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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Career advancement: Steps you can take to help your career

Career advancement can mean different things to each of us. You may be interested in more responsibility or broader scope of duties as an individual contributor or you may be interested in becoming or expanding your managerial responsibilities.

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One truism I've realized for in-place promotions in most organizations is that a person is usually doing the job before they are recognized and promoted to the level that is deserved by the contribution. If you are of the mindset that you expect the company to promote you before you perform at that higher level or support that expanded responsibility, you may be waiting a long time for that promotion.

On the other hand, your success in your job could very likely be creating the increased demand for your talents, expanding your responsibilities or growing the company. Once your success has solidified into real numbers, you are in a good position to request a career discussion with your boss.

In the meantime, you can be doing a few things (in addition to great work) that will help you get what you want:

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Are You Reminding Others What You Need?

“Am I reminding people of what I want?”

This short 3-minute coaching point comes from Steve Straus. You can view the original posting and subscribe directly to his blog here.

Coaching Point: Most of the time people simply need to be reminded of what you want. Not lectured. Not made wrong for not remembering. Simply reminded.

But wait, you might say, what right do I have to tell people what I want? Don’t I have to be of service to others first, then take care of me? Sure. Perhaps. Maybe. Depends on what you feel is important for your life journey.

To truly serve people – not just engage in some mutual neediness-filling – it helps if your cup is full. Giving/serving from a less-than-full cup is tough. It may feel noble, but it drains and diminishes you.

When your cup is filled to overflowing you can give from the overflow with no requirement, nor even intention, of getting something back. That’s full service.

Are you reminding people of what you want?

If you are looking for something to help take your relationship to an entirely new level or just want to bring added new insights into the relationship with your significant other, please check out Success Discoveries for Couples. This is an assessment and guide that you’ll enjoy and value. 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Land an Interview and What to do About It

Applied for a job and haven’t heard back? Check these 5 reasons to make change happen.


You find the perfect job online and submit your application, already fantasizing about your new position. Then the waiting game begins. You wait, patiently at first, and then the panic sets in. Should I follow up? What should I say? Did I do something wrong? Why isn’t anyone calling me?!


After what feels like forever, you check back on the job posting, only to realize the position’s been filled.


This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “Black Hole,” and leaves most job seekers discouraged and unsure what to do differently with their future applications. If you’ve found yourself in this position, wondering what went wrong, consider the following reasons why you didn’t hear back.

The hiring manager never saw your resume.

Before your resume is passed along to the hiring manager, it first has to get past multiple gatekeepers:

  1. an electronic screen known as an applicant tracking system (ATS for short) that searches key words and may also have a pre-qualifying questionnaire
  2. a junior-level HR coordinator
What to do about it
  • Reassess your resume to ensure it’s has a high "attraction index" and is telling the right story in terms both gatekeepers and hiring managers will recognize and appreciate. Add keywords. Your skills and experience that will be key in the job you are applying for must be aligned with the key words listed in the job posting.
  • Simplify your resume. Too much can be as bad as too little. Instead of providing a job description for each of your jobs, state your accomplishments and contributions. It will be shorter than a job description and allow you to be concise. This will also allow you to be seen more broadly for other jobs that need what you've accomplished.
  • Design for the reader. A resume needs to grab a reader's attention starting at the top. As the reader scans your resume, they should "want" to continue scanning. A strong resume attraction index is strong at keeping the reader interested. A low attraction index usually results in no action.
To make sure your resume is an asset and not a barrier, consider Resume ReWrite by Success Discoveries, a boutique resume writing service that is very cost-effective.

You applied too late.

A study by TheLadders found that your chances of getting a call back plummet 72 hours after the job is published online, even if you were considered a good fit for the job.
What to do about it

When you find a job you’re interested in and qualified for, make its application a priority. Use apps like Job Search by TheLadders so you never miss a potential opportunity. BUT, also use networking strategies (see 3rd reason below) to find the hiring manager or someone that can introduce you to the hiring manager. Social networking tools such as LinkedIn(the #1 social media networking tool) to find the right people (including the staffing recruiter assigned to the job).


Your online brand sold you out.

