Welcome to 2005. Though we can view this as just the start of yet
another week, there's something about the yearly calendar expiring
and a new one beginning that reminds us that time marches on, seemingly
quicker the longer we're here. It reminds us that our time here
is limited, and offers a great time to reflect on what's really
important to us and reaffirm our commitments thereto.
With these thoughts in mind, I'd be remiss to not address the great
devastation in Asia, and the potential hardship of which we can
only imagine. Though I'm leery of businesses using disasters as
yet another opportunity to bring attention to themselves, as the
news unfolds, I realize the magnitude of what's happened over there
is substantial and requires the attention of all conscious and fortunate
ones. Yes it's easy to ignore being so comfortably far away. Yet
if I am to respond with the heart of a facilitator, one who seeks
to make living, working, and growing easier for others, then I'm
called to do something. Even though I complain about the insufficiency
of my cash flow and say "I can't afford to give to this,"
in light of what the Tsunami victims are facing, this response is
indeed absurd. So I donated to the cause this morning.
Our article this week is a reprint from a note about the calling
of facilitators in times like these from my friend Dr. Gilbert Brenson-Lazan
from Bogota, Columbia. He's developed a Global Facilitator Service
Corps providing volunteer facilitators to all parts of the globe
in need of these skills. You can become a part of this group at
their website: http://globalfacilitators.org.
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Personal Foundation Teleclass. Start the year by
polishing and strengthening your core, providing a strong foundation
on which to build a successful 2005.
- If your live in
the affected zone or have friends or colleagues living there, you can
help them considerably by being sure they know about the IAF-GFSC (International
Association of Facilitators-Global Facilitator Service Corps) disaster
intervention manuals (for adults, for children and for facilitators
and other professionals), as well as other materials in several languages
that are available on the GFSC Website http://globalfacilitators.org,
English Language Virtual
Library, for downloading without cost.
- If you have professional
contacts in the affected areas, you can put them in touch with GFSC
(send me their names or ask them to visit the GFSC website). We have
networks and contacts throughout the affected region and many concerned
professionals do not know about the existence of others in their area.
Our GFSC mission is to connect these people in order to develop and
support local networks of volunteer facilitators that can help the communities
potentialize their capacity to address their challenges and create sustainable
- If you have a
few hours a week to spare, you and your facilitator colleagues can sign
up as GFSC Field Volunteers and participate without cost in our Mentored
Pathways Program, in order to be prepared to help in the moment that
help is needed. For more information and an electronic signup form,
please go to our website: http://globalfacilitators.org
- If you wish to
donate money for the immediate relief efforts, please be sure it goes
to a reputable agency that will wisely administer it. You can check
out any relief or aid agency at: http://charitywatch.org.
- If you wish to
support the GFSC psychosocial reconstruction efforts, very shortly we
are going to have an urgent need for funds to develop and print materials
and to transport them and the volunteers who will train others to use
them, to the affected zone. Your donation is needed and will be greatly
appreciated and well used. All donations are tax deductible in the United
States and you can make your donation through our website: http://globalfacilitators.org.
- In these early
days of 2005, our prayers are with the millions upon millions of people
affected by this tragedy of a magnitude unknown in our lifetime. Please
help us generate effective actions to be part of the solutions. In moments
like this I remember the words and the passionate voice of Dr. Saul
Alinsky, the "dean" of community organization in the United
States, when he cajoled us during a postgraduate seminar: "All
that is really necessary for evil to triumph in our communities is for
men and women of good will to do nothing".
Warm regards and my
best wishes for you and yours in 2005.
Founder, Global Facilitator Service Corps
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Why Personal Foundation? And Why Now?
foundation from which we operate as facilitators, trainers, consultants,
and professionals has a great deal to do with our success in our work
and in our lives. By "personal foundation," we mean those
core values, perspectives, relationships, and life habits that influence
all that we create in our lives. A weak personal foundation is like
a weak building foundation--it's hard to reliably build it very high
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class each week.
A strong personal foundation includes 10 distinct stepping stones
which, when linked together, provide a solid yet personalized base
on which to build one's life. And, in a world which sometimes appears
be built on quicksand, we all need a personal foundation on which
to depend. The 10 stepping stones are:
1. Honor Your Boundaries
Boundaries protect you from people that your spirit cannot easily
2. Raise Your Standards
The higher your standards, the fewer problems you will experience
3. Develop 10 Positive Daily Habits
Automatically developing good habits leads to good results.
4. Finish Your Unfinished Business
The fewer unresolved items in your life, the more confident you
5. Get Your Personal Needs Met
Until your personal needs are met, itís difficult to live powerfully
6. Orient Around Your Values
When you orient your life and your goals around your values, fulfillment
7. Build Reserves in All Areas
Having more than enough calms the mind and affords more experimentation
8. Identify and Reduce Tolerations
What you put up with drains your energy and slows your development.
9. Handle the Money, Completely
Until your money is handled, you are not at choice in life.
10. Define Success for Yourself (on your terms)
When you define success for yourself, life becomes very, very simple.
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Anyone who is
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about the fundamentals of their life, they are free to focus on
the task at hand. The process of building a personal foundation
also teaches a person how to eliminate and prevent many common problems
that are usually thought of as an expected part of life.
Franklin is a Professional Certified Life Coach who coaches individuals
and groups regarding personal and professional change, focus, human
relations, and conflict management. Marion has coached managers
at major corporations including PepsiCo, ToysíRíUs, and Readerís
Digest. She conducts and helps clients design workshops and presentations,
has been a featured presenter at meetings, retreats, and an ongoing
Womenís Workshop Series, has been cited in The Journal News and
The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on local Cable Television.
Visit her website at www.lifecoachinggroup.com
to learn more about her and her work.
Davis, M.A., M.S., is a former electrical engineer turned learning
facilitator, life coach, and infopreneur. He publishes the weekly
Master Facilitator Journal, founded FacilitatorU.com, a Virtual
University offering resources and training for groups workers, and
has writes ebooks and programs. He coaches and trains individuals
and organizations over the phone and in person in facilitation,
business development, and personal growth. His breadth of experience
spans business, corporate management, engineering, teaching, spiritual
psychology, and wellness, offering a pragmatic yet creative coaching
foundation. Visit his website at www.livingmastery.com
to learn more about him and his work.
If you have any questions about this course, please
call Marion at 914-333-0443 to discuss them. If you want to contact
someone who has taken the class, please let me know.
The cost of this
training is $199. Everything you read about above is included.
And, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee that your life will
change for the better as a result of participating in this class.
Register by January 15th for only $179 and also receive a free private
30-minute coaching session during the course with Steve or Marion.
us for ten consecutive Tuesdays from February
8th through April 12th, at 8:00 PM EST
(NY Time) for approximately 75 minutes per class.
Since the class is recorded and there is
a workbook chapter for each week, it's easy to catch up just in
case you need to skip a week.
included with your training...
In addition to
the training described above, you also receive:
- Content rich Student Workbook
- Free access to lots of resources, assessments, etc.
- Participation on class listserve for continuity and support between
- Free access to the RealAudio version of the training.
upon completion of your registration, you will receive an email
with instructions to access the course.
This course is limited to 20 individuals, first
come, first served.
here to register.
$179 by January 15th.
We'lI will refund
your money entirely if your life doesn't change for the better as
a result of participating in this class. You have nothing to lose
and everything to gain. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied
with this package, simply email us with a request to refund/credit
your credit card in the full amount and we will do so immediately.
It's our policy to do this and we honor this in every single case.