April 22, 2019

Leadership Coaching Question of the Week: Are You Truly Leading or Just Trying to Look Busy?

In the world of leadership coaching (often known as executive coaching), it is quite interesting to watch top decision makers in today’s world.  Many of our “busy leaders”  have a tendency to go on and on  about all that they are doing…running here and there, putting out fires and living in reaction mode.  As an executive coach, when I dig deeper, I often find out that what they are really spinning around about are the tiny details which truly should be reserved for someone on his team.  During a coaching session, when I ask leaders how they spend their day, here are some of the most common “distractions” I hear about.

1.  Checking email 8-10 times per day.  The mother of all leadership sins!

Solution: Check email once in the morning at 9:00 a.m. (your time zone) and again at 4:30 p.m.  If you are concerned about missing someone, simply enter an auto-responder into your email program which says “Thank you for your email.  I usually check email at 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  If this is an emergency, you may call me at 555-555-5555 (put your telephone number in the blank).

2.  Writing other people about typos on an email,  website, a document or about subjects that are really not urgent.

Is this really your job, and did someone ask you to proofread their materials?  Probably not.  This job is usually reserved for a proofreader or an assistant in the marketing department.  As someone who types really fast, I do my best to double check my typos and my mistakes, but I don’t invest hours each day on proofreading.  If I want something proofread, I send it to someone at Roundtable Companies.  I don’t comb every blog post, because it squelches my creativity, and I am someone who does send out typos (not on purpose) on occasion by email.  If I make a mistake, I do my best to apologize for the inconvenience and correct my mistake.  As a leader, if part of your job is to notify people about their typos, then go for it.  But, I have found more often than not that this is never the job of a CEO.  This is usually a job handled by the marketing or PR arm of the company.  As a CEO, it is not your job to be the “internet police” and invest the majority of your day telling people that they have a typo on a page on their website or in an email.

3. Watching Hulu.com, You Tube, spending hours on Facebook or getting distracted by an article that leads you to another article and then to another article.

This revolving door can honestly suck hours out of your day…sending jokes to your friends, watching videos online, reading blogs and articles that have nothing to do with your business or getting on video chat with friends.  Set aside 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon to peruse two websites which are relevant to your business or target market.  The week-ends can be reserved for looking at funny dog and cat pictures and videos on You Tube or .for video chat with friends and family.

Are Your Constant Meetings Sending Your Company To An Early Death?

4.  Calling meetings on a daily basis that last for 1-3 hours.

I don’t want to say much about this other than this:  Read the book Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni.

5. Fixing broken technology.

I am just amazed at how many business owners and CEOs (who know very little about technology) who try to fix old, worn out, broken computers, servers and back up systems.  Hey…here’s a novel thought…maybe it’s time to regroup and replace your technology with state of the art systems.  If your computer is sluggish or if your phone continues to rattle with static, it’s time for an upgrade.  If your technological devices are not working, you may be investing precious hours fixing broken equipment that is only going to break again.  And…by all means, add an IT person to your team or outsource this job to someone who can fix your tech problems in a snap!

As a business owner, your job is to not only work in the business but on the business (famous quote by Michael Gerber).  Working on the business does not include fixing your broken 1990 computer.  For a true business owner or leader, working on the business includes (but is not limited to) the following (these are not in order of importance.  These are in alphabetical order).  It is up to you to decide what is most important and to rank these according to importance for your company:

  • Addressing tough conversations (and not avoiding them)
  • Addressing your own self development (it does not matter how high up you are in your organization or how powerful you think you might be…we all need to grow if we want to stay competitive in today’s world)
  • Being a masterful coach
  • Being a positive role model and ambassador for your company
  • Being the first to bridge the gap across generations in your company
  • Decision making when the decision moves to the top
  • Delegating to others
  • Developing boss/team/employee relationships
  • Developing command and public speaking skills
  • Driving innovation
  • Improving efficiency and time management
  • Inspiring teams and people
  • Listening without interrupting
  • Managing resources wisely
  • Meeting with Centers of Influence
  • Stepping up and standing for the use of state of the art technology and then delegating the use of technology to your Director of Information Technology
  • Strategic planning
  • Strengthening your communication skills so that everyone in your company is “on board” and know exactly what to do
  • Thinking time to clear out the junk and the cobwebs
  • Upholding the values and ethics of the company
  • Visioning
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Teleclass for Monday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern: EDGE: A Leadership Story: The Future of Business From the Minds of Ten Top Professionals

