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My bracket is busted.  Yep, busted in the first round.  I reforecast my bracket, only so that the teams I picked to win, would seemingly be marked for heartbreaking loss.  Who’s number 1?  I have no idea.

Ever feel like your priorities in life are more confusing than the first round of upsets in an NCAA bracket?  Sometimes, it seems like we have so, many ‘things to do’ and demands on our time, that we are working harder and harder everyday and getting farther and farther from the things that we really want in life.

Here’s a way that I ‘ve found for prioritizing your goals (and activities) that seems to help people make the most of their time. 

List out your dreams for a life well lived, goals for this year or things that you feel you need/want to do.  Then put your goals into the Tournament Bracket, one goal, one space on the bracket.  Then do a single elimination playoff for each bracket. The goal that wins, advances to the next round. Then determine the winner of winners, and so on…continue this process until you have identified the #1 priority in your life.

So, what is the criteria for determining what goals ‘win’ and advance in the tourney?  Its really pretty simple.  I’ve found three criteria for prioritizing your goals:

1. If accomplishing this goal allows you to live your purpose, or calling

2. If accomplishing this goal allows you to develop or utilize a strength or particular skill, talent

3. If accomplishing this goal would help you achieve greater balance in life

Determine which goal wins and advances based on the degree of fullfillment of the above criteria. 

Once you have determined Who’s Number 1, then ask yourself, what will you do today, this week, this month to advance that goal in your life.  Are you spending time, effort and resources on things that are not important?   What needs to happen?  Then, DO it!

performance coach can help you gain greater clarity in your life.  Helping you determine what the right thing to do, at the right time, for the right reasons, with the right resources to bring about the right result.   The Coaching Authority is the place to go for help and Patrick Frazier, CBC, is the performance coach that can bring about clarity in your life….which by the way, in the last 5 years, we have helped over 25 different companies in our community get quick results and build a long-term competitive advantage.  Don’t delay. Call Patrick Frazier at the Coaching Authority today!

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What are the odds that a 3rd, 4th, 8th and 11th seed would all make to the Final Four?  It was a long shot for sure!  Congratulations to Butler, UConn, VCU and Kentucky as 2011’s NCAA Final Four! Over 5.2 Million people submitted their brackets online and not a single person got it right.

Here’s a sure bet.  Invest in your people.  According to ASTD,  The chance for ongoing development, is one of the top five factors employees want to experience at work. In fact, the inability of an employee to see progress in this area is an often cited reason for leaving an employer.

Working with the Coaching Authority is a sure-fire way of getting your employees world class leadership training and development.  A performance coach can help you develop your leadership bench strength – and raising the leadership quotient in your organization leads to improved results.  Patrick Frazier, CBC, is the performance coach that can help you get results and build a long-term competitive advantage.  Don’t delay. Call Patrick Frazier at the Coaching Authority today!

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The Stanford marshmallow experiment was a study on deferred gratification. The experiment was conducted in 1972 by psychologist Walter Mischel of Stanford University. In the study, a marshmallow was offered to each child. If the child could resist eating the marshmallow, he was promised two instead of one. The scientists analyzed how long each child resisted the temptation of eating the marshmallow, and whether or not doing so had an effect on their future success.

The purpose of the original study was to understand when the control of deferred gratification, the ability to wait in order to obtain something that one wants, develops in children. The experiment took place using children around the age of four to six as subjects. The children were led into a room, empty of distractions, where a treat of their choice (Oreo cookie, marshmallow, or pretzel stick) was placed on a table, by a chair. The children could eat the marshmallow, the researchers said, but if they waited for fifteen minutes without giving in to the temptation, they would be rewarded with a second marshmallow.

While a few children would eat the marshmallow immediately, only one third of the children could defer gratification long enough to get the second marshmallow.  Deferred gratification, self control and self-discipline are essential attributes for success.    

What are the marshmallows in your life?  What are your dreams and goals? What are the things in your life that are worth waiting for?

What things seem to tempt you most? What things have derailed you from achieving your goal? What things have you wished you would have waited for?

I wonder what the results of the test might have been if the subjects had a coach in their corner. Someone to encourage…Someone to hold them accountable….Someone to keep them focused on task…..Come on, you can do it!  Only a couple more minutes…It will be worth it…you can do it….Stay away from the temptation….Remember, the ROI!  Stay the course…hold it steady…

Got a coach?  Get one!  A performance coach can help you bring people and process into alignment with strategy and help you develop the leadership potential within your organization.  Raising the leadership quotient in your organization leads to improved results.  Patrick Frazier, CBC, is the performance coach that can help you raise the bar and lift your team to greater heights.  The Coaching Authority is the place to go for help….which by the way, in the last 5 years, we have helped over 25 different companies in our community get quick results and build a long-term competitive advantage.  Don’t delay. Call Patrick Frazier at the Coaching Authority today!

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Have your employees been missing a lot of work lately?

