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Break up that stress!

January 31st, 2017

Feeling the stress? Change it up!

One of the wisest pieces of advice I have ever been given about writing is also applicable to life and work, especially at this time in the world. It’s called the Hat Scene.

 

The Hat Scene

The idea is this: When the tension gets too high, when everybody is on the edge of their seats in the movie theater or turning the pages of a book like mad, the main character takes a break and does something completely different, which must be entertaining and lighthearted. The term, I do not know if it was the speaker’s or not, comes from a movie called “Sleeping with the Enemy,” a psycho-thriller; and at one point when you can’t stand it any longer two main protagonists go to a school where one teaches theater and they try on hats, that’s all. The whole scene is full of fun and fanciful play. The viewers get a break in the tension so we are ready for what comes next.

 

Breaking tension gives room for creativity.

 

Now for something completely different:

Fun, fanciful play and a total change of scenery are really good for the soul, but also for your creativity and energy at work. That little time away doing an entertaining or exciting activity really different from normal can rejuvenate you and get you ready for something new or prepare you for some hard work ahead.

 

Here’s the idea.

 

Plan a break

Take a break when the going gets tough, but not too long of one, of course. A day, half-day or even a two-hour break will do. The point is to take your focus off whatever is bringing you to that level of stress where you don’t have an answer.

 

Then: BREATHE! Do some preparation so you are really not focusing on your “issue”, whatever it is.

 

Break it up and mix it up

Change the place, change the activity, if possible, change your clothes- or preferably all

Do some activity you usually don’t do. For me, reading a book may not “do it,” because that is a regular activity for me. But, going to a temporary art exhibit, walking along an unfamiliar path, watching a movie in a theater, and maybe even going to a hat shop and trying on hats would be appropriate for me, it’s whatever you don’t usually do.

 

Yesterday I went to see La la Land – this was a very appropriate break for me. Music, dancing, sunshine, bright colors. It was great! Before that I attended a small private art show of a friend of a friend, which also was colorful and brought spring into the gray of my Swiss winter.

It is also true that the place can help. Go outside and take a walk, go to a new space to and enjoy the light, perhaps you can work there for a while. If you usually work at a desk, find a table somewhere else. If you work at home, try some co-working space, if possible. Shake up your formula.

 

But why?

Our brains react to that change and they become more creative. We are not stuck in “every day” mode and we come up with better ideas. Our brains respond to the change positively and then when we begin to look for solutions to old stressful problems, we can generate new ideas. That’s why companies work off-site sometimes. That’s why masterminds are helpful.

 

So, what’s after the break? Move on!!!

Take that walk, go to that exhibit, change your work place or routine, go on a short holiday, find a Mastermind group (or join one of mine). But whatever you decide, you should remember to keep changing things around and shaking things up once in a while, for you, and for your job’s and/or company’s sake. That’s how you will become more creative and productive.

 

Enjoy your creative muse even in stressful times, and should you want to visit my site: www.jehle-coaching.com –Or join my group on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7041402

 

Have a great week!

Patricia Jehle

patricia@jehle-coaching.com

 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017!

December 23rd, 2016

The time of annual Christmas letters and cards is upon us. I haven’t quite figured out how information much to put in this blog, as the family still prefers to remain anonymous, and quite understandably so. This year has seen a lot of movement, both personally and professionally.

 

Jehle Coaching

2016 has been a busy and productive year with my coaching business really getting started! Much has been tried, refined and there is growth. The plans for 2017 are also shaping up, and the networking continues, as well. I had a great year and went to some training, eg:

 

FHNW Coaching Congress: Coaching Meets Research

Over 250 participants from Switzerland, Germany, and Austria attended the 4th International Coaching Conference, which took place on 14/15 June 2016 in Olten, Switzerland. All participants shared a common interest, namely to find out what experts from both academic research and practice had to say about effects, quality, and evaluation of and in coaching.

