Why Get a Coach?

“I’ve always battled with my career. I felt like I had no purpose and I never liked what I was doing. My jobs always ended in me either being let go from downsizing or I would get fired. My coach taught me that it’s not “what I do” for a living that matters it’s ¨how I am¨ about what I am doing that does. My coach is teaching me how to break my old habits and how important it is to challenge my doubts and fears. I realize that I truly create my world by what I think. I now have practices in place that stop me from going down a path of negativity and self-doubt. As I keep up the practices she taught me, they get better and better and so does my life.”
 — Beth Armstrong, events manager

So…why get a coach?

You –

  • Develop leadership skills and practices – for work and life!
  • You enhance your career and end up in the right place…
  • Get ongoing, impartial feedback that assures your growth!


A Perfect Weekend

This Perfect Weekend Waking up without the alarm clock… Reading first thing… ·       A run - with intervals that make you suck air down your lungs… Good food, drink and conversation … A delicious family event; a festival, a museum… Getting the laundry done – but not folding any… Shinrinyoku – forest bath with loved ones… Quiet time with the camera – even with kids – snapping shots of them ...
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Three Good Tips on How to Give and Receive Feedback

  1. Commit Elicit a commitment from both parties that the feedback should lead to something constructive. No dumping.  2. Let people finish No interrupting. If you listen to what someone has to say, it is very likely that they will check their assumptions themselves.   3. Ask people to say more Get more details and more detailed in the feedback. This way you move from problem to solutions based ...
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How Honesty Builds Character

Starting Monday on an HONEST note. How it is a thrilling ride. To speak it, to search for it, to be led and inspired by it. See these thought-worthy quotes from heavy hitters in history and nifty truth tellers of today...Warmly, Coach Jo ...
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This movie star! Ah – I give you Rosa Maria Fuentes Fernandez!

This movie star! Ah - I give you Rosa Maria Fuentes Fernandez! From: Insta Turnaround Stories by Johanna Sawalha: Rosa Maria was one of my dad’s friends I got to know. She is a rock star tutor. Everyone sends their kid to her. Her pattern – taking TOO much care. Others’ burdens. At home, she tends to hoard… (but stylish as she is – mostly fabulous books and clothes). I ...
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All This Talk of Simplicity – Why Does It Matter?

Lachlan Brown on Simplicity Lachlan Brown recently wrote about the Buddhist habits of simplicity that really make for a beautiful life! This is what Lachlan said, paraphrased, along with my own commentary. Habit 1 – Outer Decluttering ¨Prins Siddhartha abandoned everything when he realized the frustrating nature of materialism, and thus became the Enlightened One. 2300 years later, Buddhist monks do the same. They keep material possessions to a minimum ...
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What Happened Today That Made Me Grateful for Life

Thank you @sanibelsprout for the reminder: ¨The best thing for being sad,¨ replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, ¨is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails.¨ What I learnt today was a deeper level of humility to the fact that we’ll never know when our time is up. My husband was meters away from the attack site at Drottninggatan in April. Today, I was meters away ...
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Give, Give, And Then Give Some More

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”       – Maya Angelou Tired of not having enough? I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. You want more – you shed. Give. Give. Give. Look around your life and see where you have more than you absolutely need. More than one yellow top? Give one ...
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Why I’ll Never Say, “I Can’t Afford It”

- From rags to riches...ish… When I was a kid, my mom was a single mom with me. She was a freshly hatched journalist trying to build a career and feed her kid at the same time. I kid you not, we had a standing joke where she’d come home and say, ¨got your favorite food for dinner! ¨ and I’d respond, ¨Oh no – not blood pudding – not ...
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Summer’s here! Feeling Self-Conscious in a Bikini…?

Then take this survey...! How likely are you to go to the gym in the next 24 hours? Extremely likely Very likely Somewhat likely Not so likely Not at all likely How likely are you to go for a run in the next 24 hours? Extremely likely Very likely Somewhat likely Not so likely Not at all likely How likely are you to go for a walk in the next ...
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The Artists Have It Right

Whenever I am suffering a creative dry spell, three top things I do are: I dip back into to the Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron, and restart the morning pages. No matter what my current situation is like, I write out what my IDEAL situation at the moment. This way, I offset any ¨bah¨ or doomsday thoughts about what is about to happen next. I do something for someone else. Makes ...
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Johanna Sawalha

Executive Coach