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Judy’s Take: “I Cried, I Begged For Mercy and That’s What Saved My Job”

Posted on February 13, 2014 by Judy |,, 310.215.9975

 ”People don’t commit to changing because they are a little bit in love with the way they have been. The best way to be is to be in love with the way you can be. Glenn Kelman, CEO of online real estate brokerage, Redfin, developed this philosophy from personal experience.”I cried, I begged for mercy and promised to change and that is what saved my job,”  he said. The chairman of the board was firing him because he failed to pay attention to previous warnings about his behavior and personality.  He had to go. The thunderbolt of being fired from the software company he founded proved to be the motivation Mr. Kelman needed to make the personal changes before moving on to lead Redfin.We would all be wise to remember Mr. Kelman’s words whether it’s to keep a job, clients, partners, staff or personal relationships. We each have flaws that distract us from our potential success in business or life.

In our transformational coaching, we see and feel the pain that personality flaws and behavior can reek on relationships, careers and income. Results happen when people, like Mr. Kelman, are faced with losing when the stakes are high.  With videography, professional coaching, specific ‘before’ and ‘after’ exercises combined with a personalized plan for change, we find it gratifying to help clients save careers, receive promotions and improve income.

Sometimes our clients even tell us their personal relationships with their children and spouses improved. We don’t make those claims, but it is rewarding to hear about the added results.

Look, the most successful people in wealth creation, leadership and life are continual learners. They thrive on making personal and professional improvements. The rest? They stay stuck in frustration and settle for where they are…or get fired.

This is a new year and you don’t have to “cry or beg for mercy.” Just fall in love with who you can be.

Sister Maureen

Posted on December 30, 2013 by Judy |,, 310.215.9975

sister maureenIf you get the opportunity to hear Sister Maureen Craig speak, take it. She is a cherished nun at St. John’s hospital in Santa Monica, CA who delivers  powerful and inspirational messages to audiences everywhere. What makes her such an inspiring speaker? For starters, the 80-year old nun speaks without notes. She is witty, talks from the heart and she will probably tell you, “with common sense.” Every motivational speaker could learn a thing or two from this spirited nun.

It makes no difference which celebrity or dignitary is in the audience, or the honored guest at one gala or another. When Sister Maureen speaks, all eyes and ears are focused on her.

I’m going to interview her in January and maybe she will share some of her speaking secrets. Stay tuned!

Failure to Communicate Costly to Companies

Posted on December 30, 2013 by Judy |,, 310.215.9975

money This USA Today headline is from a study Deloitte and USA Today published several years ago. The study showed that a staggering 14% of each 40-hour workweek is wasted due to poor communication between staff and managers. That equates to seven workweeks lost every year.  Imagine what the price of ineffective communication is costing companies today. You would be right to think communication skills are a profit center. We will follow up in January’s newsletter on the biggest communication problems costing companies today.