Live and Lead for Impact with Kirsten E. Ross (leadership)

EP 231 Julie Bartkus - Rise Up to the Challenge!

JulieBartkus.com

Julie Bartkus is the leading authority on workplace transformation. Over the past 20 years, she has helped leaders across the globe transform their workplace culture from negative and destructive to happy and productive. Her approach is a holistic one as her clients know that a personal transformation is required to achieve a total team transformation.

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: 231_julie.mp3
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EP 229 Amy Lynn Durham - Spiritual Intelligence and Culture

Create Magic At Work™

https://createmagicatwork.net/

Amy Lynn Durham is the founder of Create Magic At Work™ and an international authority on improving workplace culture so employees and teams have better results with less drama and stress.

In addition Amy is:

A U.C. Berkeley Certified Executive Coach

Certified to coach in the 21 skills associated with Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) using the SQ21 Assessment. 

A Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner  

Amy loves to share tips and tools to help leaders put their ego aside and gain higher productivity with less stress in the workplace.

Connect with Amy!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/amylynndurham/ https://www.instagram.com/createmagicatwork https://twitter.com/durham_amy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnEm4h3fUgaq8qgvZpz6dGg/videos

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 229_Amy_Lynn_Durham.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Ever find it challenging to share project updates in Leadership Team Meetings or feel uncertain about who has decision-making authority during discussions? GOOD NEWS! This is a common cause of friction w/ many of my clients and the solution is simple!  

HERE IT IS: Be clear about objectives and roles before you initiate a conversation.  

Here are 3 common discussion types that really help you clarify your objectives and are simple to share with the team. Adopt them and create titles for each type that fit the culture of your team.

1. I'm sharing this information as an...  

FYI - Clarifying Questions = Yes, Weighing in with Suggestions that Dramatically Shift = No, Sharing means I get to help decide = No 2.  

I'm sharing this to get feedback, insights, suggestions, ideas, perspectives, support in implementation - I Retain Full Decision-Making Authority. All of the Above = Yes, Grabbing Decision Making Authority by weighing in = No 3.  

I'm Sharing this so we can discuss, collaborate and decide as a full team or specified subset - INFORMED ideas, opinions, feedback, suggestions all shared IN the meeting (No Back Hall Commentary/Politicking after the fact) Assure that key decision-makers are present to hear and participate in the full discussion. These simple tweaks have helped many of my clients. I hope they are useful for you! Have clarifying questions around these tips or something to share? Feel free to comment! If I can be of further service, reach out :) 

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Direct download: 228.mp3
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EP 227 Vikrant Shaurya

Bestsellingbook.com

Vikrant is the CEO & Founder of BestsellingBook.com,  #1 Bestselling Author, sought-after Book Launch Manager, and an internationally recognized Digital Publishing Expert.

He has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and first-time authors actualize their dreams by joining them in their self-publishing journeys through his courses, coaching, and done-for-you services.

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Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 227_Vikrant_Shaurya.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

226 The Work of One Preparing for Conversations & Choices in Your Family Business

I Help Build Your High Performing Team and Make Your Bigger Bolder Impact

Get What You Need from Your Team – Even if they’re family

Important first step – family businesses can struggle with feelings of obligation or entitlement between the Now Gen and Next Gen

Often assumptions are what drive the path of the Next Gen into the business.

I’ve seen it so many times.  A Next Gen feeling the weight of responsibility to run the business, generate profits that will support the employees, family members and Now Gen through retirement.

Often, underneath is a lack of confidence and an uncertainty about desire.

Most often family members fear and worry about what might be a difficult conversation. They have assumptions about how the conversation will go and the reactions of close family members.  

It is especially difficult to have the tenacity required to initiate what might be a tough conversation if we aren’t clear about what we’re asking for.

When I begin working with a client who has not engaged in self-discovery there is usually knowledge about what they don’t want  - Often – I don’t want what is – but no clear idea about what they do want.

And….they usually have not identified the key reasons WHY they don’t want the current circumstance.

Is it fear, lack of confidence, staying silent rather than speaking up, how they are being treated currently……

The list goes on.

Ideally, each family member will take time to clarify what he or she desires from the business.  If they current circumstance is not what is desired learn why – all of this will help drive the conversation and path.

EXAMPLE – 2nd Gen – 30’s – Lacked Confidence – felt she didn’t want to be a leader or couldn’t be good at it.

Not interested in running the family business

No Creative Exploration – She saw only 2 paths – run the business – exit the business

Self Exploration =Loved CFO work.  Did not want to run the business – Was a good leader – just needed to build her skills – 

End result – CFO – hire a President – Build Leadership Skills

 

The Take Away Lessons from this example:

 

First Explore Why You don’t Want to go Down the Current Path

 

  • Lack confidence
  • Lack knowledge or experience
  • Feel unheard
  • Feel powerless
  • Feel lack of life balance
  • Building resentments
  • Things feel unfair
  • Unrealistic Expectations – you or others.

 

Create a Clear Path – to a new possibility – Identify in Detail

  • Future Desires
  • Strengths
  • Passions
  • How Do You Want to Spend Your Time?
  • Where Do You Want to Live?
  • What Do You Want?
  • What Do You Need?

Get Creative

  • Now that You’re Clear About What You Want – How Can You Get There
  • Time to Get Creative

Creative Exploration

  • Explore New Paths 
  • Consider Alternate Options
  • Identify New Possibilities
  • What If……….
  • Could it Be…………

 

Direct download: 226.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

What do you do when you’ve achieved your goals yet you still don’t feel happy? Well, even though Rebecca Morrison was a happily married mom and lawyer with a two-decade career in BigLaw and Finance, she felt something was missing. That feeling led her on a quest to figure out whether it was possible to be both successful and happy. Now a Happiness Coach and Author of The Happiness Recipe: A Powerful Guide Living What matters, Rebecca helps high achievers live happier, lead happier and build happy businesses.

Untangle Happiness

www.instagram.com/the.butterfly.society; www.linkedin.com/in/beckymorrisonbfs

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: 225_Rebecca_Morrison.mp3
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EP 224 Are Your Truths Assumptions or Facts in Your Family Business? 

Families in Business have a shared history unlike co-workers in a non-family business.   

The connection to the business 

What Do You Assume to Be True about the Business Now?  

  • Who Does the Work of the Business? 
  • Who Makes Decisions for the Business? 
  • Who Owns the Business? 
  • Who Benefits Financially from the Business? 

How Do You Know? 

  • Have these Truths Been Discussed, Decided & Documented  
  • OR - Are They Assumed? 

Challenging Your ”Truths” 

  • Are These Truths the Only Possibility? 
  • Have Options Been Discussed & Explored?  
  • What Do You Assume to Be True about the Business FUTURE? 
  • Who Does the Work of the Business? 
  • Who Makes Decisions for the Business 
  • Who Owns the Business 
  • Who Benefits Financially? 

How Do You Know? 

  • Have these Truths Been Discussed, Decided & Documented  
  • OR - Are They Assumed? 

Challenging Your ”Truths” 

  • Are These Truths the Only Possibility? 
  • Have Options Been Discussed & Explored?   

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Chris Wexler has had a winding career, starting on Wall Street, spending 20 years in advertising technology before he found his real calling - putting all that he has learned together to make the internet a safer place for children by fighting the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Materials via cutting edge technology.

https://www.linkedin.com/company/krunam/

krunam.co

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Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: Chris_Wexler.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 222  Family Business – Motivation to Move You Into those Difficult Discussions 

Too often we avoid the tough conversations.  Our Lizard Brain gives us these reasons and exuses that feel like facts…….in working with family businesses for about 25 years I can tell – rarely are these facts.  Here’s a few of the most common “Reasons” I hear……. 

Reasons & Excuses that Feel Like Facts 

  • We’re Fine 
  • We’re too Busy 
  • We Love One Another 
  • I don’t Know What I Want 
  • It Will Never Happen Anyway 
  • We’ll Do Future Planning Soon 
  • I Don’t Want Them to Be Mad at Me 
  • No Need to Rock the Boat-All Will Be Fine 
  • We all Get Along Well – We’ll Work it Out Soon 
 
 

 

 

Recently had a family business leader – Next Gen tell me “We’re Getting Along “ 

 

Which got me thinking……- But at What Cost? 

 

  • Assuming Rather than Asking 
  • Frustrations Not Addressed 
  • Ideas & Innovations Not Heard 
  • Personal Goals Not Shared 
  • Decisions Made w/o Input 
  • Boundaries Created  
  • Not Communicated  
  • Not Kept  Disability 
  • Divorce
  • Death 
  • Distress  
  • Disagreement The 5 D’s That Can Drive Business Direction if You Don’t 
 
 
 

And, if you think it feels uncomfortable having these conversations at the time of your choosing – Imagine what it’s like having them in the middle of  

Crisis   

OR 

Conflict 

I, unfortunately, have seen it happen many times.   

6 Siblings 

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Direct download: 222_Family_Business_Difficult_Discussions.mp3
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EP 221: Jonathan de Potter - Psychedelic Mental Transcendence

 

  Jonathan de Potter is the Founder and CEO of Behold Retreats, a bespoke wellness service that facilitates journeys of self-discovery and transformation, supported by the scientifically proven benefits of plant medicine therapy. As a thought-leader in psychedelic plant medicine, his priority is to guide leaders and executives to maximize the benefits, and to raise education and awareness on the subject.

 

Jonathan’s retreats require weeks of preparation. Goals are planned before and implementation occurs after the event. Jonathan helps others discover their shortcomings and mental blocks. Plant medicine is just one aspect of the process. It is not the primary focus of the retreat. Jonathan puts his focus on shifting mindsets and releasing egoic desire.  

Get in touch with Jonathan and checkout Behold Retreats!

Behold Retreats Website: https://www.behold-retreats.com/

Behold Retreats Ayahuasca Retreat in Costa Rica:  https://www.behold-retreats.com/retreats/costa-rica

Behold Retreats 5-MeO-DMT Retreat in Mexico: https://www.behold-retreats.com/retreats/mexico

Behold Retreats Psilocybin Retreat in Netherlands https://www.behold-retreats.com/retreats/netherlands

Jonathan de Potter LinkedIn: https://hk.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-de-potter-aaa9813

Behold Retreats Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/behold_retreats/

Behold Retreats Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeholdRetreatsJourney/

 

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Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: Jon_Depotter_221.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Chris Hull is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Otus, a Chicago-based edtech company. After 13 years as an educator, Chris wanted to minimize the chaos of disconnected edtech tools for K-12 administrators, educators, students, and their families. Otus is one system to teach, grade, analyze, and plan. With Otus, school leaders can focus on student learning, not technology. Learn more at http://otus.com

As an educator, Chris struggled to collaborate with his peers. The faculty would struggle to piece together information on the performance of students. Instead of working on a solution the staff would spend time scrounging for different documents and notes. Moments like this inspired Chris to develop Otus!  

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 219_chriss_hull.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 217: Michael MacDonald- Basketball to Board Room

https://frombenchtoboardroom.com/

Michael MacDonald is the former executive chairman and CEO of Medifast. Before that, he was an Executive Vice President for Office Max, and spent 33 years in sales, marketing, and general management at Xerox, where he served as the president of the North American Solutions Group--a $65 billion division of the company. He also served on the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Michael was cut from his basketball team the first time he tried out. He eventually played on a scholarship from Rutgers. Michael learned many valuable life lessons through basketball. The sport taught him teamwork, perseverance, and the value of diversity. 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: 217.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 215 Neil Gordon

 

http://neilcanhelp.com

 

Neil Gordon works with executives, influencers, and thought leaders and has helped them get six-figure book advances, be seen on shows like Ellen and Dr. Oz, and double their speaking fees. Prior to becoming a communications expert, he worked on the editorial staff of Penguin Random House where he worked with New York Times bestselling authors. He has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, Inc.com., and NBC Palm Springs, and is a VIP contributor for Entrepreneur.

Before Neil helped leaders skyrocket their career's he worked nights for lyft. He struggled to write for more than 10 minutes at a time. He ghost wrote books and made very little until he started helping others improve their communication and deliver a bigger impact. Neil is an amazing story teller and he can help you achieve bigger and bolder accomplishments!  

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 215_neil_gordon.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 213 Paul Shepherd

 

https://paulbshepherd.com/

 

Paul Shepherd is a Sydney-based entrepreneur, coach, and creator of a unique system that helps leaders to live a life of purpose and meaning through a holistic 360-degree approach that nurtures the mind, body, and soul.

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders defeat team drama to 4X productivity, wow their customers and improve their bottom line with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: EP_213_Paul.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

EP 210  Family Business  4 Key Questions  - Clarify these to Resolve some Conflict

In more than 20 years of working with Family Business the most intense emotions arise around 4 basic topics.

There are nuances, yes, but as I look back they all fit in these categories. Sometimes this challenges land in more than one spot

2 Key Goals - Always

  • Profitable Business
  • Healthy Family

A real life example:  From the family of 6 Next Gen who unexpectedly inherited the business – 2 working in 4 not – building resentment – all had = decision making

2 working in – building resentment – 4 not 

– benefitting financially w/o work – decisions driven by the size of their checks.

Who does the work of the business – 2

Who makes decisions – 6

Who owns – 6

Who benefits – 6

Harder to Achieve if Conversations Happen During…..

  • Crisis
  • Conflict

4 Key Questions to Answer for  ~ Now & Later ~

  • Who Does the Work of the Business?
  • Who Makes Decisions for the Business?
  • Who Owns the Business?
  • Who Benefits Financially?

Friction can happen when there is confusion around the answers to these questions

When the answers are not consistent – 

When the answers pit one family member against the other from competing objectives – like the example I shared

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Direct download: 210.mp3
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EP 211 Tony Martignetti- Unlock Your True Potential

https://www.inspiredpurposecoach.com/

Tony Martignetti is a trusted leadership advisor, entrepreneur, idea generator, and people connector. He brings together practical experience, formal training, and extreme curiosity, to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change and unlock their true potential.

Before becoming a leadership development advisor, he was a finance and strategy executive with experience working with some of the world's leading life sciences companies. Along his journey, he also managed small businesses and ran a financial consulting company.

Tony is the host of The Virtual Campfire podcast and the author of "Climbing the Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life."

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders defeat team drama to 4X productivity, wow their customers and improve their bottom line with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 211_Tony_Martignetti.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 208 Peace not War – a Poem I wrote in High School

I just ran across my little box of memorabilia from my school years.  Even back then I used to write motivational stories, creative short stories and poems.  At the time I was very concerned about war.  I wrote this poem my Senior Year but it really seems to fit for today’s circumstances so I thought I’d share it now.

 

Peace Not War

A Poem by Kirsten Ross Vogel

Senior Year in High School
Many years ago : )

Struggling with our problems

Taking things in strife

The way we treat each other

You’d think we didn’t care for life

The time we live is oh so short

Why can’t the people see?

We’re in this world together

We share it equally

Let’s put our pride aside right now

There must be no delay

Why is the phrase, “I wish for peace”

So very hard to say?

Start living for the future and

Forget about the past

Work together to reach our common goal

Mankind has to last!

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Direct download: 208.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 207 Jerry Brazie

Jerrybrazie.com

Jerry Brazie grew up poor in a family of 9 children. He got his first job at 11 years old. He’s had to steal food just to eat, and has lived on the violent streets before.

Jerry worked more than 20 jobs before starting his first business at age 28. Over the last 20 years his companies have generated over $450M in revenues, and a lifetime of experience.

A serial entrepreneur, he has had thousands of employees and has owned, bought and sold many businesses. His mission is to teach others what is possible, particularly people with a background like his.

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 207_Jerry_Brazie.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Cobus Visser \S/uperman of Africa

International Motivational Keynote Speaker

Teamculture and Firewalk Guru

Peak performance mental strength Consultant 

Business & Marketing Strategist

 

With over a decade in executive and personal coaching, motivational speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches experience – Cobus Visser has shown how one can change your life around and meet greater heights with the correct methods, training, and guidance.

 

He is an author, motivational speaker, international trainer, life coach, and the only Master Firewalk Instructor in South Africa, dedicated to helping all individuals, be it business leaders, entrepreneurs or people with disabilities.

 

Cobus was diagnosed with Haemophilia as a child - he endured pain every day of his life since a young age but never has he had his condition define him as a person. In 2013 Cobus found himself in hospital – unable to move and in excruciating pain. But instead of giving up and succumbing to his situation Cobus decided there and then that he will not have his body imprison him for the rest of his life – instead he was determined to move his arms again one day, crawl again one day, and maybe climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro one day. He did all of that. In 2018 Cobus conquered Mount Kilimanjaro and is already planning his next adventure: the Camino de Santiago, Everest base camp & Machu Picchu - Nothing to lose and a world to see..



His own mental strength and abilities have given him the skills and tools to help thousands of people every day to change their lives for the better.

To be born with Haemophilia is not an easy card to have been dealt in life - it involves waking up and going to bed every day in constant  pain.

It involves days where he can not leave his bed.

It involves warming up his ankles a minimum of one hour  every morning just to be able to move

It involves not knowing if you will wake up tomorrow morning and find yourself in a wheelchair for the rest of your life.

 

These are the constant physical and emotional battles a Haemophiliac struggles with.  “The doctors recently told him that he will have to go for an elbow and two ankle replacements very soon - this all at the age of 37. he feels more like an 87 year old, and is scared to think what might happen to him in the future if these are the struggles at 37.”

 

However, he still regards himself as ‘lucky’ to be able to walk and move at his age, as many Haemophiliacs in their 30’s can not. he does however share a lot of the struggles and worries that so many Haemophiliacs have , ( the Haemophilia mutation occurs in about 1 of every 5,000 male births)  such as providing for their families.

It is impossible for him to find physical work,  even a ‘desk job’ is hard to keep as he finds himself unable to move and/or leave the house at least 4-8 days per month - now, which employer will be ‘understanding’ towards that? So not only are you in physical pain, but constantly worrying about the welfare of your family, your wife, your children. As he say “I have never been able to play ball with my children . I will never be able to run and play rugby with them. I feel sad every time I think about that. Not sad for myself, but sad that they will never experience having a father to do those simple things with’

 

That is why he is regarded as a real life Superman by so many across the globe. He might have been born with a disease that has influenced every single part of his  life, but he  NEVER let it define his  life. 

