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
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!)]]>
To learn more about how to build your business plan and better realize your goals – Call Executive Coach Carmen Carrozza today at 888.616.COACH (2622)!]]>
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.]]>
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.]]>
I’ve been having a lot of fun with my weekly half-hour radio show, “Forward Motion,” on WGCH AM1490. Featuring industry leaders as guests, we discuss the real facts about what’s going on in the world both financially and politically, and how these events and trends affect your ability to move forward in your life and your career.
If you’ve missed any episodes during the month of July, click below to download the podcasts:
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We live in very complex world, and anything can happen during the watch of any president. What differentiates great leaders from the rest is how they react, the decisions they make, and how they communicate with the American people. To this end, Mr. Obama has done a very poor job. His lack of ownership of the spill has been obvious from the start. When he finally showed up at the Gulf 12 days after the spill began, he lacked any sense of urgency, and did not assure his fellow Americans that he developed an aggressive plan.
In business as in politics, great leaders are seen as taking charge, dealing with issues head on, and taking responsibility for things that go wrong, while thanking the group when there has been success. This is not the behavior I have seen in any way, shape or form by this President.]]>