This time of year parents are thinking about getting their students new clothes and school supplies, but what about preparing them for a successful and productive school year?

As a academic coach I suggest taking the time to sit down with your student and have them reflect on their past year.

You can use a “Parent as Coach” approach and ask them open questions like:

 

What do you feel was your biggest success last year?

How did you achieve that?

What do you feel that you struggled with last year?

What made it a struggle?

How do you think you can try to ease that struggle this year?

What type of system did you use last year to keep yourself organized?

How effective was it?

How could you change or enhance it to make it more effective?

What else can you do to get a great start to the school year?

 

Asking your student these types of questions and coaching them to come up with their own solutions and systems that work for them will encourage them to start their year off with new levels of responsibility, independence and confidence.

 

What ideas/suggestions do you have to start your student off to a great year at school?

Help Others Feel Their Greatness

I just had an insightful conversation with a man who is preparing to retire who told me,The workplace is not fun anymorepeople are stressed and they are notengaged or interestedthey are overworked and undervalued.This of coursewas only one man’s opinion,however research suggests that he is not far off the mark.

A recent report by Gallup suggests that, “The best-performing companies know that an employeeengagement improvement strategy linked to the achievement of corporate goals will help them win inthe marketplace.” http://www.gallup.com/consulting/52/employee-engagement.aspx. However, there are many organizations that are not focusing on employee engagement and are failing to practice the art of valuing their employees.

There are many strategies that organizations can utilize to engage their employees and one of the easiest and most effective ways is to create a positive and motivating work environment. To do this everyone must commit to assisting others in their organization by helping them develop their talents, skills and abilities. One way this can be achieved is by creating an environment where you recognize and acknowledge others and their efforts.

Robin Sharma, the author of The Leader Who Had No Title states that, “Real leadership has so much to do with applauding others when they do things right.” He is a proponent of acknowledgement and encouragement and believes that everyone needs to be appreciated especially in the face of adverse and stressful times.

Acknowledgement seems like a simple strategy, but it is more than giving someone a compliment — it means telling a person you see qualities in them that helped them get a job done well or will help them accomplish something in the future. For example: “I know you have the creativity and determination to succeed at _________________.” or “You were great with the client because of your positive attitude and clear thinking. Thank you.

Once you acknowledge the person then take a moment for it to sink in and give them time to process and enjoy what you have said. If the person seems uncomfortable accepting your acknowledgement, assist them by stating that you are just communicating what you know to be true. Acknowledging performance is one of the best ways to recognize someone’s talents, skills and abilities. It will motivate, encourage and inspire them and will allow them to feel their greatness.

My colleagues and I provide coaching workshops and consulting services that enhance or develop employee engagement improvement strategies.

Picture Perfect Scene

In your mind, try to create what the best scenario or scene would be for you in five years.  In other words ask yourself what you would want to be doing in terms of these five areas of your life in order to realize your dreams:

  1. Career –What would be your ideal career?
  1. Environment—Where would you be living?
  1. Relationships—Would you be alone or with a partner?  Would you have family/friends around you?
  1. Body/Mind/Spirit—What would you be doing to ensure that all of these three areas are working in harmony?
  1. Livelihood/Prosperity—What would a prosperous life look like to you?

After you have really thought about this, write your dreams down on paper.

This will be your roadmap and will assist you in realizing your dreams in five years.  Keep this with you and read it and believe in it and achieve it.

One of the best ways to improve performance at work is to create a Lunch and Learn Program.  Our expert facilitators will present a one-hour training session during lunch. Employers can enhance both the efficiency and the effectiveness of their message by inviting employees to a complementary lunch accompanied by short and powerful workshops.

The biggest benefit of a Learn and Lunch program is that you are able to get more training delivered to your employees at minimal additional cost.

  • A Learn and Lunch program doesn’t make more hours in the day, but it makes better use of the time that your employees have.
  • Employees appreciate the voluntary nature of the training.
  • Our facilitators/coaches will share their expertise by providing sessions on the following suggested topics or a topic of your choice:

Some of our suggested topics:

  • Self-care
  • Making Sense of the People Puzzle
  • Time Management
  • Listening Skills
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Leading Change: Navigating Through Uncertainty
  • Goal-setting
  • Personal Empowerment (Raising Self-Esteem)
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Cognitive Restructuring: Managing Negative Self-Talk
  • Finding ‘ME’ time
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Positive Works

Career Development

THE WHEEL OF LIFE

Directions:

The eight sections in the Wheel of Life represent different aspects of your life. Seeing the center of the wheel as 0 and the outer edges as 10, rank your level of satisfaction with each life area by drawing a straight or curved line to create a new outer edge. The new perimeter represents the wheel of your life. If this were a real wheel, how bumpy would the ride be?

