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Hot to design your Ideal lifestyle?

Posted by Carl Gould on December 03, 2010
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Here is my interview on How to Use Your business to Design Your Ideal Lifestyle…Enjoy!

Owen: Are you an Entrepreneur who has had recent success designing your ideal lifestyle and
are now living the way you desire as a result of your business?

Carl: It’s important to define what ‘ideal’ is. For me, it is having more command of my time and
being able to use my business as a vehicle to support myself financially and have the time for
my personal and family desires. Over ten years ago, I was stuck in a business that gave me very
little time and very little satisfaction, frankly the business ran me. I always dreamed that my
work would allow me to “be paid to play all around the world”. I other words, I would have an
international clientele and I would visit them just enough (but not too much) to enjoy the travel
and see new parts of the world. That dream has played out well as I get to travel to Australia,
South Africa, Europe, UK and throughout North America on an annual basis.

I designed my business so that I could work with my clientele remotely (phone, video chat, etc).
This provides me tremendous flexibility while at home as well This way, I can be flexible with
my calendar and be in attendance for my children’s’ activities. I have always placed a high value
on family and am a regular fixture at family functions.

For me, this is ‘ideal’. Having command of my time is the ultimate for me!

Owen: What are 3 to 5 challenges that you have faced during the process of designing your ideal
lifestyle?

Carl:

1. Travel means being away from family. I had to (and still continue to) manage my
calendar very closely to make sure that my travel is productive AND I am not away for
long stretches of time. Even thought I think I may be doing well, anytime away from the
children seems like a long time to them.

2. Keeping regular routines: simple rituals like going to the gym, completing routine
household projects, attending classes, or scheduling a specific activity for the same day
of the week can be nearly impossible. I have to make sure that I begin each week with a
plan for how I am going to make both my personal and professional commitments.

3. Resistance from others: very few other people are interested in or want to hear about
me achieving balance in life. Ideal lifestyle is a moving target and a difficult balance
to strike. Since many people don’t have it, there reaction is, shall we say, ‘less than
positive’.

Owen: How you were able to change things around in your business to now be in control?

Carl: I realize that I was not as good as I could be in anything when I wasn’t happy in what I was
doing. I felt I HAD to make the change. Here is what I did…

1. I acquired the credentials necessary to pursue a career in coaching and consulting. This
meant taking classes and seminars in addition to my regular work schedule. Once I felt
I was ready, I began signing clients that I could manage while easing out of my other
business (construction).

2. I fired my old business. I was miserable doing construction full time so I slowly stopped

accepting construction projects so that I could devote more time to coaching and
consulting.
3. Did enough of both, consulting and construction, to pay the bills while in transition to full
time consulting.

4. I became a better planner and ‘prioritizer’ of my time. I employed strategic planning and
outcome-based time management strategies in order to make sure that I was being more
pro-active with my time as opposed to re-active.

5. I got much better at saying NO. There have been a number of projects that I could have
immersed myself in that I have turned down. In the past I would have taken them and
then regretted it later.

Owen: What steps would you advise our audience to take to follow your success?

Carl:

1. Commit some time to sit down and decide what you want the next 5 years of your life to
be about. Create a list of all the things you would like to do, be, have over this time.

2. Then, one at a time, schedule each one into your calendar (even if you are not sure how
you will accomplish it). For example, if you always wanted to go back to school but
weren’t sure how you would manage it, call the school, find the class and register for
it. Put the reoccurring appointment in your calendar and then use your considerable
creativity to figure out a way to follow through on that class.

3. Determine what you need to start saying ‘NO’ to. If you don’t respect your time, why
should anyone else?

4. Make a list that are MOST important to you and schedule them into your calendar first;
leaving the low priority items to last. This is not procrastination, this is prioritization.

5. Share your vision with other, especially those that will be affected the most. Telling
your family and friends of your plans will at least alert them to your pursuits and you can
collectively develop a plan to achieve them. While there will be some push back initially,
you will find that those around you will respect you for your pursuits.

Your ideal lifestyle is within your grasp and is closer than you think. It does take some initial
work in the beginning and it is all worth it. Go for it!

“Carl L Gould is the President and Chief DISCoverY Officer CMT International, LLC
(www.CarlGould.com), the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world.
Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training
helps his clients achieve results worldwide. His latest book, The 7 Stages of Small Business
Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and
business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level”

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How to Become a Good Mentor?

Posted by Carl Gould on November 18, 2010
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Here are my responses to an online interview that I gave regarding mentoring…how would you respond these questions?
What skills are needed to mentor another person?
Carl: To be a mentor, no skills are required. Your willingness to help another person is the number one ingredient in being an effective mentor. Your job as a mentor is to help somebody navigate a process or a part of their life/business that you have already successfully navigated. Experience sharing of how you are successful will be the most valuable to your mentee. You need to be willing transparent and share both your successes and failures with your mentee. A mentor is someone who sees the person inside the problem and helps them navigate through their maze successfully.
What challenges do you face as a mentor?
Carl: You will be judged based on the success (or not) of our mentee. You can guide them but you can’t do it for them. Don’t let the mentoring become about you and your skills. Share your experiences and our subject matter expertise, and then allow the mentee to discover the path and make the decisions for themselves.
What do you wish you knew when you first started serving as a mentor?
Carl: I never realized just how valuable the mentoring process was to the mentee when I first started. As I think back on my earliest mentoring assignments, I wish I knew that then.
What tips would you give someone starting out?
Carl:
• Be authentic and be yourself
• Share real and practical experience – no theory here.
• Ask probing questions – the quality of your questions will determine the quality of the mentoring experience for both.
• Get trained in effective communication and active listening skills.
“Carl L Gould is the President and Chief DISCoverY Officer CMT International, LLC (www.CarlGould.com), the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world. Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training helps his clients achieve results worldwide. His latest book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level”

