03 Mar 2014 Written by KB

Women, Career Desire and Unnecessary Sacrifice

Diversity and Inclusivity were certainly words high on the agenda in 2013 and over the course of the year I was involved in many conversations that looked at barriers for young professional women.

My observations from these conversations with industry bodies, board members, young professional women and organisations focusing on gender diversity are that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

Consistently over the year I posed the questions: “Is it that young women can’t pursue more senior career opportunities i.e. don’t have the skills, experience or opportunities? Or is it that they don’t have the desire to do so?”

To date, most gender diversity initiatives have focused on the first of these two questions by implementing training and development programs, mentor relationships and internal working groups aimed at removing roadblocks. Few have focused on the very important matter of desire.

Personally, I recall a time early in my finance career when the question of desire surfaced. For me – in the corporate landscape within which I was working – staying in or aspiring to reach greater heights in my career was never a question of skill. I had to really want to achieve and desire career growth in my chosen field, aside from the necessary skills I’d have to acquire along the way. This was a sentiment that was also shared by many of my female colleagues and one that, from what I keep hearing, is strongly held by young professional women in the workforce in 2014.

28 Feb 2014 Written by denisebrosseau

Are You An Amplifier?

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If you’re like me every day your mailbox overflows with invitations to conferences, requests to give to political campaigns and opportunities to get involved in local community activities. You receive information from entrepreneurs starting new businesses, executives launching new projects and former colleagues looking for new jobs. Your friends ask you to donate to their latest charity run or support their kid’s softball team. And you are regularly inundated with news and articles on any number of interesting topics.

Rather than hit the delete key, what if you were to look at each of these emails as an opportunity to be an amplifier – someone who curates, highlights and even shines the spotlight on the best ideas for the benefit of those around them?
Why be an amplifier? Because amplifiers build their credibility and visibility with people who matter. Rather than stay on the sidelines, they move the conversation forward. Rather than opposing progress, they smooth the way for others and build a reputation as someone who makes things happen.
Here are a few ways to tell if you’re an amplifier…
28 Feb 2014 Written by denisebrosseau

Are You an Amplifier?

If you’re like me, every day your mailbox overflows with invitations to conferences, requests to give to political campaigns and opportunities to get involved in local community activities. You receive information from entrepreneurs starting new businesses, executives launching new projects and former colleagues looking for new jobs. Your friends ask you to donate to their latest charity run or support their kid’s softball team. And you are regularly inundated with news and articles on any number of interesting topics.
27 Feb 2014 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching

Find Out What Is Stopping You From Moving Forward

I’ve been reading a really great book on mindset. It’s called “Mindset – The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck. She outlines how people have two types of mindsets, a fixed or growth mindset. What’s fascinating is the people with the “fixed” mindset feel that being perfect equals success. They are so pre-occupied with it, they miss the chance to grow and actually be successful. In essence they get in their own way, and stay stuck while trying to reach perfection. The people with the “growth” mindset see success as a process by which they are continuously learning new things. Success to them is a journey and not measured every step of the way. These people take action and move forward.
Think about it for a second. If you’re constantly trying to be perfect in everything you do, really what you’re doing is holding yourself back from moving forward. You likely care A LOT about what others think. If this is the case, every single decision you make is based on what others might think of you. Think of your sales calls for example. If you’re on a call with a potential client and you’re more concerned with what that person thinks of you rather than how you can help them, you’re sunk! You won’t be able to properly convey to them how you can help them and what you can do for them. Instead you’re analyzing your every move for fear of being judged. This is limiting your success and business growth. It is likely showing up in all areas of your life too.
24 Feb 2014 Written by chicceo

Own a Pure Barre Studio!

We hope you’ve all seen and heard our entrepreneur spotlight on Carrie Dorr, founder and chief concept officer, of Pure Barre. Carrie has an inspiring story as she took a leap of faith and left a successful career as a lawyer to open up her first Pure Barre studio in the basement of an office building in 2001. Since then, Pure Barre has grown to become the largest barre franchise in the nation, with over 200 studios open across the country. 
Pure Barre has exploded in popularity due to a number of factors, with the primary reason being that the workout truly works! The technique changes clients’ bodies quickly and safely by lifting your seat, toning your thighs, abs, and arms, and burning fat in record-breaking time.
PureBarre is also a fantastic business opportunity for entrepreneurs who want the independence and satisfaction of owning your own business, with the benefits of a national brand and a strong corporate team to support you. There are multiple revenue streams within each studio, including our popular barre classes, as well as high-end retail apparel and accessories.
21 Feb 2014 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching

