Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Pretty Cool Coaching Tool for your life or business

Coaching Tool
Energy Leaks

Cheryl Scanlan PCC, CPCC
As entrepreneurs and sole proprietors, the energy for our businesses must come from us. Because we are the source of momentum, it’s important we use it our energy well and consider where we might have “energy leaks.”
Think about the energy saving steps we take for our homes.  We spend time and money sealing duct work, upgrading windows to double or triple pane with the addition of argon gas fills, or adding electric thermostats with programmed increases or decreases in temperature so that we are not cooling or heating an empty house. 
Your home has not changed one bit to the outside eye, but to the trained eye, an inspector will see and appreciate the upgrades. Even more importantly, you will experience the benefits of those upgrades when you pay your utility bills and enjoy the increased comfort that comes from living in a more energy efficient environment.
Now, apply this concept to your business.  To the outsider, your business will not seem to have changed much if you spend some time analyzing opportunities for energy efficiency.  However, in the long run, everyone benefits. You show up to your calls differently with greater enthusiasm and liveliness. You’ll have more room and time for your business and for the things that are important outside of work. Perhaps, most importantly, you will be able to focus on activities that bring you energy which in turn will help fuel your business.
What are some ways you can create energy efficiency in your practice that supports you?  
Step 1: Ask a few powerful questions or have a buddy coach ask you these questions.
  • What are the activities that you know are wasting your time and energy?
  • What are the activities that you think might be wasting your time and energy?
Step 2: Now test out your list. For the next week write down each time you sense a possible ‘energy leak’ in your practice.  Some ideas might be:
  • Spending more time than you wanted on the phone with a potential client.
  • Spinning your wheels trying to come up with a way to respond to an email                  
  • Troubleshooting a technical problem
  • Calendaring and setting appointment schedules                  
  • Not having the call in instructions handy
  • Unscheduled interruptions                  
  • Arriving late to calls or appointments
Be specific in writing down the activity/event that caused that “energy leak.” 
Step 3. Utilize your coach or ask yourself these questions.
  • Which item causes you the most trouble…or wastes most of your energy and time?
  • Which items are self-generated and thereby fully controllable?

Step 4: Prioritize your “energy leaks.” From there, you can develop a game plan to "seal" that area for greater efficiency. Energy leaks in business are really a matter of self-management. By identifying these leaks you are one step closer to improving your capacity and productivity.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


How is it possible to have pieces of one's life be genuinely difficult, and yet in the midst of that reality, be genuinely grateful? I'm pondering this and letting the reality of my disease be a catalyst for growth into greater gratitude.

Ann Voskamp works through this in One Thousand Gifts, a book I'm eager to devour in full and which was recommended by our women's retreat speaker last weekend. 

I'm pondering her words - that "maybe you don't want to change the story, because you don't know what a different ending's accepting there are things we simply don't understand. But He does...When we find ourselves groping along, famished for more, we can choose...I think of - all the mysteries I have refused, refused to let nourish me....if the rent in the canvas of our life backdrop, the losses that puncture our world, our own emptiness, might actually become places to see...the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To Him. To the God whom we endlessly crave. Maybe so. But how? How do we choose to allow the holes to become seeing-through-to-God places? To more-God places?" Well said. Well questioned. 

I commit to figuring out how to accept, to choose nourishment, to see through, to allow for more. My God is good. My God cares deeply and forever. My God is the One with more than One Thousand Gifts.

This morning I begin by finding them in the small things - the freshly made green juice my husband just brought me, after going to the store for ingredients. (That is no small thing to me!) And in the roaring and crashing of the waves here at the beach. Really? That's no small thing either. So are there small things, or just overlooked gifts? My dog sleeping at my feet, with my toes brushing her smooth hair. The bright pink clover flowers rolling down the rocks towards the ocean. The quickly changing sky from rain to sun. I choose. I see a little more clearly. I find gratitude.