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.]]>
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.]]>
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.]]>
by Executive Coach and Keynote Speaker Carmen Carrozza
Do you know how many businesses opened their doors in the U.S. in 2009? Over 552,000. That is a great amount of Americans who have taken the ultimate chance, putting the life of their family and a good portion of capital on the line.
Now for the bad news. More than 660,000 businesses closed their doors in that same year. Another statistical fact is that over 50% of businesses don’t make it to celebrate their 5th anniversary.What is the reason for this degree of failure?
Here are the main reasons in order:
1. Lack of Experience
2. Insufficient Capital
3. Poor location
4. Poor inventory management
5. Over-investment in fixed assets
6. Poor credit arrangements
7. Personal use of business funds
8. Unexpected growth
10. Low sales
Yes, there is a common thread that could lead to any of these. A bad business plan or a lack of one altogether. There are businesses that succeed without a solid business plan, but those are far and few between. Are you willing to put it all on the line and “Hope for the best?” That, my friends is crazy.
Whether new or existing, every business in this complex global, digital and economic environment needs to be on top of their game. Without forward critical thinking, any business is at risk.
Post any questions or comments you have about business plans and I will be glad to respond to all of them as we travel this road.]]>
If you are in the market for a new job or career, I’m sure you already know that it is fiercely competitive out there. There are well over 15 million people out of work, millions more working part time or in positions that pay far less than they had previously earned. On top of that, nearly 1 million college graduates enter the job market annually, never mind those who have chosen work over college. Right now, there are about 5 applicants for every job available. when we look at professional positions, the number of applicants for a particular position can run into the hundreds. What are your chances?
I’ll be giving weekly tips that will help you gain employment sooner than later. This week’s tip is:
Be sure to tactfully manage your social networking sites. As a career coach, I see good people lose opportunities every day due to the fact that businesses today Google youto gather as much background information as they can. Photos, comments and connections you make can give the wrong impression of you to a potential employer.
There are the obvious postings that can do you in; vacation, party and family fun photos for instance. They should be reviewed to make sure there are not photos that show too much, or would throw up red flags. Also, anything available that you write can be reviewed. Using inappropriate jargon or rudeness, along with more traditional reviews of grammar and spelling could speak to credibility. So if you are serious about getting to that next level of employment, be aware of the background search realities: It is not just about drugs, arrests and past experience anymore.
If you truly want to be considered for that next step in the hiring process, be sure to “clean up” your online social life to be viewed as a seriously viable candidate.
If you want to learn how you can best succeed in today’s competitive market, call me at 888.616.COACH (2622)!
It was early one morning in mid-November of last year when I first felt it. An amazing pain shooting from my lower back down into the front of the thigh to my knee on the right side. Immediately I thought I severely pulled a muscle. When I was pained to my knees in the local grocery store about 10 days later, it was time to call my doctor. during her exam, she noticed there was no reaction to the old hammer to my right knee. I was told to get an MRI ASAP, which I did. Two days later the pictures on the PC didn’t lie: A herniated disc at the 4th and 5th lumbar.
I spent the next few weeks in extreme pain, working with my marvelous physical therapist, Jennifer. Unfortunately, the pain worsened. I could barely take a few steps at a time, hanging on to anything I could to gain some support. It was like a sword being placed through my lower back to my right knee ALL the time. Prescription drugs barely gave any solace from the constant agony.
In mid February, I visited my surgeon and her words as she watched me woefully hop into her office were, “It’s time for surgery.” Back surgery? As much as I feared and avoided it, I would have lied down on the bench and had her slice me right then and there.
As I awoke from anesthesia, the relief was palpable. For those of who don’t know, a herniated disc is a when the disc between your back bones basically explodes open, with the contents lodging against the nerve root. The operative procedure removes the disc material and cleans up the area, allowing the nerve to heal and work normally again.
I have been lucky so far. My surgeons’ work is done, and my physical therapy is becoming more aggressive. I can walk normally and hope to minimize any pain discomfort with core exercises and learning how to manipulate my body without causing too much pressure to my lower back.