A survey by Jobvite found that 93 percent of recruiters are likely to look at a candidates’ social profile – regardless of whether a candidate provides that information. And a startling 70 percent of recruiters have turned down a candidate based on something they found about them online. If you’re not managing your online brand, you could unknowingly hurt your chances of landing that dream job.
What to do about it

First, for many good reasons, lock down your Facebook and other social media accounts that are not professionally focused so only those you are connected to can see your information. Second, take a fresh look at your LinkedIn account (and if you don't have one get one). Look at others' profile on LinkedIn and find some that are well done, interesting and effective. Remember the attraction index for your resume? Same goes for your LinkedIn profile.


You didn’t leverage your network.

A study by CareerXroads found you are ten times more likely to land the job when your application is accompanied by an employee referral. This could be as simple as including an employee’s name in your online application or, better yet, having your contact at the company send your resume directly to the hiring team on your behalf. Make time to invest in your network and always check for relevant connections before sending in an application.
What to do about it
Whether you do this or not, you have a network. Your network is like an iceberg. You can see only a small percent of your full network. It is up to you and only you to leverage your full network. If you are intimidated by this one, "get over it". Think of two scenarios: The lion is about to eat you but you have a gun and ammunition. In one scenario, you shoot the gun to stop the lion. In the other, you leave the gun on the ground and the lion enjoys a quick meal. This lesson is about much more than just survival. It is about your quality of life. Those that don't take charge of their own life, that don't see this particular issue as their personal accountability task, will surely receive less pay, will likely not reach their full potential and will feel unfulfilled throughout life. So get over it and just do it. Call, email, talk to people until you get close to the right hiring manager at the right company with the right job that you want. It is very likely your competition is leveraging their connections to get an inside track on the role before the job posting was even posted.

Your Attitude and Perspective Matter. Even when you seem to do everything right, there’s no guarantee you’ll land the interview. This can occur for a myriad of reasons. Whatever the case, realize that sometimes the fate of your application is simply not in your hands - but many times it was in your hands the entire time.

What you can do - Recap

Focus on the areas where you can influence your candidacy and try not to get hung up on the ones that are outside your control. After you apply to that “perfect” job and create a reminder to follow up, set a goal for yourself to find at least two other well-fitted opportunities to pursue. Don't wait on ANY job. Keep pushing to expand your network. Be the first to get an interview for newly opened positions. And make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile have a very high attraction index. Read More
Sunday, March 02, 2014

How to Encourage Trustworthiness in Your Relationships

Success in any relationship requires some willingness to trust people. Whether at work or in your personal life, how can you do a better job of gauging trustworthiness and thereby improve your likelihood of experiencing a successful relationship? Try these tips to prompt trustworthiness in behavior:

  • Be generous. Feelings of gratitude foster trustworthy behavior
    Giving others a reason to feel grateful is a win-win: They benefit in the short term from your generosity, and you reap the rewards of their loyalty
  • Find commonality. Emphasizing common ground increases the likelihood that others will see you as someone with whom it’s possible to build a lasting and beneficial relationship
  • Don’t punish. Threats of punishment can prevent untrustworthy behavior in the moment but can be counterproductive in the long term: others may be less likely to take risks to support you

Recommended programs

For the workplace
For personal relationship building

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Video for Every Couple - Enjoy

Success Discoveries produced this video to promote the self-directed Success Discoveries for Couples program. The video has become an inspirational hit that brings hope and balance to anyone who finds it difficult at times in a relationship. Anyone in a relationship has challenges from time to time. Enjoy the video.

Oh, and if you are interested in learning more about Success Discoveries for Couples, just click on the advertisement to the right (with big pink and red heart).


Use headphones for best listening experience. Click on full screen and HD quality (bottom right of video) for best viewing.

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Happy Valentine’s Day - This is for you

Visit our Quote of the Day page. Click button to the right to make Quote of the Day your home page.Click to make the Success Discoveries Quote of the Day your Home Page on your browser

Make it a great day unless you have other plans. Carl Nielson

Three selected videos - one of them is bound to be the perfect one for you

Valentine’s Surprise


Underappreciation Disappears in a Heartbeat


You are Perfect Just the Way You Are

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Get Inspired

The following short video from Lead Out Loud.com is a perfect way to start each day. As you watch the video, think of those things on your daily task list and consider how you can apply one or two of the different messages throughout the day. Different parts of the message will be relevant on different days so I recommend watching the video each day.

Make it a great day, unless you have other plans.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Career Coaching for Students™ Growing Nationally

Success Discoveries is very pleased to announce a number of new licensed facilitators for the Career Coaching for Students™ program. From Indiana to Ohio, Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, Career Coaching for Students™ is growing at a steady pace.

