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"Be faithful in small things for it is in them that your strength lies." - Mother Teresa

"A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want." - Madonna

"At the end of the day people won't remember what you say or did, they will remember how you make them feel." - Maya Angelou

"To be a person you are not is to waste the person you are." - Loren Slocum

"The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do." - Amelia Earhart

"I am not afraid. I was born to do this." - Joan of Arc

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Creating Transformative Change

I am honored and excited to be participating in something special and magical that is happening right now. I am currently in Florida at The First Annual Co-Active Summit.

The Summit is a call to leaders and change agents to experience and create transformative change in the world through co-activity. You are reading this because I recognize YOU as a leader and as someone who is up to something big in the world.

We are acknowledging and celebrating that we are living in a world that is changing faster than ever before in history and that transformation is being created on an individual, corporate, community and global level and we – us here at The Summit and YOU (wherever you are in the world right now) – are the primary agents of change.

Karen and Henry Kimsey-House, the co-founders of The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), are leading us in realizing that we have a job to do – we are here to evoke transformation by doing our individual and collective work in the world. And, the first step is to be more open, aware and available.

What's Your Piece?

The fundamental work of The Coaches Training Institute is not training coaches, it is about training leaders to be co-active and to participate in co-creating our world, a world that works for every body. Co-Activity is about how we are in relationship with one another, how we interact with our families, how we do our work, how we fulfill our mission and so much more. I can’t do it alone and you can’t do it alone. We have to do it together.

Do you feel fully alive and engaged in life? Are you living a life of passion, purpose and paradox? Do you know how much you matter, how much your work matters and how much your mission matters?

It is time for us all to realize how important our individual contributions are. It is time for us all to step up and do more work that matters.

Take the next step in your journey today! Maybe it’s time for you to start something, maybe it’s time for you to finish something, maybe it’s time for you to learn something, maybe it’s time for you to teach something. Ask yourself what’s being called forth in you now?

We invite you to join us in co-creating the world – now!

Learn the Fundamentals of Co-Activity!

CTI has Fundamentals Courses in Los Angeles on:
March 4th – March 6th
April 29th – May 1st
May 20th – May 22nd

Fundamentals is a three day experiential coach training course where you will learn what it means to be co-active in your life whether or not you are a coach or intend to become a coach. You can get more information (as well as other dates and locations) and register online at

You are invited to use the Special Code AMB2011 to receive a $200 discount.  Feel free to share this code with anyone you’d like to invite to join you or that you think might benefit from becoming more co-active in their lives.

CTI offers a 100% money back guarantee for Fundamentals.  If you attend all three days of the course and you are dissatisfied for any reason, you can request a full refund for up to 30 days after your course.

Are you already a coach? What’s the next step on your journey of co-activity? Are you ready for Certification or Leadership? Or are you an ambassador of co-activity in this world. Take the next step! Sign up for your next course! Invite others to join us in creating transformational change!

I am honored and delighted to be sharing my journey with you and I look forward to co-creating even more transformational change alongside you!


“Success should not be measured by how much one has consumed, but by how much one has contributed.” – Karen Kimsey-House

7 Ways to Create a Powerful Peer Group

bigstockphoto_friends_holding_hands_outdoors_2029593You’ve probably heard it said that you are the sum total of the 7 people you hang out with most.  So who do you hang out with most?  And, do you like who you are and who you are becoming in that company?

If you want to lose weight, hang out with healthy, fit people.  It makes it easier.  If you want to be more successful, surround yourself with people who are MORE successful than you are.  If you want to be in a fulfilling marriage, hang out with other couples who represent that for you.

Conceptually, this sounds great.  But, I think it’s harder than it sounds.  I know that the people I spend the most time with actually are my children.  When they were little, it was hard for my brain to keep from turning to jello sometimes.  As an entrepreneur, I spend most of my time working with clients or in pursuit of new clients.  I have to make a conscious effort to put myself in environments that stretch me and to surround myself with people who propel me forward.