He shocked everyone, including his family, when he climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2018. 

He also shocked everyone when he trained  and started conducting fire walks across the globe as a motivational technique.

https://solo.to/cobusvisser

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 205_cobus_visser.mp3
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www.finniankelly.com, www.intentionality.com

 

As a sought-after speaker, event facilitator and executive coach, Finnian has been dubbed “the Business Mystic” because of his unique ability to put consciousness into business and inspire leaders to find new levels of meaning and purpose through their creative endeavours.  

 

As an entrepreneur, Finnian built and exited two multi-million dollar companies in the financial industry.  He’s the Creator and Chief Visionary Officer of Intentionality.com. Using the Intentionality framework, Finnian guides people to create their path, get on their path, and stay on their path to wholeness.

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 203_Finnian.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 2:00am EST

Aimee is a trusted profitability advisor to six and seven-figure business owners who are tired of being behind in their books and are ready to uncover blind spots and ultimately get more profitable. 

Aimee also is a certified life and money coach and specializes with women who long to leave the 9-5 and create a business and build wealth on their terms.

http://www.myvirtualcfo.co

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 201_Aimee_LaLiberte.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 2:00am EST

EP 199  Gerry Valentine - Adversity to Opportunity

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerryvalentine/
https://twitter.com/gerryval

https://gerryvalentine.com/book/

Gerry Valentine inspires people to build resilience, overcome setbacks, and understand that adversity can be a source of opportunity. Gerry’s an executive coach and public speaker, and author of a new book, “The Thriving Mindset—Tools for Empowerment in a Disruptive World.” With 27+ years of Fortune 100 leadership experience, he is a trusted advisor to corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and high-performance individuals of all kinds. 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 199_Gerry_Valentine.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 2:00am EST

EP 197 Rachel Grant

 

Rachel Grant is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach and M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse.  

 

Based on her educational training, study of neuroscience, and lessons learned from her own journey, she has successfully used the Beyond Surviving Program since 2007 to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse who are beyond sick and tired of feeling broken and unfixable break free from the pain of abuse and finally move on with their lives.

 

https://www.rachelgrantcoaching.com

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 197_Coach_Rachel_Grant.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 195 Sylvia Marusyk: Wellness in the Workplace

 

Sylvia Marusyk FB and LI, mindbody.works IG

 

http://www.mindbodyworks.ca

 

Sylvia Marusyk is an Activational Speaker,  founder and innovative mind behind MindBody Works; a Canadian company focusing on creating and maintaining health and wellness in the workplace. As an Occupational Therapist with 30 years of experience and expertise in the field of health and safety, she emphasizes that prevention is the key to creating happy, healthy individuals, employees and businesses. 

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 195_Sylvia.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 193 Stacey Simms: Communicating and Connecting for Better Information

twitter.com/staceysimms, facebook.com/staceyrsimms, instagram.com/staceysimms

http://www.staceysimms.com

Stacey is the host of the long-running & award winning podcast, Diabetes Connections. She started writing and speaking about diabetes, just after her toddler was diagnosed with type 1, back in 2006. She's an author and a speaker and spent most of her career in local news. 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 193_Stacey_Simms.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

Melanie Weller is a Medical Visionary with a paradigm-shifting process to access genius, health, and flow in your body and business using the vagus nerve as a portal to health, growth, and success. Melanie brings over 25 years of experience to her leading-edge systems where she leverages vagus nerve principles for visionary development, performance enhancement, and fine-tuning genius. Melanie is a Physical Therapist, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults.

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 191_Melanie_Weller.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

In this episode we will cover 20 ways to say no. It can be extremely difficult to turn down an opportunity or request. Sometimes we book ourselves to the point of overwhelm and stress! Stick up for yourself and be specific about what you fill your time with. 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: 190_end_overwhelm_with_20_ways_to_say_no.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 189 Tara Eusebi - A New Way to Bless Others

Tara Eusebi is the Founder and Chief Blesser of Bless. In 2018, Tara stepped away from a successful career in corporate America to pursue her passion for helping others. This pursuit led to the creation and development of Bless, a mobile application that is bringing communities together to help one another in every part of the world.

https://www.bless-app.com

https://www.facebook.com/BlessMobileapp

https://www.instagram.com/blessmobileapp

https://twitter.com/BlessMobileapp?lang=en

https://www.linkedin.com/company/bless-mobile-app

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtvrYPn69BxZoGq7HZIzhvw

https://www.bless-app.com/blesssupply

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 189_Tara_Eusebi.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 188 3 Keys to Success When What You Sell is YOU

 

Key 1 Define your lane well.

Avoid trying to take over every task despite your skill level. You might not be providing the best value to clients. This might not be the best use of time. You want to commit full focus. Build a connection with other professionals that compliment your services. You build your value by bringing great referrals. Others can refer you for your specialty. 

 

Key 2 Build your confidence first.

Part of the selling process is hearing no. Bring your skills to opportunities that fit. Provide value rather than sell aggressively to any and all. 

 

Key 3 Dont take it personal 

No does not always mean never. It might just not be the right time. 

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: EP_188_3_Keys_to_Success_When_What_You_Sell_is_YOU.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 187 Rick Rassier

 

https://rickrassier.weebly.com/

 

For 20 years, Rick Rassier used the “One Man Volleyball Team”  platform in school assemblies to challenge students all over the country to set goals and be chemically free.  In 2002 he built a Challenge Course on his property with a 60’ climbing tower and other high elements.  Since 2010 he has taken the training entirely on the road working with over 250 teams a year.  Rick has also been teaching since 1989. His mission in life is simple… challenging people in all walks of life to take their lives to the Next Level!  He has always been passionate about what he does, but when he died five years ago for over 27 minutes, his new life theme became, "Every minute has a purpose"!  

 

Book:  Take it to the Next Level: Finding the Keys to a High Level Performance

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 187_Rick_Rassier.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 6:49pm EST

EP 186 3 Keys to Managing Remote Workers

 

Remote work has been around longer than you might think! Remote work saves office space and provides more flexibility. I worked from home while expecting my first son. I had an extra phone for dial-up. Looking back I was ahead of the game! Regardless, remote work is becoming more frequent. 

 

If your employees are working from home there might be a huge shift in your approach. Set specific goals and deadlines to ensure productivity.

 

One particular image I have in mind is that of two mazes. One maze had a direct route to the finish. The other maze took all sorts of twists and turns. Which maze do you prefer?  Appearing busy is less important than achieving goals! Remote work requires more short term goals. Define what progress is! 

 

Remote work can be isolating. Bake in some extra time for team connection. I recommend some open office hours. Play some games online or have some social hours. 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 186_3_keys_to_managing_remote_workers.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

Pavel is a Videographer, author and presenter, Pavel is one of the most positive people you will ever meet!

http://www.curiouspavel.com/links

Book - How to Talk to Strangers

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 185_Pavel_Petrov.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 9:07am EST

EP 184 Increase Creative Problem Solving

Does your team lack creative problem solving skills?

You have the power to boost your team's skills. Your team might be trained to come to you to solve issues rather than take their own specific liberties.

Be specific with what your team can solve. 

Visualize a sandbox. How much freedom is given to solve an issue. How much room do your employees have.  Define what your team's sandbox is. 

At zappos a customer service representative has complete creative freedom to solve an issue up to about 100 dollars. 

Where does your team lack freedom to solve problems?

Has your team been trained, intentionally or unintentionally to go to leaders with issues. 

What is the problem solving process in your business?
Require a few potential solutions when bringing up problems. 

Celebrate moments of independent creative problem solving. 

Missteps are an opportunity to learn.

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.


EP 183 Francine Sinclair - Adapting to a Challenging Change 

 

Francine Sinclair is the founder of Francine Sinclair Social Media. A social media strategist who works with small business owners 40+ years old, she helps her clients on average get 10x more engagement, visibility and leads.

 

The film American Gangster was about her father Frank Lucas - Drug Dealer late 60’s.

Denzel Washington portrayed her father in the film.

 

FrancineSinclair.com 

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 183_Francine_Sinclair.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 182 3 Tricks For Time Management 

 

  1. Look at your digital distractions

How much time do you spend following rabbit holes of information? 

Are you getting reeled in by social media? 

  1. Complaining about problems without problem solving

Are you spending too much time focusing on problems rather than solutions?

  1. Scheduling margins 

Is your schedule so full that any mishaps completely derail your entire day?

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 182_3_Tricks_to_Tune_Up_Your_Time_Management.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

EP 181 Rona Lewis

http://www.playfulmindproject.com/shift-your-work

Rona Lewis is the co-founder and CEO of Playful Mind Project, a company that changes corporate culture and assists remote workers (at least during the pandemic!) to ignite engagement and explode productivity utilizing aspects of Purposeful and Attuned Play.  She is a professional speaker and has over 10 years consulting experience  and 20 years of corporate experience, ending with a VP of Ad Sales title. She’s an expert in “playing” with corporate employees for productivity and creativity, team building, brainstorming and more.

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: 181_Rona_Lewis.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Increase productivity & ramp-up time w/ better on-boarding
 
  • Structured vs. Ad-hoc
  • Q&A Pressure
  • Learning Curve & Comfort
  • Accountability
  • Timely Evaluation, Feedback & Action

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: 180_onboarding.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 179 Lorena Tomasini - Life Insurance with a Passion



https://www.malmins.com

 

Lorena Tomasini is the co-owner of MALM Life and Health Insurance Agency. Together with her mom, they help families and business owners protect their financial future. They work virtually so you can be in the comfort of your home or office, even in your pjs, while taking care of these important matters. She also hosts the 12 Minute Talks Podcast featuring other Florida based business owners. for a free financial protection review, send a text message to 786-236-1792 with FPR.

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders

defeat team drama

to 4X productivity,

wow their customers

and improve their bottom line

with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

Direct download: Lorena_Tomasini.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 11:34am EST

EP 178 Strategies for hiring high performers

 

I hold this topic near and dear to heart 

 

Retaining and hiring is key to scaling 

They will give you results

 

To be a high performer you need aptitude and attitude. A person with knowledge and a bad attitude will not work.

 

They know the organization 

They have unique knowledge

I cant find anyone better. What if i hire someone worse 

I dont know what all they do

They have all the passwords 

 

Document phone numbers addresses and info. Don't let a negative employee hold info hostage.

 

I’m going to cover a few stories in this episode.

 

The first occurred at a chiropractic office. The front desk worker had a negative attitude and would scare off customers and coworkers. She refused to let people walk behind her to access files. Plus, she was not that good at her job.

 

The second was an office manager that other employees and customers loved. She was pleasant and kind but likely stealing. Her boss was racked with guilt.He felt stuck with this employee

 

Next, there was a non- profit program manager who kept all the passwords. He had a negative attitude and constantly missed deadlines. No one wanted to get rid of him because they didn't want to lose the passwords.

 

If you have to accommodate negative attitudes and poor performance your high performers will be forced to pick up the slack. 

 

What are the advantages of high performers 

 

1 less training required. They come in with great skills

2 they use discretionary effort. They dont need to be told what to do. They do it.

3 higher productivity

4 creative problem solvers. 

5 accountable

6 They care. They will improve your relationships with patients and customers.

 

What are some of the difficulties associated with high performers?

 

You need to create a strong culture that gives them the tools to succeed. If you are accommodating poor performance your high performers will feel frustrated. 

 

When it comes to the hiring process leaders don’t always know what they are looking for.

 

I break the hiring process down into three steps.

 

Sourcing

Sifting 

Selecting 

Seal the deal

Assimilating 

 

Post a job or search.

Put some extra steps in order to be considered. Have them answer some questions and or do a cover letter. It is so easy to apply for a job. Sift out people who are just applying for everything regardless of the field. 

Select people who have the right skills and experience.

Ask why this position. Have them walk backwards through their resume. Find out why they left. Personality is not negotiable. Their behaviors will create the culture and experience. Know what kind of environment you want to create. 

 

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. If you require great customer service skills ask them to share a story of their skill in the past. 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

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Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 178_High_performers.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 10:05am EST

EP 177: Brian Winch

https://www.cleanlots.com

Brian Winch is the author and creator of Cleanlots - America's Simplest Business. Brian has been involved in all aspects of the parking lot litter cleaning business since 1981. He can show you how to start and operate a simple business based from home and make money from a green service that's almost as easy to do as going for a walk!

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/HPTClass

Direct download: 177_Brian_Winch.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 176 3 Musts for Managing a Friend

 

There are so many problems that can occur when hiring a close friend.

Have you hired a friend and you are now second guessing the decision? 

 

Working with friends is not certain to fail but complications can arise.

You don't want your friendship to be destroyed by work. There is more at stake!

 

Here are some ways I have seen friendships complicate work.

 

Our new employee isn't working out but he is the son of our best client...

 

My friend needed a job desperately but he isn't figuring it out or adapting...

 

We were such good friends when we worked together. I got a promotion and now our relationship has changed...

 

He treats the core employees way better than the rest of us...

 

We are in a small town and everyone knows everyone...

 

We became friends as coworkers. I got a promotion now we’re not...

 

I managed them and then we became friends…

 

Here are the three musts! 

 

  1. commit to separation
  2. Communicate to keeping separation
  3. Keep it seperate

 

It's not easy but it is a must!

 

Don’t share info your friend shouldn't know.

Friction occurs when there is perceived or real preferential treatment.

Keep your at work time together at a minimum. 

Keep outside work activity on the downlow - avoid posting pictures/ referencing time together.

 

Make sure not to give preferential treatment.

Acknowledge the relationship but clarify boundaries.

 

Assumed preferential treatment can still cause problems. 

 

Transparency is critical. 

 

If you are hiring a friend because they really need the work. Call it what it is. Calibrate the expectations accordingly. 

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 176_3_musts_for_managing_a_friend.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

EP 175 Shlomo Jesmer - Hope is Closer Than You Think

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwTweUdmukCYQJH9QpqCirg     

 

https://www.instagram.com/shlomojesmer   

 

www.facebook.com/groups/shlomojesmer

 

ClubHouse:  @SchlomoJesmer

 

Shlomo is an aspiring entrepreneur, a relationship and mindset coach, currently getting certified as a holistic life coach. His coaching focuses on helping couples communicate effectively with one another. He is most proud of being a husband and a father to a beautiful boy and girl; he's also a beginner YouTuber.

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/Call

Direct download: 175_Shlomo_Jesmer_final.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

 

EP 174 Size DOES Matter – In Hiring






Business growth is GREAT!  It’s what you’ve been working towards.  BUT….with more business comes the need to add team members.  Again, a good challenge to have.  BUT….



Finding and sifting through candidates to get to that perfect hire can feel daunting.  So much can go wrong.  And the stakes are high.  Each new hire is an investment.  There’s the cost of posting and time/money spent on sifting through resumes, interviewing and more. 

 

Once you hire someone you are immediately investing in them.  There’s the time spent to onboard them and start the training process.  This includes the money you are paying them per hour or in salary and the wages you spend on the time for any current employees involved in training or answering their questions.  And, in the mean time you are losing productivity while 

They work to become fully functioning employees.

 

And, if you hire wrong you are back at it again.  Lost momentum, lost investment and POSSIBLY……increased drama along the way.  Employees who struggle to fit in, whether it’s a gap in knowledge or a personality that doesn’t fit the culture, DO NOT ALWAYS GO QUIETLY.

 

Often there is collateral damage of some kind……frustrated team members, customer service issues……

 

All of this means that the hiring process is even more critical to business success!

 

Over many years I’ve seen a hiring snafu occur over and over so let me alert you now.

 

Size Does MATTER!

 

Leading projects, making things happen, getting work done…………can look very different depending on the size of the organization.

 

In a very large organization leading a huge project like a software implementation, for instance, can sometimes mean nothing more than getting updates from a team of implementors or a bevy of Directors that report to you.  As the VP you get credit but…..did you REALLY learn HOW to drive that project?  Did you get your hands in the muck of it?

 

In a smaller organization overseeing a scale project almost always looks very different.  It usually means wearing many hats, getting your hands into the details, prioritizing a wide variety of other important work while adding this huge extra project into your work….IT can mean learning on the fly, working directly with some outsourced pros but generally driving it home by your lonesome.

 

So…..what does this mean………as you interview make sure you are asking the right questions to learn the ACTUAL role the candidate played in those important projects.  

 

Someone moving from a small organization to a larger one may have difficulty delegating or can become bored with just oversight.

 

The flip side….a person moving from a huge organization to your smaller one may not know how to get their hands down in the muck and, while on paper it appears they have top notch knowledge……the actual experience might not be where you need it.  Oversight is way different than getting into the nitty gritty of a project.  A Hands off approach rarely works in a smaller organization.







My name is Kirsten Ross, author, HR Pro and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders who want to make a bigger, bolder impact

  • defeat team drama 
  • 4X productivity, 
  •  And improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable leadership strategies, Courageous Communication BluePrints and mindset shifts.

 

Want to gain your own customized leadership breakthrough?  Apply for your complimentary session here:  DefeatTheDrama.com/Session

Direct download: 174_Size_Does_Matter_in_Hiring.mp3
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EP 173 Willem Gous - Start Today Have Money Tonight Building Careers in Africa 

 

http://www.WillemGous.com

 

According to the world bank it costs on average $30,000 to create ONE job, that is not affordable in Africa. To fix this Willem created a program that brought this cost down to less than $3,000. Today he creates jobs in Africa by helping people build profitable businesses in a matter of weeks.  Willem is an international speaker, trainer and consultant on Innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship.

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/Call

Direct download: 173_Willem_Gous.mp3
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Do you have a tough time starting correction conversations?

 

According to what I hear – it’s most, if not all of you.




Over years I’ve listened as leaders share their frustration about employee performance followed by their excuses….Otherwise known as FEARS, about holding those same employees accountable.

 

The frustrations I hear.  Do any sound familiar?

 

Why can’t they just do their jobs?!?

Why do I even have a team?

So many errors! I’m tired of cleaning up customer service issues!

They’re spending most of their day on the internet!

I try to MODEL appropriate work ethic for them – Why don’t they just follow my lead?

I delegate tasks but they never get done. I just have to do things myself!