In addition, the website, redesigned in 2009, has turned into the number one web portal for quality career and education research. From researching careers to choosing a major to solving the financial aid puzzle, Student Resource Central™ is the premier career and educational exploration resource portal on the web to support students and their parents.

To find a licensed career coach in your area check out the national map at www.careercoachingforstudents.net.

Student Resource Central™ includes access to the career exploration resources, eduational institution exploration resources and Resource Central resources library. Site includes career video websites, interview video sites, search tools to find any and all vocational schools, colleges and univerisities by interest, major, vocation specializations, information on financial aid, scholarship information and much more. Learn more at www.careercoachingforstudents.net. Read More
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Success Discoveries for Couples Self-Directed Program Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Success Discoveries is announcing the 2013 edition of Success Discoveries for Couples™

Success Discoveries for Couples™ is a unique and personalized Valentine’s Gift Self-Directed E-Book and Assessment Package ideal for any couple.

The developers at Success Discoveries have put the best coaching strategies, knowledge, expert experience and assessments into a self-directed program simply called Success Discoveries for Couples™ that grabs you and doesn’t let go. If you made a personal commitment this year to be a better lover, better listener, have greater empathy or be more engaged with your spouse - this is the program for both of you. If you have been wanting more love, more empathy, more meaningful conversation, more support, this is the program for both of you.

To learn more visit www.successdiscoveries.com.
Purchase by February 11th and receive a 10% discount by including coupon code: sd9ri8 at check out. Read More
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Announcing New Self-Directed Program - Developing Resiliency

Success Discoveries announces a new self-directed program called Developing Resiliency.

Developing Resiliency is an ideal self-directed learning module for anyone feeling a lack of initiatve or difficulty being persistent toward your work or goals or having difficulty handling rejection. It is very appropriate for anyone facing difficult times of any kind or for those wanting to start the new year off on the right track with more energy, focus and confidence.

What’s included:
  • A personal development plan to guide you through resiliency development activities
  • An online animated presentation of the three critical skills related to resiliency
  • Downloadable MP3 audio recordings of each critical skill lesson (ideal for listening to while walking or exercising)
  • Three skill development workbook lessons covering initiative, persistence and handling rejection.
  • Each lesson includes insightful information and simple practice activites:
    1. Why each skill is important
    2. What skills are associated with initiative, persistence and handling rejection
    3. Activities to strengthen each skill
To learn more about this program go here.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Anger Management Issues or Narcissistic Tendencies? 17 Soft Skills That Help or Hurt

“Does Serena Williams, Kenye West and Rep. Wilson demonstrate the need for anger management or is it something else?”
America is exploding with public displays of person-directed anger in sports, entertainment and politics. While anger is a normal human emotion, the displays of verbal aggression and anger by West, Williams and Rep. Wilson represents unhealthy anger which destroys interpersonal relationships as well as the reputation of the perpetrator.

According to George Anderson, an anger management coach, there are six situations in which anger is unacceptable in a civil society:

  1. When it is too intense.
  2. When it occurs too frequently.
  3. When it lasts too long.
  4. When it leads to person-directed aggression or violence.
  5. When it destroys interpersonal relationships.
  6. When it has health implications.
Anderson goes on to say “Anger is one of the most misunderstood and overused of human emotions. Anger is not a planned action - it’s a reaction to an inner emotion. Anger is energy. It serves a purpose by giving people the drive and determination to cope with difficult situations we find ourselves in. Anger helps discharge tension. If handled well, anger can help resolve conflict and improve relationships with others. Anger is an easy emotion to show; everyone gets angry.”

Does anger, when poorly managed, indicate a lack of anger management as a skill, lack of respect or something more complex such as a combination of lack of respect for others and lack of a set of basic skills?

Let’s start with a lack of respect for others. Whether it be a sports referee, a panel of judges for an entertainment award or the President of the United States, there seems to be a plausible theme running through each of these public displays of anger. First, a sub-minimum level of respect for others. Second, in each of the three recent public examples, the person is coming from a position of privilege. And third, in each case, each is feeling something is being taken away from them that they thought they had a right to have. When a two-year old acts out in this manner (a temper tantrum in the store when they can’t have the toy on the shelf) most parents stop the behavior in an appropriate but clear manner that makes the temper tantrum a poor choice for the child. As a parent, I call this “the terrible two’s”. Why just the “two’s”?

