Posted June 1, 2012 by Beverly
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The success of the reality TV show “Survivor”  has spawned more than a few copycat shows that pit man against nature along with a psychological battle of men and women competing against one another. I have friends who have entertained the idea of being a contestant but I’m comfortable to observe from my living room, thank you very much.

All of us have amazing abilities to survive and adapt. We use these skills every day, even if we never set foot in the jungle. These abilities have certainly been put to use the past few years as the economic volcano blew and changed the landscape of our lives, jobs, businesses and home ownership, thus affecting relationships and everything else.

The science of how the brain copes with change reveals that all of us create mental maps. It is a psychological process that develops as we mature – children don’t have it.

Adults, on the other hand, have strong mental maps that chart our understanding of where we are in reference to where we are going. Vision and goal-setting exercises are known to pull us into the future that we can design. Our  capabilities to create the future through our imagination are extraordinarily powerful.

But what  happens when you lose your map or have no clue where you are? It’s downright stressful. And it’s happened to all of us.

Admitting that you are lost is difficult because having no mental map, being no place, is like having no self. Without a mental map, people become very disoriented and begin to deteriorate rapidly. We’ve all seen people have a total meltdown when they’ve lost a job or gotten a divorce.

The good news? If your old map got blown away in a storm, you can make a new map. I’m an experienced mapmaker  – more often known as a business coach – and am glad to share my tools and knowledge.  There is adventure and award ahead.
Never underestimate the heart of a champion – and you are one.


Of Blogs, Vlogs and Thogs

Posted May 30, 2012 by Beverly
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Blogging started out as an online journal, as defined by the word derived from combining “Web Log”. Then we got the term “Vlog” when YouTube got hot and video clips became popular.  Video Log = Vlog. So what are we going to call the new trend with making quotes into visuals that has gotten hot along with Pinterest? Thogs? (Thought logs)

P.S. I must admit I had fun creating this one from a photo I snapped in St. Lucia a few years back. It’s pretty and fits the thought about difficulties and challenges. We swam around this point and the current was ferocious. : )

Memorial Day

Posted May 28, 2012 by Beverly
Categories: Leadership


The Power of Video Marketing

Posted May 25, 2012 by Beverly
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Are you using Video Marketing? Whether you are a butcher, baker, candlestick maker, a business owner or non-profit organization leader… you should be. Really.

P.S. There’s still room in the WBO Social Media Boot Camp. Don’t miss another session. The content is invaluable.

7 Little Rules

Posted May 25, 2012 by Beverly
Categories: Attitude

1. Ask for what you want.

2. Do what you love and love what you do.

3. Have the courage to “do it scared”.

4. If you don’t like it, fix it.

5. You’re not perfect, get used to it.

6. Dare to be yourself.

7.  Measure your success by your joy.

7 Essentials for Navigating Change With Courage & Grace

Posted May 22, 2012 by Beverly
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Change. You can love it or hate it but a critical element of success is learning to navigate it.

Cultivating essential skills can give you a huge advantage over those who are unprepared. This positioning has been known to create exceptional leaders that leap from history into our minds daily because they are quoted so often; Churchill, Eisenhower, Patton, MacArthur and countless others.  All of these led during times of extreme change. (And it doesn’t get much more stressful than war.)

All elite performers and leaders train hard. Technical knowledge in your field is essential but emotional control is just as important. Leading well in the midst of change requires skills – and the good news is they’re learnable. Just like you can exercise to acquire agility and reduce the pain of sore muscles that have been worked in new ways, you can develop the agility to navigate change with grace.

Change typically flips the body into the stress response. Especially if there’s some fear involved – which is the norm.  I like what Mike Tyson’s trainer says about fear: “Fear is like fire. It can cook for you. It can heat your house. Or it can burn you down.” 

Here are 7 ways you can position yourself to benefit from change:

1.   Get the big picture. Create a forecast for the future by considering cycles and patterns.

2.  Make a plan. But recognize when it’s time let go of the plan. Adaptation & flexibility are important.

3. Introduce changes gradually whenever possible. Incremental change is easier to accept. Think about how critical it is for divers to decompress – it’s really painful (and dangerous) for them to ascend too quickly.

4.  Be slow to react when presented with unexpected news.  (Unless someone’s yelling “the building’s on fire”! ) Normally,  you should give yourself time to formulate a response instead of reacting in the heat of the moment.

5. Cultivate an attitude that recognizes the benefits of change and look for seeds of opportunity within it.

6. Travel with a team that represents different personality types. I run full force into change with sword drawn, ready for action. One of my partners gets out the calculator, gathers information and ponders long and hard before taking action. Neither one of us have the correct approach. Different perspectives are invaluable.

7. Change the Changeable While Steadfastly Clinging to the Unchangeable. A specific exercise is to create a file on your computer or on a dedicated page in your organizer on which you make, modify, and maintain a list of those things that never change for you. Those things will be your anchor. List your core values, as an individual and in your business. (Thanks to Rabbi Daniel Lapin for this wisdom!)

The computer makes us fantastically more able to calculate, analyze and gather information, but it doesn’t make us more intuitive. We have instruments that have immeasurably extended our gift of sight, but not of insight. And it is these qualities; perception, wisdom and discernment that will serve best in navigating change effectively.

We are all born with ability to change, to adapt and to grow. So what is it about change that makes some people cringe and others grin? Is it personality? Experience? Leadership style? Comfort zones? Risk-taking ability? It’s probably elements of all of those things but our choice to prepare for it (or not) counts the most.

I find the comments of a Lockheed engineer regarding the Columbia Space Shuttle accident very interesting and directly applicable to the pioneering spirit that has been part of what has made our nation great. It’s a spirit of creativity – one that grasps the importance of change. Sometimes something’s lost to make great gains. Dan Canin wrote in his summary of the accident, “Every astronaut knows that it’s a known risk that if the soft tiles (of the module) are damaged, the shuttle burns up. But the odds against it are pretty good, especially compared to the rewards of being an astronaut, so they’re willing to take the chance. In fact, they fight for it…as would a lot of us. But the public expects every risk in their lives to be mitigatable to zero. Doing bold things isn’t about engineering risk to zero. Sh-t happens, and if we just want to restrict ourselves to things where sh-t can’t happen…we’re not going to do anything very interesting.”

Remember… security is mostly a superstition anyway.

Note: You are warmly invited to join me for the Free Tele-Class on Navigating Change liek A Champion. May 30. Register Here

Whistling in the Wind

Posted May 21, 2012 by Beverly
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Tweeting sometimes feels a little like whistling in the wind. That’s why retweets and conversation are so vital to making this social media channel meaningful.

Here’s a digest of some of my favorite tweets from the past week or so. ..

A year from now you will wish you had started today.

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life. Proverbs 15:4

Adults are obsolete children.~Dr. Seuss

The golden rule of relationships is to listen to others as you would have them listen to you.

It is a happy talent to know how to play. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t demand authority. Eagerly take responsibility. Relentlessly give credit.~Seth Godin

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. ~ My Dad

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes…” – Marcel Proust

As soon as anyone starts telling you to be “realistic,” cross that person off your invitation list.” –John Eliot

The shortest distance between two points is under construction. ~Noelie Altito

You can’t talk your way out of something you behaved your way into.

Follow up. 80% of sales are made on the 5th to 12th contact. And you quit after how many??

The girl who can’t dance says the band can’t play. Yiddish Proverb

“We humans keep brainstorming options & plans, but God’s purpose prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” Zig Ziglar