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VISION! What is It? Why Do You Need It? How Do You Make It More Powerful and Vital with I.M.P.A.C.T™? And Featuring the Alison Delaney ‘Little Chick and Little Bird’ Case Study

May 16, 2017

VISION! What is It? Why Do You Need It? How Do You Make It More Powerful and Vital with I.M.P.A.C.T™? And Featuring the Alison Delaney ‘Little Chick and Little Bird’ Case Study

 

Destination Me™ Vital Vision Compass

 

Vital Vision™, The Powerful Source of Authentic Self-Leadership Has Huge IMPACT!

#Vision is globally recognised as the imperative for Leaders – but this is for EVERYONE! This is THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL for Designing, Creating and Living the Life You Love, with Courage and Confidence, on Power, Passion and Purpose!

Vision is Life Changing and World Changing and the means to reconnect with your own – or design your own, should be accessible to everyone.

I – #Imagination – to Dream and Create What You Specifically Want – With Real Intention

 

M – #Magic Insights – Mastermind and Masterplanning Strategies Flow

 

P – #Power – that comes from the Specific Vital Vision™ Blueprint Process that Shuts down your Internal Critic Voice

 

A – #Attraction –  (Cosmic Ordering, LOA, The Secret) that Comes from Switching on Your Brain’s Subconscious RAS SAT NAV™. Knowing, Feeling, Seeing Believing With Clarity What You Want and Will Receive and are Ready to Receive

 

C – #Connection – Mind, Spirit, Body and Soul. Think Cosmic Ordering, The Secret and The Law of Attraction Rolled into One, In Your Corner and On Your Side

 

T – #Transformation – with Traction and Leverage that just keeps on Growing

 

First, let me share why I am writing this. This article is based on what really works for people to create and live their ideal life and business but it also has much wider applications globally and my plan is to get it out to a much bigger audience. With all the changes happening in the world I am discovering that thousands more people, entrepreneurs, leaders, businesses and organisations, even governments and countries, would benefit from having access to the powerful methods, tools and techniques, based on real-life Success Stories, not academic theory used in my Vital Vision™ Blueprint process.

This is based on real-life Success Stories, not academic theory. The methods and techniques used in my Vital Vision™ Blueprint process are tried, tested and proven over 20 years working with thousands of entrepreneurs and leaders, businesses of all sizes and organisations – and it works powerfully. I hope you enjoy reading this, find something of value to you and welcome your feedback and ask you to share.

So, I am sharing this because after years of providing private 1-2-1 Vital Vision™ Blueprint Sessions, Destination Me ™ and other Life Change Success programmes, Coaching and Mentoring and speaking on these topics at major conferences in the UK and Europe, I am creating the first complete turnkey online programme to equip more people globally with the tools I created to ‘Design, Live and Love the Life of Your Dreams with Courage and Confidence in Purpose, Passion and Power’.

For leaders, entrepreneurs with teams or small businesses, larger businesses and other organisations the Shared Vital Vision™ Blueprint is the technique designed to work specifically for them and is key to their success in engagement, traction, leverage and commitment to personal ownership in achievement of the vision. This topic is covered in another article.

I am not discussing all the various (and proven) Neuroscience, NLP, CBT and other modalities which are working in the Vital Vision™ Blueprint process but you may well recognise some. One of the keys to success is the precise combination of elements that I use and how these work together, gained through several years of developing this work.

Michele Walsh Big Shift 7 Secretes to Success Photo Yes, we’re doing Alison’s Case Study but couldn’t resist sharing a peek with the lovely Michele Walsh, AKA Msmoneymaker.com and now Author of The BIG Shift which I highly recommend you read asap! Have a look here

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Vision! What is It?

Let me first say what infuriates me! Lip service to Vision! When people – businesses and organisations especially – say let’s create a Vision Statement which is doomed to failure because where is the I.M.P.A.C.T. and Passion that importantly engages the emotions?

Many people will say ‘Eyesight’ or ‘Seeing’, which it is, but here we are talking about ‘seeing’ in another way. ‘Seeing’ potential, opportunity and what’s possible. When you introduce the ‘Vital’ element for I.M.P.A.C.T, you also harness ‘Mindsight’ and ‘Mindset’, ‘Heartsight’ ‘Soulsight’ and ‘Spiritsight’ with ‘Insight’ and ‘Foresight’ connected to your conscious and unconscious brain. It’s the Law of Attraction, The Secret and Cosmic Ordering, all rolled into one and on your side!

