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“My board named me CEO”
— Claudia Freed, President & CEO Educational Assistance Ltd.
Are you an established executive who is an agent for change?
Be a Change Agent
“I am now finding executive roles”
-Chris Gyori, MBA, Marketing Executive and Sustainability Consultant in the UK
Are you ready to express your own authentic leadership style?
“I had my first month where I earned over $11,000 in my own business.”
-Flame Schoeder, Professionally Certified Coach
Are you ready to earn more money in your business?Be Transformed
“I am now a more caring and a more strategic decision maker”
—John Mulrow, Emerging Non-Profit Leader
Are you a rising star?Rise Up
YOU + ME = A POWERFUL TEAM
Together, let’s design a program that will be the foundation of your success for years to come.
How do we work toward your own soul-satisfying results?
One conversation at a time.
By your Side,
Flame Schoeder Professionally Certified Coach http://CoachFlame.com
A year with Patrick is a big deal. He has mentored me for several years and my practice is more fun, more profitable, and a bigger contribution that ever before. I’m happy to report I had my first month where I earned $11,000.
Claudia Freed President & CEO of Educational Assistance Limited http://InventoryDonations.org
Patrick’s style and experience in taking rising stars go from leader to LEADER was immediately apparent to me. My life is living proof of the positive impact Patrick has. I want to share his gift with others.
Anne Hindery Chief Executive Officer, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands http://nonprofitam.org
Through various positions in the non-profit world Patrick has provided a safe space for me to polish both my personal and professional goals.
John Mulrow Consultant and interim executive director http://plantchicago.org
As a first-time executive director, Patrick helped me face a challenging interview process and the daily trials of leading a small but complex organization.
I inherited dad’s work gloves when they were lying in his workshop after he died. Feeling nostalgic, I wanted their gritty smell of sawdust and grease close by. His gloves reminded me of his presence and of his “get it done” attitude.
Recently, the gloves shifted from being sentimental adornments on a shelf of a downtown apartment into essential tools for tackling the overgrown yard of our new home. I began wearing these “get it done gloves” each morning to pull out the brush and poison ivy that had taken over the beautiful gardens when the previous owner had a sudden health-altering event that placed her in a nursing home. The woman who occupied this place loved these grounds and they are ready to be loved again.
This June has been filled with the activity of beginning to care for a yard and home that are hugged by a wooded community called Forest Heights in Knoxville, Tennessee. We are now the stewards of a home built in the 1940’s that stands on a corner lot filled with trees and all sorts of plants with names I’m learning to pronounce.
It’s strange how falling in love with a new place has a way of choosing your hobbies and your work for you. By the time dad was my age, he had also fallen in love with a place that created for him a full-time hobby when our family moved from the suburbs to a forty-acre hobby farm outside Grand Rapids, Michigan in the township of Wayland. I now realize that the term “hobby farm” is a polite way to say, “this place needs a lot of work.” While we are not taking care of forty acres, the same “get it done” principle of effort and determination applies.
Today, we are gardeners and find ourselves building on the legacy of our fathers by learning to become handy around the house. Since my husband is a social worker and I’m an educator and coach, we both have more practice working with the mind and emotions than with wires, pipes, chain saws and dirt.
Let the good times begin!
The aches and pains and itchy arms from poison ivy have changed something in our psyche that reflects both the challenges and joys that we face in this garden each day. Isn’t that the way it is with your life?
Applying your own sweat and effort to this project called life, you experience how gardens are weeded and made beautiful again–how work gets done in the world–only after you “put your work gloves on” and direct your “get it done” attitude toward the goals you love and the people you love.
Mindful conversations, whether with a therapist, coach or skilled friend, have a way of sending a message to the brain that is like “putting your work gloves on.” No matter what challenge you face—career change, depression, growing a business, anxiety, making a big decision, facing loss—there is a capacity within you to make this subtle shift. I promise. Even if it’s just pulling one weed, there is something that is yours to do each day.
By your side as you get it done,
Patrick Davis, MA, PCC, HB
“Work is love made visible”-Kahlil Gibran
You may also follow the links provided here to register directly with the progressive centers offering these programs this summer:
July 14th | Mindful Marketing | Kalamazoo, MI
The Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts
10:00 – 12:00 PM | $35 per person
July 15th | Creativity Retreat | Ludington, MI | Private Venue
Email for Details
July 16th | Jesuit Volunteer Corps Retreat | Traverse City , MI | Private Venue
Private Retreats also being offered via Skype and other Distance Learning Approaches. You may E-mail for more information.
Just like putting on 3D glasses changes your depth perception at a movie, there are Four Disciplines (4 D’s) that can radically change how you perceive the events of your life. Living your life in 4D is a playful reminder to find your own unique way to explore four ancient disciplines in a modern context.
