February 2012
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Greetings!

 

Happy March to you!  March 20th marks the end of winter and the beginning of Spring.  By definition, spring is "The season of the year, occurring between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive...a time of growth and renewal."

 

Question for you...what new ideas, tools, and ways of doing business are ready to grow or be renewed?  For me, lots of great ideas are birthing awesome workshops and programs for the rest of the year and I am excited to get to share them with you!

In this issue I will share Insights from this February 2012, a list of upcoming professional development events, and share some organizational development information I recently learned.  I also feature a book that is about reflection and inspiration to choose courage, educate and entertain AND showcase a social network that supports business owners in connecting with prospects and partners to increase business.

 

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Blessings and gratitude,

 

Kim

Insights from February 2012 - The Value of Structure 

 

February was a fast paced month in many ways.  I hired a professional organizer in the last part of January and by February 8th I had completed a complete overhaul of my office.  I held a CORE Values workshop, attended many networking events, provided several Accelerate Results Jump Start sessions and created a few new programs that are going to be rolled out this year.  

 

Personally several things transpired as well-my family and I passed the test for our rank advance in tae kwon do, I solidified my workout routine and healthy eating, as well as settled into a schedule that satisfies ALL areas of my life.

 

This month has been a wonderful flow of activity, all of which had very positive outcomes.  Because the momentum toward my goals has been good, and things have flowed very easily, I had to dig a little deep to find the big "ah-ha" / insight.  I am not sure about you, but for me it's pretty easy to see the lessons learned after a challenge.  It's harder to see it when things are going great.

 

The biggest insight I had was around the value of structure.  I am primarily left brained which means that structure and logic come somewhat naturally.  However when in a state of overwhelm, both can quickly go out the window.  In a state of overwhelm, structure allows us to get into auto-pilot mode and still be effective.  But what value does it really bring when you are already in a great rhythm with your business?...It allows you to do and be MORE.  

 

In working with executives and business owners I find the more structured they are, the more they can bring forth to serve clients, create content, develop products and services and just be MORE of who they are.

 

Now, structure comes in all shades of grey and the "sweet spot" of it is dependent upon the individual.  The key is to understand the following:

  • How much structure you want
  • How much structure you need
  • How much structure will serve you best

The answer to the questions above may be the same or very different. If they are different, you may need a shift in perspective, a shift in priority, or maybe a reality check as to what will get you what you want out of business and life.

 

As a business coach, I am all about working with what gets my clients the joyful, balanced career and life they want to create.  Sometimes we apply more structure and sometimes less but we ALWAYS find what works with the client as an individual.

 

When you find the sweet spot of structure, you are able to do and be more with ease and joy.

 

Coaching Question: How is the way you are structured in your business and personal life serving you in creating the life you love?

Upcoming events: 

90 Day Success Plan - March 5, 2012

This workshop is for all business owners who want a 90 DAY BUSINESS FOCUS!

 

It's for Business Owners, Direct Sales Professionals, and Entrepreneurs who want tools you can use immediately to refocus your energy and achieve your goals!  In this workshop you will...

  • Utilize a simple BUSINESS MODEL and plan to accelerate your RESULTS.
  • Understand your communication style by utilizing the CORE Map assessment tool.
  • Understand where your BUSINESS ACTIONS are ineffective, and identify what you can do about it to fill the gaps...NOW!
  • Identify 2 critical tools necessary for EFFECTIVENESS in your business.
Goal Achieving Planning Class - April 2, 2012
Are you a master at setting goals but fall short of achieving them? or Are you confused about how to even set goals?  

Join me in the Goal Setting Planning Class where you will learn to use the SMART goal setting technique coupled with a Coach Approach so that you actually achieve the goals you set!!

Click here to find out more and register.

CORE Values Workshop - May 2012

This workshop is for all business owners who want to be more efficient and effective in every part of their business!  This is accomplished by aligning every business action with your values.  In this workshop you will..

  • Learn a VALUES-BASED PROCESS for critical decision-making to reduce stress and conflict in your business
  • Understand your daily BUSINESS DRIVERS & communication style by utilizing the CORE Map assessment tool.
  • Understand where your BUSINESS ACTIONS are ineffective and identify what you can do about it to fill in the gaps.
Click here to register.

Organizational Development

Organizational Development (OD) is defined as "a deliberately planned, effort to increase an organization's relevance and viability". It is very complex in that we must not only look at the organization as a whole but also the pieces and parts of it.

Developing an organization starts with identifying the long term vision and current status and then works to bridge the gap between the two.  

The core components of an organization include; company values, skills of the organization, structure type, communication style, mission, leadership, and individuals within the organization.

Organizations who grow or need to grow, experience multiple phases of transition, ranging from denial, fear, frustration, skepticism, impatience, hope and enthusiasm, to name a few.

