16 October 2016

What it's costing you NOT to have an Accountability Buddy

Here’s a question for you …
Does it make good economic sense to spend $50 to make $100?  
Or to spend $1500 to finish a project that can earn you maybe 10 times that?
Silly question right? Of course it makes sense!

Another question for you.
  • What’s it costing you to NOT finish your must-do projects?
  • What’s it costing you in terms of lost sales, opportunities, credibility or self-worth?
  •  How many major projects have been on your wish list for more than a year?
  •  How many activities have you transferred from To-do list to To- do list?
  •  How many key projects have you binned, because you know you’re never going to get around to doing them?

Procrastination is rife. Getting bounced around by other people’s priorities is an inevitable part of today’s workplace. This all adds up to a lot of unfinished business… unfinished projects and unrealized dreams.

What does this cost you in terms of unrest, knowing you are just not getting to the things that are important to you? 

What does it cost you in terms of frustration, trying to keep these ideas and projects alive, fitting them around your existing tasks?  

What’s it costing you in terms of reputation, being known as the Gonna Guy instead of the Did-it Dude!

Consider Pete’s story

He had it on his bucket list for 2 years to build a new pergola. And still he hadn’t done it. Why?  He initially said he didn’t have the time, that he had so much else on his plate.  He hedged that he couldn’t really afford it.

But he recognized that finishing the pergola really was important to him, and for his family.  He loved to entertain. He loved spending time at home with friends and family.  But he hated his backyard area.

We got Pete to consider how many family occasions he’s spent apologizing for the poor state of his backyard.  And how many beautiful afternoons he’s spent money entertaining the family out and about, because his backyard wasn’t finished.  We got him to find out how much more the raw materials cost now compared to 2 years ago.  And he volunteered that he’s now much busier than he was 2 years ago. Finally he admitted he was putting off building the pergola for no other reason than time had simply slipped past.

Procrastination has cost him.  In so many ways.

So here’s another question for you.  Are you a Procrastinator Pete?  Be honest!

What are your Bucket List projects that would make the difference in your world?
  • Perhaps it’s an adventure holiday?
  • Maybe it’s a new software system that will make things so much faster in your business.
  • It could be implementing a new sales or marketing strategy.
  • It might be a home project.

Whatever your must do projects, they deserve to be done!

They’ve cost you enough already in wasted time, energy and frustration.  And  deferring them has most likely cost you financially as well.

What would it be worth to you to have someone help you get them finished, in the next 3 months? Ticked off and done!

An Accountability Partner can help you do just that.

Sure, there’s a cost attached.
  • You’ll need to invest around half an hour per week catching up with your Accountability Partner.
  • You’ll also need to invest the time required to action your commitments.
  • You may also need to pay a small fee for your Accountability Partner’s service in keeping you focused and moving forward with your goals.

But if they can help you finish a major project that brings in sales dollars, business improvements or other financial or emotional gains, surely it’s worth it!

It makes good economic and business sense to finish key projects. An Accountability Partner can save you the cost of outsourcing to someone else.  They can save you otherwise wasted time.   And they can save you a heck of a lot of frustration.

Why pay for an Accountability Buddy rather than setting up a private arrangement?

Because in a casual accountability arrangement, the following can happen:
  • Your Buddy starts strong, but quickly falls by the wayside as they get engrossed in their own priorities 
  • Conversations can ramble with no set structure, causing you to spend more time than is needed catching up with your buddy.  Before you know it, you’re avoiding the call because it’s costing you too much time, and you’re not really making any headway on the call.
  • Your buddy may feel they can’t be honest and straightforward with you, or push you when you need that little extra. Their avoidance approach ends up doing you no favours.
  • They may take you off track or cause you to doubt your ideas if they are not an experienced accountability facilitator.
  • They have no back-end support to provide you with resources or coaching if you require it.

A skilled Accountability Partner may charge you between $50-$200 per week depending on the level of care you select.  The Question you need to ask, is spending $650 over a 3 month period going to bring you wins and gains worth more to you than this?

We reckon it’s a small price to pay for you to achieve your big goals.