 

Current Options for you to use Jehle Coaching’s Services

 

  • Expat coaching of all kinds
  • Expat start-up coaching
  • Start-up coaching
  • Transitions coaching (both within companies and for those looking for new challenges)
  • Business coaching
  • Leadership coaching
  • Masterminds and other ways of finding new solutions
  • Various training, including leadership and team leading

 

More training and new horizons

January 2017

Organic Quality Management Certificate Course® (confirmed) through 4Progress

“Through its research work, OQM® has identified quality features that are valid for both companies and associations and organizations in more than 70 countries. The principles behind OQM® are therefore transferable for every organizational form and company size. With OQM®, you focus on principles – not on trends.”

 

June 2017- April 2019

Supervisor and Master Coach Combined Course (planned, and very hopeful)

Also through 4Progress

“Supervision is a model of learning and development processes related to how job-related questions are handled, and ways of thinking and learning are demonstrated. (According to EASC). Supervision is based on knowledge and theories of psychology, sociology, social work, communication theories.

 

The training for the Master Coach EASC is a new qualification offered for coaches and this training is a consistent continuation of the training to Coach EASC, which I already have. Therefore, in addition to the broadening of psychological concepts, the reflection of coaching processes is also considerably deepened.”

 

I am still writing and really enjoying it!

I haven’t stopped and, have two on-going projects– and I do like writing these blogs, too!

 

Geneva Writers’ Group Conference

Participation in the 10th Geneva Writers’ Conference was really a treat as the conference welcomes writers from around the world to a weekend of workshops and panels led by authors, agents, editors and publishers from Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the US.  I continue to enjoy writing, with two books in progress as my weekly blog (see below). Keep your eyes peeled for at least one book to come out this next year, in 2017 if possible.

 

 

I still love teaching business communications at the FHNW

It’s amazing that I have stayed with one job so long and that means something: I love it! This year has been no different and I look forward to next semester, and the following school year with great anticipation. For my teaching “refreshment” I went to the ETAS Annual Convention and enjoyed the presentations and workshops.

 

 

I helped teach a short two-day course on leadership and team building

The course looked at how to lead effective teams in a medical environment and was co-taught with a colleague.

 

Yet not everything is easy

But there have been hard times, as well, professionally and personally.

 

The Alpha Group

Due to Brexit and GB pound issues, The Alpha Group as it is will be put on hold until further notice by Jehle Coaching. You may check what it is about at www.jehle-coaching.com (under the Alpha Group).

 

I am, however, still conducting Masterminds as well as using other coaching tools.

 

This year has also seen the loss of a few neighbors, serious illness for dear friends, and the continued mourning of the loss of my mother at the end of last year.

 

REFLECT and LOOK FORWARD TO 2017!

Finally, I look forward to this holiday season, where I can step back, take a breath, reflect on the good and the hard, and anticipate a great 2017 to come!

 

May you and yours be blessed this season and throughout 2017!

 

Patricia Jehle patricia@jehle-coaching.com

 

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Ten Traits of Good Leadership

November 28th, 2016

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Ten traits of successful leadership

 

I am reading “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill and in the book I have found some real gems. One is his list for being a good leader- here is my interpretation:

 

1-Courage

All good leaders have to have courage because they are making decisions not only for themselves but for their employees, or whoever they lead. This is a big responsibility and takes courage. This courage is based on self-knowledge and self-confidence.

 

2-Self-control

Not only must courage, but also self-control must be part of the leader’s make up. Self-indulgence cannot be tolerated. Instead, emotions and whims should be kept under control so as to lead and reach goals. Hill says that if a leader cannot control him or herself, s/he cannot control other people. Wise words, indeed!

 

3-Keen sense of justice

A leader must not only be just but value justice on a whole, so the organization can survive and thrive. The best organizations run on a platform of fairness, truth, and justice. With these kinds of values, the people in the organization will respect the leaders. Without such values, the employees will look on the leadership with cynicism and disgust.

