Recent Articles from The Federal Circle

 

  • Knowing What Matters - Dr. Earl R. Smith II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It was during one of the first mentoring sessions with a new client that the following exchange occurred: Me: Life is much like that path of a bird through the sky. It leaves no trace. There is only the bird and flight. Client: So you are saying that your [...]
  • How Long? - Dr Earl R. Smith II Mentor and Adviser DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com www.Dr-Smith.com How often has that question occurred to you? And what did it mean when it did? Occasionally perhaps it appeared as “how long is this going to go on?” A variation could have been “how long do I have to endure this?” Although there are [...]
  • Don’t waste your life being envious of other people - Dr Earl R. Smith II Mentor and Adviser DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com www.Dr-Smith.com If you’ve been following me so far, it will not surprise you that I see the title of this chapter as something much more complex than it appears on the surface. The core question is, of course, who’s doing what to whom. The simple formulation [...]
  • How Many? - Dr Earl R. Smith II Mentor and Adviser DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com www.Dr-Smith.com As we begin, let me set the stage. It’s our first session. We’ve dispensed with the preliminaries and I’ve decided to take you on as a mentoring client. You’ve thought through things on your end and decided that working with me is a good way [...]
  • Don’t waste your life living out other people’s visions of you - Dr Earl R. Smith II Mentor and Adviser DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com www.Dr-Smith.com Like most such observations, the title of this chapter is subject to misunderstanding. I suppose it is inevitable that some readers might take the easy way out and prefer the simpler interpretation. But I’m not writing for those people. The idea in this chapter is [...]
  • Don’t spend your life trying to live up to your performance expectations - Dr Earl R. Smith II Mentor and Adviser DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com www.Dr-Smith.com In the early stages of mentoring – during those first crucial sessions – there are a number of ideas that I introduce. One of the most difficult to comprehend is a suggestion that a person should not spend their life trying to live up to [...]
  • THE CONUNDRUM OF THE WORKSHOPS - Rudyard Kipling When the flush of a new-born sun fell first on Eden’s green and gold, Our father Adam sat under the Tree and scratched with a stick in the mould; And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, Till the Devil whispered behind the leaves, “It’s [...]
  • Don’t waste your life trying to be someone else. - Dr. Earl R Smith II, Mentor & Adviser DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Much of my mentoring work begins with a fairly standard initial session. Perhaps someone who has talked to a friend of mine and or past client (for the most part, they tend to be the same) has expressed dissatisfaction with the way their life is turning [...]
  • Mentoring - Zen Sense -Transformational Journeys.Challenging – Overcoming – Empowering – Life Saving http://www.dr-smith.info/ Mentoring for Those With the Courage to Make the Journey Based on my years of coaching hundreds of people – helping them overcome some of life’s most daunting challenges, I have developed an approach that is truly life-changing. I have found that questions [...]
  • Sea Change Brings Change - Dr. Earl R. Smith II Managing Partner, Growthers DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Change is one of those altars that is well worshiped at – not one of those forgotten gods whose supplicants infrequently visit their shrine. But wanting is not the same as having – it is sometimes not logical – but I have found it [...]
  • The Other Side of the Coin - Dr. Earl R. Smith II Managing Partner, Growthers DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Self-knowledge is the crucial component of self-improvement. How can you improve what you don’t understand? Of course, the other side of that coin is ‘what you don’t understand can cause you great harm. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Perfectionist: During a recent coaching engagement, I came to [...]
  • Moving the Ball - Dr. Earl R. Smith II Managing Partner, Growthers Dr-Smith.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sometimes management teams lose focus on the fact that the principal goal of business involves producing increasing revenues. Sometimes they get caught in the trap of incessantly talking about increasing revenue. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I recently facilitated an all-hands session for a company. We were focusing on [...]
  • Just Couldn’t Bring Himself … - Dr. Earl R. Smith II Managing Partner, Growthers DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The deer in the headlights – we all know the story – the car rounds the bend on a dark night – the deer stands frozen in the glare and cannot move even as its death approaches. Humans sometimes act this way – and [...]
  • Making the Possible Probable - Dr. Earl R. Smith II Managing Partner, Growthers DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you awake each morning, the day presents you with literally thousands of possibilities. Human existence is chocked full of possibilities. But the important questions is, what is probable? And the more important question is, how can you make the right possible things probable [...]
  • Getting the Right Personal Vision - Dr. Earl R. Smith II Managing Partner, Growthers DrSmith@Growthers.com Growthers.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lots of advice is available. The common mantra is ‘get a personal vision’. But the truth is that you already have one. Sure, it may be out of focus and counterproductive. But you do have one. Many would call it your ‘self image’. It [...]
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