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Forward Motion Business Coaching » Uncategorized http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com Direction Makes All The Difference Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:05:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.24 Copyright © Carrozza Associates 2013 cai4admin@comcast.net (Forward Motion Business Coaching) cai4admin@comcast.net (Forward Motion Business Coaching) 1440 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/podcast_logo_144x144.jpg Forward Motion Business Coaching http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com 144 144 Direction Makes All The Difference Forward Motion Business Coaching Forward Motion Business Coaching cai4admin@comcast.net no no A blend of Music and Coaching! http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/a-blend-of-music-and-coaching/ http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/a-blend-of-music-and-coaching/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 19:38:50 +0000 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/?p=1109 There are a few things I am really passionate about in life. There are varying degrees of passion just like everything else, and my love of music and supporting the success and grBrain Musicowth of businesses and individuals are now meeting in the middle. Songs are so powerful. They can change your mood, make you happy, sad and create amazing memories.

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!

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“Lean In” If That is Your Desire http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/lean-in-if-that-is-your-desire/ http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/lean-in-if-that-is-your-desire/#comments Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:51:26 +0000 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/?p=1093 The recent book, “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, points directly to the fact that women are not making a move towards the

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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.

Richard Branson

 

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.

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What do We Learn from Chris Dorner? http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/what-do-we-learn-from-chris-dorner/ http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/what-do-we-learn-from-chris-dorner/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:42:14 +0000 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/?p=1035 Whenever there is a predator on the loose for whatever reason, they create an environment of fear around them. Chris Dorner made decisions, like all of us, based on life events that sometimes change the course of our lives. Many people are passionate about what they do, believing the role they are in is the role they were meant to play forever.

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.

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Daymond John of Shark Tank is my special guest! http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/daymond-john-of-shark-tank-is-my-special-guest/ http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/daymond-john-of-shark-tank-is-my-special-guest/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:07:36 +0000 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/?p=685 Daymond JohnMr. Daymond John is my special guest. We’ll talk Shark Tank, starting a business and much more!

Daymond John was brought on the show through Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau: helping the corporate world, associations, and universities bring in keynote motivational speakers, athletes, business minds, celebrities to conferences and lecture series.

A success story, an industry leader, a young entrepreneur, a man who has reached and surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just some of the classifications used to describe Daymond John. Over the last 19 years, John has evolved into one of the most successful fashion icons in business today. Known as the “Godfather of Urban Fashion,” he is also regarded as one of the most sought after branding experts and motivational speakers in the country.

John’s creative vision helped revolutionize the sportswear industry in the 1990s. As President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of FUBU — “For Us, By Us” — he created not only a distinctive and fashionable sportswear brand, but managed to identify and cater to a previously untapped market.The phenomenal success of FUBU made mainstream apparel companies realize the potential for fashionable sportswear that appeals not just to trendsetting urban youth but to mainstream teens as well.

Since, John has gone on to own and operate several other clothing brands including Heatherette, Drunkn Munky and Coogi. Furthermore, John is an active angel investor in several other ventures that range from fashion to technology. Beyond Shark Branding and his many speaking endeavors John can frequently be seen displaying his discernment, passion and vast business knowledge on Fox Business Network’s Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman and Cavuto, CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, and MSNBC’s Your Business.

And of Course, John is one of the investors on the popular Shark Tank television program.

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Miley: Yes, She is My Daughter’s Role Model http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/miley-yes-she-is-my-daughters-role-model/ http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/miley-yes-she-is-my-daughters-role-model/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:39:10 +0000 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/blog/?p=266 Miley:  Yes She is My Daughter’s Role Model

Since she has been out of the Disney circle, the media has been beating Miley up over any possible instance where she wasn’t perfect. And we all know, nobody’s perfect.

She was not only cute, funny and full of energy in her Hannah Montana days, but if you noticed, extremely talented.   She had to audition for the part several times before she finally earned the starring role in the most profitable Disney show there has ever been. She glowed with a charismatic personality seldom seen at such a young age.  Mother’s, daughter’s, yes and even dad’s and son’s watched her and the great cast make us laugh, and hopefully learn a life lesson along the way.

