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Stepping into Your Destiny

What do you love?

One of the ways you begin to identify your destiny is by asking yourself —- What do I love?

What gets me so excited that when I am near it — I have to jump in?  

What are the things that burn inside of me — what do I think about day and night?

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Building Your Relational Leadership Muscles

Successful leaders are learners.
And the learning process is on going.
John Maxwell Leadership 101

Many years ago my company sent me to a nine month Leadership Class. I had been promoted to a Director, which carried a Board Position with it. And I needed some extra training in my expanded role. It was grueling and exhilarating at the same time. The class was three hours after a full day and most days I was at work at five A.M., which was the grueling part. However, the class was so well managed with practical applications and interaction with peers it made it an incredible growing time for me in honing my skills as well as learning new ones.

One theme was woven through out:

Keeping your Focus while Building your Team. 

One of the ways to strengthen your leadership muscle is by understanding how you lead. In last week’s blog, we studied Relational Leadership.

In review, Relational Leadership is the ability to build a rapport with their team in a way that maximizes every person’s potential while creating synergy among them in achieving clear set goals.

How do you lead?

Today, we are going to look at two very different styles. In fact they are polar opposites.

Controlled and Contained — Empowered and Released


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Relational Leadership

Improve Your Team Leadership with these 4 Strategies

You can download my New E-Book Relational Leadership with all the information needed to implement these 4 Strategies. 

Are you killing off your team? – I was!

Do you remember the first time your leadership style was critiqued?

Boy, I do! I was actually quite shocked.

I was the manager of a call center that handled some of the most prestigious companies in our region. My boss and I were chatting over coffee about work when he said, and I paraphrase, “You know Cindy, you are terrific at meeting the corporate goals, however, sometimes you leave a body count in the wake of your success. You are so determined to make the goals; you forget it takes people to help you achieve them.” I was taken by surprise! I am extremely relational, as well as, being goal driven, but it was apparent I was not incorporating them together. From that day forward I became intent on developing my skills as a Relational Leader.

What is a Relational Leader?


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Manners: Basic Life Skills

Do they really matter?

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” Clarence Thomas

I grew up with my mom reading Miss Manners aloud to us. If you don’t know who she is – Google her name. She is considered the expert.

Manners are conduct and behavior we live by. It is the consideration of others we interact with. The way we live when where alone should be the same when we are with others, because our manners should be part of our basic life skills for success.

Did you know your success can hinge on your manners? It is true!

As business person, I have noticed a few slips across the board in the Manners Department. Here are the Top 5, check and see if you need to follow the “Tune Up Strategy” to get you back on top. It is important as the tune up is for your car, this life-skill tune up is critical to YOUR success in relationships, work place and stress levels will go down!

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Resourcing Your Dreams

Discover the 4 Resources you cannot live without!

Thank you for joining me. Today I want to help you explore the resources needed in planning for your dreams.

I love this quote by Walt Disney… All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

And to add to that I believe… Our dreams are just fantasy if they are only held in our minds. 

Today be ready to take action by expanding your dreams! Specifically by taking them from your dream worksheet and determining what resources you need to achieve this dream.


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Keys to Identifying Your Passion

What Are The Keys To Identifying Your Passion?

Today I am sharing my interview with Ross Stewart who did just that — he identified his passion and went after his dreams. (You can listen to the interview on iTunes, Unleashing The Champion Within Episode 6.)

Ross is currently the head coach at Leto High in Tampa, Florida. He is a graduate of Endicott College in Boston and East Lake High School in Palm Harbor, FL.  His love for basketball has carried him through high and college and into a career.  Today, Ross will share about how he was able to identity his passion and the steps he took to live his dream.  And oh by the way, Ross is my son.


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Staying Present While Planning the Future

Are you living in the present while dreaming for the future? 

I had an interesting meeting with some friends the other day. We were talking about our dreams for the future.  I was sharing about my recent Podcast on “Dreaming Your Future into Reality.” (If you haven’t had a chance to hear it, you can go to iTunes and listen to Episode 4.)

We began to talk about how we stay in the present, while planning for our future. It sounds simple enough, but with everything going on in our lives, sometimes it’s hard just to be present with our family, with our friends, even at our jobs.

How do we live in the moment? I always tell my coaching clients to, ”Bloom where you’re planted, while continuing to keep working toward the future. By doing this, you are able to enjoy the now, and keep moving to where you want to be.”

I’ve been working on this myself and over the years, I have discovered Four Disciplines, which have worked well. I have incorporated them into my life, and they keep me focused on the present, while I am moving toward the future.


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Bringing Your Dreams to Reality

One of the questions I am asked frequently is:

How do I bring my dream to reality?

Today I am sharing my interview with Katie who did just that — She turned her dream into reality! (You can listen to the interview on iTunes, Unleashing the Champion within Episode 4.)

At 29 years old, Katie is a successful entrepreneur who has exponentially grown her business, and is planning for an expansion. Katie will share how her business grew 150% in profitability, while maintaining a 98% client retention.

Katie will be sharing her expertise on setting prices and how outsourcing has grown her business. In closing, Katie will give us her 5 Tips to go from Dreaming to Launching your Business. 

By the way, Katie is my daughter, so I get to brag a little bit too.

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Do you know dreaming is important to your success?

I am not talking about the dreams you have at night
I am talking about the dreams you have for your life!

Dreams are seeds of possibility planted in your soul, calling you to pursue a unique path to the realization of your purpose.  John Maxwell 

Dreams are seeds for the future and when you dream — it prepares you for amazing opportunities in your future. Are you living the life you dream about?

Dreaming is part of the process to Unleash the Champion within you!

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Identity Uncovered

Identity Uncovered!

Today we are going to explore the who we were born to be that drives us to live a Champion’s Life!

Have you taken our new Quiz? “Are You Living a Champion’s Life?”

You can find it on my website and it only takes five minutes.

Let’s step into a Champion mindset by talking about the first characteristic of a champion.

A Champion is someone who is strong in his or her identity. 

What is your identity?

Merriam-Webster defines identity as the distinguishing character or personality of an individual. In short, identity is the culmination of all attributes of our character, our personality and our genetic traits.

Our identity is who we are.

For so many years my identity was absorbed in what I did. It started when I was a young girl with pleasing my dad. My dad’s desire for me to be a successful businessperson became my focus, as I was afraid to disappoint him. And in my success it became my identity.  It was the only path I thought was available. I found myself making career choices based on one criterion: My Dad’s dream for me.

I never knew what I was passionate about or even interested in. There was never a time to discover or explore, because I was focused on my career.


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