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Health Scare

Health Scare

‘Can you please come in to discuss your results?’

Not sure I completely recall my thought process when I heard those words apart from Oh Shit.  It was 2019, I was 54 years old with a 5 year old gorgeous daughter, looking after an aged parent at our home, juggling about three income streams and business interests, living in a rural area with animals and land and did I mention newly separated from the awesome father to our child and also dealing to that thing in our lives called menopause.

I’ve always been a bit of a work-a-holic and over commit to most things in life.  I always had in my mind I will slow down and re organise things soon.  Well the choice of that timeline was about to be given to me rather than it be a choice.

I had been on a journey for some time to try and figure out a discomfort I had in my gut.  So many doctors advised it was just that time of life and did I want to take tablets.  No was my continual answer.  I eventually came across a doctor who partnered with me to source what was occurring.  Within a few short weeks with many tests I received that ominous phone call.  I was then on an operating table getting things cut out of my gut that if left unattended for much longer would have been much more serious.

The after care from surgery was an eye opener with lots of information and questions about what choices I making about the quality of food, drink and home environment I chose to life in.

Fast forward to early 2024, I am entering my 60th year and I reflect.

  • I wished I learned the art of asking quality questions earlier in my life .. and LISTENING to the answers
  • I wished I took more notice of those that are walking the talk, living a healthy and well balanced life and not those advocating for it but not doing it
  • but no use wishing .. I needed to take action and the summary of it all is ..

To do what we love to do in life we need to be in the best form and then accelerate.   We cannot fully be our best selves if our wellbeing is not prioritised.

  • Fruit and Vegetables : Im selective where I purchase my fruit and vegetables – and I wash them in low Ph water to clean off any pesticides and coating (its amazing sometimes the colour and gunk in residual water !! )
  • Meat, Fish, Chicken :  Only from reputable suppliers. Never ever ever from a grocery chain.  My specialist said it is highly likely the issues I had with my gut was from what supermarkets put into meat to keep ‘fresh’.
  • Glutathione : This is my wonder tonic !!  my go to, never leave home without it … asuper-antioxidant which defends white blood cells, removes free-radicals, and protects against viruses and viral shedding. There are over 160,000 pubmed studies supporting it’s efficacy. Although it’s naturally occurring in the body, people over 20 start to get less and less of it and need to supplement it to gain it’s benefits.  I use the swish once or twice a day and the skin spray once a day as an additional step to my skin care (which is minimal).  Go to my website and the menu for Glutathione.
  • Quality Water : I drink water that is a higher pH level than what comes out of the tap and is cleansed … high pH water is more highly obsorbed by the body so better hydration, skin, brain, organs work better !!!  and I researched what is put into our drinking water now adays to keep it ‘fresh’ from our water catchments to our kitchen tap (oh my lord !!! ) .  I use a machine on my kitchen tap to convert the pH level from 7 pH to 9.5pH and cleanse and test it regularly with a water testing kit from bunnings.
  • Clean & Green Home:  I spent a week cleaning out all unwanted products from home and re educating myself on a better way.  I use (the same machine as above) differing pH levels for cleaning and disinfectant.  Much the same as many Japanese hospitals and their care facilities do.  I use 2pH for disinfectant and 11.5 pH for cleaning adding in essential oils for different effective results whether I wish for a certain smell or certain impact.  Example in the middle of winter putting essential oils in that help combat respiratory issues or in the middle of spring using a scent I love.   The added benefit of this is I save so much money in cleaning products and I have a clean green home for my health!!!!
  • Hair Product – Monat :  I have coloured my hair since my late teens when I started going white / grey.  I am now my natural colour and was so worried that my hair health would suffer and how would I cope with wiry ‘old’ hair.  Well Monat is my answer.  Their products are not the cheapest (full disclosure) but they are the best I have used on my hair in my life – which is a LOT of product testing !! (laugh).  I am only using hair products at the moment but I do love them and my daughter has long (down to her bottom) length hair and between Monat and a wonder brush .. it is so easy to keep and looks fantastic.
  • Skin Care .. I try and keep this pretty basic I go to an awesome lady called Elle at Skin Alive in Melbourne about 4 times a year for a good spring clean.   The products I use on my skin are :  Moisturising :   Antipodes (Elle McPherson) Intense Skin-plumping Serum as an alternative skin oil I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE de Mamiel face oils, they do one for each season. Dermaceutic K Ceutic cream when Melbourne weather tries to take every bit of moisture from your skin. I use a glutathione spray on my face, neck, arms once or twice a day as a top up and I find the results awesome in managing skin health and lines.  Then good old fashioned natural soaps and a face wash.  I use my infrared sauna a few times a week to assist with blood circulation and health. 

