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If you are like me you have a million ideas, until you need one. I recently read a short book from 1939 called A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young. I recommend you spend the $6 to get the book, it is less than 50 pages and can be read in less than an hour, well worth your investment. James Webb Young first states that we need to know the principle of creating ideas, then he provides his method. His 2 principles are straightforward: New ideas come from a combination of old information or elements  The ability to synthesize old information or elements into new combinations is contingent on the ability to see the relationships between those pieces of information and elements The ability to find relationships between a set of facts is key in coming up with new ideas James Webb Young then dives into the method he uses to create new ideas. It is important to note that the method produces creative ideas, not just […]

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Gratitude in Business

This post is meant to be immediately actionable, so we start with a to-do first, then get to the; what, why and how: To-Do: Show gratitude, thankfulness, appreciation, or recognition to three people this week. If possible, do it face to face (computer screen to computer screen works too) and watch their reaction. What did you notice? One of the early lessons I learned in leadership was how a little gratitude goes a long way. I was having lunch with my supervisor and we were talking about a particularly hard project we were working on and how the rest of the team was holding up. I told her that the team could use some positive feedback and/or recognition for the work they are doing. The initial response from her was not great (but common in the workplace), “that’s why they get paid.” Over the next week, much to my surprise my boss sent emails to the team when the team turned in a phase of the project and told […]

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What is Coaching?

According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), coaching is defined as a partnership with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the individual to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching is a client-driven process that is distinct from other service professions, such as counseling, mentoring, consulting, and training. Coaching allows an individual to unlock the possible from an impossible mindset. The conversation between coach and client focuses on the future, not the past. Goal accountability and support is one of the key activities of a coach. Goal creation and execution are the common threads woven through all the specialties of a coaching relationship, below is a quick breakdown of the main types of coaching relationships, with a breakdown of the audience and focus1: Business Coaching Audience: Entrepreneurs and business owners Focus: Business growth and success; Identifying goals for the future while improving current operations. Executive Coaching Audience: Business executives or senior leaders Focus: Improving leadership abilities; Managing organizational change; Finding work/life balance; People and performance management.  Leadership Coaching Audience: Individuals of any type who […]