Teleclass: EDGE: A Leadership Story: The Future of Business From the Minds of Ten Top Professionals

Date: Monday, July 14

Time: 7:00 P.M. Eastern

What happens when you get ten top professionals on a call together to discuss the future of business and leadership? You walk away inspired to change the way you think, live and operate in business. Join Bea Fields as she shares this open call with her partners from EDGE: A Leadership Story for a call you don’t want to miss. Fields will be joined by Michael Gerber, Michael Port, Corey Blake, Dave Buck, Carol Dickson-Carr, Roger Dewitt, Eva Silva-Travers, Kimberly George, and Roger Dewitt. Each professional will be asked a question they have never been asked before about the future of business, and you don’t want to miss their answers. This is BIG!

Register Here Today

Listed with Conference Call University

About the Presenters:

Bea Fields, Co-Author: EDGE! A Leadership Story

Bea Fields is the President of Bea Fields Companies, Inc. and the Founder of Five Star Leader Coaching and Training, a leadership consulting firm currently serving over 800 clients world-wide.

Her latest book, co-authored with Scott Wilder, Jim Bunch and Rob Newbold, Millennial Leaders: Success Stories From Today’s Most Brilliant Generation Y Leaders is now on sale through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. The new book explores and analyzes Generation Y – the young adults currently between the ages of 18 and 30 – from a socio-economic standpoint. The book highlights 25 members of this generation who have already made a name for themselves, and provides crucial insights for business and political leaders seeking to tap into this demographic. Along with Corey Blake and Eva Silva Travers, Fields is also the author of Edge: A Leadership Story (Writers of the Round Table Press: May: 2008). http://BeaFields.com

Corey Blake, Co-Author: EDGE! A Leadership Story


With more than a dozen national commercial campaigns including Mountain Dew, Pepsi, McDonalds, Wrigley’s, Hasbro, and Mitsubishi under his belt and appearances on popular T.V. shows like The Shield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Diagnosis Murder, VIP, and Fastlane, Corey Blake put an end to his lucrative commercial and television acting career to pursue his passion for writing. In 2000, he founded Elevation 9000 Films and went on to spearhead the original Elevation 9000 Film Lab that eventually inspired the motion picture production company LA Film Lab Entertainment and Writers of the Round Table Inc. http://WritersoftheRoundTable.com

 

Eva Silva Travers, Co-Author: EDGE! A Leadership Story

Eva Silva Travers holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Radio and Television and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing Studies. With roots in both print and broadcast media, Eva is a writer with a broad scope of experience. In the corporate world, she has enjoyed success as a writer, producer and digital editor for several production companies and as a radio newscaster/announcer. Her real passion, though, thrives in the creative world. Eva has been involved with the creation of numerous scripts, screenplays and treatments for major production companies and is co-author of Edge! A Leadership Story with Bea Fields and Corey Blake. She devotes most of her energy to growing the Creative Department for Writers of the Round Table, both as a writer and a project manager. Prior to finding “The Table”, Eva sold a screenplay to internationally recognized Graz Entertainment after winning a Student Emmy Award for a documentary on teenage alcoholism while in college. In addition, she speaks and facilitates workshops in schools and public forums on the creation of engaging characters and successful manuscripts. She is an active member of the Los Angeles Writers Group. http://WritersoftheRoundTable.com

Michael Gerber, Author of The E-Myth Books

Michael Gerber has focused his career on inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs with his unique solutions to small business growth, effectiveness, and efficiency. He has established his revolutionary perspective as the gold standard for small business development, becoming what Inc. Magazine called “the world’s #1 small business guru” and one of Business Week’s bestselling authors of the past decades. Michael is the author of seven E-Myth books, including The E-Myth Revisited, which has sold more than three million copies worldwide, making it the most successful small business guide ever written. In 1977, he founded E-Myth Worldwide®, a business that has coached, trained, and educated over 60,000 small business clients in 145 countries. Now 70 years young, Michael Gerber lives with his wife, Luz Delia, in Petaluma, California, where they are intentionally and joyously pursuing their shared vision for transforming the world one small business owner at a time through their most recent venture, “In the Dreaming Room.” http://inthedreamingroom.com/


Michael Port, Author of Book Yourself Solid and Beyond Booked Solid

Michael Port Called a “marketing guru” by the Wall Street Journal, Michael Port, has lectured, trained, inspired, and provided coaching and consulting services to over 20,000 business owners in the last two years alone. As a speaker, he has headlined events with leaders like Brian Tracy and Tony Robbins. Michael is the author of the national bestselling Book Yourself Solid, The Fastest, Easiest and Most Reliable System For Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even If You Hate Marketing And Selling and the soon to be released Beyond Booked Solid: Now, Build a Bigger, Better Business By Leveraging the Power of People and Processes to Make More Money While Working Less. http://www.bookyourselfsolid.com


Andy Wibbels, Author of Blogwild!

