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Tomorrow I leave for Los Angeles, then on to Mexico!

Posted by bizcoachjason on September 27, 2007

So the big bike ride is upon us.  As I have been training and preparing, I have ridden as far as 52 miles now in one ride, and I feel ready and excited!

This has been a great training both mentally and physically.  It feels great to be working up to an event that pushes you out of your comfort zone and into new abilities.

I’ll post the final outcome upon my return.

As a refresher, here is the original post with details of the ride: https://distinctivecoaching.wordpress.com/2007/07/29/mexico-here-i-come/

Have a great weekend, everyone!!
Coach Jason


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Q: Email addresses… I’m just peeking, I swear!

Posted by bizcoachjason on September 19, 2007

Q: Hi Jason,

I just got an email from a vendor who supplies a different service to the same type of clients as I do.  He didn’t blind carbon copy it, so I now have access to about 200 email addresses of folks who, in all likelihood, would be interested in what I have to offer.  It seems like stealing to send them an email, but is it?

I very much appreciate your opinion.

A: I’m honored that you would seek my opinion. Though you might not like the answer.  LOL
Trust me, I have been temped SO much at times to do what you are asking about.  It can be very difficult.

I think it is stealing, and I have had to hit the delete button to get rid of the addresses and make it quick and painless.

The other option is to “Reply to all” with something directly related to the original email that would be helpful to the members of the list.  I still wouldn’t download the addresses, but at least I would be able to get one “touch” out to these people (with my standard business signature, of course J ) and if any of them are interested, they can contact me back and continue the dialog.

Let me know if this helps, or if you’d like to get a second opinion.  I’d be curious what others thought.


All the best,

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Work choice – passion or paycheck?

Posted by bizcoachjason on September 12, 2007


I need to ask the big question: Do you work for passion or for a

I am a professional operating in the field of higher education. However, no matter what I do, I don’t think (unless being a university president many years down the road) I would ever earn the type of salary I really desire (6 figures).

Now I don’t want to come off as greedy by saying that, however, I do want to live and provide a lifestyle for my children that I haven’t lived.

My passion is working with students, period; but I am starting to feel frustrated because I won’t get to where I want to be financially; so I am asking this big question:

Would you recommend me scrapping my education & experience…go back to school and pursue an MBA. Has anyone else experienced this?

Great question!

I believe in the end, if you don’t work for passion, you are not going to have much of it in your either your professional or personal life.  There always is a balance between passion for work and money, and you won’t always love everything in your job.  But if you don’t find and create more good aspects of it – including the relationships with your manager, peers and direct-reports – you are not going to be happy and may not last long in the job (either quit, lay off or get fired).

I know this from my own experience.  In the first six years of my corporate career, I followed the money.  Now I did enjoy parts of my jobs, and learned a tremendous amount about leadership, employee development, management, etc. etc. so it was incredibly valuable.  But in later years I found that I can have both.  I had to take a step back and learn to trust myself to let the money go and follow my passions.  Now I am exactly where I want to be and very excited about the future!

So, I do believe every person has a way to have both (and this is what I work on with my own coaching clients).  Most people just don’t know how to get there or even consider that both are possible.

I hope this email and info on my own experiences help.  I recommend you work with someone to strategize how you can have both!  J

All the best,

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Supercharge Your Business Networking

Posted by bizcoachjason on September 11, 2007

Supercharge Your Business Networking


Ø Generate sales and marketing leads, grow your network and develop alliances.

Ø     Learn new tips, tools and methods to supercharge your networking, get more done in less time and work smarter—not harder.

Looking for a great networking event that also lets you learn and practice new business skills and use them immediately?  This workshop is two events rolled into one!

Business networking is all the buzz, but as many people discover, it’s a lot harder than it sounds; it’s time consuming; and yet it’s becoming even more vital and more challenging.

One of the most important skills for professionals to master is relationship building.

This workshop and networking event will provide useful and immediate solutions to networking’s toughest challenges and the opportunity to make lasting and productive connections.

To register: http://SuperchargeYourNetworking.eventbrite.com 

Saturday, September 15, 2007
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1400 West Hubbard Street, Suite 210, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Cost: $59
Includes course book, lunch and refreshments

Presented by Distinctive Coaching and hosted by Digital Bootcamp.

Event Contact: Jason@DistinctiveCoaching.com

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Online social networking in the workplace?

Posted by bizcoachjason on September 11, 2007

This is an interesting article that reminded me of my first corporate job where we had very limited internet access–only industry specific sites were allowed.  I wonder what their IT web access policies are today.

What are your thoughts on this subject?  Should access to sites such as LinkedIn, MySpace, Facebook, Yahoo! 360, etc. be allowed, encouraged or restricted? How much time and money are wasted, or how much employee teambuilding, morale and productivity can be generated?  Please leave your comments on the subject.

Social networking in the workplace proving to be a valuable tool
6 September, 2007
By Liam Lahey

Social networking has not only seeped into popular culture, but it has also made a mark in the workplace with companies more often than not seeking to block or ban their employees from accessing sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

Research from IT security firm Sophos suggests that approximately 50 per cent of employers have banned access to social networking sites, including the Ontario Government. The main reason companies are restricting employee access to these sites are concerns about productivity and security.

The corporate backlash on social networking is a similar trend that was seen a few years ago with instant messenger in the workplace, Microsoft officials said. Then, companies were concerned about the amount of time at work that was being used on personal conversations rather then work related matters. But as companies began to realize…


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Rosarito Bike Ride training update

Posted by bizcoachjason on September 8, 2007

I know it’s been too long since I posted an update about my training for the Rosarito-Ensenada bike ride.  Well, after my last posting July and corresponding ride (42 miles), I was hit with a very busy schedule, some vacation travel, had my bike in the shop for a tune-up, and Chicago had A LOT of rain.  With all those factors, I did not have the chance to ride at all for over three weeks.

OK… here’s the coaching value in this post.  Those were all BIG factors, but what it really came down to was that I hadn’t planned out a specific goal with time-bound action steps.

In order to get back on track, I have added ride dates, times and distances to my calendar between now and the ride.  I’ve scheduled three rides and one workout at the gym a week.

Since my conditioning has been almost all wiped out, I started back down at 10 miles, then did 20 miles a few days ago, am doing 30 miles today, and so on…

Another coaching point: What are the obstacles?  Well, my schedule is looking to get ever busier over this time frame.  So I need to make adjustments as I go, and keep very focused on completing my training so I can have the experience that I want when I complete my ride in Mexico.

I will update the blog and keep focused!


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