As a business and life coach, I take this experience as an opportunity to not only form a more enlightened understanding of pain management, but how to live with it and still continue to thrive and grow. Pain does not always mean physical pain. There can be underlying issues like self-doubt, past failures, and general insecurity to move forward. My job as a coach is to work with those who have regained the courage to move past these negative devices and move in direction driven by desire and new born motivation.
There is no richer feeling for me than to know I participated in raising the spirit of a company or individual to the point where they take positive action and look forward with confidence. That’s why I do this. Need help? Contact me today at 888.616.COACH (2622)!]]>
Every time you have to make a decision, what is your process? Most people think about what they did in the past and then formulate a response. Think about the repercussions of this lack of foresight. Yes, it is important to learn from the past. That doesn’t mean our decisions should be totally influence by our past experience. One mental process the most successful people use when decision-making is, “What can I do that will create the result I am am looking for.” It may have nothing to do with past results, rather it is about what they want to accomplish.
So, next time you are going through that moment in the decision making process when you search your brain cells for what you did before, even if it was successful, shut it down and explore your creativity and see if there are alternatives that inspire you to think in Forward Motion.
Need help with this practice? Contact me today at 888.616.COACH (2622)!
It would be quite normal for a business and life coach to have a radio show that is about self help and guests that speak about coaching and self-help.
Not Forward Motion. My weekly radio program, heard locally on 1490 WGCH out of Greenwich CT and live streamed at www.wgch.com, is much more than that. My goal is to talk about topics that affect businesses and individuals every day, then discuss ways to overcome obstacles, control what is controllable, and provide guests that add value to my listeners.
I want everyone out there to be aware of what is really going on in our economy, and the effectiveness and rapidity to which our leaders respond.
My guests have included Lawrence Smith, a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, Carla Rose Fisher, editing, writing and marketing guru, and Sal Provenzano, insurance expert.
I have entrepreneurs, professionals and businessmen, anyone that can tell their story that helps you, whether it be their successes, failures, obstacles they have overcome, or pure information to help your business become more successful.
Business and life are complex, taking into consideration global commerce, technology and unlimited communication. You have to be prepared to move forward with focus and determination.
I believe one of the only ways to reach your goals and dreams today is with a professional coach that is a guide, and knows how to take you on a journey to new levels of confidence and success.
Tune in every Tuesday at 4:00EST or listen to podcasts at www.wgch.com.
Your business and your life can’t wait.]]>
Unemployment- The rate rose to 9.6% on September 3rd
Payroll Employment- Dropped by 131,000 in July.
An average of 485,5oo weekly applying for unemployment benefits.
1609 mass layoff events, losing 143,703 workers in July. Monthly mass layoff numbers are from establishments which have at least 50 initial claims for unemployment insurance filed against them during a 5-week period.
Labor Productivity- Decreaesd 1.8% in second quarter of 2010
Consumer Confidence- Stands at 50.4, in good times it runs in the 90’s.
Existing Home Sales- Down 27%, worst month in over 15 years, in the lowest mortgage rate environment in history!
New Home Sales- Down 12.4%
70% of our economy depends on consumer spending: No jobs, no money.
Banks- Not lending to small business
Small Business- Not hiring due to lower profits, concern over new tax and medical care costs.
Does any of this give you the feeling that we are in a recovery? What we are, is in a state of emergency in the United States. Instead of casting blame at others, the White House should be putting incentives in place to bring jobs back to our country along with factories and manufacturing plants that have been moved abroad. Instead of taking another vacation, the President should be putting together a lending plan for small business, without strings attached. Instead of playing elitist to the middle class, he should be financially supporting emerging companies that are driven by clean energy, environmentally safe products and safe foods , all that create jobs, rather than saving companies that helped put us in this disastrous situation.
What we need is true leadership. Leaders put effective plans in place that aggressively meet the goals and objectives of the group they lead, in this case, the American people.]]>