 

4-Makes and keeps decisions

A leader should be able to make (good) decisions and then stick to them so that the followers feel safe in the direction of the organization. There needs to be a security that those “at the top” know what they are doing and where they are going.

 

5-Keeps to a well thought out plan

The plan is based on the abilities of the organization, on metrics, on market demands and constraints and not on guess-work. There needs to be estimates, but good ones, not just guesses. Then it will be a good plan. The ship “needs a rudder”, as Hill says.

 

6-Doing more than required

A leader leads by model, and when one expects a lot from those following, one should do even more than they do. The leader must do more that s/he requires of his or her followers. Period.

 

7-Personable and cooperative

A good leader has soft skills and is able to lead in a cooperative style, and not just like an army general. Gone are the days of total top-down powerful heads. For the followers to respect leaders those softs skills, laced with integrity, will go a long way. Hill says, “Leadership calls for power, and power calls for cooperation.”

 

8-Empathy and good communication skills

Empathy is not sympathy. Empathy feels with and is on eye level with the other person. Sympathy feels sorry for and puts oneself in a place of being superior to the other person. Thus, all leaders should lead with empathy. Also, Hill does not address this, but good communication skills are very important for today’s successful leader.

 

9-Mastery of the details of the particular leadership post

Every kind of leadership has its particulars and they should be learned and mastered to be successful at that job. Of course, if there is an option, it could be that the leader finds help with certain details that are not in his or her “skill set”. But in general, this is the key to being successful: learning the details and doing them correctly.

 

10-The buck actually stops here

The good leader accepts the responsibility that the decisions and actions of the company, of the division, of the team, of the group lie in her of his jurisdiction. The buck does stop here, with the leader. The successful leader must be willing to assume responsibility for the mistakes and short-comings of his followers.” A good leader accepts and owns that responsibility.

 

Of course there are many other traits and sills that could be mentioned, but here are some good ones to start with. And you can’t go wrong with them.

 

Enjoy your week and I wish you much success! Should you want to visit my site: www.jehle-coaching.com –Or join my group on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7041402

 

Have a great week!

Patricia Jehle

patricia@jehle-coaching.com

 

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Counterintuitivity

November 21st, 2016

Thoughts from “the Best” Decisions

Counterintuitivity 

Forbes has a book out called The Greatest Business Decisions of all Time and last week I read it in one sitting. One of my best take-aways from the book is the idea that the best decisions are often counter intuitive and go against popular convention. The example Jim Collins gave in the forward that I want to highlight here is that in good companies there is real debate and no “yes-man”isms.

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People are your most important Assets

Here are two other non-status quo decisions from the introduction by Verne Harnish: That of Henry Ford doubling the salary of his workers to show the employees (and the world) that they were valuable company assets AND That of bringing Steve Jobs back to Apple, which led to the company becoming one of the most valuable companies in the world. Do consider the value of your people and remember they are your real assets.

 

Questioning and debate make you, your ideas, and your company better

I grew up in the era when my friends at college wore those buttons that said “question authority”. Well, we should. It’s okay to question because if the “authorities” are correct in their assumptions, then what is to worry? If the assumptions are false (and of course, as a coach I have a list of these kinds of false assumptions), then they should be challenged for optimization and betterment. Surrounding yourself with people who only agree with you can be extremely dangerous. Therefore, gather around you trusted confidants who will respectfully question your assumptions and methods and so help you to grow and produce quality products and services.

 

People are key

Your people will have the answers, even if you don’t. Remember that! This postulate can even go for the informal “teams” that solo-preneurs develop. When you show your people how much you value them, they are motivated to give you their best, even when that is a difficult challenge. We humans are wired to want to work and to find (at least part of) our meaning in our work. Thus, as leaders we need to show appreciation to our employees in many ways, and pay is especially meaningful for most people. Also, remember that even if they have failed, those people might be “just the right fit” for the next big idea. Steve Jobs is a very good example of that. Had Apple not taken him back on board, the company would have never become what it is today. Period. So, remember that failure is really not failure the way we think it is, and that people are learning beings so failure can really be a step in the direction of success.