Andy Wibbels is an award-winning blogger and author of the book Blogwild! A Guide for Small Business Blogging . He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Entrepreneur and other media as a recognized expert in blogging and related technologies. Andy has helped businesses all over the world leverage new media to build visibility and increase sales. Andy Wibbels is an award-winning blogger and author of the book Blogwild! A Guide for Small Business Blogging . He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Entrepreneur and other media as a recognized expert in blogging and related technologies. Andy has helped businesses all over the world leverage new media to build visibility and increase sales. http://andywibbels.com


Dave Buck, CEO of CoachVille.com.

Dave Buck MCC, MBA is the CEO of CoachVille, the largest and fastest growing business and personal coaching organization in the world. The CoachVille vision is to unleash the greatness in all people everywhere through coaching. He worked with Thomas Leonard to found CoachVille in 2001 and has delivered coach training programs to thousands of coaches.

Dave’s coaching career is diverse. He began coaching as the assistant coach for the Seton Hall University Men’s Soccer Team in 1995 and coached for 10 seasons. He began life coaching in 1997 and over the last 9 years has coached close to 1,000 individuals. Dave is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation.

Dave has revolutionized the coaching profession by creating Pattern Language Coaching™ – a coaching method that dramatically reduces the time required to become a masterful coach.

In 2004 Dave was awarded the first annual International Coach Federation (ICF) Peace Maker award for bringing CoachVille and the ICF together.

Dave taught an MBA program for the Seton Hall Stillman School of Business called “The Joy of Business”, based on the 28 Principles of Attraction by Thomas Leonard. http://www.CoachVille.com


Kim George, Author of Coaching Into Greatness

Kim George is the author of Coaching Into Greatness: 4 Steps to Success in Business and Life, published by Wiley & Sons. The book introduces Kim’s groundbreaking work around the concept of AQ, Abundance IntelligenceT, and how people can eliminate the barriers that keep them from doing what they can do.

Kim is the Founder and CEO of The AQ Institute, a coaching, consulting and training community focused on bringing Abundance IntelligenceT to the world. www.AQInstitute.com


Carol Dickson-Carr, CEO of Power-Ed Solutions and Managing Personal Resources

Carol Dickson-Carr is a productivity coach for entrepreneurial spirits and helps them make money using their creativity as she does in her own business. She has taught in community and business colleges, at the university level, and in private consultations to provide both academic knowledge and practical strategies for creating a fulfilling life.

Other areas of her expertise include: productivity, creativity, communication skills, audio production, time management, and self-discovery through personal assessment tools–particularly the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Carol is also the creator of the interview audio series, Master Your Time and Live Your Dreams: Conversations with Coaches and Creatives Who Get It Done! and is also co- author to the book, A Guide to Getting It: Purpose & Passion. http://power-edsolutionsinc.com
http://www.managingpersonalresources.com

Roger DeWitt, CEO of Coaching NYC, Inc.

As a Business and Life Coach, Roger DeWitt comes to the coaching table with many years of business experience both as an entrepreneur and in organizations and over 20 years of experience as a successful and working actor. Approximately 50% of Roger’s clients are business and community leaders and professionals from a variety of backgrounds and 50% are working performers and creative professionals. His expertise in presentation skills and voice combined with his business savvy make Roger an exceptional marketing, prospecting and sales coach. His mix of talents provides his clients with a very unique edge in all aspects of business and life…from sales to business development to interpersonal communication. He finds that he is particularly adept at helping the “professionally creative” start and run their own thriving business by harnessing the power of their natural creativity and building both personal and business confidence in the process.

In addition to his coaching business, Roger has been and continues to live his second passion of being an actor. He has been seen on television, film and the Broadway stage. Around the country on tour and on Broadway, Roger has been seen in such shows as The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll and Hyde, Ragtime, The Woman in White and on TV in shows like The Snorks, The Jetsons, Law and Order and Rescue Me.

