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Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Where Are You Plugged In? - May 3, 2012 - 12:04:00 PM

On more than one occasion I recall turning on an electrical appliance only to realize that there was little to no power emanating.  This non activity introduces a checklist to identify the reason for no power: Is the electricity is on? Check! Is the plug inserted into the outlet? Check! Is the electrical outlet live? Check! Is the plug fully inserted into the electrical outlet? No!

Has this ever happened with you?

Let's explore this illustration further shall we? The plug appeared to be plugged in and properly plugged in with both prongs fitting into their corresponding slots, however, the plug was not fully PLUGGED IN. It may seem like a matter of semantics...
Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
How to Wait in a Responsive Environment - Mar 1, 2012 - 5:33:57 PM

Recently, I was awakened from my sleep upon hearing the word WAIT! In a still calm voice which did not repeat itself said only once; wait. I believe and accept that this was the voice of Gods Holy Spirit reassuring me about a few things I sought Him for direction on. 
 
The Holy Spirit being the great Comforter that He is, went on to have me pen a few words in the dark, quickly writing on whatever paper I could find on the night stand.  
 
The dictated words were rest; expect; believe; and be assured...

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Time Bandits: Tips to Help You Limit Their Agendas - Feb 2, 2012 - 5:43:09 PM

Time Management has been and is projected to be a long term facilitated, discussed and written topic.  So many things and (people) compete for our time. Just this morning MSNBC featured a story about facebook and its innovative founder Mark Zuckerberg who along with his team are creating strategies to keep their users connected for more than the already counted 30 – 60 minutes per day.


Let’s think about that, 30 – 60 minutes is a longer than what most people take the time to read, exercise, think or journal thoughts, plan, reflect, brainstorm, prepare and eat a healthy meal, have a meaningful conversation...
Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Listening For Understanding ~ Be It Rather Than Do It - Nov 25, 2011 - 12:48:17 PM

Sometimes the words “I understand”, “I accept and respect your decision”, and “I honour your perspective” are enough to smooth over a turbulent situation and help to stabilize and maintain the integrity of the relationship be it personal or professional.  It is okay to save the justifications and explanations for another day.

Today, your challenge will be to be a good listener rather than demonstrate the skill of listening.

My fellow Four Elements of Success™ colleague, noted speaker, workshop facilitator and coach Nicole Greer, Principal of Vibrant Coach...
Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Adjust to Changes : Surfing In The Workplace - Oct 27, 2011 - 4:46:22 PM

Recently I was extended the opportunity to facilitate a coaching workshop for senior executives at of one of The Bahamas leading commercial banks. A subtopic of their agenda focused on the theme “surfing in the workplace”, ways associates can adjust to changes in the workplace.

Surfing big waves is an exhilarating sport and experience which enables the surfer to maneuver over and through waves by adjusting his body and surfboard in the direction of the wind flow.

So how does surfing relate to adjusting to changes in the workplace? Yes, I heard your curious question. Here are a few similarities that if embraced and adapted you too will be equipped to surf in the workplace...
Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
The Regularity of Monday Irritations - Sep 27, 2011 - 11:19:32 PM

I am amazed by and curious about how is it that of all the days of the week, Mondays seem to be the day when most people are most susceptible to being irritated by something or someone. 

Do you tend to agree that there is something here worth understanding?
Indeed, regardless of job description, type business and locale, associates from near and far have experienced an “Irritated Monday”. What lies at the root of such a regularity?  Perhaps it is the low after a weekend high or the mental shift to work from pleasure.  If we were to brainstorm the possibilities to this question we would compile a plethora of explanations.

