How To Make Sure You Succeed With Your New Year’s Resolution?

Did you know the brain takes the word “not” out of your sentence? So, if you say “I will not eat desserts for all of January,” the brain hears “I will eat desserts for all of January.” So, if you want to be successful in your New Year’s Resolution make sure it is stated positively. You might even think of “adding” the change rather than eliminating something. So, if you want to lose weight change it to “I will eat 3-5 veggies and fruits a day.” If you accomplish that you will be full and not eat the other bad [...]

By |January 27th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Best Way To Conquer Fears…

Your hippocampus is the part of your brain that stores all your past successes and failures and the STORIES your brain has attached to them. Every time an event happens in your life your brain reviews it as positive or negative BASED on the past experience that most closely correlates. In other words, you are always using the past to interpret the present. So, if you want to conquer fears, you need to sit down and figure out what STORIES from your past no longer serve you. Then, rewrite them so you come out stronger and better. So, for example, [...]

Want To Help Your Team Execute Faster?

If you want a team to be more independent with making decisions and to increase the speed of execution, you need to give them flexible guideposts they can use that help them do that. I often find leaders confuse sharing a path with sharing a vision. The path usually has more concrete “how” steps to it while the vision has the “why and what.” Telling me that we are going to be the Lamborghini of the gift industry would right away tell me that we will be high luxury items that not everyone can afford. I would automatically know that [...]

What Is The Key Ingredient You Need To Conquer A New Leadership Position?

It is not self-esteem or knowledge. So what could it be? Self-esteem is the view of yourself and it is often based on your past experience, knowledge, and successes. You definitely want healthy self-esteem to tackle your new leadership position but think of that as your rearview mirror. To truly be successful in your new position you need to create a new mindset. Your mindset is like the door that opens the future. The mindset that made you a great leader at your old job needs to be expanded to assist you in achieving your new goals. When you expand [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Want To Know How Respected Your Employees Feel?

People will work harder for you if they feel the work they do is valued and they feel respected. To do this you need to make sure employees feel you truly listen to them. High-level leaders work to serve their team by clearing pathways so they can do great work. Check how good of a listener you are by asking your team, “what are three things I do that make you feel valued?” Changing how you lead can drastically change how motivated employees are. Through our Outcome Thinking® Platinum Leadership Program we have helped leaders move their engagement scores from [...]

Want To Know A Key Reason That Mergers And Acquisitions Often Fail?

And it is not what you think. I have watched over a dozen companies involved in mergers or acquisitions and the majority do not succeed in the vision they had when they joined. So why is that? It is not that they didn’t do their financial due diligence. That I see happen time and again. The problem is not enough time is spent on the culture of the other company. See the culture dictates HOW things are done and HOW people are treated. It is the heartbeat of a company. I don’t care what lip service the acquiring companies give [...]

What Blocks You From Action?

Given a choice between a gain or a possible loss, what do you think the brain tends to do? If you guessed it prefers to stay status quo, you are right. Naturally, our brain is more risk adverse because it desires to protect you. This is also why people can fear to make a decision on trying something new. So this year, take stock and look at where you are stuck. Is it a risk you need to take? Skills you need to improve in order to jump to that next level? Or changes in relationships? Make this year where [...]

By |January 13th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Why You May Not Get The Respect You Deserve?

I am amazed at what most leaders do NOT DO when they first hire a person. See I think this one thing is the MOST IMPORTANT and should be done on the first day of the new hire. What is it? You should spend time on what are the values and principles that you operate by and how they guide your team. Values are modeled not taught. So, when you share what they are, you are always checking that you exemplify them daily to the team. You are also setting the expectation of what you expect attitude-wise from every person [...]

Want Tough Feedback Received Well?

The reason most people hate tough feedback is they feel demolished by it. It is like they visualize you sitting in a room and judging them as inadequate. So, the usual “sandwich” approach doesn’t work. The recipient is skeptical and doubts what you said. Instead of focusing on what you need to say, focus your energy on how great this person is or could be once this small hurdle is overcome. Let them see your belief and faith in them being able to make changes. Ok, I know you may be thinking, “well that won’t work with Fred because he [...]

Why I Hate The Phrase, “Hopefully That Won’t Happen.”

Unbeknownst to the speaker of that phrase, what you have really said to your brain is, “I don’t want to know if that happens because I don’t know what I can do about it.” You instead want to get your entire team thinking, “If that does happen, I know we can handle it.” Once the brain believes it can handle what is coming it's way, it will then create the strength, resilience, creativity, or drive you need to take care of that problem. This is why you hear stories about people doing amazing feats when in danger. So next time [...]