As you practice each of the 4 D’s you will gradually see three things occur:
Living Your Life in 4D is a holistic framework that supports you in managing life’s ups and downs. Who doesn’t need that?
We all feel the tug between doing more and being more present in the life we already inhabit. Living Your Life in 4D offers ways to dance with this lifelong challenge:
Through the example set by these humble practitioners can you begin to see ways that you may gain access to an inner quietude while leading an active life?
The fruit born from these simple practices varies from person to person. Some report feeling more peaceful during stressful interactions or feeling more grounded during routine meetings and tasks. Others report being more flexible when called upon to solve a complex problem. The 4D’s are:
There is nothing radical or new about these habits. How you adapt them to life within the fast pace of the 21st century is the trick. Even though the benefits are self evident, carving out time for these valuable practices isn’t always easy.
Implementing these disciplines calls upon your capacity to be resourceful. The point of bringing quiet reflection into your daily life is not to practice all of these principles with saintly perfection. The point is to make small, incremental changes that demonstrate progress over time.
Why not start by leaning into just one of these disciplines? Building upon one approach that you have already practiced is a good place to start. If, for example, you enjoyed keeping a journal in high school, you may want to return to that approach again. Consider which centering activities open your heart and blow your mind. What approach makes you naturally curious? Is it music, dancing, nature or fellowship with others? It can be supportive to seek out and surround yourself with people on the same path.
Have fun! Experiment and commit to exploring the activity you’ve chosen for the next thirty days. See what happens. Think of it as though you are being asked out on a date – by your own heart. Your job is to simply say, “yes” to the invitation.
Are you curious to see what happens when you say “yes” to your heart’s invitation? Are you ready to spend just a little more time in quietude? If so, you may enjoy Living Your Life in 4D!
By Your Side as You Polish Your Heart,
Patrick Davis, MA, PCC, HB
5/14 | Mindful Marketing | Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center | Register Now
5/31 | Intuition and Business | Private Venue | E-mail for Details
6/1 | Grief Retreat | Knowles Mercy Center | Waterloo, NE | Register Now
6/1-2 | Speaker Caregivers Conference | Carol Joy Holling Center | Ashland, NE | Register Now
6/15 | Body-Mind-Spirit Stretch | Ludington, MI | Private Venue | Email for Details
7/16 | Jesuit Volunteer Corps | Traverse City, MI | Private Venue |
Interested in connecting with me personally or to schedule a workshop / retreat for your group? Email me and we’ll dive into what’s possible, together!
One of The Exceptional 10%
In this update we highlight Claudia as an extraordinary leader who creates results by hitting the mark in her conversations.
From Little Girl To Bold Leader
Claudia arrived in the United States as an immigrant from Argentina. She was eighteen, completely on her own, and determined to start a new life. She had almost no money and struggled with the English language before she received help from an organization that was beginning to empower low-income students with college scholarships. Thirty years later she is now the President/CEO of that same non-profit organization. In this role she faces challenging conversations with board members, donors and colleagues who turn to her for mentoring and guidance. Her own words best describe the results born from her mindful practice of being intentional in each conversation:
As I review what our business accomplished in 2015, I thought you’d get a kick out of the financial results from this former “little girl” who once had $36 dollars to her name and fewer than 100 words in her vocabulary. We had a record year. Our balance sheet stands at over $1 million, our expenses under budget, and our social impact stronger than ever. Our great team did it again! Thank you, for being by my side! ~ Claudia
Will your interactions be among the 10% of conversations that hit the mark in 2016?
By your side as you hit the mark more and more,
Patrick Davis, MA, PCC
(*The 9 out of 10 statistic is taken from the book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results, by Judith E. Glaser)
New Affordable Mentoring Track
World class coaching for only $50 a month
Reading Claudia’s e-mail got me thinking, “Wouldn’t it have been FUN to support Claudia before she earned a higher salary that afforded her access to executive coaching? How could coaching take a stand for the Claudia of thirty years ago and watch her grow into a bold and successful business leader?”
There are now six (6) spots available designed to serve the Claudia’s of the world before they hit the mark.
Whether you are like the Claudia of today earning a salary at the top of her career who needs highly customized Executive Coaching, or like the Claudia of thirty years ago who needs the Affordable Mentoring, this practice offers solutions for anyone with targets too important to miss. Are you ready for a free and confidential strategy session where this coach will listen to your needs?
Are You Right for This Program?
Four independent business women are already finding success in a mentoring program that offers many of the same benefits of executive coaching. We’re expanding in 2016 by offering room for six more individuals who are:
(1) Up to the challenge of growing their business
(2) Earning less than $75,000 a year
In this model, members meet monthly with me, one-on-one and are invited to join group sessions for support, encouragement and accountability. There is also a social media space where members share resources and connect between formal sessions. One member calls it “Weight Watchers for the Soul.” Yes! We are having FUN and delivering results!
If you are interested in this option for you or someone you love, reach out today for details.