Finishing Well

Contributed by Dan Sheedy.

25 years ago I ran my first Marine Corps Marathon and last week I ran my final with the Marine Corps 50k. The conditions were challenging (rain/downpours/wind and then temperatures shot into high 70s), and I am certain some were wondering what they had gotten themselves into.  For me,  it was a privilege to run again in celebration of the Marine Corps (I am a Marine vet – a Captain), veterans, families of those who gave their lives in service to our country and people from around the world in what is known as “the people’s marathon” and 50k.

This day for me, however, was different for another reason and one I want to share.  In every race I have run over the last 25 years, I have always challenged and pushed myself for a best time, a best placement in my age group or even a best overall finish!  Competition is a value of mine and while I have had many great successes, the road is also sprinkled with some pretty epic failures and races in which I was unable to finish.

This race was different.  I didn’t even realize it until the start of the race when I wasn’t pushing myself to the front of the starting corral for position when the cannon went off.   For the first time, I didn’t try to race; instead, I took in the scene, the spectacle.  I looked at monuments, talked to Marines, families of the fallen, fellow runners and spectators.  I simply enjoyed the event and savored the day.   This was a big shift for me, taking off the competitor hat striving for a finish – instead, engaging in the present.

How often do we take off our striving hat, our competitor role and simply engage in the present?  Doing so doesn’t mean we are weak, or without goals.  Remember, I still had to run the 31 miles and finish!  What taking off the hat gave me was hours of time to be grateful for all the previous races and runs and a moment to pause and acknowledge my accomplishments without a focus on “what’s next.”  It gave me an opportunity to smile at the many peaks and valleys (in running and in my career) I have faced along the way, and like leaders in any profession, to smile at the resiliency I developed to navigate them.

Think of what taking off that striving hat and engaging in the present can do for you.  It may give you time to reflect and decide if your direction is really pointing to the destination you want.  It may help you more effectively navigate today’s 24/7 work life integration challenges.  It may help you simply pause, acknowledge your accomplishments and be grateful.  I challenge you to try it.  It helped me acknowledge a final completed ultra-run.  At the finish of a long day, I smiled when a recently commissioned 2nd Lieutenant put a finisher medal around my neck, saluted me and said Semper Fi, mission accomplished!

Novateur Welcomes EJ Stern

We are pleased to announce that EJ Stern has joined Novateur Partners as a Senior Business Development Coach.

EJ offers business development training, strategic consulting, and individual coaching to law firms, lawyers and other professional service firms. Her clients range from associates who are at the beginning of the business development process and want to learn the tools needed to create a thriving practice to established partners who are seeking to increase their books of business and broaden their client base. EJ’s results-oriented approach helps her clients cultivate business development best practices and provides the accountability necessary for marketing success. EJ also has experience training and coaching associates and counsel on how to effectively manage their time to optimize billable opportunities.

You can read more about EJ’s background and experience by clicking here, and she can be reached at ejstern@novateurpartners.com and 202-907-8362.

Sheedy earns Cornell Employment Law Certificate

Dan Sheedy recently earned a Certificate in Employment Law from Cornell University. This certificate is designed to establish a structured framework for analysis of workplace legal issues and increase understanding of employment laws and regulations in order to deal effectively with labor-related legal issues in the workplace. The courses addressed  key employment law requirements in the United States (equal employment opportunity, leave, compensation, safety, employee relations, discrimination…) while providing guidance on the implementation of employment policies and practices in countries with different legal systems.  The courses concluded with a study of best practices in developing HR policies and practices in multinational settings.  Dan is utilizing the learning from this course to provide more effective and deeper coaching for leaders in complex organizations that increasingly are seeking advisory services on human capital issues.

Sheedy Earns SPHR Certification

Senior Executive Coach, Dan Sheedy, has earned the SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) certification awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HCRI).  This designation certifies specific knowledge and expertise at the most senior level of the human resources field.  Dan determined this was necessary as part of his growing consulting practice as a thought and change leader for small to mid-sized businesses as they navigate the complexity of human capital, compensation and regulatory issues. Additionally, he is supplementing this designation with an Employment Law Certificate from Cornell University.

Novateur one of Daily Report’s Best of 2019

Novateur Partners was voted as one of the best LAWYER/LAW FIRM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COACHING companies in the Daily Report’s Best of 2019.   The Daily Report annually ranks Georgia’s best businesses within their particular category as a result of votes by their subscribers.  Thank you to everyone who voted!

Click here to view the Daily Report’s Best of 2019. Novateur can be found on page 18.

