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Can Less Be More?

Presented by Michelle Braden, CEO on Wednesday, 09 December 2015. Posted in Webinars, All Posts

Can Less Be More?

DATE: Wednesday, December 09, 2015
TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
COST: Free

Everything in our our culture centers on doing more... more emails, more meetings, more reduction of staff and budget cuts... the list is endless. In the race between you and the clock – who wins? Would you rather manage a difficult employee than try to manage your time? And who has enough time for the extras – hobbies, volunteer work, and family!? When did family become an extra? In this informative session we will explore solutions for balancing time for work, home, and self, help you introduce effective time management techniques for you and your team, and discuss what to do when the unexpected comes along and rocks your boat. We will discuss how to focus on what is most important, how less can be more and the principle of "When I go slow..... I go fast"

  • How to structure your schedule so that you are ready for deadlines and not surprised by them
  • How to become aware of your energy cycle so you can use it to your advantage
  • How to train your staff to manage their time so that their crises don’t become yours
  • How to set boundaries and say "no" with confidence when you need to 



The Power of Habit: Part I

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in Webinars, All Posts

The Power of Habit: Part I

DATE: March 11, 2015

TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
COST: Free

Think of something that took you a really long time to learn – for me it was skiing.  It was so difficult to stay up on those two pieces wood. I had to devote a lot of mental energy, not to mention the physical energy, trying to remember all the things that I needed to do.  It took a lot of practice on that “bunny hill” before I dared to conquer the mountain.  But with persistence and practice, it became easier and easier. Soon I no longer had to think about what I needed to do – it just happened “naturally."  We constantly read about successful people who seem to be able to do things so easily – it seems so natural for them.  In reality these successful people have developed good, productive habits.     

"Skiing, exercising, speaking, training, sales techniques, the way we handle finances, and every other habit-forming activity all follow the same behavioral and neurological patterns," says Charles Duhigg in his book The Power of Habit.  His book explores the science behind why we do what we do and the power of habits in our lives.

In part one of this webinar we will discuss:

  • How every habit starts
  • Why habits are nearly impossible to break
  • Steps to create new productive habits

Keeping it Real: A Look at Authentic Leadership

Posted in Blog, All Posts

Keeping it Real: A Look at Authentic Leadership

Recently, I was coaching with a client and the topic of authentic leadership came up. The client was describing a former boss and said, “I think my previous boss was authentic – an authentic jerk – certifiable!”  The client went on to describe how the former boss was consistent and true to specific behaviors that gave him the title of “authentic jerk.”  Most of us would agree that this “boss” isn’t our definition of authentic leadership.  So, why do we use the word “authentic” to refer to leadership?

Visionary Leadership: Seeing the Forest AND the Trees

Written by Andrea Wright Posted in Blog, All Posts

Visionary Leadership: Seeing the Forest AND the Trees
Visionary Leaders are often identified as innovative, out of the box thinkers, risk takers and able to see the possibilities for the future.  While all of these things are typically true of visionary leaders, they show up as outward attributes that make the visionary leader successful. These things are the aspects of the process that goes on internally within the leader individually. There is another key aspect to being a visionary leader that does not get as much attention or "flair."  This other aspect of visionary leadership is knowing how to empower others.  This attribute of empowering is not only essential to one's development, but it is also important to the success of relationships.

Back in the Saddle and Ready to Ride

Written by Michelle Braden, CEO Posted in Blog, All Posts

Back in the Saddle and Ready to Ride

I realized something insightful when I returned to work after the holidays. I believe it is something we all face; however, this year I was able to more clearly identify it and wrap my head around the “why” as well as the “how” to make it different.

This thing that I am referring to is the post- holiday blues. We work diligently to stay on track at work while we get our homes ready, buy and wrap gifts, plan the holiday menu, go to the grocery store (again and again),… making sure everything is just perfect. We run around attending holiday parties, planning the festivities, while still taking care of our families, ourselves and our work…. Then all of a sudden…. it is done… over… everyone is gone, the house is quiet as well as a mess …. there are decorations to be taken down and it is time to go back to work.

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