Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Creating a Powerful Business Vision

As we move into late November, a lot of business owners are starting to turn their attention to plans and strategies for 2009. Last month I held a special call on Creating a Powerful Business Vision - designed to get business owners reconnected with their vision for their business 1, 5 and 10 years down the road.

When was the last time you revisited your business vision, or even your own personal vision for your career if you are an employee?

As we move into the end of the year, there are going to be a number of opportunities to join me for some reflection time virtually. I will be holding several virtual retreats to provide you with the space and structure to take stock of the year that was, and plan for 2009. I hope that you will consider joining me for:

2009 BizSuccess Virtual Business Planning Retreat (by phone)
Friday December 5th and 12th, 2008 (1-4 pm Eastern both afternoons) OR Saturday December 6, 2008 (10-4 pm Eastern)

Join me for a high impact 6 hour business planning retreat where we focus in on your business, your goals and what you want to achieve in 2009. This business planning retreat is suited for small business owners, solopreneurs, coaches and trainers. Retreat from your home or office (or anywhere else you'd like!). The program includes the 6 hour phone based program which includes group calls online (15-20 min/hour) and individual planning time offline, as well as the 2009 BizSuccess Virtual Planning Manual, and a group follow up call. Space is limited to 15 business owners. Cost: $150 US. Click here for more information.

Leverage Your Time for 2009 Personal Planning Retreat (by phone):
This personal planning retreat is designed to support you to renew, recharge and refocus while creating a powerful plan for 2009. A major focus of the retreat is in supporting you around time management tools and creating some space to reflect on what's important. The program includes 5 hours of structured group and invidual exercises. You will also receive the Leverage Your Time Retreat Manual (by email) and a group follow up call in January.

Choose from 3 different dates:

Saturday December 13: 10-3 pm (Eastern)
Friday January 2: 10-3 pm (Eastern)
Saturday January 17: 8-1 pm (Eastern)

Click here to register or for more info. Cost: $125 US

I look forward to having you join me this holiday season virtually!

To get you started on creating your own personal or business vision, please consider the following questions. 5 or 10 years from now:
* What are you doing?
* What are you known for?
* What are you excited about?
* Who surrounds you?
* Who are you influencing? Who are you being influenced by?
* What are you especially good at?
* What do others say about your work/your business/your life?

Warm wishes,

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPT
Potentials Realized
Toll Free: 1-866-217-1960

6 Essential Skills for Today's Marketplace

I spoke last week to a group of financial services professionals on essential skills to navigate today's marketplace. I wanted to share a few of these skills with you this week at the blog.

In today's times of unprecidented change, developing your change muscle and learning to thrive in a highly complex, interconnected, unpredictable marketplace often requires a shift in the way most professionals have been doing business.

One school of thought which I was initially introduced to as a graduate student years in the early 1990s was systems theory. Systems theory really pervaded my work in the realm of international development, ecology and the environment given the interconnected and complex nature of the problems being addressed (poverty, climate change etc). I'm finding it very interesting how discussions around systems theory are now becoming quite mainstream, and influential, in the dialogue around the current economic situation. One of the gifts of systems theory is the ability to deal with these highly complex, interconnected processes/systems.

One author who have been writing on these subjects in the last few years includes Peter Senge (MIT Professor and author of The Necessary Revolution, Presence). I heard Peter speak a few weeks ago in Montreal and his message was powerful, and taken from his work in The Necessary Revolution. Peter also tied in the concept of sustainability, an older environmental adege from the early 90s, AND one that is resurfacing as a core concept for 2008.

What are some of the core skills and approaches you are seeing as essential in today's marketplace? For individuals? For Teams? As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts....


Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC
Potentials Realized
Toll Free: 1-866-217-1960