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Marilla Arguelles, NewTake Films

“I could NOT have done this without the Bootcamp and Support Team’s help!  They’re the best!”

Presenting Bootcamp STAR Graduate – Marilla Arguelles, NewTake Films

Marilla is one of our Top 11 students in this past session—the “cum laude” of the bunch who launched her businesses with our support and who is now thriving!

Marilla offers coaching to public school teachers who want more for their underachieving, underfunded students.

Redesigning Schools (And Jobs)

Pt. 1 of a blog for teachers who are searching for practical ways to incorporate moral and philosophical concerns into modern education.

More and more commentators today, along with the parents of most students, seem to agree that the primary goal of education is preparing students for the workforce. (Hopefully well-paying jobs that offers security and gratification?)

Yet according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor “Today’s average college graduate will have at least 3 – 5 career changes in their lifetime, and 10 – 14 job changes by age 38.”

Generation Opportunity, a conservative nonprofit advocate for millennials, releases a monthly “Millennial Jobs Report” that slices official labor data and tracks unemployment rates for younger workers. From January, 2015 to May, 2016 the percentage of 18 – 29-year-olds decreased slightly from 15.4 to 13.8 percent, still way above the official national jobless rate of 5.4 percent.

So it’s likely that some, if not most, of these unemployed are the same young people protesting the enormous debt they’ve incurred on higher education.

They’re not just temporarily in debt. The Digital Revolution has massively increased job insecurity.

Over the next two decades 50 % – 80% of jobs will be loss to globalization due to increased use of computers and robots.

Pretty shocking, even if you’re someone who believes the goal of education is not job preparation. Someone who believes the goal is the ability to make important choices about our leaders, our economy, resources, and moral issues. Wait a minute, “moral issues”??!!!?? we’re not going to open that bucket of worms, are we?

Well, yes, but not in the popular sense of the term. Who’s questioning the morality of our food supply and distribution, or skyrocketing profits in pharmaceuticals, real estate, and arms sales?

Will Allen is. He’s the former star basketball player turned Urban Farmer who was featured on the PBS Newshour, 2/1/16 and also on the PBS TV series Road Trip Nation on 2/1/2017. Will is the son of sharecroppers who never dreamed he’d go back to farming until he realized that he could create a thriving urban business/job training program in Milwaukee. He’s a genius at providing meaningful education and job training to disempowered youths through community based service learning, not shutting them up in classrooms.

Will founded Growing Power, is a national nonprofit organization and land trust that helps provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe, affordable food.

I was particularly struck by the depth and breadth of true education that Growing Power’s Youth Corps provides through its year-round, youth leadership program of very sophisticated, cutting-edge agriculture demonstrations:

  • building and maintaining aquaponic systems,
  • soil remediation through raised beds,
  • hoop house construction,
  • vermiculture, and
  • the operation of Growing Power’s retail store.

Peter Drucker, the “founder of modern management” and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, predicted that universities won’t survive.  “The Future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom.”

Sounds like a good thing. In our next blog we’ll take a look at how two well-established, highly respected schools that provide such nontraditional courses, including tractor driving! One is a prestigious private school for teens in New England, whose boarders pay $55,000/year. The other is a rural Southern College that’s listed on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017. None of the students pay tuition.

I look forward to sharing them with you and hearing your thoughts about these alternatives. Send them to info@newtakefilms.org, or to me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/marilla-arguelles-6b238aa/

Marilla Argüelles,
For NewTakeFilms

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Marilla Argüelles is the founder of NewTakeFilms, and helps teachers reform and promote public education. As a teacher, artist, and activist, she’s had a full but challenging life, learning a lot (good and bad) about education, the current medical profession, and nonprofit management. Having navigated uncharted waters for most of her projects she knows firsthand how exhausted and isolated teachers can feel, especially when they’re overwhelmed by a lack of resources, and administrators who prioritize test scores over student satisfaction, involvement, and achievement. Learn more about Marilla.