Can you IMAGINE how Powerful it would be to have all this working for you to achieve the success you seek?

A ‘Vital’ Vision is the most powerful form of vision you can have. What makes a vision vital? It is the How, the method, the technique, the combination of elements used for forming it. Some people, the most successful Entrepreneurs and Leaders especially, (but not all) have this ability as a natural gift or talent. You will recognise instantly those that have it, there is an aura about them and their success is written large on the world, delivering wonderful achievements and attracting huge followings.

Others can achieve their own vision for success through a variety of methods, including Vision Boards which work on some levels for some people. I’ll explain more later. But there is no direct comparison to personal experience of the Vital Vision™ Blueprint creation process and the speed at which it brings results.

I explain the ‘Vital’ part of vision like this. Think of your most powerful memories. Bring one to mind right now. What is it about that memory? Is it a picture, a movie? Is it colourful, noisy, moving, do you smell a particular aroma? One of your senses is usually the trigger for this recall, whether it is from smell, sight, sound, touch, taste or emotions.  If no string memory is coming to mind right now, which can happen, just make a note to observe the next time something triggers a powerful memory and note what the trigger was. With a Vital Vision you have total recall and connection, whether you are thinking about it or not, it is stored as a powerful feeling and memory and is continually and quietly working for you, even when you are asleep or ‘taking a day off’!

Some people think you either have it or you don’t. Well here’s another thought that I have found to be true. We all have it, but with the majority of people it is not ‘Connected’ to their conscious or ‘Turned On’

The most powerful memories have a combination of all these elements and so does a ‘Vital Vision™. Why? Because the way you create it is Impactful and unforgettable.

When creating a ‘Vital Vision™ we also switch on your brain’s RAS SAT NAV™ so that you are tuned in to spot the exact opportunities, circumstances, people and resources you need to achieve your vision. Think of this like ‘The Law of Attraction, The Secret and Cosmic Ordering’ all lined up and working for you on your side. It is truly amazing what happens when you have your own Vital Vision™.

I have seen so many lives and businesses transformed and fulfilled, stepped up to a much higher level of achievement and success, new businesses started, world class speakers and new powerful leaders emerging, new products created, best selling books written, global businesses launched, and much more, all in the space of a few short months, and that’s why I am so passionate about helping more entrepreneurs experience creating their ‘Vital Vision™.

Because when you decide you want to connect or reconnect to your Inner Vision were born with, some people think of this as destiny, or create a new vision for your life or business, how wonderful to make that connection and bring your vision out into the world where your unconscious mind is still working at getting it without you even having to be constantly thinking about it!

What Triggers the Need for a Vital Vision™?

This is different for everyone. You may be quite content but feel there is something major missing in your life but don’t know what. Or you may be extremely dissatisfied, frustrated and desperate for change. There are many triggers. Add your own if they are not here but the Common ones are:

+             Change – either because you want this or caused by circumstances around you

+             Finding yourself ‘ Stuck ‘ or ‘Blocked’

+             Frustration with your life/business

+             Pressure to ‘Change’

+             Significant Emotional Incident

+             Loss of some kind

+             Fed up with searching for solutions (to anything)

+             At a crossroads not sure what to do next or where to start

+             Needing some Clarity, Focus and Direction (not necessarily with something

life-changing – could be a new business, innovation, or something else)

+             Want to make a difference

+             Want to be so much more Successful (even though you may have already

enjoyed Success)

The reasons Clients come to me very, but they usually arrive with a major challenge or opportunity. For example, after years of struggling to make a success of their business, working hard but not getting the returns they deserve, they want a major boost, more sales, income and profits, add some Rocket Fuel! Or perhaps they are at a crossroads or considering a complete life change but don’t know where to begin or a major opportunity appears and they are not sure whether to pursue it and what to do. It IS sometimes very difficult to do this alone and get it absolutely  right for you.

it, it just ‘Is’ and it happens – with your permission and direction.

I know that many people create Vision Board by pasting pictures from magazines and that’s OK if it works for them. But I found that does not work for me. Why? Because my imagination, my dreams, are bigger and more different than what I can find the right images for PLUS I know the power of your own Vital Vision™ that only You can create because it is already deep within you, and needs a guide with the combination of techniques, energy and skill to help you draw this out in the right way for you!