In a casual conversation about said question with noted Executive Coach, Human Resource Consultant and Emotional Intelligence Facilitator Yvette Bethel...
Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
If Your Company Closed its Doors Today, Would You Be Relieved, Sad or Surprised? - Aug 16, 2011 - 12:23:46 PM

This morning as I read an article published by Marshall Goldsmith, noted Executive Coach, Author and Leadership Expert, I was moved by its perspective and thought to share the highlights with you. Based on his experience with asking the question “ If your company closed its doors today, would you be relieved, sad or surprised” he defined the surface meanings of the emotional responses:


Relieved ~ perhaps you are in the wrong job doing the wrong thing. This opportunity will give you the out that you have wanted for some time but may not have had the courage or faith to take for yourself ; Sad ~ perhaps you may be emotionally tied to the company. It maybe the place where you find your greatest worth, meaning, life and significance...
Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Is Your Workplace Plagued by Indecision? - Jul 27, 2011 - 12:07:24 PM

Here’s a Coaching Gift to Help YOU Make Successful Decisions

 
At times, it is not an easy load to carry being responsible for making decisions in the workplace. However, understanding that “it comes with the territory”  empowered leaders this article was written with you in mind, to equip YOU to make successful decisions rather than shun, delay, ignore, delegate or toy with the plagued matters.

At ground floor, let us agree that if allowed indecisions can be like a pond or mangrove that is transformed from something live, vibrant, refreshing, free flowing and clear...
Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Taking a Break from an Unforgiving Schedule - Jun 30, 2011 - 3:28:20 PM


Recently, during a dialogue with a client I listened as they shared how weary they were as a result of an unforgiving schedule and workload and they really benefited from resting over the weekend.
 

The descriptions of their weary state and how revived they felt heightened my awareness of what they experienced a I know what it is like to experience extreme fatigue and borderline burnout from work and its demands. As the Client shared I drew a mental reference of a computer and got a new perspective on "rest" and how essential it is for productivity and sustenance.  

So ... what would it be like if we periodically treated our bodies like we do our...

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Is There Confidence in Confidentiality - May 26, 2011 - 11:32:10 PM


In recent months based on the nationally and internationally publicized closed door conversations and E-Mails it may good for us to evaluate what meaning we personal we hold for Confidentiality.  Allow me to share my evaluation with you, and ask that you do the same and seek an opportunities to discuss this topic with your associates, professional networks and by extension with your family and friends.
 

To me above all else, to me this word speaks of honour. My first experience with these words can be traced to the playground.  Knowing information and being asked to keep it as a secret made me feel like a Queen; filled with glee and pride to be counted amongst the chosen few...

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Tolerance: Its Presence in the Workplace - Apr 13, 2011 - 11:12:53 AM


At some point in our professional we have all in some minor way tolerated an action / behavior, an individual, an environment or object in our workspace that may have caused these effects and more:
 

violated who we are and what we stood for; drained happiness; diluted momentum; distracted; threatened priorities; shifted organizational culture; polluted service delivery; derailed the pursuit of organizational and departmental goals; weakened communication; reduced team cohesiveness; paralyzed actions through fear and intimidation...

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Comparisons: Looking at the Long Views of Options - Mar 23, 2011 - 3:32:50 PM


Often times someone’s first thought, idea and decision for their life may be a good fit but it may not always be the best fit. How will that individual know or identify which option or direction is best? 
 

This article speaks about the steps and benefit of taking a minute to think and compare what may lie ahead, before making a decision.  

An old proverb in the Bahamian culture says "haste makes waste", which in this case implies that rushing to immediate or the first judgment, may lead to one’s detriment or disadvantage...

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Benefit From Shared Thinking - Feb 28, 2011 - 11:14:25 PM
This month as I re-read John C. Maxwell’s book How Successful People Think, chapter 9 the heading of this article really cause me to focus on proving the New Your Times Best Selling Author theory that it is beneficial to invite, listen to, review, understand, respect and even act on the wisdom and perspective of others. 

To test John C. Maxwell’s belief, I reflected on the many conversations centered on the same topic with professionals from diverse industries. Indeed, it was quite interesting to hear and be enlightened by their belief, experience, and wisdom on said topic.

Shall we test this belief together?  Let us for the sake of discussion choose “a car” as our topic...

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Integrity Compass: 12 Words in 3 Sentences - Jan 27, 2011 - 9:36:59 AM

I wish to share with you a charge given to me by the Former Rector of St. Agnes Anglican Parish, New Providence (Nassau), The Bahamas, Archdeacon William Edward Thompson at age twelve (12) during my confirmation to the Anglican faith.  

I will admit, though I’ve forgotten much of what I learned during confirmation classes, this charge has remained at the fore especially when I served as a Human Resources Administrator and Trainer, as a Lecturer, Mathematics and Reading Tutor, Departmental Coordinator and now as a Vision Coach helping. 