As parents, we teach our children at an early age how to respect us, how to respect others and how to accept that they can not have any thing they want. I believe that is why most adults behave in a “civil manner” when faced with challenging or frustrating situations. Is anger a valid emotion? Absolutely. But to Mr. Anderson’s point above, it is unacceptable behavior when it crosses the line.

So perhaps these three public figures didn’t receive a proper upbringing. Or maybe their rise to fame created confusion for them - losing their way from the path of decency, respect for others and civility. Or perhaps it is something more. Could it be narcissism?

Unhealthy Narcissism is the extreme result of a lack of skills. The lack of development of those skills or loss of those skills might be due to the adult environment, stress levels or their childhood. It is very possible it is a combination of all of these.

So what can an adult who has unhealthy narcissistic behaviors do?
Usually, they are not aware of or open to feedback until their behavior becomes so outrageous that “their public image” is destroyed. In the corporate setting, I often see the narcissist anxious to have a third party mediator get involved. They are so sure they are “right” and “healthy” that the “other” person(s) who they see as “the problem” will be highlighted and dealt with appropriately. This happens in businesses too often. The result there is usually termination.

Most companies don’t have the time, confidence or see the value in investing in someone who has stepped over the line one too many times. In organizations, the critical straw that broke the back is one of many outbursts that were tolerated for too long. Unlike the good parent with the two-year old, companies tend to find the narcissistic behavior difficult to stop before it becomes dysfunctional for the organization. Once it is dysfunctional for the organization, it results in a termination. The human resources function is not equipped to handle these types of people and are usually the enemy of narcissistic managers. Placing a narcissist on a “performance plan”, while procedurally correct, has the same potential for self-correction as the Titanic did on that fateful night.

So what can people do to stop the dysfunctional behavior before it reaches a point of no return?
In my coaching, I have focused on selected skills that are connected to the dysfunctional behavior. These skill development strategies must be integrated with one-on-one coaching. To not provide the one-on-one coaching is to leave self development in the hands of a dysfunctional, narcissistic person which as a low probability of being successful.

So what skill modules have been shown to help a person become a better person, better leader, better professional? I’ve provided a list of skills that, when intentionally developed, will eliminate unhealthy narcissistic outbursts of anger.
  1. Empathy
  2. Conflict Management
  3. Personal Effectiveness
  4. Interpersonal Skills
  5. Diplomacy
  6. Flexibility
  7. Freedom from Prejudice
  8. Self Improvement
  9. Relating to Others
  10. Persuading Others
  11. Correcting Others
  12. Flexibility
  13. Evaluating What is Said
  14. Balanced Decision Making
  15. Surrendering Control
  16. Personal Accountability
  17. Sensitivity to Others
To keep a culture of narcissistic behavior out of the organization requires ongoing effective leadership development. This can include at its center, a set of core competencies established to communicate expectations as well as guide the leadership development program. One of the best books on leadership development that I’ve used is Stephen Covey’s The 8th Habit. In the book, Covey address’s two critical elements to highly successful leadership: 1) Find Your Voice and 2) Inspire Others to Find Their Voice. If, as a leader, or just as a person, you are focused on those two things, you can’t possibly have narcissistic tendencies.

Carl Nielson
Chief Discovery Officer
Success Discoveries

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Group Tele-Coaching Just Got Better!

Success Discoveries prides itself on continuously improving its offerings and supporting the coaching community. With those two objectives in mind, we felt the recent announcement from Maestro Conferencing was worthy of broadcasting. Want a quick intro to why we like Maestro so much go here: http://www.successdiscoveries.com/index.php?/about#maestro

Since MaestroConference’s promotional pricing ended on September 3, people have been calling and emailing them asking if they’d make any exceptions—to let them get the lower, discounted prices.

Until now, MaestroConference has had to say no. But for the next 60 hours, you can get MaestroConference for as low as $29.97 a month.

Why are they doing this? Two reasons:

Reason #1: During August, a LOT of people were on vacation.
They know this because of the hundreds of “Out of Office”
replies they got every time they sent an email.

They want to give you an opportunity to get the same low
rates that 370 customers took advantage of—especially if
you missed out because you were on vacation.

Reason #2: They’re now ramping up for MaestroMonth 2
starting in late September. And they want to give you one
last chance to lock-in your MaestroConference subscription
before they start rolling out on a larger scale.