Entrepreneurs also come when they are already successful but are not feeling fulfilled. They have the feeling that despite all their success, something is still missing and they want to find out what it is. Experiencing their ‘Vital Vision™ has resulted in, for example, important new charities being launched, finding new partners and relationships, exiting business profitably and gaining freedom, becoming an ‘Expert Speaker’ on the global stage, discovering new ways to do good in the world and give back, new horizons and adventures, gaining and giving permission to follow a long-held dream that has been pushed down and ignored in the getting on with their businesses and lives.  And much more. It’s different for everyone, powerful and it works wherever you are at!

And this is not a one hit wonder. Once you have your ‘Vital Vision™ – it keeps on and on working for you! Over time, your life and the world will change and you will be able to adapt from the strong foundation you now have.

Don’t take my word for it though. I’d love to just share with you what happened for Alison Delaney since experiencing her Vital Vision™.

Vital Vision™ Blueprint Case Study – Alison Delany Founder Little Bird People Development and Author of ‘Little Chick Has Lunch on the Moon’

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Here’s Alison’s experience…..

Alison is a Coach, International Motivational Speaker,the Founder of the successful company Little Bird People Development. She is also the Author of a very special book for inspiring children’s dreams – ‘Little Chick Has Lunch on the Moon’. I encourage you to read the book! It is absolutely beautiful and inspiring for adults too! When we met and she handed me a copy I just knew that every child (and adult) deserved to have the book for themselves.

Since Alison made this video her ‘Vital Vision™ has kept on working and will continue to do so. In the past 6 months she has developed the new Little Bird Dreams Workshops, initially having huge success working with UK schools then recently had their Global Launch in South Africa as the starting point to take her inspirational book and workshops to schools in every Country through Country Licensing, with enquiries already in from New Zealand, India and USA.

She now has a Buy One Gift One so that for every book sold, the purchaser is gifting a book to a less fortunate child in another country AND the buyer gets to write an inspiring and encouraging message to that child for the book inside cover. I have seen such wonderful little notes that make my heart sing to read them.

Global Companies are now starting to incorporate the Workshop programme and Buy One Gift One books into their CSR Programmes.

Little Chick is now the star of a lovely range of desirable tableware and giftware and there’s much more to come. Global Offers of one kind or another pour in – but they are being studied carefully because they must align with Alison’s Vital Vision™!

So just take a quick look at this very short video link Alison Delaney Talks about Her Vital Vision to see Alison explain in her own words what happened for her. Remember, this was just after she experienced the process that will now always be hers and keeps on working. What I have outlined above has happened since and it’s an ongoing journey.

I’d love your feedback. I’d also love to help. What did you think after reading this article? What was helpful for you? Too long? Too short? Prefer video or audio format? What would you like to know more about related to this article? As the topic is visual would you like more images or infographics? I’m planning more related topics coming soon, so here’s your opportunity to positively influence the content with what will help you.

In my published book ‘Woman Power: Strategies for Female Leaders’ I devote a whole Chapter to ‘Vital Vision™, The Powerful Source of Authentic (Self) Leadership’ Let me know if you would like the extract emailing to you.

Thank you for your time. My greatest desire for you is that you find and connect with your own true #VitalVision that you were born with – the Blueprint for Living the Life You Love with Courage and Confidence on Power, Passion and Purpose!

By the way -we are a Lifetime Partner with B1G1 and every product, service, project we sell? We support B1G1 in funding Global Projects that Make the Local Difference! From clean water for children and communities to training for #entrepreneurs in still developing countries, we are proud to play our part!

Can you think of anything MORE POWERFUL that discovering and living the life you were born to live?

Destination Me™ Vital Vision Compass

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January 27, 2017

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This lively launch with such a dynamic group of successful and aspirational women set off a fantastic book signing and speaking tour across other Athena Network Groups and wider afield in the UK and Europe at major Conferences and events including the ‘International Women in Leadership’ Conference in Prague, ‘Idea to Enterprise ‘and the inaugural ‘Lincolnshire Women’s Enterprise Day Conference’ in the UK as well as meetings of Businesswomen’s Networks and Book Clubs.