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Kelly Heithold, Wellbeing Connexions

“Must keep moving one step at a time ! [In Bootcamp], I gained clarity on my Niche and now I have a website I am feeling great about.”

Presenting Bootcamp STAR Graduate – Kelly Heithold, Wellbeing Connexions

Kelly is one of our Top 11 students in this past session—the “cum laude” of the bunch who launched her businesses with our support and who is now thriving!

Kelly offers wellbeing coaching that helps stressed out professionals reduce stress, get healthy and have more energy to enjoy their lives.

“Hello? hello? …I think we lost our connection”

Every day we connect with our phone, our internet, our technology. And it can be very upsetting and create chaos in our day when we lose these connections.

But have you lost your most important connections? Do you feel connected within yourself – body, mind and spirit? Do you feel connected to the people and things that matter most to you?

Research has shown that people are healthier and live longer when they feel connected. This connection may be to people, to pets, to meaning and purpose in life or even to nature.

Yet many of our lives are so busy and harried that we don’t have time to connect with what is most important to us and to what makes us feel alive. In fact, sometimes we have even forgotten what IS most important to us and what does make us come alive!

Every day I talk to people who just want to feel better.

They tell me, “I want to lose weight, look better in my clothes, control my stress, sleep better, have more energy, or be healthier so I can be around for my kids and grandkids.”

The bottom line is we all want to look good, feel good and have energy to enjoy our life to the fullest.

The reality is that our world is filled with long commutes, long work hours, pressure to perform and deliver at work, easy access to junk food, automated everything, and a bombardment from technology.

It’s a balancing act to take care of those we love, do a good job at work and try to take care of ourselves. Too many times we are the last on our “to do” list. Believe me, I’ve been there, done that.

I created Wellbeing Connexions to help people make the connections to what it is they need to do to reduce stress, feel healthier and have more energy.

And making successful connections in order to change is not always easy. But if nothing changes…nothing changes. Every journey, every change starts with the one small step.

So I ask you, “What is the smallest thing you can do that will make the biggest difference in your life right now?”

Can you hear me? Can you hear me now? …Can you hear yourself? Are you listening now?

Check out stress reduction, health and wellbeing coaching with Kelly Heithold at www.wellbeingconnexions.com

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Kelly Heithold has a MSE degree in Exercise Science and Education and is a Professional Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches® School of Coaching.  She has taught kindergarten through college level, worked in public health, and managed worksite wellbeing programs for fortune 500 companies. Additionally she has been a health and lifestyle coach for a health management company, coaching individuals at all levels in over a dozen companies and organizations. Find out more about Kelly.

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Patricia Maples, Executive & Conflict Coaching Solutions

Added 5 new clients during Bootcamp… and is adding a coach to her team to handle the growth in business!

Presenting Bootcamp STAR Graduate – Patricia Maples, Executive & Conflict Coaching Solutions

Patty is one of our Top 11 students in this past session—the “cum laude” of the bunch who launched her businesses with our support and who is now thriving!

Patty offers Executive and Conflict Coaching Solutions.

7 Tips on Surviving the Presidential Transition

I think you will agree that it’s a challenging time for leaders throughout the country, especially for those in public service. While it’s only been a little over a week since President Trump took office, we’ve seen unparalleled discord and friction about new executive orders and decisions across the country, and throughout the world. If you are a senior career executive in the Federal sector, you may be in for a ride. Your job is the retain, motivate, and engage your best performers, especially during this time of transition, hiring freezes, uncertainty as to future staffing levels, and heightened staff emotions. The highest level career executives in your agency will soon, if it hasn’t happened already, be involved in introducing new political appointees to the mission and work of your agency and hopefully together navigate new strategies and policies that will impact your mission, programs and operations. Now more than ever it is time for you to support your career staff by adopting proven disciplines that have stood the test of time during periods of upheaval and uncertainty. You will want to minimize stress.

Here’s a seven tips to help you during these challenging times.

