Productive Doing Nothing

Posted by on 3:28 pm in Change, Sabbatical | 1 comment

Today is the first day of my sabbatical. As I tell people about taking a sabbatical, many say, “I am jealous!” What’s funny is the part of me that tends to overwork would just as soon never stop working. But it turns out frequent breaks (even if they aren’t four months long) contribute to higher functioning.  Yes, you workaholics read that right. More breaks equal better work. I realize it’s tough to just drop everything and take time off. Extraordinary circumstances are allowing me to do it. But everyone...

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The Plan of No Plan

Posted by on 6:14 am in Beliefs, Blog, Burnout, Change, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Resistance, Sabbatical, Spirituality | 1 comment

Four Reasons to Unplug The word sabbatical comes from the word Sabbath literally, “ceasing.” You can read about the biblical origins here, or the secular description here. As you can tell, the idea has been around for millennia. People take sabbaticals for four reasons: To change track, rediscover their life purpose, rejuvenate, escape, or some combination of all of these.  I fall into the rejuvenate camp. I’m not ready in any way to retire completely (did I say that forcefully enough?), but I need to rest for a bit....

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What They Don’t Teach You in Business School (Or Any School)

Posted by on 12:03 pm in Beliefs, Change, Start Ups, Strengths | 0 comments

I have long harbored the theory that many other things were far more important to succeed in business: education, knowledge of your market, selling skills, contacts, start-up capital, and a long list of other items. Basically all the things I learned when I was an MBA student and business owner. It turns out the first step in business success, whether you have your own business or work for someone else, is knowing yourself well.This still seems strange to me.  But enter “why is self-knowledge important” into a search engine and...

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Priorities and a Finite Life Force

Posted by on 5:51 pm in Beliefs, Change, Love, Mastery, Spirituality | 1 comment

I’ve experienced a greater number of deaths in the past year than ever in my life. I’m not unique. As we get older, the people in our lives age too, and more of them begin to die. In a backhanded way, being affected by more people dying means I’m living, and loving a lot of people. This makes life full, and sad. It’s one of the the prices we pay for love. If I’m lucky and live long enough, I’ll get to be like my 87-year-old dad, who recognizes the name of at least one person in the obituaries every week....

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What the Greek God Apollo Can Teach You About Your Business

Posted by on 4:17 pm in Enneagram, Fear, Know Yourself, Myers-Briggs, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strengths | 0 comments

Matt is a gregarious soul. He’s an ENFJ on the Myers-Briggs, an extroverted, people person. He’s also a Pt. 7 on the Enneagram–a person who loves going to new places, meeting new people, and trying new things. In the StrengthsFinder, his skills are centered around relationship and influence (“Woo” being my favorite skill). Matt knows all these things about himself, but gathering the information together in a complete picture through the Know Yourself Coaching Program, gave him a comprehensive view he’d...

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The Full View of You

Posted by on 11:03 am in Beliefs, Entrepreneurship, Extroverts, Introverts, Know Yourself, Lessons, Marketing | 0 comments

Each time a new client goes through the Know Yourself process, I’m become more convinced that it’s as fundamental to having a successful business–if not more so–as a business plan and a marketing plan.  Read on about this week’s client–we’ll call her Jane–and how her personality doesn’t just influence her business results, it creates them. Here are the results of the combined tests and what they show about each client I’ve been working with:   1. The Strengths Finder reports...

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What Do You Mean, I’m Not Perfect??

Posted by on 3:31 pm in Beliefs, Change, Know Yourself, Love | 0 comments

We are all human–meaning, by definition, we all make mistakes, we can’t do everything perfectly, and some things we can’t do at all. But are these things we can’t do well, or can’t do at all, just mistakes or weaknesses, or are they the product of personality hard wiring? If they are hard-wired, berating ourselves for our mistakes is futile.  For instance, I don’t have the skills to change the oil in my car, so I take it to a mechanic. Instead of getting frustrated at my inability to organize my office and...

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The Water We Swim In

Posted by on 4:02 pm in Change, Enneagram, Love, Money | 0 comments

How does it help to know ourselves? This seems like a dumb question on the surface. Of course it’s always better to know yourself. People have been telling us to do this since we were in elementary school. But in my experience knowing myself is one thing, changing my behavior, trying something new and responding differently to a familiar stimulus, is a lot harder than it looks. I’ll take myself as an example. One of the things I’ve learned from putting myself through the Know Yourself pilot, is that I am a Six on the...

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What Do You Think About At the End of the Year?

Posted by on 7:08 am in Change, Mastery | 0 comments

I’ll spare you the cliché about how fast time flies, and just say that the end of the year can be a fruitful time for reflection and soul-searching.  I’ve had three significant people pass away in 2013. These deaths (two of them unexpected) make me want to spend whatever time I have left on this planet doing work that is meaningful to me, and also to my clients. How about you? What do you think about when December rolls around–aside from holidays, presents and parties?   Read here for ways you can deepen mastery of your...

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Wholeness Leads to Mastery

Posted by on 7:03 am in Beliefs, Business Numbers, Business Plans, Change, Mastery, Spirituality | 0 comments

I’m continuing to work with people in the new pilot program I’ve been telling you about. I’m using the StrengthsFinder (this is a link where you can get your top 5 strengths for $10),  Myers-Briggs, and the Enneagram personality tests.  (They aren’t really tests because there are no right or wrong answers, but the right terms for these tests, “instrument” sounds like I’m torturing people.) I began talking about mastery also here and here a few months ago. I stumbled on the realization that what...

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