Posts tagged ‘managing change’

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.

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December 9, 2010

Targeted Transitions Program

Join Career Coach Deborah Huyer for Targeted Transitions, a teleclass  program specifically designed for professionals who have decided to make a transition, or for those currently seeking new opportunities.

MODULE 1:  Taking Aim“Without knowing where you want to go, you’ll end up nowhere or somewhere you don’t want to be!”

  • Creating your definition of success
  • Understanding the role of culture in company fit
  • Creating a job search strategy, pipeline and spreadsheet to identify roadblocks
  • Creating your elevator pitch and why
  • When are you networking? Always
  • Time commitments
  • Dealing with rejection  – lots of it

MODULE 2:  Targeting your Resume“One size does not fit all.  Being everything to everyone is vanilla – how do you stand out from the crowd?”

  • Understanding your unique value proposition and translating it into a basic resume
  • Tailoring your resume to specific opportunities
  • Resume do’s and don’ts
  • Understanding key words and competencies
  • Researching the company and employees
  • Writing cover letters

MODULE 3: Opening Doors“Getting past the black hole of Applicant Tracking Systems, or how to find and be found.”

  • Employee referrals and networking
  • Job boards and social media
  • Posting your resume
  • Applying for positions
  • The role of key competencies in search criteria

MODULE 4:  You have an interview…now what?“How do you plan for unknown questions and inexperienced interviewers, and have your value shine through?”  Hint: you do not wing it.

  • Preparing for a phone screen or in person interview
  • Anticipating questions based on the job description
  • Preparing for commonly asked questions
  • How to talk yourself out of the job
  • Follow-up

MODULE 5:  Sealing the Deal“It’s yours to lose now.  Learn how to deal with references and negotiating the offer.   By the way, not everything is negotiable!”

  • Requesting and providing references
  • When to talk salary and benefits
  • When and what to negotiate
  • Paperwork / contracts and agreements

WHY DEBORAH?
In addition to her talent as a teacher and her training as a professional coach, she knows the other side of recruiting, having managed recruiting for the past 12 years.  This is a perspective you will not get from traditional sources!

Click here for pricing and to create your customized Targeted Transitions Program.

HR PROFESSIONALS:
This program can also be an affordable outplacement option designed to help your employees in transition.
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Module 1 starts on January 12!  See our calendar for the full schedule.

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July 13, 2010

Death of a dinosaur: The end of the annual performance review- and the birth of Organizational Coaching

Ask An Expert – Join Alicia Marie as she interviews Executive Coach, Deborah Huyer Aug 25th at 4pm CST 

” Death of a dinosaur: The end of the annual performance review- and the birth of Organizational Coaching

The business world is growing and changing at ever quickening speeds, yet there has been little change in performance management over the past 10 years to adapt to these changes.Like the platypus, the annual performance review has not kept up with the speed of change and finds itself stagnant, obsolete and ineffective in meeting today’s needs. For many companies it is a slow and painful death bringing too little relevant information, too late to make a difference.  Weeks of lost productivity, gathering feedback, filling out forms,  uncomfortable meetings, and mismatched expectations is hated and reviled by managers and employees alike. New and ever changing business challenges, need a new performance management approach that is relevant, agile and iterative –  leading to continuous growth and results. Until performance management is an integrated business process like project management, software development, and general accounting procedures, it will remain a slow moving dinosaur, ambling its way towards extinction – unfortunately taking many  businesses with it. Learn more about Integrative performance coaching (organizational coaching) in this interview. 

RSVP by calling  (512) 989-2230 or by sending an email to reserve@peoplebizinc.com 

You will call in at l: (724) 444-7444,  Call ID:  64981,  Pin: 1#   – The call is free.

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June 21, 2010

The Middle Way is Very Simple ~

The middle way is very simple. Keep it simple and you will find the balance you have been yearning for. All extremes are fear based and destructive. Should you eat all the time? Well no, that would not be good for you. Should you stop eating all together? No, that would not be good for you. I could ask you the same questions around exercise,  work, play, relationships and on and on.  From science, we know that if you pull a pendulum 30 degrees to the right it will swing 30 degrees to the left. You do not need a philosopher to understand this.  

Sometimes an extreme solution feels like a good idea. For example; if you are always alone, eat alone, go to movies alone, watch TV alone, and work alone. Being in a relationship where you are together all the time may sound good to you. The reason it seems like a good idea is that you are living in the opposite extreme. However, if you then entered into that relationship, it would not be long until you needed your space. Learning to swing your pendulum less to the left or to the right is the middle way. The middle way is that place where you are not forcing or pushing against anything.  

The energy is balanced. You must first realize that everything has its opposite. This means everything has a middle point as well. Awareness of this makes the middle way possible. When you stop swinging between the opposites, you will discover far more energy than you ever imagined. What takes others hours will start to take you minutes. The things that wear other people out will not even faze you. You will learn how to manage your energy efficiently. 

I am saying that most of us waste tremendous energy on extremes. The inefficiency of your actions are determined by how off center you are. When you spend lots of time trying to maintain an extreme, nothing moves forward. You get stuck in a rut. You become stuck working too hard or too little, eating too much, not sleeping, being depressed.  

How do you find the middle way? How do you stop the pendulum from swinging back and forth so violently? Amazingly enough, you do this by leaving the pendulum alone. It will not keep swinging to extremes unless you feed the extremes with energy. Stop participating in the extremes and your pendulum will come to center. You will be filled with energy because you have stopped wasting it on extremes.  

This is quite different from how most people live. Someone cuts you off in traffic and you could be upset for an hour or more! If you are operating it the middle way.  Things happen and they pass. You do not get pulled into upset easily. Someone cuts you off in traffic and you feel pulled towards upset…then being aware, you open your heart, release and move on. Continuous upset is a signal that you are operating in an extreme. We all get out of balance. It can be a great way to discover the middle way actually.  

Awareness of your emotions will keep you from being stuck. The middle way is blind. You cannot see where you are going instead you use your cane to feel where you shouldn’t go thus finding your path.  

Excerpt from Healthy Solutions Program http://www.peoplebizinc.com/lifeworks/healthy-solutions/ 

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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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