At AchieverNet, we provide an Accountability Partnering service where we help you to set your Must-Do projects and then achieve them.

What’s it worth to you to win? 
Can you afford NOT to get an Accountability Buddy?

Sharon Kaibel is founder and Principal Consultant of AchieverNet, a training and development business devoted to building a community of extraordinary achievers.

She heads a team of Accountability Coaches who keep business owners, executives and teams focussed and targeted to achieving their goals, way ahead of schedule.

14 October 2016

Why an Accountability Partner is your silver bullet for success and growth

Book your Accountability Partner through AchieverNet

Sitting down to a coffee with a friend recently and it wasn’t long before the obligatory question came, “How’s business?”.

I was proud to say I’ve achieved an extraordinary amount over the last few months. I’ve revamped my website and marketing kit, built an internal intranet to house all my systems and processes, and created a raft of templates to systemize what I’m doing. I’ve employed a Virtual Assistant and got them up and running, and I’ve hustled a host of work for the pipeline.

Life is demanding, business can be overwhelming, and procrastination is rife as we battle through endless To-Do lists and complex projects. But I was pleased to make enormous headway … through having an Accountability Partner.

An Accountability Partner is someone who helps you stay motivated and follow through on all those projects you’ve been postponing. They provide guidance and support to help you grow your business by holding you to your commitments.

An Accountability Partner will help you achieve more than you can on your own. Why? It’s been well documented that the likelihood of successfully meeting your goals increases dramatically when you write them down and share them with another person. Partnering with someone else can make the process seem easier and more fun.

An Accountability Buddy will help you to get specific about what you’re trying to achieve and by when. Going it alone is perfectly fine if you’re a hundred percent disciplined. But for the rest of us, an extra helping hand will help you get there so much more quickly, particularly when you’re feeling overwhelmed, constantly getting distracted, or don’t know where to start.

Here’s the thing. It can be lonely as a leader or an entrepreneur. Having an accountability partner gives you someone to help you think things through, vet your ideas and help you identify and make plans to overcome weaknesses in your business.

An Accountability Partner can help you do more than you ever could on your own.

Here’s 10 Reasons to have an Accountability Partner:

1.      Create Momentum and Flow.  An Accountability Partner will help you stay focused on the things that need to be done and your agreed time-frames. Without someone to hold you accountable, it’s too easy to procrastinate – days, weeks or months can fly past without taking any action on your important goals.
2.      Stop you being distracted by Bright Shiny Objects. How many times have you been distracted by the next Silver Bullet that promises to shoot you to success?  Bright Shiny Objects are fatal to achieving your goals – an Accountability Partner will hold these at bay and keep you focussed on the things that really are important.
3.      Kick butt when you need it. Sometimes tough love is essential, and an Accountability Partner will remind you of the important things when you need it most.
4.      Celebrate wins and be your cheerleader.  When you’re in hot pursuit of your goals, it’s easy to forget to stop and take stock of the wins. Your Accountability Partner will help you savour the things you’ve achieved along your journey.
5.      Be a sounding board to bounce around ideas.  The entrepreneurial mind is often swirling with ideas – discerning which ones are worthwhile and which belong in the trash-can can sometimes be difficult.  Your Accountability Partner will help you thrash out ideas and create awareness around the problems, challenges, options and best solutions.
6.      Deal with overwhelm.  An Accountability Partner will reflect back things you can’t see for yourself and help you get unstuck.
7.      Look at situations from a different perspective. It can be useful to get another opinion, another way of looking at things to round out your own thinking and make sure you’ve considered all angles.  Your ideas will be richer and you’ll be more confident in your decisions when you’ve had someone else help you crystallize your thinking.
8.      Feel supported. Your Accountability buddy will help you have a laugh when you need it and make working fun.  They can also provide emotional support when you need it most, to keep you positive and moving forward.
9.      Feel part of a team. It can be lonely working on your business, particularly if you’re a solopreneur.  Your Accountability Partner can be the human contact you need so that you don’t feel isolated.
10.  Keep you thinking strategically. It can too easy to get bogged down in the minutiae where you can’t see the wood for the trees.  This is where you can waste time and lose sight of your strategic direction. An Accountability Buddy will help keep your head above the trees, focused and moving forward on your strategic path and vision.

