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Why I stopped weekly planning!

That’s Insane!
Recently, while planning for studying for my grad school comps exam, a fellow grad student caught a glimpse of my iCal. She said “Oh my God Stephanie, thats insane….how do you get all of that done!?”

I told her about my new convoluted planning system which I’ve had to adapt in this growth phase of my life! Taking my coaching and consulting full time, starting a non-profit, and kicking 10 last credits to the finish line for my Masters is no small feat.
The “way I’ve always done it.”
When I was working full time in education or in my previous career in business (Yes, we are on successful transition #2!) I always planned my week. Before there were smart phones I had color coded sheets for each day on a clipboard where I would carefully craft each day at the beginning of a week.

This system worked for working in a predictable atmosphere. I repeated the same tasks month after month, year after year. Working as service and leadership program director in a school I pretty much could plan a dance for special needs kids or a mission trip half way across the country in my sleep. When I introduced new clients  to my company’s services in my early career of marketing, I knew the process like the back of my hand. Everything was just IN ME!

If I showed you my current client list, there is not ONE company, entrepreneur, or client that operates in the same style, or even industry! They are all totally unique and wonderful adventures that I must learn about and adapt to.

So, I’ve decided to stop forcing my old ways of being onto my new exciting life. If [...]

February 26th, 2014|Blog|

Coaching: Read the fine print!

Beware! In 2014 anyone with two hands and 100 bucks can call themselves a coach! Coaching is the new buzzword that is flooding social media with a lot of people who are great SALESPEOPLE but not practiced or studied coaches. I don’t care how passionate you are about a topic, this doesn’t make someone a coach. I’m pretty adamant about this because myself and my fellow colleagues have worked very hard to be the coaches we are today. Trying to preserve a profession amongst a lot of bells and whistles is very important to me.

Coaching is a skill that must be honed by credible teachers, mentors, literature, and study. When looking for a coach I always tell people to ask where the coach studied to be a coach or what certifications they have. When I knew I wanted to be a coach, I was intent on learning it as a skill. If you are also thinking of becoming a coach, I also highly recommend that you get adequately trained. People are not dollar signs – they are real people with real lives. To coach someone is to say YES to possessing a certain skill set of listening, questioning, critical thinking, accessing emotional intelligence, and using careful intuition. Here are a few things to remember:

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN HIRING A COACH

1. WHERE DID YOU STUDY? A practiced legitimate coach will have attended a credible coaching certification program, and will have some sort of certification (preferably with organizations similar to the ICF which requires 100 hours of training at a basic certification level, mentor coaching, and an oral exam). In the NY/NJ area, NYU and Columbia have reputable coaching certificate programs that require deep study, practice, [...]

January 24th, 2014|Blog|

Please, no more experts. Thanks.

In my first week of Marketing 101 in undergrad, I quickly was ordered to memorize the three P’s of marketing (pricing, placement, and promotion). You can google the “three P’s” and  what pops up? You’ll find a gaggle of people who have made up their own version of the three P’s as it relates to success or whatever else you can think of.

Do we really need another person telling us how to “be successful” through social media? My answer is Absolutely NOT. As the great Dr. Warner Burke taught me in my most recent course of Leadership and Supervision at Columbia University’s Teachers College: leadership is personal. You can read everyone’s article, book, or “5 simple steps to growing rich” but guess who they apply to: the PERSON WHO WROTE THEM!

Everyone thinks they have the simplest system to have you make it, but in truth, its the system designed for them make it…again. My three P’s are not about how you make it, they are about what I stand for. I LOVE the small business owner. It takes a certain kind of grit and guts to put out your own shingle and live your passion. So I say that passion,productivity, and profitability are what I stand for. That will look COMPLETELY different for each person. I don’t say this is what will work for you. I don’t even say this is a formula for success. I DO know that you run your own show because you have a passion that was too big for any cubicle. Being productive with those I work with puts forth an energy that is exhilarating. I love watching people make their lives or businesses WORK for them.  Whether we [...]

January 3rd, 2014|Blog|

Welcome to my new website!

Yes!  Here it is!  My new website co-created with David Shakiban from Colorgrooves Creative.

October 10th, 2013|Blog|