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January 5, 2012

Disrupt Your Life

Disrupt your life, business, relationships, or even your body, and engage in the power of a new year!

You may have noticed that we as human beings have a limited ability to pay attention – you know, really be present – which is why we benefit from declaring publicly what we will pay attention to each year. What we pay attention to grows and thrives. This is what makes goal setting, declared intentions, and resolutions a sound strategy.

However, as a result of this inability to be present 100% of the time, we unconsciously design an environment to depend upon, which allows us to free up mental power and the ability to pay attention. To say it simply, we have an unconscious dependence on our environment to determine WHO we will be and WHAT we will do.

So, for real change to occur you MUST actively interrupt your current environment to see real growth and development in any area of your life or business. The loftier the goal, intention, or resolution, the larger the disruption must be.

Steps:

  • Declare your intention, goal, or resolution publicly.
  • Do not make the mistake of thinking you will only initiate behavior change from within.

You have to change the environment, or in other words, structures and systems that support the attitude and behaviors – the status quo.  Every way of being has an existing structure. Everything you do on a regular basis creates an environmental dependence. If you want to be another way you will have to tear down the structures that support the old way of being. If you want to build a new habit, you must figure out what environment would be conducive to that new behavior.

An example: Let us say that I wanted to change from being overweight and out of shape to being slender and athletic. I would have to change my schedule, what is in the refrigerator, how I shop, who I associate with, the clothes I wear, the books I read, and the shows I watch on television. All my systems (practices, patterns, policies and processes) would have to be evaluated for their ability to support my goal of slender and athletic.

Another example: I am a consultant who has been hired to identify why retention and productivity are so low. It doesn’t take long to identify the culture of hard work, sacrifice, and fear, conditions not conducive to retention and productivity. Some of the systems I will have to dismantle or change are e-mail outside of work hours, late afternoon or early evening meetings, what the managers do and say, how we acknowledge employees and what we acknowledge them for, communication lines, etc.

Again, when you are looking to create something new, or to change a condition or circumstance, you want to evaluate the environment that supports it and determine what needs to be dismantled and what needs to be put in place.

Time and time again I have had to reassure staff, our coaches, or clients that disruption is supposed to happen when people are in our programs. We are in the growth and development business for goodness sake :)   … we take people way outside their area of comfort so they can explore a new possibility. The first thing clients notice when in our programs is that all their old ways of doing things are insufficient for growth. This can appear to be a bad thing until conscious environmental design begins to occur.

There are two pitfalls to avoid when looking at what or how to disrupt, and therefore grow:

      • People in your life or business are the largest structure to dismantle, re-train or elicit support from. You cannot design an environment that is conducive to your growth without including others.
      • Do not underestimate small environment changes.  The simplest of changes can make all the difference. For example; you have a solid declared commitment to eat healthy yet you eat poorly at night and can’t seem to change. Each night you sit in front of the TV and eat whatever you want, while relaxing in your favorite chair. You might: rearrange the living room, move the TV, sit in a different chair, create a family dinner night where everyone sits in the dining room with TV off. Maybe you just get support from your family with never eating while watching TV? Even just one of the environment changes could be the difference.

For more support in having an unprecedented year, consider engaging in one or more of our upcoming programs:

  • Inspired Goals Webinar on January 12, 2012 – Join us for an enlightening look at how to set goals that inspire, motivate and support your vision. Give yourself the time and space you need to create your goals this year. You have never done a course quite like this one. People who participate report breakthrough results all year long!
  • Leading Change Program starting March 21, 2012 – Learn how to cope with yown fear and lead others through change.  Understand self, manage self, understand others, and manage others.
  • One-on-one coaching with one of our professional coachesOur coaches help clients achieve measurable transformation in realizing their personal and professional goals.

I look forward to sharing this adventure with you!

Many blessings,
Alicia Marie Fruin

 

People Biz, Inc. is a coaching and training company that helps clients to achieve measurable transformation in realizing their personal and professional goals. Owner Alicia Marie Fruin has since been coaching, training and helping business owners for over 12 years. Her years of experience as a professional coach, workshop leader and entrepreneur have allowed her to help individuals and businesses reach their optimal potential, improving productivity and increasing profits. More information on coaching and training services offered by People Biz, Inc. can be found online at www.peoplebizinc.com or by calling (512) 989-2230.

July 12, 2011

People Biz, Inc. Welcomes Paula Fracasso As a Business & Life Coach

People Biz, Inc., a results-driven coaching and training company, is pleased to announce our growth and expansion with the newest addition to our team–Business and Life Coach Paula Fracasso.

New to People Biz, but not new to coaching, Paula combines her extensive background in human development, non-profit management, and social and cultural entrepreneurship with her specialization in teaching new methods of learning for personal, organizational, and cultural change. Bringing her expertise in creating new teams and working with existing teams on project creation, design, and implementation, Paula has successfully coached groups and executives in a number of diverse areas. Together with her deep study of life she fosters understanding and action in her clients for their extraordinary growth and expansion, digging deep to uncover what transforms her clients’ lives and work.

