Curiosity is the Wick (Thoughtography)

Curiosity Candle

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. - William Arthur Ward I was told as a teen working in one of my first jobs, "Always remain coachable." I had just watched my boss fire someone loudly. His parting shot was telling the employee he was "Uncoachable!" When he turned to walk away, he saw me standing in surprise - there was lots of cussing and I was 15 years … [Read more...]

COOL TOOLS: A list of COOL TOOLS Shared

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  As part of the recent tweak to our Twitter prefix practice, mostly for use with LIFT Resources, one popular category has been COOL TOOLS. Like this great list of resources and tools: COOL TOOLS: 113 Visual Marketing Tools and Apps http://t.co/hEWw6ZxO9Z by @JDScherer on @Wishpond — Mike Sansone (@mikesansone) June 19, 2015 One thing to keep in mind … [Read more...]

METHOD: Coaching with the LIFT Framework

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It's continual, this work of owning and operating a small business, isn't it? Some clients are recurring, on a retainer or subscription model. Some customers are as regular as clockwork. Some projects, once completed, free up time to do similar projects for others. A journey rather than a destination. Coaching using the LIFT framework works in a continual flow towards a … [Read more...]

DEVOTIONAL: Blessings in Disguise

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Each Sunday afternoon on this site, we share a short devotional message.  If this kind of post is of no interest to you, feel free to skip it and return on Monday. As we pointed out earlier, our post will close with a hymn or spiritual. Blessings in Disguise Sometimes the darkest times, while we are going through them, end up being a catapult to better times. Business … [Read more...]

GUEST: Can Mobile Devices Change Workplace Habits?

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Written by Kevin Flanagan Mobile devices have changed us as a culture, so it should come as no surprise that they are changing the way we work as well. From telecommuting to BYOD to new types of POS systems, mobile devices are changing most aspects of everyday work. Here's a look at a few of those changes: Tablets Tablets bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops, … [Read more...]

Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination

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"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it." ~ Greg Anderson Goals are a funny thing. They offer something to strive for, something to reach. Upon arrival, then what? Another goal, right? Meetings are not often a fun thing. Many complain about the pain and drudgery. But, like goals - one meeting often … [Read more...]

How LIFT is Giving Owners a Boost

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I help business owners create a better business presence online and offline. I do this by creating training materials and coaching sessions, instructing towards independence using the LIFT framework. When I first came up with the framework of LIFT, it was as a coaching tool to help business owners grow - themselves and their business. LIFT has since experienced a short … [Read more...]

METHOD: Scanning and Saving Before Sharing

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There is a lot of great information available to us, published in all types of media: text, video, audio, and images. Learning to separate signal from noise becomes a skill as important as any tool to help us with intake so we can avoid information overload. A tool of great help in my intake is Feedly, an aggregator for blogs, news, search strings, and other articles I am … [Read more...]