Help Others Feel Their Greatness

I just had an insightful conversation with a man who is preparing to retire who told me,“The workplace is not fun anymore—people are stressed and they are not engaged or interested—they are overworked and undervalued.”This of course was only one man’s opinion,however research suggests that he is not far off the mark.

A recent report by Gallup suggests that, “The best-performing companies know that an employee engagement improvement strategy linked to the achievement of corporate goals will help them win in the marketplace.” http://www.gallup.com/consulting/52/employee-engagement.aspx. However, there are many organizations that are not focusing on employee engagement and are failing to practice the art of valuing their employees.

There are many strategies that organizations can utilize to engage their employees and one of the easiest and most effective ways is to create a positive and motivating work environment. To do this everyone must commit to assisting others in their organization by helping them develop their talents, skills and abilities. One way this can be achieved is by creating an environment where you recognize and acknowledge others and their efforts.

Robin Sharma, the author of The Leader Who Had No Title states that, “Real leadership has so much to do with applauding others when they do things right.” He is a proponent of acknowledgement and encouragement and believes that everyone needs to be appreciated especially in the face of adverse and stressful times.

Acknowledgement seems like a simple strategy, but it is more than giving someone a compliment — it means telling a person you see qualities in them that helped them get a job done well or will help them accomplish something in the future. For example: “I know you have the creativity and determination to succeed at _________________.” or “You were great with the client because of your positive attitude and clear thinking. Thank you.”

Once you acknowledge the person then take a moment for it to sink in and give them time to process and enjoy what you have said. If the person seems uncomfortable accepting your acknowledgement, assist them by stating that you are just communicating what you know to be true. Acknowledging performance is one of the best ways to recognize someone’s talents, skills and abilities. It will motivate, encourage and inspire them and will allow them to feel their greatness.

My colleagues and I provide coaching workshops and consulting services that enhance or develop employee engagement improvement strategies.

 

Picture Perfect Scene

 

In your mind, try to create what the best scenario or scene would be for you in five years.  In other words ask yourself what you would want to be doing in terms of these five areas of your life in order to realize your dreams:

 

  1. Career –What would be your ideal career?

 

  1. Environment—Where would you be living?

 

 

  1. Relationships—Would you be alone or with a partner?  Would you have family/friends around you?

 

  1. Body/Mind/Spirit—What would you be doing to ensure that all of these three areas are working in harmony?

 

 

  1. Livelihood/Prosperity—What would a prosperous life look like to you?

 

 

After you have really thought about this, write your dreams down on paper.

 

This will be your roadmap and will assist you in realizing your dreams in five years.  Keep this with you and read it and believe in it and achieve it.

One of the best ways to improve performance at work is to create a Lunch and Learn Program.  Our expert facilitators will present a one-hour training session during lunch. Employers can enhance both the efficiency and the effectiveness of their message by inviting employees to a complementary lunch accompanied by short and powerful workshops.

The biggest benefit of a Learn and Lunch program is that you are able to get more training delivered to your employees at minimal additional cost.

  • A Learn and Lunch program doesn’t make more hours in the day, but it makes better use of the time that your employees have.
  • Employees appreciate the voluntary nature of the training.
  • Our facilitators/coaches will share their expertise by providing sessions on the following suggested topics or a topic of your choice:

Some of our suggested topics:

  • Self-care
  • Making Sense of the People Puzzle
  • Time Management
  • Listening Skills
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Leading Change: Navigating Through Uncertainty
  • Goal-setting
  • Personal Empowerment (Raising Self-Esteem)
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Cognitive Restructuring: Managing Negative Self-Talk
  • Finding ‘ME’ time
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Positive Works

The Wheel Of Life

Directions:

The eight sections in the Wheel of Life represent different aspects of your life. Seeing the center of the wheel as 0 and the outer edges as 10, rank your level of satisfaction with each life area by drawing a straight or curved line to create a new outer edge. The new perimeter represents the wheel of your life. If this were a real wheel, how bumpy would the ride be?

Do You Know Your Values?

Values are about who we are. Values represent our unique and individual essence, our ultimate and most fulfilling form of expressing and relating. Our values serve as a compass pointing out what it means to be true to oneself. When we honour our values on a regular and consistent basis life is good, life is fulfilling. When you know your own values, you can use them to make decisions about how to live your life. Click the values checklist to find out!