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100% Ownership – The First Key to Leadership

Artists MBA, Foundation ProgramYou may think, I’m an Artist, I don’t need to be a Leader.  But this isn’t about being a political or religious leader.  This class is about being a Leader in your life and your career.

The first foundation of Leadership – taking responsibility for your outcomes – all of them.

Blaming others, or even ourselves, for unwanted and undesirable outcomes is a way of life in our society.  What you may not realize is the tremendous loss this way of thinking creates – loss of self-esteem, loss of empowerment, loss of courage, loss of your dreams and your vision.  If any of these issues are a concern for you – this class is essential to your success.

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.”
Henry Ward Beecher

We explore:

  • The difference between responsibility and blame
  • The pros and cons of taking ownership of your outcomes
  • Simple tools to create a new habit of ownership

I know that this topic can be sensitive, even frightening.  If you are feeling resistant, apathetic or fearful, this class is definitely for you.

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The Art of Leadership – In Your Career, In Your Business, In Your Life

Artists MBA, Foundation ProgramBy choosing to pursue a career in which you are, in essence, the CEO, CFO and COO of your own company, you have chosen to be a Leader.

By choosing to pursue a career in the Arts and Entertainment Industry, you’ve also chosen to be a leader, not just of your own life, but of your fan community.

You may feel uncomfortable with the role. But it’s unavoidable.  By choosing this career, you’ve chosen to be a leader.

So, it behooves us to look at this quality of leadership.  What does it take to be a leader in your life as well as in the public eye?  What makes a good leader, and how do you learn those skills?

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”

John C. Maxwell

In this class we explore:

  • Why it pays to be a leader
  • The Success Principles of a leader
  • What 3 simple things you can do today to improve your leadership skills

And much more.  This topic impacts your momentum, your motivation and your focus as well as your business success.  And the payoff will be reflected in all areas of your life.

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Debra Russell Recommends Selfgrowth.com

The Online Self Improvement and Self Help EncyclopediaSelfGrowth.com is the most complete guide to information about Self -Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help on the Internet. It is designed to be an organized directory, with articles and references to thousands of other Web Sites on the World Wide Web.

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The Shy Singer an Interview with Vikki Flawith

artists-marketing-business-academy-interview-with-expertsDebra was thrilled to interview singer/songwriter Vikki Flawith, former student at the Artists Marketing & Business Academy, Champion of the Creatively Introverted & Socially Terrified, opera-howling Blogger, procrastinating Painter, housework-hating Vocalist, power-napping Composer and Aquarian Cyber-Geek.

Vikki is a well-respected vocal teacher.  And she has signed multi-track deals with several music publishers.

 

Vikki says:
“My definition of success used to be pleasing everyone else and living my life according to what I thought they wanted so that they’d be pleased with me. Now I live my own life and my own dream.  In order to do this, I had to look deep inside, figure out my goal, and work steadily at the process of achieving it, over time. I had to understand my own operating system.  Being introverted isn’t a crime.  You just have to be more creative in marketing yourself and your art.”

In this interview, we explored:

  • How to make your introversion work for you
  • How to find your unique voice both in your art and in your marketing
  • Criticism vs critique, and how we talk to ourselves

And much more!  It was an enlightening and enjoyable conversation.

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Debra Recommends Taming Your Gremlin

Debra Russell recommends, Rick Carson, Taming Your Gremlin, inner critic, emotional intelligenceA Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way

by Rick Carson

From Amazon.com:
This is a completely updated edition of the 1983 classic that introduced a powerful method for gaining freedom from self-defeating behaviors and beliefs. Rick Carson, creator of the renowned Gremlin-Taming Method, has revised the book to include fresh interactive activities, real-life vignettes we can all identify with, and new loathsome gremlins ripe for taming. Carson blends his laid-back style, Taoist wisdom, the Zen Theory of Change, and sound psychology in an easy-to-understand, unique, and practical system for banishing the nemesis within. Among the things you will learn are:

  • Techniques for getting a sliver of light between the natural you and the monster of your mind.
  • The extraordinary power of simply noticing and playing with options.
  • Six keys to maintaining emotional balance amid upheaval.

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Debra Russell Recommends The Power of Full Engagement

Debra Russell recommends, time management, Systems, energy

Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

These concepts have helped me tremendously in building a real balance between achievement and nourishing myself into my time management structures. With the understanding that nourishing myself is what enables me to reach peak performance – many of the “should” voices are silenced.

From Publishers Weekly via Amazon.com
The authors, founders of and executives at LGE Performance Systems, an executive training program based on athletic coaching programs, offer a program aimed at stressed individuals who want to find more purpose in their work and ways to better handle their overburdened relationships. Just as athletes train, play and then recover, people need to recognize their own energy levels. “Balancing stress and recovery is critical not just in competitive sports, but also in managing energy in all facets of our lives. Emotional depth and resilience depend on active engagement with others and with our own feelings.”

Case studies demonstrate how some modest changes can have an immediate impact. Loehr (Mental Toughness Training for Sports) and Schwartz (Art of the Deal, writing with Donald Trump) also include a chart highlighting Action Steps, Targeted Muscle, Desired Outcome and Performance Barrier and apply these tenets to individual cases. A chart analyzing the benefits and costs to taking certain action shows the impact negative behavior can have on both physical and mental well-being.

However, the actual “training program” whereby readers can learn how to institute certain rituals to change their behavior is less well-defined. Managers and other employees who have attended HR seminars may find this plan easy to use, but self-employed people and others less familiar with “training” may be unable to recognize their behavior patterns and change them.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Debra Recommends The Power of Focusing

Debra Russell recommends, emotional intelligence, success skills

A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing

by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D.