The Art of Self-Promotion featured on Livestrong.com

The Art of Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story, Transform Your Career  by Debby Stone was featured on Livestrong.com.  In an article titled, “Self-Help Books for Beginners” Stone’s book appears on a list of 10 expert-recommended books that can improve your self-esteem, relationships and career.  The Art of Self-Promotion is praised for showing its readers how to promote themselves to their peers, bosses and clients in an authentic way that does not feel “cringey” or cheesy. Emily Kapit, owner, lead resume writer and head career strategist at ReFresh Your Step calls it “the go-to book on learning how to approach self-promotion in a range of different settings.”

The Art of Self-Promotion

Click HERE to read the entire article and see the full list of recommended books.

Click HERE to purchase your copy of The Art of Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story, Transform Your Career.

Building Leadership Resiliency

Submitted by Debby Stone.

Recently I delivered a keynote to a group of leaders who are in the midst of tremendous organizational change.  At times like these, people are tested.  They are asked to reach challenging goals, to do more with less and to persevere in the face of cultural upheaval.  In order to prevail during challenging times and to thrive throughout a career, these leaders need to be resilient.

Resiliency is a simple concept.  It is the ability to bounce back after a set-back or recover quickly following a difficulty.  Rubber bands are quite resilient and some people are as well.  Resiliency is a personal trait that many of us have developed through life’s challenges and set-backs.  It is also a leadership trait that is viewed as essential to being promoted.

The good news, as I explained to the assembled leaders in this particular organization, is that our capacity for resilience can be increased.  In other words, we can train our brains to be more resilient.

This training involves building stores of energy — physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy stores — that can help us bounce back better and faster.  If those energy storehouses are full, we are more resilient.  If they are empty or depleted, we are not resilient at all.

Although as humans we don’t have gauges to let us know when our energy level in one of these areas is low, we typically have some indications.  Often though we ignore those early warning signs and continue to push ourselves forward, taking on more and more, until we reach burnout.

The better strategy is to look at times of corporate change, and indeed life in general, as a series of sprints rather than a marathon race.  With the sprint approach, we have a chance to build in habits or routines that allow us to refill our energy tanks as we go, rather than needing to finish the full 26.2 miles before we get a break.

Below are some ideas for refilling your energy tanks in each of the four areas.  These ideas come from my clients and audiences, and while they are not rocket science, they are creative ideas for building resiliency.

Physical Energy: 

  • Go for a short walk at lunchtime.
  • Eat fruit salad instead of French fries.
  • Carry a refillable bottle of water wherever you go.

Emotional Energy:

  • Call a friend at lunch.
  • Take a ten-minute quiet time break when you get home from work.
  • Redsicover a hobby you used to enjoy like reading, gardening, knitting or carpentry.

Mental Energy:

  • Take a quick break every 90-minutes and walk down the hall.
  • Don’t work on one thing for too long; switch projects every couple of hours.
  • Practice mindfulness – try to align what you are doing with what you are thinking about.

Spiritual Energy:

  • Meditate using an app like Headspace or 10% Happier.
  • Find a book of inspirational readings or quotes and read one each morning.
  • Post your values near your desk and remember what’s most important to you.

ICF Members Given Access to Stone’s Program

Debby Stone’s highly rated program from International Coach Federation’s Converge 2017 conference entitled “Build Your Brand by Telling Your Story” will be distributed to all ICF members who renew their memberships early.  With their exclusive access to this program, coaches will walk away with practical strategies for implementing the art of self-promotion in the context of their unique coaching businesses.  As a PCC credentialed coach, a past Georgia chapter president and long-time member, Debby Stone is pleased to help support excellence in coaching.

Sheedy Nominated as Executive Coach of the Year

Dan Sheedy has been nominated as a 2018 Executive Coach of the Year by TurnKey Coaching & Development Solutions.  The award signifies that Dan is considered to be an expert in facilitating successful growth and development, even at the highest corporate levels, and is skilled at unleashing the potential of already powerful executives.  To learn more about Dan and his brand of highly effective coaching, please click here.

Novateur Partners Welcomes Kelly Bergeron

We are pleased to announce that Kelly Bergeron has joined Novateur Partners as a Senior Executive Coach.

In addition to her coaching expertise, Kelly brings a rich work history including years of leadership as a Chief Human Resources Officer and as member of the U.S. Marine Corps.  Kelly is DiSC certified and particularly enjoys working with director level leaders preparing for the next step or seeking to maximize the effectiveness of their teams.

Click to read more about Kelly’s background and experience, and she can be reached at kbergeron@novateurpartners.com and 404-667-9306.