What do you need to look for in an Accountability Partner?

Find someone who:
  • Is independent, outside of your field who can provide fresh insights
  • Will be straightforward and brutally honest with you
  • Holds you accountable and keeps you focused
  • Connects regularly to keep you to your agreed parameters and goals.

So here’s the check question – Over the past week have you made excuses, procrastinated on important tasks or projects, or been distracted by bright shiny objects that have nothing to do with your goals? If your honest answer is yes, you may need an accountability partner.

How do you find the right Accountability Partner?

You may have a mentor, colleague or friend who has the qualities to be an effective Accountability Partner for you. Remember though, it takes time and commitment to help you, so make sure you reward them for their assistance.

To get the most out of an Accountability Partnership:
  • Find someone you trust. This needs to be someone who has the time, the inclination and the discipline to stay in regular touch with you, and have the honest conversations required to keep you on track. Be careful here, as many Accountability Partners start strong but soon drop by the wayside as they get caught up with their own lives and priorities.
  • Set regular check-in times (this can be done by phone, Skype or even email – you don’t have to meet every time). Weekly check-ins work well.
  • Discuss your goals – what you’re trying to achieve and desired time-frames.
  • Create and share your Action Plan – be specific about actions you will take each week to meet your goals as well as rewards/consequences for taking or not taking them.
  • Revisit your goals and strategies each month to celebrate your successes, review unfinished tasks and set a plan to make sure you stay on track.

If you don’t have someone to take on the role of Accountability Partner for you, consider AchieverNet’s Advantage Program. This is an Accountability Partner service where we help you achieve your goals. We kick off with a strategy session to understand what you’re trying to achieve and provide weekly check-ins and fortnightly reviews to keep you on track. And we also provide skills development and resources to help you along the way. Each month you can participate in a focused ‘Doing Day where we help you focus specifically on your Action plan items to build and grow your business.

You can book in for a FREE Clarity Call on 1300 402 722 to see how an Accountability Partner can help you finally achieve your key goals, and if AchieverNet is the right fit to help you grow your business.

Our goal is to help you achieve more in a day and you used to in a week, more in a week then you used to in a month, and more in a month than you used to in a year.

You can purchase a 90-day Advantage plan for less than a couple of coffees and your lunch each day.  Click here to book a free Clarity Call or call AchieverNet on 1300 402 722 to see how an Accountability Partner can help you finally achieve your key goals.

Sharon Kaibel is founder and Principal Consultant of AchieverNet, a training and development business devoted to building a community of extraordinary achievers.

26 July 2016

FREE Business training in Adelaide

Some of you know I’m doing Business Blueprint with Dale Beaumont, which is Awesome!

There's a FREE day coming up in Adelaide (actually its the last one Dale is doing in Adelaide, which is why I wanted to share it with you). It's called “New Rules of Business” and is presented by award-winning entrepreneur and 16-times best-selling author Dale Beaumont. 

It's on Wed 24 August 2016 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

He provides a ton of information on; how to get new clients, how to get video on your site, how to use facebook and how to get help and build your team. The program has also taught me a lot about how I can keep clients and build more cashflow into my business and much much more.

It’s a day-long conference and tickets are free, there is no heavy sales pitch and I know you’ll get as much out of it as I did. It would be great to have you come along to the last New Rules of Business event. Here's the link if you're interested: http://goo.gl/jlXgqA

And let me know if you book and let's do coffee beforehand!

Take a look: New Rules of Business

07 October 2015

How to create your Operations Manual the easy way, so you can get back to business!

Creating policy and procedures documents is a necessary step if you want to systemise and scale your business for growth .

But it can be cumbersome and time-consuming. Particularly if you add images to show people the step-by-step instructions (which is good practice by the way).

Because of the work involved in compiling instruction documents, they are rarely updated, if at all.

I’ve found an easy tool to take the time and frustration out of creating instructions. This tool allows you to capture every step as you move through a work-flow, instantly collating the different steps into a training or procedures document. Voila! Done!

It’s called Clarify2. 

