Moved By A Story

About ‘Room to Read’

Once upon a time, when I was back in Zurich, a friend of mine told me over lunch that I should research a charity organization called ‘Room to Read’ (RtR). Little did I know at the time, how important & much it would become part of my life…

Now, I know that most of you have been appropriate ‘brainwashed’ by me on what RtR is. However, I don’t want to miss this opportunity to highlight what makes it such a unique organization, worthy of your attention.

800 million people are illiterate in the world today. Over 530 million are women and children.

Imagine for a moment, they have the chance to learn how to read & write...and I mean with teachers that are trained, a curriculum, measuring parameters, with books in their language that have been developed locally with writers especially for children. Give them access to libraries that are filled with books and run by a trained librarian. You might think that this scenario is surely the standard across the globe because that’s what we know from discovering the ABC. Well, it just isn’t…although we all know that literacy plays a fundamental impact on the quality of life, health and economical standing, i.e. people creating their ‘productive’ life, communities and surroundings.

Now, let’s take it further and assume that both girls & boys can continue schooling after 6th grade. Again you might say, that this is the norm – for us. The truth is that girls are taken out of school to either work or be married off. The positive impact on the lives of these girls on top of the economical benefits is a no-brainer really.

Room to Read exists to turn these two scenarios into reality – World Change Starts with Educated Children ® – with a Literacy and a Girls’ Education Program. The idea is to enable children to develop the skills and habit of reading and ensure girls complete secondary school and have skills to negotiate key life decisions.

What’s so different is that RtR collaborates and engages the families, local communities, partner organizations and governments in the transformation. RtR sets measurable goals and collects action-oriented data to ensure the programs are run with quality and impact while maximizing cost efficiency. Results and reporting are shared with a transparency and key indicators ensure rigorous evaluation of more than 7’000 projects. RtR has been recognized by Charity Navigator for its transparency, financial excellence, and responsible work that each donation has maximum impact.

Still want to know more? Read the two books that John Wood the founder has written ‘Leaving Microsoft to Change the World’ and ‘Creating Room to Read’ or visit the global website.

We are so thrilled that we have achieved our goal of reaching 10 million children by the end of 2015! Of course, we have a new goal and that is to benefit 15 million children by 2020.

Join our efforts, make a difference and become a donor, volunteer, advocate, friend and part of the worldwide RtR family! YOUR contribution (be it in skills, time, money or awareness spreading) will make a profound, direct difference in a child’s life. And I ask you – what is better than that?

Please reach out to me, if you want to discuss fun-fundraisers, volunteering, company engagement or maybe a trip with me to one of the Room to Read projects?

I was a member of the Zurich chapter and was welcomed with open arms into the Vancouver chapter. In April I had the chance to attend the RtR Global Leadership Conference in San Francisco and honestly, I was blown away…what a feeling…to be part of such a passionate, active, fun, intelligent group & movement. And just like that Room to Read has become an intrinsic part of my life – happy (me) end.

‘How you imagine the world determines how you live in it.’
David Suzuki

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Where we work
RtR is in ten low-income countries in Asia & Africa

Zurich Event June 2014 – Music & Art for Education

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Vancouver 2015 – Destination Dining Series

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Seized by Education

This talk was over ten years ago, every word is still true today.

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

I’m committed to working with youth for them to discover their vocation and life vision; supporting mastery in the interplay of the physical, emotional and rational mind for a purposeful, fulfilled life and a creative, productive community.

Participating as a coach and offering pro-bono sessions in the program ‘Chance to Choose’ run by S.U.C.C.E.S.S is one way of doing this.

We all deserve to know how to change how we feel about our personal history, to learn how to look at things differently and develop solutions.

I believe that coaching should be part of a teacher’s training and part of any secondary school curriculum. The benefits range from fostering confidence, awareness, focus and improve overall health, communication and teamwork. That leads to a state of productivity and balance, from which not only the individual profits but also their families, friends and work colleagues. Also, it leads youth to choose a career/profession that truly is in line with their values and their ways, rather than pursuing a path because of an external belief or social pressure.

