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Mastermind Momentum in your business?

Posted by Tania on September 4, 2017 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (10)

Hello Solopreneurs! As you move into implementation and consistent momentum in building your coaching practice, is your confidence wavering, feeling overwhelmed, stuck, unclear or alone?

Join the 3 month Mastermind Momentum Team and succeed with Integral Connections. You will have group coaching, mentor coaching, masterminding, facilitation and an accountability system that will help you increase your commitment, be a catalyst for collective learning, and generate accelerated results in your business.

For the Mastermind Momentum Team specifically for Erickson Coaching International Students and Graduates, click here for more information and how to register: http:erickson.edu/mastermind-momentum

For Solopreneurs please express your interest to Tania directly, click here for more information: http:/www.integralconnections.ca/mastermind-momentum 

Tania offers both online and onsite Mastermind Momentum Teams. Whether you are local in the Cowichan Valley or from anywhere in the World, you can be engaged in a Mastermind Momentum Team and create your definition of success in business and life. 

Invitation to explore...join me June 7, 2017

Posted by Tania on June 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Hello solopreneurs and entrepreneurs in the Cowichan Valley area! Are you interested in generating new insights? Exploring what happiness and success is for your business and life? Do you want relevant, meaningful action steps you are committed to that will support living your definition of success in business and life?

I will be sharing one of my many coaching exercises that can be used as a visual holistic map, exploring four quadrants of success in your business on June 7th at the Ramada, Duncan.


The Meet Your Neighbours networking meeting is from 11:45 am - 1 pm. If you want to experience and learn more you are welcome. There is no cost except for what you might want to eat for lunch. As with all of my training, facilitation and coaching be prepared to participate, be engaged and have fun!

Insightful Focus

Posted by Tania on April 7, 2017 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Where are you choosing to focus?

If you were to scale your level of focus for today, with 1 just beginning to be focused and 10 being fully and completely focused, where are you on the scale? What needs to shift or change to move you up the scale?

When we shift our attention, putting focus on what we want and the way we want to produce results, we become more inspired.

An insightful tip to support moving up the scale is to have a values conversation. Values inform the movement we make in the world and are the core of our being. When you connect to what matters and you have a 'solutions' focus you amp up your commitment, momentum and inspiration. The quality of your engagement shifts.

By answering the questions below, you will begin to dig more deeply, connecting your values to your actions and create more clarity on what you want to focus your attention and intention on to create the results you want in your business and life.

Your Assignment if you dare...

I invite you to ask yourself each morning for the next month:

  • "Where am I choosing to focus?"
  • "What is important about that focus?"

Imagine, what might happen if you took action on that focus? What would you be doing? What impact would that have on your family? What results would you generate in business and life? The choice is yours on where you want to focus to leverage the results you truly want to create.

Aligning Your Integral Map: Self-Leadership and Values

Posted by Tania on February 13, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

To effectively lead yourself, you need to be clear who you are and what your core values are. What matters to you? Your values are your filter to identify and choose what fits for you in business and life. If you were to identify your top three to five core values, what are they?

Values connect you to your authentic self. They reveal who you are and what you stand for. Self-leadership begins from a place of connectedness with your authentic self. If you were truly aligned with your decisions from the inside out, what would that mean for you? What would be the ripple effect to others?

When you act and behave in alignment with your values, you achieve the outcomes you want with ease, a calm centeredness and resourcefulness. When you have this deep awareness of who you are, you can readily act in your own best interest while respecting others.

How clear are you about who you are? Being crystal clear on who you are, having a values-based vision aligned with a strategic action plan is essential to your definition of success in business and life.

Values Elicitation Exercises

Because values are such an intrinsic part of our lives, often times we are not even aware of them. Values often are one word such as freedom, love, peace, integrity, honesty. There are no ‘right’ or ’wrong’ values. They represent who you are now, throughout space and time.

Of the many ways to elicit values, here are 3 ways:


1. Notice in those moments when you get triggered or irritated. Ask yourself, ‘what is important to me in this moment?’ Anything that creates an emotional response has an underlying value.

2. What is your favourite animal and why? Then ask yourself ‘and why else?’ And ‘why else?’ Notice which of the values stand out more. The aim is to find your recurring top most important value and to notice how you speak your values.

3. Think of a context such as work, family, etc.

A) What is hell for you? Drives you crazy? Are triggers? Make this playful. Brainstorm a list of 20 things such as everyone at work has to drink cold coffee, no bathroom breaks, all mistakes are announced over the intercom, etc.

B) Take your top five, think of the opposite and write down one value word. i.e. no bathroom breaks = respect. More often than not, we only become aware of our values when they are violated.



What is your integral map?

Posted by Tania on January 22, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The integral map is just a map,

But it is the most compete

And accurate map

We have at this time. – Ken Wilber, 2014

What do I offer through coaching, mentoring and facilitating? I work in partnership with you to access your integral map more fully. To tap into your deeper knowing or core intelligence, increase holistic awareness and clarity. Generate alignment so you can live your purpose with integral awareness.


IslandSmart Business Series

Posted by Tania on September 27, 2016 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Building Business Momentum via Values Based Leadership

I am excited to annouce my upcoming partnership with Island Savings Duncan Branch to facilitate three engaging learning sessions. Each session will be interactive and are designed to help business owners expedite values-based, progressive and sustainable results. 