Here are 7 Ways to Create a Powerful Peer Group:

1. Be at choice about who you spend your time with.  Of course there are important people who you are in relationships with that may not serve your vision of who you are becoming.  Choose when to spend your time with them and how much time and energy you want to invest in that relationship.  I’m not going to stop hanging out with my kids.  But, I am intentional about that time.  I love to play games with them, help them with their homework, make meals, go to the movies and just hang out with my kids.  But, I don’t play Xbox or WOW with them.  You get the idea.  I also love my extended family dearly.  I come from a long line of women who love with food – lots of delicious food.  If I am watching my diet, I need to plan ahead when I attend a family event.  It’s also true that I love with food and make regular attempts to kill my loved ones with enchiladas and cheesecake.  They need to plan accordingly and enlist my support when they come over.

2. Bring the people in your current peer group up with you.  So, in the case of my family, especially my immediate family, I am not going to stop eating with them as a long term solution.  But, I can enroll them in eating better with me.  Now, I have a peer group that supports me.  You can do this with your office staff, your management team, the Little League moms or any of your other friends.

3. Join networking and business development groups or start your own.  My favorite business development group for Women Entrepreneurs is The Association of Women Entreprenuers.  I am inspired by the motivational and inspirational speakers.  I love the mastermind groups.  And I cherish the friendships that I have made with like-minded women in pursuit of MORE.

4. Join or start a mastermind group.  Be intentional about who you choose to mastermind with.  Look for people who compliment you and stretch you.  Many coaches and consultants offer the opportunity to mastermind with them for a price.  If this is your next teacher, then the price is generally worth it.  You can mastermind with me, if you are so inspired.

5. Attend conventions in your field.  Conventions are a fabulous opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals who are moving in the same direction that you are and conventions generally offer progressive educational opportunites in your field.

6. Pursue a credential.  Most credentialing programs give you education with a peer group, or tribe, built in.  One of the tribes that I am proudest to belong to and most stretched and fulfilled by is my CTI Leadership Tribe.  My coaching certification, CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach), also admits me to an amazing, international tribe of coaches and leaders.  I continue to be inspired and grown by these associations.

7. Join an association of professionals in your field.  As a coach, I belong to The International Coach Federation and The International Coach Federation in Los Angeles.  I know I am among “my people” when I attend any ICF event.  Know your tribe!  If you are a designer, hang out with other designers.  If you are a realtor, work with other realtors.  These collaborations make us all better at what we do and help us to serve our clients better by bringing up our whole industry.

Whatever you do, do something.  You’re success depends on it!

Be Responsible for Your Impact

Your impact is how your words and actions make other people feel.  As a leader in the world and in your community, you will get great results by taking responsibility for your impact.

Here’s an example that you will understand if you’ve ever been in any kind of relationship:  In an arguement, you say something that is misunderstood or taken the wrong way.  It is normal for your response to be, “But, that’s not what I meant!  You are twisting my words.  You are making it mean something else.”  Or something to that effect.  I know you’ve been in this situation in some fashion.

Here’s the call to action:

Instead of blaming the other person for how they react to your messages, verbal and non-verbal, take responsibility for your impact.  Notice what kind of response you are getting from how and what you are communicating.  If you truly did not intend to insult your spouse, your child, your sister or your client, do not make it worse by telling them that they are wrong for being insulted.  If you don’t like the response you are getting, change your message and/or the way it’s being delivered.

Inspirational Woman of the Month

Mother Teresa

madre_teresa_calcuttaNo matter your politics or your religion, most people recognize Mother Teresa as a great woman.  Her life and her work celebrate the simple joy of loving, the greatness and dignity of all people and the value of doing little things faithfully and with love.  She inspires me in so many ways, but most notably by being a leader in the world who affected change with one small action at time.  The legacy she leaves us is the knowledge that small things matter and that everyone has something to contribute.  Everyone.  She said, “Do not wait for leaders.  Do it alone, person to person.”  What she may not recognize, in her humility, is that this is actually true leadership.  And this is the kind of leader that Mother Teresa was.  This reminds me to let go of the details and simply do the work that is in front of me now.  She also told us, “We can not do great things.  We can only do small things with great love.”  She reminds us that a smile heals and it is ours to give.  Smile at someone today.  She reminds us to love our neighbors, really.  For many of us, that means getting to know our neighbors.  And, with the holidays approaching, I also like to remember that Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”  It is a small act of kindness and humanity and it is something tangible that we can all do.

Obama’s Commencement Speech to ASU Class of 2009

If you haven’t seen this, make some time. This is a great speech that speaks to the work that ALL of us are here to do. If you are short on time, skip the introduction. If you really need the “cliff notes” version, watch the last 15 minutes.

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