Roger has a BA in psychology from Loyola Marymount University and is a Certified Graduate of Coach University. He holds the designation of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation.

http://coachingnyc.com/

Register Here Today

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Teleclass for Monday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern: EDGE: A Leadership Story: The Future of Business From the Minds of Ten Top Professionals

Teleclass: EDGE: A Leadership Story: The Future of Business From the Minds of Ten Top Professionals

Date: Monday, July 14

Time: 7:00 P.M. Eastern

What happens when you get ten top professionals on a call together to discuss the future of business and leadership? You walk away inspired to change the way you think, live and operate in business. Join Bea Fields as she shares this open call with her partners from EDGE: A Leadership Story for a call you don’t want to miss. Fields will be joined by Michael Gerber, Michael Port, Corey Blake, Dave Buck, Carol Dickson-Carr, Eva Silva-Travers, Kimberly George, and Roger Dewitt. Each professional will be asked a question they have never been asked before about the future of business, and you don’t want to miss their answers. This is BIG!

Register Here Today

Listed with Conference Call University 

About the Presenters:

Bea Fields, Co-Author: EDGE! A Leadership Story

Bea Fields is the President of Bea Fields Companies, Inc. and the Founder of Five Star Leader Coaching and Training, a leadership consulting firm currently serving over 800 clients world-wide.

Her latest book, co-authored with Scott Wilder, Jim Bunch and Rob Newbold, Millennial Leaders: Success Stories From Today’s Most Brilliant Generation Y Leaders is now on sale through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. The new book explores and analyzes Generation Y – the young adults currently between the ages of 18 and 30 – from a socio-economic standpoint. The book highlights 25 members of this generation who have already made a name for themselves, and provides crucial insights for business and political leaders seeking to tap into this demographic. Along with Corey Blake and Eva Silva Travers, Fields is also the author of Edge: A Leadership Story (Writers of the Round Table Press: May: 2008). http://BeaFields.com

Corey Blake, Co-Author: EDGE! A Leadership Story


With more than a dozen national commercial campaigns including Mountain Dew, Pepsi, McDonalds, Wrigley’s, Hasbro, and Mitsubishi under his belt and appearances on popular T.V. shows like The Shield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Diagnosis Murder, VIP, and Fastlane, Corey Blake put an end to his lucrative commercial and television acting career to pursue his passion for writing. In 2000, he founded Elevation 9000 Films and went on to spearhead the original Elevation 9000 Film Lab that eventually inspired the motion picture production company LA Film Lab Entertainment and Writers of the Round Table Inc. http://WritersoftheRoundTable.com

 

Eva Silva Travers, Co-Author: EDGE! A Leadership Story

Eva Silva Travers holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Radio and Television and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing Studies. With roots in both print and broadcast media, Eva is a writer with a broad scope of experience. In the corporate world, she has enjoyed success as a writer, producer and digital editor for several production companies and as a radio newscaster/announcer. Her real passion, though, thrives in the creative world. Eva has been involved with the creation of numerous scripts, screenplays and treatments for major production companies and is co-author of Edge! A Leadership Story with Bea Fields and Corey Blake. She devotes most of her energy to growing the Creative Department for Writers of the Round Table, both as a writer and a project manager. Prior to finding “The Table”, Eva sold a screenplay to internationally recognized Graz Entertainment after winning a Student Emmy Award for a documentary on teenage alcoholism while in college. In addition, she speaks and facilitates workshops in schools and public forums on the creation of engaging characters and successful manuscripts. She is an active member of the Los Angeles Writers Group. http://WritersoftheRoundTable.com

Michael Gerber, Author of The E-Myth Books

Michael Gerber has focused his career on inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs with his unique solutions to small business growth, effectiveness, and efficiency. He has established his revolutionary perspective as the gold standard for small business development, becoming what Inc. Magazine called “the world’s #1 small business guru” and one of Business Week’s bestselling authors of the past decades. Michael is the author of seven E-Myth books, including The E-Myth Revisited, which has sold more than three million copies worldwide, making it the most successful small business guide ever written. In 1977, he founded E-Myth Worldwide®, a business that has coached, trained, and educated over 60,000 small business clients in 145 countries. Now 70 years young, Michael Gerber lives with his wife, Luz Delia, in Petaluma, California, where they are intentionally and joyously pursuing their shared vision for transforming the world one small business owner at a time through their most recent venture, “In the Dreaming Room.” http://inthedreamingroom.com/


Michael Port, Author of Book Yourself Solid and Beyond Booked Solid

Michael Port Called a “marketing guru” by the Wall Street Journal, Michael Port, has lectured, trained, inspired, and provided coaching and consulting services to over 20,000 business owners in the last two years alone. As a speaker, he has headlined events with leaders like Brian Tracy and Tony Robbins. Michael is the author of the national bestselling Book Yourself Solid, The Fastest, Easiest and Most Reliable System For Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even If You Hate Marketing And Selling and the soon to be released Beyond Booked Solid: Now, Build a Bigger, Better Business By Leveraging the Power of People and Processes to Make More Money While Working Less. http://www.bookyourselfsolid.com


Andy Wibbels, Author of Blogwild!

