Monday, May 26, 2014

Not Overwhelmed but Overwhelmingly ....

Stop Feeling Overwhelmed-1

It doesn't matter if you are a CEO of a large corporation or have just begun your new entrepreneurial endeavor, you know there's no such thing as coasting. There's always the next project, the next step, the next move to your success. The word "next" is the making of feeling "overwhelmed." But you are not the one who should be overwhelmed, your clients should be. They should be saying "that was an overwhelmingly exciting idea." "I am just absolutely overwhelmed with joy with this new product." 

How do you eat an elephant? 
One bite at a time. 

For this reason, I am excited to share The Easy Way to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed written by Robert D. Smith as a guest speaker of the Time Management Ninja website. The article and included tips remind us to live in the moment; in the present. Not in the future. The question to ask when you are paralyzed by being overwhelmed: "what can I do now"? And upon completion of that task, ask again "what can I do now"?  

Sometimes, right now is the perfect time to clear your desk creating a clean slate; sans clutter. That 5 minutes of un-cluttering will clear a space for you to be creative, and to stay in the "NOW". 

May you have an overwhelmingly successful day!

Kathleen Brandt

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Do you know the Power of ABC -A Battle Companion?

Simply In Season
When our life takes an unexpected turn, arm yourself with a weapon. Do you have an ABC -A Battle Companion - for overcoming challenges? To balance health, career and life challenges, I pause with a "carrot."

Last week, I was speaking to a small group about battling the plethora of physical and emotional issues that come with autoimmune diseases. Eric, who suffers from sickle cell anemia, wanted to know if I am a vegetarian? And, “if so for how long and why?”  I gave him my official answer:

The answer is 90 percent vegan. 10 percent animal protein. I feel better especially with the autoimmune disease.  Since 2005.

Harry Potter had his wand, his fighting stick and his companion in battle. We all need a battle wand!  I have a carrot. When I’m weak, sad, need a quiet moment, or feeling unloved, I reach for a carrot. And the "Carrot Principle, has given a great boost to my career. 

Harry Potter got a wand, and all he had was a scar!

One Carrot At A Time
1.  For Peace
Plant a carrot or two. Just the solitude and quiet of digging in the earth, planting your carrot seeds, watering and nurturing your plant, will give you time to think and time to sow thoughts. Be sure to pull the unwanted weeds (from your carrot crop and your thoughts). And, we all know you reap what you sow.
 2.  For Health
Eat carrots and other veggies, they are natural autoimmune disease fighters. Plus, it’s the one thing that you can do for your body. Feed it with all that is good.
 3.  For Strength
Have you tried juicing carrots? Rich in vitamins A, B, and C, calcium and potassium, you will feel rejuvenated. Check with your doctor though, carrots have a glycemic index.
 4.  For Emotional Therapy
Crunch, crunch, crunch. The rhythmic effort and sound of eating a carrot, is soothing. Just concentrate on the task at hand – eating the carrot. Yum!

And, the "Carrot Principle"
has given a great boost to my career.

 5.  For Career
Let’s see... “carrot and stick” and “carrot on a stick,” and “led by a carrot.” Whether you are leading a donkey or practicing the “Carrot Principle” the carrot plays a successful role in reaching your destination and dreams.  (Just sticking to the theme here)
 6.  For Love
The carat on my ring finger, reminds me I have a partner in this battle of fighting for good health. Wait…wrong carat carrot? But it works for those who get strength from family and friends and life partners. Pull together your support team.

To book Keynote Speaker Kathleen Brandt: call 816-729-5995.
For autoimmune journey visit: You Are A Superhero

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Are You A Trailblazer?

The Trailblazer
Everything I do is strategic. Although it might not work for a successful marriage, Personal Strategic Planning (PSP) is the key to success in business. For entrepreneurs, for the big corporate marketer, or for the mid-size sales person your PSP will get you to where you what to go with the financial stability you wish to have. And for those launching a new career, there's no such thing as "too early to have your PSP in place."

What is PSP?  Personal Strategic Planning is not unlike Organization Strategic Planning, but it's about you. True trailblazers know this. 
“PSP allows you to focus your energy toward your end goals by assessing and adjusting your path in response to challenging environments, forever changing technologies, and the clients’ needs.” KRB
 3 Needed Tools for PSP
  • Goals
  • An Action Plan
  • Discipline
This is an excerpt from The Trailblazer : Conquering the Road Full of Ruts. (You Are a Pioneer Series). To book Keynote Speaker Kathleen Brandt, call 816-729-5995.