Is it REALLY that difficult to show up for work on time?

I tried to implement a new piece of equipment to make life easier but no one will use it!

 

And then the Excuses….that sound like reasons but aren’t…..for why they haven’t had the conversation to correct behavior.

 

I don’t have time

They just get mad

It never works anyway

A real favorite of mine - I don’t want them to quit

I yelled at everyone 2 weeks ago and it made no difference





I believe in leadership in service – it’s a win-win if every employee can be successful.  

A simple way to communicate this that also happens to be a powerful and simple way to ignite a great employee correction conversation are the 3 words

 

HELP ME UNDERSTAND

 

These 3 simple words can begin a conversation that puts you on the side of their success.  

It communicates – “I want you to be successful.  Let’s work together to figure out what needs to change.”

 

A woman just shared her story with me about why she quit her job. The boss’s wife was calling to very aggressively give her personal work to do.  Both the calls and tasks took away time that she needed to do her job.  Her boss did not know this was happening.  He treated her poorly for missing work deadlines.  Now, yes, she could have initiated the conversation and it is what I would have recommended had I spoken with her before she quit.



Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/Call

Direct download: 172_3_words_to_ignite_employee_correction_conversations.mp3
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EP 171: Vince De Benedetto - Empowering Employees Everyday 

 

Vince De Benedetto, is an MBA and Founder and CEO of the marketing automation firm - Automated Dreams - in Portland, OR. He helps transformational leaders and businesses scale their positive impact in the world through automation, conversational marketing, and mentors leaders to work smarter not harder.

 

www.automateddreams.com



Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/Call

Direct download: 171_Vince_De_Benedetto.mp3
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EP 170 Are You Fixing it for Now Or Fixing it For Good?




Client – in conference room.  Light kept going off.  Motion sensor. Several times during the hour he needed to stand up move away from the table and wave his arms to get it to go back on

 

The Simple Fix For Now……

 

How often are you doing this in your work?  Dealing with the reoccurring issue and jumping to the quickest response vs. stepping back to Fix it for Good.

 

It seems minor – just stand up and wave your arms.  But over the course of weeks, months, years……how much time might this business waste on pausing a meeting, getting sidetracked during an important conversation – possibly losing a train of important thought – relaunching a great discussion

 

How many people have uttered the words “Now, where were we?” in that room.

 

When the simple FOR GOOD FIX is likely to either re-direct the motion sensor, shift the timing of it OR, move the table.

 

The most obvious fix is not necessarily the best.  

 

And we can accommodate small interruptions over and over without acknowledging how the minutes can add up.

 

Where are you re-creating the simple fix for now where you should be looking for the longer term Fix it for Good?



Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/Call



Direct download: 170_A_simple_Fix_for_Now_or_For_Good.mp3
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169 Mike Swigunski 

 

https://globalcareerbook.com/

 

Mike Swigunski is a #1 bestselling author of Global Career: How to Work Anywhere and Travel Forever. He is a remote job and travel expert that has helped build multiple six, seven, and even eight-figure online businesses while traveling around the world to more than 85+ countries! 



Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/Call

Direct download: 169_Mike_Swiggunski.mp3
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EP 168 3 Keys to More Productive Meetings

 

Excited – 

Who here hates meetings?

Help you feel confident and empowered as a leader

 

My name is Kirsten Ross Vogel, author, HR Pro and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders who want to make a bigger, bolder impact

  • defeat team drama 
  • 4X productivity, 
  •  And improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems and mindset shifts.

 

Common Meeting Frustrations

  • Meetings Starting and Ending Late – LOOK AROUND AND CONSIDER THE TIME AND…..MONEY BEING WASTED!
  • People Not Attending or Not Prepared
  • Feeling Like You are Wasting Time
  • Unclear Objective ~ Why Am I Here?
  • Including Unnecessary People in the Meeting – HIGH JACK MTG, IRRELEVANT OR NOT FACT BASED OPINIONS
  • Dealing with Power Struggles and Undefined Roles
  • Texting/Emailing During Meetings!
  • Sidebar Conversations – OR BACKHALL AFTER THE FACT
  • No Follow Through / No Progress



INSTEAD

 

  •  
  • The Meeting Must have at Least 1 Goal
  • A Real Goal – sharing info, discussing, deciding, sharing ideas? –quick updates among team members or departments Not just someone said we should have meetings



  • A Meeting Must have the Key Players – if you need to make decisions but decision makers aren’t available – don’t have the meeting



  • A Series of Meetings Must Create Progress
  • Real Progress – if you decide in the meeting assign next steps – what will happen before the next meeting and who is accountable



Struggling with a Team or Family Business Challenge?  Grab a spot on my calendar.  You’ll get a Business Breakthrough in 15 minutes and we’ll talk next steps.  DefeatTheDrama.com/call

Direct download: 168_3_keys_to_More_Productive_Meetings.mp3
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EP 167 Tara Murphy 

 

Tara is the mother of 2 children with autism and founder of the Parenting Frontier, a non-attorney advocacy which specializes in appropriate education for special education students. 

 

Her legal struggle for her children provides hope and inspiration to many. Despite what others think Tara stands up for what she believes in.  

 

Theparentingfrontier.com  

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.



Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/Call



Direct download: 167_Tara_Murphy.mp3
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EP 166 How to Pay to Retain High Performers

Welcome

Frustration that comes from holding on to a big vision and feeling like if you want something done right – or done at all you just have to do it yourself – have you ever asked yourself – why do I even have a team?  

Many of my clients have been where you are……

In the right place – follow through accountability – 

  • A lot relies on hiring and retaining high performers, 

My name is Kirsten Ross, author, HR Pro and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders who want to make a bigger, bolder impact

I’m going to share…….some compensation basics

Why you want to retain high performers

Pay can be a de-motivator but is not the most powerful motivator

More than one kind of pay

Hourly or annual salary rate – want it to be fair and close to pay external and internal – FAIRNESS big focus

Total Compensation – many don’t communicate it as a total and miss the opportunity to gain the full benefit – get employees thinking about total

These are Extrinsic Rewards

Intrinsic Rewards =- More important

Purpose

Opportunity

Feel a part

Positive environment – 

People will leave for less money

If you’re ready to take action I have few spots left in my calendar this week for a free 30 minute leadership breakthrough consultation GO TO DefeatTheDrama.com/Call to claim yours now.  

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

  • defeat team drama 
  • 4X productivity, 
  •  And improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: 166_Retain_Top_Performers.mp3
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EP 165 Henry Daas: Don't Make the Same Mistakes... Make New Ones!

 

"Henry started his first biz in 1991 selling, installing, servicing and financing computers to large corporations. Since then he has founded a succession in firms in the e-commerce, finance, real estate and consumer products spaces. For much of the past decade, Henry  has taken his experience as an entrepreneur and used it as a platform to coach other business owners and founders.

 

In addition, in 2019, He self-published a 432-page book on everything you need to know about how to grow and manage your money. He offers a 20-week course where he teaches it to you, one-on-one. He also runs curated masterminds on business and finance.

 

In his infinite leisure, Henry writes screenplays (for fun), plays golf, travels (when not on lockdown), plays Catan with his three boys, and does other fun stuff…" He offers free coaching for any and all for 3 months Helping people clear away the clutter and get focused on what matters. Seeing the transformation! Putting himself out there. His family understanding your motives and doing it anyway.

 

www.daasknowledge.com

If you’re ready to take action I have few spots left in my calendar this week for a free 30 minute leadership breakthrough consultation GO TO DefeatTheDrama.com/Call to claim yours now.  



Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

I’ve been helping leaders just like you defeat their team drama for more than 15 years.

Again, If you’re ready to take action I have few spots left in my calendar this week for a free 30 minute leadership breakthrough consultation GO TO DefeatTheDrama.com/BookCall to claim yours now.  

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 165_Henry_Daas.mp3
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EP 164 – Defend Your Dollars – Learn the 7 Key Causes of Workplace Drama

#3 in a Series  If you haven’t already take a listen to episodes 160 and 162.  You can find them easily by going to DefeatTheDrama.com and clicking on the podcast site.

DAY 3

Are you feeling even more motivated to Defeat Your Team Drama?  Are you feeling lost, like where do I start?

 

No Worries!  In this episode I’m going to share the KEY Causes of Workplace Drama that I’ve seen OVER AND OVER AND OVER in every industry – of ANY Size and Type – Privately Held, Family-Owned, Non-Profit – Small to HUMUNGOUS.  It doesn’t matter. There is a Pattern to what creates Drama in a Team.

 

Today’s List will give you plenty of ideas for where to begin on your quest to Defeat Your Team Drama

I’ve been helping leaders just like you defeat their team drama for more than 15 years.

And, let me just say, I use the term Drama very loosely – 

Because to me, when it comes to business, Drama is ANYTHING that shifts focus away from where it needs to be – You need a team laser focused on serving your customer, clients, or patients…….

Why have I made it my mission to help leaders Defeat Drama?  Because passionate entrepreneurs, family businesses, and non-profits have important work to fulfill and too often drama stands in the way.  Drama zaps energy, shifts focus AND WORSE – Costs WAY more money than you know!

  1. Drama Outside the Workplace


  2. Process Problems


  3. Moving Targets/Shifting Goals/Changing Priorities, Processes and


  4. Unfocused Time


  5. Inconsistency


  6. Inadequate Communication


  7. People Problems


Tolerating any of the Above

If you’re ready to take action I have few spots left in my calendar this week for a free 30 minute leadership breakthrough consultation GO TO DefeatTheDrama.com/Call to claim yours now.  

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

I’ve been helping leaders just like you defeat their team drama for more than 15 years.

Again, If you’re ready to take action I have few spots left in my calendar this week for a free 30 minute leadership breakthrough consultation GO TO DefeatTheDrama.com/Call to claim yours now.  

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: 164_What_is_Drama_Costing_You_Part_3.mp3
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EP 163 Joseph Fung

 

https://uvaro.com

 

Joseph is a 4-time entrepreneur with multiple successful exits, the host of The Sellers Journey podcast, and is currently the CEO of Uvaro, the fastest growing tech sales bootcamp in North America. He helps people in career transition launch their careers in tech, and would love some help telling those stories! Joseph is also the CEO of Kiite, a sales enablement platform purpose-built to provide sales teams with the information they need when they need it.

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.



Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/Call

Direct download: 163_Joseph_Fung.mp3
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EP 162 – What is Drama Costing Your Business Beyond Dollars? #2 in a Series

 

This is #2 in a series.  If you didn’t already listen, make sure to go to DefeatDrama.com and find episode # 160




So, did you use my simple calculation to learn the minimal amount you are investing in team drama

 

Weekly?  Annually?

 

How does that feel??



I’ve been helping leaders just like you defeat their team drama for more than 15 years.

 

And, let me just say, I use the term Drama very loosely – 

 

Because to me, when it comes to business, Drama is ANYTHING that shifts focus away from where it needs to be – You need a team laser focused on serving your customer, clients, or patients…….

 

Why have I made it my mission to help leaders Defeat Drama?  Because passionate entrepreneurs, family businesses, and non-profits have important work to fulfill and too often drama stands in the way.  Drama zaps energy, shifts focus AND WORSE – Costs WAY more money than you know!





In addition is the personal toll….and if you’re like any of my clients, you are likely feeling the brunt of this personal toll 



The personal toll

 

Frustration

Overwhelm

Burn out

Resignation

 

But let’s dig even deeper into additional costs not factored into our very simple calculation:




These additional business costs are, perhaps, more challenging to calculate but can be huge, probably bigger than the cost of the lost time.

 

Increased liability – if your team isn’t functioning well there’s a higher probability of mistakes that can lead to poor outcomes.  If a client, customer or patient suffers as a result there can be huge costs.  

 

  • An injury from a poorly constructed product
  • Mis-information that causes a client to take missteps in their business.
  • In healthcare a med error or procedural error could cost a life

 

Take a moment to think about your business.  How could employee missteps, miscommunications, lack of focus impact those you serve?

 

So, maybe an issue doesn’t cause damage large enough to create a liability issue but each SERVICE service issue is costly:  There’s the time to TAKE  a Customer/Client/Patient Complaint.  Then there’s the time to design and implement a satisfactory response.  OR….there is no satisfactory response and you lose that customer along with anyone else they tell – PERSONALLY – or on Social Media.


Then there’s the Decrease  in productivity – time overall is used less effectively……

 

How about the Increase in chaos as a team works confused, coping with issues, putting out fires, working against the clock.

 

So…..for today’s Action – I want you to think about what I’ve shared.

 

HERE’s a Simple One scenario – sales team – customer complaint – trying to fix things – 

Drama

 

Time

Frustration

Ongoing bickering




If you’re ready to take action I have few spots left in my calendar this week for a free 30 minute leadership breakthrough consultation GO TO DefeatTheDrama.com/Call to claim yours now.  



Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet






I’ve been helping leaders just like you defeat their team drama for more than 15 years.





Again, If you’re ready to take action I have few spots left in my calendar this week for a free 30 minute leadership breakthrough consultation GO TO DefeatTheDrama.com/BookCall to claim yours now.  




Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: What_is_Drama_Costing_You_Beyond_Dollars.mp3
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Freddy Fri

courttimeevents.com



Freddy Fri is a life champion, entrepreneur, speaker, voice over talent, basketball coach, international underground hip hop artist and motivational lyricist/speaker. Freddy is a man that wears many hats that all fit under one umbrella - LIFE TRANSFORMER! Freddy is a master at transforming, reinventing and changing not only his persona, but the lives of others. He is known by many in numerous countries throughout the world as Playya 1000, hip hop artist extraordinaire, but he made a decision to reinvent himself and combine the power of speech, story, spoken word and hip hop to become the empowering life transformer Freddy Fri your PushaMan, whose mission is to help the masses make everyday a WINSday.

The reason he calls himself a life champion and is so passionate about making every day a WINSday is because, inspite of his mother passing away when he was four years old, growing up in a home with a mentally abusive, drug addicted step mom, being bullied in school, selling drugs as a young adult, raising four children as a single dad and not obtaining a bachelors degree until forty three. He found a way to persevere through the adversity and WIN, not only financially, but mentally as well. He delivers stories from his own personal experiences in several unique ways to captivate, empower and inspire people of all ages.

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 161_Freddie_Fry.mp3
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EP 160 – How Many Dollars Do You Lose to Drama?

 

This is the first in a 3 part series




Do any of these sound like you?

 

Are you hoping to get your team to JUST DO THEIR JOBS

 

It seems everything gets done better and quicker if you do it yourself.  

 

You try to do it all but constantly feel overwhelmed and resentful.

 

Fed up with all of the drama, bickering and complaining?

 

Ever feel like hiding from all of it forever?

 

That employee drama is costing you WAY more than your mood!  Let’s talk Dollars!



I’ve been helping leaders just like you defeat their team drama for more than 15 years.

 

And, let me just say, I use the term Drama very loosely – 

 

Because to me, when it comes to business, Drama is ANYTHING that shifts focus away from where it needs to be.  You need a team laser focused on serving your customer, clients, or patients…….

 

Why have I made it my mission to help leaders Defeat Drama?  Because passionate entrepreneurs, family businesses, and non-profits have important work to fulfill and too often drama stands in the way.  Drama zaps energy, shifts focus AND WORSE – Costs WAY more money than you know!



Studies show that each employee wastes at least 2 ½  hours per week dealing with drama.  

 

And I’ll place emphasis on AT LEAST here.  Over the course of more than 15 years I’ve seen the collateral damage that happens around drama.  But….let’s move forward with a simple calculation to illustrate the cost of drama at just an average of 2 ½ hours per week per employee.

 

Let’s keep it simple with a team of 25 employees making $18.00 per hour.

 

25 employees x 2.5 hours = 62.5 hours per week invested in team drama

 

Now, let’s multiply those 62.5 hours times an average hourly rate of $18.00 – Keep in mind, you are likely spending MORE than than per hour on at least some of your employees, if not all.  We could also calculate an hourly cost of paid benefits…….But, again, let’s keep it simple.

 

So $18 multiplied by 62.5 hours gives us a grand total of $1,125 per week invested in team drama!

 

Soak it in for a minute.  Is that where you want to spend your money?

 

But wait……It gets even worse.  Let’s multiply that weekly expense by 52 weeks.  How much is this hypothetical team spending on drama for the year?  $58,500 WASTED on Team Drama!!

 

What could you do with an extra $58,500?

 

Keep in mind this is JUST what you’re spending on time invested in on the act of distraction.  The total cost is MUCH higher if you add in lost productivity, less business, more customer service issues!  And, if you have high drama, not only is your team investing more of your dollars into drama but they are likely driving away your good employees.  Higher turnover means more dollars to replace people.  And, your best people have more options and are more likely to get burned out.  

 

This is hypothetical.  I encourage you to do the same math for your organization.  Use average hourly rate (turn an annual salary to hourly by dividing by 2080 hours) or use each person’s actual hourly rate multiplied by 2.5 and then 52 to give you the annual cost.

 

What’s your number?



If you’re ready to take action I have few spots left in my calendar this week for a free 30 minute leadership breakthrough consultation GO TO DefeatTheDrama.com/Session to claim yours now. 




I’ve been helping leaders just like you defeat their team drama for more than 15 years.

 

And, let me just say, I use the term Drama very loosely – 

 

Because to me, when it comes to business, Drama is ANYTHING that shifts focus away from where it needs to be – You need a team laser focused on serving your customer, clients, or patients…….

 

Why have I made it my mission to help leaders Defeat Drama?  Because passionate entrepreneurs, family businesses, and non-profits have important work to fulfill and too often drama stands in the way.  Drama zaps energy, shifts focus AND WORSE – Costs WAY more money than you know!




Again, If you’re ready to take action I have few spots left in my calendar this week for a free 30 minute leadership breakthrough consultation GO TO DefeatTheDrama.com/Call to claim yours now.  



Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: 160_How_many_dollars_Do_You_Lose_to_Drama_edit.mp3
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EP 159 Lyn Lindbergh 

 

COUCH to ACTIVE       https://www.couchtoactive.com

 

Lyn Lindbergh is the creator of COUCH to ACTIVE. She is an award winning author and host of the podcast, COUCH to ACTIVE. Lyn helps people finally conquer the couch and become the active person they've been longing for. Her heart is focused on the people who face unique health and personal issues that make exercise more difficult than the average person.