Feeling very passionate about this, I have developed a youth program myself that I call ‘360 Degree Life’. It guides participants through seven modules, with the goals of increasing life skills and creating a long-term mindset of resourcefulness. This is achieved by passing on and applying techniques from the area of coaching, neuro-linguistic programming and the performing arts.

Research has shown that we don’t even know today what sort of professions will be part of our lives in the future. What we do know is that a creative, resourceful, confident human being is more likely to succeed and thrive in any given new, potentially challenging situation. Isn’t this the mandate of education and what we want for our youth; to be safe, succeed and be happy?

Get in touch if this struck a chord, and you like to discuss potential cooperation. I’m curious to hear your input.

‘It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.’
e.e.cummings

Enthused by Others

Colleagues, professionals and organizations that I can highly recommend in their area of expertise and because they are great people!

Human Resources & Recruiting
Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting Inc. – Creating Engaging Workplaces
www.verticalbridge.ca // sreder@verticalbridge.ca
Sandra Reder
President & Founder

Global Consulting – Doing Business in Asia
www.allisonboulton.com
Allison Boulton
Owner

Philanthropy
Giving Well –
 Your Roadmap to Philanthropy
www.givingwell.ca // info@givingwell.ca
Sharon Davis and Tina Labarca
Co-Founders, Consultants 

Therapy 
Healing Anger 
www.healinganger.ca
Alejandro Proaño 
M.Sc.; M.A.; A.C.C.

Some of what I’ve been reading and watching that enriched my life…

Books – Fiction

+ The Century Trilogy / Ken Follett

+ The Maddaddam Trilogy / Margaret Attwood

+ The Monuments Men / Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

Books – Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming

+ Guide to TRANCE-formation / Richard Bandler

+ Frogs into Princes: Neuro-Linguistic Programming / Richard Bandler

+ Social Intelligence / Daniel Goleman

+ Emotional Intelligence / Daniel Goleman

+ Drive / Daniel Pink

Video, Film – Documentary

+ Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret / Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn

+ The True Cost / Andrew Morgan

+ Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation / Stefan Haupt

+ Ivory Tower / Andrew Rossi

+ Glen Campbell – I’ll be me / Trevor Albert and James Keach

What have your seen, read or heard lately that you want to spread the word about? Drop me a line, I’m curious!

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
Lao-Tzu

The Benefits

You are becoming aware of your patterns, way of working, motivations and beliefs. Also, you will learn how to work with emotions productively, rather than be run by them. You become and stay productive on all levels (physical, emotional, intellectual) in any given situation.

The fact is that people in transition are at risk of being not their most productive selves.  A transition might be a change of career, setting up a business, taking on a new role etc. With it comes uncertainty and fears. Fear in a person can result in the most unproductive behaviour for the business and themselves.

I support people in a transition, not because I think they cannot make it themselves. I work with them because I believe they will make it through faster, more successful and even have some fun. Humans operating at maximum productivity live in a state of personal confidence, contentment and motivation.

Combined with the structural elements of a solid administration it is a major key to business success. It ensures operational efficiency, which leaves time to focus on business development.

My coaching and training techniques will help pull your many skills, abilities and experience together to create a plan to achieve both personal and professional goals, consistent with your deepest beliefs and values.

Big Picture

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What is coaching: Coaching is a creative partnership to focus, design and implement specific, meaningful, personal, professional or organizational goals through the exploration of ideas and candid dialogue with a confidential and unbiased thinking partner. The goal is to support the client in developing a sustainable resourceful mindset.

Coaching benefits: raising self-awareness concerning behaviour patterns and beliefs; being able to change them if wanted. building confidence, authenticity and peace of mind. tools and techniques to prepare, create a mindset before a meeting/conversation/negotiation. dealing with pressure and stress in a resourceful way. 