What started as a book has developed into an Interactive Workshop for Conferences, Events, Companies and Organisations plus a Private Client Coaching and Mentoring Programme under the umbrella of the ‘Woman Power Dream Team™’ with the skills and resources that not only spark transformation but also deliver change and implementation as you Design and Create your Vital Vision™ Blueprint for the Life You REALLY Want and ACTION! It.

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AND while I think about it. Consider joining the Athena Network of #Women #Entrepreneurs.

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‘Think LAW of Attraction, Cosmic Ordering and THE SECRET- on Rocket Fuel!’ This is What Clients Say After Their VIP Day Creating Their Vital Vision™ Blueprint with My Wonderful Life Coach™ Valerie Dwyer

December 9, 2016

‘Think LAW of Attraction, Cosmic Ordering and THE SECRET- on Rocket Fuel!’ This is What Clients Say After Creating Their Vital Vision™ Blueprint with My Wonderful Life Coach™ Valerie Dwyer’

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In one Transformational VIP Day you create your Holistic Blueprint for the Life (and Business) You REALLY Want!

If Positive and Life Changing  RESULTS is What You Now Want – read on…

It’s ALL about the unique process devised and facilitated in a way that closes down your left brain logic during the first session, silences that little monkey on your shoulder and gives you free rein to CREATE!  Amazing unseen Energy is exchanged, building your Belief and Confidence, enabling you to visualise the POSSIBLE, switches on your Brain’s RAS SAT NAV™  to open you up to the multitude of Right Opportunities that are already passing you by, but much more than this, you go away with the Success Strategies and Topline Right Action Plans to Make it Happen! AND we have the A-Team to ensure you achieve it!

What’s it Worth to Step Out into the Life and Business you LOVE, the Life and Business of Your Dreams where Everything is Possible? Not only with the Clarity, Focus and Direction to take you there but with the Strategies and Plans, and More than this, Your Dream Team on Board with you every step of the way.

What’s it worth that the Transformation begins right at the start on your VIP day?

What’s it worth that there are hundreds of Women Entrepreneurs who absolutely Rave about their Immediate Results?

What’s it worth that Your Dream Team have the Resources available to get you to your end result, no matter how   BIG  your ambition, or how impossibe your dream may seem right now. Should you decide to continue with implementation, we’ve got your back!

If you are stuck, blocked, challenged, frustrated, too many or not enough choices, lack of direction or too many directions – Let Go of Your Pain! Solve it on Your VIP Day!

Is it worth a call to find out more? We will do the work if you will.

Success Guaranteed when you fully commit to doing what needs to be done and taking the Right Actions!

Thousands of entrepreneurs have experienced the positive results of this process over 3o years!. You may have seen our latest three Superstars currently in the Making – but go have a look anyway.Check Out What Women Entrepreneurs are saying about their Transformational Holistic Vital Vision™ Blueprint Session

Connect to explore the Amazing Success Results we will achieve with YOU! email: info@mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk

EVEN If you’ve tried everything else and you are still wanting – the reason you are here RIGHT NOW- is because this is meant for YOU! Be Brave – Have Courage. And be prepared to be taken (just ever so slightly) out of your Comfort Zone because this is the ONLY way the real CHANGE you seek will hapen.. you WILL be in Safe Hands…

TIME is running, the Clock is Ticking! How much longer will you wait?  to LIVE the Life of Your Dreams……

 

DON’T MISS OUT! DOORS CLOSING! ARE YOU READY FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS? Shining Biz & Life Academy Enrolment Closes this Friday 30/09/16! LAST CHANCE ALERT!

September 28, 2016

Last Chance! Doors Closing! Enrolment Ending. I could not miss sharing this #Amazing #Opportunity with you!  My Woman Power Dream Team™! leonie-dawson-doors-closing-shine2016-insta_ad1-copy

 

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CLOSING! FINAL 2 Days to Upgrade Your Life and Business! In Shining Biz & Life AcademyCome In Now or Miss Out!

