April 2008 Newsletter

How can I analyze where I am today?

This month’s tip takes a moment to slow down:

In order to see a clearer picture of where you want to go, it is a good idea to take the time to analyze what is going on today. You can identify what will help and what will hurt the process as you work your way toward your goals.

“Where are you today?”

This is the first big question that strategic planning answers. A strategic plan creates a vision of the future and works toward that goal. The plan works in concert under a mission, vision and value strategy. Remember, this process can help guide both businesses and individuals toward a more productive and profitable future. For more details on Strategic Plans, take a moment to review our February and March newsletters.

In your mission statement you are taking a look at where you or your organization is today, a SWOT analysis helps to define your current situation.

What is SWOT analysis? This tool allows businesses or individuals to assess their path toward an objective by examining:

Strengths: A business’s or individual’s attributes that are helpful to achieving the objective

Weaknesses: A business’s or individual’s attributes that are harmful to achieving the objective

Opportunities: External factors that help the objective

Threats: External factors that harm the objective

By putting pen to paper, you will really be able to see the next step to take. Now you can take the time to think about using your strengths, stopping your weaknesses, making the most of your opportunities and defending against identified threats.

Need help getting started? In real-time, we are ready to discuss your immediate concerns or issues to help you create a path of success for your personal and professional life. Contact Us today and schedule an “On Demand”

This month’s business tip was adapted from the textbook “Crafting and Executing a Strategy” by Thompson, Strickland III, and Gamble and Wikipedia.

Squash the Myth:

Myth: The easy route is the best path to success.

Some people were given a roadmap in life with only a few bumps and obstacles. They just seem to breeze along reaching their goals while facing few difficulties. An envious existence, perhaps, but let’s reflect on why confronting challenges is better in the long run.

Sure pleasant experiences make life delightful, but think about what times in your life you have learned the most. Taking on challenges and emerging as a stronger person on the other side spotlight why obstacles are critical to life’s successes.

The painful experiences lead to growth. These experiences and suffering through them point to areas where you need to transform, change and grow. And this will lead you down a richer path to success.

This month’s Squash the Myth was adapted from Fr. Anthony DeMello’s “Awareness.”

On April 29, we invite you to experience coaching with us and attend a group coaching workshop. You deserve a day-long retreat. Let us help you redirect your energies, personally and professionally,

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Do you spend more time at work than with your family and friends?

Let Success Trek help you gain perspective on the issue(s) that challenge you. Contact us today to schedule an On Demand” 


“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

– Warren Buffett


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August 2008 Newsletter

Who is the best candidate for the position?

 

This month’s tip keeps your interviews on track:

 

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With an abundance of talented candidates seeking jobs, the interview process plays an even more important role. Finding the right person to fill an open position is vital to the continued success of your organization. You want someone with the rightskills and someone who fits in with your team and believes in your mission.

Putting a hiring process into place before and during the interview will keep your organization on track to success.

 

Before the interview

What do you need? Tailor your questions to the position you are looking to fill. The right questions will help you determine if the candidate has the qualities you are looking for.

 

Advertise: Go beyond the basic newspaper ad for your search.

Culture clash? Consider what personality is a fit for your organization’s culture. Jot down questions to ask the candidate to see if he/she will fit in.

Time to talk: Talk to each candidate briefly via phone to narrow your list down. Also have your main managers or supervisors talk to the top candidates and use their feedback.

 

During the interview

Questions, questions: Stay focused during the interview with queries that matter. Uncover what a candidate’s skills are with the right questions.

Listen: As an interviewer you should take notes of what the candidate is saying and stay away from dominating the conversation.

Gut instinct: If you have pinpointed what you are looking for and asked the right questions, the decision should come naturally. If you aren’t sure if you should trust your intuition, ponder the decision a day or two.

 

A simple grid can also be a guide to help you gain a better perspective. With the candidates’ names on top and the job requirements on the side, rate each person on a scale of 1 to 5. The person with the highest rating is probably your best choice, but remember to factor in your team’s input and trust your overall judgment.  

This month’s tip was adapted from an article by Judith Lindenberger.

 

 

Are you in the middle of the hiring process? In real-time, we are ready to discuss your immediate concerns or issues to help you create a path of success for your personal and professional life.

 

January 2010 Newsletter Image 2Myth: All clients are created equal.

Being selective will help you optimize your business performance and steer you and your staff away from the energy-draining client.

Consider how the 80/20 rule applies. You earn 80% of your profits from the top 20% of your clients. On the other side, 80% of your headaches and problems can be traced back to the lower 20% of your client base. It is here that you need to focus your attention.

 

If prospects clearly don’t fit and will become the energy-draining client, learn to say no. And work on saying goodbye to unpleasant and unprofitable clients. If they are a real burden to your employees and organization, have the courage to “fire” them.

 

By freeing up your staff and resources, your business can focus on attracting the profitable client and providing more time, attention and value to existing clients.

