Posts tagged ‘team training’

February 11, 2010

Alicia Marie will be Coaching Women at the American Express OPEN Women’s Business Summit featuring Make Mine a Million $ Business in Conjunction with Count Me In Organization

The American Express OPEN Women’s Business Summit will attract upwards of 500 women business owners at all level of business development to this day and a half event. The content is structured so that the emerging, established and growth-oriented entrepreneur will all have access to relevant and timely content and resources. 

Alicia Marie will be coaching these women at this event as they pitch their business in a chance to win the coveted Make Mine a Million $ Business award.

The American Express OPEN Women’s Business Summit will convene on February 17-18, 2010 at the JW Marriott in Houston, TX. The theme of the Summit will be The New Rules for Doing Business for Women Entrepreneurs and will include a multi-tracked conference that offers the following:

  • The Make Mine a Million $ Business competition
  • Critical advice for growth in today’s changing economy
  • Tips on leveraging social media to grow your bottom line
  • Thoughtful leadership, rich discussions and opportunities to connect with fellow women business owners, via the New Rules content track
  • Identification of new markets, with a focus on government contracting market rich with opportunity
  • Contact with an inspiring community of successful women business owners
  • Speakers and resources from our partnering women’s organizations

Due to an overwhelming response, this event has reached capacity and registration is now closed. Please visit the Count Me In website for updates on upcoming Make Mine a Million $ Business events.

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October 14, 2009

Dr. Maria Nemeth will be our next guest in the Ask an Expert series!

Join Alicia Marie as she interviews Dr. Maria Nemeth on “The Energy of Money”

Maria Nemeth, Ph.D., MCC, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Master Certified Coach, is an internationally recognized speaker, author and seminar leader. She is the founder and Creative Director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence. For more than 20 years, Dr. Nemeth has trained professional coaches, ministers, clinicians, executives, teachers, and private individuals using the coaching methods and skills that she has designed. Her courses and workshops have been taken by thousands of people who report significant, even miraculous, changes in their lives as a result of her teachings.

Maria is the author of The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment, which is available in five languages. Her nine-hour audio cassette series, The Energy of Money, won the 1999 Audie Award for Best Personal Development Series.

In addition to her overseeing the Academy, Dr. Nemeth presents at conferences and organizations worldwide. Her work emphasizes clear communication and empowers people to take authentic action to produce extraordinary outcomes.

Check out Maria’s interview on YouTube.

Tuesday, October 27th @ 3-4pm CST
No cost to attend. Reserve your space today!

Call (512)989-2230 or email rsvp@profitconsultingco.com.
To join the session, dial (724)444-7444
Call ID: 64981 / Pin: 1#

September 10, 2009

What You Pay Attention To Grows

We have all taken a beaten from the media this last year. All the negative news about the economy and the recession can be overwhelming. I even had one anxious client say, “It feels like the world is coming to an end.”

Take a moment to think of something that happened in your past that seemed very bad at the time, but now in retrospect you see what a blessing it was.

I absolutely know that the challenges we are facing economically now will look like a blessing in retrospect. Businesses will get stronger and leaner. Families will come together. Governments will change. People will remember what faith is. Programs and non-profits will emerge as well as all the positive change we cannot yet see.

I invite all of you to step into hope and give up the worry and concern. How effective can you be when you are worried? How productive are you when you are anxious? How creative are you when you are upset?

Of course, I believe that positive thinking is important for many reasons. If only for your peace of mind, I invite you to stay focused on what is right, what is working and what is good in your business and in your life. What you pay attention to grows and thrives!

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!

July 9, 2009

Halfway through the Leading Change program… Hear what participants have to say!

“The Leading Change series has helped me to better understand the importance of self care, self expression, and clear intentions in being an effective leader to others. Through a progressive series of coaching conversations, theoretical models, and development exercises, I have created breakthroughs in leadership that have re-energized me and moved me closer to fulfilling my purpose in life.”

Karina Miller – Human Resources Specialist

“I highly recommend the Leading Change program for anyone ready to take that next step of personal growth as a leader. The synergy of working with a group of highly-talented, committed individuals in a safe environment has been life-changing. Leading Change should be on every leader’s calendar for this year.”

Pam O’Bryant, Manager

 

“I have so much energy now that I have identified and freed myself up emotionally!”

