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Performance,  Transformed

...The content you are pushing out is really impressive. This is really admirable. There are people like me, years behind you, that you are inspiring whether you know it or not.
— - Organization Development Consultant
Team Building through Team Coaching - Enhancing Business Performance

Coaching is a confidential learning experience that is customized for specific client needs.  The coach supports and challenges the client while maintaining focus on progress toward meeting established goals. Team Coaching is different from executive or career coaching in that it is done with a group of people who work together, with defined group objectives.

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5 Favorite Positive Psychology Books for Business Leaders

As my blog and newsletter readers know, I read and enjoy a lot of books each year! I am always looking to learn new skills and ways to keep growing my business, Sarah Scala Consulting. Here are my 5 favorite books on positive psychology. These are excellent reads for Coaches, HR leaders, CEOs and Business Managers - anyone who works with people, really.

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Situational Leadership II ®: A Leadership Development Model Used by Millions

Situational Leadership II® (SLII®) is the "most widely taught leadership model in the world. SLII creates a shared process, language, and model for building leadership across all levels of an organization." - Ken Blanchard Companies. SLII is a proven, time-tested model that has been used to train over 5 million leaders in the world’s top organizations.

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Growth Mindset: How your Mindset Can Support your Business Success

According to Carol Dweck, psychologist and researcher at Stanford University, and author of Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success, people with a growth mindset believe that talents and skills can be developed. This mindset builds resilience and optimism. Folks with a strong growth mindset look at people as if they can be developed. They also stick with things and have good ways to cope and thrive. Folks with a growth mindset tend to have better business results because they're willing to overcome weaknesses and obstacles. Especially during times of transition, these folks tend to achieve more.

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Neuro Coaching: Questions from workshop with Central MA Assoc. Of Talent Development

I recently led a workshop on Neuro Coaching and Behavior Change within your Organization for the Central Massachusetts Association for Talent Development (ATD) at Clark University. Participation was strong, with great discussion and questions about using compassion and compliance coaching approaches in their organizations.

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Achieving Professional and Career Goals Sooner Than Planned

Ten years ago I read the book Smart Women Finish Rich, by David Bach. He has a revised version coming out on September 18, 2018. Ideas presented in the book are appropriate for both men and women. Initially I picked up this book to learn about finances and money in my 20’s; however, I used concepts from the book to design a spreadsheet template for setting goals and planning how I want to live my life, professionally and personally.

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Self-Development Planning for Career

With it being back to school season, it is a great time of the year to look at your own development plan! As a lifelong learner, professional in the Learning and coaching fields, and an entrepreneur, I have found it to be critical to invest both time and money into my continued development and learning. When it comes to keeping engaged and your skills sharp, finding ways to think about what and how you want to learn next is important.  Each New Year's Day I write myself a personal development plan.   

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7 Tips for Starting A Professional Association

When I moved back to New England from the Midwest in 2011, I quickly noticed that one resource missing was a professional association to build connections and learn from those in my field of Organization Development and Learning. Having spent almost a decade in Wisconsin, I was a member of a few professional associations. Learning and connections with these groups were pivotal in helping me to find new positions, learn new approaches, and really feel like I had a community!

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Connecting for Career Transition

When clients request career coaching, I often start by asking them about their connections. Some people have a well-developed network through their company, friends, professional associations, community service, Boards of Directors, sports, or hobbies. Other people have not spent much time developing these networks. A lot of people hate networking, so instead I position it as connecting: a way to build real relationships and friendships, that in time will grow stronger. Currently, most jobs  in the U.S. are gained by referrals - who you know. Referrals for jobs are one of the most common ways companies find potential candidates to fill positions.

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Strategies for Success During Career Transition

Career coaching is a resource that people can use throughout the chapters of their professional life. Whether you are looking for your very first job or are a CEO looking to retire and start that next chapter in your life, my clients have received a lot of value from career and transition coaching.

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Technology and Systems for Small Businesses: Being Efficient

Since re-branding my company, Sarah Scala Consulting, a few months ago, I realized that I am using a lot of technology and systems to support the business! I began to feel overwhelmed with managing the day-to-day operations and all the marketing systems. Through conversations with my SCORE mentors, a spreadsheet was created showing the current-state and future-state of the systems. This analysis also included the frequency of use.

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