 

Lyn spent 20 years working in corporate and she was a single mom for 10 years. In her heart she knew she was an entrepreneur but felt stuck despite her success. Three weeks after starting the groundwork for Couch to Active she was laid off. lyn hopes to change attitudes towards exercise. According to the cdc 80% of people dont get enough exercise to stave off preventable diseases. 

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 159_Lyn_Lindbergh.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Congratulations on the choice to invest in you and your business

My hope is that you are taking in the information I share here and then getting in action

Digest
Ponder
Apply
Act

NO analysis paralysis

 

Today I’m going to cover……….a mindset shift strategy

The goal is that by the end of our quick time together you will have the motivation needed to hurdle into the discomfort of change and the specific steps to take if this area is a challenge for you

I know from questions I’ve received and work with thousands of leaders over years that increasing team follow through is a focus for many

Over the course of almost 30 years I have worked with MANY leaders who love to keep everyone happy – great goal – but it doesn’t always jive with leadership…..or parenting for that matter – and there are, ironically, some similarities

The goal is the find business success – and it isn’t always possible to achieve that AND keep everyone happy – that’s Reality

I always say, you are who you are in your work and in your life – we can work on one and we’ll impact both.  This has tended to hold especially true when it comes to people pleasing - 

Here are some clues that you might be avoiding conversations or messages that might make people mad

  • You tell yourself that employees and volunteers should just know what to do. 

  • You’ve resigned yourself to the belief that if you want things done right – or done at all you just have to do them yourself

  • You are constantly overwhelmed

  • You have resentment building inside towards members of your team

  • You are afraid to have performance correction conversations – OR – you tell yourself you don’t have time for the conversations…..excuses win – eventually you say….now it’s been too long it would be weird to bring it up now

  • You stuff your feelings or are not even aware of them – Maybe you aren’t even certain what I mean when I ask about your feelings
    You minimize your own wants and needs
    You excuse or justify away your need to speak up

If this is you -  you are not alone! 

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had clients tell me, I just want everyone to be happy.  I’m just really nice.

Generally, what are they doing to try to keep everyone happy?  avoiding tough conversations, lying, withholding information, manipulating circumstances, saying yes to way too many tasks……which all lead to overwhelm, resentment, frustration.

And there are many unintended consequences, beyond the personal build-up of resentments, overwhelm, frustrations, disappointments, chaos that comes with trying to keep everyone around you happy so that you can feel okay.  The lost energy spent to track modified messages, make things happen covertly, stuffing true feelings while plastering a smile.

Yes, beyond these personal consequences are these:

Unintended Consequences:

You Rob Others of their Opportunity to Excel – They have no idea you’d like them to do better or be different.  By staying silent or complaining only to others you are robbing them of the chance to choose different actions.

REMEMBER employees want to feel like they are doing a good job – MOST want the TRUTH…..if you are telling them nothing OR – only telling them what they want to hear they are not sure if they really are doing a good job AND……

How often are you saying, I just don’t have time to have that correction conversation?

You are Effectively Allowing Employees to Make Decisions for the Business

If they show up late, leave early or take longer lunches they are setting work hours

If they fail to follow the processes you’ve outlined or use the new piece of equipment they are designing how work should happen

If they are staying on cell phones, having bad attitudes with your customers or patients, they are making those business decisions for you.

If they decide deadlines by missing yours – those are business decisions they are making 

And it is highly likely that your employees

  1.  Don’t have the same perspective, breadth of information, knowledge, insight that you do as a leader
  2. May not be putting the interest of the business ahead of their own…..

People can’t trust you: – Yep, that’s right!  Whether it’s just a deep down feeling they carry or something they know to be true for certain, those around you can’t trust your words.  You say you are fine, but are you really?  You say you can help, but will you actually show?  You say you’re happy with their achievements, but have they really done enough?

So many of my clients have been in this situation – in every instance once they started speaking up transformation happened – quickly

Angry employee story – resigned

Another instance – after some push back – during the period of transition when they thought they could still make the rules – employee got on board – productivity up!  Investment in a good employee saved and ROI increased as work aligned with business objectives

Do you feel motivated to make the change that you must?

Here are 5 Steps to Stop Your People Pleasing

  1. Collect the Pain: Begin to notice where you feel resentment, disappointment towards others.  Notice when you are overwhelmed and frustrated.  Pay attention to all the times you put your agenda aside for someone else’s emergency or request.  FEEL inward

  2. Determine What You Want/Need:  It may have been a while since you thought about what you wanted.  Practice doing some check ins throughout the day. Determine whether you are pretending to be happy or if you really are.

  3. Start Speaking Up:  Begin having at least small correction conversations with your employees -cell phones out, lack of follow through on a small project…..no to requests where appropriate and start asking for help from others.  Set clear expectations for your employees.  Provide constructive feedback where necessary.

  4. Gather Successes: As you speak up have a correction conversation, ask for help or say no and get a good response, take note.  Remember all the times that your feared outcome did not happen.  Start with people who are easier to speak with.  Then work towards tackling the tougher employees – the ones who use stay stuck strategies to design their own work  - NOTE – be careful that you aren’t focusing on feedback to your rockstars too long though….Remember they take feedback well and it’s easier but if you stay in this phase too long they are frustrated. 

  5. Build Momentum:  Continue to speak up as you build enthusiasm and feel empowered. Enjoy the feeling and keep going!







Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.



Direct download: 158_Leading_While_Your_Message_Makes_Some_Mad_edited.mp3
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EP 156 Help Your Team Hurdle the Challenges of Change

 

Thrilled you are here - 

Congratulate you on – being here – embracing change yourself – 

Ready to replace, eliminate and conquer the challenges you’ve faced with your teams.

 

Here’s the truth – to make your biggest, boldest impact in the world you need to get the most from your team you need a productive team

 

Breathe in the possibility and breathe out the doubt!  I’ve had the privilege of doing this work for almost 30 years and have been witness to the transformation of teams in all kinds of industries……Often leaders are so much closer than they realize……change can happen swiftly with intentional action

 

The saying – Sometimes we are the most frustrated when we are just 3 feet from the gold.



I don’t think there’s ever been a time when we humans were bombarded with so much change. And this last year….well, how many times did we hear, it’s unprecedented?

 

Here’s a little stat – see if you can wrap your brain around this.

 

Over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every single day, and it's only going to grow from there. It’s estimated that 1.7MB of data are created every second for every person on earth.

 

I don’t know about you, but I can’t even begin to fathom how much data that is?  How much is a quintillion??

 

Clearly – change is a given – Before you start to feel stressed by this notion let’s stop to remember what our phones were like a few years ago.  Depending on your age, you can think back all the way to when phones had a dial and were attached to the wall.  A little farther back and an operator played an integral role in connecting you.

 

Look at all the change you’ve survived!

 

If you are old enough……you can recall a time when you had to go to the library to do research for a paper.  And if your topic was extra technical you might even have to go to the basement to work with a special librarian who’d retrieve the musty, dusty reference you required from a locked room.

 

Look at the change you’ve maneuvered.

 

Ask someone to switch from Coke to Pepsi and you’ll witness change aversion in action.



My Change Story – Moving 45 minutes away

 

We recently moved and I was shocked at my own response to change. I hadn’t anticipated it. I always look objectively at my own reactions to marvel, assess and take note.  I learn from my own experiences so that I can share with others.  

 

The move was only 45 minutes away but that required learning a new area, finding the grocery store I liked, testing out times and routes to work around traffic.  I no longer had routines in my home and, as an efficiency junkie I was struggling with decisions about where to keep things.  Where should each item find its home? 

 

I was tired and felt out of sorts.  I found myself exploring my new area in a tight circumference around my home.  No desire to expand my horizons until I had a good lay of the land close by.

 

It was unanticipated…..but this is what can happen when we move through change.



So, how can you help your team move through necessary change at work?  Here are some key strategies:




Give Grace  but don’t accommodate – 

 

  1. to expect that all will happily move towards change is setting yourself up for frustration as a leader – A realistic expectation is that people will be challenged….

  2. It is innately difficult for humans to undergo change – some will have an even tougher time.  Amygdala – Lizard brain function to keep all of life constant – doesn’t say no change – makes up reasons that feel like fact

    Not trying to turn you into a counselor and don’t expect to fully take on the role of helping them get to a place where it’s comfortable….BUT acknowledging it’s NORMAL will help both you and them…..

    So….acknowledge = empathize but move on -= the train is leaving…..

    Do they have any relevant concerns



Get Input – Example IT department – end users trying to give me all this input during the training

 

Veterans – For yourself OR to share with your leaders - you may see the end result – have higher level ideas immediately – new less experienced may take longer to get there…..let them go on the journey with you – takes a little extra time but can build buy in

 

Give them the chance to give input – don’t jump on ideas as wrong immediately – let it play out = help them take the journey to where you are = teach – 

 

Otherwise you may silence them – they will feel like their input has no value = And they DO have value -= new perspectives = make sure it’s not your challenge with change stopping you from considering alternative ideas

 

And……if you immediately think that idea is no good – is your Amygdala taking over?  

Reality check initial thoughts about new ideas.

 

See this often in family businesses when the next generation enters – there is conflict between old school and the new generation who wants to make a mark – but may be bringing new and great ideas learned from school, outside experience – which hopefully they have had

 

Communication Back – 

  • thank them for input – 
  • AND share at least general details about what was decided and why – if their input could not be used – ideas not implemented – were they considered?  Share that – share why they were not used or had to be tabled.



Review & Revise

  - Prep for hiccups and future change – most change happens in waves – it does and it SHOULD…

 

Change should include a checkup – how is it going – hiccups are opportunities for more tweaks – often organizations skip that step too – Communicate up front to create the expectation that it will not all be perfect – expectations equals easier to deal with  - 

AND something you can say to quiet those with louder amygdales



Provide opportunities for feedback AND ideas

 

Whining is easy

Pointing out problems is easy

Saying this will never work is easiest of all – 

 

Encourage or even require employees to provide solutions – if they see an issue, what ideas do they have to resolve it or make it better?



why decisions were made – 




Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.



Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/Call

Direct download: Help_Your_Team_Hurdle_the_Challenges_of_Change.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Lyle Tard   Episode 157

 

Serviceispower.org/aboutus

Lyle is a 19 year military veteran who has been fighting to discover significance his entire life. In 2018, he founded IMPACT Servant Leadership because he realized that true success in life is gained through unlocking the significance in others through Servant Leadership principles teaching that "Leaders lead best when they Serve." 

 

Lyle was a military kid.  His life was dictated to him as he grew.  Then, he joined the military himself and was told what he should like, what he should do, who he should be.  

 

He now realizes how important it is to be who you were designed to be and wants to help others make their own impact.  His goal, help others become great servant leaders.  He gains inspiration from Dan Rockwell, Leadership Freak.

 

The biggest challenge he’s had to overcome is the same challenge he helps others overcome; selfishness.  Servant leadership requires something that is not innate to humans, selflessness.

 

He also shares that you should never be afraid to fail and quotes John Maxwell, “Failure is your fuel.”

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 157_lyle_Tard.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 3:01pm EST

EP 155 Susie Reynolds Reece

Susie is the founder and executive director of Suicide Prevention Allies a non profit that formed from community grass roots efforts geared at preventing suicide. Reece is no stranger to the desperate need for suicide prevention. Having dealt with major depression stemming from multiple traumas suffered during her early childhood. She shares her story of childhood trauma and losses to inspire others to speak about our most difficult human issues

Reece is a proud southern fried Asian A.K.A. Korean Arkansan style, published author, national speaker, and mental health advocate. As well as a seasoned suicide prevention strategist and consultant.

https://susiereece.org/

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 155_sussie_reece.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

EP 154 3 Keys to Retaining Your Rockstars – OR The Triple A Method




You Can NOT compensate your way out of a bad work environment….you can for a period but….it’s a downward spiral and eventually your rock star will be recruited away either for more money  - after all, in the end they were only with you for money – they loved what you were up to but the environment was intolerable……

 

Or….they’ll be recruited away for a better opportunity – maybe even for less money…..



  1. Key Foundational Assumptions – You’ll hear me say this over and over – all 

 

  • Feel like they are doing a good job
  • Known, Acknowledged, Appreciated
  • Feel like their life is part of something bigger than themselves

 

Here’s the Triple A Method (AAA)



Appreciation

 

  • See them
  • Thank them
  • Give them special attention – too often I see leaders worried about employees feeling bad if they aren’t getting recognition.   PLEASE do NOT design your recognition program in a way that minimizes discomfort for your non-performers…..Do that and guess who is feeling uncomfortable.  Yes, of course, your rockstars!  Who work hard and then feel invisible.

    You want an environment where authentic praise and recognition is abundant.  If an employee desires to have more recognition help them strategize about how they can modify their work or behavior to EARN what they desire.

 

Accountability

 

Take one quick minute to visualize your lowest performing employee – I know you know who they are – now visualize what your business, office, department would run like if everyone performed at their same level – Yes, this is where I get the uncomfortable laughs……

 

what would happen?

 

Guess who is picking up the slack for their poor performance  - Assuring that what you just envisioned DOES NOT happen….Likely YOU – And….Your Rock Stars – and they are building resentment and beginning to burn out – and guess who has more opportunity out in the world

 

  • Your Rockstars are jumping up and down at least figuratively and possibly literally when they see you hold people accountable
  • When your leadership style lacks accountability your rockstars are likely part of the formula that sustains the business - the ones picking up the slack
  • Too often rockstars are held to a higher standard – Here’s what I see far too often – A leader starts thinking…..hmmmmmmm…I haven’t had any correction conversations with people in a while – well guess who’s easiest to talk to – the Rockstar who appreciates constructive feedback BUT – if you start talking to them too often about the miniscule thing they did wrong while you let the low performers slide – they will start to build frustration, resentment and more….and you’ll have them walking out the door.



Your high performing employees will leap for joy if you start holding people accountable! You don’t need to start everyone on a discipline path.  Just hit a reset. Put everyone on notice that these are the expectations and you need everyone the team to hit the bar you set.  If some continue to fall short, and they will until they realize you are serious, you’ll sit down individually to communicate the gap you are seeing and create a plan for improvement.  If the issues continue then start to walk the discipline path.

 

Advancement

 

High performing employees love to achieve. Give them plenty of opportunities to Advance as they work for you – Otherwise their motivation to grow can have them walking out the door.  If you lead a smaller, flat organization, Don’t worry, there are ways beyond a promotion to help someone advance.  



  • Advance Skills – what skills could take them to the next level? What skills would they love to learn? What skills will they need in the next position?  Map it out and help them build those skills
  • Advance Coaching or Mentoring Opportunities – align them with  a personal resource that can elevate their work and life game.  Rockstars have high aspirations and coaching and mentoring can help them gain clarity and overcome personal barriers to achieving.
  • Advance Chance to Train Others – Finding these opportunities can create a real win win – Your Rockstars have mad skills and will feel honored that you trust them to share their knowledge with others.  A little caution here, however……I encourage you to give a monetary bonus or some other compensation to reward them if they’ll be doing a lot of training.  Resentments can build if they perceive you are benefiting from their skill without rewarding them.
  • Advance chance to Shadow
  • Advance chance to meet leaders in your organization – Or network with industry leaders outside the organization =- in other words, networking.  Pay for their membership, give them time to attend and pay for some events.
  • Advance chance to Represent the Organization – Events, Booths 
  • Advance in the company - Promotion



Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.



Ready for some individualized help for your leadership challenges?  Grab a spot on my calendar and let’s discuss how I can help you transform your leadership and your team.

DefeattheDrama.com/Call

Direct download: Eps_154_Retain_Your_Rockstars.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Phillip Andrew Barbb



www.PhillipAndrew.co



Phillip Andrew is an Emmy-Nominated Los Angeles-based television producer who has been asked to speak around the country educating and encouraging High School and College Students through high energy entertainment and unforgettable storytelling.







Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: 153_Phillip_Andrew.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Episode 152

 

Life Lessons from My Random, Radical Tree 




Recently, I was gazing into my backyard and noticed this large tree that has grown through a decorative garden barrel. And as I looked out at it it brings to mind some life lessons. You see, I remember when that tree was very small. It grew from the seeds of a nearby tree. The first few summers I would think, "I need to pull that out of there. Then as it grew, "I need to get the shears and cut that out of there." The thing is....I never did either. And NOW...it's this big full grown tree that would require a chain saw to take it down.



My first thought....."Oh my gosh I'm getting old! You have to be to see a tree grow like that!



Then I think...WOW does time fly!



But then the life lesson hits: How often do we intend to use that simple solution to take care of an issue but then put it off too long while the problem becomes bigger?



Yep....that's what I've done. And I guarantee there were other issues I intended to address but didn't. Lesson today....Don't put off what you can simply solve. At some point, time may create an emergency that will require your focus at an inconvenient time.



BUT…..then a second thought hit me and I was grateful for that tree.  You see, I believe that I actually chose well.  My kids got my time when we were in our backyard.  We played in the pool, talked, laughed and enjoyed.  Yes, I didn’t keep up with the gardening back there but man did we make some great memories!

 

Yes, time does march on. Be intentional about how you use it. Trees grow and so do your kids! 

 

 

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 152_Life_lessons_from_my_random_radical_tree.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Ep 151: Kevin Eastman

 

Kevin was in the U.S. Airforce with over 20 years of service including stints as a drill instructor and a recruiter. He is also the author of the book Don't Gamble on Life Improvement Until You Shift the Odds. Kevin has faced many obstacles and has been fortunate enough to overcome them. Now he is on a mission to help others do the same, by simplifying those obstacles. He believes the simpler things are made to appear the easier they are to understand and overcome.

 

Kevin is motivated by sharing his personal experience, in order to help others. He has overcome bad relationships, low self confidence, and repeating the same mistakes over and over. He believes an obstacle is only as large as you make it in your head. Perception is a key aspect to his success. He mentors and coaches others to see problems as they are rather than what we think they are.

 

Kevin mentors many younger people. He gives them the tools they need to be successful young adults. He believes you are never too old to be mentored. He always tells people “ it is not too late and you are not too old.” In order to accomplish a goal you have to be willing to go over, under, around, or even through, any obstacle in your way. 

