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Focused Coaching LLC Earns Re-Certification with Nationally Recognized Credential

We are delighted to announce that Focused Coaching LLC was just re-certified nationally as a WBE (Women's Business Enterprise) through the Women's Business Enterprise National Council- Great Lakes (WBENC), the regional certifying body and the nation's largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.

We acknowledge and appreciate the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by many organizations and government agencies today, and, we are happy to continue to offer our services along with this highly-sought-after certification as a means to support your efforts to add diversity to your supply chain.

Focused Coaching LLC works with leaders and their teams by providing exactly the consultative, assessment, executive coaching and leadership development services they need to develop extraordinary performance through positive and powerful change.

Contact us at or call us at 734-663-0420 to find out more and to explore a possible fit for you or your organization.


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Amy Cuddy TED Talk: Your body language shapes who you are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.

Here's a great TED talk from my former radio show guest, Margaret Heffernan.

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as research shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. Here Heffernan, a former CEO of five businesses, illustrates (sometimes counter intuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how allowing for deep disagreement improves the results of research teams, the performance of businesses and the quality of our relationships.

In this 18 minute talk, she explores the all-too-human thought patterns -- like conflict avoidance and selective blindness -- that lead managers and organizations astray. Enjoy!



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The People Factor: What You Don't Know Could Be Hurting You There are no neutral relationships. That is the premise of Van Moody's upcoming book, The People Factor. Although relationships are a fundamental aspect of the human experience, our dealings with friends, family members, significant others and superiors are often riddled with strife and consternation.

For those who are striving to be leaders, the right relationships can propel you to great heights of achievement: the wrong relationships will tether you to mediocrity and hold you back. With this in mind, when striving for rewarding connections with others, it's essential to evaluate relationships intelligently. What makes a great relationship? How do you keep a relationship great? What are the warning signs of trouble?

Join us tonight at Lisa Pasbjerg, executive coach and CEO of Focused Coaching, interviews this acclaimed subject expert on the power of relationships, who helps others build their "Relational IQ" to achieve success at home, in their social circles and in their workplaces as masterful influencers and leaders

Cultural Competency Needed Now As in all fields of study, the field of diversity management continues to evolve, with "cultural competency" at its core. While diversity management was once thought of as simply being aware of differences of race and ethnicity, we now know that it is much more, with the term" cultural competency" covering a far broader span of areas such as gender and generational differences, and religious and cultural beliefs and customs, just to name a few. As our society becomes much more multi-cultural and our organizations progressively more global in scope, it becomes more and more apparent that this skill is vital for today's leaders.

Join us tonight as Lisa Pasbjerg, executive coach and CEO of Focused Coaching, LLC interviews William Appleton, President of Kairos Consulting. and a CDP (Certified Diversity Professional.)

Prior to founding Kairos, Bill worked as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at the Cleveland Clinic, where he served as team lead for the design and facilitation for a system-wide (40,000 +) cultural change initiative and acted a resource for more than a dozen facilities and hundreds of leaders, designed and delivered numerous courses for the Center for Leadership and Learning and developed the organization's diversity councils throughout the system.

A true leader in this field, Bill will share with us his deep expertise on this critical competency required for any progressive business or organization, including, the first steps that you and your organization should be taking immediately in order to stay abreast of this important requirement for our evolving workplaces.

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Creating a Community of Caring: The Evolution of United Way Today Many people think they know about United Way, but be prepared to be surprised and impressed with the thoughtful and targeted approach United Way takes these days, as it envisions its critical "safety-net" role in today's economic reality of less resources and more need. As part of our continuing " Women in Leadership: Lessons in Mastery" series, executive coach, Lisa Pasbjerg, interviews Sandra Rupp, President of the Washtenaw United Way about her professional career experiences and insights, the evolution of the United Way, and the business of creating a community of caring... a major factor in the quality of life in any city, town or region. Find out tonight from Sandy, a 28 year veteran volunteer and professional in human services who now serves both as a member of United Way of Michigan's Board of Directors, and, on the United Way National Professional Advisory Committee, how you can be part of creating a caring community close to home. Be inspired as she shares the simple steps you or your business can take right now, right away, to become involved in this process in your own neighborhood, and, what an impact you can make in the lives of people at all stages of life in your community. (Listen Now)

Women in Leadership Series: Lessons in Mastery: Emergency Services and Non-profit Leadership Saving lives, being there in disasters, providing emergency assistance to those who have experienced the most devastating of losses- it's all in a day's work to tonight's leader in her role at the helm of one of the oldest and most respected non-profit organizations in the world. Donna Duvin's career in non-profit management spans over 25 years, including an early Peace Corps assignment in the South Pacific and executive leadership roles with the Red Cross and several non-profits serving the needs of the most vulnerable.

As the Regional Executive Director with the Washtenaw County Chapter of the Red Cross, Donna oversees an organization that trains more than 65,000 residents in life-saving skills, provides 97% of the blood products to the county's hospitals, delivers hundreds of emergency messages to loved ones in the military, shows up at house fires and other disasters with supplies for victims, firefighters and other first responders, and much more. (Listen)

Women in Leadership Series: A Different Take on Leadership Today with Margaret Heffernan An entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer, professor and prolific author, Margaret Heffernan has run five businesses in both the USA and the UK, and writes for the Huffington Post, BNET and Real Business. In her latest book, Willful Blindness which just launched in the UK in February 2011, she combines her many years of experience as a pioneer in women-led business with solid grounding in research to give us a new perspective and a very different take on business leadership. In the book she explores the neurobiological, psychological, social and organizational reasons why people and organizations fail to see the obvious, and the profound effect this has on both their personal and professional commitments. (Listen Here)

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