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A Few Notes From Cheryl

Teleclass Series Kickoff:  Back by popular demand, we are kicking off our 2009 teleclass series this month! Now, more than ever, teams are in need of support to weather these uncertain times. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 4th Wednesday (April – October) at 12:00 pacific / 3:00 eastern time.  I look forward to you joining us for our first teleclass on Wednesday, April 22 called “Turn it Up During a Downturn: How to increase productivity despite budget cuts.”   See details and registration below or click HERE.

Spring has sprung with new hobbies: I’m very excited about Spring this time around, as I’ve begun planting an organic garden – starting with lettuce seeds! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for over a year, and I am excited to finally be doing it. I didn’t know if I’d be able to do it as I had no idea what I was doing, so I just went with my intuition and said “I have dirt, seeds and water - what could possibly go wrong?” I may have accidentally overwatered the seeds in my initial enthusiasm, but so far, so good…it’s been two weeks and they’re actually growing into seedlings. :-)

In addition to my starting an edible garden, I recently became inspired to play the guitar again after not playing since I was a child. I wasn’t sure how it would go - would I remember how to do it? Would I be able to actually play a song? While in some ways it has been a humbling experience (see below), it is also very fun!

Feature Article: In honor of my trying new hobbies this past month, this month’s feature article is on a similar topic – trying new things with your team and letting go of old ways of doing things.  Let me know what you think!



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Feature Article:  What “Old Beliefs” is Your Team Willing to Let Go Of?

Lately, I’ve been inspired to add more fun to my life by trying some new hobbies. Starting an edible, organic garden is one, along with picking up the guitar again as an adult. I must say that the guitar playing is a very humbling experience – first of all, it’s going to take me a while to re-learn some of these chords and build up the needed calluses on my fingertips again before I’m going to be able to play anything beyond a John Denver song (don’t get me wrong – he was one of my favorites and I am grateful to him for creating songs that are easy to play on the guitar!). The most humbling aspect, though, is that I’ve learned that my singing can be very off key at times…which has the potential to take some of the fun out of playing the guitar again!

So, I’ve realized a few things lately – mostly that I have to let go of any old beliefs I’ve had about the “right” way to start and tend a garden and the “right” way to sing a song while I’m re-learning to play the guitar. The reality is that there is not just one way to do any of these things – there are MANY ways, and the more that I stop holding on to my old beliefs that I need to do all of them “right” and in a certain way, the easier it is and the more fun I have!

Team Beliefs:

As I was contemplating my attempts at new hobbies, I started thinking about the teams that we work with and how many times a team will hold a certain perspective that there is only one “right” way to do something, or that one opinion is the “right” one, or that something should be done the way it’s always been done in the past without being willing to try something new.

For example, a team I worked with recently had an opportunity to look at the silos they had built up within their team – each silo, or department, thought that when they owned a particular project, the project owner was the only one whose input was to be considered for the final decision. This team, like many others, had forgotten that when other departments were allowed to participate in the discussion and add their own expertise, the final outcomes usually were richer, more comprehensive solutions that had greater buy in because of the diverse perspectives that were incorporated.

Your team’s beliefs – questions to consider:

I invite you to discuss with your team the following questions, to see where there may be some learnings for your team about how to approach things differently moving forward that would yield more rich and perhaps new, “out of the box” results:

  1. What beliefs does your team hold that might actually be holding the team back from reaching its fullest potential?
    In other words, what thought forms and beliefs about what your team can / can’t do are actually limiting your team from trying new things? What beliefs or guiding principles are preventing your team from using their intuition?
  1. What new things might your team be willing to try if they had permission to take a “risk” and trusted that there could be more than one “right” way to do something?

If your team knew that they could take a risk in doing something new or different (something that would not have damaging consequences), what might they be willing to try? Where could they have more faith in their own abilities? Where can your team practice “singing off key” and “playing the wrong guitar chord” and learn something from that experience? What types of tasks or projects could your team practice with, in order to start getting more comfortable with thinking more out of the box and being more creative in their approaches?