Remember, this “2nd Chance” offer ends in 60 hours (at 5
p.m. Pacific on Friday, Sep. 18). Here’s the link to order.

Best regards,

Carl Nielson
Chief Discovery Officer
Success Discoveries

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

July is Free Personal Development Month Compliments of MaestroConference

Maestro Offers FREE Personal Development Trainings with Over 60 World-Renowned Luminaries in JULY

A Breakthrough Technology Makes Teleseminars 10X More Engaging, More Productive and More Valuable to Our Clients

Is it possible? Personal development seminars by phone as dynamic as live events?


The folks at MaestroConference have just announced a unique promotion they are calling Maestro Month.

What exactly is Maestro Month?
It is a journey in personal development featuring free learning teleseminars with 60+ top teachers in the areas of health, personal growth, business, spirituality, and societal change.

Participants include Michael Port, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Arjuna Ardagh, Gay Hendricks, Debbie & Arielle Ford, and dozens more.

Why are they doing this?
Because once people experience MaestroConference for themselves, they too will become advocates and ambassadors for this technology.

Whether you switch your conference calling to Maestro is up to you but the offer to hear these great speakers and experience “engaging content” is free!

To learn more and sign up for the free personal development programs in July go to http://www.maestromonth.com/ today. 



Watch the promo video.


To learn more and sign up for the free personal development programs in July go to http://www.maestromonth.com/ today. 



At Success Discoveries, we’ve adopted MaestroConference as our technology solution for teleseminars and group coaching. We are bringing the dynamics of a live seminar to conference calls. And with a simple web interface (glance.com) we dramatically increase engagement and interactivity.

Are you a coach looking for an online tool? Are you in HR and sick and tired of the conference call technology that is keeping your company from using tele-conferencing? Watch the one-minute overview.



Wanting to learn more? Go to the Maestro Conferencing website to signup for a FREE TRIAL.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Flex Dates for Career Coaching for Students™ Workshop in FRISCO, TX

The Workshop for high school students is coming to FRISCO, TEXAS!

Deadline for Registering is June 15th.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

SUMMER SCHEDULE!
Session One: June 17TH or 20TH (select one)
Session Two: June 25TH or 28TH (select one)
Session Three: Multiple Dates offered in July for group teleconference (students will need at least two weeks to do everything between session two and session three)
Session Four: One-on-one personal tele-coaching session with Carl Nielson (any time after session two, family-convenient time of choice)


PLEASE FORWARD THESE DATES TO ALL YOUR HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS – We hope these dates allow everyone who wanted to attend to do so. if you are interested and we’ll add more dates!


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Friday, May 08, 2009

Client Collaboration and Group Teleconferencing just got better

First, you might need to know something about what I do to appreciate this. I am a personal development, executive, career and organizational consultant/coach. Through Success Discoveries, a professional coaching services firm that provides its independent coaches with state-of-the-art tools to conduct coaching, I provide indivdual coaching, group coaching, personal developement and career development tele-seminars and information sessions using a service called MaestroConference which has proven to be highly effective for my clients and very cost effective.

The Nielson Group is a management consulting firm where I provide strategic human capital management solutions to the largest of corporations and the smallest family owned companies. We now use MaestroConference to provide client conferencing by phone saving on our productivity, the client’s productivity and travel costs and we offer educational seminars to our clients that are highly interactive and effective, again saving our clients from traveling to attend the education.

To say the least, I am busy! So why am writing about teleconferencing? Simply put, I think the old model for running teleconference sessions is broken. And MaestroConference has just turned the teleconferencing industry upside down. I like it so much I became an affiliate which means a I receive a [very] small commission if you sign up using the link below (please reward me with the find by using the link below if you find Maestro to be exactly what you’ve been looking for).

How can I say Maestro is turning the teleconferencing industry upside down?


Because I’ve participated in a lot of teleconferences, and I’ve run a lot of them myself.

Here are the problems as I see it:

  1. All the beeps and “background noise” drives me absolutely nuts.
  2. Teleseminars are always 1-way: Me talking to everybody else. Very little engagement.
  3. Most conference call systems stink. They really do. Talk to anybody who’s been doing teleseminars for very long and you’ll hear the same thing.
My point is not to “dog” teleconferencing as a model (the model itself is very good)… but rather to share with you a new technology that makes teleseminars, group coaching and multi-location project team meetings WAY better.