Paula holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Grinnell College, a Master’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and coaching training from Newfield Network. As a non-profit executive and philanthropic manager, Paula launched successful ventures for the benefit of society and culture, raising millions of dollars and creating long-lasting social interventions.

Having served as an Executive Director and as a Development Director, Paula inquires deeply into conversations about money and other resources and how current structures and systems perpetuate disease or promote healing for ourselves, our businesses, and our world. Simultaneously intrigued with social and cultural progress, Paula found an outlet for her enthusiasm for curiosity and change in campaign organizing, first in politics, and later for non-profits, advocating for a number of issues about which she is passionate, including responsible stewardship of the earth, self-expression through art, and the ongoing creation of peace and justice, globally and in our homes.

Says Paula, “I chose People Biz for a number of reasons. The most important one is that People Biz is founded and operates on values that are wholly my own: people before profit, excellence in service, gratitude, ambition, and truth in the service of personal and professional growth.”

A coach is trained in the ability to observe your inner game and support you in designing actions and practices to produce new results in your outer game. Do you know where your game could improve? Wherever you are, there is always something undiscovered, a new layer of bliss, and the next level of creation available for you. Your life’s work deserves a coach. Paula Fracasso can help!

www.peoplebizinc.com

Tel: 512-989-2230

Email: info@peoplebizinc.com

 

June 25, 2010

Ask an Expert, Carol Adler

Carol Adler, MFA’s first ghost-written book listing her name as co-editor, Why Am I Still Addicted? A Holistic Approach to Recovery, was endorsed by Deepak Chopra, M.D., and published by McGraw-Hill. Other publications include three novels, four books of poetry, and well over 200 poems in literary journals. She has ghostwritten over 40 non-fiction and fiction works for a number of professionals in the education, health care and human potential industries.

Carol is President of Dandelion Books, LLC, http://www.dandelion-books.com of Tempe, Arizona; a full service publishing company. She is also President and CEO of Dandelion Enterprises, Inc., http://www.write-to-publish-for-profit.com and President of the International Arts & Media Foundation, a non-profit subsidiary of Dandelion Enterprises, Inc.

Her business experience includes co-ownership of a Palm Beach, FL public relations company and executive management positions in two U.S. rejuvenation and mind/body wellness corporations, for which she founded publishing divisions. Carol has served as editor of several poetry and literary magazines. Her career experience includes extensive teaching of college-level creative and business writing, and conducting of writing workshops in prisons, libraries, elementary, junior and high schools, and senior citizen centers.

Date & Time: Wednesday July 21st, 2010 at 2PM CST.

Call               (512) 989-2230         (512) 989-2230 or email rsvp@peoplebizinc.com.

To join session, dial               (724) 444-7444         (724) 444-7444, call ID: 64981, pin: 1# No cost to attend. Reserve your space today!

May 19, 2010

Possibility Thinking: So You Think You Have it Figured Out?

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.  ~ Einstein

The cycle of natural learning is curiosity> inquiry> knowledge> application. 

We are wired to naturally learn as we go through life.  However, many of  us so called “adults”  however seem to  have given up on this type of thinking and learning, opting instead for finding the “right’ answer.  Why is being “right” more important than learning? 

We all do it in one way or another…  reach for what we know versus what we could learn? I guess it is easier? If I already know how my husband is there is no need to listen, inquire or really communicate. If I already know how my employer is there is no reason to ask for a raise.  The list goes on and on.  Maybe it is some kind of risk management mechanism that our mind likes to play? Keeping us from really engaging in life. Life becomes dry and uneventful. We have been there done that.

As a result, many of us have stopped learning.  The job of a coach is to develop people’s natural ability to grow and learn. When we open ourselves up to the question versus the answer anything becomes possible. Our child-like wonder is awakened.  We experience more and more joy. Opportunities arise. Why? When we are in “the know” we cannot see our own incompetence. Unfortunately, the people around us can! We stay blind to what would be possible if we were to stretch and grow. 

To start opening up to what you could learn, just ask yourself:  “What could I become curious about?”  Or challenge yourself:  “Maybe I could learn something here?” or “What if that isn’t true?”  The question is always more powerful than the answer. Start with all the places you are absolutely certain you are right. Start questioning the validity of your point of view. Be curious, not judgmental. There is a night and day difference. Play with possible points of view, ask: ” How else could someone see this?” or ” what is another possible way to interpret that?” . Remember, your point of view is limited to what you can see. From wherever you are, you can only see part of something.  Thinking our way or opinion is right is what shuts learning and growing down.  All of your answers come from the past.  Aren’t you tired of living there?    

