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Liz Trocchio Smith

Liz Trocchio Smith
Certified Executive Business Coach
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Monday Morning Tasks To Ensure A Successful Week

It’s no secret that most people dread Mondays. However, if you’re passionate about the work you are doing, Monday isn’t a drag, Monday is a fresh start. Each new week brings an opportunity for limitless potential. No matter what you were facing last week, this is a new week and you can start off right. Monday Morning Tasks to Ensure a Successful Week Get an Early Start. Arrive at work a…

Finding A Great Mentor

Young professionals need someone to pattern themselves after – a trusted adviser, a supporter, a person who can lend experience. Since finding a great mentor is one of the best ways to enhance your own future, I recommend the following: Let it happen. Don’t ask someone to be your mentor. The best ones are already taken. They’re buried with requests. So just watch them, take mental notes, follow their examples. And…

You Become Who You Are With

The influence of those around us is so powerful. Many times we don’t even realize we’re being strongly affected because influences generally develop over an extended period of time. Peer pressure is an especially powerful force because it is so subtle. If you’re around people who spend all they make, chances are excellent that you’ll spend all you make. If you are around people who don’t read, chances are excellent…

Vision

Good leaders are driven by their vision and naturally dissatisfied with the status quo.  Even when they reach the summit of one mountain, they start looking for the next peak to climb. Great leaders always keep in mind that they must share their vision and get their team to join them for the climb. Here are 10 Tips for Conveying Your Vision Own it.  Winston Churchill said, “Before you can…

Negotiating Like an FBI Agent

I recently came across this from Fast Company and knew you would find it as informative and valuable as I did. 5 Steps to Negotiating Like An FBI Agent If you’ve ever spent time with human beings, you probably know that it’s impossible to change their minds. So what if someone’s life is on the line? Then you call in somebody like Chris Voss, who was once the FBI’s chief…

5 Real World Rules of the Workplace

If you are a Debbie Downer in the workplace, or work with one, then read on or share this with your downer co-worker!  While browsing through my neighborhood Barnes and Noble over the weekend, I picked up a copy of the New York Times Best Seller by CY Wakeman, The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace. The workplace consultant shares her candid advice on how to boost personal value and be happier…

It’s All In The Attitude

If you are looking for a good read, pick up  Jon Gordon’s  book, The Carpenter.  It is truly a must-read. The Carpenter is an engaging parable of a high-powered entrepreneur who recaptures his sense of purpose through working with (and learning from) a blue-collar artisan. The highlight of the book is the following promise: I vow to stay positive in the face of negativity; When I am surrounded by pessimism, I will choose…

Are You Really Listening?

“When people talk, listen completely.  Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway Listening is the foundation of any good relationship.  Great leaders listen to what their customers and prospects want and need, and they listen to the challenges those customers face.  They listen to colleagues and are open to new ideas.  They listen to their employees – everyone from the receptionist to the shareholders and investors.  Leaders listen to what…

Relax, You Have 168 Hours This Week!

There are 168 hours in a week; this is immutable truth.  That sounds like a lot, but is it really enough time to cover the demands of a successful career, family involvement, and everything else that makes up a fulfilling life? Let’s do the back-of-the-envelope calculation. Starting with those 168 hours, first take away 49 just for sleep. Don’t try to cheat on this. If you are getting less than…

The Joy of Girlfriends

First, for all you men who just rolled your eyes and decided this Monday Morning Coffee doesn’t apply to you, read on.   I know you have women in your life – a wife, girlfriend, mom, sister, co-worker or friend who is a woman, so don’t turn away, you might just learn something. Girlfriends are different.   A lot of women have “friends”, but the really lucky ones have “girlfriends”….

A Labor of Love

In honor of Labor Day, I’m rerunning my post from Labor Day 2013.  Enjoy the post and enjoy your well deserved day off! Do you ever wonder when the first Labor Day was celebrated or who decided that we should even celebrate Labor Day, or do you just know that you get a long weekend the first Monday of every September and that’s really all that matters to you?  Well,…