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September, 2007

....It's time to come clean. Time to go through the piles of files, articles and things I really meant to do and more because it's September and we should be more productive. Or maybe not. Maybe September is the time of year to go to the cottage and read some books. Many people have been saying that summer is now just as busy at work as the rest of the year with the only difference being -  you don't have to wear socks. What happened to "there's no point in calling them, they are all on holidays and no one makes decisions in August anyway?"

Just finished reading "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss. Lots of interesting ideas and suggestions and really a book about doing what matters to you and delegating the rest. Will talk more about it next month. His website is:

I will get back to my "in" box now.


What if I can't find anything to do?
stock old Recently we had a workshop participant comment at the first of a Best-Half Discovery Forum, " I am worried that I am going to just sit on the couch and drink red wine. I don't know what I'm going to do with my time."

An important part of planning for any reinvention is taking the time to open up to the possibilities in the world. When we started coaching with The Best-Half, we discovered that people have difficulty determining what their possibilities might be - and so we started keeping track and adding them to the workshop. We now include over 100 choices between work and leisure and every time we have a Discovery Forum we get to add to the list. The possibilities really are endless.

At the end of the workshop, our "couch sitter" exclaimed: "I'm going to sit on my couch and drink red wine because I am going to be so busy I will need the break!" - the power of possibility...
The Kolbe Index  - Part Two
A quick review: The Kolbe Index measures your natural method of taking action through your instincts. Instincts by the way, don't significantly change over time.  Looking at the collective instincts of a group is a wonderful way of helping individuals and teams understand what makes them successful in both the short term and the long term and how to leverage their unique strengths. Kolbe measures four  modes or drivers: Fact Finder,  Follow Thru, Quick Start and Implementor.

When there are too many Fact Finders on a team we can experience "paralysis by analysis". Too many insistant Follow Thru's and new systems and processes might not be found. Too many Quickstarts can result in not enough information and research behind decisions and too many high implementors may have trouble seeing the trees for the forest.

Too many resistant Fact Finders could simplify the process too much. Not enough Follow Thru and it may be tough to stay on track. Too many resistant Quickstarts and needed changes may be disguarded to avoid chaos. Too many resistant Implementors could result in not enough concrete actions and tangible solutions.

Team diversity or synergy is a critical component of getting anything achieved from making dinner to running a government. Applaud the diversity of team members and encourage them to use their unique instincts to contribute to the end result. If you have a team that is "in trouble" it may just be that they need a tune-up and some re-balancing to get them back to being hi-performing.

The Best-Half puts people  in touch with what really matters to them at any stage of their career and shows them how to find purpose, new meaning and engagement in both their work and home life. - hint: it's all about legacy and possibility! For employers the Best-Half establishes a dialogue between the employee and the organization allowing for effective medium and long range resource planning and succession planning throughout the entire spectrum of an individual's career.

Call us if you want to help your people plan for the future. It's going to be here before you know it (the future that is...)

Gordon Neufeld
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