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April 5, 2010

The Coaching Clinic: Coaching Skills for Managers

Two Day Course

Coaching is the quickest and most effective method for developing your employees. A fun, highly participative and practical course designed to provide you and your managers with the tools and skills needed to become an outstanding coach. HCRI Approved Hours: 11.25 hours! Course includes a coaching session with Trainer Alicia Marie as well as a DISC assessment.

* Learn powerful and effective techniques that help you seize daily coaching situations.

* What coaching is about, why it is effective and how to implement it in the workplace.

* Learn how to make the traditional switch from “Command and Control” style management to collaborative and supportive coaching.

* The use of behavior assessments and how they apply when coaching.

* Identify goals and create action plans with employees.

* Promote learning and discovery in your business.

* Accountability – what it takes and how to infuse your company culture with it.

* Personal Foundation – modeling “Real Power” in the workplace.

Next Public course May 11th- 12th 2010 Austin Texas

I attended a Coaching Clinic that Alicia Marie presented and was amazed at the knowledge that I gained! I originally signed up for just the PHR credit, but left with a whole new awareness of myself, those that I work with and am surrounded by. On a conference call with my supervisor and a few Execs’, we were discussing another employee and it hit me what type of personality each member of the call was! With this newfound knowledge I was able to guide the conversation so everyone was on the same page and I left feeling I now knew exactly how to relate to those that I support daily. I would recommend Alicia’s Coaching Clinic to anyone. I promise you, you will come out of this clinic with a new perspective in everything you deal with!

– Michelle Lopez, PHR , HR Director

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April 5, 2010

Team Building Teleclass

Join us for a 4-week teleclass on Team Building.

Who should attend? Leaders and managers who want to move their team to the next level!

* Learn the Five Keys to Effective Teambuilding
* Team vs. a Group
* Behaviors of a Team
* What to model as a leader
* Language of teambuilding
* Principles of teamwork

The result of effective team building is that your role changes!

Tuesdays at 1pm CST starting April 6th.

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Cost of course is $89. Current individual coaching clients are free!

Space is limited so sign up today (512) 989-2230. or see registration form here Team Building http://peoplebizinc.com/?p=794

August 27, 2009

Leadership Institute

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WHAT: M3 Race Leadership Institute
Nurture and Enhance the power of community to successfully grow your business and yourself.

WHEN: Thursday, September 24th thru Saturday, September 26th, 2009

WHERE: Office Depot headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.

We at Count Me In believe that entrepreneurship equals leadership, and so do our partners at Office Depot. Leadership takes vision and discipline, creativity and tenacity, risk-taking, earth-shaking, courage, confidence and commitment. It also takes a strong community– this one. Our Leadership Institute will help you successfully grow your business and yourself.

Featured Workshop: Select, Hire & Retain Top Talent – Alicia Marie Fruin

Want To Create Your Dream Team? Now you can! In this workshop you will:
• Craft a strategic plan to build your team
• Learn how to profile roles and write accurate job descriptions
• Design targeted job ads that attract the right people
• Develop the skills to recognize and retain top talent
• Get great interviewing tips and a FREE CD of materials you can use in your business.

Here’s what you’ll experience:

* Two tracks of powerful workshops taught by experts in their fields
* Elevator Business Pitch Updates
* Vendor Matching by WBENC connecting your product or service with corporations, universities, hospitals or government agencies interested in doing business with you. (Separate registration required– Click here to register)
* Panels, speakers and some creative surprises
* Plus lots of time to share with and learn from each other, one of the hallmarks of the Count Me In community
* Shuttle service between hotel and Office Depot available
* Valet Parking at Office Depot

Click here to register!

August 21, 2009

Even CEO Eric Schmidt Has a Coach

August 21, 2009

Letting Go…

One of our Leading Change Participants generously agreed to let me post her article on Letting Go .The focus of the Leading Change program is developing our emotional intelligence so we can be better leaders.    

Letting Go by Karina Miller  

I like to think I’m good at letting go, but what I’ve realized lately is that letting go of friends, moving homes and changing jobs frequently, and being what I thought was highly resilient through any change thrown at me isn’t the same thing as letting go. I’m good at change that doesn’t result in real change — changing the surface things and letting go of small annoyances. I’m good at surviving. I have come to understand lately that being “good at change” and survival is not the same thing as creating big, meaningful breakthroughs. I had simply become very good at creating the illusion of letting go and dealing with change. 

A ropes course I took last year helped me begin to understand the true meaning of letting go. It was a powerful analogy for the physical sensation of letting go of something my core physiology and psychology truly thought was required for sheer survival. I was harnessed to a very solid line, standing on a log, about 40 feet up in the trees. I had practiced sitting in my harness and knew that there was no way to fall. My conscious intellect “knew” that letting go of the ropes that connected my harness to the main line wouldn’t hurt a thing. Letting go of my death grip on those ropes would actually free up energy to help with my balance and focus, which would in turn improve my performance dramatically. Yet it was literally one of the the hardest physical, mental, and emotional things I’ve ever done. I was terrified and on the verge of breaking down into a puddle of tears.