It’s somewhere between normal screenshot software and full screen recording software. Clarify 2 instantly inserts your screenshots into a word document and allows you to add text and other mark-ups to clearly show each step.

Clarify2 has loads of time-saving features. If you’ve battled with multiple applications to create and edit screen shots within documents, this little gem does it all for you. It creates editable screenshots, right within the document.

You can add text, mark them for instructions, add annotations, and so much more. And once you’re done you can create documents or share them by email or online. Easy peasy.

If you need to change part of your process, you can easily replace the image with a new screenshot of the same size. And you can easily re-order, delete of insert steps.

You can try out this nifty little tool for free. Go to Clarify-it.com for a free 14 day trial. It won’t break the bank when you come to buy the full edition (which I’m sure you will when you see what it can do). It’s only US$29.99.

I’m sure you’ll come up with your own uses for Clarify2 (I’ve just created feedback instructions for a designer who’s updating some of my online banners).

To get you going, here’s a couple of other ways you could use Clarify2:

  • Create customer response documents to respond to queries
  • Develop FAQ fact sheets
  • Answer a co-workers questions
  • New employee induction manuals
  • Employee instructions
  • Screenshots for presentations

If you’re keen to see how it works some more, check out their Product Tour

Now just to be clear, I get nothing from promoting this product. What I am about is helping people streamline their productivity. This is a great software tool to help take the time and frustration out of many everyday tasks.

Technology is wonderful when it works and the bane of our lives when it doesn't.

This new tool that has saved me oodles of time, and works like a charm!

Check it out and let me know what you think of Clarify2. And let us all know how you’ve used it in your business.

08 September 2015

The Power of Personal Kanban to Get Unstuck, Unlock your Productivity and Get More Done

"Like traffic, work does not fit. Work flows."  Jim Benson

Busyness creates blockages.  Too much to do creates a mental traffic jam where the ideas and productivity just stops flowing.  So how do you get unstuck and back in flow?

There is a simple system for getting things out of your head so you can start to think clearly again.  Without forgetting what needs to be done.  It's called Personal Kanban.

Personal Kanban is a practice, a system for creating a visual work-flow. From it you can see what's swimming through your life so you can start to manage it.  You can clear your head, without losing what needs to get done.

The premise behind Kanban is like David Allen's GTD (Getting Things Done) system.  There are 'containers' or columns for items in different stages of completion.  You can categorize different types of activities using colour or different 'lines'.  This way you can see your tasks in context.  And you can see your entire workflow.

There are 2 key premises behind Personal Kanban:

  1. To visualise your work 
  2. Limit your work in progress.

How do you do this?  To visualize your work, record all your activities on Sticky notes.  You can then move these through a workflow chart that you create on a whiteboard.  You can also use different coloured Sticky notes to visually show different activity groups.

The most basic Kanban is one with 3 columns: To Do, Doing, Done.

Most people do like to add a few more columns, lines or swim-lanes to make it more suited to their workflow.  An extended Personal Kanban might include:

  • Goals : This helps you keep your goals visible and up-front.   Out of sight is out of mind.
  • Projects: This area is for those projects you need to get to or don't want to forget about.  Keeping them visible helps you get to them faster.  When you're ready to start a project, you can use dedicated swim-lanes to move it through. (For an example of this, refer to the bottom 2 swim-lanes on my Personal Kanban).
  • To Do / Backlog: This is  for all the things you need to get to at some stage.  You can segment your common Areas of Focus to contextualize your work.  For example, I have lines for Marketing & Sales, Billable, Operations, Strategy.  This keeps me focused on the business areas requiring my attention.
  • Learning / Improvement:  This is for ideas for personal growth for myself and business improvements.  
  • Ready / Pending / This Week: This column is for items that need attention this week.  These need to be within your consciousness. When items become ripe for action, move them from your Backlog to your Ready column.  This way, you can begin the process of deciding when to action them.  Remember the second rule of Personal Kanban is to Limit your work in progress. Aim to limit the number of items in this column to around 5-6.  Any more and overwhelm will start to creep in.
  • Today / Action: These are items requiring immediate attention.  In your daily planning, look through your Ready column and select those items you can move to Action. Add calendar appointments for today. And add recurring items needing attention today, or ad-hoc items that crop up.  But don't overload this column.  You don't want a traffic jam in your Action area!  Aim to limit the items in this column to 3.  This way, you can focus, without the distraction of too many tasks.  You can always move more into your Action column when you've completed these tasks.
  • Doing / WIP (Work In Progress): This is for the items you are currently working on.   Your goal is to keep these progressing through to the Done column as quickly as possible.
  • Waiting: This column is for items that need action by someone else before you can move them forward. Or items that are dependent on something else before you can progress them.  
  • Done: Whoo Hoo!  You've done it!  This column is for completed tasks.  Enjoy the rush of excitement as you move items across to this column. Not only do you feel good, but you can learn a lot from your analysis of items in this column.  You can add lines to the Done column for Planned and Unplanned tasks to see how much of each type you are doing.  (If an unplanned task interrupts your day, add it to your workflow as soon as you get given it.  That way, you can progress it through your workflow the same as any other task).   You can analyze the type of unplanned items you're getting. Where  are they coming from?  How much time are they taking up in your day?   You can also add lines in your Done column for your main Areas of Focus. This way, you can analyse the key areas in which you've spent your time. Do you have a plethora of items from one area of focus? Are you spending too much time on some areas and not others?

Kanban is based on principles and techniques of 'Lean' management. It is both a philosophy and a discipline to ensure responsible decision making around what needs to be done. You can consider the context of a task around what else is happening and at what stage other tasks are at.   Good decisions can be made when you can see what's happening.  And that's where Personal Kanban works.  It keeps the context of your life, and the activities requiring attention, right in front of you.

Sure, you can can get digital versions of Personal Kanban (and there are some good ones out there - try Leankit.com).

But the difficulty is that unless you're sitting in front of your computer all day, your Kanban is out of sight. The physical experience of moving Sticky Notes across your board is both therapeutic and powerful.  It engages memory retention and unconscious synthesis, where your brain continues to work on the best way of getting the task done.

So you can stay focused and get things done!

I've been using Personal Kanban for a couple of weeks now and I love its simplicity and flexibility. I can instantly see what's on my plate. And satisfying to know that my only focus is doing what needs to be done today.  Even if I only complete 3 priority tasks per day, that's over 700 priority tasks per year.  A whole lot of important things WILL get done!

Personal Kanban can reduce and many times even eliminate procrastination.  A bold claim, but here's the thing.  If an item is not worth putting as a Sticky note To-Do on your board, it's not worth doing.  Once it's on your board, you'll feel compelled to do it.  If you don't do it, and you see that you haven't been doing it for a while, you can take it off your board.  It's clearly not that important. You can then put it out of your life. Without the guilt.

People often overestimate what they can get done in a day, but totally underestimate what they can achieve in a year.  With Personal Kanban you can expect great things to get done through your next year!

So get out your Sticky Notes, a Marker Pen and clear your White Board.  Go ahead and create your Personal Kanban Board.

Experiment with a few different layouts until you find one that's right for you.  I found it useful to map put a few options on paper first before marking it up on my whiteboard.

Have fun with using the system and post your comments about how you've set up your board.  Let us know what successes you're having with Personal Kanban.

Stay happy!  Stay productive!

18 February 2015

How to Beat the Procrastination Demons and Get On With It!

So, if you've already given up on your New Years Resolutions (and let me tell you, you're not alone), lost your enthusiasm and finding life and work a bit of a drudge this early in the year, there's a way to rekindle the fire in your belly and get on with making what you want from this year a reality.

Most people fall victim to avoidance behaviours at some point; the dreaded procrastination that, left unchecked, kills people's dreams and flattens their enthusiasm in other parts of their work and life.  You put off doing what you know you should be doing to get what you want.  Why?

Let's face it, it's simply easier to slip back into old habits and do things the way you've always done them. It's much harder to create new habits - it requires discipline, dedication, perseverance and persistence.

The reality is very few people are single-minded in their determination to stick at new behaviours until they become second nature. That's because you might have tried and failed, tried and failed... until eventually you become demoralized and demotivated, believing your goals are just not worth fighting for any more.