1.  Remember it’s an honor and a privilege to be responsible for important government programs and efforts, and to supervise and be responsible for staff. Below is the oath you took when you first became a civil servant – I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God. 5 U.S.C. §3331. This is truly a profound statement and intention. As an Executive Coach, I challenge you to exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity and conduct so your employees can model your behavior and make you and your organization proud.

2. Stay calm and remember the Federal sector has successfully survived presidential transitions before. Continue to focus on the mission of your organization, rather than on personalities, commentaries, or narratives.

3. Focus on what you can control. Exhibit strong leadership qualities so you can be the best leader you can be. As a career executive, you can use your subject matter expertise and historical perspective when presenting invaluable information up the chain of command to ensure continuity for the programs you have been working or to shape any new initiatives that are introduced.

4. Communicate, communicate, and communicate with your staff. Let them know what you know and what you don’t know. Check in with them regularly, be a listening ear, and offer positive suggestions on how to weather the imminent future. Embrace humor and levity as much as possible.

5. Strive to be a courageous follower, as well as an exemplary leader. Remember all of us are graced with strengths and saddled with weaknesses, regardless of title or educational accomplishments. What can you do to help new arrivals, political appointees or not, navigate the challenges you are facing together? Political appointees often do not have experience working in government or understand the processes that make an agency run. Your expertise and ability to navigate the government terrain is critical.

6. Take time out to facilitate wellness by practicing spiritual and exercise disciplines, and nurturing social and family relationships. Try to work reasonable hours incorporating moments and days of reflection and rest. Encourage your staff to do the same.

7.  I invite you to take a peak at available resource guides that provide detailed information on presidential transitions, specifically the Senior Executive Association’s A Handbook on Presidential Transition for Federal Career Executives.

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Patty Maples is founder and VIP Coach with Executive & Conflict Coaching Solutions. She is a professionally trained Coach, with a background in mediation and facilitation and 25 years of Federal human capital expertise, and possesses a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, and pending certification from the International Coaching Federation as an Associate Certified Coach. She possesses an extraordinary human capital background having worked in multiple Federal agencies, including the Executive Office of the President, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, and as an independent entrepreneur. Her niche is executive and conflict coaching, supporting leaders, especially public servants, who are challenged by situations in their workforces that require exceptional interpersonal skills in working with subordinates and colleagues with differing interests and goals. Especially in this time of Presidential transition, she knows first hand that the public sector needs to retain and engage the best and the brightest, and the power of the first level supervisor to make this a reality in each Federal agency. Patty believes people should live their lives with purpose and passion, and loves serving others through coaching, leadership development, and quality of life improvement. She excels at helping leaders identify and meet ambitious goals, resolve differences before they become disputes, and live powerfully beyond measure. Learn more about Patty

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Rev. Dr. Patricia Keel, Spirit Matters Coaching

After learning about packages & pricing, she raised her prices and clients are now paying in full!

Presenting Bootcamp STAR Graduate –  Rev. Dr. Patricia Keel, Spirit Matters Coaching

Patricia is one of our Top 11 students in this past session—the “cum laude” of the bunch who launched her businesses with our support and who is now thriving!

Rev. Dr. Keel offers transformational life coaching, spiritual coaching.

3 Wisdom Tidbits from a 70 Year old Rock Star

I turned 70 last week and now I am a Bootcamp Rock Star! How great is that?  I feel I’m getting younger and more engaged and involved in life everyday. I love my life. I’m off to India for a 9 day Spiritual Journey. My life is a frigging fantastic miracle. Oh JOY!

It wasn’t always like this. For a long time it was a Bumpy Road of overwhelm, stress, resentment, fear, confusion, frustration, anger, cluelessness. I was pretty much a mess through my 40ies. I’ve been waking up a little more each year. They say, “With age comes wisdom,” so I have three life tips to share. Tidbits of love from me to you, learned the hard way, but solid advice if you’re willing to experiment and try them on.

Before we look at the 3 Tips I have for you, let’s see if my wisdom and advice will be useful for you. Are we a match?