I know how difficult it can be to serve as an Associate in any type workplace, in any industry and sector...

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
This Award is in Honour of Your Legacy - Nov 18, 2010 - 9:20:58 PM

Recently I was engaged in a casually conversation with someone whom I had not seen for quite some time. As we reminisced, sharing our professional peaks and valleys, the topic of legacy arose and sparked great interest in us both when I asked, “Imagine that it is thirty (30) years from today’s date, your grandchild or a younger member of your family is accepting an award in honour of your contributions to present workplace. On what merit are you being recognized for?”  

Immediately, I could see that their “lights turned on” evident in their broad grin and squeals of “oooh, oooh, oooh”, and in a great display of enthusiasm , they belted out a profound experience and shared the contributions by which they would want to be recognized for...

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Blastoff! - Oct 25, 2010 - 10:38:51 PM

Have you ever watched or/and listened to children count down for something? Wouldn't you say that they just seem to really enjoy counting down, especially when it's time to shout BLASTOFF?

Today, I invite you to count down with me the number of weeks left in the year 2010, shall we try it? 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 , BLASTOFF! To children and adults there is a shared expectation that something should happen at blastoff.

What would it be like if on December 31, at 11:59 and 59 seconds you shouted "Blastoff" to mark the completion of 2010 goals?

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
The Expanded Edition - You! - Sep 30, 2010 - 8:22:56 AM

Today, as I browsed a magazine, I paused at a picture that captured my attention.  What caught my attention its’ familiarity to me, one that that I believe may be or seems to disappearing from the workplace, partly due to technology, changing industries and markets and diverse professions. 

This image that I write about is an image that is similar to this …

Two things these conference rooms had in common.  First, the windows were very large, utilizing more wall space than those designed of yester year. Second, there were no books cases or shelves with books. 

Where are the books shelves and books in the workplace disappearing to?

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
A Company’s Treasured Asset: Tips on How to Become the Best Well Balanced Associate - Aug 19, 2010 - 10:27:02 PM

You are wonderfully made, formed and fashioned to accomplish something that only you were created to do.  You are empowered with the skills to match your job description.  In you are characteristics and traits that equip you to be the best associate and add the greatest measure of efficiency and value to the workplace performance.  

Your employment at your workplace is meant to be blessing to your team, customers and its surrounding community. Being the best you allows you to give your very best and affect change within and around others.  

No worries if you’re not at your best each and every day, just as dark clouds periodically cover the skies...

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
Code of Persistence ~ Affirmations for Pursuit - Jul 15, 2010 - 4:19:39 PM


At times an associate’s physical existence in and an emotion connection to the workplace, their job description, functional job assignment and job tasks can become challenging and uninspiring.  So difficult that an associate may become disconnected, discouraged, disgruntle, angry or despondent.  Of course such depleting emotions can cause or tempt an associate to give up on the organizational goals, strategic plan, mission and vision, or their long term employment.
 

As like any sort of disconnect in any size or type of organization, such a state is usually followed by one or a combination of but not limited to the following: decreased profits, low associate morale, lack of productivity, inefficient customer service, loss of team spirit and cooperation, inequality of products or a less than approving reputation. ..

Columns : Coaching for the Workplace - Kaylus Horton
I Am Responsible - Jun 23, 2010 - 11:55:57 PM

Presently, I am slowing digesting a riveting book; Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani.  Chapter Four subtitled “Everyone’s Accountable All of the Time” begins with the author disclosing how a two-word sign on his desk genuinely summarized his whole philosophy: I’m Responsible.  This former Mayor is most noted for being organized, his take charge approach to resolving issues, implementing systems base on statistical data and holding New York City police, fire and city chiefs accountable for the crimes, thefts and homicides.    

 

In coaching, the first step in accepting responsibility is acknowledging “what is.” Unfortunate for some, individuals as early as the toddler years learn to shun or fear acknowledging responsibility especially when things go wrong. Who did this? Who is responsible for this? Did you do this?  Whether it is said by a parent, teacher, or any figure of authority, imagine a child’s eyes swelling with tears as an act of admitting instead of saying aloud, “yes it was me, I did it, I am responsible...”

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