If you've fallen victim to the failure cycle of procrastinating, then making excuses and laying blame for not doing what you know you should, and ultimately giving up on achieving what you set out to ... it's time to change!  When ... NOW!

If the goal is important enough to you ... how do you overcome the procrastination demons and simply get on with it?

Here are 3 simple strategies to get on with your goals:
  1. Get Clear!  You won't know where to start if you're not clear where you're heading.  One of the top reasons people delay and defer, is because they're not clear on exactly which way to head. The path forward is a bit hazy.  Let's say you want a new car this year, but haven't decided whether you want a 4 wheel drive to hook up the fishing boat, or a convertible to scoot down the freeway fantastic ... your mind can't even begin to start the process of filtering options and giving you a pathway forward. It remains confused and you stay stuck. You MUST get clear. Decide EXACTLY what you want.  Be specific.  See it in shiny and bright detail in your mind. The reality of life is that everything is created twice: first in our mind, then in reality.  The pergola out the back of your house didn't magically appear - you imagined it first, a new covered outdoor entertaining space with a new pergola. You imagined whether it would be a pitch gable or a flat roof, you saw the style and size in your mind, then you planned it and made it happen (either by building it yourself or getting someone else to).  That's how everything is created, first in your imagination, then you take the steps to enact the vision.  But if the vision is not clear, you won't know how to map it out, let alone take the required action.  So sit down with a blank sheet of paper, and map out what you want. Write the colour, size, details, and time-frame of what it is you truly want.
  2. Create a Plan!  A goal without a plan to make it happen is simply a wish, a hope, a dream.  It most certainly has little chance of becoming a reality.  There's much written about the Law of Abundance, that this is an abundant planet full of opportunity and plenty.  But sitting at home hoping that your share will magically turn up on your doorstep is plain delusional. You've got to take action.  And you can only take action if you have a plan that maps out just what you need to do.  First, decide on the top 3-4 things you need to do to make your goal happen.  For example, if this is your year to start an investment portfolio, your objectives might be to: 1. Start a dedicated savings plan, 2. Increase income, 3. Research preferred investment options, and 4. Purchase your first investment.  Next, break down each of these objectives into 3-4 strategies (ways of making it happen).  For example, your first objective to 'start a dedicated savings plan' might include strategies such as: 1. Create a budget to record and analyse current expenditure,  2. Determine ways to cut daily, weekly and monthly expenses, 3. Set up an automated savings transfer, and 4. List inexpensive options to replace current lifestyle choices. Your next objective 'Increase Income' might include strategies such as 1. Sell off unwanted household goods, 2. Start market stall, 3. Sell service online, 4. Ask for pay rise.  I think you get the picture.  Next is listing the small actions to make sure you complete each strategy. What are the micro steps required?  This is where the magic lies.  The power is in the little things you can do every day to make your dream a reality.  It's these micro action steps that little by little, create momentum and little by little, get you closer to your goal, without pain and without hassle.
  3. Launch into Action! It only needs to be a little action every day but you do need to take action. If you're putting something off, chances are, you haven't broken the task into small enough pieces to action.  So don't try and do it all, or you'll end up procrastinating.  Your next action might be to break the task down into the next action steps you can take.  For example, if the thought of making client calls is daunting, then create a list of names of those people you'd like to call that day (say 5 names), then find and list their contact numbers, ready to call.  This small action, once taken, is often the impetus to empower you to pick up the phone and get started.  Break the task into small chunks (list the people you're going to call before morning tea), and put a deadline on when you are going to action this small task. People generally overestimate what they can accomplish in a day, but completely underestimate what they can achieve in a year.  So don't create a list of 30 names, just keep it small (5 names) then do it.  If you make just 5 calls a day, that's 1000 calls in a year.  The small tasks add up over time, yet when they're in small steps, they don't overwhelm you in the moment.
So have fun with the visioning of your goal (to get clarity), creating an action plan with micro steps, and take action, in small steps to create something big over time!  Enjoy achieving and banish those procrastination demons, starting NOW!

