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...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
Kayak Rolls and Situational Leadership II®: Understanding Development Levels

As a Channel Partner with Ken Blanchard Companies, I frequently teach Situational Leadership II® to corporate clients. In the first morning of class, I share a personal example that shows how I went through the Development cycle in my efforts to learn how to roll a kayak. This is one of my favorite parts of teaching this model.

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2019 Technology and Systems for Small Businesses: Being Efficient

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. This spreadsheet helped to quantify the amount of time devoted to each task and system. From these insights, I identified ways to use certain systems for multiple tasks and streamline processes. It's often helpful to take a look at what we're spending our time doing as entrepreneurs, and what we may be able to delegate or eliminate.

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Hikes, Spikes and Resilience

I recently hiked Mt. Monadnock in southern New Hampshire with a friend. A few thousand feet into the 9-mile hike, we quickly realized that we were not going to be successful unless we changed our equipment because the entire trail had flooded and subsequently  frozen. We strapped on spikes or crampons and were much more successful with more appropriate gear. We also used trekking poles to keep balance.

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Performance Management: Situational Leadership II® and Partnering for Performance

The topic of performance management comes up quite frequently in conversations and articles in the Human Resources and Learning and Development industries. Some organizations have decided scrap performance reviews and their performance process all together, while other organizations have refined or simplified the way performance is managed.

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Question and Answer: Neuro Coaching: Granite State Learning and Development Round Table.

I led a workshop on Neuro Coaching and Behavior Change for the Granite State Learning and Organization Development Round Table, hosted by King Arthur Flour. Participation was strong, with great discussion and questions about using Compassion and Compliance coaching approaches in organizations.

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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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