October 2019 | Issue 94
Change is Like a Kaleidoscope

A common metaphor for experiencing change is that it is like a journey. Your current reality is point A, your desired outcome is point B, and the change process is the journey from A to B. You anticipate forks in the road (choices), roadblocks (obstacles), and milestones. You climb a metaphorical hill to get a clearer perspective and create a vehicle (strategy) to get us to point B.

The problem is that a journey is not a path like you see on a map. With a journey—it is unclear as to how to reach the desired destination or outcome. Also, there is usually more than one way or one possible solution. A better, more empowering metaphor is that is like a kaleidoscope.
With a kaleidoscope, you look through the eyepiece and see a colorful pattern. With one tiny nudge of the barrel, you instantly create a new pattern, which is totally different, and the change is often permanent— just like what happens in business . And when change occurs, businesses and/or individuals tend to fall into one of three groups; those who ... (click here to read more)

Courageously Adapt and Build Back

Whether it is job loss, injury, debt, illness or something worse—when life-changing or stressful situations arise professionally or personally, your degree of resilience can dramatically affect how you deal with and move through the hardship. After all, it’s not the difficult situation that does you in; it’s how you choose to react to it.
 
Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. Instead, it involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone. And here are five strategies to foster and enhance your team’s (or your own) level of resilience:

1. Develop a strong social network. The need for connection with others is primal…as fundamental as the need for air, water and food. Having caring, supportive people around you helps you to share your feelings and express emotion, gain support and perspective, and consider other options and solutions.
And according to research, the most important aspect in helping you to enhance your resilience is to surround yourself with “caring and supportive relationships”—both within and outside your family. This past weekend, my sister and her family came to Colorado from Wisconsin to visit my husband and I. We had a fabulous time! Here is just one of our special moments we shared together.
2. Take steps to solve problems. Compare highly resilient people with those who struggle with it. Resilient people approach and solve problems differently. Here is what they do: 

  • Resilient people are able to spot the solution that will more likely lead to a safe outcome. Resist having tunnel vision.
  • Calmly and rationally look at a problem and envision a successful solution, rather than waiting for the problem to magically go away on its own.
  • Focus on the progress you make and plan your next steps, over becoming discouraged by the amount of work that still needs to be completed.
  • Whenever you encounter a new challenge, note important details and make a quick list of potential ways you could solve the problem.
 
For example, a fellow team-member decides to leave the company. More work will likely come your way—at least for a while. How would a resilient person approach..s issue? (Continue reading here)

NEW SPEAKER VIDEO!

I am super excited to share my new speaker reel with you! Please share it with anyone who you feel would benefit from hearing me speak live. I hope you enjoy it!
A HUGE thank you goes out to all of my amazing followers who helped me reach my goal of obtaining a custom You Tube link!


I so appreciate you and your continued support!
Two New Brand Brochures!

Here are two new marketing brand brochures that highlight my two signature keynote messages-- HOLY COW! and The One Choice Rule , plus discover other topics of interest that can be offered as breakout sessions or workshops! Simply click on the images to read.
Tracy Butz featured in NAMIC's IN Magazine!

Several times a year, the National Association for Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) publishes their IN Magazine for industry professionals. I again contributed to an article entitled, "Facing Your Colleagues" written by Lindsay Robison, Content Manager and Editor. If you want to read the entire issue, click here.
October 2-3: Millbrae, CA (San Francisco area)
HOLY COW! Create an Amazing Workplace that Steers Passion, Performance & Prosperity

October 14: Rochester, MN
HOLY COW! Create an Amazing Workplace that Steers Passion, Performance & Prosperity AND
Emotional Intelligence: Control Emotions to Positively Influence Actions and Performance

October 17: Wisconsin Dells, WI
The One Choice Rule: Transform Your Life and Work by Changing Your Mindset and Behavior

October 25: Live Webinar
Tough Talks: Candid Conversations that Drive Results
Hosted by Business Management Daily - - an HR and leadership resource for building a productive workplace, avoiding legal pitfalls and advancing your career.

October 28: Fort Worth, TX
Control Conflict! Collaborate More. React Less.

Book Tracy to Speak and WOW Your Audience!
As a workplace culture expert, Tracy engages audiences with inspirational messages filled with results-focused strategies. Click below to learn more!


Brand Brochures: HOLY COW! & The One Choice Rule