Andy Wibbels is an award-winning blogger and author of the book Blogwild! A Guide for Small Business Blogging . He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Entrepreneur and other media as a recognized expert in blogging and related technologies. Andy has helped businesses all over the world leverage new media to build visibility and increase sales. Andy Wibbels is an award-winning blogger and author of the book Blogwild! A Guide for Small Business Blogging . He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Entrepreneur and other media as a recognized expert in blogging and related technologies. Andy has helped businesses all over the world leverage new media to build visibility and increase sales. http://andywibbels.com


Dave Buck, CEO of CoachVille.com.

Dave Buck MCC, MBA is the CEO of CoachVille, the largest and fastest growing business and personal coaching organization in the world. The CoachVille vision is to unleash the greatness in all people everywhere through coaching. He worked with Thomas Leonard to found CoachVille in 2001 and has delivered coach training programs to thousands of coaches.

Dave’s coaching career is diverse. He began coaching as the assistant coach for the Seton Hall University Men’s Soccer Team in 1995 and coached for 10 seasons. He began life coaching in 1997 and over the last 9 years has coached close to 1,000 individuals. Dave is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation.

Dave has revolutionized the coaching profession by creating Pattern Language Coaching™ – a coaching method that dramatically reduces the time required to become a masterful coach.

In 2004 Dave was awarded the first annual International Coach Federation (ICF) Peace Maker award for bringing CoachVille and the ICF together.

Dave taught an MBA program for the Seton Hall Stillman School of Business called “The Joy of Business”, based on the 28 Principles of Attraction by Thomas Leonard. http://www.CoachVille.com


Kim George, Author of Coaching Into Greatness

Kim George is the author of Coaching Into Greatness: 4 Steps to Success in Business and Life, published by Wiley & Sons. The book introduces Kim’s groundbreaking work around the concept of AQ, Abundance IntelligenceT, and how people can eliminate the barriers that keep them from doing what they can do.

Kim is the Founder and CEO of The AQ Institute, a coaching, consulting and training community focused on bringing Abundance IntelligenceT to the world. www.AQInstitute.com


Carol Dickson-Carr, CEO of Power-Ed Solutions and Managing Personal Resources

Carol Dickson-Carr is a productivity coach for entrepreneurial spirits and helps them make money using their creativity as she does in her own business. She has taught in community and business colleges, at the university level, and in private consultations to provide both academic knowledge and practical strategies for creating a fulfilling life.

Other areas of her expertise include: productivity, creativity, communication skills, audio production, time management, and self-discovery through personal assessment tools–particularly the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Carol is also the creator of the interview audio series, Master Your Time and Live Your Dreams: Conversations with Coaches and Creatives Who Get It Done! and is also co- author to the book, A Guide to Getting It: Purpose & Passion. http://power-edsolutionsinc.com
http://www.managingpersonalresources.com

Roger DeWitt, CEO of Coaching NYC, Inc.

As a Business and Life Coach, Roger DeWitt comes to the coaching table with many years of business experience both as an entrepreneur and in organizations and over 20 years of experience as a successful and working actor. Approximately 50% of Roger’s clients are business and community leaders and professionals from a variety of backgrounds and 50% are working performers and creative professionals. His expertise in presentation skills and voice combined with his business savvy make Roger an exceptional marketing, prospecting and sales coach. His mix of talents provides his clients with a very unique edge in all aspects of business and life…from sales to business development to interpersonal communication. He finds that he is particularly adept at helping the “professionally creative” start and run their own thriving business by harnessing the power of their natural creativity and building both personal and business confidence in the process.

In addition to his coaching business, Roger has been and continues to live his second passion of being an actor. He has been seen on television, film and the Broadway stage. Around the country on tour and on Broadway, Roger has been seen in such shows as The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll and Hyde, Ragtime, The Woman in White and on TV in shows like The Snorks, The Jetsons, Law and Order and Rescue Me.

Roger has a BA in psychology from Loyola Marymount University and is a Certified Graduate of Coach University. He holds the designation of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation.

http://coachingnyc.com/

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