Lois Pearson, Business Owner

 

“The Leading Change program has changed my life in a profound way. It is an intense program asking students to be courageous and to dig deep to look at their fear and then transform that fear into power. I thought since I had been through years of intense counseling and many other coaching programs that I knew my motivators. It turns out I was close but then with Alicia’s probing and kind of proding, she brought me to be very clear on the specific fear that was holding me back so I could come to the other side of fear: standing in your power; standing in leadership.

Coming into focus with my fear and being very specific about how it feels and how it has affected my life has allowed me to step back and notice others fear and to have compassion and love toward them as they too identify and notice behaviors that stem from fear. This has allowed me to choose to remain in my own center, notice their fear and how it shows up for them and not be affected by their fear. I can notice and choose my own behaviors that now are generated from a place of love and power versus being generated by fear.

Alicia is a talented, fun, spiritually and practically grounded coach and mentor. While guiding me in the deepest way with honor and respect she also teaches me to laugh at my human-ness and play with new experiences. She is one of the most gifted coaches I have ever had the honor to work with.”

Ann Marie Archer, Business Owner

 

New Leading Change program starts July 24th. Click here for more information or call us at (512) 989-2230.

May 5, 2009

May Coaching Tip

Powerful Questioning is at the core of effective coaching. With one caveat– understand that asking a question that is appropriate to the emotional state, learning style, timing and situation is as important as the actual question. This takes effective listening, skill and practice.

Elements of a great question:

  • They are clear and direct.
  • They are non-judgmental.
  • They are transparent– no motive.
  • They are real and have the best interest of the employee in mind.
  • They are inquisitive and keep the employee thinking and in curiosity.
  • They are based in the present and keep the employee in the ‘here and now’ versus the ‘why’.

Why ask questions instead of give directions?

  • Your answers are old answers and they work for you, not the person you are coaching.
  • If you ask questions, people will self-discover and take responsibility for their results. People really do like their own ideas better!
April 21, 2009

Leading Change Program Started

Wow, we had our 1st of 15 sessions today. We have 8 participants in the program; they are all already successful and talented leaders. I am inspired by how enthusiastic each of them their willingness to transform their leadership ability for the benefit of others.

 

I want this program to ultimately give back to the people we lead, like our employees, family and community. It is a very high level dialogue with assignments each session.  The program will make participants stretch, cause them to be uncomfortable, and have them look at how they operate in the world. The program is 5 months -15 phone sessions. 

 

Not everybody could be accepted in this program. This was an application process. The application reflected the importance that participants already have some leadership experience and ability. I asked myself four questions.   

1. What will this person bring to the conversation about leadership, change and personal growth?

2. What will this person likely do with what they get?

3. Who will they likely impact?

4. Can this person fully commit to the program? 

 

Why I launched the program

 

Starting last November, I was struggling with some big losses business and personal. I was experiencing alot of emotions of fear and grief and yet still having to walk into my office each day. I thought “how do I stand for what’s possible and lead others through their own stuff?” In addition, with my clients, the emotions were so raw and the business issues so much more dramatic than usual. I knew that if I didn’t dig deep and get myself handled that I would get too entrenched in the “stuff” of my clients which would render me powerless and ineffective as a coach.

 

I was doing all the usual self care stuff exercise, diet, friends but I knew it was not enough.

 

So I played with what worked, I experimented with how to stay powerful and present, how to stay real. I watched myself transcend emotion and be conquered by it. I paid deep attention to my emotions in a way I think I never had before. I let myself be human and I wrote this program leading change.

 

We are going to have conversations about what’s authentic, leadership, integrity, power, managing change, emotional intelligence which includes understanding yourself and others, vision and effective communication.

 

We will often be talking about ourselves yet this program isn’t about them , it’s about those that they lead. Who’s watching?   

 

We started first session with stating who we are and what we want from the program for ourselves and others.

 

Their homework is an anonymous leadership assessment tool that they are sending to their sphere to get feedback on their strengths and weaknesses. 

 

Next session we discuss leadership and what it is. 

Stay tuned …I will update you on their progress and what I am learning from leading this leadership program.

 

Alicia Marie Fruin

 

April 21, 2009

April Coaching Tip: Why All This Talk of Coaching?

For years, there have been managers. Why now the change to a coach? The two main reasons are:

 * Global Competition

* Technology

Issues cannot continue to be passed up the ladder, sometimes taking days for a decision. Decisions need to be made quickly because the consumer today is more demanding. Thanks to technology, information is now easily available to us, and there is lots of it. With all the information available today, the manager can no longer be expected to have all the answers.