It’s called MaestroConference.

Try It for Free!

COULD YOU USE FEATURES LIKE THESE IN YOUR BUSINESS?

When you use MaestroConference to conduct a teleconference, it’s no longer just a one-way affair.

What’s more, instead of getting maybe 1-5% engagement, you can literally get 100% of listeners actively engaged by using the group break-out feature.

Here are a few of the things that make MaestroConference so unique for me. You can…
  • Create Breakout Groups…
    • Organize workshop-style training by phone, complete with breakout groups that simulate a real workshop. (Deliver a virtual in-person training experience without the hassle and expense of travel.) I use Glance.com (desktop sharing for groups) for the presentation of slides or show-n-tell information.
  • Take Orders…
    • Instruct listeners to order during a teleseminar information session by pressing a button on the phone. (No longer do you have to rely solely on hard-to-remember URLs.)
  • Conduct Instant Polling…
    • Conduct live Q&A calls and “pass the mic” to people who “raise their hands”—thereby avoiding the chaos and noise pollution that happens when you “open up the lines.”
  • High Quality Recordings
      Check out this recording.

Any one of these new features would make teleseminars and teleconferences much more effective.


By putting all three features together, this is bound to make virtual phone events more engaging, more persuasive, and more profitable.

Try It for Free!

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MAESTRO’S “EARLIEST BIRD” SPECIAL

Right now, when you sign up to MaestroConference’s Notification List, you’ll qualify for a free trial.

All you have to do is click the link below and sign up with your name and email.

If you’d like to start using MaestroConference right away, then pay close attention to the page you’ll see after you sign up. I’ve managed to get a few “Earliest Bird” specials just for you. Basically, you’ll get twice the service for half the regular price. This Earliest Bird offer is limited to only 750 people, and Maestro is marketing this heavily so expect these to go fast. Complete details will appear after you sign up for a free trial account.

Try It for Free!

FINAL NOTE:

If you grab one of these now, you’ll be one of the “early adopters” who gets to test-drive the technology for a fraction of what other people will pay.

Not enough for you to jump onboard?
To incent you to use my affiliate link and sign up for Maestro, if you that you signed up, I’ll provide you with a “bonus reward” just for following up with me. Choose one of the following complimentary assessment packages and I’ll personally email you back with instructions for receiving your bonus reward. Use the bonus reward for yourself or someone else. Either way, the bonus reward has real value. 

BONUS REWARD FOR USING MY AFFILIATE LINK - CHOOSE ONE

  • Success Discoveries Personal Mission and Effectiveness Package
  • Success Discoveries Relationship Insights Package
By signing up now, you’ll get “First Mover’s Advantage” in your niche—offering virtual trainings and project meetings that are far superior to what you are doing now.

This gets my strongest endorsement!

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Best wishes for continued success discoveries,

Carl Nielson
Chief Discovery Officer
Success Discoveries
Are you a coach looking for a home? Check us out at http://www.successdiscoveries.com/about
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Managing Principal
The Nielson Group
http://www.nielsongroup.com

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

High School guidance counselors spend less than 30% of time helping students plan for college

This post is inspired by a posting from The Plain Dealer Metro on cleveland.com (see link to article at end of this post)

Ask Lori Gill Hughes about what she does as the lone guidance counselor at Cardinal High School, and she will barely take time for a breath as she runs through the list:

  • Get out the word about scholarships and make sure applicants meet the deadlines.
  • Send out transcripts and recommendations for college applications.
  • Look into tutoring and summer school for failing students.
  • Schedule students for next year’s classes.
  • Oversee state testing.
  • Coordinate orientation at the beginning of the year and an awards ceremony at the end.
  • Deal with any problems kids bring to her office . . .
”I just jump from one thing to another all day long,” Hughes said. “I’m the only counselor for 440 students and I don’t even have secretarial help.”

Hughes is hardly alone in her frustration, according to a report released today by the Michigan-based Joyce Ivy Foundation. After surveying almost a third of Ohio’s 1,500-plus high school counselors, the report concluded they handle so many duties and so many students that they can’t focus on guiding their charges toward college or career training after graduation. [see link to full article at end of this post]

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Success Discoveries and The Nielson Group Partner to Provide Unique Outplacement Services

The use of outplacement services by companies forced to layoff workers is growing according to Lee Hecht Harrison. The Nielson Group, parent company to Success Discoveries and provider of organizational development, hiring and leadership effectiveness programs, combines its tools and strategies with the personal touch and professional coaching competencies of Success Discoveries coaches to provide high quality, client-focused job search coaching services to its clients.