 

A Caveat

One of the most counterintuitive decisions Jobs made once he returned to Apple was to spend two weeks evaluating and refocusing each year. That time of reflection led to many new products and ideas to move Apple forward. As busy people we often don’t feel we can take that time to think and reflect, but the solution to our issues may be found in that time away from the daily grind, perhaps even with others. Perhaps not. Masterminds may be solution, but a reflective retreat first might help better formulate the issues to bring to the Mastermind table.

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Concluding ideas: be aware of the “right way” and ask questions

Don’t always do what everyone else is doing. To be sure of your direction you must periodically reflect on it. Be aware of the counterintuitive solutions and consider them, too, as that “secret sauce” may be found there.

 

Have a very successful week! And if you like, you are invited to join my group on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7041402

 

Patricia Jehle

patricia@jehle-coaching.com

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Hats and a change of scenery

October 4th, 2016

Change it up

One of the wisest pieces of advice I have ever been given about writing is also applicable to life and work, especially in Switzerland in the fall. It’s called the Hat Scene.

 

The Hat Scene

The idea is this: When the tension gets too high, when everybody is on the edge of their seats in the movie theater or turning the pages like mad at home, the main character takes a break and does something completely different, which must be entertaining. The term, I do not know if it was the speaker’s or not, comes from a movie called “Sleeping with the Enemy,” a psycho-thriller; and at one point when you can’t stand it any longer the two main protagonists go to a school where one teaches theater and they try on hats, that’s all. The whole scene is full of fun and fanciful play. The viewers get a bit of a break in the tension.

 

Breaking tension gives room for creativity.

 

Now for something completely different

Fun, fanciful play and a total change of scenery are really good for the soul, but also for your creativity and energy at work. That little time away doing an entertaining or exciting activity really different from normal can rejuvenate you and get you ready for something new or prepare you for some hard work ahead.

 

Here’s the idea.

 

Take a break

Take a break when the going gets tough, but not too long of one. A half-day or even a two-hour break will do. The point is to take your focus off whatever is bringing you to that level of stress where you don’t have an answer.

 

Change the place, change the activity- or preferably both

Do some activity you usually don’t do. For me, reading a book may not “do it,” because that is a regular activity for me. But, going to a temporary art exhibit, walking along an unfamiliar path, and maybe even going to a hat shop and trying on hats would be appropriate for me, it’s whatever you don’t usually do.

 

Also, the place can help. Go outside, take a walk, go to a new space to work for a while. If you usually work at a desk, find a table somewhere else. If you work at home, try some co-working space, of possible. Shake up the formula.

 

But why?

Our brains react to that change and become more creative. We are not stuck in “every day” mode and we come up with better ideas. Our brains respond to the change positively and then when we begin to look for solutions to old stressful problems, we can generate new ideas.

 

Masterminds work like that, too

Masterminds help like a change of place a change of activity because you are talking about your work and the problem before people who live and work in different places, wearing different hats. The listeners come from and see different perspectives than you do. It’s like you can put on their hats and see your work and issues from their eyes for a short time. You hear their solutions and are able to see their logic. This is a king of virtual hat wearing session, just for your issues.

 

And why Switzerland in the fall?

Well, besides the fact that it’s really beautiful here at the moment, the Swiss traditionally take a one or two-week break in October to go hiking or so. It’s a way to refresh since many of them have been back to work since August, and the people here have at least four weeks of holiday a year, minimum. It’s a nice healthy lifestyle, and allows for creativity. That break, if you can take it, is very helpful to make you more successful at work. But even a day or two can be helpful.

 

So, what’s next?

