September 2003

Welcome to this month’s L’Epée Coaching & Consulting Newsletter. A warm welcome to our newest readers, and as always, warm appreciation to our long-time readers. I hope you all had a wonderful summer and that you are all ready for a cool and sunny fall.

1. Career Management Workshop

Are you contemplating a career transition? Do you need to take stock, broaden your perspective, build confidence and gain clarity, and gain a clear sense of direction and desired financial rewards? Whether you want to carry out your current job more effectively, go for a promotion, size up new career options, take the plunge and go freelance, or set up your own business, this Career Assessment Workshop will help you through the process by supporting, inspiring and challenging you to clarify your game plan and take action.

2. Effective Communication Techniques: Figuring people out

This workshop focuses primarily on how people function nad communicate generally and how they behave in a given situation. By learning how people behave and identifying their internal reality, we can connect anc communicate with each other in a more efficient and productive way.

3. Career Management Program

In my Easter Newsletter, I announced the launch of a new Career Management Program. This program will be available in a lunch series format starting Thursday September 25th, as well as through one-on-one coaching sessions. Look for a separate mailing with more information about this program. Should you have any immediate questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

4. Seminar for Czech and Slovak Key Managers

Edouard Stacke and Pavel Borovsky, associate consultants for 100 Ways company are experts in the field of coaching and as managers have a wealth of international experience in training and restructuring organizations. So as to share their experience with Czech and Slovak managers, they have organized a conference on October 13th from 6 to 8pm in Prague’s Hotel Mercure, as well as the seminar “Management and Coaching of Performance ” on October 14th and 15th at the Hotel Diplomat. For more information please email Katarina Bedrichova at


September 1st Women in Business dinner
September 6th Career Assessment Workshop Part I
September 13th Effective Communication Workshop
September 18th Altisa coaching presentation
September 20th Career Assessment Workshop Part II
September 23rd ASTD dinner: Cultural awareness workshop
September 27th Bibi’s Concert Series
October 6th WIB – Women in Business dinner
October 13th Edouard Stacke; Introduction conference: « Performance and management evolutions in Europe
October 14th & 15th Edouard Stacke; Seminar interenterprises: « Management and coaching of performance »
October 18th Cross Cultural Understanding Workshop

Communication Tip of the Month:

Your mind defines your life.

“It is the mind that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor”Edmund Spenser

It has been said that by controlling our mind, we can control our destiny. We are each responsible for our own lives and more importantly, for the thoughts that shape them. If we want a more rewarding life, we have to change the way we think and overcome the mental blocks keeping us from success.

The mind is like a powerful computer with thousands of megabytes of memory. Therefore it is worth storing our experiences for a time when we will need them again, because life is a constant learning process. We should learn from our failures as well as our successes. Faced with a negative result, we need to ask ourselves what we did or didn’t do right. Many times we will find that we have a strong tendency to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

How can we overcome our mental blocks?

Learn from your experiences, both positive and negative. Each situation is a learning opportunity as long as you make the effort to look at it with an open and receptive mind.

Take ownership of your mistakes.Every action is your responsibility. Remember that the longer it takes you to own up to your mistakes or failures, the worse the consequences are likely to be.

Never make the same mistake twice.If you keep on doing the same things, you will keep on getting the same results.

Don’t be afraid to turn a negative into a positive.With some practice, everyone can find a silver lining in the darkest cloud and turn a mistake into a learning opportunity. When faced with adversity, look at what you can take control of and begin to take action into that direction.

Never beat yourself up, because there are plenty of people who will do it for you. It is fine to be your own worst critic, but do not let anyone or anything undermine your confidence. Nor should you let anyone’s criticism or scrutiny negatively influence you.

What you find in your mind is what you put there. Make sure to put good things in it. Try to be conscious of your thoughts in every aspect of your life. You are creating your world as you see it.

Yours truly,