Dominick grew up in a hard working family, where he was taught valuable lessons. His dad worked in a nursery seven days a week in the state of Pennsylvania, where the weather can be harsh a good part of the year. Dominick’s dad instilled a work ethic that gave him not only an understanding of what it takes to succeed, but also that you have to hold yourself accountable for your actions. When he fulfilled a life dream of owning a restaurant, the direction it took lead him to have enormous debt and trying to find ways to feed his young family.
How did he dig his way out? Listen to our entire conversation and learn more about how to overcome failure and turn it into your future success.]]>
by Carmen Carrozza, Business and Life Coach
Starting a business is never an easy proposition. It takes perseverance, willpower and a ton of decision making. Many of those decisions feel like they will make or break you.
Bonnie Harvey and Michael Houlihan are the co-founders of the internationally known brand, Barefoot Wines. They have been guests on my radio program, and recently wrote their book, The Barefoot Spirit, a New York Times bestseller and a must for any small business owner. They were recently interviewed by Inkandescent Magazine and gave some quick pointers for all of you small business owners out there.
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My weekly articles will contain in the title or the content lyrics and/or titles from songs throughout the years that are relevant to the subject I am discussing. And sometimes it won’t, just a song I think is cool.
For those who are not sure where the lyrics/title came from, I’ll give you the details in the following blog.
It’s my way to get a message across and at the same time have some fun.
So look for my first blog next week and Let’s Get it Started!]]>
top of their profession, at least not with the zeal previously considered. Ms. Sandberg gives very clear statistics as to the state of female leadership both worldwide and nationally. She is also very succinct in stating that there is not necessarily any one cause.
As someone who worked in the corporate world for over 25 years, I absolutely understand her reason for opening this compelling discussion. Although it is not possible to easily to pinpoint any one reason for it, you can look at several key elements that perpetuate this fact.
As a senior manager working closely with human resources, we at times faced the fact that a female candidate did not want to move to a more senior position in the organization due to one of three reasons: they were just starting a family, they could not commit the time because of family commitments, or they simply did not want a “career”. I only once recall hearing one of those responses from a male.
Two of the three best leaders I reported to in my corporate career were women. They were both strong communicators, empathetic and fair. They were also, tough, focused and objective driven.
Whether it is in our DNA, part on our living environment and culture, it is still a reality. My view as a coach differs in that I look at everyone as an individual seeking their own path.
Every person makes a decision about their journey. My passion as a coach is supporting, guiding and advising those who have the desire to be the best they can be. Man or woman.]]>
If there is anything we have learned over the past six years, is nothing is forever. Learning to take a breath and move on no matter what the situation is the reality of a not so forgiving world. Even when we feel an injustice has occurred, It is our obligation to ourselves, our family and to society to demonstrate control. Our anger that can build within can become rage at others, at many different level. It can be something as simple as opportunity in your career becomes stalled, to the much more complex. Any negative situation that arises in our own mind, needs to be controlled, no matter what that takes. We may need clinical or therapeutic help. Sometimes it can be speaking with a trusted individual or group that let’s you share your feelings.
The key element is you need to find a way to channel the anger for the betterment of your life and those around you. Thankfully, not many in our society reach the level of anger and revenge that happened with Dorner.
The point is that all the little and big situations that go against what we hoped would be the preferred outcome, are in the end for us and us alone to resolve.
Step one is to take responsibility for yourself and your actions. Once you do that, find the most desirable way to find resolve. You then can work through the issue and move forward. Life has many bumps, and some of them can become mountains. We are individually charged with taking complete control of our own lives and managing any interference that holds us back, or in this case, let’s the anger and disappointment simmer into rage against others.
None of this is ever easy to do. It takes each of us to measure our feelings and respond to them in a way that takes a positive course. If we all learn this lesson, we help all of society become less violent and avoid our own despair that can manifest into hostility towards our fellow man.]]>
by Business and Life Coach Carmen Carrozza
Every time someone asks me what I do and I respond, “I’m a coach,” they give me the funniest look. “I partner with people and businesses that have raised the bar for themselves and want to remove all the barriers that have held them back.”
Coaching is not a profession easily explained. One of the ways I try to relate my profession to others is to speak of athletes. If you look at all of our recent Olympians — each and every one of them has had a coach. In fact, most of them have SEVERAL. Nearly every professional and top college football team has a coach just for their quarterbacks. Top executive in major companies have coaches to help them refine skills, such as communication, presentations and associate relations. Why would successful athletes and business people want a coach? They have discovered what the rest of the world is finding out, coaches are totally committed to their success.
