ChrisMillerCoaching 2019 Mid-Year Review: A Game of Two Halves!

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Inspired by Greg Lucier, former CEO of Invitrogen, I am committed to documenting the Successes and Challenges of my business journey with end-of-year and mid-year reflections of progress. The last six months has very much been a game of two halves, with feast and famine both being experienced along the way. Here are some of my greatest insights: Th...
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Becoming a Strengths-Based Family!

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  As a Strengths-Advocate, Enthusiast and Coach, I have been very aware of my potential to get 'evangelical' about the Strengths Movement. In particular, I have to tread very carefully with my own family regarding accessing, exploring and thriving using their own strengths. But sometimes a day comes along that just changes things. Last Sunday ...
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My Favourite Clifton Strengths Self-Coaching Questions (based on my Dominant Themes)

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The following list of questions, based on my Clifton Strengths Dominant Themes, are those I use all of the time to keep making progress and experiencing Success, Happiness and Fulfilment in my Life. Based on your own themes, what are your favourite self-coaching questions? Maximiser - What is the ONE Thing I can do TODAY to improve or simplify my l...
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From Employee Engagement, to Personal Engagement, to Fulfilment: A Journey Towards Self-Determination

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It seems only yesterday that the working world discovered and labeled the phrase Employee Engagement, and held it up as the panacea for productivity, morale building and increased profitability or organisational success. The fact that decades have now passed, and the performance needle has barely moved as a result of Measuring Engagement & Asso...
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My Top 10 Personal Approaches to Fulfilment - Living my Purpose Every Single Day

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  If Success is 'getting what you want' and Happiness is 'wanting what you have', then Fulfilment is 'living your Purpose every single day'. In this third instalment of a three-part series, I explore my own personal approach to finding and experiencing Fulfilment. Everyone is different - this is simply my own personal list based on 47 years of...
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My Top 10 Personal Approaches to Experiencing Happiness

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If Success is 'getting what you want' and Happiness is 'wanting what you have', then Fulfilment is 'living your Purpose every single day'. In this second instalment of a three-part series, I explore my own personal approach to finding and experiencing Happiness. Everyone is different - this is simply my own personal list based on 47 years of life s...
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My Top 10 Personal Success Strategies

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If Success is 'getting what you want' and Happiness is 'wanting what you have', then Fulfilment is 'living your Purpose every single day'. In this first instalment of a three-part series, I explore my own personal approach to finding and experiencing Success. Everyone is different - this is simply my own personal list based on 47 years of life so f...
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What Business can learn from the sport of Springboard & Platform Diving!

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As a Strengths-Based personal and business coach, I am always looking for ideas and connections that might help me and my clients improve our Success, Happiness or Fulfilment, both in business and in life. In my spare time, I am also a very rough around the edges springboard and platform diver, and love supporting my two sons who both compete in th...
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Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump: 10 Lessons in Leadership

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I found it extraordinarily ironic that on April 18th, 2019, Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, was recognised by Fortune magazine as the #2 entry in their list of the Greatest Leaders on Earth , behind Bill and Melinda Gates (Global Philanthropists) and just ahead of Robert Mueller (Dept of Justice Special Counsel leading the investigat...
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Pursuing Your Greatest Imaginable Challenge

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We are all born with the intrinsic motivation to seek Success, Happiness and Fulfilment throughout our lives. Getting what we want, wanting what we have, and living your purpose every single day seem to be core to what it means to be human... Part of Success is the art & science of setting and achieving goals or intentions, and on a grand scale...
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2018 Year In Review and 2019 Intentions

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 As 2018 comes to a close, I am so grateful for: - Loving family and friends, near and far - Fiona's never-ending love and support - witnessing Cameron turn 15 and Ross turn 10 and more importantly, seeing them grow up to be the wonderful individuals that they are - terrific family holidays to the South Island (Hanmer Springs) and Mt Ruapehu (...
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Hopes & Dreams vs Goals & Intentions

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What are hopes, dreams, goals and intentions, and is there any real difference between them? Definitions for each of the above include: Hopes - a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen Dreams - a desired aspiration, ambition or ideal Goals - the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result Intentions...
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Beyond Employee Engagement...Creating Fulfilment at Work and in Life

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For years, employers have invested in Employee Engagement, Satisfaction Surveys and Manager Development aimed at inspiring staff to feel more engaged, more productive and 'happier' in the workplace. Typically, engagement measures the relationship between a manager and his/her staff (70%), and the connection between an employee and the wider organis...
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My First Year in Business

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Success, Happiness and Fulfilment comes in many forms, especially during the process of setting up and launching your own business. For me, these three elements can be summarised by the following: Success - building an income stream that has more th an matched my salary in the co rporate world; with potential to far exceed my hopes and dreams - est...
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Oneness vs Separateness - feeding two of our human needs

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As I watch the news recently, I am reminded of two of humanity's key needs which drive our behaviour, our progress and our growth. Oneness can be characterised as 'bringing things together', 'merging' or 'making one' while Separateness can be characterised as 'separating', 'disconnecting' or 'dividing into pieces'. Both states of being are essentia...
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Life on a Page

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Over the course of more than a decade of business coaching, I have always been inspired and intrigued by the impact of Plan on a Page, a one page document aimed at summarising a company's strategic plan. Verne Harnish, Stephen Lynch and  Results.com all contributed to my own Plan on a Page which can be downloaded from the Resources page o...
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My First 100 Days as an Entrepreneur

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Following 22 years of employment, I recently joined the ranks of the self-employed by launching my own business and personal development coaching practice ( www.chrismillercoaching.co.nz ). The business had been 2 years in development, with the service model, branding and client attraction / retention strategy constant areas of discussion with my c...
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Embracing a New Clifton Strengthsfinder Self-Assessment

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Following 22 years of employment in the corporate world, I recently set up on my own as a Business and Personal Development Coach (ChrisMillerCoaching).

Having taken my Clifton Strengthsfinder assessment over 7 years ago, I was curious to see how self-employment might influence my Clifton Strengthsfinder themes.

My old Top 10 (Dominant Themes) included:

Input, Activator, Woo, Communication, Learner, Positivity, Empathy, Includer, Intellection, Belief

My new Top 13 (Dominant Themes) are:

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Creating Your Dramatic Point of Difference, Blunt Overt Benefit and Real Reason to Believe!

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One of my marketing heroes, Doug Hall, wrote two fantastic books entitled 'Jumpstart Your Business Brain' and 'Jumpstart Your Marketing Brain'. I love Doug's work because it is fundamentally based on evidence, but yet his theories and marketing models also appeal to my imagination and intuition.

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Thriving Through Living Your Values

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What do you truly care about most?  How do you decide whether to 'invest' in success, happiness or fulfilment?  What 'rules' do you use to make important life and career decisions? Most of humanity is wandering the earth with the capacity to define or create their Purpose and Values, yet very few individuals have taken the time to do so. ...
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