4 Tips for Being Authentic in Your Business

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I had the opportunity to sit down with a few people who are really rocking it in their businesses! Think multiple seven figures. What happened, though, is that not once did these particular people take a real interest in my business and vision for the future. They either did a big “product dump” on me – meaning they talked about the features of their service – or they just assumed they knew what was best for me and my business without really asking about my bigger vision. This was very disheartening – as especially those of you who have worked with me personally and who have been introduced to a compassionate way of doing sales will understand. It’s really not about doing something “to” someone; it’s about doing something “for” someone. In this situation, I definitely felt like they were doing something “to” me. It was disappointing to say the least.
These encounters have made me proud of the way I do business and also of the fact that I actually care about the people I interact with – whether they sign up to work with me or not. Our businesses are about what we can do for people not what we’re trying to get from them. Sure, we all have our own financial goals, but it’s really about providing an amazing service or product for someone to help them in some way, shape or form.  It’s about making a difference in other people’s lives.
17 Feb 2014 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching

Are You A Giver Or A Taker?

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If you’re only focused on what you can “get” from someone else, they will feel this and be repelled by you. Maybe a little harsh, but true. We’ve all had that encounter with an icky sales person, who isn’t listening to us, and just wants to “sell” us something. We can’t get away from them fast enough – right? The problem is that even though they might have a great product or service that we want to buy, if they’re not listening to us and are “product dumping” on us, it’s a turn-off.
On the other hand, when someone approaches us with the intention of how they can help us, and they ask us questions about it, we are much more open to talking to them and learning more about them.
10 Feb 2014 Written by TotalHarmonyCoaching

Dance Your Way To Success!

I had an amazing time hosting the money makeover event in Marina Del Rey yesterday! We were in the perfect setting for clearing out success blocks and creating abundance – with the ocean breeze blowing in and the fireplace burning! It was awesome to see and witness the break throughs that were had :) I truly love this work and am so grateful to be able to facilitate it :)
I’m reminded of how easy things can happen when you feel good. I love hearing a great song on the radio. The one by Robin Thicke – who would have thought? – really gets me groovin’. My new thing is to have a little dance party before starting work. Great for getting you in the zone for creating amazing things!!
Read on to learn how you can literally dance your way to success!
I remember thinking while I was dancing not too long ago, that I really need to do it more often. You know what I mean, right ladies? I had been too serious lately and really needed a dose of fun back into my life. It was super liberating knowing no one could see me and I could pull out any move I wanted!
04 Feb 2014 Written by chicceo

My Negotiation Secret

When we hit the new year, I decided that 2014 would be a "year of experiments" for me - everything is an experiment and with that comes new behaviors, new beliefs and a new commitment to objectivity. It's been an interesting start to the year and I've realized that being objective is 1) incredibly difficult given we all have a certain amount of experiences and beliefs that we filter all communication and happenings through and 2) is a daily practice in sheer will. 
I run little experiments and watch for outcomes with as much objectivity as I can muster. My experiments include anything from the music I leave on for my pup when I leave the house (does she eat my mail less frequently when I turn on Adele? or The Album Leaf?), to noticing how a conversation with a colleague always goes better when my hair isn't in a ponytail, to offering a car salesman 15% less than he wants to sell for - simply to see if he'll take the deal.
The topic of negotiation has come up a lot and recently a group of fellow entrepreneurs and I were discussing some of their best techniques. Chic CEO's article on the 7 Tips for Negotiation is a great start and encompassed a lot of what we were already discussing - however, there is one thing I always keep in my back pocket, it's the simplest secret, but is a practice of mine on a daily basis and even more so, now that I've started my "experiments." 
04 Feb 2014 Written by chicceo

Chic Entrepreneur: Amber Blumer, The Skinny Lemon Co

I’ve known Amber Blumer for a few years and watched her turn a simple, well known cleanse into what is now a thriving California company. I’m excited to share her story!
The Skinny Lemon Co™ was born last year in sunny Los Angeles. Amber decided to make herself the original homemade Master Cleanse™. While squeezing lemons, measuring, pouring, and making an entire mess with the lemons, maple, and cayenne pepper, she asked herself, “Why isn’t the original Master Cleanse bottled already so I can just grab a bottle while on-the- go?” And that was the catalyst that sent her into action! She started Skinny Lemon Co and immediately registered the trademark The Master Cleanse. With the trademark in hand, she set out to build Skinny Lemon Co as a brand based solely on The Master Cleanse. Now those who drink it would have confidence that they are drinking the original formula, with only the best sourced ingredients. Today her cleansing juices are showing up in retailers all over Southern California. As they say, when life gives you lemons… get skinny! Her clientele includes celebrities, athletes, and even stay at home parents. 
Amber jumped into an industry she knew very little about but understanding that passion alone wouldn’t be the only thing needed to launch. That’s when she turned to  Chic CEO’s resources!


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