It felt similar to many past experiences of clearly irrational fear, panic, and depression. With the help of an excellent coach, I finally, and very slowly, eased my grip and let go entirely. I also learned to request the support I needed from my coach – at the mechanical, strategic, and deep “feeling” levels of learning. 

Once I actually let go and felt the sensation of letting go throughout my body, I was able to work through the course to the limit of my true physical abilities and continue the process of letting go of fear. I felt much freer and was able to move forward, establish challenging goals, and do things I never thought were possible – including effectively coaching others who were more skilled than me. The same has been true of letting go of my suffering and resistance to the fear of shame. 

Several months later I saw the aftermath of harmful “letting go” when a man let go of the Aurora Bridge rail from the outside and fell hundreds of feet to his death, right next to me. Although letting go of the ropes felt similar to causing myself to plunge to certain death, the difference between letting go of my hardcore grip on habits, thoughts, emotions, fears, and hurts that limit me from living a fully engaged life, and making very poor choices that conflict with my values or go so far as to inflict harm or death on myself or anyone else were stark. My survival mechanism doesn’t always know the difference. Sometimes it feels like letting go of something I’ve held onto tightly my entire life will literally cause my death. But, my brain and heart can tell the difference if I really listen. By deepening my understanding of my fears, opinions, stories, and hypocrisies through coaching, feedback from others, and deep personal reflection, and then letting go of them, I have started understanding the possibilities for true freedom, deep love, authenticity, and true engagement in my life.

August 19, 2009

Healthy Solutions Program – Get Healthy From The Inside Out!

Healthy Solutions is a path to a powerful relationship with your body, food and exercise. Coaching is an opportunity that few have experienced and yet so many acknowledge the wisdom of it!

Everything we want to accomplish with our health first needs to happen internally. Do you sense the truth here, but prefer not look at it? This program is for people who are finally ready to look. If you have tried everything, if you are convinced there is not a quick fix, sign up for this program. This program is for courageous people. This program is for people who do not quit.

I have been teaching health principals for several years and know one thing for a fact:
“Your habits, thoughts, language, memories and your personality have everything to do with your health! All of which have the capacity and tendency to change and grow. You have the power to start choosing rather than being at the effect of this natural tendency to change and grow!”

In the Healthy Solutions Group Coaching Program, you will:

 Create your own meal and exercise program
 Establish specific measurable goals and a plan to achieve them
 Study, investigate and learn about nutrition and health
 Handle un-addressed health concerns
 Uncover un-investigated stories that are persisting your health issues
 Discover what is true and what is not in regards to your health
 Identify situations that are likely to get in the way of your plan and create strategies
 Learn to be sourced by the future rather than the past
 Tap into resources
 Forgiveness ; “heavy thoughts make you heavy” “un-easy thoughts create dis-ease”
 Improve Body image
 Having and being enough
 Keeping your word as well as giving it!
 Being Consistent
 Judging and assessing
 Being athletic
 Vision and action
 Play!
 Personal power versus manipulation
 Fear or love motivation
 Faith
 Gratitude

This program takes 25-assignments/ weeks to complete. The cost is $180 per month (4 sessions) for six to eight months. A physical prior to starting this program is a requirement. Permission from a doctor to participate must be received by 1st session of program.

During your first few sessions, you will develop a plan to aspire to, just drop the perfectionist attitude now! We will put in place actions that are systematic and repetitive. Exercise is a natural outcome and result of being healthy. You will do exercise purely for health reasons, not for a great looking body. We will work on being healthy together; you will create your exercise program.

This is really where your program begins, you see most of us know exactly why we have the results we have. So, why don’t we do something about it? The resignation runs so deep; we just cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In this program, you will get to the root of what stops you. You will confront your entire relationship to food, your body and your overall well-being. You will see that your entire identity is going to have to transform for your body and health to change.

This is where one coaching call per week as well as one call with your program buddy for 25 weeks come in. As you might have guessed, this is going to take something beyond money and time. This will take perseverance. It is much easier to ignore our health rather than pay attention to it.

If as a group, we do not complete each week’s assignment, we may not advance to the following week.

If you choose to do this program, expect to be challenged in every way. You will love and hate your coach. You will win and fail! You will experience every imaginable emotion. You might miss the calls and/or avoid your buddy. You will forget why you are doing this and your group will remind you. Your coach and group will be your commitment when you have forgotten yours. Sometimes you will feel like quitting. Your coach and your group will demand that you keep your word and that you see yourself as the healthy, successful person that you already are!

Please visit http://www.healthysolutionsprogram.com to learn more.