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You may already know that I’ve been out of touch recovering from a head injury but I’m on my way back now and do so appreciate all the good wishes I’ve received which has helped immensely. This does mean that you may not have heard from me for a while but the information I am sharing here was just too important to let you miss out. Please give this your careful consideration, it really is a #Wonderful Opportunity, hand-picked for you…

Are you ready to gear up to make 2017 your Best Year Ever? If not, then now is the time, it will soon be here, it’s October next week! So you need to find out about my wonderful and amazing (and a little bit zany!) millionaire friend down in Oz, Leonie Dawson, her powerful Shining Biz & Life Academy and amazing resources…

 It really is time to get started now thinking about Who and What are the best and proven resources to get you where you want to be in 2017 and beyond…and here it all is – rolled up in one amazing place…

Perhaps you missed this last year but everyone who signed up to The Shining Biz & Life Academy and implemented what they learned has made substantial progress in their happiness while growing their business.

Isn’t that #Wonderful? Increased Happiness in Life and Business. It works! AND it’s tax deductible! How cool is that?

The Shining Biz & Life Academy is the ultimate, complete + wildly generous program to transform your business, life, creativity and soul!

Created by my amazing friend, best-selling author, multi-million dollar CEO and finalist for Australian Business Woman of the Year, Leonie Dawson has dedicated her life to helping other women create their own kind of soul-centred success.

The Academy is her proven, popular and powerful training resource that’s helped thousands of women since 2010.

It’s wildly generous & unlike anything else out there on the market!

Used by entrepreneurs, artists, mamas, creatives, coaches, teachers and women of all ages, the Shining Academy is filled with over 100 courses to help you create your shining biz and life!

Bonuses galore! As an Academy member, you’ll receive access to the Shining Discount Centre where you’ll receive huge savings ($2,000!) on a range of essential tools and services to help your business bloom. Plus, as an extra special bonus, you’ll snag the complete 2017 Shining Year product collection delivered to your door (valued at up to $150)!

As a member of the Academy, you’ll receive powerful business training to help you start + grow your dream business rapidly & happily. You’ll receive audio meditations to soothe your soul. Illustrated workbooks to create clarity & intention around difficult decisions. E-courses to supercharge your creativity, become a marketing maven & wrangle your fears. Tips to get your house decluttered & your inner world in order. Cleanses to bring your body into health & radiance. Everything you need to live, work, play & create like the beautiful, bright-shining soul you were born to be.

All at an incredibly generous price.

Over the last six years, over thousands of women have used the Academy with the most amazing results. It’s the best and most complete biz education library out there!

What are you waiting for? Only opens once a year and is Closing in 2 days…

Go find out more now. See how it fits with you and your aims and desires a…

Looking forward to catching up again soon.

Valerie 🙂

PS It has not been completely quiet here. Behind the scenes people have been working on a new updated website for www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk to be launched late October complete with lots of new resources for you and your business  – we’ll let you know when it is live.

TODAY! Your Biggest Adventure Is To LIVE the LIFE of Your DREAMS! #Appreciate

 

 

 

 

TODAY! Your Biggest Adventure Is To LIVE the LIFE of Your DREAMS! #Appreciate

September 27, 2016

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TODAY is the BEST Day Ever! #Appreciate

For you TODAY is Packed with choices, #potential, #adventure and #opportunity to happily LIVE the Life You REALLY Want…

All challenges can be overcome…you just need to know how…

What will you do today and how will you be?  How will you detect and accept what is absolutely right for you or change what no longer serves you?

YOU are Alive! Everything that you want and need therefore is both within you and offered to you. It is abundant around you – but do you see or even recognise it as being powerful for you? I will show you the way…

To bring your dreams alive, you need to take action. Before you take action you need to be clear on your destination. Create your clear #Vision, that is your unstoppable way forward. Start afresh with a blank sheet and create your future. Take what time it needs for it is the Most #Valuable and #Powerful Work you can do for yourself today….

Connect with me to know HOW you do this….

 

 

I’m SO Excited! I Just Can’t Hide It! Michele Walsh (AKA MsMoneymaker.com) Launches The BIG Shift Book! GET your FREE Download Here TODAY!

June 9, 2016

I’m SO Excited! I Just Can’t Hide It! Michele Walsh (AKA MsMoneymaker.com) Launches The BIG Shift Book!

Feeling SO very proud to have been a part of this journey!

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Less than 6 months since she went through her Vital Vision™ Blueprint Creation process with me, to shape up her future, the already hugely successful and my Wonderful Woman Client Michele Walsh launches her The BIG Shift Book AND offers YOU a VIP Special to download your copy FREE!  here https://michelewalsh.leadpages.co/the-big-shift-launch/

I couldn’t resist sharing this with you. Be sure to register for your time limited opportunity – TODAY ONLY!!!!