This month’s Squash the Myth was adapted from a Growth Coach® franchise newsletter.

On August 27, we invite you to experience coaching with us and attend a group coaching workshop. You deserve a day-long retreat. Let us help you redirect your energies, personally and professionally. 

Question mark imageDo you feel bogged down by clutter?

Let the Success Trek team help you gain perspective on the issue(s) that challenge you. 

 

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

 

Abraham Lincoln

 

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December 2008 Newsletter

       
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Season’s greetings from Success Trek!

 

Happy Holidays!

There is no better time than the holiday season for us to reflect, rejoice and recharge.

Watching Success Trek grow over the past year has been a constant source of inspiration. Despite the challenges of being an entrepreneur, I continue to enjoy owning my own business. As the year wraps up, I can only celebrate the opportunities that the future holds.

In 2008, we added staff, welcomed new clients and friends and began the transition to our corporate name, Success Trek. I said goodbye to my partner, Curtis Asbell, and continued to build the business and offer new services.

In 2009, I look forward to launching a new logo and brand and continuing to help business professionals become even more successful.

I hope you take a moment to examine your accomplishments for the past year, no matter how small, and begin 2009 with a sense of achievement. Now is the time to slow down and remember where you have been, what you have accomplished and where you want to go next.

May your holiday season be filled with joy and delight!

Warm wishes,

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Theresa Valade, CEO

Success Trek 

 

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February 2008 Newsletter

How Do I Begin To Write A Strategic Plan?

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Are you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and juggling too much?

Let Success Trek help you gain perspective on the issue(s) that challenge you. Contact us today, to schedule an On Demand” 45-minute coaching session - ½ off the current rate.

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Squash the Myth 

Myth: Coaches are consultants

Unlike consultants who generally advise and provide solutions to their clients; coaches are skilled to “ask the right questions” to help the corporation or individual discover the core issue or problem that affects the organization. Through our coaching and series of questions, you will be able to untangle the issues and begin to prioritize your goals.

Coaching is widely accepted in the business circles to significantly increase the rate of return on investment. Individuals within an organization working with Success Trek have 'buy in' because they are in total control of all their decisions.  We walk our clients thru the implementation phase and see them through a project as long as necessary.  We respect the uniqueness or our clients and value the lifelong relationships with have with them. 

On February 27th, we invite you to experience coaching with us and attend a group coaching workshop. 

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Business Tip –

 

January’s business tip, addressed setting 3-5 “monster size” goals. 

What is a Strategic Plan? A Strategic plan creates a vision of the future and works toward that expectancy. The plan operates in concert under a mission, vision and value strategy that focuses on the organization's effort.  It’s a simple process that energizes your organization. Strategic planning answers three big questions:

  • Where are we today?
  • Where do we want to be in the future?
  • What should we be focused on today, in order to make it more likely we will be where we want to be in the future?

People we meet comment that they do not know how or where to begin to set SMART goals:

Specific

Measureable

Achievable

Realistic/really desired

Timed goals

Let’s take a look at how to break down your goals so that you can begin to write your Strategic Plan. Start by asking the question: “Where are we today?”

  1. a)Describe who you are, what you do, and for whom you do it. Picture your business or nonprofit and describe your purpose for which it exists today i.e. your mission statement. Does your mission statement define where the company or nonprofit is going now?  
  2. b)Picture your business or nonprofit 10 years from now and describe an optimistic view of its future. Does your vision statement reflect your road map, showing the route your company or nonprofit will follow to develop and strengthen its business? The vision statement paints a picture of a company’s destination and provides a rational for going there.

Success Trek will help you walk through the steps to revise and write your strategic plan. Plan to read our monthly business tips and make your strategic plan a reality.

Need help getting started? In real-time, we are ready to discuss your immediate concerns or issues to help you create a path of success for your personal and professional life.

This week’s business tips was adapted from the textbook “Crafting and Executing a Strategy” by Thompson, Strickland III, and Gamble.

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Quote of the Month… “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals” – Unknown

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January 2008 Newsletter

There are some definite planning steps that you can take now that will dramatically increase the likelihood that you’ll obtain results you desire that are tempered with the reality of your current situation.

Here at Success Trek, we encourage you to work in 90-day increments. The biggest reason for this is that, over 15 years or so, we have found out that this creates RESULTS.

So, what can you do over the next 90 days to increase your likelihood of success, whether you are currently updating your strategic plan or thinking about getting to those soccer and little league games that will be here before you know it?


1. Focus on the vital few, not the trivial many
2. Establish 3-5 “monster size” goals in each important area of your business:

  • Leadership
  • Management/Systems
  • Marketing
  • Selling
  • Operations/Customer Fulfillment
  • Customer Service
  • Back-office Support

3. For each goal, assign a champion, due date, resources and authority
4. Keep your goals SMART

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Really Desired
  • Timed

5. Be sure there is accountability – follow up, follow through, implement, generate
results


To your continued success,

            Success Trek

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