Christmas 2000

Season’s Greetings

I hope you are all busy getting ready for a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season. As for me, I’m going to be celebrating the holidays on the other side of the Atlantic this year. I wish for all of you a safe and happy yuletide season and the very best 2001_for those who clung to proper terminology, now is your time to celebrate the true millennium. For the rest of us, it’s still time to party like it was 1999!I leave on December 23rd will be back in Prague by January 8th should you need to contact me.

Coaching as a Management ToolThe next Coaching Seminar will be Feb 2. The first seminar on this topic was held Dec. 9 and was structured as an Introduction to Coaching, where a general overview of the term and how it is used in today’s management practices was presented. The outcome was very positive and productive and I would again like to thank all the participants for their encouraging and constructive comments.

The Feb. 2 seminar will focus a more on coaching as a management tool. Look for a separate mailing with more information about this next month.

All-Stars Finish SeasonThe two-times-champions, The Prague All Stars, ceded their No. 1 place in the finals Dec. 12 to Gillette in a tough match ending 5:3. It was heartbreaking to see the guys lose after such a great winning streak. The team is considering getting into intensive training and plans to take their revenge next season.

Communication Tip of the MonthSince the beginning of the year is a good opportunity to set new goals, how can climbing a mountain be used to help us achieving these goals?

When experienced mountain climbers plan an ascent to the summit of a mountain, which way do they plan, from the bottom up or from the top down?

While a beginner tends to begin from the valley and plan his way up, an experienced climber will start with the summit, look for a route to the next lowest target. Then he looks for the next point below that, and so on, until he reaches the valley.

This “top down” approach can also be used in business settings, because it requires you to have a firmly defined goal before taking any steps. After having your goal firmly defined, you need to consider these necessary steps from the “top down” to achieve your goal.

And don’t forget to share your goal with your team. You may have a firm concept of your team’s goal, but is the same concept shared by those you are working with? If you feel your team goals are often being misunderstood or missed, try a backward planning session to put everyone back on the right track.

Wishing you all the best for 2001Karin