“I AM” and “SPIRIT” In Sync With One Another #FierceForward


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I AM – two of the most powerful words you could ever declare to yourself. This is your declaration, your choice to stand in your power and allow your vision to come to reality/ #FierceForward

SPIRIT – Your truth. Freedom is found when you live your truth and let your spirit live out loud. Do not hide. Do not deny your truth. Do not let her stay quiet. Go forward, fiercely and let your SPIRIT lead the way. #FierceForward

Knowing who we are and being grounded in our truth are at the core of what teaches us to be great leaders and even better human beings.

These bracelets are handmade using African Trade Beads to support women in Africa. They are special because they support a worthy cause and they were an authentic gift from someone whose friendship means a great deal to me.

This post is inspired by The Weekly Photo Challenge themed: Partners: Whether two of a kind or ten, give us subjects that are in sync with one another – show us partnerships.

Learn more about #FierceForward at fierceforwardforlife.com

Time: Stop, Travel, Escape, Feel, Release | Weekly Photo Challenge



|  How to stop time:  kiss.  |  How to travel in time:  read.  

|  How to escape time:  music.  |  How to feel time:  write.

| How to release time:  breathe.


 MATT HAIG; REASONS TO STAY ALIVE

 How to stop time: Kiss

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How to travel in time: Read

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How to escape time: Music

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Dance

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How to feel time: Write

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How to release time: Breathe

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This post was inspired by Lignum Graco who asks us to show him time as part of The Weekly Photo Challenge over at The Daily Post. Please feel free to leave any comments below and thanks for visiting my blog!

Top 15 Astounding Quotes on Change Management


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This week over at The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge, Michelle Weber asks us to: “let the alphabet be your inspiration.” I took this picture at the James J. Hill Business Library, in Downtown St. Paul. I love the charm historical intrigue that is felt as soon as I walk in the door. The architecture is astonishing and I love doing research within its walls.

The alphabet inspires us in writing, words, books and more. Below is a list of 15 quotes about change management that I like and believe would be great for any presentation.

It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin

Proactive change is a function of a gap between managerial intent and the reality they see now or in the future.” –  Michael Beer

You can’t build an adaptable organization without adaptable people – and individuals change only when they have to, or when they want to.” -Gary Hamel Read more of this post

Achievement, Accomplishment, Work Ethic and Success


What is achievement really? How do we get it? Where does it come from? Is it an end goal? A process? Does it take work ethic? Does it mean success? Does it make someone “accomplished” ? Find out here: Projects, perspective, insight, success.

272 steps to forgivenessDecember of 2012 I published a successful academic paper called; “Best Buy Strategic Management Analysis” which I co-wrote with some exceptionally talented people in my cohort. During that time, the company was experiencing revolutionary change, juggling reputation management issues and more. The CEO had resigned, the company founder, Dick Schulze, had written a letter to the board with the intention to buy the company back and run it. The competitive market was rapidly changing, they pulled out of markets in China and the UK and had brought in new CEO, Huber Joly.

Recently, our paper reached 29,000 views in less than two years and we are proud of that. It is an accomplishment and for me, professionally, it highlights the kind of work I am capable of. The in-depth research of this globally expanding company, evaluation of their internal environment and external market conditions was a great learning experience. Read more of this post

The Universe as a Subtle Teacher |The Daily Prompt


Magestic SnowWhen my son was just 3 years old I recall pulling into the driveway after a full day at the office. It was early April and there was a fresh, light dusting of snow. The air was crisp and the neighborhood quiet. Often, getting out of the car after a long day at work was a chore because my mind would be whirling, as I processed the events of the day.

I unbuckled my little guy from his car seat, pulled him out of the car, grabbed my purse, his diaper bag, my laptop case, etc. and headed towards the door. I was in “full speed ahead” mode, focusing on the tasks at hand, thinking we needed to hurry. I had to fix dinner, do laundry, get him in the tub, prepare for the next morning, read a children’s storybook and in the blink of an eye, it would be time for bed.

As I walked up to the house I was stomping in the fresh snow and he was following not far behind. I got to the door, turned around and said; “Come on little man, let’s get in.” What I saw caused me to take a pause for a second.

There he was, his little self concentrating on the ground, stepping his tiny boots into my big footsteps of the fresh snow. For a moment it brought me back to my own childhood and I was reminded how quickly the time flies, that the universe is so big and is a subtle teacher.  I calmly waited,  and it was a wonderful feeling that puts a smile on my face.

As we work to navigate the world and teach our children about faith, family and staying on the right path, one would think that we teach and they learn. But little moments like that of those footsteps, remind us that the most valuable asset we have is time and we become the student. They teach us how we use that time, is up to us.

Later that night I picked up one of my meditation books and the quote at the beginning of the entry read:

The journey is bigger than we are no matter where we are in our search to know God.” –Earnie Larsen

Wow.

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This post was inspired by the Daily Prompt Topic; “Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure  – not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself. Photographers, artists, poets: show us LEARNING.