A coach is there to help you bring out the best you want to be. It is very hard to realize our own areas where we can improve. Even more difficult is completely understanding how well we do other things. Sometimes things come so easily to us, we don’t consider it an advantage. We sometimes think what we do everyone else can do too, and do not realize the value in that particular nuance. These assumptions can limit growth and the ability to take advantage of what we already have.
The reason successful executives, business owners, athletes and those in the arts and entertainment industry have coaches, is their realization that they can not do it alone. Friends and family are usually too close to you and don’t have the time and skills to develop you to your full potential.
The reality, we can all use a coach. Someone there totally for your benefit whose goal is the same as yours, to excel and find success in your career and life.]]>
by Business and Life Coach Carmen Carrozza
It’s been a few years of absolute ups and downs in our economy – with the downs far outweighing the ups for some. Mortgage crisis, foreclosures, the breakdown of our largest investment firms, and a banking industry that is in disarray. There is a slowdown in consumer spending due to the loss of savings funds and the lack of job security of many bread winners in the work force. The loss of over 40% of our investments, including retirement, children’s college funds and and overall savings plans will take many years, if ever, to recoup. What is the next shoe to drop?
Does everyone remember how we have paid for luxury items, vacations, holidays, gifts, and oh yeah, grocery over the past 25 years. If you guest CREDIT you get a gold star (Good news, gold is selling very high right now!).
Consumer credit outstanding in the U.S. is in the trillions. And that’s NOT including mortgages, only consumer credit. With so many families struggling, small companies trying to survive, and large corporations looking for cost cutting measures every day, there will be many people unable to keep up with the bills.
Credit is one of the first items to go unpaid in this environment. Mortgages, utilities and the necessities are payment priorities. It is always smart to have a plan in place for the worst of times, but sadly, many people do not, or are running out of their emergency funds.
The key right now is saving in every possible area you can. Look at your daily spending habits and find ways to save dollars. The dollars add up and help you get through the current economic crisis. look at your entire financial picture to discover other ways to save. Things will get better, it will be easier on those who sacrifice now and learn the harsh lesson taught by these times: Have a financial plan, stick to that plan and don’t get fooled again.
If you need help – call us. We can get you and your family on track to financial security (and a more stress-free life!)]]>
Early in my professional career I learned a harsh reality that truly changed my life. I had a supervisor that told everyone what to do and when to do it. I worked with a good bunch of folks, yet there was always this feeling of dread whenever he was around. He was not a bad person, just a boss that knew no other way to manage people.
Now this was not my first job; it was my first in a professional environment. My dad was a musician and I spent a few years helping him run the business. I taught many young children and enjoyed it thoroughly. As I developed my managerial skills, I always reminded myself what not to do. I remembered that boss and others who were managing a business, not leading people.
Many years later as a senior manager, the word “coach” became attached to our role in managing our teams. I discovered quickly that it was not any different from the style of leadership and the development of associates that I had garnered over many years of experience.
I had found my passion in life: helping others discover their inner power to become the best they can be. I’ve experienced the joy and honor of watching many I have worked with demonstrate renewed confidence, feel inspired to overcome old obstacles and motivate themselves to learn new skills. The result of all this is increased performance and productivity, while increasing the bench strength of the entire team.
So what is it that I did differently that empowered people, gave them a renewed sense of self and inspired them to reach higher than ever before? I’ll be writing more about my coaching style and how it supports growth and development in future blog entries.]]>
In tough times, effective communication is essential for gaining a competitive edge. As a communications expert, Karen shares immediately usable communication tips from prospecting to closing, from email to phone and in person, internally with staff or externally for customer service, sales or marketing.]]>
Dr. Richard London is author of forthcoming books “Doctorate of Business Life” Creating Success and Wealth with No Limits and “Great Language- Great Life”, Communicate to Wealth, Words that Create Miracles in your Life
His Doctorate of Business Life Program, which he created and refined over his career, provides business people with the skills and mindset to create greater business results for individuals, teams and organizations as a whole, even in the most challenging business environment.
May 21, 2012
Dr. Richard London discusses how you can create multiple streams of income by saying “Yes!”
To learn more about Dr. London — visit his site at www.doctorateofbusinesslife.com.]]>