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Feeling A Bit Idle This March?

Go ahead—admit it. Even us “enthusiastic networkers” and sales prospectors hit a bit of a slump this time of the year. Admittedly, I find March brings a focusing challenge. Perhaps not “sloth” in the original sense of idle, but it’s certainly a time of low energy as we wait for spring and its inevitable push to get us moving forward again.
How do you and your team create a jump-start over the next few weeks? A tried and true technique is to get something accomplished over a short period of time—say 28 days. As long as you pick a goal that leverages your natural strengths, you can be confident of a short term win. It’s the kind of blitz that delivers the energy and momentum you need to get unstuck and climb out of the doldrums.
Focus 28 is a perfect tool to use to get you started. First, you choose a specific goal to achieve, Then you map out a strategy that you or your team can use, with specific action steps to accomplish over an one month period.

By replacing idle with blitz, you and your team gain the gusto and speed to put actions into gear. You’ll start moving again on your longer term goals and create success in the months ahead.
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First, Break All the Rules

Researchers and writers from the Gallup Organization originally gave us First, Break All the Rules,followed by Now, Discover Your Strengths, and then StrengthsFinder 2.0. The books and subsequent tools helped us understand the question, “Why would you (or your team members) work from a place of deficit?”

It’s that time of year when many of us are developing personal development programs and evaluating how others can “improve” themselves or even the company. Before you start identifying the gaps or ‘deficits”, it’s helpful to review the way in which the above authors “broke the rules” on how to be an effective manager. Look instead, through the lens of a team’s talents.
  • Great managers focus around people’s strengths, and manage around their weaknesses.
  • Great managers help each person become more of who they are.
  • The best managers see talent in a person; then put them in a position to be successful.
  • Talents are the driving force behind someone’s performance. If they’re using a talent, they’ll find their job stimulating and it will come easy for them.
  • You can’t teach talent, you can only select for it.
  • Help someone find the right fit, not necessarily the next rung on the promotion ladder.


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Upfront Presentations

Your presentations may be good, but are they great? Are you a leader that would like to be more persuasive? This interactive, hands-on, small-group workshop uses the power of video, practice, and direct coaching to quickly improve results.
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My Strengths

In order to maximize your ability to achieve your goals, you need to discover your natural talents, strengths, and capabilities.
Starting with the results of Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder® instrument, you will identify your raw talent and learn how to name it, claim it, and aim it for personal and team growth.
The output of this workshop provides the ideal tools for building robust personal development plans.

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Dynamic full- or half-day sessions that provide an interactive way to explore the workings of specific teams within your company. Experience how team member’s strengths play off one another and assess the probability of team success.
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