Would You Like To Make 2021 More Predictable?

What if I told you, you could really make 2021 your luckiest year ever? I know it seems hokey, doesn’t it? But luck is created, it is not the random change you think. Just check out the book The Luck Factor. I know I completed the book and then decided to change my luck in regards to parking spaces. I had traditionally never gotten great parking spots and I was tired of parking far, far away. So, I changed my luck to say I always get front row spots and… you know what? I do! See, luck comes from how [...]

Do You Know Why You Do What You Do?

I know it sounds silly. I mean, we ought to know exactly why we do what we do, however, I find that most people don’t know the underlying belief that is driving them to behave and think the way they do. For example-we have worked with... A VP that was about to get fired after 25 years on the job. His blocker? He was the same age (turning 50) that his Dad had been when his Dad lost his executive job. His brain held on to that fear that he could lose his job at age 50. An executive that [...]

Want To Jumpstart Next Year?

30 years ago my husband and I started writing a yearly Christmas letter to each other that was filled with our memories from that year, our successes we are proud of, and our commitments of what we will accomplish the next year. Then, we buy a nice bottle of champagne, light a candle, and read this year's letter. Then, we read all of the past year's letters as well. It is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. We fall in love all over that night seeing what we have done and accomplished together. Here is the interesting note- we [...]

If You Want Long Term Change, What Must You Do?

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution only to break it within 30 days? Have you ever so desperately wanted a goal but find it keeps alluding you? See, affirmations and goals are not enough to make a change. Nor does will power play into making lasting change. Lasting change comes from changing the internal picture your brain has of YOU. Once that aligns with the goal, THEN affirmations help manifest it. I find that often leaders are unaware of the mental pictures they have of themselves that manufacture their responses to situations. Once we are able to dig [...]

I Love Christmas. I Feel Like The Spirit Of Love And Giving Is In So Many People’s Faces And Eyes.

This holiday season, more than any other, we need to all come together and spread goodwill. So, visualize what you and your family can do to spread love. We started two traditions 5 years ago that has become my favorite- We do random acts of kindness. I give each family member money on Thanksgiving. They are to do good deeds for strangers and then text us all with what they did. Each act brings a smile. Any unused money gets piled together and we go out to breakfast somewhere and randomly pick up checks until the money is all gone. [...]

By |December 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why Would Someone Who Has Been A Leader For Many Years Ever Need Coaching Or Leadership Classes?

It seems logical that someone that has been a leader for many years and moves up to the next level should be just fine without coaching, right? But here is what I see happen. Companies come to us saying things like “Amanda was our rockstar. Now we just promoted her again and she is floundering. We don’t want to lose her but we can’t have her not perform. Can you help?” Yes! See, every level of leadership has new devils you need to conquer. To do that it requires you to make a new mental picture of yourself. Without that, [...]

Challenge- Can You Make Change Happen Without You Doing Anything Different Other Than Thinking?

Surprisingly change can happen much easier than you think. I find too many leaders make change a very difficult process due to how they tackle it. Change is easiest done when it is magnetically happening rather than you manually pushing it. So this is the part that sounds woo-woo but works like a charm. For the next few weeks pick something you want to change. It can anything from the way you eat, it can be your relationship with a certain person or the way your work to name a few options. Then, I want you to just write out [...]

Feeling Hurried, Harried, or Frustrated?

This usually comes because your brain is believing you should be able to work on multiple things at once. The reality is your brain is like an hourglass. It is designed to work on one thing at a time just like an hourglass only lets one piece of the sand pass at a time. So take a breath, let it out. Then, approach your tasks one at a time and ONLY focus on that one task. I recommend you stop your email from pinging or constantly loading. Mine is manually loaded and I grab it at certain times of the [...]

By |December 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Did You Know That 95 Percent Of A Person’s Behavior, Feeling, And Responses Are Habitual?

So what does this mean? It means that if you want to change a person’s actions, attitude, or spoken and written responses, you have to get to the “habit” (automatic response and action that person’s brain has created as a habit) in order to get lasting change. This is why a meeting where you “tell” someone what they did wrong rarely results in long term change. You have to get to the root level of the habit and belief in order for them to make sustained change. The ability to do this is what sets our Outcome Thinking® Platinum Leader [...]

I Love The Saying That “You Are Always Free To Make A Choice, You Are Just Not Free From The Consequence Of That Choice.”

Take a moment to reflect on the results from this last year that you have NOT liked. Then look at what you can change in your thinking & behavior so those never situations don’t happen again. Our choices lead us on a path and we have to own that path we are on. If you don’t like it, change it. The future is yours to create. How? Talk To Us...