  1. What is possible for your team if they were able to work together more creatively?
    In other words, what if your team members were willing to play the guitar while not knowing how to play half the chords in the song and they were also willing to sing off key – what might be possible? How often does your team typically even consider doing something like that?
  1. What limiting beliefs is your team willing to let go of, in order to replace those limiting beliefs with more openness to possibilities?
    It’s truly amazing how much we can learn and grow by throwing ourselves into situations where we can sing off key, with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure. Help YOUR team become more open to new possibilities, especially if they work cross functionally, by looking at the old beliefs your team could let go of in their thinking and/or their actions – help them bring in more creativity and openness for potentially very exciting results!

Through the simple experience of planting a few seeds in the ground, I have learned amazing lessons about the process of creating new things.   I invite you to plant seeds with your team, by talking about these concepts to see what your team can let go of, in order to make space for new possibilities – who knows what new growth might happen as a result!   Enjoy!

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Upcoming Workshops

"The New Leadership Paradigm: Using Team Dynamics to Maximize Productivity"
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) - Annual National Institute

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Seattle, WA

Health care financial management leaders are constantly challenged to achieve greater results with fewer resources. To achieve this, teams must function at full capacity! Leaders must strategically connect and align individual talent into a cohesive collective effort to tap the full potential of their teams. This workshop provides the insights needed to maximize your team’s dynamics and results -- and re-energize you to more effectively invigorate and lead your team!

During this interactive and experiential session, attendees will learn powerful new ways to enhance their leadership skills in order to more effectively lead their teams. They will also experience ways to help make their teams more cohesive in order to enable a more effective, productive, and harmonious work environment to achieve their team’s desired goals.


  • Uncover the real reasons why your team is not performing well.
  • Create a step-by-step plan to lead your team to maximum performance by enhancing relationship dynamics and productivity.
  • Design creative strategies to maintain momentum and maintain your fully-functioning team dynamics.

Complete details at  Speaking Schedule


"How To Take Back your Life and Become a More Effective Leader by Achieving Your Ultimate Work Life Balance"
California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) - Annual Conference
Friday, June 26, 2009
San Diego, CA

Many healthcare industry leaders are burned out from the industry pressures and the pressures of working for healthcare delivery organizations. Demanding health care delivery environments means keeping up with the daily challenges of keeping up with new IT systems, staying current on more stringent and specific payer requirements, remaining compliant with ever changing regulatory issues, nursing shortages and heavier patient loads. Staff are working longer hours to keep up after the close of the business day.

These long work long hours often don’t leave industry leaders or their staff with much energy for a personal life, which may include family, friends and having fun. Because most organizations don’t offer healthcare leaders the opportunity to look at this issue of work-life balance, this break-out session will be ideal for conference attendees - you will come   qaway from the conference with a new outlook on how to take ownership in creating more balance in your life and you will have created your own action plan and support structure to achieve greater balance, ultimately creating happier more energized state of mind when you return to your office.

Complete details at  Speaking Schedule


“Turn it Up During a Downturn: How to increase productivity despite budget cuts” - 2009 Teleclass Series

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern

During this teleclass, you will learn how to:

  1. Improve productivity by learning how to improve team relationships
  2. Use different techniques to help teach your team how to do more with less
  3. Use stress reduction techniques to reduce fear and feelings of pressure

For complete details with all dates in this series and to register click HERE


Team Building Events and Off-Site Meetings:

Could your team use some help to be more cohesive?
Is it time to enhance your team's relationships and productivity?

Some teams know that something isn't working, but they don't know exactly what that is or how to improve it. Some organizations hold team building seminars and employee retreats because they know it's time to enhance their teams' productivity and relationships. Do either of those statements describe you/your team? If so, and if you haven't already contacted us to discuss your needs, feel free to give us a call to see if we can help you.

We offer a variety of programs to enhance the performance of your teams as well as improve the ways in which your teams interact, so we invite you to visit our Training and Seminar page.   This is a great way to show appreciation for your team and enhance their productivity, thereby improving the bottom line for your organization!

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