Marsha Lindquist from Granite Leadership Strategies gave an excellent webinar on pricing strategies. Her motto is “Never lose on price”. She described ways to achieve this along with many examples, tips, and creative techniques. The 3 most important activities that impact pricing success are:
Angela Duckworth introduced the world to the concept of Grit. Carolyn Adams Miller writes and speaks about it as it relates to the coaching profession. In this short video, she talks about why we need grit. It's a really insightful. There are many other videos on youtube by Carolyn of various lengths. I highly recommend that you check some of them out. If you want to know how you fall on the grit scale, take this free test....click here.
This is a great description about how to work as a group to solve problems.
This amazing video was shown at the end of a really powerful seminar on coaching. It's a perfect ending for the event. Its about keeping your word....
Dale participated in a leadership program I am taking right now. He runs a company called EmpowerMentorship Institute. His firm sprung from his desire to stop violence against women. He focuses on helping men connect with their emotions as a means to creating healthy masculinity. His mantra is: Introspect - Respect - Connect. His Ted Talk is quite thought provoking and valuable to both men and women.
One of the keys in coaching is to inspire clients to be bigger, better. I find inspiration in many different locations. Sometimes it's just a silly thing I see on the street during my daily walks. Where do you find your inspiration?
This is a very insightful (and humorous) Ted Talk about procrastination. It is a long video but it is worth watching. Tim says that one place where procrastination can really hurt us is when there are no deadlines, which is often the case in starting an exercise program or creating healthier eating habits. Our clients find that working with a coach helps them avoid the procrastination trap.
I really loved reading “Switch - How to change things when change is hard” by brothers Chip and Dan Heath. The book embodies many of the very principals that Trillium Wellness Coaching is founded upon, but it presents them in a slightly different and entertaining way.
The authors use an analogy of an Elephant and an Elephant Rider to represent how the two sides of our mind – our emotional and rational sides - are often in conflict and respond to different stimulus, which makes change hard. However, by harnessing the strengths and overcoming the weaknesses of these two sides, we can ease our way to lasting change.
The authors describe how the Rider, our rational side, needs to be directed and focused so that it doesn’t become stuck in analysis paralysis. Conversely, the Elephant, our emotional side, needs to be properly motivated to go in the right direction, since the Rider’s is too small to force the elephant to go where it does not want to go.
Two other keys to their approach are “translate ambiguous moves into concrete behaviors”, which they term “Script the Critical Moves”, and “create a vivid picture of what it would look like when we get there”. The first shows the Riders exactly where they should head. and the second motivates the elephant by showing it why it’s worth it. Both of these keys are also critical components of Trillium's wellness coaching approach.
Not only is the book well written, with some great examples on how these things have been achieved by others (individuals, businesses and communities), it includes a one-page reminder of the key ingredients of their approach, a description of the 12 most common problems we face when trying to change, and extensive footnotes/details about their sources. The authors also maintain a website switchthebook.com which has downloadable versions of their tools, podcasts tailored to Businesses, Marketers, Individuals and making Social Change, and corresponding facilitator's guides.
I highly recommend “Switch – How to change things when change is hard” for anyone looking to learn more about change mechanisms and how they can create change.
Having just shopped at the Columbia Sportswear employee store, a friend handed me a copy of "One Tough Mother". Wow! This is a very inspiring story of how the wife and son of the President of Columbia Sportswear stepped in to run the company after his untimely death in 1970.
Facing numerous challenges, mother and son focused on what made them different as well as really listening to their customers. They ultimately grew the company from 40 employees to over 2,000 with $1 billion in annual sales across the globe.
The book includes a large selection of their humorous "Tough Mother" themed ads. A big gamble that established and supported their brand of high quality, but affordable outdoor gear. A must read - even if just for the advertisements!
Debbie Crooke helps busy professionals find ways to generate new work.
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