 

 

A link to Kevin’s book:

https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Gamble-Improvement-Until-Shift-ebook/dp/B078RXTHSP

 

A link to Kevin’s website:

https://kevineeastman.com/

 

http://defeatthedrama.com/

 

http://podcast.defeatthedrama.com/

 

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 151_kevin_eastman.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Isolation vs. Solitude  Ep 150



Isolation

 

the process or fact of isolating or being isolated.

"the isolation of older people"

  • an instance of isolating something, especially a compound or microorganism.

plural noun: isolations

  • denoting a hospital or ward for patients with contagious or infectious diseases.

 

 

Done to you – not a choice – Often activated for the protection of others





  1. an act or instance of isolating.
  1. the state of being isolated.
  1. the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infectious disease;quarantine.



  1. to set or place apart; detach or separate so as to be alone.
  1. Medicine/Medical . to keep (an infected person) from contact with noninfected persons; quarantine.
  1. Chemistry Bacteriology . to obtain (a substance or microorganism) in an uncombined or pure state.



  1. a person, thing, or group that is set apart or isolated, as for purposes of study.
  1. Psychology . a person, often shy or lacking in social skills, who avoids the company of others and has nofriends within a group.
  1. Biology . an inbreeding population that is isolated from similar populations by physiological, behavioral,or geographic barriers.
  1. Also called language isolate. Linguistics . a language with no demonstrable genetic relationship, asBasque.
  1. something that has been isolated, as a by-product in a manufacturing process:





Solitude

 

  1. the state of being or living alone; seclusion:to enjoy one's solitude.
  1. remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity:



the state or situation of being alone.

"she savored her few hours of freedom and solitude"




A choice – positive connotation – something to savor…..look forward to – a way to invest in one’s self – find peace, calm become centered.  Connect with nature.  

 

Ultimately it really is about your state of mind.  Solitude is about savoring, embracing, enjoying, your alone time. 

 

When you find your quiet time will you call it isolation and feel alone or will you embrace the solitude and use it as a time to reflect, rejuvenate, rejoice? 

 

I look forward to mine




Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.

 

Direct download: Isolation_vs_Solitude.mp3
Category:leadership -- posted at: 2:00am EST

Martha Blessing

 

Freedom By Design

 

www.marthablessing.com

 

Martha G. Blessing is an author, speaker, body-mind and holistic wellness-expert, as well as a life/career coach. She is a sought after speaker and workshop presenter delivering visionary principles that inspire listeners to open to new possibilities for their lives. Martha devoted 25 years to mainstream medicine as a Registered Nurse in the specialties of Community Health, Hospice Care, and as director of an Alzheimer’s Unit.

After healing herself from cancer, over 10 years of chronic pain, three back surgeries, and living in a wheelchair, Martha knew that her greatest challenges had immersed her in accessing her life's purpose...to lead others out of dis-ease and into their greatest potential. 



Martha is an RN who had 3 back surgeries and ended up in a wheelchair.  She was told that she’d never walk again.  She was not willing to accept that so she started looking for alternative solutions.  Within 9 months she was out of her wheelchair and off the prescriptions.

 

Now she teaches empowering strategies to others to help them deal with anxiety, depression, insomnia and more.  Help them get freedom from meds.  

 

Her biggest challenge was overcoming her negative self-talk. She had to learn to stop being in agreement with her inner critic.  Release feelings of shame and unworthiness.  And she helps others do the same.  

 

She starts her day in her meditation room.  She finds energy and instantly connects.  That first 30 minutes helps her start with a good tone for the day.




Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 149_martha_blessings.mp3
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Episode 148

Two Key Components to Living with Tenacity

Tenacity is a key component to success.  We must have it to reach our goals.  It’s the fuel that keeps us moving through the inevitable challenges.  But how often do we take the time to stop and think about what tenacity really is?  Let’s spend a minute to figure out what tenacity looks like and how we can create it to use to our advantage.

When I’m working with clients I often use the analogy of getting your screaming baby strapped into a car seat to illustrate tenacity.  Because, if you have kids, you have experienced tenacity!  When you are putting your child in their car seat your purpose is to make your baby safe.  Your baby hates to feel confined and wants nothing to do with it.  You cannot reason with a baby or explain your logic so you must just make it happen.  And, there is nothing worse than hearing your baby scream.  It’s so difficult to hurdle the challenge of lovingly strapping them in as they arch away from the confinement and scream with all of their might.  Your tenacity, however, dictates that the car will not move until the child is fully secure.

The dictionary has this definition:  strength of will, strength of purpose. And in the car seat example, your strength of will is equal to your strength of purpose.  You must have both to be tenacious. 

A strong purpose without will or strong self discipline and you get nowhere.  You’re like a race car in park, all the potential to move efficiently but you have no forward momentum.

On the other hand, strength of will without clear purpose and you are in constant motion seeking to achieve but in all different directions, more like a bumper car. 

If I am wishy washy about my desire to reach a goal because I lack the fire of purpose I will be easily stopped by any challenge.  I can tell myself that “it doesn’t really matter”, or, “this must be the sign that I am to work on something different.”  It’s also easier to make excuses, “I just didn’t have time for it” or, “other things just seem more interesting.”

When I was in college it took me a long time to pick a major.  So, while I was definitely driven to get my degree, I did not have a vision for the kind of impact I wanted to make in the world, so no specific purpose.  It was, thus difficult to determine which classes I should take.  It was a painful time.  I would literally close my eyes, flip through the course catalog (yes, it’s been THAT long!)  and drop my finger down on the page.  If the class sounded remotely interesting, would get me closer to graduation and was at a convenient time and location, I signed up.  I guarantee there were some missteps.  And that feeling that comes with uncertainty and lack of direction was uncomfortable at best.

In contrast, once I had my specific vision of helping others to create more purposeful, fulfilling, balanced work, I was on fire and anxious to make my class selections each semester.  Time, location, duration became much less important.  The only thing that mattered was what I could glean from a class to use to fulfill my mission.

Where is your lack of purpose and mission robbing you of tenacity?  What is driving your decisions?  Are you living your life like you’re floating on a lazy river, just bumping along with the flow of what’s around you, or are you grabbing those paddles to accelerate and steer with all of your might?

My hope is that you will take the time necessary to get as clear as possible about your purpose and that you’ll utilize whatever accountability structures you need to create the self-discipline to do what’s necessary to get where you need to get.  You have important work to do in this world – get to it!!  

Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: 148_Tenaciously_Approaching_Tenacity.mp3
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Brian DiNapoli Interivew

 

He was severely bullied as a child and turned to alcohol.  He is now speaking 



www.briandinapoli.com



A Husband, Son, Brother, Godfather, Independent, Public Servant, Toastmaster, Speaker, Coach, Georgia Bulldog, who is passionate about telling his story of overcoming bullies and drinking and want to help you do the same. 




Brian was severely bullied as a child.  He was small and not athletic.  He began to drink and soon was drinking too much.  It was impacting his life.  He stopped drinking at 28.  It took a while to learn how to fit in as a non-drinker.  He had to learn to engage without the buffer.  Learn how to go to a football game and have fun.  Drinking gave him a false sense of confidence and lowered his inhibitions so he could dance and talk with people.  How could he do all that without drinking?

 

He soon learned that life is great without drinking.  And he is sharing that message with high school and college students.  There is life without it.  And, he shares strategies to help kids overcome bullying.  How can you feel safe at school? 

He wants kids to learn to never let anyone else let you feel small.

 

Tiger Woods recently won the Masters again after his rough personal challenges with addiction and major health challenges. He was not able to walk.  His story will become an inspiration for years to come.  

 

A link to Brian’s Book:  https://www.amazon.com/Walk-Rising-Above-Bullies-Drinking-ebook/dp/B00EW3N5JO/ref=nodl_



The link to the political organization that Brian is involved in with a focus on uniting!

https://www.nolabels.org











Learn the Delegation Strategies I’ve shared with THOUSANDS and get your team to do what you need! Grab a copy of my EBook, The Six Simple Steps to Great Delegation

DefeatTheDrama.com/DelegationSheet

 

Kirsten Ross Vogel is an author, podcast host and CEO of Focus Forward Coaching where we help leaders 

 

  • defeat team drama 
  • to 4X productivity, 
  • wow their customers 
  • and improve their bottom line 
  • with simple, actionable strategies, systems, communication hacks and mindset shifts.
Direct download: dtd_147_Brian_DiNapoli.mp3
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In this episode Kirsten covers job share strategies that can help you and your potential partner achieve success in every aspect of work. This episode covers several topics involving communication, teamwork, distribution of responsibilities, and even the application process. 

Direct download: 146_Job_Sharing_Strategies.mp3
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Ruchi Singh says, "I own my life and I help others to Own theirs". She says Violence changes something deep within us. But we have the power to decide what that change will be. Ruchi made a choice to take complete ownership / responsibility for her life. She gave a voice to herself and by doing so she has given a voice to countless others. She started giving talks to create awareness about domestic violence combined with the message that we humans have resounding power within us to transform and recreate our life. She is an inspirational speaker, mindset coach and a content creator. Currently, through her story, videos & coaching, she has empowered people from UK, India, Australia, Singapore, USA, South Africa, Canada and still counting.

Connect with Ruchi Singh on social media:

Youtube: http://bit.ly/RuchiSinghTalks

Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/FBRuchisinghtalks

Twitter: http://bit.ly/TwitterRuchiSinghtalks

Instagram: http://bit.ly/InstaRuchiSinghTalks

Linkedin: http://bit.ly/Ruchilinkedin

Direct download: Ruchi_Singh_Interview.m4a
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I went through this same process years ago.  I was pregnant with my first child and decided that I really wanted to work part time.  Was I nervous?  Yes!  But, did all work out well.  You bet!  He’s in college now so it’s been a few years but I still remember the moments leading up to my conversation followed by the exhilaration of the positive response I got. It was so validating.  I felt valuable!  And I was excited to find a way to balance work I loved with family time.

What flexible work arrangement would help you balance your work and family obligations along with your focus on impact?  What would you like to do with your current role?  Set some goals.  Do your research. 

There are many different options available today and they are far more prevalent now than when I asked for my new arrangement!  I say all that to say, there is hope!

Here are some to consider:

  • Flexible Schedule: longer hours for less days, changing up your start time to earlier or later so you can get some life or impact activities out of the way before or after work.
  • Work From Home, also sometimes known as telecommuting. You still need to devote the hours but can save those commute minutes towards impact.
  • Job Sharing: with the right partner this flex work option can be amazing for employees and employers. Fill a full time job seamlessly with two people for a wider range of skills and built-in coverage for vacations or other time off.
  • Part Time

If you want to go part time, how will that impact your take home pay?  Remember, there are variables other than paid hours that you need to consider.  Will your dry cleaning bill go down?  What will happen to your transportation costs?

Once you know what you are looking for, start putting together a presentation and formal written proposal (if you think you will need it).

Start by anticipating what the issues will be for your boss.  Make a list and address each item in writing prior to the meeting.  Be very specific.  These items will become your proposal.  I would not reference having children at home in the proposal.  You can, however, talk about your desire to balance your rewarding career with your outside responsibilities and pursuits.

Here are some topics to keep in mind when thinking about potential issues.

Purpose: retention, increased productivity, decreased burn-out, increased effectiveness

Schedule: Outline the days you plan to work from home and what hours and/or what your total schedule will be (full or part time).  If job sharing, who will work what hours?

Communication: How will your co-workers and customers contact you while you are working from home?  How will you communicate the change?  How will you access email and digital information from home? If you will work part time, will you be available for emergencies?  Or, if you will job share, how will you and your partner communicate to provide seamless full time work?

Physical Set-up: What will your home office set up be?  Will you have a separate room away from home and family distractions?  Do you have the office equipment required? 

Evaluation: Set a timeframe during which you and your boss can re-evaluate whether or not the new schedule is working.  3-6 months with time scheduled for interim evaluation with opportunity to discuss any problems and resolve them.  Indicate that either party can terminate the arrangement at the end of the trial period.

Job Duties: Make a list of the job duties that can be performed seamlessly from home.  Provide details of how it will be transparent to customers where applicable.  Or, if you will go part time or job share, how will work be redistributed?

Conclusion: List examples of any departments in your organization who already allow telecommuting, part time, job share, flex time.  Indicate that you feel that you have the same work ethic, etc…and are committed to making this a success.  Discuss that many organizations are now using this kind of work arrangement for recruitment and retention of high quality employees.  Discuss the decreased stress and added productivity that will result from working from home (think of examples of distractions at work that will not be present at home)

Direct download: Ep_144_Make_Your_Impact_While_Holding_down_a_job_flexible_work.m4a
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Kathryn Brett Goldman Interview

https://thecybermaniacs.com

Episode 143

Also on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TheCybermaniacs where you can find a wealth of free information.

Kate is the CEO and founder of Cybermaniacs, an innovative new cyber awareness company. With over 20 years in the IT trenches, Kate brings a unique perspective from all sides of the IT/Business/Vendor equation. She has worked as the Director of a successful IT leadership consultancy, run global BRM for a major civil engineering firm, did a stint with Gartner and worked in a variety of trailblazing technology companies in the noughties. She is also a NED and Advisor to startups in the UK and US, acts as the Director of Development for the Ladies of London Hacking Society, and speaks internationally on leadership, cyber security, and technology change topics.

Her goal is to make what can be a scary topic lighter, or maybe even a bit humorous.

Cybersecurity poses a threat to all of us.  Smaller companies have been popular targets.  Often they have not done enough to guard against attacks and the cyber criminals know it.

She offers training services to companies to provide information in a humorous way that she hopes will inspire people to interact with their technology in a new way.

As an impact-maker, her biggest challenge has been juggling the duties of being a mom to 3 young kids while bootstrapping her start up.

To stay motivated through tough times she builds a well of positive stories.  She celebrates both large and small victories.

Direct download: Kathryn_Brett_Goldman_Inverview.m4a
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Fix Your Focus

  • In every moment opportunity to choose what you focus on – Hit will millions of pieces of data through all of our senses –
    • Notice your butt in your chair – weren’t paying attention – now you are
    • How do your feet feel in your shoes or in your socks?
  • We tell our brains what to focus on – what to leave at the ready for quick access – EVER forget to tell yourself to remember where you parked your car? It’s in there – you just didn’t file it close
  • Walking in the forest – can focus on the dirt and the soggy now rotting fallen leaves from last year - or look up to see the sun glinting through vibrant green leaves. – It’s a moment in time and we have each of those perspectives available to us. – Same is true for all moments of our lives -
  • Tony Robbins – Race Car – look at the wall – hit the wall
  • Focus on solutions not problems
  • Focus on what energizes you not what tears you down
  • Make challenges small and quick in your mind – don’t dwell on them
  • Look for what is in your control and focus there – capture your creativity – focus on the problem = zaps energy and you lose the opportunity to problem solve.

Sons young – No structure – no bedtime – didn’t focus on what was out of my control – the frustration – the mama bear wanting to come out – instead focused on a solution -


Alesha Sargent Interview

Direct download: Alesha_Sargent_Inverview.m4a
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F it for Impact Fend off Fear and False Beliefs (4-5)

  • Amygdala – can’t stop it – don’t have to listen
  • Son – afraid of thunderstorms
  • Not just fear of actions – talking to a stranger, calling someone, speaking in front of the room
  • Fear of
    • disappointing others,
    • not looking good,
    • failure
    • Feeling useless
    • Making someone angry or sad
Direct download: Episode_140_F_it_for_Impact_Fend_off_Fear_and_False_Beliefs.m4a
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Micheal Turpin

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeyt13

A proud father of one, Marine Corps combat Veteran, Indianapolis Firefighter, mental health advocate, peer support specialist, with a mission to bring hope to the hopeless. Through his lifetime, adversity and turmoil strengthened and equipped him with experiences understand the misunderstood and love the unlovable.

Michael’s mom passed away when he was in 3rd grade.  His aunt signed paperwork so he could join the Marine Corps. Right out of high school.

He has lived through some very tough experiences and had a period where he felt that gave him license to make bad choices and be bad.  He says he had a victim mindset that infected his whole life. He had difficulty with substance use and came very close to taking his own life.  He felt hopeless and isolated.

He still works to keep the victim mentality at bay.  He has a plan and people he can call if he’s not feeling well.  His go to people are real and tough but also let him be heard and have empathy.  He also found God and turns there when times are tough.

Michael now provides that for others as a Peer Support Specialist for the firefighters he works with.

His words of wisdom for others:  process your emotions. Embrace the struggle and then move forward.  Lose the victim mentality. Instead of asking why me ask, what can I learn?

When you go for something go all in.  Screw it up with confidence.  Be intentional and learn from your mistakes.

Direct download: EP140_Mike_Turpin_Interview.m4a
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Be a person who follows through on commitments.  It will require you to be more intentional about what you say yes and no to.  

If you give yourself wiggle room it is easy to say an immediate yes and then figure it out later on the fly.  You can end up overwhelmed and filled with remorse as you hide from those you've let down.

 

Are you struggling with difficult relationships?

Head over to: DefeatTheDrama.com/Roadmap

Direct download: ep_138_F_it_for_Impact_-_Fulfill_Your_Commitments.m4a
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Khalil Thompson

Empowered Readers Literacy Project

Empoweredreaders.org

Khalil is a husband, father of 2 girls and a serial Enabler of Good. He was born in Oakland, came of Age in New Orleans, and became an adult in Atlanta.

Khalis is on a mission to help families build strong reading rituals.  Not teach people to read, but grow people who are excited about reading.  Give parents the tools to build the fun of reading into daily life by providing fun activities and also access to diverse books.  They focus on families with children from birth through age 8.

Khalil’s daughter is the inspiration for his work.  She came home from kindergarten one day feeling very sad that some children couldn’t read.  She was heartbroken that some kids didn’t have access to quality books.  Khalil and his wife tried to explain that every family is different.  His daughter didn’t like this answer. 

When Khalil and his wife started researching the issue they learned that literacy was directly tied to stats for time in prison.  Two thirds of children who are not reading well by the third grade will end up on welfare or in jail.  And the school dropout rate is high.  And, that prisons actually plan for jail space based on the dropout rates for an area.