And if you need help with getting on top of procrastination, and breaking through the barriers of old habits, contact me at my business AchieverNet.  We offer the YB12 Results Program, a 12 month dedicated program to help you have the best year of your life.  Or join one of our Total Focus workshops for a fast track to get you on your way to achieving your goals.

13 February 2015

A new direction and journey to help you to Have Your Best 12 Months Yet!

Thank you to my dear readers, friends and contacts who have made contact with me over the past few weeks, wondering where I've been and what I've been up to.

There's been changes afoot and I am pleased to announce that after 6 years of working with a great team, it was time to move on.  In January this year, I made the decision to re-start my own training business, AchieverNet.  It was initially a name to explore the online world of success resources on the internet but has now come to represent the creation of a network of achievers.

Many of you know that I am passionate about personal development and this has been a wonderful period of reflection and an opportunity to reevaluate what's important, what direction I truly want to take and what I feel I can contribute that adds the greatest value.

And I have found a wonderful product partner to go on that journey with.  I have made the decision to join forces with YB12 as a Corporate Results Coach.  YB12 reflects the notion of having 'Your Best 12 months of your professional and personal life'.  Let's face it, isn't that what we all want, to feel like we've had a great year, one in which we've achieved what we set out to, and one that has added value to our own sense of well-being and also to those around us.

I have moved from looking at the YB12  materials for my own personal journey, to being so inspired by the program content that I decided to move into becoming a Corporate Coach, specializing in the YB12 Results Program, working with organisations on a 12 month journey to success.

So what is the YB12 Results Program?  It's a powerful 12-month program centred around 3 key phases, Strategy, Empowerment and Results, designed to galvanise a team to produce spectacular results.

Starting with a Strategy session to set the organisational direction and galvanise the team, and with monthly Life Skills Coaching over 12 months delivering a targeted development plan to Empower the team, the YB12 Results Program delivers just that ... Results.

Many of you know that I have been in Learning & Development for over 25 years now.  And I'm proud to say that as a Corporate Coach I am able to offer the YB12 suite of Corporate Programs:

> The Confident Presenter: Present like a professional. Learn how to prepare, design and deliver presentations with impact and influence.
> The Productive Day: Get more done in a day than you used to in a week. Learn strategies to clear your Inbox, streamline your productivity and overcome procrastination.
> The Star Salesperson: Blitz the budget. Learn how to master the sales process to get in front of more people, add value to the sales conversation and close more deals.
> The Deliberate Leader: Learn the frameworks to set the vision, galvanise action and deliver both bottom line results and an engaged team.

As well as a couple of new programs that are fun and fresh:

> The Creative MasterMind: Innovation and creativity are at the heart of staying fresh and future focussed. Learn techniques to think and create in new exciting ways.
> The People Reader: Learn how to people-read and more easily connect with others, as well as understand, appreciate and leverage your own strengths and priorities.

I have started the year with a couple of clients who've jumped straight on board this 12 month journey.  For whom I am immensely grateful.

I feel honoured to have received feedback of "Awesome!", "I am TOTALLY engaged", "Worth every moment", "Excellent!", "Best program I've ever attended".   And we're only just starting!  What makes things especially exciting is how engaged all participants are: how excited they are to be working on their own personal goals, and how committed they are to the strategic direction of the organisation.  There's a buzz happening and it's exciting!

I am pleased to have found a program that is exciting, empowering and energizing and is also a great values fit with my belief that business owners and leaders know their business better than I do, and that they have smart people - people who are more than capable and given half the opportunity to contribute, will give their all to increase capacity, standards and results.

I am back in a position where I can truly offer the best of myself to help organisations, teams and individuals create their best 12 months ever.

As background, the program has been put together by a team of psychologists to be a journey of unfolding personal capability and empowerment, and is proven across more than 20,000 participants. The testimonials are thick and strong, with a major Financial Services firm attributing a 200% sales increase directly to the YB12 Program (which equated to a one billion dollar increase to their bottom line)!  This stuff is awesome!

I look forward to reconnecting in a new capacity ... and perhaps even helping you to Have Your Best 12 Months Ever!