Seeking any kind of shift in your life, business or career, check this out now – https://michelewalsh.leadpages.co/the-big-shift-launch/

It’s only incredibly less than 6 months since Michele experienced her Vital Vision™ Blueprint Creation Process with me. One result of having her new Vision meant that her desire to write and publish her first book became very clear and I was able to connect Michele with another amazing friend, ‘Wonderful Woman’ Sophie Bennett, Founder of the Millionaire Author Academy , (Check this out if you have a dream to write your book!) Author of ‘Money Bondage and valued member of my ‘Woman Power Dream Team™’.

It will come as no surprise to you then that I believe ‘Everything is Possible!’ (and that’s a whole ‘nother story from my own incredible life experiences where I learned that #lifeisnotarehearsal!)

I just knew that by connecting this amazing aspiring Author with the best Writer’s Coach I know, these two would hit it off together and that something dynamic would result!! So, go ahead and help yourself. Register for your FREE copy now https://michelewalsh.leadpages.co/the-big-shift-launch/ – This is TOO Good to miss out!

If you’ve a desire to discover and live your dream life, get in touch with me and we will see what’s possible for YOU!

RIP OFF YOUR NECKTIE AND DANCE, Leen Zevenbergen, Reviewed by Valerie Dwyer – Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, founder of My Wonderful Life Coach™, Strategic Insight, Everything is Possible™, and other enterprises. http://www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk

August 18, 2011

 Hop on now. Discover the Chaordic Alternative. Next stop Culture Change Central!

 “Revitalise your business with innovation and entrepreneurship”, sets the scene so you know what to expect, only you don’t because you’re in for surprises. Leen begins with a “passionate plea for authenticity in entrepreneurship” and goes on to decry ‘loincloth’ projects-somewhat worse than sticking plaster. I give this book 5 ***** and say buy it now! 

Thought leader Leen Zevenbergen  aims to get everyone out of their straight jackets, to think out of the box, and a high five from me for referring to ‘vision’ in his first sentence, since this is the birth of business transformation. (As a Vision Facilitator am I biased? Of course yes! Vision changes everything!) And it all begins with Leadership. How can a leader inspire others if they are totally uninspiring, this is part of the problem for which Leen offers solutions.

Is yours a ‘Conscious Company’ that demonstrates strategic keenness, energises people and stimulates creative thinking and inspiration. Yes? Well then, you are amongst the minority, the pack leaders. Say No? Better find out what this is about then before it’s too late to change! 

When business is going well, who sees trouble coming or even thinks about it? Learn how to avoid complacency now with the ‘Nightmare Competitor’. “Paradoxically”, Leen tells us, “from time to time a good nightmare guarantees in the long run a better night’s rest”. Don’t ask, but read the book. From the end of the second chapter I already knew there are too many important lessons here to cover

Businesses are living through a time of extreme control and regulation (straight jackets). Life is easier by fitting people, staff, customers, into little boxes. Anxiety rules! This spells death for innovation and entrepreneurship. Yes, authentic leadership and transparency are the new kids on the block. Build a new (I say ‘shared’) corporate vision = revitalise your business. We’re reminded that everyone has creativity, how much of it people display outside of the workplace and how easy it is to turn it on. Welcome to the company where people achieve what’s necessary and also have fun!

Leen thinks we’re guilty of murdering the ‘thrill’ of business and proceeds to show us how to put it back. Having persevered past chapter one I walked into a library of desirable futures packed with stimulating ideas for better business backed up by great examples. Leen and I share some common ground in business experiences: especially in how people should be treated; the value of their collective role in turning their company around; that slash and burn can turn business survival into terminal and turnaround needs some investment, however small, in processes like these.

As I’ve experienced first hand when facilitating my SI White Table Visioning Process™, given permission and opportunity to work together as a team, group or company to create a shared vision for the organisation, people bring about positive transformation.  ‘Shared vision’ just two little words that in practise are hard to achieve yet offers major impact.

Leen describes what true creativity looks like, from both an entrepreneur’s and a manager’s perspective and how smaller companies have the market edge, how to create ‘flow’ and when “doing nothing” is right for everyone. Get rid of the ‘guilt trip’, read for yourself what this is all about and learn something invaluable today.  Smile if you must then understand the question – What is ’idiotic’? Something brilliant!