Professional coaching, client testimonial, coach bee, value fun. At your service, if you like to, be inspired, dedicated, organized, successful. Put it all together. Management consultant, strategy consultant, Administration consultant. coaching benefits. I support professionals successfully moving through career transitions by creating a sustainable resourceful mindset, confidence and stronger communication.

 

Principles: Client Centered: honoring your inner resources, skills, agenda and outcomes. Solution-Focused: moving towards a desired future outcome. Action Oriented: pursuing change in specific, inspired steps that lead to fundamental shifts in attitude, beliefs, behavior and habit formation. Systematic: understanding your holistic nature, seeing how change can fit into your life.

Process: As your coach, I sponsor you towards the ownership of skill-sets that encourage and support you to increase creativity, productiveness and effectiveness. In private, confidential sessions in person or over the phone, we will: Identify Topics/Areas: I will help you define what you want to accomplish in the areas of your life. Explore Ideas & Elicit Values: I will probe, challenge, listen and question until you have developed a clear and compelling vision and goal to move towards. Refine & Reflect: I will support and motivate you through the process to review aims, set direction towards the achievement of your goals according to your values. Set Actions: I will help you develop a clear action plan to move your goals forward Remove Barriers: we will identify barriers and discover points of leverage, that you understand your emotional reactions and learn how to work with them on a choice basis. Change can produce stress. I am here to assist you to stay relaxed and productive in times of challenge. When you commit to work with a personal coach you learn how to focus on your ability sets and even have fun in the process!

“You are the captain on your ship deciding on the route and destination. I am the navigator next to you holding the map.”

Why I Do It

I believe that everybody deserves to know how to change and help themselves.

I have had the chance to work with incredibly successful companies and people around the world. It has always fascinated me to analyze what ‘made’ them. Here are the two pillars it always came down to:

  1. Understanding and capitalizing on the human potential.  Leaders in these organizations create and nurture a culture that resonates with employees.  They successfully identify and hire people that fit a certain role from a skill set, characteristics and way of working point of view. Everyone in the organization is conscious of working according to their beliefs and values while reaching common goals and share the overall vision.
  2. Creating an administrative infrastructure. It includes a code of conduct, standards, procedures and processes. Capturing these in a user-friendly format and keep them updated. It means a focus on communication, training, implementation/transition periods and review them with team members.

If you think about it, it’s logical. It means when the human side is not delivering (for whatever reason), you actually have a back-up. I’ve seen over the years, start-ups, teams, projects, initiatives not working out, because one or the other pillar was not sufficiently in place.

Professionals and entrepreneurs like yourself need a way to harness fabulous ideas, exceptional education, a variety of skills and talents.  To become great leaders, to build a productive team or to create efficient and adequate standards and procedures.

I want you, your team, your business to succeed; I will help you become a person or an organization in sync with values and beliefs. Being part of your journey fulfills my own personal vision and mission. And of course, it’s what gets me into a flow state: It’s fun and I love it. For me, there is nothing more motivating than helping others identify and achieve their state of productivity and success.

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How You Benefit

You are…

+ becoming aware of your patterns, way of working,
motivations and beliefs.
+ developing the skills to adapt the above to your benefit.
+ discovering how to work with emotions productively,

rather than be run by them.
+ learning how to create and sustain a resourceful state of mind.
+ advancing your creative thinking and triggering it in others.
+ boosting your productivity on all levels in a balanced way.
+ enhancing your communication and relationships with others.
+ reconnecting with your own goals and vision.
+ transforming a vision into reality; step by step while having fun.

My coaching and training techniques will help pull your many skills, capabilities, potential and experience together to create a plan to achieve both personal and professional goals, consistent with your deepest beliefs and values.

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Leadership EQ Coach & Facilitator

At your service, if you want to up your game to become the leader the world needs today;
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Brigit / Bee (Exec. MA, PCC) is passionate about supporting female leaders in high-pressure roles being successful in facing adaptive challenges, moving through transition and creating a sustainable resourceful mindset.