Carl Nielson, Managing Principal of The Nielson Group and Chief Discovery Officer of Success Discoveries, states, “We see the current downturn in the economy differently. While some industries are facing a significant slump, our corporate clients tend to be in growth industries. Hiring might be a bit slower but you still have 90+% employment rate in most areas of the country. Finding and talking with key decision makers that have jobs available is not a difficult task when you take an intentional approach to the job search and everything that goes into preparing for that job search. We don’t see a company’s employment site with automated resume capturing to be a very effective strategy for getting your resume in front of the right person. We also don’t see employment agencies and search firms providing the answer either.”

Success Discvoeries and The Nielson Group are combining best practices to help individuals move quickly from unemployed to passionately employed. Our goal isn’t just to help a person find the next job. We see it as our goal to help a person find the next passionate thing to do. To find out more go to our Career Coaching for Adults offering page.

We are now offering, in addition to our career coaching and resume polishing services, a cost-effective new strategy called “Job Search Work Groups” or JSWG (pronounced J-swig). A JSWG is a group of 3 to 10 individuals who meet by tele-conferencing on a frequent, regular basis and facilitated by a Success Discoveries career coach. The entire concept of a JSWG is relatively new and it has proven to be highly effective for participants. In addition, Success Discoveries supports each JSWG with its entire team of coaches. The JSWG Facilitator is a Success Discoveries coach. Any time a client has an issue or question outside the expertise of the Facilitator, the Facilitator will call on the entire Success Discoveries team to help out. “We are very excited about this new offering, especially during this time of need for many people.” states Carl Nielson, Managing Principal of The Nielson Group and Chief Discovery Officer of Success Discoveries. To learn more go to our Career Coaching for Aduls offerings page.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Carl Nielson Featured Presenter at ICF North Texas July Meeting

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Carl Nielson, Chief Discovery Officer of Success Discoveries and Managing Principal of The Nielson Group will be the featured speaker at the July meeting of the North Texas chapter of the International Coach Federation. His topic is The Business of Coaching: Changing to Succeed.

Participants will experience a “personalized” brainstorming session using “wisdom circles” to co-create a better understanding around their greatest challenges as identified by a personal ChangeWorks! ChangeGrid®. “My goal is to have every participant walk out with a specific solution or action they will be implementing to help them in one or more of the ten components related to the business of coaching.” stated Carl Nielson.  The star of the program will be the participants. The more open and willing each coach is to share their success stories and solutions around the business of coaching the greater the value for everyone. But rather than have everyone try to address ten “big” components to the business of coaching, we will use the ChangeGrid® results to assign each participant to a specific wisdom circle. Participants will be invited to share their learnings back to the entire group as a wrap-up segment.

For more information, visit the ICF North Texas website calendar event.

The ChangeWorks! ChangeGrid is a registered trademark of T. Falcon Napier and Associates, Inc.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Career Coaching for Students™ Version 3.0 Now Available

Success Discoveries has just announced the release of version 3.0 of Career Coaching for Students™. The new version eliminates the need for the Student Resources CD (all resources are online now) and has enhanced the guidebook to be easier to use, more attractive and motivational for students. Exercises have been enhanced as well.

One of the most exciting additions for Version 3.0 is the availability of Life Skills for Students™ self-study modules. These are downloadable modules including audio and printable workbooks on key skills needed to be successful in college and in life. Any student who listens to the modules and completes the simple exercises in the workbooks will excel.

The new binder includes 11 tabs for students to hold additional content. “I always had plans to make Career Coaching for Students™ a comprehensive “success strategy” for students”, stated Carl Nielson, developer of the program and founder of Success Discoveries. “We were very pleased with the acceptance of earlier versions of the program. The program structure hasn’t really changed because of that positive feedback. The program has become much richer because of the binder design changes, enhanced online resources, guidebook enhancements and the addition of the Life Skills for Students™ modules.”

For more information about Career Coaching for Students™ go to http://www.successdiscoveries.com/products/ccfs. To have a representative contact you, or you can call us at 972.346.2892. 

