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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Spook Yourself Out

Spook yourself out

Wondering how to grow your business or yourself? Does the very thought seem spooky? It might be easier than you let yourself believe, if you let yourself believe it will be (Try that for a tongue twister!). And don’t decide to believe what you just read, prove it to yourself.
People who set goals are more likely to achieve them. Didn’t we hear that in school? Yes, countless times, but now it's time to turn up the volume and really do it.
When was the last time you asked the universe to show you what goals to work towards? That may sound weird (A little like hocus-pocus!) but in a recent survey 64% of people said they either used their intuition when goal setting, or actively sought answers from the world around them.  
How do you do that? You turn up your ability to notice what is happening around you, meaning the road signs, the radio, the person who you were just thinking about who then called “Out of the blue”. Once you start noticing these things, the coincidences and connections might seem positively spooky!
When we were in New Zealand, we saw a felt-board at the Christchurch botanical gardens and kids were going crazy putting up felt flowers, felt suns, felt landscaping etc. Why not designate a wall to become your own felt-board? Tear out a few pictures of things that call out to you from magazines or ezines and pin them up there, create a snapshot collage in your Instagram account, or look at your Pinterest - what is it telling you that you love? Is your next step right in front of your nose?
Change can seem like a spooky process, but did you know that if you continue to make small changes every day, you increase your flexibility and ability to adapt to large changes? Get busy with those little changes today and before you know it they will add up to become those big changes you've been dreaming of.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Let Go & Move On!

I walked into another company this month where they’d merged a couple of big companies together, laid a bunch of people off and everyone was SUPER excited at the TOP.  But down below that level, wow, were people pissed off.  Our job was to help them make change using a picture of the future and what we found was what they really needed was a cheering squad, a pep commission, a complete confidence overhaul.
This is how it goes in the drivelatia of corporate America and it will go on and on and on like that until eternity is over. BUT that doesn’t mean you have to let it roll over you, squish the life out of you, pummel your self esteem to pieces. 
When your company merges with another and they are threatening and actually making lay-offs, you can despair if that is your nature, or you can:
1. Be curious about your future, rather than be afraid of what’s coming. 
2. Ask questions when there are no answers until there are answers. 
3. Offer to help with something you like doing. 
4. Refuse to be a lemming and start to swim upstream, support your friends and buy them coffee and donuts to cheer up the team.  
5. Actively look for alternative employment i.e. LET GO.
Which brings me to this blog’s topic. It’s fall and like the big trees all around your neighborhood, it’s a good time to drop your leaves and LET GO of something. Maybe let go of parts of yourself that are bugging you, of bad habits or old beliefs.  
Sound good?  Here’s a few tips on how:
Make a list of things you really want to let go of (draw a few pictures of them too, just to make it a fun versus torturous review of yourself/life/work). 
Choose one habit, behavior, thing to let go of.  Imagine yourself without that thing/habit/behavior.  See it as clearly as if you were in that life without itright now. Draw a sketch of you without it (perhaps a smiley-face you)
Now look back at the road you took to get here. Pretend you have already traveled along that road to this miraculous new you without that thing and what did you do, learn, find, experience along the way?  Write down everything you can think of that you did to help yourself.  Then do one of those things to kick start the new you.
Here’s mine. I’m an illustrator. I have hundreds of pens of all kinds, pencils, pastels, chalks, paper, tape. As I write this I know that when I get home I am going to go through my closets, drawers and keep ONE of each thing I have actively used in the last year and give the rest to the art teacher at the local elementary school.  Divest. AND I’m going to enlist Julie’s help doing it, because I can’t be fully trusted with these kinds of divesting things.  I can give up sugar but hard to give up art supplies.
What will you give up this fall?  What are you clinging to?
Let go. Be brave. Move on. Lighten your load.
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Use Sleep to clear out your brain

Did you know sleeping allows your brain to  let go? A finding from the National Institutes of Health suggests that one function of sleep is to allow the brain to flush out the toxins that build up during waking hours.
"Sleep basically restores your vitality and your ability to do things," Dr. Saper said. When your nerve cells are active for a long period (such as while you're awake), there's a build up of the chemical adenosine, which can reduce the ability of your nerve cells to fire when they get a new piece of information. When you go to sleep, you convert adenosine back into forms that help your brain work better."
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to Spot a Confident Facilitator

How to Spot a Confident Facilitator

Last week I got to be the human highlighter in the room as I supported two awesome facilitators as their graphic recorder. About half way through the session, I looked down and noted that one of the facilitators was barefoot!