 

Learn, Unlearn, Rethink, Relearn, Innovate and Survive


 “Leadership should be born out of understanding the needs of those who would be affected by it.”

– Marian Anderson

In my past roles as a senior project manager, management and change consultant, Adult Learning Theory Learners Wantmarketing leader, coach, and mentor, I use something called andragogy (adult learning theory) to manage and lead because I have seen its effectiveness. I thought it would be a great blog topic, so please, read on!

Throughout my professional life, I spent time designing various formats of training about topics that included marketing, identifying and adapting to social styles, emotional intelligence, repackaging a new improved client service model, how to ask for referrals, business, and marketing planning, new customer acquisition, retention, social media and more.

The process of designing training modules is about working to ensure the content is engaging and adding value for the intended audience and providing them with what they need so they will adopt the new change program. When classes are written and created, the blended approaches are different for each medium. For example, the content will be written differently for an e-learning self-study, vs. classroom or live web-ex conferencing. Read more of this post

Day 3: Rewiring Our Brains: The Power of Affirmations


21 days to happiness: My story and 3 things I am thankful for. 

What we learn, we practice. What we practice, we become. What we become, has consequences”                                                                         -Earnie Larsen

Believe it or not, consequences can be good! A while back I wrote a post about it called “Affirmations: Kids, Empowerment and Healthy Families,” because we used affirmations at home when I was a child. I believe those declarations played a role in giving me my optimism and helped me persevere when times got tough. I have unwavering faith that when we put positive energy out, it returns to us in ways we never imagined.

I recently read The Mind Map Book: How to use Radiant Thinking to Maximize your Potential and discovered the concept of synaptic learning, a process in the brain that literally rewires how we think by transferring activity from one cell to the other. Regular use of affirmations reinforces chemical pathways in the brain, making linkages between two neurons stronger. There is a saying “Neurons that fire together, wire together,” which is a great way to illustrate the point.

It takes 21 days to form a new habit. There is proof that when affirmations are done right, they work. In order for an affirmation to be effective, they should be stated in the present tense, express a positive statement or new truth, and be short. A couple of examples below could include:  

  • There is a great leader within me today and it is reflected in everything I do
  • Today, I take charge of my life, I am valuable and stand firmly in my belief in myself
  • People are drawn to my authenticity, positive attitude, work ethic, and leadership style
  • Doors of opportunity and abundance are opening for me every day
  • I accept feedback with humility, gratitude and as opportunities to learn and grow

Three things I am grateful for today:

  1. There is power in choices and I make ones that affect my life positively
  2. My faith, because it has taught me that compassion over judgment is a reflection of who I am
  3. My commitment to life-long learning, personal growth and healing for myself and others

Sea World Dolphins Embrace New Social Communication


Social interaction is not just changing in the human world. I came across this video and thought WOW, how can I tie this into my blog? Just as the way we communicate evolves, so does that of other creatures in our world. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did.

Project Management Overview


PMI Certified Project ManagerOver a career we can manage many projects. In 2008 when I stepped into the world of job transition after being at the same company for several years and made a decision be obtain a project management certification. Initially, one of the bigger challenges was to learn new project management speak that wasn’t specific to one organization. Sometimes I led projects while other times I led the change in behaviors that were needed as a result of what was being implemented.

For those new to project management, it is confusing because we deal with loads of ambiguity and have to acknowledge the uncertainty that comes along with it. We are facilitators who bring it all together with people that don’t report to us, but who are accountable for activities, project tasks, and deliverables. We also deal with combined issues of managing project artifacts, analyzing risk, managing the time, cost or scope changes, tracking issues and decisions that need to be made, while keeping Sponsors, the Steering Committee and Stakeholders informed and engaged. We make decisions about allowing a project to unfold with many unknowns, or to ensure it stays on track.

Despite the ambiguity, what we do know about projects is that there are an understood beginning and a clear outcome.

The real opportunities are what happens between planning and implementation because that is the moving target.  In addition, every client has their own standards by which they manage projects. The tools will be different in each scenario, but the tools are not important because we have to use the right amount of project management knowledge in order to be successful.

According to the Project Management Institute, there are 5 internationally recognized best practices or stages of project management.  These Processes include:

  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Controlling
  5. Closing out

These 5 phases give us content, but it is often non-linear because so many things happen concurrently. We need these phases because we can’t audit ourselves if we don’t have a process to know the outcome.  Each of these stages involves re-working and redesigning the model to close gaps and improve the project fluidity. Each one of these 5 phases is a progressive plan that gets touched many times. As the project moves along it will expand as the momentum of the project picks itself up.

By passion, I am a researcher who loves the problem solving that goes with bringing it all together and then be a valuable resource for others. I also am an organizer. Often, before I start anything I want to understand “the why” behind things, not because I want to have all of the answers, but because I love the process of learning and how it helps me grow.

These 5 phases can be used as a model for many things in  life. The chart from the Project Management Book of Knowledge (affectionately referred to as the PMBOK), It can be easy to see how one might toggle between all 5 project phases at any one given time.

Please comment below: What is it that you do really well?