Inspired Ideas Blog

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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What is a Wiki and What Could You Use One For?

Last week, I introduced you to a resource called the CommonCraft Show that explains hard-to-understand concepts in “plain English.”  One of the first CommonCraft video explanations that I viewed was about wikis.  After learning about wikis, I was inspired to create my very own! Wikis are gaining in popularity and have many uses in the […]
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Making Wikis, Widgets, Twitter (and other things) Understandable

Our team recently developed a session entitled “Embracing Social Networking in Your Firm.”  As we conducted our research, we came across some terms with which we were not entirely familiar. We started reading about things like Wikis, Widgets, Twitter, Social Bookmarking, RSS, and many others. While I was familiar with some of them, I wanted […]
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How Positive Are You?

Several of my top questions for my maker, when I meet Him, are these:  “Why did you make the little voice in our heads so un-empowering?  Was it a design flaw?  Or was it intentional to make us muster faith and strength to generate power and positivity in our lives?”  That little voice in our […]
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Is Busy A Good Thing?

Busy as a bee.  Busy is as busy does.  Busy season.  Busy, busy, busy.  Let’s get busy! Busy sounds like a good thing – or does it?  Dictionary.com defines the word busy as “not at leisure; otherwise engaged” or “actively and attentively engaged in work…”  As a leadership and marketing coach and consultant, I hear […]
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Believe!

Believing is the first step in achieving what you want in life. As Norman Vincent Peale taught, “If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it you can become it.” At ConvergenceCoaching, we actively use visualization because it is one of the most powerful ways to fulfill on your dreams […]
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Produce the Unimaginable – Give By-When’s!

Do you resist getting or giving by-when dates when assignments are being made? We study human nature and know that by-when dates can be the hardest thing to commit to. We understand that some of this resistance stems from wanting to “stay loose” and not have to risk a real deadline or being afraid to […]
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Are You Generationally Resentful?

We do a lot of consulting with leadership teams, partner groups and business owners. We regularly encounter tension between the young, up-and-comers and the “more mature,” still-working-but-leaving-in-a-few-years team members. Unfortunately, it seems that these generational groups form alliances and, as they become more entrenched in their “mini groups,” they stop listening to each other from […]
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Social (On-line) Networking – It’s For Real!

A valued client of ours, Kathy Beck of Beck & Co., CPAs (http://www.linkedin.com/in/kathybeckcpa) was lamenting whether she should build a LinkedIn profile and start developing virtual networking connections.  I suggested that I’d do it when she did it – never expecting her to submit to this silly notion. Not less than 3 days later and […]
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