Kathleen Brandt

Sunday, February 9, 2014

To Change Your Life, Change Your Mind

Are you a Visionary?
I had a wonderful cousin, the energetic keynote speaker, John Alston, who used to say "the problem is people confuse what is hard with what is impossible."  We laughed at the coincidence. I had just spent a week in the board room convincing the "New Business Development Team," that yes, it really is possible to change our business from "routine as usual" to NEW.

What does NEW look like to you?
Everyone complains "all I do is get up, go to work, eat dinner, go to bed" next day "I get up, go to work, eat dinner, go to bed." But the real question is why? Why is that your daily routine? What happens between work and bed?

What would you do with time
if the choice was yours to make?

Wait!   It is your choice! Create the space that you want. Start with the hours between work and bed.

This is an excerpt from Being a Better Employee, Starts With You: You Are a Pioneer series. To book Keynote Speaker Kathleen Brandt, call 816-729-5995.

Kathleen Brandt

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Communication Flow - Who Does What?

Ugh...Who Needs To Know?
Have you actually outlined your organizations communication flow? Does your organization take "checks and balances" to the level of "stepping on and over everyone else," causing confusion and frustration? I'll spare you my nightmare of participating in a Board position that had everyone frustrated. Why? Because there were a lot of rules with no seemingly clear logic, and processes that lacked clarity. For 30 days, emails consisted of "Do I give this to you?" "That should not have been posted" "You must give this to the President first for approval!" "Sorry, I was just trying to help." Geez, it didn't stop for 30 days! And in the center was one person, who like a traffic cop, was pointing everyone in  nonsensical directions using bold, underlined and italicized words in emails.  If you recognize you or your organization in this chaos, there's hope. Organization 101 states:

"Even entrepreneurial businesses, society groups, work groups, and small organizations need clear, concise communication flow." (KRB)                                                                                      
Type of Communication Flow Charts - From Simple to Complex
First let's recognize that communication can only go in four directions: 1) upward 2) downward, 3) horizontal and 4) multi-directional, which integrates numbers one through three. Obviously multi-directional communication promotes and encourages the "team spirit."

Building the Communication Flow Chart
You can create a communication flow chart in Excel, and for those who shake at the idea of creating one more spreadsheet, there are great templates to ease your pain. The Simple Flowchart above can be downloaded and easily manipulated.

Assigning Duties

In addition to defining the process flow, organizers must assign duties. This is where we really encourage teamwork (for 2, 20 or 200 persons). As you will note, we also tweaked our flowchart. Yes, as most processes, it's work in progress.

Of course this is a simple flow chart, but small or large communication flow should be clear within any company.  It makes transitions fluid, reducing the inter-communication stress. The best part about a flowchart, you can also define one for the daily activities in your one man - entrepreneurial shop!

Kathleen Brandt

2014 Keynote Speaker Series

Speaker Series for Corporations, Colleges, and Universities
Kathleen Brandt incorporates 20 years of international business dedicated to "implementing new business strategies" with an inspiring presentation to discover the Pioneer in you. With her experience as an Executive for top-tier international corporations she encourages and motivates her audiences to find new roads and discovering that You Are A Pioneer!©   

The You Are A Pioneer!© series is tailored to meet your organization's goals. This motivational presentation is a great way to get new ideas flowing and to embrace changes for your future success. Sometimes, all we need, is to know what is possible whether you are in a college/university setting, blazing a small business/entrepreneurial path, or need to give a jolt of energy and excitement to your marketing/sales department. 

Find the pioneer in you and your organizational staff! To book Keynote Speaker Kathleen Brandt, call 816-729-5995.

Contact Kathleen Brandt

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Join Me at Stephens College, Columbia, MO. 20 Jan 2014

Let's take a look at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and our own ancestors for motivation and the keys to a Pioneer Spirit. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. advised “You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” But, we all know the first step is the hardest and it takes courage. By reviewing qualities of character, suggested by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and others, we too can ascend the invisible staircase in order to realize your dream. Our ancestors did it! They moved forward with strength and conviction, preparing themselves for the "ruts ahead" as they migrated to new, open territories. From the past, we can learn  how to leap over roadblocks and brickwalls to lead the pack. 

Motivational and Life Coach to Your Dreams!
Kathleen Brandt

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Martin Luther Key Speaker Schedule

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We are no longer booking for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and have very few slots open for Jan 2014. However, Kathleen Brandt will continue offering courses, workshops and lectures for the 2014 Speaker Series.

For more information contact
Kathleen Brandt, Leadership/Life Coach