My advice to anyone who is looking into improving their health please please do your research. Not all products are made equally, expensive does not always mean quality and cheap does not always mean inferior. Do not get disheartened by all the information out there.  Look to those that you feel are the best them in the best form and ask what they do, what they use.  Know your own body.  Your weaknesses and strengths physically and mentally. 

I offer 4 free sessions a week to individuals or groups for 30 minutes to chat about your challenges, opportunities and choices I made for a best me and a clean green home. 
Im passionate about helping others and giving back, and putting all my research hours to good use ! , 

Book a 30 min call with me.  Look at my website FerneElizKing.com or email me [email protected]

Love Life ️ Love YOUR Life

Ferne Eliz King 

About Ferne

Ferne is globally recognised and called upon for quickly accelerating complex change to achieve business strategies.  Translating strategies to actionable plans, prioritisation of those actions, engagement from the right people, bringing business architecture to life or your life plan if individual and in many cases driving the change as a program director.  The bottom line is Ferne accelerates businesses or individuals to achieve outcomes and enabling that is her passion.

What's the consequence if you take no action?

“If you do the same thing today as yesterday, your tomorrow will be the same as today”.  Ferne Eliz King

Want To Learn More?

Book a free 15 min call and see how Ferne can help you accelerate your aspirations for you or your business.

Act on your passions

Act on your passions

Act on your Passions

I don’t entirely agree with the expression ‘do what you love, and the money will follow.’ You might love what you do, and eventually the day may come where you are financially rewarded for it, but what will you live off in the meantime? Passion does not pay the bills.  We need to make a plan!

When you discover your passion, something you would really love to commit to full time, you must start developing your long-term plan and taking action on it TODAY. As much as we would all love to quit our job and jump into our new venture feet first, it is just not viable or practical for most people and for those that can – awesome and congratulations.  But that is not the norm. 

But dreaming is not enough, visualising is not enough .. we need to take ACTION to gain that experience and feeling you imagine from doing what you are passionate about. 

The good news is with the right mindset, quality questions and a plan, there is a way to succeed.

Where do I begin?

An exercise to identify your passions and establishing which of those could be used to create an income.

Step 1: Ask yourself the following questions.

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are you passionate about?
  3. Can you align your strengths with your passions?
  4. Where these passions and strengths align, would you be able to use them as a source of income?
  5. Is that source of income a service to others; will it benefit others or the world we live in?
  6. How will you generate revenue by doing this, what would be your differentiator?
  7. Can you anticipate the hurdles you will encounter along the way?
  8. How will you overcome these hurdles?
  9. What are your 5 short-term and long-term goals?
  10. What are your top priorities to focus on to begin achieving your short-term goals?
  11. What would you need to do more of, less of for short and long term plan? (including less of or more of which humans in your life) 
  12.  What will motivate you to continue reaching your goals, even when you encounter difficulties?
  13. Write a story about how you will experience or feel when you have realised a sustainable income from following your passion(s).  Who is the first person you would tell, how would you describe the journey to them? 

Step 2: Start Saving

Think about your finances. Eventually you will have the stability to commit full time, but during the initial stages, it is unlikely that you will have that luxury. It takes the average business 2-3 years to start making a profit. Begin to prepare your ‘back-up’ finances and start saving for start up costs. Cut out unnecessary spend now. 

Step 3: Start Networking

Start forming connections to expand your network. The accessibility of social media makes it easy to reach out to similar individuals for inspiration, support, and information. Having a supporting network before you begin your venture will be a great asset to your long-term success.  Limit yourself to research, dont get lost in what everyone else is doing, gain enough insights then get off the ‘research’ merry go round and apply your plan. 

Step 4: Get guidance from a professional

Run your ideas past a mentor.  Their role is to assess your circumstances and support and guide you towards a successful path, applying their experiences in a positive and inspiring way.  You have what it takes within you, this is your dream, your passion.  A good mentor helps you improve your intuition and where you trip up inspire to keep going. They might point out obstacles you have not seen, or mitigations to risks you had not foreseen, or even shift your focus to another way to create an income from your skills and passion. If you still don’t have any ideas after asking yourself all the above questions, a mentor is a good place to begin.