I’ve been personally using these techniques for my own inner work for about 8 years.  And I use these techniques on a regular basis with my private coaching clients.  I find that “focusing” increases emotional intelligence, access to your intuition and a deeper understanding of what you’re really trying to tell yourself when you’re feeling tense or uneasy.

From Amazon:

“Focusing”–defined as a body-oriented process of self-awareness and emotional healing–is employed today by thousands of psychotherapists with their patients. This book, the first to make the methods of this treatment accessible to laypersons, outlines in friendly, nontechnical language how to effectively use focusing to address a variety of issues.

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Debra Recommends Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Debra Russell recommends, emotional intelligence, success skills

by Daniel Goleman

Much of my work with private clients and in my Success Skills classes for the Membership are based on the concepts explained in this seminal work.

Review from Amazon:
New York Times science writer Goleman argues that our emotions play a much greater role in thought, decision making and individual success than is commonly acknowledged.  He defines “emotional intelligence”?a trait not measured by IQ tests?as a set of skills, including control of one’s impulses, self-motivation, empathy and social competence in interpersonal relationships.  Although his highly accessible survey of research into cognitive and emotional development may not convince readers that this grab bag of faculties comprise a clearly recognizable, well-defined aptitude, his report is nevertheless an intriguing and practical guide to emotional mastery.  In marriage, emotional intelligence means listening well and being able to calm down.  In the workplace, it manifests when bosses give subordinates constructive feedback regarding their performance.  Goleman also looks at pilot programs in schools from New York City to Oakland, Calif., where kids are taught conflict resolution, impulse control and social skills.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Attitude of Gratitude Or How to Handle Rejection and the Other Hard Stuff!

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramHard stuff happens – rejection, loss, having to learn new stuff, overwhelm – you know, hard stuff.

We know from the Law of Attraction that what you focus on expands and what you expect you get.

So how do you put the hard stuff into a context that creates and expands the good stuff?

 

In this class we explore:

  • Having an attitude of gratitude
  • Reframing your context – as a method for shifting your focus
  • Embracing all of life’s experiences with curiosity and a beginner’s mind

With practice, you will find that these techniques can give you the ability to stay calm, focused and optimistic, no matter what’s going on around you.

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Attitude of Gratitude or How to Handle the Hard Stuff

In general, when bad things happen or when the good stuff doesn’t happen fast enough, many people have one of two reactions – avoidance or blame.  And neither of those responses will make you feel better or create a different outcome in your future.

What will shift things for you is to consciously, intentionally choose your response. This is called response-ability (pun completely intended).  When something happens that is different than what you believe you want – the only proactive and empowering choice is to own it – this is my result.

Blame is NOT the Same as Responsibility

As long as you’re avoiding it (if I don’t look at it, maybe it will go away) or blaming someone or something for it (it’s the business, it’s the economy, it’s my childhood, it’s my parents, blah, blah, blah) or even if you’re blaming yourself (it’s all my fault for not doing/saying/thinking the right thing) – you are not taking responsibility and you are powerless.

So, I recommend looking at all circumstances with an attitude of gratitude.  Now, that may sound all new-agey woo-woo to you.  I mean, when you’re drowning under the flood of bad stuff, how the heck are you supposed to feel grateful, right?

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  Viktor E. Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning.

In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl explores his horrible experiences in a Nazi Death-Camp.  If he could find meaning in the suffering of a Concentration Camp, don’t you think you might be able to look for a glimmer of light and gratitude in the midst of your own human drama?

There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for

When I was very ill with CFS, I practiced being grateful for the days I could stand long enough to brush my teeth.  And if you practice looking for what there is to be grateful for, that will expand – there will be more and more blessings in your life.  Because what we focus on expands.

But maybe that’s too much to start with.  What if you just start with curiosity?  What if you look at your circumstances, and ask – “Huh, isn’t that interesting – I wonder what this is about?  What’s the lesson here?  How do I grow, expand and develop from this place?”  And choose to respond with gratitude for the experience, the learning, the challenge that asks you to overcome – to be bigger than you’re used to.

All of our experiences, in each moment are our teachers, but only if we actually look for the learning.

By the way, if you’re doing this just so the bad feelings will go away and the bad stuff will stop happening – that’s another form of avoidance.  So, acceptance-of-what-is is an important piece of this puzzle.

There is no failure, only feedback

So, your job is to respond with the question – what’s the positive, constructive feedback in this experience?

So much of our experience is determined by what questions we ask about our situation.  So, let me suggest a few alternative questions:

Instead of – why does this always happen to me?  How about – What’s the payoff for me in creating this experience over and over?  What benefit am I getting?

Instead of – Why can’t I get what I want?  How about – What can I learn from what I am getting and how can I experiment with different responses to achieve different outcomes?

Instead of – What am I doing wrong?  How about – what am I doing right?  And how are my expectations creating this result?

Instead of – Why do I have to work so hard (or why is life so hard)?  How about – how am I creating my own suffering?  How could I think about these circumstances differently so I can move out of suffering and begin to enjoy this process?

Instead of – Why are there always these obstacles in front of me?  How about – what are some new and different (out-of-the-box) ways to get around these obstacles?  Who can help me with this?  What are the most outrageous possible solutions to this problem?

If your questions focus on the value, the learning, the opportunities and the joy of the process and the experience, your attitude will organically shift into gratitude.

So start asking good questions, empowering questions, humorous questions and questions focused on solutions.  And always, always, always, be looking for what the blessings are in each experience.

I am truly grateful that you take your precious time to read my words.