Now they too were inspired to do something about this issue!  And that’s how Empowered Reader’s was born.

They are now encouraging reading in 3 main ways:

Books on the Green – outdoor reading or theatre depicting stories.

Educate Parents about fun reading activities.  Help to create reading rituals before age 3.

Books for Kids through free neighborhood libraries, books into homes through pediatrician offices and also Books for Kids by Kids in the neighborhood.

Khalil shared that he had just taken the leap of faith by turning in notice with his employer so that he could fully focus on the nonprofit. 

His words of wisdom for others, “You can either let tough times box you in or be the wind that moves you.  Have a vision and you can get there.”

Direct download: Khali_Thompson_Interview.m4a
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If you are leading for impact you are not working for someone else.  No one will stand over your shoulder and tell you what to do.  And, you may be working from home where the laundry and dishes beckon, the tv sits there, neighbors are near and invites call..  It's important to create structure that builds in accountability.

Direct download: ep_136_F_It_for_Impact_Form_Your_Foundation.m4a
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Girl Boss Sports - An Interview with Sarah Wolfer

GirlBossSports.com

Sarah Wolfer is the CEO and Founder of Girl Boss Sports - a Greater Seattle area soccer company that is devoted to female athletes and coaches. Sarah is also a Professional Tackle Football Player with the
Seattle Majestics (#29) and is working on a book centered on women in leadership and sports in 2019.

As a female soccer player a turning happened when a male soccer coach got in her face and was very aggressive. She started crying and was kicked out of practice. She quit playing for a while and is not determined to encourage more women to become soccer coaches. And, she wants even more girls to play the game. She uses the sport to teach beyond the techniques. She teaches leadership and other life skills from the field.

A key to success, she says, is to have a great support system. Her husband and teammates are part of her strong support team. She also has an accountability call every Tuesday night. It’s also very important to engage in good self care. Get good sleep, find ways to feel inspired, listen to great music.

It’s okay to be scared! She was terrified before her first football practice. She did it anyway! One strategy she strongly recommends is the Power Pose that she calls the Fearless Girl Stance. Spend 2 minutes in the pose while saying positive affirmations and you’re ready!

GirlBossSports.com

Direct download: Girl_Boss_Sports_Interview_with_Sarah_Wolfer.m4a
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F it For Impact - Fuel Your Fortitude  #1 In a Series

  • Commit and just don’t quit – Don’t give yourself the out – Table the Decision – don’t waste time pondering
    • Every day I learn new things
    • It will get easier
    • I will find a way
    • I haven’t tried all the possible ways yet
    • Play it like a game - have fun while you try new things – see what you can make happen

Here are the trip ups to avoid to help you fuel your fortitude

  • Know that Perfect Timing is a Myth – Sometimes you have the commitment BUT – you need to commit to action – NOT just committing to commit – Don’t delay action until you feel ready – get in research mode- feel like you have to have it all figured out first - you won’t know everything until you just do it – It’s okay to figure things out as you go – unitl the kids are back in school or the sun begins to shine - WRITING MY FIRST BOOK
  • Instant Gratification is Mostly a Myth
    • Bill Gates said, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 10.
    • Impact takes time – commit to the specific steps you must take daily, weekly, monthly and just keep going.
      • If you have kids you know you had to wait for that first smile – that first little positive reinforcement while you fed, changed, burped, walked…..
      • Blogging, podcasting – anything where you are working to connect with people – can feel like it’s going out into a black hole – invisible – but…often people are watching, noticing….it takes time
      • Most famous people had years of struggle before you knew them. Much of what you see is the end result of years of sacrifice – to US it’s instant fame but that is rarely the reality
    • Your Why – I have my Objectives – WHY I participate in Network Marketing – Not heart centered – more practical – and then my WHY – Objectives also help and can be good when speaking to people – different things to pull from:
      • Solo Preneur 15 years – provides a team of goal oriented people into personal development – hard to find – NM provides that environment
      • Help More People – Coach, Speak, Motivate
      • An additional Stream of Income –

And then the WHY – Heart Centered – More than money – what that money or time freedom can do – MUST include an element of serving others – When speaking with others they need to feel that a part of your purpose is about them – This will also have you speak in a way that gives them freedom to say yes or no – to decide for themselves if it’s right for them.

  • Run Your Own Race – don’t compare -
  • Burn the Boat – Remove other options - earn the auto bonus, get the car
    • Downturn in the economy – single mom and business owner – started also looking for a job – realized – needed full focus on biz – couldn’t get my heart into working for someone else – my time and energy was divided – full force – highest earnings to date that next year
Direct download: Ep_134_F_It_for_Impact_First_in_a_Series.m4a
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We Are More Similar than We Know – He’s On a Mission to Ignite Unity Through our Stories

An Interview with Kenneth Williams Jr.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenneth-j-williams-jr-m-a-b8263266

Kenneth recently graduated from Michigan State University with a Master's degree in Public Relations and a specialization in Nonprofit Fundraising.

In the fall of 2017, Kenneth was selected to be a Forbes under 30 Scholar.

Kenneth earned his Bachelor's Degree in Communication with a minor in Leadership and Integrated Learning from Michigan State University in May of 2016. He has extensive experience in various sectors of Public Relations including nonprofits, technology and crisis communication. Additionally, Kenneth has studied abroad in Mexico, Belize and China whilst also being a published author.  He was also on MSU’s Homecoming Court.

He contributed a section to an anthology published by the MSU libraries.

Kenneth’s mission is to connect people through story telling.  He is passionate about the power of shared experiences.  He has spent his life writing and sharing stories and learned early that, even when people seem very different, they can connect when they see themselves through someone else’s experiences.

One of his biggest challenges was dealing with the loss of his grandfather, who was always his biggest cheerleader.  He also struggles to maintain a good sense of his worth.  He works to know his value without feeling arrogant.

To overcome tough times he prayers every day.  His favorite verse is Luke 12:32.  He knows that he should not have fear.  God seeks to bless him beyond what he can imagine.

He encourages others to learn to love themselves and says that no one should curb their brilliance out of fear of fueling someone else’s insecurities.  –Be Boss-

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Direct download: EP_133_Kenneth_Williams_Jr.m4a
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Do you set goals and fall short of meeting them?

Do you make promises to co-workers or volunteers and then fail to follow through?

Are daily choices inconsistent with the outcomes you say you’d like to create in your work or life?

You are not alone. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution to get to the gym 4 times per week or a commitment to an employee that you’ll be better at delegating tasks with a reasonable amount of lead time, we humans have a tough time breaking bad habits and implementing the new and improved.

We have great intentions. We just get stuck. And before we know it 5 months have passed without any noticeable change or personal growth.

So, based on the title of this episode you might be thinking, “oh yay! She’s going to tell me it’s okay. Everyone does it anyway. Move on and just be okay with how things are.”

Sorry. That’s not the emphasis today.

Yes, I will still encourage you to stop beating yourself up when you fail to meet a goal or a deadline. However, the reasoning is different. If you’ve been listening for a while or have worked with me you know that I’m all about defeating drama. Beating yourself up is just a waste of time. And it shifts your focus away from meeting your objective.

You see, when you are calling yourself names and mentally berating yourself, where is your focus? On you and how bad you are.

Is this motivating? No.

Is this time spent on creating a new plan that DOES move you towards your goals? NO.

Beating yourself up is just self-induced drama. It shifts your focus away from where it needs to be; on making the plan you must implement to meet your objectives.

And, too often our berating tends to lend the opportunity to give ourselves a pass.  Do any of these sound familiar?

  • I do this every time. I’m just not cut out to be successful.”
  • Why bother even trying? I’m just setting myself up for failure.
  • I have no will power.
  • I’m a complete loser!
  • I suck

Our mental beat down can become an excuse, a long term justification.

And how motivated do you feel while engaging in this kind of negative self talk?   Get over yourself and get on with it!

Now, I don’t want you to completely skip over the feeling of disappointment or the loss of what could have been. Experience the pain to motivate you to new momentum. So, notice it quickly but don’t park there. Don’t let a disappointment become a long term beat down.

When a client shares their story of a missed deadline or failed commitment my first question is always, “how does it feel?”

If it’s a failed commitment to another person I also want them to think how that person might feel or what their team might be saying to each other. I also ask them to think about how they might feel if someone failed to follow through for them in the same way.

This helps build the motivation for change. The goal is to reignite the commitment.

From there we move quickly to, “Now, what do you want to do about it?”

  • What did you learn? This is an important question. Perhaps you can glean some additional information about structure required to pull off the change. Are there ways to build in hourly, daily or weekly accountability? Do you need a tracking system? A notorious strategy for dieting is to keep a food journal so that dieters are conscious fo what’s going in their mouths. A tally of calories can be an eye opening experience. Information and facts are so helpful to maintain motivation.
  • Is there any clean up you must do as a result? Any apologies or acknowledgements to make? Is trust eroding or disappointment building between you and others? Acknowledgement and an apology go a long way to rebuilding trust and igniting hope.
  • How will you reaffirm your commitment to yourself or others to create accountability?
  • What actions will you take to keep your commitment?
  • What do you need to create logistically to succeed?
  • What progress, if any, did you make? Was there any forward momentum? Any positive steps? If so, take a moment to celebrate.

 

If you’re like most of my clients you have big dreams and a hearty list of goals to tackle. You have a vision for the difference you want to make. Don’t get in your own way. Break those goals into manageable stepping stones and create the positive mindset that you WILL make them happen one daily choice at a time.

And, if a bump in the road happens caused by you or something out of your control you’ll keep on keeping on. Your plans are too important to give up on!

Remember, the world needs your unique impact!  Go do it!

Direct download: Episode_132_Stop_Beating_Yourself_Up.m4a
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www.traceymaxfield.com

Tracey Maxfield is a nurse with over 36 years’ experience. She experienced her first episode of clinical depression in her twenties and lived with chronic depression ever since. However, nothing prepared her for the acute depressive episode she experienced in 2015. After enduring years of intense work place stress, harassment and bullying, she plummeted into an abyss of darkness, hopelessness and despair the likes of which she had never experienced before.


Encouraged by a psychologist, Tracey started a Blog, Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my life with depression, to better help her friends understand her depression. Over time, Tracey began to heal and found that out of the darkness and despair, there is hope, there is life after depression.


Since the release of her book, Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my journey through depression (www.traceymaxfield.com), Tracey has become a staunch advocate for Mental Illness and Mental Health Awareness and Bullying and completed the course, Bringing Mental Health to Schools. She has met with teenagers ages 11 to 15 years to talk about bullying and mental illness and has appeared on numerous podcasts in the USA, Canada and UK, live radio shows and ABC KOMO News 4, KSHV 45, and NBC News 6 television shows. In June, Tracey was featured in a series of articles by HelloCare magazine in Australia.

In September, Tracey embarked on a new life journey, she sold her home, donated most of her possessions to various charities and made a commitment to try and make a difference in the world and is spending six months traveling in the USA, talking about mental illness and bullying in children and teenagers. Her philosophy is to Engage children and teenagers, to Educate them about mental illness and bullying and to Empower them to develop confidence and skills to continue to move ahead in their own life journey.

Tracey completed the Global 7/7 Challenge and recorded 7 days/7 videos on mental illness www.traceymaxfield.fyi.to/changingthefaceofmentalillness and bullying in children and teenagers www.traceymaxfield.fyi.to/helptraceystopbullying. In February, Tracey is heading to Kansas and Florida to appear on TV/radio shows and give talks at local schools.


She is also one of the ‘Break Out’ presenters at the TEACH 2019 Conference in Jacksonville, Florida on March 2, 2019.

Direct download: Tracey_Maxfield_Inverview.m4a
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So often when I’m working with clients they share the list of things they’d love to make happen in their lives….. closely followed by all of the excuses for why they cannot start.  Often the excuse list can be boiled down to one short phrase, “The timing is not perfect.”

If this is you, I hate to break it to you but, as for perfect timing….…there is no such thing! 

If you want to live and lead for impact, you’ve got to know this to your core!  If not, you’ll waiting a long time for your impact and so will the world!

I have a good friend who is a project manager for a large, international company.  They pull the best of the best of the best to work on their projects….the best minds, best talent, best resources from across the world.  And, even they have never found the perfect time or had the perfect launch.

I look back on my life and there were MANY times when I just pushed forward rather than pressing pause when timing was far from perfect and I can say with certainty I have no regret about starting when I did for any of them

For instance, I remember deciding to write my first book. 

At the time, I knew nothing about writing or publishing.  I didn’t even know how many words or 8 ½ x 11 pages in a Word document would equal enough pages for a book.  I had to call a friend who’d recently had a book published through Wiley, Corey Perlman.  I asked him….so, how do you know when you have enough content?

He shared the number of words he’d been given as a goal and the number he’d ended up with.  Based on the information he shared, I decided I’d celebrate as soon as I hit 25,000 words.  When I did and still had plenty more to write about I knew I had a book! 

I still had a lot more to figure out beyond the word count too: Self Publish or look for a traditional publisher, editing, covers, formatting, indexing and more.

I was also a single mom with 2 young boys.  None of this made it the optimal time.

So, I just started.  I didn’t focus on any of the end of project tasks and instead just made a commitment to get up every morning at 5:30 AM to write. 

My first book came out in 2010, the next, 2012, then 2016 and 2017.  And, each time it has gotten easier and easier because I’ve learned so much along the way that I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t just started.

Similarly, when I was part of a team starting a ministry we talked about delaying launch until we did some more research, tweaked a bit more. But, the truth was, there really wasn’t more to learn from research.  Many of our questions could only be answered by doing.  There would never be a perfect time.

And then when I think about starting my coaching business almost 15 years ago.  Talk about not the perfect time…and yet, I’ve loved every minute of it and know that I’ve positively impacted so many people and companies. 

I started that business on the heels of an abusive marriage!  I’d spent years being berated and told I was worthless, lazy and a sham.  I was about to be a new single mom and had no family support.  The income from my new business needed to support myself and two young boys.

My ducks weren’t in a row, they were all over the place! 

And, yet….I started.  I had spoken to a few trusted advisors in my life and they had helped me identify my unique abilities. I took a self study course, created a business name and website and launched!

A couple of years ago I added a second business as an extra income source.  It’s well aligned with what I was already doing and I loved that I would have the chance to spend time with motivated, goal-oriented people, something that I miss, at times, while working for myself.

My kids were both going through major health challenges. Once again, it was not the optimal time to launch a new endeavor or meet a new team.  But….I jumped.

These are just a few examples.  I’m sure I could share more.  But you get it.

I can tell you that in not one instance do I regret moving forward during a time when things were far from perfect.

And, I know I’ve made an impact on this world each time I moved past discomfort to start or create a new something when it wasn’t the perfect time.

What if I’d robbed the world of my impact while I waited for all the stars to align?

What have you been pressing pause on?  Is it something for you, your family or your health?  Maybe it’s something you’d like to learn or train for, a trip you’d like to take.  Is there a new business on your brain?

Whatever it is just start!  The Perfect time will never happen.  Why is today’s barrier to perfection any worse than the one you’ll have tomorrow?

Don’t rob the world of your plan, don’t rob your life of your plan.

To what will you commit to today to put your plan in action? 

Today commit to taking the first step and tomorrow take one more.  Before you know it you’ll be well on your way and looking back with a feeling of satisfaction and a smile.  Impact made or lessons learned.  Either way a life enriched by a chance you took.


Vid Lamonte' Buggs Jr is an Athlete. Scholar. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Bestselling Author. Speaker. Poet. Consultant. Volunteer. Coach. A modern-day “Renaissance man,”

Vid Buggs is a man of diverse interests who directs his many talents towards bringing people together, encouraging them to look past their differences to unite to make the world a better place.

Vid and his companies 4-U-Nique Publishing and VLB/VBJ Enterprises have been featured in several publications including USA Weekly, Huffington Post, and Forbes. Find out more about Vid at www.vidbuggs.com 

Vid grew up in an area where the life expectancy for males was only 29 years.  And, he grew up in the United States, in a place many visit for the beautiful beaches.  I was shocked to learn that he was talking about the Virginia Beach area.  The area has many port cities where incomes are tied to the US military.  There are drug problems, high murder rates, and many low-income families. 

Vid has beat the odds, but had to power through a childhood filled with people telling him he couldn’t….they thought he wouldn’t run….and yet he went on to play professional basketball.  And teachers filled his mind with Don’t Do’s, but never replaced the void with what TO do.  How could he dream and set big goals? 

He took on a Warrior Mindset with a focus on Faith, Determination and Perseverance.  He now lives to fulfill his mission of instilling these important life skills into children and adults.  As a coach to young athletes he shares basketball skills, but more importantly, tenacity!

He also seeks to bring people together and minimize the division we have in our world.  He wants to overcome what divides us as we focus on the plenty that we share in common.  He shares his important messages through speaking and writing.  He also helps other authors get their important messages out for impact.

His biggest internal challenge has been his battle with perfectionism and his largest external challenge is being a minority in America.  When he walks into a room, stigma follows and he must work 10 times harder as a result.  In tough times he remembers those who came before him and worked through their own struggles and he also relies heavily on his faith, turning to the Bible for strength and perseverance.  With his focus there he can get up and keep moving to overcome his next challenge. 

For others who are working to make their impact, he shares that you must continue to take intentional and meaningful action.  Start small.  Small builds and the ripple will eventually create a wave.  Just keep moving!

 


Do you have some lingering relationships ... …tear you down….cause grief…..have baggage…..long histories…

……these relationships can and DO zap our energy, steal our joy, drum up false beliefs about ourselves, and sometimes even stand in the way of achieving our dreams.

Yes, addressing relationship stuff can feel overwhelming, but often remedies are simpler than you’d think if you know how to define the right fix. That’s why I’ve designed the Relationship Renovation Roadmap I can’t wait to show you how!

Go to DefeatTheDrama.com/roadmap to check it out!

I actually wrote about this life lesson learned from my car a few years back and as I’m revisiting it now had to laugh.  My son is currently on his way to get HIS car fixed with a similar issue.  He waited until the emergency situation placed on the side of the expressway calling AAA for service. I’d been telling him for weeks he needed to get it looked at. He didn’t listen and look…..neither did I….

