You’re invited! Spring Business and Career Growth Workshop & Networking Event

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woman holding globe – 2I’m writing again with more info on the wonderful career and business growth workshop & networking event that I’m cohosting on April 9. Whether you want to set some new goals or renew your commitment to old ones, we’ll help you with self-coaching skills and strategies that you can apply right away.

Join me and Betty Chan, LICSW, for a workshop that will help you:

  • define what a healthy, growing business and/or career means to you
  • get clear and focused on your goals
  • develop a motivating, organized plan with clear action steps
  • gather the support, resources, and tools you need
  • learn to leverage your strengths & develop strategies to make success easier
  • plan ahead to hold yourself accountable & stay on track
  • gain confidence and freedom by taking 100% responsibility for your success

If you have something you want to achieve in your career or business this year, join us! All career and business goals are welcome. And remember, this isn’t just a great opportunity to work on your goals, it’s also a fabulous chance to network with other like-minded professionals. Come one and come all, this is a coed event!

The Details:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (open networking at 6:30 PM, workshop from 7 PM to 8:45 PM). Light refreshments will be served.

Location: RE/MAX Advantage Real Estate

294 Walnut Street, Newton, MA

Cost: $25, pay at the door by cash or check

Register by emailing coachme@lionssharecoaching.com or joining the Women In Business Networking Meetup and registering there. ( Remember, gentlemen are welcome! This is a coed event.)

I’ll keep my website (www.lionssharecoaching.com) updated with the details.

Save the Date: Spring Business and Career Growth Workshop

Spring is coming, a time of growth, renewal, and fresh new ideas – the perfect time to set your career and business on the path to grow! This is a time for renewing previous goals and setting new ones. This spring, get clear, focused, motivated, organized, and prepared to succeed. We’ll help you with the simple self-coaching strategies we’ll share with you in this two-hour workshop.

Join Career & Performance Coach Marie Wetmore and Betty Chan, LICSW on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM in Newton, MA as they help you:

  • Define what a healthy, growing business and career means to you
  • get crystal-clear and focused on your goals
  • develop a motivating, organized plan with clear action steps
  • gather the support, resources, and tools you need
  • learn to leverage your strengths & develop strategies to make success easier
  • plan ahead to hold yourself accountable & stay on track
  • gain confidence and freedom by taking 100% responsibility for your success

Don’t hold back – all career and business goals are welcome. And remember, this isn’t just a great opportunity to work on your goals, it’s also a fabulous chance to network with other like-minded women.

Keep an eye out for more details!

All-Star Productivity, Part 2: Setting The Target – The 1 Year Vision

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How To Change Your Job: Finding Interesting Careers, Pt 4 (What Don't You Know?)  With life coach Marie Wetmore346Welcome to the second installment in my series on improving productivity in the workplace.

Remember, improving your productivity is exceptionally important – especially if you are looking at climbing the ladder to the top. You increase your value to your organization when you deliver more value. That means getting being smart about your priorities and just plain getting stuff done.

And the more you offer your organization, the more your organization is likely to see you as an asset they want to cultivate, support, and promote.

As I write this, it’s just after New Year’s – very apropos, but it’s not the reason I suggest you start with an annual vision. A one year vision will get you clear on where you want to be, which will help ensure that you are working on the right priorities. And working on the right priorities is really the essence of productivity.

So, no matter when you start your productivity improvement journey, my advice is the same. You can always tweak your vision at the next new year, or when you do your formal company annual goals, etc.

Back to developing your vision: as I like to say, it doesn’t matter how smart, hard-working, well-trained, or skilled an archer is – she’s not going hit her target if she’s blindfolded. And that’s what it’s like for you at work if you don’t have a picture of what you’re shooting for.

This goes for all career goals, but is especially so for productivity. You will only take one step forward and two steps back if you increase your productivity but work on the wrong things.

And of course, increasing your productivity takes work. From a self-coaching perspective, tying productivity to a personally meaningful career goal or goals will help you stay motivated in the long run.

So what is an annual vision? It’s a detailed, motivating picture of where you want to be in one year, and what you will have accomplished by then. It’s also part of an ongoing process of revisiting and adjusting your trajectory every year.

You can go into as much detail as you’d like, but aim for at least a page. It will be worth it. Here is an array of questions to get your juices flowing:

  • What would success look like a year from now?
  • What do you want most in the next year? Get as detailed as possible. Don’t hold back.
  • What progress will you have made in your career one year from now?
  • What milestones will you have reached?
  • What will you be doing more of?
  • What would you be doing less of? (Such as low value tasks or time wasters)
  • What will you be acknowledged and praised for?
  • What challenges will you have faced head-on to create big successes?
  • What bad habits will you have replaced with good habits?
  • What are the most high-value tasks you will have worked on from the perspective of your boss, the organization, clients, customers, etc.?
  • What will be your most high-value achievements, from your perspective?
  • What professional development will you have done?
  • What allies will you have cultivated and how will they be supporting you?
  • In what ways will you adjust your physical environment or incorporate/better use technology to help you be more successful?
  • What will it look like to be on target, on time, and organized in your strategies?
  • What relationships will you have improved?
  • What will a streamlined, effective workflow look like – one that has a system you can trust, so your mind can be freed and available to work at its best?
  • From a work/life planning perspective, what will you do to relax, decompress, and rejuvenate yourself so you can bring your best self to work?