Take that walk, go to that exhibit, change your work place or routine, go on a short holiday, find a Mastermind group (or join one of mine). But whatever you decide, you should remember to keep changing things around and shaking things up once in a while, for you, and for your job’s or company’s sake. That’s how you will become more creative.

 

Enjoy your creative muse, and should you want to visit my site: www.jehle-coaching.com –Or join my group on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7041402

 

Have a great week!

Patricia Jehle

patricia@jehle-coaching.com

 

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Confused? Try these things:

August 24th, 2016

Life is sometimes confusing.

I have confusion sometimes and sometimes friends have a hard time figuring which way is up. A lot of that has to do with what we see about ourselves and about our confusing situations. Other people can help, though. I mean it!

Johari
There are some things we know about ourselves and some things we don’t. There are some things others know about us and then… The so-called Johari window shows this confusion in a visual of a quadrant. Many of us studied this in university or in a training course on self-identity.

The first quadrant is where everything is out in the open. These things can include what one looks like and what one says about oneself. Then there’s the stuff that others see that we are totally clueless about, the so-called blind spot. Then there’s the section that we hide from others and keep a secret either to ourselves or to only those closest to us. That’s the hidden section. Finally, there’s the black box: that which nobody knows.

Not just useful for you and me, but for businesses
What has become clear to me recently is that not only is this true of a person, but this is true of organizations, companies, clubs, etc. And to a great extent we want to know about our company’s blind spots and black boxes. But how can we do that?

Questions and discussion

Just as when talking about a person and their blind spots, feedback and discussion can point out areas that need help and improvement. More importantly, joint exploration of the black boxes can help business leaders discover the hidden treasures buried there. A Mastermind session is just the tool for such an archeological dig. It is in the questions and suggestions of the other participants that the leader finds gems of knowledge and hidden market potential.

So what?
If you have issues, seek a trusted person (or more) out to look for blind spots and hidden treasure. If you are a business leader and are in my neighborhood, contact me about my next Alpha Group, or find a good group in your area. After all, we don’t want to be looking right past a treasure chest of gold, do we?

For more information check out my website: www.jehle-coaching.com or contact me personally

Have a great rest of the week!

Patricia Jehle

Mastermind Advice

April 12th, 2016

The Advice I received from a Mastermind

 

So, I wrote about a Mastermind and its process last week (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/materminds-patricia-jehle-christensen?trk=prof-post ) and I would like to tell you the advice I received regarding a new endeavor, as maybe it will pertain to you, too.

 

My favorite piece of advice:

Imagine lots of fun along the way

 

This has helped a lot since the Mastermind. A positove attitude brings a smile to one’s face and you can even hear it on the telephone. Also, you are more positive and as, inc. writes, complaining is really bad for you. http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/complaining-rewires-your-brain-for-negativity-science-says.html

 

My most realistic piece of advice:

Remember that there is a high rejection rate (at least 80%)

 

There is a infographic going around the internet about this particular piece of information. I need to remember that my niche is a niche and that the “world” is not going to come to me. So, I need to ask a lot of potential clients to find the right ones. A “no” leads to a “yes” from someone else… eventually. I just have to keep at it. Probably the same is for you.

 

Another helpful and surprising piece of advice:

Combine (balance) the easy with the hard activities

 

This is a great psychological tool—I can reward the hard parts of my job with the pleasant ones. Thus, I get more difficult activities done by combining them with easier or more pleasant activities. What a great trick. I kind of did this in college: for every x number of pages written for a paper, I got to read y number of pages is a novel. You can do this with whatever activities motivate you.

 

Of course, there is a page full of a list of pieces of advice, but I wanted to share these.   I am looking forward to this week and leading a couple of masterminds with clients.

 

Should you be curious about Masterminds and what I am doing with the Alpha Group (.biz), you can write me at patricia@jehle-coaching.com or check out my website: www.jehle-coaching.com

 

Have a great week!

Patricia Jehle

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