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It’s arrived! My new book.

November 11th, 2011

I’m so excited!  A few days ago Give Your Dream a Plan: 7 Questions to Ignite Extraordinary Results in Your Business rolled off the press.

I wrote this book for passion-business owners — those of us doing what we love for a living, and making a difference that matters.  We face unique challenges, and I want to share tools, strategies and inspiration to empower you to succeed. Here’s a brief description from the back cover.

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Engage the Power of Focus

October 19th, 2011

“Concentration of power is the ability to focus on and accomplish your most vital priorities.” 
Charles R. Hobbs, Time Power

“There’s just so much going on right now!” is the lament I’ve heard from almost every client in the past few days. Whether dealing with a rush of amazing opportunities, facing a personal crisis or trying to respond to the needs of loved ones, many of us feel pulled in endless directions at this time of year. 

Fall is a key season in our business cycle. It’s when the rubber meets the road in accomplishing our goals for the year. It’s also ‘harvest time,’ the opportunity to reap the fruits of all the seeds of the dream we planted earlier in the year.

But, to do this takes focus. Making choices. Saying “No” (at least for now).

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Your Brain at Work, David Rock

September 15th, 2011

Within the first pages, I knew someone (finally!) understood my work world — the endless swirl of emails, projects and decisions I face on a daily basis – and had real-life solutions.

If you feel out of control of your work flow, and wonder if anything can be done differently, this book might be exactly what you’re looking for. 

Drawing on insights from neuroscience research Your Brain at Work outlines practical tips for working better, from the perspective of your brain.  It will teach you new approaches to organizing your tasks effectively, reducing unproductive stress, navigating vast quantities of information so that you end your day with more energy and a sense of accomplishment.

Your Brain at Work:  Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long. David Rock.  2009.  New York.  HarperCollins Publishers.

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Post-Vacation Confusion

August 30th, 2011

Coaching Tip:
“I’ve just come back from vacation and feel confused about my direction.  What can I do?”

I completely understand! I just navigated a nasty bout of vacation confusion myself in the past two weeks. We take a delightful summer break, and return rested and refreshed. But often, we also return disoriented. Things that seemed fine in our business just a few days or weeks ago, now aren’t quite right. It’s like discovering a comfortable pair of shoes, suddenly doesn’t fit.

If you’re feeling this way, nothing is wrong. While disorientation feels uncomfortable or even disheartening, it’s actually a good sign. It’s signalling that your new, bigger vision has started to emerge. Here are a few tips to help you move from confusion to inspiration.

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Take a Solo

August 25th, 2011

Coaching Tip: 
“I’d like to take some time for rest and play, but I can’t take a vacation right now.”

When you aren’t in a position to take an extended vacation, try taking a “Solo Day,” a personal retreat day.  I started taking Solo Days a few years ago and am amazed at the delicious difference one 24-hour period can make.

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