Carl's Coaching Tips

Things To Do

Posted on February 27, 2015


Action is the foundational key to all success.”

- Pablo Picasso



Confused about how to prioritize your long list of “Things To Do?”  

Try this.

Take a moment at the beginning of the day to reflect on this question: at the end of today, what one task, if completed, would make me feel the best about myself?

Then do it!








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Posted on January 30, 2015

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”


-Tony Robbins 



The next time you are in the mood for writing down your goals try this.  

Take a 3 x 5 index card and write your goal at the top of the card.  Next, write five to seven reasons why that goal is important to you.  Then, for the next 28 days read that card 10 to 20 times a day. This will serve as a constant reminder, not only of your desire to meet the goal, but of why that goal is important to achieve.

Our reasons why propel us toward our goals.  Enjoy the journey.

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The Challenge and Reward of the Job

Posted on January 26, 2015


The role of manager is one of constant responsibility.  The challenges can seem never-ending and even for the experienced manager the role can be as frustrating as it is rewarding, and as discouraging as it is satisfying.  For the first-time manager, however, the role can seem downright overwhelming.

As a first-time manager you will quickly find that you are not only responsible for the results of your own work and the work of others, but also responsible to provide the focus and direction for getting those results.  You will discover that the role is more than just overseeing, but involves training, coaching, mentoring, encouraging, and guiding others to be able to perform the tasks required of them.  

In other words, the role is not one, but many.

Learning to be an effective manager is not an easy process, for some it can be disheartening, at times even painful.  The key is to strive to create, nurture and maintain a work climate where individuals can be successful at applying their talents and gifts to their duties and responsibilities.  Meeting goals and accomplishing tasks are certainly satisfying, but how much more rewarding the efforts are when you, as manager, have taken the time to strengthen the abilities of others, creating an environment that encourages improvement and growth and promotes successful, productive job performance.  The responsibility is great . . . the reward is greater.

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The "Teacher" Becomes the "Learner"

Posted on January 19, 2015



It would seem strange to walk into a classroom and find the teacher sitting among the students waiting to be taught.  Why?  Because the roles of that classroom have already been established: the teacher teaches and the student learns.  And yet, the teacher had to acquire the skills necessary for the role.  The teacher had to learn.  In fact, the teacher probably continues to learn in order to remain effective.    

The role of manager is similar.  The manager, like the teacher, is responsible for training others and for providing focus and direction and must acquire the necessary skills in order to fill that role.

And so the “teacher” becomes the “learner” . . .

The very methods used to evaluate, train, and improve employee job performance can be used to evaluate and improve your own performance as manager.

·    Evaluate.  Ask yourself: What are my talents, skills and abilities, my “career enablers and accelerators?  What are my “career stallers”? 

·    Learn.  After thorough evaluation, take the steps to acquire the skills needed for particular responsibilities, and strengthen areas of shortcoming. 

·    Improve.  Use both your natural talents and newly acquired skills to work more efficiently and productively.

And so the manager becomes the motivator . . .

Nothing inspires others as quickly and as thoroughly as a living example.  Being open and willing to improving as a manager in order to meet the demands and responsibilities of the role will not only serve as a positive model for employees but will inspire them to do the same. 

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