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Finding Someone to do the S**t Jobs in Your Business

Posted by Carl Gould on November 12, 2010
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Are there tasks in your business that you hate to do? Is there work in your company that nobody seems to want to do? Of course there is! Just remember that there is always someone out there who calls play what you call work. There is always someone out there who not only do the s**t jobs, they look forward to it. How do you find them?
1. Benchmark their position. Build a prototype of the perfect person to do the s**t jobs in your business.
2. Give the job a significant title. Director of S**t, VP of S**t, Executive Associate of S**t
3. Use the words and descriptors from your benchmarking exercise in your classified ads and posts to attract this champion. Let them know that you not only need the best person for this s**t job, but you have a lot of s**t to be done.
a. Remember s**t people like to do s**t work, and a lot of it.
4. Interview your s**t candidates, letting them know that there is a lot of s**t to do around here. Do they get excited by the challenge? If so, you probably have your know director of S**t.
5. Thank them and acknowledge them as often as possible for their s**t work. Non-monetary incentives are the key to longevity in keeping them in the s**t as long as possible.
“Carl L Gould is the President and Chief DISCoverY Officer CMT International, LLC (www.CarlGould.com), the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world. Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training helps his clients achieve results worldwide. His latest book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level”

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How business owners should present new ideas to their employees

Posted by Carl Gould on September 23, 2010
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As a small business owner I frequently need to make presentations to my staff. We cultivate a family-type and collaborative environment.  My preferred technique is to set the meeting agenda in advance and hand out a meeting worksheet so everyone has a copy. We either meet in one of the offices or in the boardroom, seated in a circular fashion. The staff often likes to try to solve the entire implementation process of an idea before the idea is even completed. So, I have to remind them to, “Stay with me guys. Don’t get a head of me; don’t fall behind me; stay with me.” I present the concept first, the process second and its implementation last.  For illustration purposes, I will set up a flip chart or a whiteboard and manually draw out the idea so everyone can follow along step-by-step. This has proven to be an effective method of keeping everyone up to speed on any new developments.

Carl L Gould is the president and Chief DISCoverY Officer CMT International, LLC (www.CarlGould.com), the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world. Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training helps his clients achieve results worldwide.  His upcoming book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level.

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How to Manage a Manager

Posted by Carl Gould on September 13, 2010
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Instill a culture within your company whereby each department or division is treated as if it is its own company; and the manager is the owner of that department or division. Train the manager on WHAT needs to be accomplished and WHAT the targets of that department or division are. ASK them how they plan to achieve those objectives. Once you have agreement on objectives and approach give the manager the freedom to implement their tasks. Create a series of mini goals and objectives with deadlines so you have an excuse and an agenda to follow-up with your managers at regularly scheduled intervals. Make sure your expectations of them are clearly defined as well as how you know they are being successful. 

Carl L Gould is the president and Chief DISCoverY Officer CMT International, LLC (www.CarlGould.com), the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world. Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training helps his clients achieve results worldwide.  His upcoming book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level.

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Steven Slater – The Next Reality TV Star?

Posted by Carl Gould on August 16, 2010
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Here are my answers to an on-line interview I gave regarding Steven Slater and his ‘leap’ from Jet blue Airways. Enjoy.

*What is it about Steven Slater’s actions that cause the public to rally and support him?

Most people can relate to being in a situation in life where they felt overwhelmed or stressed or just tired of doing something they just don’t feel like doing. Steven did what a number of people have thought of doing but just never took action on.

*How might current economic conditions have impacted/compounded Slater’s situation? *

It may be that there have be finical pressures that have been building up on Steven; or there may have been some word’ through the grapevine’ that there may have been jobs like his that would be cut. So he felt the need to go out on ‘his own terms’.

What does the strong public response to Slater’s actions possibly suggest? *

            Discontent with the slow recovery to the current economic conditions. Lack of certainty with regards to job future.

What are early warning signs of job dis-satisfaction, frustration, contempt for the public/clients, occupational stress, etc.*

            As early as the time when Steven was hired, a personality profile assessment could have been done to ensure that he was a good match for the position. An incident like this typically does not happen overnight…is there a mentoring, coaching or counseling program in place that would allow for employees to anonymously to seek help without fear of retribution by the employer? Was he tired,? Was he losing weight?  Did his eating or drinking patterns change? Were his moods different? Did he withdrawal from socializing with his co-workers? While this is just a partial list, these are some possible early warning signals.

What steps should frustrated employees take? *

            They could…contact a superior, write a memo, make sure they are fully utilizing their personal/vacation/sick days. On a personal side, making sure that they engage in activities that allow for stress relief i.e. physical exercise, socializing with family and friends, down time or any other activity that allows them to clear their head and recharge their batteries.

At what point should an employee throw in the towel? *

            Once an employee feels that they have taken every measure within their power to correct their situation and they feel their measures have been unsuccessful, they should plan heir exit strategically. Meaning they should secure new employment while maintaining a positive relationship with their current employer as not to burn any professional bridges.

What are possible consequences of going out with a bang a la Slater?

            On the positive side, there is a reality show waiting out there for him; he will get his 15 minutes of fame. On the negative side, he may find it very hard to find a job in the industry. He may find it very hard to find a job period.  On the other hand, if he was ever thinking of starting a business, now is the time. If he is unable to monetize on this incident rather quickly the expenses and overheads of managing his celebrity will catch up to him rather quickly.

Carl L Gould is the president and Chief DISCoverY Officer CMT international, LLC (www.CMTmentors.com), the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world. Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training helps his clients achieve results worldwide.  His upcoming book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level.

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