spring and summer with a number of exciting new projects.
- I have been working on the development of my new website with Impression Edge, which should launch before the next newsletter.
- I wrote an article for Alpha Women (website out of Chicago) entitled Achieving your Goals (adapted from April's newsletter).
- Bootstrap Network started their second year of Boot Boards; so I added another hat to my Bootstrap ensemble and am now facilitating a monthly board meeting of 6 entrepreneurs.
Over the last couple of months I have been investigating ways to alter the format and content of this newsletter-blog so that it's more interesting and supportive of the readers. If you'd like to give us feedback about what you enjoy reading and would like to see, post a comment or send us an email. Essentially, this is here for YOU!
In an effort to inspire college Seniors earlier this spring, a light bulb turned on for me, which translated to:
Spending time doing tasks and projects, engaged in activities that we're good at, we tend to enjoy and do rather efficiently. The research on strengths theory and strength building makes sense (Gallup Organization)! When we're more efficient, we're more productive! When we're doing something that comes fairly easy, we're not working against obstacles, hurdles, and roadblocks. Now the question is begged, "What are the things we do (tasks) that come naturally to us?"
Combining what moves and inspires us (passion) with what comes easily and what we're good at (talent) is a magical recipe. From my experience, I formulated the belief that herein lies one way to live the life that is our ideal. We detect it in our life as an intuitive sense of: I know I'm being true to myself; this is the right path for me; I know it's leading me in the right direction. It is manifested as, "I'm enjoying what I do, enjoying success doing it, and feeling good about myself at the same time!" If that's not compelling in this era of living authentically and enjoying the good things the world has to offer, I don't know what is. So tell me, if genuinely embraced, would you not be living your ideal future?
After answering these questions, the task is to find or create this job for ourselves! We are the one most invested in our future, no one else!
A: Because, they believe that if they make some changes, it will have a positive impact on their long-term success.
Q: Why would someone of a particular industry hire you if you do not specialize in that industry?
A: If someone wants to hire an expert in their industry, who could assist them with specific techniques, examples, and strategies for sales, marketing, or products/projects unique to that industry, it sounds like they would benefit from hiring a consultant in that industry. If someone wants to hire a professional to assist them, specifically with themselves, in how they impact their business, manage, handle, lead, cope, approach, design, and respond in their profession, it sounds like they would benefit from hiring me because of my expertise in people, assessments, behavior change, and goals.
Businesses who are jumping on the fast track of marketing their products/services in this rapidly changing, global economy and workplace know that their web presence is critical! They also know that web presence, no longer means simply having a website. Last month I attended a workshop conducted by the experts at Polycot, addressing the presence of one's business on the web, social media, networks, and tools. If you would like to learn more about these topics, you can visit Polycot's website and blog at www.polycot.com and http://www.polycot.com/blog , respectively.
Dexterity, finesse, and effectiveness in the interpersonal realm at work are a passion of mine. The greater the prevalence of these ideas, support in the business world, and research, the more commonplace, funding, and education will arrive in this arena. The feature article for CIO Insider June 25th was Soft Skills for CIOs and Aspiring CIOs: Four Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence. Click here to read the article.
Imagine the possibilities!!!!
To learn more about our unique approach to happiness in the workplace or programs for individuals and teams, contact Nancy Schill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.947-5447.
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