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Beautiful A5 full colour creatively designed 223 pages of short chapters, manageable chunks of learning, packed with wisdom and ingenuity. Excellent Case Studies of creative and entrepreneurial companies, great book references and joy of joy a pretty decent section on ‘vision’.

Highly Recommended  5 *****

The Activity Illusion – Why we live to work in the 21st century and how to work to live instead, by Ian Price, Reviewed by Valerie Dwyer, Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, founder of My Wonderful Life Coach™, Strategic Insight, Everything is Possible™, and other enterprises. http://www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk

June 7, 2011

“A four day week and then three days’ fun”. Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s 1953 prophesy, ambition and hope for British workers, without any drop in income, has not been achieved. Part of the reason now may well be self-inflicted and threatens work-life balance!

The Activity Illusion

The Activity Illusion

The aim of The Activity Illusion is to help you break the vicious circle of hyperactive work practises and shows how to fix it for you and your organisation. Though not all may apply to you, “Email is Ruining my Life” and “Lunch is for Wimps”, there are some eye-openers.  Delivers what’s practical and valuable to help you in “Taming the Technology Beast”, dealing with “People” and much more.

We may not all be taking hyperactivity to the max but be honest now, how often do you flip into your email while performing other tasks? While you’re there, do you feel an urgent need to respond to inbox messages? How much time do you spend on your mobile? Is it becoming another limb?

As you’d expect from the title, ‘hyperactivity’ is a constant theme throughout. We’ve created the technologies and gadgets to be constantly on call and alert and we’re using these to the max! If we could work in our sleep we would – and why? What is it that we’re all avoiding with ‘busyness’?

Do we really want to change? And if so, how? Are a couple of the key questions to cause us to stop and think, and which reminds me that we each have choices over everything we do, whether we’re working for someone else who is boss or ourselves as the boss (we’re often hardest on ourselves!)

We have learned so much from the Japanese, including Kaizen, widely practised in improving manufacturing efficiencies. Somewhat surprising then to learn that people in Japan have also entered the Karoshi Zone, officially certified as ‘death by overwork’! A sound reason then to reduce and eliminate hyperactivity at work, one of the biggest stressors of the modern world.

Much potential for change is laid firmly at the boss’s door, which could well be all of us! A pointing finger indicates that leadership must lead by example. The culture and environment of the organisation, large or small, reflects the leadership style. Hyperactive staff working long hours is no guarantee of working quicker or effectively.  Past a certain saturation point tests show the reverse is true. Like any activity or addiction, hyperactivity is a choice. Brilliant because that means we can change. Just as well, since studies have shown that between 10%/20% of payroll cost is spent unproductively as a result. In the current economic climate, in anyone’s calculations, too much waste!

Excellent reference to Malcolm Gladwell’s “Tipping Point” – how little things can make such a big difference, as well as disturbing findings from the “Good Samaritan” psychological experiment.  The issue of “values” is raised; references to “visionary” companies and many useful references to published studies, psychology, leadership, organisational management. There’s substantial value in the chunky sections, including “Focus” and all leading up to “Freedom from Hyperactivity, the virtuous circle.

It is worth reading the whole 210 pages to be fully enlightened and choose what steps you will take.  With all the extra time you’ve made from implementing what you’ve learned, for yourself or your organisation, follow up the informative references, work less, be more effective and have fun…

Recommended

100 RULES FOR ENTREPRENEURS – Real-Life Business Lessons – Neil Lewis, reviewed by Valerie Dwyer – Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, founder of My Wonderful Life Coach™, Everything is Possible™, and other enterprises

December 22, 2010
For this and reviews for entrepreneurs, coaching, business development, marketing, pr go to http://www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk/bookreviews.aspx 
 100 Rules for Entrepreneurs – Real-Life Business Lessons focuses on core ‘first principles’ in business from which the rules then flow. Neil Lewis’s entrepreneurial pedigree cannot be denied. Here are lessons of incalculable value from an entrepreneur who built a $12 million business from a £2,000 back bedroom start-up, survived ten years with the last two years of decline delivering the most entrepreneurial lessons, then walked away with nothing. But then he picked himself up and started all over again!