Wow, I thought, she has got to be SUPER confident! and...yep, she was!  Then I began looking more closely and discovered both facilitators shared, what I consider to be...

The Top Five Traits of a Confident Facilitator:

1.  Listens more and talks less.
When there is a moment of free air time, a confident facilitator turns the question back on you instead of filling the air time with their own opinions. ;-)
2.  Keeps you in dialogue, even when it gets sticky.
After years of being the human punching bag in post layoff facilitation sessions, I've seen that when participants were given a chance to talk things out, they worked it out.  A confident facilitator strives to patient, listen, ask open ended questions, let participants find their way, with gentle prodding.

3.  Is flexible with the agenda, but delivers the goods.
A confident facilitator is continuously weighing other possible interactive tools that may help your team explore a topic or come to a deeper understanding. When something isn't working, they reach into their bag of tricks for tool to steer you through the muck to the original outcomes you desired.
4.  Brings his or her authentic self into the room.
No matter where you go, there you are. When a facilitator feels comfortable enough to go barefoot in the room, it says something. It makes the space for you to embrace your authentic self and bring more of it into the room as well.
5.  Engages all of your senses.
A confident facilitator will not be put off by the CEO who tries to talk you out of doing game storming in your session. Participants will be grateful, because in the end, it will be fun, funny, filled with games, drawing, music, visuals, and rock solid deliverables. Afterwards they will say things like "I don't know what the #@%&* you did in there, but it was awesome!"

When you are looking for a facilitator for one of your sessions, keep this checklist handy and if you are a facilitator - be bold, be brave, and above all, be you!

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I have had the great honor to facilitate numerous sessions for the Global Libraries team at the BMGF.  As their program comes to a close, I want to say thank you for being my secret think tank for new ideas. #awesomeyou
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Celebrate Your Freedom on Labor Day

CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM
ON LABOR DAY 

Why do we celebrate Labor Day? 

In 1894 workers in the company town of Pullman, Illinois went on strike. In Pullman, everyone worked for the Pullman Railway Car Company. Where you lived in town was based on what you did: the workers lived in row houses, the managers in modest victorians and George Pullman himself lived in the opulent hotel where his business contacts stayed while in town.

There were town stores and a town bank. Rents were automatically deducted from your paycheck.  A
 national depression in 1893 forced Pullman to layoff hundreds of workers and reduce wages for those remaining, but living costs remained the same, and were deducted off the tops of their checks. Oh that sounds fun.

The workers went on strike and were joined by the American Railway Union. National transportation and mail deliveries came to a standstill, and riots broke out. President Cleveland called out 12,000 troops to suppress the chaos and declared the strike illegal. In the chaos that ensued, two men were killed by Deputy Marshals in Kensington, Illinois before the strike was finally over.

Shocked by the violence, people created an anti-Cleveland demonstration (boy this sounds familiar). Congress stepped in to quickly pass an act making the first Monday in September a national holiday,  Labor Day. This day was to celebrate American workers; their productivity and contributions to society and the economy.
If you are wondering what to celebrate over that ice cold beverage and awesome barbecue this Monday, here's an idea...because of this and other early labor strikes, you and I got to go to school as children and play during summer months. (Remember that when your neighbor's children wake you from your nap by shrieking while running through the sprinklers!) That's still not a luxury for children insome parts of the world.
Many of you reading are entrepreneurs running your own businesses. That's an amazing thing to celebrate! But if you aren't working for yourself, thanks for what you do to make the world a better place. PS you might end up looking like this guy in the Cliff Merritt labor cartoon books series:
 #hunk
Whatever you end up doing this Labor Day, celebrate that you are unique. You and only you bring your perspective, value, talent, skill and humor to the world.  You are free to make your own choices and decide where to put your energy and enthusiasm to your piece of the world. If you choose to call it labor, remember it's a labor of love. 

If you or someone you know are feeling a lack of freedom and want to shift what you are doing, go Draw Your Future, and catapult yourself into the "labor" that's right for you.

Special thanks to those who went before us and paved the way to our freedom!  Have a Happy Labor Day!

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Put up a blank sheet of paper and put some pens by it. Let your team interact with you.
Or let us help you at your next all hands meeting. We'll capture key comments in a picture so they last longer than a word cloud. ;-) 

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