She was 14 when she embarked on her first tour.  The concerts were wildly successful, as she sang and danced with the skill and professionalism of a well seasoned entertainer.

She grew up before our eyes.  Like most young ladies, Miley began to breakout, changing tastes in clothes, priorities and music.
I brought my then 6 year old daughter Sofia to see her favorite star on Miley’s next tour. She loved it, as did my wife and I. Then it began. How dare she wear short shorts and act as if she were growing up? The press had found a new target.

During the next 2 years, she was vilified at every opportunity by the media.  Photos of Miley and another girl sharing a twizzler, smoking from a bong at a party, pole dancing for a moment on an awards show, a photo shoot with her dad that was somewhat provocative…you get the picture.  Bit by bit, each one of these incidence reported by the media took a bite out of the “good girl” perception of Miley.

Her albums and movies continued to sell well.  She is one of the biggest earners for her age ever.  Miley has been reported in Forbes magazine to be the 4th highest money maker under 30 years of age this past year.  All this while losing a portion of her fan base due to the barrage of stories and negativity in the press.

Now to the point of the story:  How many of you know about GetUrGoodOn?  An organization where Miley and Youth Services of America team up to support positive community impact by the young people in your local town.  She is their spokesperson and very active in the organization.

How about her service in Haiti?  Miley took two trips to Haiti supporting the Starkey Hearing Foundation.  They educate the world about hearing issues and give the gift of hearing to those who can’t afford it or would otherwise never have the opportunity to hear.

Miley Cyrus with President Clinton at the Starkey Gala in July 2011.

In December, Miley took part in the CNN Heroes event, a multi-platform campaign that shines a spotlight on individuals who go to extraordinary lengths to serve others. She is active in regard to animal rights and takes part in many other charitable organizations.

I have not seen any of these events and activities reported by main stream media. I’m sure it will be widely reported when Miley gets a new tattoo.

Read more: http://www.justjaredjr.com/2011/12/12/miley-cyrus-cnn-heroes-with-liam-hemsworth/#ixzz1n2aUkTtH

I don’t know about you, but Miley is actually a heck of a role model.  As parents, it’s up to us to discern what is right and wrong, with the technological ability to learn as much about a person or subject before we make a rash decisions.

I’m proud my daughter loves Miley and follows her life and career. We should never let the media skew what we can learn to be the truth. Keep it up Miley, you’ve got fans who see the big picture, not what is portrayed by the media machine.

 

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A Business with No Plan Means No Business http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/a-business-with-no-plan-means-no-business/ http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/a-business-with-no-plan-means-no-business/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:02:27 +0000 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/blog/?p=199 How Not to Be Another Statistic

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

9. Competition

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.

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Career Coaching Best Practices: Social Networking http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/career-coaching-best-practices-social-networking/ http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/career-coaching-best-practices-social-networking/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:07:23 +0000 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/blog/?p=225 by Executive Coach and Keynote Speaker Carmen Carrozza

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)!

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Oh, My Aching Back! http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/oh-my-aching-back/ http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/oh-my-aching-back/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:33:11 +0000 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/blog/?p=212 by Executive Coach and Keynote Speaker Carmen Carrozza

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)!

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Forward Motion: The Art of NOT Looking Back http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/201/ http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/201/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 20:46:46 +0000 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/blog/?p=201 by Executive Coach and Keynote Speaker Carmen Carrozza

Every time you have to make a decision, what is your processMost 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)!


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A Coaching Radio Show That Goes Beyond "Normal" http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/a-coaching-radio-show-that-goes-beyond-normal/ http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/a-coaching-radio-show-that-goes-beyond-normal/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:53:43 +0000 http://forwardmotionbusinesscoaching.com/blog/?p=128

Lawrence Smith of the FASB

Listen live online every Tuesday at 4pm on wgch.com.

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.

Carmen making a point on "Forward Motion."

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.

Seated is Carla Rose Fisher, also a regular with Carmen.

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.

Carmen with Sal Provenzano of Rand Insurance in Greenwich, CT.

Tune in every Tuesday at 4:00EST or listen to podcasts at www.wgch.com.

Your business and your life can’t wait.

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