 

    As a serial entrepreneur who has been head hunted to turn businesses around I would like to see this book as a reference in every business library. Wondering what you can learn and pitfalls to avoid? Better get your hands on a copy, read now and apply your rules!

    100 Rules kicks off with a version of Tennyson’s classic In Memoriam “It is better to have tried and failed than to have never tried’. The important thing is to learn from experience. These insights into what can go wrong when an entrepreneur’s first business booms then busts? Priceless! As is conviction, knowledge that it needn’t break anyone, true entrepreneurs just get over it! Start again! 

     ‘Just do it’ is Neil’s call to learn but importantly, to action. All journeys begin with the first step, you can think about things forever but it is action that makes things happen. Armed with these lessons affecting all areas of business you have sound advice on your side that will help you in many ways from cutting costs to employing right to improving profits and much more besides.

       ‘Boom times’ can be a load of ‘hot air’, a time to learn from your mistakes. ‘Bust times’ (recessions), (as I know from personal experience) can be times of greatest innovation and opportunity. Through it all though there’s an emphasis to know and take care of yourself. You’re the captain of your own ship and it’s sensible to think about alternative measures of success than purely money.  You’re encouraged to ‘Sharpen the Saw’ as in Stephen Covey’s ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’.

        Sound advice to know your strengths and weaknesses; have a boost every now and again; go on holiday, you’re NOT indispensible (or shouldn’t be). (I remember being told quite frankly that people were capable and everything was under control during my very first vacation when I rang the office to see how things were. Felt strange, but very satisfying, not to be needed in my own business)!

       I’d like to have seen more substance in Rule 64 about the power of Vision, especially Shared Vision with wider company input, ownership and delivery of the Values, Mission and Strategic Action Plans that flow from these. After all though, company failed, and lack of these may be one reason why?

      ‘To Stop’ list, great idea; win/win negotiation; power of 3 in KPI’s; Business Angels; Freelancers; Interim Senior Managers and, importantly, avoiding the ‘diversify’ trap; warning to not too speedily dilute your own holding in the business (those desperately seeking finance may) plus Business Exit Strategies. The latter doesn’t mean you’ll definitely action; advantage to think through even if the solution is a big money buyout!

       There’s fundamental truth in Neil’s quote ‘Business comes and business goes – but you’ll always be an entrepreneur (someone who starts businesses)!’ I’ve never met a true entrepreneur yet who either found satisfaction working for someone else, or who gave up completely after their first failure.

      His postscript expresses hope that 100 Rules for Entrepreneurs will add three years to learning and maturing process for every entrepreneur/would be entrepreneur reader. An additional resource, one outcome from all this learning, is the new MediaModo entrepreneurial accreditation scheme to revolutionise the way investors and entrepreneurs work together. Look out for it!

      Start up, student or seasoned entrepreneur, there’s valuable advice in 100 Rules for Entrepreneurs! Highly Recommended 

JUST GET ON WITH IT! A CARING, COMPASSIONATE KICK UP THE ASS! by Ali Campbell, Hay House, Reviewed by Valerie Dwyer – Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, founder of My Wonderful Life Coach™, Everything is Possible™, and other enterprises

December 2, 2010
 

Just Get on with it

Just Get on with it

 

Just Get on With It! really is what it says on the cover – A Caring Compassionate Kick Up The Ass! No more procrastination or excuses. Want to turn your life around? Then begin!

Get my full review for this and other inspirational and motivational books at http://www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk/bookreviews.aspx

Refreshingly, Ali Campbell, ‘Mr Fix It’ to celebrities, business leaders and even royalty, makes it clear that he does not provide within this book all the (coaching and other) answers that we seek in order to live a fulfilled life.  However, more importantly and with guidance, he shows us how to recognise, reconnect with, trust and harness a power that many have lost touch with, possibly the most valuable resource in the universe embedded deep within us, our gut feeling, intuition, call it what you will.  

          Ali is keen to point out that ‘this is not a fluffy or typically touchy-feely type of coaching book’ but a collection of lessons and learnings gathered together from clients, books, teachers, trainers, therapists and his own journey trying to stay ‘positive’ growing up in one of the most cynical (yet wonderfully caring) places on earth.   Despite this, or perhaps even because of it, Ali brings alive the idea of ‘effortless effort’.  Although the material is not entirely new, the approach is!  Well worth the read, highly recommended

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