Make your vision as detailed as you can and don’t worry about it being absolutely perfect, you can trust your judgment on this. This is worth the time investment, so consider dedicating a few hours to it.

A vision is important for every professional. At the same time, I am a specialist on women’s careers, so I can’t resist making a quick note on some challenges that often come up in women’s career development. First of all, be bold. Don’t hold back in your vision if you think you’re unprepared or don’t feel confident in it. You may be underestimating your skills, when you could be out there applying them to interesting new projects. And I encourage you to consider whether you avoid risks – it might be time to start pushing outside of your comfort zone. Other things to consider could be making sure that you’re developing a wide network, looking for opportunities to make your voice heard, advocating for your decisions and opinions confidently, etc.

Your vision is a strong foundation for the next step of further clarifying your priorities. We will cover that in the next installment. From there, you’ll be ready to maximize the effectiveness of the concrete strategies that we will discuss in future posts in this series.

What do you think? Feel free to share any golden nuggets from your vision in the comments below.

Marie Wetmore
Career, Performance, and Management Coach for Women
http://www.lionssharecoaching.com
coachme@lionssharecoaching.com

Want to achieve your professional goals? Click here 347to learn more about Marie’s free monthly women’s career accelerator conference call.

Happy Holidays!

CB100380I’m taking a break from my regularly scheduled programming to say happy holidays and give a little something to all of my wonderful followers as a token of my appreciation. This time of year always makes me stop and reflect on the good things in my life – and this community is such a thing to celebrate. Thank you all for your wonderful comments and contributions.

Here’s my gift for you little holiday gift: a COUPON CODE for 30% off an individual  career, workplace performance, or management coaching package. If you have a question about your career, bring it to me. This coupon will be valid through January 31, 2014 and can only be used once per person or organization.

Here it is: COACHNY0114

Stay tuned – next week we get back to the productivity series.

Marie Wetmore
Career, Performance, and Management Coach for Women
http://www.lionssharecoaching.com
coachme@lionssharecoaching.com

 

All-Star Productivity, Part 1: Why Real Professionals Care about Productivity

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There’s a lot that goes into to standing out in your field, but there’s no substitute for getting results if you want to excel. That means being productive. Five Ways to Negotiate Like a Master - Life Coach Marie Wetmore Really productive.

In this series, I’m going to fill your toolbox with tools you can use to quickly improve your productivity in very real and tangible ways. But this week, let’s first step back and look at why productivity is a nonnegotiable.

Companies are constantly competing in continually evolving markets. Accordingly, it’s practically a law of nature that job descriptions always expand. That means that your job one year from now will include more responsibilities than it does today. If you can’t learn to handle this, you won’t keep up.

In terms of promotions, if you’re just mailing it in, if you’re only producing at the average level, you might survive in your organization – but you won’t flourish. And you’ll find yourself way more stressed out and frazzled then you need to be.

On the other hand, if you are able to get more done while maintaining top-notch quality work, you will become one of the most important assets to your organization. Everyone else will look at you and wonder just how you do it.

Now this isn’t just about the organization – it’s about you being at your best. I believe that work is noble and enjoying an honest day’s work is a truly, essentially, just plain good part of the human experience.

When you’ve found work that you believe in, your job will give you a very real and very meaningful sense of fulfillment. But only when you do it with integrity. That means showing up and giving it your all. And productivity is an essential part of this.

Think about it – when you know you’re just mailing it in, it doesn’t really feel good, right? But when you show up and you rock it, completely nailing all of your projects, that feels great, right?

So here’s the good news: productivity is totally learnable. All you need is to sharpen your skills and create a system that works for you. In the rest of this series, we’ll get into some of my favorite productivity strategies.

But for now, I’d like you to do some self-coaching with these reflections:

  • Over the last two weeks, what were the most important things that I accomplished?
  • Where did I waste time?
  • What important things did not get done because I was focused on low value tasks?
  • What’s working and not working in terms of productivity for me?
  • Who do I know that is extremely productive – and what do they do right?
  • What five things could I do differently?

After reflecting on these questions, make some notes and set a goal to change one thing about your plan of attack next week. And, feel free to share your reflections below.

Be sure to check back in next week, when this series really gets going. We’ll talk about everything from clarifying your priorities, to organizing your to do lists, to just plain being faster.

What do you think? Where does productivity fit into your life? What are your favorite productivity tricks?

Marie Wetmore
Career, Performance, and Management Coach for Women
http://www.lionssharecoaching.com
coachme@lionssharecoaching.com

Want to achieve your professional goals? Click here to learn more about Marie’s free monthly women’s career accelerator conference call.