One of the most interesting and challenging things about OD is that any one of the components of the organization can be more evolved or ready for development than others.  Also, the ability and agility of the component to move through the transition process varies as well.

I have worked for several companies that were going through OD transformation and have personally experienced some of the phases mentioned above.  I found it most challenging when the leadership team tried to take it on themselves and become unintentionally secretive thereby leaving the individuals of the organization being uninformed and feeling undervalued.  Like being on a roller coaster blind folded, you know your stomach will be tossed around but have no idea of when or to what extent.
 
Other times I found the transition bearable, even exciting, when the leaders of the organization were effective communicators and willing to help their employees stretch and grow with the change.  In these companies, the leadership team didn't necessarily share every detail of the transition but provided the support, a listening ear, and tools for the employees to navigate the change more easily.  I personally connected more with my fellow employees and the executive team at a deeper level.  I felt "safe" and therefore could embraced the change with open arms.

Big corporations and small businesses alike can experience massive growth that require a structured organizational development plan. 

Whether the growth is large or small, the key to doing it successfully is to have the executive team leading change possess the following traits:
  • Courage
  • Adaptability
  • Relationship focused
  • Analytical
  • Tactical Thinking
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Ability to embrace dysfunction

 

Coaching question: Does your leadership team posses the traits listed above?  If not, what can help them gain the traits for when growth is necessary?

Issue: 9   
Kim L. Miles

Quote of the month

"Don't judge the harvest by what you reap, but by the seeds you plant."~ Robert Louis Stevenson

  

Featured Business: 

Social Buzz Network - Susan Corriere

 

I met Susan Corriere through a fellow coach and found her to simply be a joy to be around.  Susan is warm and kind and helps business owners succeed by connecting them with potential clients and business partners.

 

Susan created Social Buzz Network to provide social and professional events for business owners.  The venues of the events and the quality of people who attend is of the highest quality and makes for a great time.

 

Susan also serves her clients by promoting their events via her social media streams and at her events.

  

Susan is well connected and is great at making introductions.  If you haven't attended a Social Buzz Networking event, it's time you do!!

 

http://www.SocialBuzzNetwork.com  

 

Featured Book: 

The Courage to Fall Into Life.

by Mirella DeCivita  

 

Mirella DeCvita and I attended a class at COACH U and instantly connected at a deep professional level.  I found her coaching skills, style and effectiveness beyond magnificent. Mirella is a psychologist and credentialed executive coach and simply a beautiful person inside and out. 
 
While I could have guess she would be as amazing of an author as she is a coach, I had no idea she had already written the book, The Courage to Fall Into Life.
 
I recently read the book and found it to be a journey through Mirella's experience and insights that directly corresponded to experiences of my own.  Not because they were the exact same but because she wrote of the human response to such experiences as success, loss, confusion, failure and the ultimate gift of loving self and others unconditionally.
 
The Courage to Fall Into Life is a must read for those who want to connect to themselves more deeply. It is for those who are stretching and growing toward their calling, toward life success, toward something bigger...toward love.
 
Mirella DeCivita is the President of Papillon MDC Inc, www.papillonmdc.ca, a consulting firm based in Montreal Canada that specializes in developing the full potential of leaders and her book can be purchased at Amazon.
 
Events: 

Women in Business Parker 

Wednesday, March 7th 

10:00 - 11:00am

Guaranty Bank
18999 East Main St.
Parker, CO 80134

 

90 Day Success Focus Workshop
Monday, March 5th
11:00am - 12:30pm
Guarantee Bank & Trust - 18999 East Mainstreet Parker, CO  

Creating Your Vision Board so you can DOUBLE YOUR BUSINESS!
Monday, March 5th
9:00 - 12:00pm
Cyprus Point - 2nd Floor Event Room, 3801 E. Florida Ave., Denver, CO
Register at 

Behind the Moon - Denver Networking Event

Tuesday March 6th

10:00 - 11:30am

Panera Bread 1330 Grant Street, Denver CO

www.behindthemooninc.com

 

Substance with Style: How to Get Ahead with Your Authentic Brand

Wednesday, March 7th

11:30 - 1:00pm

2500 E 1st Ave
Denver, CO
Register at
 
BTM Member Bowling Extravaganza
1325 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO
Contact Rich Ouellette at rich.ouellette@ubs.com or 303.325.3891.

Behind the Moon - Cherry Creek Networking Event 

Thursday March 8th

9:30 - 11:00am

Panera Bread 640 S. Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO

www.behindthemooninc.com

  

 

Behind the Moon - Parker 

Tuesday, March 13th

9:30 - 11:00am

Panera Bread 640 S. Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO

www.behindthemooninc.com

 

DTC CBW Luncheon

Wednesday March 14th

11:00am - 1:00pm
7401 S. Clinton St
Englewood, CO 80112
www.dtc-cbw.org 

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