On the other hand, in a coaching role, you are not expected to have all the answers. In a coaching role, you ask the questions and rely on your staff, who become the experts, to provide the information. The result of global competition and the increased information is that managers now must become coaches. A job description of a manager… “Controls, directs and supervises the day to day operations.”

A job description of a coach would be… “To lead, motivate, create a vision, and teach staff the skills needed to empower them to help make us a successful and profitable company.”

A real difference in the two job descriptions!

“You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people.” — Grace Murray Hopper

What happens if managers and companies do not change? They will not survive. They will not attract the talent they need as employees no longer will conform to complying with the orders issued by managers. Today’s employees are more educated and need to see the whole picture and more importantly feel as if they have an impact on the whole.

Coaching Skills For Manager Management Seminar – click here

Alicia Marie Fruin

Certfied Business Coach

March 12, 2009

Leading Change Program: How to cope with our own fear and lead others through change

The natural cycle of life’s ups and downs creates growth or personal fears and blockages. Which of these dominates depends a lot on how we view change. Is it exciting or is it frightening?

 

Who is watching? Your employees, your family, your community? If you are a leader then you are modeling how to navigate our current economic crisis. Will you step up and face your fear so we can all grow and thrive? We call fear by a lot of names: overwhelm, anxiety, frustration, pride, anger. We rarely say, “I am afraid.” The leading change program is for leaders who are grappling with their own fears while also leading others.

 

I wrote this intro below so you would understand that this program is confronting, rigorous and deeply powerful. It requires courage and self awareness. I believe it has the power to completely alter who you are as a leader and a human being.

We will work on:

 

  • Understanding fear and how to be facile with it
  • Real power
  • Integrity
  • Language
  • Communication
  • Being a visionary
  • Understanding your core values and honoring the values of others

 

We know change is part of life yet we go to great lengths to make our world predictable, safe, comfortable, controllable and definable. In general, we don’t understand our fear and how we as human beings operate with it. When we have a lot of fear, we go about setting up a world that does not stimulate our particular fear(s). We use our mind to devise ways to avoid having our fear stimulated. Fear is afraid of itself and does not want to be felt. You can do one of two things with fear. You can recognize it for what it is and stop acting on it. Or you can try to keep the world from stimulating your fear.

 

We all do it. Yet we don’t talk about it. You know, try to figure out how things are supposed to be and then go about trying to make it that way. How did we come up with the idea that life is not okay as it is? If change is natural maybe life is too.

 

As a coach, I have noticed that our attempts to protect ourselves from our problems create more problems. If you keep attempting to arrange people, places, and events so that they do not disturb your fear, life will feel heavy because you are controlling and fighting with everything. Most of us try to get to peace this way. Most of us try to get to joy this way. What if there is another way?

 

This program starts in April, is 5 months – 15 sessions and is a “Pay what you can program”.  Please respond to coaching@profitconsultingco.com if you are interested and I will send an application. Only 8 leaders will be accepted and I will accept applications through March 27.

February 25, 2009

Coaching Tips for Managers: Coaching is a Repeating Relationship Cycle

Step 1: Valuing

Valuing the employee assigns worth and importance to that person and must be present to begin the relating process.

 

Step 2: Hearing
Hearing the employee goes beyond the obvious auditory hearing and even beyond the use of listening skills. It is translating what is said into what is meant. It is hearing with compassion.

 

Step 3: Understanding
Understanding the employee is a choice made by you to place importance on and know the significance of what has been heard by you and ultimately meant by the coach-ee.

 

Step 4: Reacting
Reacting is an inevitable, natural and unfiltered internal response to what is understood by you about the client. Your reactions must however, into appropriate and accepting responses. As Stephen Covey would say, “There is a gap between reacting and responding.”  That gap is accepting.

 

Step 5: Accepting
Accepting is the choice to receive a person gladly, without disapproval, blinding judgment or compromise of our own personal integrity. It does not mean to endorse, buy into or agree with whatever is being received.

 

Step 6: Responding
Responding is the external relating step. All the others are internal, but filter the actual responses made to the client. 

 

Step 7: Honoring
Honoring the employee by showing that person respect through every step of the relating cycle and the entire coaching process is the filter through which all relating activities and phases must be screened. Honoring confers distinction on a client, and shows your desire to give credit to them.


Relationship Building is a continuous cycle.