Sunday, October 25, 2009

Time management is a fallacy!

It's choice management. OK, so you know I love to quote myself and this is right out of my Whole Life Trilogy. Last time I checked we all had 24 hours so when you say "when I have more time..." or "when I make time...." it really is ludicrous. We makes choices on our time every choose to get up an hour early and workout or you choose to sleep in. You choose to stay up an hour later and read a book or you choose to go straight to sleep. You choose to go to work on the weekend or you choose to stay home and play with your kids. We make choices everyday about how we spend our time, we don't manage it, we choose how we use it. Listen to the Cat's In The Cradle if you want a sobering reminder of what's important to balance your life.

Age is just a number!

I had the pleasure of speaking to one of the first CEO groups in WI, where it all started. The group has been together 36 years and average age in their 70 and 80's. Their fearless leader (and the owner of TEC-WI) is Harry Dennis (in the pink shirt which proves he's a very secure male:-) and one of the members, Jay Smith. Most are retired and instead of meeting monthly they now meet quarterly with spouses for a speaker and social event. I spoke to them with part 1 of my Whole Life Trilogy about a week after 9/11 and they came to Chicago this weekend and I presented part 2 and was invited to join them for dinner. They are absolutely delightful and full of joie de vivre!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Beloved Brat

I am still reeling from the loss of my beloved llasa apso dog, Brat after sharing 14 years of my life with him. Having to put him to sleep a few days ago has brought emotions out beyond description. Please forgive my lack of creativity and timeliness as I mourn this great loss.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Brat - August 20, 1995 - October 14, 2009

I lost a treasured friend today 

The little dog who used to lay 

His gentle head upon my knee 

And shared his silent thoughts with me. 

Although my eyes are filled with tears 

I thank him for the happy years.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Networking and Social Media

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Mikki Williams, CSP on Networking
Networking is the ultimate contact sport. It's the success skill for sales people, managers, top executives, and for anyone who wishes to get ahead personally and professionally. In this era of networking through social media it is important to be cognizant of human networking as well. To be successful you must understand the value proposition of both. Relearn some simple and creative techniques to make an impact and develop mutually beneficial relationships, then apply these critical skills for fun and profit!


Samantha Hoffman on Social Media
More and more large companies are using social media to stir up interest in their products or services, and it's working to their advantage. But for the small business it's essential. Learn about social media to decide what's right for you and your company. For the small business without a website a blog is a powerful tool to create an Internet presence and create interest. Use Twitter to promote a product or service. and to reach new customers. Log onto Facebook to connect with your customers or friends. For a small investment of your time social media can help you to reap big benefits in promoting your business.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Consciousness!! Are you conscious?

Spent the day yesterday with all the Chicago Chairs who facilitate Vistage groups as I do or as I commonly call it, I herd cats, aka I lead CEO think tanks. About 30 of us gathered to spend a day with uber-trainer James Newton of Newton Learning in San Diego. I have worked with James before so I knew the exciting day I was in for. We spent the day examining our consciousness, our barriers, our strengths and areas of improvement relative to that. It was enlightening as always and in the spirit of sharing I offer you mine to inspire you to examine yours.

My strength lies in my self awareness and authenticity. I am indeed a wysiwyg, what you see is what you get. I know who I am, comfortable with it and am always real. My challenge area is knowing that I set healthy boundaries for myself in all areas of my live, however, due to my love of spontaneity and some impulsivity, I sometimes compromise those boundaries. AND my barrier is self limiting beliefs and I identified one to the group. We all have them, have you ever confronted yours?