If you’re at all like me, you see yourself as a thoughtful, conscious woman. You have it mostly together at home and at work. You’ve read lots of self help books over the past few years, probably gone to therapy to help solve your problems, or marriage counseling for your relationship. You have some kind of spiritual connection. And you understand the power of the present moment, even if you can’t find it. Maybe you’ve listened to Eckhart Tolle or Deepak  Chopra on Oprah’s Super Soul Sundays. You’ve tried yoga and meditation, but that hasn’t calmed the restlessness inside you.

It’s hard to pin down, to explain what’s happening. There’s maybe a feeling of anxiety, scattered thinking, a little confusion and some self doubt. You feel something is UP for you – a change, a shift, a something different in your life, but you’re not clear WHAT it is, HOW or WHY it is happening, what to do about it, and more importantly do you want it, are you ready for the change?

For some women the shift happens first in our relationships. We find that the person we are closest to, our spouse, our partner, a family member or close friend begins to bother us. We find ourselves more and more sensitive to little comments or we tire of their same old jokes. Routine behaviors, petty small things start to annoy us. We find ourselves taking their comments personally and become defensive or aggressively fight back. Or we retreat and find ourselves avoiding certain conversations or even cutting that person out of our lives altogether.

Over time our connection and sense of trust and closeness fades. We begin to wonder why were are in the relationship if it is going to cause us so much pain and suffering. Clearly the other person has changed, and not in the direction we expected. We want them to be they way they used to be.

These are early warning signs. For some this is the ultimate rationale we used for initiating a divorce, or shutting a friend or family member out of our lives. Stress in the relationship seeps out into every other area of our life. It can lead to sleep issues, as we stay awake analyzing a particular situation over and over in our minds. Our health begins to suffer. It can lead to loneliness and isolation as we pull away from others so that we don’t have to address what is bothering us. At worst we drop into anger, resentment, fighting and arguments in front of children, further destroying the family as our relationship continues to self destruct. Ultimately we feel alone, at a loss to deal with what is happening.

For other women the first signs of an internal change, a shift occurs at work. It might be that we’re not satisfied with the career path we have chosen. We find fault with the system or with our boss or staff. We aren’t feeling fulfilled in the day-to-day routine of our job. We come home exhausted with little or no energy to enjoy our family or friends, even yoga class doesn’t revive us. We feel we are living for our paycheck. What seemed exciting when we first began is now routine, even boring.

We feel we‘ve outgrown the work and are no longer making a contribution. Discontent in the workplace leads to potential challenges and power struggles with our co-workers. Lack of enthusiasm and energy feeds our sense of lack of purpose.

Each of us needs to feel we matter and that what we are doing in the world matters. When this need is unfulfilled we find ourselves in the limbo of a life transition. Conflicting demands for financial resources, family obligations, and our inner discontent at work can cause major upheaval in many areas of our lives.

For some women the problems and issues we are trying to solve in our relationships, or in our work and career are complicated by low energy, low mobility, and body pain. Adding the physical pain and emotional stress of an injury or chronic condition to everyday life can further reduce our available internal stamina to step out and consciously make changes in our lives. Chronic health issues can mirror chronic issues that have not been addressed in the emotional and spiritual body. Victim consciousness can develop when there is a sense of helplessness combined with physical pain.

For some of us the discontent we feel is directly connected to a spiritual crisis. Perhaps the death of a parent, or serious illness in the family brings us into deep questioning of our faith. We question our existence and what is the meaning of life. All these existential questions that can never be truly answered can take us into a depression and bring with it a deep sense of separation and disconnection with life, from ourselves and our spiritual source.

Can this be all there is? Not a pretty picture! Yet so many of these challenges and more are faced by women everywhere. Do you see yourself? Is this discontent and longing part of what you struggle with every day?

