Archive for January, 2012

Finding the Joy in Whatever You Do. Part 3

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Barbara Frankel, a career coach in Great Neck, N.Y., often asks her clients to begin by making a fantasy list of 10 things they would love to be — initially eliminating any concerns about nuts-and-bolts reality — things like education, age, competition or salary. The whole idea is to get the ideas flowing.


Finding the Joy in Whatever You Do. Part 2

Monday, January 30th, 2012

So, that’s the way she started with a new client, Barbara Kaiser, 42, then a stay-at-home mom living in a rural Texas setting, but one who was yearning for something more. When Kaiser’s discomfort reached a level she could no longer endure, she reached out to Luther and together they embarked on a mission to ferret out the kind of work that would make her feel alive, while at the same time allow her ample family time. (more…)

Finding the Joy in Whatever You Do. Part 1

Monday, January 30th, 2012

“When a man or woman follows bliss, and acts from the heart, that commitment seems in turn to energize the world.” Jean Shinoda Bolen

Some of us know what it’s like to work from the heart, but others know instead the sense of great discomfort that comes when the “real you” is trapped inside a life that feels like a charade.


Long Term Exercise Success

Monday, January 30th, 2012

1. People realizethat theyshould start exercising (this may emanate from a displeasing sight in the mirror, a command from a physician, or the warnings of the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle from the media).

2. They consider joining a fitness center (which assures them that with the commitment they currently display, getting in shape will surely come in short order — as long as they join RIGHT NOW). (more…)

Putting it all Together

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The following steps can help lead you to a winning Pilates-based program:

* Assess member demand.

* Hire a certified instructor who fully understands the safety and physiology issues, or find the proper training and certifying coursework for trainers already on staff. (more…)

Joining a Start-Up position

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Why not if it works? But at what price?

The “right” company
Intellectual property is the heartbeat of any company, but attracting the people who bring the “gold dust” between their ears is not an easy task. Sure, the golden handcuffs and stock-triggered parachutes entice to a certain extent, but unless the offer goes beyond equity, most high-caliber professionals keep on shopping for the “right” company. (more…)

Innovation Why Bother

Friday, January 13th, 2012

As a judge of these awards, I have noticed several trends that may indicate that the innovative efforts by facility professionals may not be deriving optimum benefit for their facilities. If this is true for those who enter the Nova7Awards competition, it may be even more true, and more of a serious loss, for those fitness centers whose professionals do not enter. (more…)

Overcoming Exercise Autopilot

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Humans are creatures of habit. People often move through their lives on autopilot, plodding through the same activities day in and day out. Once in a comfort zone, it can be difficult to change. Typically, this behavior transfers to exercise programs. People tend to get comfortable on one type of machine or in a specific class and repeatedly perform the same routine, on the same days, at the same level of intensity, for the same amount of time, over and over again. Eventually, this can result in exercise plateaus, boredom and even injury. (more…)

Most On-line services tell you what’s new on the Web

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

A new type of worker, known as the “competitive intelligence professional,” has emerged in the past decade.

These people, who are adept at performing electronic and other forms of research, now populate the landscape of large corporations, either as employees or on contract.