The Wheel of Life

Overview: Today’s featured coaching tool is the Wheel of Life: a simple, yet powerful tool to help people clarify, measure and assign priorities to different focus areas in their life.  

Origin: This tool stems from the Buddhist view of the universe and is one of the most common subjects of Buddhist art – see the beautiful, colorful, and intricate image below. Its use in coaching, time management, and goal setting appears to started with Paul J. Meyer, founder of the Success Motivation® Institute, Inc.

How it works: Clients choose focus areas / dimensions, identify current and future time allocations, and execute a strategic change plan

Coaches and clients: I’m seeking stories about your experience with the Wheel of Life to feature in my upcoming 2020 executive coaching playbook! If you use the Wheel of Life, please send me an e-mail at ExecSuccess @ gmail dot com with details. I’ll pick three stories (anonymized to protect your privacy) to feature in my upcoming book. As a thank you, if your story is featured, I’ll also send you a copy of my book once it’s published!

Free Resource: Download the Wheel of Life template below. Let me know how you like it!

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Read JKR instead of HBR!

My doctoral research data showed that leaders who perform at higher levels than their average peers have a laser focus on learning and read voraciously. Traditional work-related sources that these outstanding leaders rely on to satiate their inquisitive natures tend to include the latest HBR, Forbes or WSJ articles. But instead of reaching for the latest business publication, what if they reached for Harry Potter instead?

Research shows that reading stories helps us understand, recognize and practice empathy. A 2011 study published in the Annual Review of Psychology showed that when people read about an experience, the same brain regions light up on an fMRI scan as if they were going through the experience in real life. So we are in fact, practicing empathy when we read fiction.

Empathy is also a key differentiator of outstanding leaders and coaches, as my doctoral research suggests. So next time you need to read something work-related, perhaps try fiction instead. You just might improve your EI capability!

My most recent non-work related reads include “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and James Patterson’s “The People vs. Alex Cross”. What was the last fiction book that you read? What did you learn that you could apply to your work? Comment below!

“Flow Dancing” – becoming a better leader

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” – Rumi

I recently jumped with both feet into entrepreneurship and it’s been an exhilarating ride so far.  The growth and learning curves are exponential and I’m excited for the opportunities and unknowns each new day brings. Like all new entrepreneurs, I find myself working an insane number of hours.

Many of these hours are spent on extroverted activities which deplete my energy. As an introvert by nature, it’s critical to restore my energy levels so I can continue to perform at a high level. But discovering what helps me recharge has been a challenging journey requiring awareness, introspection, reflection and practice.

 After much trial and error, I have learned that activities which put me in flow – Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s magical state where time seems suspended and I’m completely focused yet lost in the present moment – fully recharge my battery. As a competitive ballroom dancer, the hours spent practicing, learning, listening to music, performing and competing put me in flow. Afterwards I find I am highly productive, creative, refreshed, energized and happy – results which research on positive psychology affirms.

For those interested in unique leadership development opportunities, I offer ballroom dance workshops focused on enhancing leadership mindset, behavior and impact.

As a leader, how do you recognize when you need to recharge your personal battery?

Which arts activities could you explore to discover your flow state?  

Comment below!

What do Beethoven, Picasso, and Baryshnikov actually have in common? The first person to email me with the correct answer will get a free copy of my upcoming 2020 book “Unleash Your Leadership Potential: The Secret Power of Relationships”

01.01.2019 – How will you fly in 2019?

“You were born with potential … You were born with greatness … You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You were born with wings. Learn to use them and fly.” 
– Rumi

As the calendar year changes to 2019, millions of adults will engage in a popular, hope-filled tradition. Research suggests about 50% of all adults will craft New Years’ resolutions designed to change behavior. Yet less than 10% of them will manage to keep them for more than a few months.

Why is it so difficult for people to ultimately change behavior? There are many possible reasons for this – too many goals are set, goals are unrealistic, lack of belief to achieve the goal (also known as self-efficacy), goals are kept secret, people try to go it alone, or there is no strategic change plan.

Crafting a strategic change plan with clear, executable steps is one of the most important strategies for succeeding at behavior change. Equally as important as the plan is the belief that you can be successful and reach your goals. Surrounding yourself with a behavioral change support network also increases your success potential.

My executive coaching services will help you vision, craft, and execute a behavioral change plan to reach and exceed your performance goals in 2019. I will meet you where you are and partner with you to where you want to go. Let’s unfurl your wings and learn to use them.

Unleash the dynamic power of your potential in 2019 and fly.

Homer, Alaska, United States — Bald Eagle in mid-air flight over Homer Spit Kenai Peninsula Alaska Winter — Image by © AlaskaStock/Corbis

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Happy New Year 2019!

As 2018 comes to a close, I look back with gratitude on all of the opportunities and challenges this past year has offered.

As 2019’s lights begin to shine, I look forward to a New Year of opportunity and growth.

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Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Reflections on 2018

This week I continue to holistically reflect on 2018 and how this year’s experiences have offered me varied gifts of growth and opportunity, challenge and compassion, emotional intelligence and relationships.

Completing my PhD this year offered me all of the gifts mentioned above and then some. I’m thankful for the challenge and growth aspects, as they expanded my decision-making aperture, enabled me to follow my passion and launch Nash Consulting and Associates.

I’m particularly grateful for my supportive tribe, which included my family, friends, colleagues, and amazing doctoral cohort members.

To whom are you grateful for their support in helping you realize your dreams? How has this helped you expand your aperture?

Is your energy running low during the holidays?

With holiday cooking, baking, and eating, gift-shopping, writing holiday cards, extra expenditures, work parties, tree trimming, house decorating and family gatherings on top of already packed schedules, many people find the holidays stressful, busy, and energy-depleting.

In this classic HBR article, authors Schwartz and McCarthy suggest that focusing on four distinct dimensions of energy – body, emotions, mind, and spirit – will positively impact your ability to expand and renew your energy sources.

How do you plan to relax, renew, and recharge your energy over the holidays?

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