Remaining imaginative focused and motivated is the key to top performance within the corporate world. The continuing leadership development of any executive’s potential is critical to a successful business. Most businesses today realize that nothing is more critical to success than cultivating those attributes in their team members. I have worked with a wide range of companies that have instituted executive and leadership coaching programs for precisely that reason.
My executive coaching engagements generally focus on improving performance and extending capabilities. Whether the client is the individual or an organization, the metrics tend to be the same – challenges that appear daunting need to be overcome, capabilities that are lacking need to be gained, abilities in short supply need to be abundant. The issue is results – important, valuable and persistent results.
In this series I have been writing about some of the major breakthroughs that my coaching clients have managed. While it is true that most of my coaching work involves slow and steady efforts towards major successes, it’s those successes that make the efforts truly worthwhile. The truth is that you cannot have one without the other. No matter what somebody tries to tell you, there are no shortcuts to epiphanies – no magic bullet that will solve all your problems. There is no such thing as a panacea. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you can start on a meaningful journey that will substantially change your life.
One of the most difficult challenges in any coaching engagement is helping a client come to terms with the implications of behaviors that are blindly habitual or unconsidered. It doesn’t have to be a big issue. Sometimes it is a small thing that is done without thinking. At other times there is an anger or resentment driving the behavior. But the net effect is the same. Self-sabotaging of possibilities.
You think you see. But do you really? Look again.
That was how one of my early mentors once challenged me. I was dealing with what I thought was the problem before me. It was frustrating because I couldn’t seem to make any progress. So I wandered into his backyard and plopped down on one of his beach chairs. One look at me and he headed inside to return with a couple of cold beers. “What’s biting your insteps, grasshopper,” he asked.
Sometimes breakthroughs come in pairs. By that I mean that two of my clients seem to reach similar realizations at almost the same time. I always wonder when this happens. Specially when the coaching engagements are ostensibly focused in significantly different areas. This happened recently.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2011
The Federal Circle announces An Advisory Engagement with
The Federal Circle has been engaged by WeStream Technologies to do Situational Assessment as a precursor to a Facilitated Strategic Planning process. Dr. Smith, TFC’s Managing Partner said of the engagement, “WeStream Technologies has developed an innovative and cost effective core technology that is sure to find a market both wide and deep. They have assembled a strong management team. We are proud to be engaged with a company doing such important work.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2011
THE FEDERAL CIRCLE ANNOUNCES AN ADVISORY ENGAGEMENT WITH WORKSITE LIGHTING
The Federal Circle has been engaged by Worksite Lighting and Power Solutions to assist it in four areas – pursuit of SBIR funding for product development, business development, team building and financing. Dr. Smith, TFC’s Managing Partner said of the engagement, “I was immediately impressed by the technology that Worksite offers to companies working in dangerous environments. They bring light into darkness with their explosion proof, zone lighting. The company provides cutting-edge solutions that save lives and reduce the chances of explosions.”
Bill Matthews, worksite’s CEO and Founder said “WorkSite Lighting is excited about working with Dr. Smith and his team at The Federal Circle to help bring visibility and sustain rapid growth with our increasingly needed, safety driven industrial products in the government and private sectors.”
ABOUT WORKSITE LIGHTING AND POWER SOLUTIONS
Industrial companies and government entities that are tasked by regulatory and socioeconomic pressures to increase operational safety while decreasing their energy consumption are turning to WorkSite Lighting, LLC for solutions. WorkSite’s latest developments in Explosion Proof LEDs’ provide a single solution for accomplishing both. Through proper design features that efficiently dissipate heat, Explosion Proof LEDs’ decrease the chance of ignition in confined spaces and industrial work areas where fumes, vapor or fine dust could ignite, resulting in loss of life and assets. Entities looking to reduce their liabilities by increasing the safety of assets and personnel immediately recognize the value of WorkSite’s safety driven products within their organization.
Additional improvements in developing safer light fixtures come from an expanded line of portable and versatile, hazardous area lighting. To ensure safety, workers must have an adequate amount of light to perform maintenance and inspection tasks that are located in shadows or away from permanently installed lighting. WorkSite Lighting’s innovative line of Portable, Explosion Proof LEDs allow the proper rated light to be installed easily and temporarily almost anywhere it is required to adequately light a worker’s maintenance area. Light fixtures can be provided with the proper mounting configuration necessary to securely and temporarily install on scaffold, ladders, railings, beams, or with the use of powerful magnetic bases, even on flat surfaces. A complete line of lighting from hand held lights to light towers sixty feet in height offer a diverse mixture for most needs, while custom designed solutions are available to meet any requirement or specification possible.
In addition to increased safety, Explosion Proof LEDs’ consume 60% less energy than traditional metal halide lights, providing a significant reduction in energy consumption in government, oil and gas and utility power plant facilities that are lighting intensive around the clock.
WorkSite Lighting is a manufacturer of portable lighting and temporary power and has provided lighting and power solutions for the Dept. of The Navy, N.A.S.A, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Fluor Corporation.
ABOUT THE FEDERAL CIRCLE
The Federal Circle is a DC-area senior advisory firm. Our team of highly experienced and well connected professionals is drawn from a wide range of disciplines. We bring substantial assets to the table and engage with companies that are well positioned for growth. It beings deep experience and a wide range of high-level contacts to every advisory engagement. We pull together custom designed teams which assist management, board members and shareholders to successfully meet the major challenges that dominate this highly dynamic and volatile economy. The Federal Circle provides Advisory in five major areas. Situational Assessment, Facilitated Strategic Planning, Coaching, Red-Teaming and Advisory Boards as Business Development Engines.
THE FEDERAL CIRCLE
Dr. Earl R. Smith II, Managing Partner
(202) 337-4473 DrSmith@TheFederalCircle.com
WORKSITE LIGHTING AND POWER SOLUTIONS
Bill Matthews, CEO
(713) 443-9989 email@example.com
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