Here are  a few of the most outrageous excuses employees have heard for being late to work:

  • My husband thinks it’s funny to hide my car keys before he goes to work.
  • I walked into a spider web on the way out the door and couldn’t find the spider, so I had to go inside and shower again.
  •  I got locked in my trunk by my son.
  • My left turn signal was out so I had to make all right turns to get to work.
  • A gurney fell out of an ambulance and delayed traffic.
  • I was attacked by a raccoon and had to stop by the hospital to make sure it wasn’t rabid.

What are some of your best?

Want to talk more about employee engagement?  Call me and I’ll share with you 3 ways to boost employee engagement, build customer loyalty and make more money.

Five Star Performance is a business improvement consulting and executive coaching practice (a.k.a. The Coaching Authority) which focuses on helping individuals develop plans to balance the profit motives of the business with the personal motives of employee’s lives.

At Five Star Performance we help organizations get quick results and build a long-term competitive advantage.  Through a combination of learning techniques and practice tools, educational sessions will assist participants in the development of vital leadership skills on both personal and professional level.

Patrick Frazier, the Coaching Authority, is based out of Granger, IN specializing in meeting the needs of professionals in the Heath Care and Manufacturing industries. 

To learn more about how the Coaching Authority can help you and your organization, visit our web-site at http://coachingauthority.net/

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Start with a cage containing five apes.

In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it.  Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana.  As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all apes with cold water.

After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result – all the apes are sprayed with cold water.  This continues through several more attempts.  Pretty soon, when another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes all try to prevent it.

Now, turn off the cold water, Remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one.  The new ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs.  To his horror, all of the other apes attack him.  After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new one.  The new comer goes to the stairs and is attacked.  The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.  Again, replace a third original ape with a new one.  The new on makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well.  Two of the four apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest ape.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes, which had been sprayed with cold water, have been replaced.  Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs.  Why not?

Because that is the way they’ve always done it and that is the way it is always been around here.

And that is how company policy begins..

Remember. Bad processes kill good people – every day!.  Are you ready to stop monkeying around with bad company policy?  Call the Coaching Authority today to help you discover ways to get quick results and build a long-term competitive advantage.   As a trained total quality facilitator, Patrick Frazier can help you and your organization eliminate inefficiencies and reduce process variance. Don’t delay. Call the Coaching Authority today!

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The US Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet 8.5 inches.

WHY?

Because that’s the way they built them in England, and the US railroads were build by English expatriates.

WHY did the English build them like that?

Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that is the gauge they used.

WHY did they use that gauge then?

Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

WHY did the wagons use that odd wheel spacing?

If they tried to use any other spacing the wagons would break on some of the old long distance roads, because that is the spacing of the old wheel ruts.

WHY were the wheel ruts that distance?

Ahhhh. Now we are getting somewhere. The first long roads in Europe were built by Imperial Rome for the benefit of their legions.  The roads have been used ever since.  The initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagons, were first made by Roman war chariots.  Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome they were alike in the matter of wheel spacing.  Thus we have the answer to the original question.  The US Standard railroad gauge, 4’8.5”, derives from the original specification for an Imperial Roman chariots where made to be just wide enough to accommodate the backbends of two war horses.

But wait.  There’s more.

When we see a Space Shuttle sitting on the launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank.  These are the solid rocket boosters, or SRBs.  The SRBs are made by Thiokol at a factory in Utah.  The engineers who designed the SRBs might have preferred to make them a bit bigger, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.  The railroad line to the factory runs through a tunnel in the mountains.  The SRBs had to fit through the tunnel.  The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.  So a major design feature of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system was determined by the width of a horses rear-end.

Keep this in mind.  Specs and bureaucracies live forever. The next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse’s behind came up with it, you may be exactly right.

Got a Coach? Get one today and learn how performance coaching can help you challenge the status quo and help your business grow.  As a certified total quality facilitator, Patrick Frazier can help you and your organization get quick results and build a long term competitive advantage.

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What does ‘Explosive Growth’ mean to your business? What would it mean to you personally to see your business grow exponentially?  What is keeping your business from growing?  What needs to happen to overcome that obstacle?  These questions (and many more), are questions that a business coach might use to help you and your team determine the right action to get the right (explosive) results.  Here are some obstacles that may be holding you and your organization back:

No common direction, working on different priorities

Lacking criteria for decision making and empowerment

Silo mentality

Fractionalization of efforts and lost opportunities

Lack of collaboration across departments

Long decision and innovation cycles

Difficulty in sharing info, poor efficiencies, excessive waste

Frustration and turnover

Low standards and wasted energy

Lack of team work

Effort without results

Lack of employee satisfaction

Excessive meetings with no results

Goals that are not relevant to the future strength of the business

Often lacking a customer focus more driven by the P&L

Of course there are many other possible obstacles, but which ones are keeping you from getting the results you had hoped for.  Stop hoping. Start planning.  Got a coach?  Get one! Call the Coaching Authority, TODAY! And get started building that plan to get quick results and explode ahead of the competition!

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