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ICF North Texas TeleClasses for Coaches

ICF North Texas TeleClass Hope Page

Journey to Excellence

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~ Chinese Proverb

The International Coach Federation North Texas Chapter has initiated a continuing education teleclass series for coaches. These offerings qualify for CE credit and are open to any coach. Not a member of the North Texas Chapter? No problem! A nonmember price is offered that is very cost-effective. Become a member and save on all teleclasses.

Learn more or Register for this FIRST Teleclass!


Powerful Listening and Powerful Questioning: Keys to Coaching Excellence

Presented by Christine Martin, MA, MBA, MCC

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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Success Discoveries for Social Networking

Even with unemployment on the rise, you may be thinking you are in a good position. No risk of you losing your job, right?. So networking is probably way down on your priority list. If you are recently unemployed, you may be in shock, perhaps wondering just how you are going to rebound in this bad economy.

Regardless of your personal situation, may I suggest you raise networking on your priority list. If you are in a strong, secure situation, then you are in a position to help others. Why do that if everything is good? Because I haven’t met anyone who made it through their entire life/career without at some point needing their network. So if there were ever a good time in the last century to decide to help others, this is it. One of the best ways to be effective at helping others is to network - make yourself accessable to others by interacting with others. 

For some, especially those in professional sales, networking is second nature. But for most, Networking (with a capital N) is one of those tasks that never seems to take center stage until we are desparate. Then, when you actually do some networking, it tastes bad. It doesn’t feel right.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Bachelor TV show - What has Jason learned? What has America learned

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Success Discoveries for Effective Networking™ Brings Results

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Career Coaching for Students™ Receives Community Service Recognition

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Top Personality and Career Tests on the Web: You Get What You Pay For

by Carl Nielson
Any business that fails to take a regular inventory of its assets and deficiencies is doomed to failure. The same can be said for individuals who are committed to using their innate strengths in choosing a career path and improving their lives. Americans are often stuck in the pursuit of “finding themselves”. As a result…

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Success Discoveries for Couples™ Special Offer for Valentine’s Day

Would a User Manual for your spouse be a good thing?
Want to relate better to your spouse?
Want to show your signficant other how much love you have to give?
Need brownie points for Valentine’s Day?
What if you knew what your spouse really wants?
Want something that lasts longer than roses?

Roses - $50
Dinner - $100
Movie - $25
Theatre tickets - $100
A User Manual for your Spouse - PRICELESS!

A great Valentine’s Day gift for any couple!

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Success Discoveries for Couples Valentine’s Special

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Michele Wahlder appears on WFAA TV’s Good Morning Texas

Success Discoveries’ Michele Wahlder was invited to talk with the hosts of WFAA’s Good Morning Texas in Dallas, TX. Her topic was “Mental Spring Cleaning: Is your Self Talk Toxic?”

To watch the clip and download her Mental Spring Cleaning workbook, click here.

Michele’s coaching practice, Life Possibilities, focuses on life, career and relationships.

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Reading on the Rise for Adults

According to a new study by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), for the first time in history, American adults are reading more literature. The study, called “Reading on the Rise” documents a convincing increase in rates and numbers of American adults who read literature, with the biggest increases among young adults, ages 18 to 24. This growth reverses more than two decades of downward trends cited in previous NEA surveys.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Inspiring Students

Success Discoveries provides a wide range of coaching services, mostly for adults and organizations. One area we are very proud of is our Career Coaching for Students™ program. That one program has connected us with 1,000’s of students at the high school and college level. Just when you start getting a little cocky about your impact, along comes something that keeps you humble. Read More to see the story and watch two short videos that are sure to touch your heart.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Free Internet Resources for High School Students researching careers

Success Discoveries offers extensive Internet content for career exploration and education option research for high school students. The Resources pages are open to the public, no password required. All content has been reviewed for value and appropriateness before being posted. ”We realized the content we provide on Career Coaching for Students™ career exploration Resources pages is perhaps the best on the web. We could keep it a secret or open it and promote it to career counselors and career exploration curriculum directors as well as to parents. We feel it is a win-win strategy to leave it open. The more people who visit the Career Coaching for Students site, the more that learn about this very effective program for high school students. We hope schools and students (with their parents involvement) are able to leverage the research tools to find passion.” stated Carl Nielson, developer of Career Coaching for Students.
Career Coaching for Students™ free research resources
Career Coaching for Students™ - the program, the guidebook, the testimonials

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