Here’s my similar story with the life lessons it taught me…..


My car had had some issues.  I had to keep refilling the coolant reservoir.  I assumed that it was leaking, though I didn’t know for sure.  I’m not a big car person.  I don’t really enjoy dealing with anything to do with my car other than getting in and driving it where I need to go.  Beyond that I don’t want to take any time on it.  I try to avoid talking about it, getting work done on it, pumping gas into it, filling the tires or even shopping for a new one!  As long as the car I have can fulfill its basic function for me I’m good to go. 

Over time the coolant issue got worse and worse and I had to spend a bit more time and money dealing with my car.  I had to buy coolant and add it.  At first I needed to add it about once a month, then once every couple weeks, then once a week.  Finally I was adding coolant two times per week.  The gage I used was my air conditioning or heat (yes, this went on for months!).  When the air conditioner or heater blew out warm air rather than cold or hot I knew that it was time to add more coolant. 

It was working for me.  I knew deep down that I was spending a lot on coolant but I just didn’t feel like taking the extra time necessary to figure out what was really wrong.  I was just using the band aid method, coaxing the car along doing the bare minimum to keep it driving for me.  It was fulfilling its basic function so I just kept going with it.

Then one morning I went out to my trusty vehicle to drive my two boys to school.  The car failed me!  It would not start.  I checked the fluid.  I had just filled it.  I didn’t think that low fluid was a reasonable hypothesis since it had been bone dry many times with no starter issues, but it was worth a try.  That tapped my knowledge base.  I had a car that was no longer fulfilling its basic function.  I was finally forced into real action.  I called the mechanic who makes house calls.

The starting issue ended up being nothing more than a dead battery, an easy fix.  The leak, however, was a disintegrating radiator.  Once the mechanic removed it, he ran his hand down it to show me all of the little metal fins just falling away.  He said that it had been on the verge of failing altogether.  It would not have been drivable.  Coolant would have gushed all over.  There would have been nothing to fill.  I was now thankful for the dead battery.  It stopped my car from working and made me take the time to figure out what was really wrong.  Out of sheer luck, I was at home rather than on the side of the road somewhere. 


It got me thinking.  How often do we do this in our lives?  As long as something is still working, at least barely, we don’t put the time or energy necessary to address it at all.  We live with mediocrity rather than shooting for greatness.  We limp along rather than soaring.  We put time and energy into a band aid but nothing more.  And if we are lucky, a smaller issue will pop up to give us a wakeup call before catastrophe strikes.  So, what in your life needs more attention?  Where do you need a wake up call?

Are you just skating at work but feel like, hey, the job still pays the bills?  When is the last time you put extra energy at work?   When did you put not just your time but your passion into your work?  When did you last feel gratitude towards your boss, your subordinates or peers?

Or, maybe it’s your own business.  Are you feeling frustrated while you fail to do what you must to really succeed? 

Is your relationship with your significant other just a partnership of convenience?  Where have you set the bar?  Do you figure If the house gets semi-clean and there are some clean clothes, you both must be doing something right?  That’s good enough.  When is the last time you had a date together?  When did you last feel passion?  When did you feel an air of gratitude?  When is the last time you took a moment to appreciate the fact that your partner is in your life?  When did you last say, “I appreciate you”, with words or a gesture?  What energy is going to this important relationship to make it great?  Wouldn’t a rocking relationship be a better bar to set?  What would that feel like?

Does stress fill your life?  Are you slapping the band aid of alcohol or sleeping pills to keep going the way you’re going?  Who do you need to say no to with grace?  How do you need to revamp your expectations of yourself?  Are you shooting for that impossible goal of perfection?  What resentments are you carrying?  Where do you need to have a voice?  Where are you making assumptions that just increase your anger?

Do you have a health issue that you just work around?  I have to admit to that I have done this.  Are you putting a band aid on an issue?  What if it’s your tiny wake up call, the one that will come before catastrophe hits?  How can you get your body in motion?  What are you fueling your body with?  When did you have your last check-up?  What health screenings have you put off as unimportant?

Are you just tolerating your kids? Are they something to be dealt with, just another chore?  When is the last time you celebrated them?  Where can you pour more energy into their lives?  What wisdom can you teach? How can you shower love on them?  Where do you need to pull back the reigns and pay attention to their lives?  Who are they hanging out with, what do they do?

What in your life is slowly getting worse and worse?  What are you putting a band aid on rather than actually fixing?  What would it feel like to put full energy on fixing something rather than partial energy on band-aiding?  Where does your energy need to go before your kids are lost, your marriage falls apart, your health fails you, your boss fires you or your business fails?

Let this be your wake up call. You are a limited resource created for impact.  Learn this lesson from my car.  Take action now.  It’s time for you to soar!

Do you have some lingering relationships ... …tear you down….cause grief…..have baggage…..long histories…

……these relationships can and DO zap our energy, steal our joy, drum up false beliefs about ourselves, and sometimes even stand in the way of achieving our dreams.

Yes, addressing relationship stuff can feel overwhelming, but often remedies are simpler than you’d think if you know how to define the right fix. That’s why I’ve designed the Relationship Renovation Roadmap I can’t wait to show you how!

Go to DefeatTheDrama.com/roadmap to check it out!

Direct download: Where_Does_Your_Life_Need_a_TuneUP_Life_lesson_from_my_car.m4a
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Nela Dunato Art & Design

neladunato.com

Find her book, Human Centered Brand here:  https://humancenteredbrand.com/

Nela Dunato is a designer, writer, and educator from Croatia. She’s the author of the book “The Human Centered Brand”, a practical guide that teaches service based business owners and creatives how to create an authentic brand and grow meaningful relationships with their clients.

Nela also teaches design as an Adobe course instructor, leads in-person workshops, and writes articles on design, marketing, business, and creativity.

She grew up in a small town, felt nerdy, isolated and was bullied, even by some teachers. Then she finally found and connected with her own band of misfits.  She quickly learned the importance of finding your peeps.

She is now on a mission to help others attract their people through authentic, intentional branding.

Words of Wisdom:  Don’t get hung up on a big huge vision.  Start small, but consistent.  Build community.  It will happen if you keep going with persistence and patience.

Direct download: Nela_Dunato_Interview.m4a
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Pop Psych 101

Poppsych101.com

Mike hails from Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City is in Missouri, not Kansas, for the confused reading this. CHIEFS!

Living in KC is a bit of luck on Mike’s side–being right in the middle of the USA is super useful for someone who’s terrified to fly. North, West, East or South, nothing is further than 27 hours drive. Doable.

Husband and Dad life are number 1. Talk show Host? Stay at home Dad. Pretty nice guy. Average height. Handsome sometimes. Driven by a primal urge to create and entertain.

That primal urge is called Bipolar Disorder. It’s actually super useful. Goal Oriented like crazy.

#1 creative and entertainment goal? Teaching people about Mental Health. It’s fascinating if you just listen for minute or two

Mike is working to spread awareness and bust the stigma of mental health issues.  He wants to normalize it so that at some point we can speak about it the same way we would talk about a broken leg.

He’s been a creative person his entire life and began adding to his portfolio when he was 13 years old. 

He now works from the speed of pedal-to-the-medal to huge downswings where it’s difficult to get up or do anything.

His wife is always there to encourage him and so is his sister, but there are also times when he needs to give in to the disease and tuck away in the quiet.

Mike and his podcast co-host, Ryan, a therapist, explore the topic of mental health through movies and shows.  They share ideas and reviews in an entertaining way and joke that their show has one therapist, one advocate and 2 perspectives.

Direct download: Mike_Grahmik_Interview.m4a
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Do you have some lingering relationships ... …tear you down….cause grief…..have baggage…..long histories…

……these relationships can and DO zap our energy, steal our joy, drum up false beliefs about ourselves, and sometimes even stand in the way of achieving our dreams.

Yes, addressing relationship stuff can feel overwhelming, but often remedies are simpler than you’d think if you know how to define the right fix. That’s why I’ve designed the Relationship Renovation Roadmap  I can’t wait to show you how!

Go to: DefeatTheDrama.com/Roadmap to check it out

Your plugging along working and feeling productive with a vision of an on time exit from work when you look up to see the Workplace Whiner standing in your doorway.  Or, perhaps you work from home and the constant complainer enters your space via phone.

Oh No!! Not now! Not today!

The energy-zapping, soul-sucking minutes that can drag into an hour. Time you can never get back. You want to scream, slam the door in their face, or end the call, but you don’t want them to feel bad……or walk around complaining about you!

Years ago, when I worked in an office full time we had an employee who walked around for hours every day holding a coffee mug. We called the mug his “decoy”. He’d make it appear as though he was just out on a quick jaunt to refill, but this was obviously not his true mission.   Office by office he’d stop in for his chat, sharing tidbits he’d heard along the way. He was also known as the department spy.

Whiners and complainers can take many forms. They can be frustrated about co-workers or personal injustices. Whatever the topic, they are breeding drama wherever they go. They aren’t just looking for an ear to get through a tough time. They are built to look for the issue, the challenge, the drama.  If a frustration isn’t easy to find, they’ll flip a story to become victim, wronged yet again.

Your whiner may be at work, or perhaps provide service at a place you frequent.  Are they a friend who calls nightly to share their woes?

Many of my clients struggle to avoid whiners. Here are some of the key strategies I share with them. Pick the one that feels right for you and your circumstance.

  1. This one is the least direct but usually yields a good result. A quick excuse stated as you focus intently on your screen or head out the door. “I’m so sorry. I’m on a deadline so can chat for 5 minutes but no more. What’s up?”

I don’t condone lying. So, I’m not really suggesting that you say you are on a deadline when you aren’t. I just think it’s safe to assume that, whether at work or moving through life, there is always some kind of priority looming. Just fill in the blank with the actual time frame or leave it out altogether if you prefer to make an instant get away.

  1. This option is one that will achieve your end result over time. Ultimately, any whiner is looking for the sympathetic ear. That person who will commiserate with their opinions and validate their misery. They are intentional about their targets. It’s no fun to whine to someone who is coming back at you with butterflies and sunshine, or worse, someone who’ll share strategies or specific actions the whiner could take to improve the situation!!

    They aren’t looking for a new perspective. No, they seek someone to join them in their funk. So, I suggest that you begin sharing ideas about the more positive perspective they might consider as they describe their negative view. Or, share how wonderful you think that situation sounds or how they might improve the situation with a proactive approach. You won’t be the chosen one for long if you don’t empathize or commiserate. I promise! 

No beating around the bush with this one. The more direct approach that will earn you the quickest retreat is to simply state that you have made it your personal goal to remain focused on all things positive. You’ve given up watching the news and will be happy to engage in problem solving activities but are committed to steering clear of complaining or any other negative, low energy inputs.  It will be immediately obvious to even the most self-absorbed whiner that you are not the ideal target. Some will put up a bit of a fight, but stand your ground. ‘If you have any positive news to share I am all ears. If not, I need to stop you right there and get back to my work.”

The Relationship Renovation Roadmap

Go to: DefeatTheDrama.com/Roadmap to check it out

Direct download: 3_Secrets_to_Stopping_the_Constant_Complainer.m4a
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Wrestling with Fatherhood

wwfatherhood.com

Matt Woodrum, married, with 3 daughters, is passionate about sending a call out to men to understand the value that they bring to their families. As someone who grew up without a dad and worked within the prison system, Matt has seen firsthand how growing up without a dad can negatively affect our children.

Matt is equipping men to become their kid’s biggest hero.  To often men minimize their value.

Matt found his motivation from his childhood.

As a small illustration of the kind of life he had as a toddler, Matt shares that his first words were Scooby Doo.

Matt was removed from his home and adopted out when he was 4 years old because he had been abused.  The man he called father committed suicide when he was 7.  He did not have a good role model after that. 

He credits his wife who, when they first met, encouraged him, telling him that he had a great future and could design it.  She also believed in him and his ability to do well in school when he felt like a failure.

As an adult he worked in a prison ministry and learned that 88% of men who were incarcerated did not have good father figures growing up. 

And, then he worked with women in prison teaching anger management and learned of the heartache so many had felt from treatment from men.

He knew that men needed to step up, do better and understand the value they could bring by living to higher standards. 

Next steps include Mastermind groups for men where they will find a community to lock arms with so they can encourage, uplift one another and hole one another accountable to exceptional standards.

Matt often struggles with not feeling good enough or questions how in the world someone with his background could ever be equipped to help men be great fathers and husbands.  He has no role model himself.  But, his wife is always there with words of encouragement and this keeps him going.

Matt knows that with a history like his he could either think poor me and use it as an excuse to do nothing with his life or, he could turn his trials into his testimony.

Direct download: Matt_Woodrum_Interview.m4a
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Do you have some lingering relationships ....that can be challenging …tear you down….cause grief…..have baggage…..long histories…

……these relationships can and DO zap our energy, steal our joy, drum up false beliefs about ourselves, and sometimes even stand in the way of achieving our dreams.

Yes, addressing relationship stuff can feel overwhelming, but often remedies are simpler than you’d think if you know how to define the right fix. That’s why I’ve designed the Relationship Renovation Roadmap  I can’t wait to show you how!    Go to DefeatTheDrama.com/Roadmap to check it out!

Have you ever heard Jeff Foxworthy’s  “You Might Be a Redneck if…..” lists?

They are hilarious!

Well, I’m going to start with something similar, but you may not find it so funny.

I call it the You Might Be a People Pleaser if: 

  • If you Constantly feel overwhelmed and scattered…..You might be a People Pleaser
  • If you often feel unappreciated…..You might be a people pleaser.
  • If you feel resentment towards most people in your life……you might be a people pleaser
  • If everyone takes advantage of you….you might be a people pleaser….
  • If your life is filled with pushy people …….you might be a people pleaser
  • If you just want everyone to be happy and will do almost anything to make it that way….You might be a people pleaser.
  • If you rarely, if ever, ask anyone for help……you might be a people pleaser.
  • If you often feel disappointed in others……you might be a people pleaser.
  • If you’re afraid to share your disappointments or other negative feelings……you might be a people pleaser.
  • If you aren’t even certain what having feelings means…You are DEFINITELY a People Pleaser!

You tell yourself your friends, family members, employees, volunteers should just know what to do.  You stuff your feelings or are not even aware of them – Maybe you aren’t even certain what I mean when I ask about your feelings
You minimize your own wants and needs
You excuse or justify away your need to speak up

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had a people pleasing client tell me, I just want everyone to be happy.  I’m just really nice.

But here’s the reality; People Pleasers don’t just want others to be happy.  They NEED others to be happy!  And most are actually controlling and manipulating their way to that end.

Yep….It’s true!  Here’s the thought process:

I want to be okay.

I need you to be okay so that I can be okay.

I will do whatever it takes for you to be okay.

Doing anything can mean hiding true feelings, manipulating outcomes behind the scenes, having back hall conversations rather than speaking directly to anyone actually involved, avoiding tough conversations, lying or withholding information.

And there are many unintended consequences, beyond the personal build-up of resentments, overwhelm, frustrations, disappointments, chaos that comes with trying to control the lives of everyone around you so that you can feel okay?  The lost energy spent to track modified messages, make things happen covertly, stuffing true feelings while plastering a smile.

Yes, beyond these personal consequences are these:

Unintended Consequences:

You Rob Others of their Opportunity to Excel – They have no idea you’d like them to do better or be different.  By sulking in silence or complaining only to others you are robbing them of the chance to make a different choice.

People can’t trust you: – Yep, that’s right!  Whether it’s deep down or something they know to be true for certain, those around you can’t trust your words.  You say you are fine, but are you really?  You say you can help, but will you actually show?  You say you’re happy with their achievements, but have they really done enough?

Do you feel motivated to make the change that you must? 

Here 5 Steps to Stop Your People Pleasing

  1. Collect the Pain: Begin to notice where you feel resentment, disappointment towards others.  Notice when you are overwhelmed and frustrated.  Pay attention to all the times you put your agenda aside for someone else’s emergency or request.
  2. Determine What You Want/Need:  It may have been a while since you thought about what you wanted.  Practice doing some check ins throughout the day. Determine whether you are pretending to be happy or if you really are.
  3. Start Speaking Up:  Begin saying no to requests where appropriate and start setting boundaries and asking for help from others.  Set clear expectations for your employees.  Provide constructive feedback where necessary.
  4. Gather Successes: As you speak up or say no and get a good response, take note.  Remember all the times that your feared outcome did not happen.  Start with people who are easier to speak with.  Then work towards tackling the People Pushers in your life.

Build Momentum:  Continue to speak up as you build enthusiasm and feel empowered. Enjoy the feeling and keep going!

Click here to view more information on the Relationship Renovation Roadmap

Direct download: 5_Keys_to_Stop_People_Pleasing.m4a
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Matt is president and founder of Nonprofit.Courses, an on-demand, online educational resource for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members and volunteers. He’s the author of the Guide to Nonprofit Consulting, and teaches nonprofit management at several universities, via the web, and in-person in the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. Matt’s past work includes fundraising for several nonprofits. He has an MA in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. 

Interview Questions

What impact are you motivated to make in this world?

Matt loves teaching. He began at a young age and knew immediately he enjoyed it. He just wishes he’d listened earlier in life while others were giving him clues that could have moved him in the direction of teaching topics helpful to nonprofits sooner. 

He shared that in Daniel Blink’s book, “Drive” he says to go do what motivates you.  Helping nonprofits across the world make their impact is definitely what drives Matt.

That has been his focus now for years and he recently launched a website that provides learning to nonprofits that is time-efficient and cost effective.  Many of the offerings are free, while others are modestly priced.

What life experience motivates you to make your impact?

His time as a young man in Boy Scouts is what first sparked the realization that it’s important to pay attention to how you are sharing knowledge.  He loved how hands on the learning was there.  That made it easier for he and others to learn.

What impact have you made that really fuels your passion?

What impact are you focused on next?

What is the biggest internal or external challenge you’ve had to overcome?  And how did you overcome it

For Matt the biggest on-going challenge to success has been self confidence.  He reminds himself often, “I can do this!” and, “I am good enough!”  As a solopreneur it is often challenging to wear all of the hats.  You get good at one thing and then need to add another task.  Social media has been a recent focus.