Are you this woman? I was her 25 years ago: two divorces, 2 kids, different dads surviving as a single working mom, overcoming addiction, changing careers at age 45, going back to school at age 55, starting a church in Berkeley and discovering my passion and purpose in my early 60ies.  I know that feeling, that inner discontent, I had it bad and tried to fill it with Chardonnay, dating men I really didn’t love, and staying in a job I hated. I spent lots of money on therapy and read every book in the self help/change your life section until I finally found a path that felt right. Eventually I finally found someone and something I could resonate with and that brought me some relief from my own craziness and my self-destructive behavior.

What if you could stop feeling like you had to do it all?

What if you could let go of some of the stress in your life and get a good night’s sleep? When was the last time you woke up feeling happy and ready to enjoy your family and your work? It’s what you deserve.

What if your relationships were built on companionship and sharing, rather than competition and judgment? What if you could really trust yourself and your partner?

I know this is possible for all of us, and it is a goal of mine to support women on the path of happily ever after. The AFTER doesn’t mean we have to leave a relationship, or a job, it means we have to see what is happening inside us and be willing to fully accept it and experience it. We have to wake up to ourselves.

So here are my 3 Tidbits of Love from my 70 years of trial and many errors

  1. Every perceived problem is calling forth some higher quality inside you. Your greatest challenges are your biggest opportunities for growth. Rather than rush to solve your problem, first look inside and see your perception and perspective.
  2. Don’t look to change the outer world to solve your inner discomfort, your stress and pain. Look in the mirror to find what is bothering you and feel it fully. What people, situations, and challenges bring the most intense feelings? These are your best teachers. Be humble and don’t run away.
  3. Stillness and silence create an inner and outer stability that form a foundation for you to assess where you are. In the stillness you can to listen for guidance and experience the subtle energies inside your body, From that place of calm center you have freedom to move forward in the direction of your dreams.

I am so happy to share with you. Let me know how it’s working in your life, patriciakeel@gmail.com. I have lots of free audios and online radio archives that you can listen to and find more support. I also offer weekly Livestream video broadcasts of the Oneness Meditation and here is the link to watch an archive or join me live. My podcast Relationship Fix airs on iTunes, Stitcher and many podcast channels. .  I am taking a group on a 2 week spiritual course to India in June, 2017.  My online webinars, courses, and coaching programs are on my SpiritMattersCoaching.com. Sign up to receive my free gift Taking the Next Step: Courage to Change, or a complimentary half hour Jumpstart session to see if working with me is a fit for your life right now

On my last trip to India, June 2016
Oneness University in So. India

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rev. Dr. Patricia Keel has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Matthew Fox’s University of Creation Spirituality, now known as Wisdom University. Her doctoral project was based on bringing the Art as Meditation focus of Creation Spirituality into Unity churches with a dynamic 7-week program series called Living The Creative Life, based on Eric Butterworth’s book. Patricia has been creating curriculum for churches since 1995 as Founder of SpiritMatters, a church growth program company.

Since retiring in January, 2011 from her role as minister at Unity of Berkeley Patricia has been traveling to India 14 times to participate in courses, trainings and deepening processes at Oneness University, a small spiritual school in southern India. She also traveled to Shantikunj, an ashram in northern India operated by All World Gaitri Pariwar. Learn more about Rev. Dr. Keel

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“Oh, Crap, Now What?”: How to Avoid Overwhelm, Exhaustion and Feeling like a Fraud When Your Business Takes off Without You and the You-Know- What Hits the Fan!

by: Melinda Cohan

“She said, ‘yes!”

Kate Steinbacher, Co-founder of The Coaches Console, had just landed her first coaching client.

She was excited … and shocked. She’d just started her coaching business, and thanks to being a natural-born networker and a charming extrovert, she already had people lined up, excited to work with her.

Only, she didn’t have any systems in place for supporting her new client … or the clients she hoped would follow.

So Kate did what any typical coach would do. After she got her first, “yes”, she picked up the phone, called her mentor coach and said …

“Oh, crap! Now what?”

Like many coaches, Kate operates primarily from her right brain, creativity taking the lead.