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Place: Island Savings Duncan Branch

#14-250 Trunk Road

Cost: Free

RSVP: bcowichan@islandsavings.ca


Stance Matters: Values Based Leadership - October 25

• Who are you as a business owner?

What do you stand for? It's who you are that makes the difference.

• Gain insight and clarity on your core values so you can generate a centered foundation from which to make decisions and achieve empowering results.


Mastermind Momentum Leveraging Results - November 1

• Facilitative leadership is part of a greater business culture shift from a directive management style to a collaborative system of accountability.

• Discover a method to maximize your team's potential, adding more to your leadership toolbox to invite participation from individuals on your team.

• Learn ways in which to create an environment of innovation and reinforce commitment to shared business goals.

3 Tips to Inspiring and Fostering Trust in Leadership - November 8

• What's the best question to build trust?

• Learn key techniques to easily foster trust, ignite inspiration and accelerate individual and team results



3 Steps to Creating a Stand

Posted by Tania on July 11, 2016 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

At Leadership Vancouver Island, Bryan Webber facilitated a short exercise to explore what we wanted to create a stand for. This was not new for me to take a stand but it was a different way to elicit the conversation. I now have a new tool in my tool kit to help others explore what they want to create a stand for. I thought you may find value in it so I am sharing it with you.

What do I stand for the possibility of?

I stand for the possibility of behaving and making choices from a place of inner peace, integrity and positive vibrational energy. When I follow through on this intention, I am living even more from my true essence which positively impacts all that I do.

Purpose: To create an identity of yourself in the future and construct a statement around your values, linking your values to the way you want the world to be. “I stand for the possibility of….”

1. Answer this question: If you were to envision and create an identity of yourself in the future, what would that look, sound and feel like?

2. Expand: What values do you want, qualities, and characteristics? What impact do you want to make to others?

3. With the intention to have a vision of yourself acting this way in the future, as your fully self-actualized ideal future self, in 1 or 2 sentences describe how you would want to be starting with the words “I stand for the possibility of….”

For example: I stand for the possibility of behaving and making choices from a place of inner peace, integrity and positive vibrational energy. 

What are you creating a stand for?

Toolkit for Change: A Local Perspective on Indigenous Culture

Posted by Tania on June 22, 2016 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I am proud of another Leadership Vancouver Island program coming to completion. I am honoured to be a part of the participants leadership journey since September. I am sharing one piece with you today; the community leadership project from the team I coached: Toolbox for Change: A Local Perspective on Indigenous Culture.

Toolbox for Change

They created a cultural kit toolbox of awareness containing literature to welcome you into the world of local Indigenous culture. Pick a book and take a journey through Indigenous eyes. In the artwork created for the Toolbox for Change boxes, each animal represents the attributes and tools needed within the community as a whole to affect change and offer tools necessary for education.

As their coach, I facilitated a team coaching session near the beginning of their project work together. We did a Tri Position Planning exercise where they got clear on the vision of what they wanted to create then aligned their vision with a strategic plan with clear next steps to bring it to fruition.

When I spoke with one of the team members at graduation, I asked to what extent the Tri Position Planning exercise influenced their project. It was pivotal. The power and empowerment of coaching; in a 1.5 hour team coaching session they envisioned their end product, what it would mean for them and their community sponsor and, came up with a plan to bring to their sponsor.

If you are interested in learning more about the local Indigenous community or to sign out the Toolbox for Change for your business contact Chris Beaton at the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre at 250.754.3215 or info@nanaimoaboriginalcentre.ca

To learn more about Leadership Vancouver Island go to http://leadershipvi.com/

Top 5 Tips for a Powerful Conversation

Posted by Tania on June 15, 2016 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We communicate on a daily basis but how many of these conversations really ignite an engaging spark within you? What was the last conversation you have had with someone that has been purposeful and meaningful? When did you learn something new about someone or yourself? 


We all have the ability to create a powerful conversation, one that digs deep and offers constructive insight. With our daily conversations truncated to quick, abbreviated texts or emojis, we need to take time to engage in a real conversation. Here are five tips to set you on the path:

1. Build rapport and trust.

Genuinely ask, ‘how are you?’ This is the single most powerful question for creating rapport and trust.


2. Set an agreement for the time and higher-value conversation.

‘Can we take a few minutes to look at this project?’ Setting an effective agreement on how we are going to talk and what we are going to focus on is the foundation of a powerful conversation. Get a ‘yes’ before proceeding.

3. Be curious.

Uncontaminated child-like curiosity about the other person and what they have to say.

4. Listen to understand, letting go of judgments and assumptions.

There is a quality of deep listening you bring to the conversation so you can hear what is important to the person you are conversing with. Make a commitment to yourself, declaring open awareness in the conversation.

5. A powerful conversation is about asking questions that empower people to be accountable for results.

Open-ended questioning versus telling. What do you want? What is important about that for you? How will you know you achieved it? How might you begin? What are the ways in which you will stay committed through time? If you produce the result you want, what would that mean for you?



Recruiting & Hiring High Performance Employees

Posted by Tania on February 26, 2016 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Employees who are engaged in their work and committed to shared team goals and outcomes are every manager's dream. The process of developing a team of people who are accountable and take ownership in their work begins during the recruitment and interview process. In this half-day workshop, you will learn and practice new skills for developing engaging and meaningful interview questions. By the end of this session, you will walk away with effective strategies that will enable to you hire the right candidates for your company or organization.


Date: March 4, 2016

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

Where: VIU Cowichan Campus

Cost: $95 + $4.75 GST