Goals Insight - Insights E-zine

July 2010

Volume ViII, Number 7

In this E-Zine:
  A Few Notes From Cheryl
  Feature Article
  Upcoming Workshops and Teleclasses
  About Cheryl and Goals InSight

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A Few Notes From Cheryl

New Team Tool Coming Next Week: Watch your “in box” next week for an announcement from us about a new audio workshop series to help you and your team become even more productive! Stay tuned…

July 28 Teleclass:  Join us for “Work-Life Balance and Successful Leadership: Connect the Dots for Maximum Effectiveness!” Now that summer is here, have you realized that when you spend more time doing activities that you REALLY enjoy, you are more effective and have more fun at work?   Would it be helpful for you to learn how to say “no” to other peoples’ expectations so that you can start saying “yes” to your own well being and greater productivity?   If so, you are invited to join us for this month’s teleclass to learn how to have more balance in your life, so that you can be more effective at work and in your personal life.   See information below or on our Speaking page for details and to register for this f-r-e-e teleclass!

Warmest regards,


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Feature Article:  What’s Your Wake-up Call to Greater Productivity and Fulfillment?

Did you know that:

  • Americans spend an average of nearly 4.5 hours each week doing additional work from home on top of a 9.5 hour average workday

  • Longer workdays and more access to colleagues and the workplace through the Internet and other technology appear to be causing Americans to get less sleep

  • Two out of every 10 Americans sleep less than six hours a night

  • The effects of sleep loss on work performance are costing U.S. employers tens of billions of dollars a year in lost productivity

Do you see yourself or your team members in any of these examples? These statistics from the National Sleep Foundation (Sleep, Performance and the Workplace most recent press release March 3, 2008) are staggering. They are a big wake-up call (pun intended!) and reminder: it’s time to wake up to what we all need to be more productive and to lead a most fulfilling life!

True story of a serious wake-up call

Someone I know recently fell asleep at the wheel of their car while driving home from work. The car crashed on a busy road, and the car was totaled. Thankfully and amazingly, this person walked away without injury.

When I asked what changes were going to be made to prevent this from happening again, they acknowledged the need to start getting more sleep, and also that this would require working fewer hours, in order to bring more balance into their life. I asked when those changes would begin, and the response was “right away.” Now, a few months later, the late nights and the projects still continue, and I’m wondering what the next wake-up call will need to be, because it seems that the previous wake-up call of a potentially life-threatening situation didn’t have a lasting impact.

Interestingly, several people that this person talked with said that they, too, have also fallen asleep at the wheel recently. I had to wonder - is it really that common? If so, that’s a huge concern – and one that we all need to pay attention to.

I do know people who are frequently tired and not as productive at work as they could be because they don’t get enough sleep, as well as many who feel they’ve lost the balance in their lives. In fact, one of the most common reasons people call me to start individual coaching is because they don’t have the work-life balance they want, and want to get back in touch with how they can become more happy and effective again, both at home and at work.

So, what will it take?

Just how much of a wake-up call do we need in order to make changes to lead more fulfilling and productive lives, at home and at work? How many of those wake-up calls or signs along the way do we need? Now that we’ve seen those sleep statistics, what kind of wake-up call do we need in order to get more sleep, so that we can become more fulfilled and effective?

Here are some questions for us all to consider:

  1. How many more times will we say:
    • “I’ll get more sleep tomorrow” (but tomorrow comes, and we don’t do anything different)
    • “I’ll start taking care of myself next week, when this project is over” (but next week, a new project starts so we continue doing the same detrimental things we were doing)
    • “This is just a temporary situation” (but in our hearts, we KNOW that it’s going to continue)
    • “I know I’m pushing my team really hard right now, but things will ease up soon” (but we know deep down inside that there are 3 more projects waiting for the team)
  1. What will it take for us to take better care of ourselves (adequate sleep, good nutrition, exercise and fun) so that we can be the most effective team members, leaders and human beings?

  2. What will it take for us to wake up to what we need, to be the person we want to be in our personal as well as our professional lives?

More related experiences

Just last week, I experienced two related events that were additional wake-up calls:

  • Last Wednesday, I met with my wonderful group of collaborative business partners that meets monthly, and the topic that spontaneously arose was about how easy it is to fill our calendars with tasks, projects and meetings, sometimes forgetting that we are here to LIVE LIFE and experience as much joy and fulfillment as possible. I even commented that we don’t know how long we are going to be here in this lifetime – so why do we sometimes choose to spend so much time doing things that don’t include more meaningful activities? We each came away with a reminder of the activities that nourish our spirits, and vowed to schedule more of those activities in our calendar, to balance out all of the other tasks and projects
  • On Friday, I attended the memorial service of a friend’s husband who passed away suddenly at the young age of 41. Yet again, I was reminded of how important that we live life to the fullest in every moment possible (as he did), because we just don’t know how long we’ll be here.

So, REALLY, what will it take – what will be YOUR wake-up call?

I am so grateful for all of these recent reminders and lessons that have appeared in such a short time, to help me remember to make the choices that will help me be as joyful as well as productive as possible in this lifetime.

I hope that you, too, will consider these stories and reminders as YOUR wake-up call, and DO something different so that you, too, can BE the person you want to be at work and at home.

If you are currently leading a team, be mindful of the impact of long work hours on your team’s well being, and start a conversation with them about creating more balance in their lives. Please don’t wait for a more serious wake-up call….use this article as your wake-up call and do something today!

So, what WILL you do? I’d love to hear – drop me a note at cheryl@goalsinsight.com or give me a call at (510) 482-8987. I always welcome hearing your commitments to greater fulfillment and productivity!

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Upcoming Workshops

"Work-Life Balance and Successful Leadership: Connect the Dots for Maximum Effectiveness"

2010 Teleclass Series

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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

During this teleclass, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the obstacles keeping you in that high stress, “stuck on a work treadmill” place

  • Develop strategies to overcome the obstacles preventing you from being more balanced

  • Learn to say “no” more often and with confidence so that you can say “yes” to YOU

  • Create a personalized strategic plan to help you achieve greater work-life balance in order to become a more effective leader

For more details and to register click HERE


"Reduce Project Stress and Complications:
Critical Communication Factors Beyond the Project Plan"

Project Management Institute – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

5:30 to 9:00 pm

Sir Francis Drake Hotel – 450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA

In order to successfully execute on project deliverables, project management professionals must rely on their teams to function at full capacity to achieve needed results - high-performing teams which have achieved highly-effective modes of communicating are critical! Special tools such as team agreements, understanding how to avoid non-toxic behaviors and many other communication tools for success create these effective communication dynamics.

For more details and to register click HERE


"Maximizing Health-System Pharmacy Efficiency: Leveraging Team Dynamics in the New Leadership Paradigm"

California Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Seminar 2010 - Annual Conference
Saturday, October 23, 2010

2:00 pm

Hilton Union Square - San Francisco, CA

During this session designed for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, you will learn how to:

  1. Investigate and identify the real underlying reasons why your pharmacy team may not be performing at optimal capacity
  2. Formulate a step-by-step plan to lead your pharmacy team to maximum performance by enhancing subtle relationship and communication dynamics
  3. Identify gaps in your leadership as well as team effectiveness abilities in order to more effectively lead your pharmacy team

For more details 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 Team Building, 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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About Goals InSight

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