Operating a business is more of a left-brain activity, requiring logic and organization.

(Ah yes … I’m betting you know where this is going!)

For the first year of her business, Kate let her creativity and her passion for coaching run her business. She loved coaching! She felt lucky she was getting paid to do it. In that way, she operated from the mindset of a Hobbyist. But she had the goals of a Business Owner – to make a big impact and great money.

Rather than putting systems in place (like a Business Owner would), her “official plan” was to call her mentor coach every time she ran into another part of her business with which she needed help and say, “Oh, crap! Now what?” (Sounds like a Hobbyist, right?)

From all outward appearances, this plan was working well for Kate. She was getting and supporting more clients, and she was having fun. She was professional, credible, and thriving.

But from Kate’s perspective, things looked quite different.

Her approach was costing her time and money. She was so disorganized (her own words!) that it took 3 months for her to receive money from her clients. In one situation, she was so embarrassed about her lack of organization that she waived her client’s invoice all together! (If Kate were here, she’d tell you the same story, herself.)

She struggled to manage her time, and soon became very overwhelmed and stressed trying to juggle everything herself.

This is typical for most coaches and “start-up, service-based entrepreneurs” (those who have a set of skills and/or services they offer to a group of clients).

They discover they have a passion that is really a calling. They bravely venture into entrepreneurship. They work with mentors and teachers who begin to educate them on everything, the hundreds of necessary tasks they need to start and run a business.

Then, overwhelm sets in.

There is so much to do and so much to learn, and without a system, running a business can feel incredibly stressful.

(One of our Coaches Console members described her start-up experience before she began using TCC as “holding everything together with spitballs and duct tape”!)

Seriously – combine these things …

  • Learning the hundreds of details necessary for running a business
  • The desire to appear professional and organized
  • The urgent need to make money
  • The fear of failure and fear of success

… and you’ve got the recipe for overwhelm.

Everything feels urgent and important.

Fortunately, although we can’t decrease the number of details involved in running a business, or the desire to appear professional, the need to make money, or the fear of failure, we can offer you a solution to this overwhelm!

The cure to overwhelm is to prepare for clients before you get them.

Yes, you read that right: before you have any clients, you should set up effective systems for attracting, converting, and supporting them.

Your fear-based ego may be jumping in right now, exclaiming,”But wait! What if you never get any clients? Why would you waste time and resources creating these systems if you fail?!” Or, “You need money – just go out and get clients!” Or, “You’re smart. You’ll figure this out later.”

Let that go.

Take a bit of time up front, as the CEO of your business, to learn and understand the best practices necessary for laying that foundation. Be proactive, rather than reactive.

And find a mentor who can show you the way.

Kate had a great mentor, but she was in reactionary mode. She did not take the time to become proactive, and therefore she spent her first 3 years of business stressed, overwhelmed, and feeling scattered.

We would LOVE to help you avoid those “Oh crap!” moments!

To help you become more proactive, we want to share the 5 Critical Keys to Your Thriving Coaching Business. Later, we’ll go into more depth, but for now, you can begin thinking about whether you have these keys in place.

Critical Key #1: Attract. The first step is to attract your ideal clients, so they know who you are and what you have to offer.

Critical Key #2: Engage. Once you’ve found those leads, it’s time to engage them and give them a taste of the transformation they can experience by working with you.

Critical Key #3: Convert. When you’re looking for leads, you plan to turn them into clients, right? This is where you do just that, so you can make your impact and grow your business.

Critical Key #4: Support. Once the ink is dry, it’s time to ensure your clients enjoy working with you and feel supported.

Critical Key #5: Refer. You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again: word of mouth is, hands down, the fastest way to grow your business. Make it easy for your clients to refer their friends to you.

Consider this your homework! Take a few moments now to jot down some notes about these 5 Keys as they relate to your business.

Finally, be on the lookout later this month for additional resources to help you flush out these 5 Keys, identify the best practices for each, and discover how to organize and implement them in your business.

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