Inspired Ideas Blog

Develop A Team Of Client Owners

Have you ever been disappointed in how a client project was handled or found out that something was incomplete or missing on a client project?  I am certain that most of us have encountered this, and I hear from our clients that it happens more than they would like.  When I find myself in this […]
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I’m Too Busy to Help

I find myself repeating that simple phrase all too often.  To my kids.  My husband. My friends.  It’s a fact of life for all of us.  We multi-task, do our jobs, run the errands, and generally over-schedule every waking minute of every day.  As a result, we’re all “busy,” and I’m no exception.  My colleague, Jennifer Wilson, asked whether […]
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Manage Stress, Don’t Let It Manage You!

Packed schedules.  A down economy.  World (and office) politics.  Life’s disappointments.  As M. Scott Peck said in The Road Less Traveled, life is hard.  And, yes, it’s also full of joy!  But when the hard stuff is upon us, most of us aren’t proactively using techniques to manage stress.  Instead, stress manages us and takes […]
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Get More Done: Top 5 Time Management Strategies

With overflowing to-do lists, competing priorities and life’s distractions, many of us are struggling to manage our time effectively. At ConvergenceCoaching, we struggle, too, and have discovered that the key to becoming more effective isn’t about managing time at all. Rather, it is about managing ourselves and the way we spend our time. When you […]
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What’s Your Personal Stimulus Plan?

As we watch the day-to-day activities in Washington, we constantly hear about various ways to "jump-start" the banking system, "stimulate" the housing market, or "streamline" the healthcare system. With all the worry in our country about our economy, many people are cynical and angry, others are anxious and in a state of panic and some […]
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There Is No Try!

I wrote a blog last fall on the power of giving – and asking for – by-when dates (see “Produce the Unimaginable – Give By-When’s” – October 8, 2008). Since then, I’ve been hearing a little word get in the way of commitments — the word “try.”  I’m amazed how much the word “try” shows […]
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How IRS Section 7216 Affects Your Marketing Activities

IRS Section 7216 updates a 30-year old regulation intended to protect taxpayer information and to address the requirements tax preparers need to consider when using or disclosing tax payer information.  The updates are intended to consider practices in our electronic age.  Given all of the buzz about, and the urgency of the implications of the […]
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Worried About The Economy? Get Proactive!

I believe in the power of positivity. I want to believe that the worst of our nation’s economic times are behind us.  That said, I believe that all people in a position of firm leadership or ownership should be proactively assessing their firm’s economic growth and cash management strategies and exploring opportunities to improve both. […]
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This I Believe

Occasionally we will welcome guest authors who have relevant and inspiring ideas to share. This week we are proud to bring you a post written by Patrick Spear, husband of our Sales and Marketing coordinator Lisa Spear. Patrick is President and CEO of Identity Group, LLC. He has over two decades of sales and marketing […]
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Need Real Help? Hire a Mom!

Occasionally we will welcome guest authors who have relevant and inspiring ideas to share. This week we are proud to bring you a post written by Patrick Spear, husband of our Sales and Marketing coordinator Lisa Spear. Patrick is President and CEO of Identity Group, LLC. He has over two decades of sales and marketing […]
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Must Do Busy Season Marketing Activities

Given the economic uncertainty, many of our CPA and IT firm clients have made a renewed commitment to marketing and sales activities.  With busy season just around the corner, most of us are tempted to put marketing and sales on the back burner.  But with thinning pipelines, taking your foot off of the business development […]
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It’s All Coming Together

Convergence — the occurrence of two or more things coming together (source:  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/convergence). It’s all coming together for us, our nation and the world this week!   When we chose our firm name, ConvergenceCoaching (www.convergencecoaching.com), the word convergence had special meaning, and that meaning has continued to expand.  For us, convergence has applied to:   •        […]
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No Man Is An Island

Are you an island? John Donne said that none of us are, but sometimes we try to be – pretending we are more capable if we complete the project, engage a prospect, or accomplish a task ourselves.  We may also think that we are sparing others when we don’t ask for their help when, in fact, […]
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Resolving To Be Positive in 2009

As I move into the new year, I think of making resolutions to change as so many of us do.  In just noticing the word "resolve," the first syllable feels like a repeat or "do-over."  The second syllable feels like finding answers to a problem.  When I contemplate this word, I ask myself whether or […]
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Happy Holidays!

In our family, we celebrate the joy of Christmas at this time of the year.  I’ve been preparing for it this week by writing our annual Christmas letter, purchasing gifts for the kids and other family members, and creating the menu for our family meals.  While I’ve been engaged in this holiday preparation, I’ve been contemplating the spirit, […]
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You Are Who You Are. But Does That Let You Off The Hook On Job Performance?

We’ve been doing quite a bit of teaching about personality recently, using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and DISC profiles as the basis to lead self-discovery among individuals and teams.  This work is inspiring and insightful, and we see the difference it makes as people begin to understand facets of their personality and how it […]
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Give a Gift To Mother Earth and Future Generations, Too

As a 2006 graduate of Leadership Bellevue, a Chamber of Commerce community course, I was recently honored by the Class of 2008 and given the “Distinguished Alumni” award at their graduation.  This was the culmination of a productive year in my commitment to raise awareness about the importance of environmental stewardship in the form of […]
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Maintaining Your Mojo

At least that’s how Austin Powers referred to his “magic” in the movie trilogy, and it’s the term I use for my inspiration or motivation toward my work.  How do you maintain your mojo? Many of us find it difficult to maintain a high level of motivation on a consistent basis and, as the years progress, […]
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Gratefully Dedicated

That’s what my license plate covers say – almost.  They really say Gratefully Deadicated, paying tribute to my very favorite band, the Grateful Dead (www.dead.net).  I appreciated the double meaning when I purchased them nearly twenty years ago, and I still do today. As I’ve pondered this week’s blog, it was obvious that I’d continue […]
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A Thankful Heart

The entire ConvergenceCoaching team was just together for our annual planning meeting in Bellevue, NE this month, and we started our meeting by going around the room and sharing what we are each thankful for. As we did, I realized how much I take the many blessings in my life for granted. During this time […]
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