I love what Matt says about Persistence!  He says that the outcome of persistence is what people “suddenly see when they haven’t seen all the small steps.

How do you stay motivated and moving during tough times?

What words of wisdom do you have for others who want to make an impact?

His words of wisdom to others working to make their impact:

  • Speak Up
  • Ask Questions
  • Simple Do! If something is bothering you, you might be the one who makes it happen!

And he tells himself often, “If I got a paycheck job I wouldn’t be better off!”  It helps him prod through the tougher days!

He also stresses the importance of having a good support system.  He appreciates that his wife has been on this journey with him all along

What's one success strategy that has helped you?

And, on the importance of Nonprofits, some insights I hadn’t thought about before!

Nonprofits are an important conduit to our making an impact.  The prevalence of direct giving through sites like GoFundMe as increased the opportunity to misdirect money.  He shared a local news story where the story of a homeless man sparked a large giving effort.  However, the story turned out to be false and the funds did not ultimately help the man.

In addition, he shared how philanthropy survives in a Democratic society but can’t work is well without.  In his example, he shared that if someone identified and spoke about a problem of water quality in a place like North Korea you would be seen as questioning the State, an unwelcome initiative.  And, if you further had a desire to fix it, you would be seen as suspect.

In contrast, in a Democracy citizens can point out problems and seek to resolve them through philanthropy and nonprofits.

Matt's Website:

https://nonprofit.courses

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Do you have some lingering relationships ....that can be challenging …tear you down….cause grief…..have baggage…..long histories…

……these relationships can and DO zap our energy, steal our joy, drum up false beliefs about ourselves, and sometimes even stand in the way of achieving our dreams.

Yes, addressing relationship stuff can feel overwhelming, but often remedies are simpler than you’d think if you know how to define the right fix. That’s why I’ve designed the Relationship Renovation Roadmap  I can’t wait to show you how!

Go to: DefeatTheDrama.com/Roadmap to check it out!

If you’ve been listening to this podcast you already know that I spend a lot of time helping people overcome their drama in relationships.  It has no place in a life built for impact.

Often drama between people boils down to a lack of trust. You can have little or no trust for someone based on your experience with them; they’ve proven with their words or actions that they should not be trusted. Or you can lack trust because you don’t know them.

Either way, when we don’t trust someone we are more apt to assume the worst or assign mal-intent to their actions.

Of course, a history of bad behavior warrants less trust. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. In businesses and nonprofit endeavors, however, I often find that lack of trust comes from a lack of knowing. Sometimes leaders don’t give their employees or volunteers time to connect.   And this creates negative assumptions and drama!

Over the years I’ve had a unique perspective into so many relationships and can say with certainty that often these assumptions are not accurate. I would even hazard to say that rarely are the assumptions driving these negative relationships true.

When communication and connection happen, trust can build quickly. Assumptions are replaced with facts and relationships are transformed.

I worked with a group of 4 people who knew little of each other personally but had to deal with each other often to complete their work. The company called me in because the poor relationships were decreasing productivity.

I spent exactly one and a half hours with them and in that time they had many aha moments. “Oh, when you were asking me that I thought you were trying to pass your work on to me!”

“No, I’ve already tried 4 different times to get the numbers right by the time I’m asking you to clarify some things.”

“I thought you were just coming in early so that you could leave early and find things to complain about.”

“No, with the work changes I now have to come in early to get everything set up and do the inventory. I’d actually prefer not to start so early!”

On and on it went.   Gaps in fact filled in with negative presumptions quickly overcome with truth.

Each had painted a picture of the other like a paint by number gone wrong. The little assumptions all added to a perception of co-workers trying to avoid work, get each other in trouble and wreak havoc. Recent changes in roles and workflow had put them all together feeling uncertain and wary.

They needed to work together but had had no opportunity to build trust.

I am very visual so I almost always end up describing concepts with physical items.

I started using the term Trust Bucket to describe the level of trust we have with others. It’s just a nice visual.

So, an empty trust bucket means little trust.

A full trust bucket is like a full bank account of trust.

A full trust bucket and we are assuming the best of each other. If my co-worker of 10 years is late and I have assigned a full trust bucket to her I will assume she got held up. An empty trust bucket and I’m assuming the worst. “He doesn’t value my time or is disrespecting me.”

I find that people assign empty or full trust buckets to new people in different ways.

Some people tend to start new relationships with a full trust bucket.   “I will trust you unless you give me good cause not to.” At that point, they will have an empty trust bucket.

Others are more cautious and begin relationships with an empty trust bucket. “I need to see who you are first. Prove that you deserve my trust. You have to earn it. Then I will fill the trust bucket.”

If your impact requires a team of employees or volunteers it is so important to bring them together so they have an opportunity to know each other as people and fill those trust buckets!

 

 

 

 

Drama happens when trust buckets are low. As I often say, in the absence of fact, for some reason humans fill in the blanks with negative assumptions. A process falls apart and the first instinct is for employees to blame co-workers they don’t trust, “they’re just trying to make my job harder!”

Bring teams together and give them the chance to know one another and trust will develop. They will assume the best of each other instead.

So, a few thoughts and action items for you today.

  1. How full are your trust buckets with people? Do you start with a full bucket and empty with negative experiences or do you start empty and make them work their way to trust?
  2. Are there people in your life or work with empty trust buckets? Are you reaching conclusions about them out of assumption rather than fact? Are your beliefs accurate?  How can you get to know them to learn their true character?

If you are a leader, where do team members have empty trust buckets? How can you bring them together to meet, connect and build trust?

Direct download: EP_120_Build_Trust_in_Relationships_for_Impact.m4a
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When you think about snowboarding, you don't necessarily think of Northwest Indiana. There are no mountains, or ski areas to speak of within 50 miles. However, this doesn’t deter Valparaiso resident and Army Veteran Kristine White. After a military injury, Kristine was told sports and physical activities would be limited. But Kristine chose to challenge what was thought to be impossible. She continues to do what she loves. You can view more about her at the link below:

https://kristinewhitesnowboard.com

Direct download: Kristine_White_Snowboarder.m4a
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Do you have some lingering relationships ....that can be challenging …tear you down….cause grief…..have baggage…..long histories…

 

……these relationships can and DO zap our energy, steal our joy, drum up false beliefs about ourselves, and sometimes even stand in the way of achieving our dreams.

 

Yes, addressing relationship stuff can feel overwhelming, but often remedies are simpler than you’d think if you know how to define the right fix. That’s why I’ve designed the Relationship Renovation Roadmap  I can’t wait to show you how!    Go to DefeatTheDrama.com/Roadmap to check it out!

 

Much of what we need to get good at to make our impact in this world is related to our relationships.  Setting Healthy Boundaries is another one of those key strategies. If other people are demanding all of your time and you are not able to say no, how will you ever carve out the time you need to do what you’d choose?

It is not our job to make everyone happy.  And we cannot always give to others everything they want from us. 

 

What do you want, need or desire from your relationships to live happily and make your impact? Do you ever ask yourself this question?

Boundaries are rules of engagement for your relationships. If you are doing all of the modifying and all of the sucking it up without speaking up you will build up resentments with the people in your work and life. You will also tend to attract people who don’t like to respect boundaries.

You want a say in how your relationships work. People who are more passive in life, in particular, often forget to put themselves into the equation of the relationship. They become so focused on meeting the other person’s needs or fixing their next catastrophe that they forget to consider their own feelings, wants and needs.

 

Here are 5 Keys to Designing Relationships that Support You Towards Impact

  1. Create the Boundary: If you had your way, what variables would you like to change in your relationships?  Whether it’s work or life it’s time to take an inventory. Remember, what you tolerate teaches others.

Here are some common places to look:

  • Respect My Time: be on time or let me know ahead of time that you will be late. Or, perhaps it’s a neighbor who doesn’t understand that you work from home. Present doesn’t mean available for lengthy chit chat. 
  • Give Me More Notice: are you tired of putting out fires for a person who is constantly coming to you last minute to help with a project or fill out a form? Their sense of urgency cannot always be yours. Whether it’s a child, friend, or a co-worker, stop and think what you need in this area.
  • Watch Your Tone: whether it’s sarcasm, a condescending attitude or a too loud volume, teach people how you would like to be spoken to by speaking up when their tone is out of line. When my kids were little and they were whiney I would tell them, “I can’t understand you when you talk like that.”
  • Behave Appropriately: is it a co-worker telling off color jokes or a colleague drinking too much at the company picnic? Perhaps it’s a family member during a holiday meal.
  1. Consequence is Key:humans need a catalyst to generate change, it’s just the reality of things. Change is uncomfortable. If others are accommodating us in our current state we are unlikely to do anything different.  So, while in some of your relationships the fact that you’ve taken the time to share your feelings will ignite a positive reaction, in many instances the people in your life will need a bit more motivation to heed your request. If they don’t comply with your request, what will you do? The consequence should be related to the boundary.  Don’t think of the consequence as a punishment.  Instead consider an action you’ll take that accommodates your own needs around their actions.  Let’s go back through our original list for some examples:
  • Respect My Time: I will wait 5 minutes and then start without you – or leave. Or, to the neighbor, “I love our visits.  However, I work from X to X.  Let’s schedule a time after my work hours.  When’s a good time?
  • Give Me More Notice: if you give me less than 2 days notice I will not be able to help you.
  • Watch Your Tone of Voice: If you continue with a sarcastic tone I will end the conversation. Feel free to schedule some time to talk later when you are able to share civilly. I will be happy to listen.
  • Behave Appropriately: I will ask you to leave, or you will not be invited back, or you will be terminated, or you will be taken off the project.
  1. Communicate the Boundary & Consequence: creating a boundary and consequence doesn’t help if you don’t communicate them. Give people in your life the opportunity to make choices that are supportive of your needs. Too often we sit in silence as we build up resentments. I hear clients say all the time, “They should just know what I need.” Well…..most people I know aren’t mind readers…so they don’t! And working from the assumption that they should JUST know leaves you feeling extra frustrated and disappointed with the people sharing your life…. and that’s not good for anyone. 
    So let them know. 

    I recommend communicating it as a request. You cannot demand that someone do anything differently from what they normally would. You can only share your feelings and ask. Calling it a request and asking puts you in a relaxed mode. Your non-verbal communication will portray the same. Your friend or colleague will feel more freedom to say yes or no. Ultimately, they have final say whether you demand or request so might as well keep it low key and request.

Outline the consequence so that they are making an informed decision. Give them the opportunity to make a different choice. It’s often hard to act on the consequences we’ve outlined. Don’t give yourself an out by failing to communicate it. I see that one often. “Well, I didn’t really tell them that I’d leave if they were more than 15 minutes late. I’d feel bad leaving without telling them.”

And you have final say in acting out the consequence. It’s okay if they continue to offend. You have the opportunity to enact the consequence that you’ve forewarned them about. They’ve been given notice and had the chance to comply.  Remember, you aren’t taking the action as a punishment.  You are taking action that is necessary for your own well being.  And, you are allowed to look out for yourself always, but especially when others are not.

  1. Consider: I’m not trying to turn you into a dictator. If they are open to engaging in a healthy conversation, listen to your colleague, friend or family member. Are they willing to acknowledge their behavior and apologize? Are they understanding of your need to set boundaries and consequences? Are they able to hear and appreciate your point of view? Is it possible that they just misread the situation and had no idea that they were offending you or taking advantage? If this is the first time you’ve ever spoken up to someone it’s a possibility. Do they have an alternate idea for how to hold them accountable?

I once had a colleague share her story of frustration about her neighbor who constantly asked her to babysit. I asked what she had said to the neighbor. Low and behold she always told the neighbor she loved babysitting. Well, from the neighbor’s perspective, she had the best situation ever and had no idea that she was frustrating her friend. Don’t be that person! It’s a waste of time to share your thoughts with people not involved. Take the time to share your feelings with the person who can make a difference.

  1. Carry Out the Consequence:Follow through on your word. Make the request, share the consequence and if they don’t comply follow through with the consequence. It will probably be hard at first, but you must.  So, tell them what you’ll do. Remember, this isn’t about punishment it’s about protecting yourself. It’s rude for someone to keep you waiting when they’ve done it consistently for years. Set the consequence that you’ll wait no more than 10 minutes and then you’re moving on without them. Leave without them once and you may see a sudden and dramatic change. Continue to accommodate the offensive behavior and they’ll have no reason to change.
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Tushaar is a 19 year old Indian Podcaster. He’s very passionate about podcasting and wants to make it more prevalent in India. He also practices drums and guitar.  He wants to be a motivational speaker and hold his own conferences.

He started his Good Vibes podcast a couple of years ago using What’sApp and had only a few listeners, friends and his parents.  

His plan is to impact the world by first being kind to himself and then modeling kindness to others.  He works to be kind to himself daily with his thoughts.  For example, on days when he gets up later than he planned he keeps a good mindset and doesn’t let it derail his day.  He just gets moving then!

Likewise, when something starts to put him off the rails by saying something negative he won’t let them.  Instead he visualizes 2 roads.  One is more enticing but does not lead him towards his goals.  The other leads him to impact. 

Once he gets in motion and action he is no longer thinking but is just doing and making things happen!

His words of wisdom to those who want to make an impact is Just Start!  Don’t wait until you have everything lined up or for things to be perfect.  Just move! 

He shared how he had nothing but his phone and a desire to make a difference when he started his podcast.  He still started!  It’s okay to start small.  Just start where you are. 

Now he has better equipment and is on iTunes and is grateful that he just got going and offers words of encouragement and wisdom for people his age. 

I look forward to watching him expand podcasting in his country while he motivates others along the way! 

You can find Tushaar here: 

thetushaarshow.com


Do you have some lingering relationships ....that can be challenging …tear you down….cause grief…..have baggage…..long histories… 

……these relationships can and DO zap our energy, steal our joy, drum up false beliefs about ourselves, and sometimes even stand in the way of achieving our dreams.

Yes, addressing relationship stuff can feel overwhelming, but often remedies are simpler than you’d think if you know how to define the right fix. That’s why I’ve designed the Relationship Renovation Roadmap  I can’t wait to show you how!

Go to DefeatTheDrama.com/Roadmap to check it out!

Where are you in the making an impact process?  Are you brand new and still working through the idea in your head?  Perhaps you’ve just started to share with others, or maybe you’re well on your way and enjoying some success. 

Whether you’re announcing a new business, podcast, book, network marketing endeavor, volunteer initiative, ministry or nonprofit dream……

One thing is certain……once you start sharing your idea, those with opinions thoughts, cautionary tales, similar stories they read about, something they heard one day ……..alllllllll start sharing theirs……

As the old saying goes, “Opinions are like a***holes.  Every person has one”…..

And you end up with all kinds of feedback and words of quote unquote “wisdom” whether invited or not: 

Are you serious?  I heard of a guy who did that too and it was terrible!

Why would you waste time on that?

Those are all scams!

I tried that and it didn’t work out for me at all.  It won’t work for you either.

You can’t do that!  You’re too busy already!

You don’t know anything about how to do that.  You’ll never get it done.

You’re too much of a quitter!

You’ll never be able to create change there.

The problem’s way too big!

That’s too hard!

You won’t get anyone else to care about that!

What do you know about that topic?

Why would anyone listen to you?

You should do this instead……

It’s important to keep in mind that most of these opinions, thoughts, ideas, cautionary tales are moving through their own fear filters, and are boxed in by their own life experiences and knowledge. 

And many times, they’re just thrown out there with little thought or any attachment to your success or future.  It might just be that the person wants to look smart for a minute.  Maybe they like to think of themselves as well-informed…..and maybe, just maybe……they fear YOUR success……and the words are shared to halt your progress.

Even when well-intended, words can be unhelpful and will get in your head to cast doubt where it doesn’t need to be if we give those opinions more weight than they’re worth. 

So why do we listen?!?

You are not obligated to heed the words or warnings of every person who shares advice.

Today I give you license to let words fall as if on deaf ears.

Instead, be intentional about who you give the privileged position of speaking into your life.  Some call it trusted advisor status.  Perhaps you call them mentors.  Whatever the title, choose wisely. There are specific characteristics that someone should have before you give them this esteemed role.

Here are 7 Musts for Your Mentors or Trusted Advisors

They Must:

  1. Have Knowledge or Expert Status about the Topic:They know it, have lived it, or at least studied up on it. They can share opinions and advice from a place of fact rather than busting out with info off the cuff.  And, if they don’t have specific knowledge they’ll go find it to share an informed opinion or stay silent on the topic.
  2. Have a Unique Perspective: they’ve been where you want to go or have done what you do, but with a twist. They can offer you real life perspectives to help you achieve your goals. They aren’t going to rely on some folklore passed down through generations as a cautionary tale to squash your dreams.
  3. Understand Your Perspective:they know your passions, desires and your vision.  Or, they’ll ask questions until they totally get what you are trying to achieve.
  4. Want the Best for You: they won’t feel like a failure if you succeed. They aren’t driven by jealousy. They truly want to see you reach your goals even if it means surpassing their success or moving away from them.
  5. Put Their Own Fears, Biases, Agendas aside: they are able to provide objective and well thought out advice with the pure intent of helping you achieve your goals.

    When you are starting a business, or taking on an unconventional endeavor, you’ll often get people weighing in who have a deep fear of taking a similar leap. They will warn you out of their own sense of dread. (facilitating an executives in transition meeting) Stay away and stick to those who can put their own fears aside.
  6. Allow You to Make Your Own Choices:(we probably all have that friend or relative who always thinks they know best…..they throw out ideas on every single topic and are offended if you don’t listen…….STEER CLEAR) Mentors provide their advice and fact-based opinions, share concerns and then sit back and allow you to make the final choice. They aren’t mad, disappointed or frustrated with you if you don’t heed their warnings or follow through on their counsel. They provide their ideas freely.
  7. The Relationship Lives On:whether you take their advice or not they continue to be in your corner cheering you on and wishing the best for you. 

If someone who is not a trusted advisor weighs in just listen to their advice, thank them and move on.   Sharing an opinion does not obligate you to consider or follow through based on that advice.

For More Information on the Relationship Renovation Roadmap...

Go to DefeatTheDrama.com/Roadmap to check it out!

Direct download: EP_116_7_Musts_for_Mentors_and_Trusted_Advisors.m4a
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