Step 5: Don’t wait around

Studies have found that the longer your dreams spend in the ‘one day pile’, the less likely you will ever achieve them. Make a plan and start to take action today and every day from now forward.  Even if it is only 15 min a day .. it is a step to your future. 

Your old career or pathway is always going to remain in the background, but the chance to make a change to achieve your dreams will not. It does take time, energy, persistence and motivation but it is possible and worth it.  It is time to put the excuses aside and start making a change – you deserve it.

Love Life, Love YOUR Life

Ferne Eliz King

About Ferne

Ferne is globally recognised and called upon for quickly accelerating complex change to achieve business strategies.  Translating strategies to actionable plans, prioritisation of those actions, engagement from the right people, bringing business architecture to life or your life plan if individual and in many cases driving the change as a program director.  The bottom line is Ferne accelerates businesses or individuals to achieve outcomes and enabling that is her passion.

What's the consequence if you take no action?

“If you do the same thing today as yesterday, your tomorrow will be the same as today”.  Ferne Eliz King

Want To Learn More?

Book a free 15 min call and see how Ferne can help you accelerate your aspirations for you or your business.

Organisational Transformation Success Stories

Organisational Transformation Success Stories

Organisational Transformation Success Stories

Organisational transformation involves examining the future and the now of your entire business.  The advice I’d like to pass on is agree up front who your primary stakeholders will be, will you use and advisory team, agree what you will NOT do, agree a list of quality questions you wish to ask of yourselves, articulate in a story telling manner what your future looks and feels like.   Do not jump to ‘how’ you will transform.   By agreeing and signing off what you will not do and what quality questions you wish to ask will save significant time – I guarantee it ! It will also inspire those involved in designing the opportunities.

Here are a few of the don’ts I would put on a list and then below a few transformation stories.  If you wish to uncover some quality questions to ask of yourself – message me.   And these same guidelines work in your personal life as well as business !

Ferne’s list of DO NOT’s …  

  1. …start in the now; start with the future in mind and work backwards
  2. …build from bottom up; if you start with pixels you will end up with pixels
  3. …commence on a journey without a story to tell; you may not know the destination but the value proposition and the experience and feeling people will realise, customer and employee, is critical to articulate
  4. ...build an organisational design that cannot flex a % of its workforce and operating model to strategic priorities
  5. start an organisational design change without agreeing a method; you do not need to reinvent the wheel, you will not be as unique as you think you are.
  6. let change management be your achilleas heal !  Design the strategy, assess against your current values and culture, understand what are the big ticket items that need to change, execute change activities and as you develop your delivery roadmap map your projects or programs to one or more big ticket change themes.  Do not drive change at individual project or initiative level, drive it at the program or portfolio level and let the change needs dictate your priorities and scope.
  7. …don’t let others influence your culture to say agile and change are like water and oil!

Organisational changes can occur on a range of different scales from hiring new or training existing people to acquiring a bulk new customer set, to modifying processes, to shifting the way teams operate alongside one another, to large scale initiatives that involve changing the entire direction of the company.  But what to do first, second, in parallel, what is critical vs important.  That is the art of transformation vs the skill of it.  Alignment of your executive team is critical.

Although organisational transformation is driven by management, the employees are heavily involved in the design, it is critical to keep them engaged and informed and embrace the vision of the transformation and commit to the journey.  Organisational change is essential for business longevity. It enables your company to remain competitive, evolve with the times and survive.

Look up the % of businesses who DO NOT survive post year 10.  Look at the primary reasons why.

Below are some examples of companies who successfully implemented an organisational transformation, and will continue to evolve and test themselves.

Google

In 2015 the co-founder of Google, Larry Page made the decision to transform the entirety of the Google enterprise by launching a new company called Alphabet.

At the time Google was operating well, but Page believed that “in the technology industry, where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.” In fact, Google had become so large and diverse that it was becoming increasingly difficult to manage. In order to avoid future difficulties, Page made the decision to break down the entire company and branch each area into its own company under the parent company Alphabet (Google being the largest of those companies).

Page is now the CEO of Alphabet with Google co-founder Sergey Brin as president. Each company under Alphabet has its own CEO and goals unique to its vision. Other than Google, some of the companies under Alphabets umbrella focus on areas such as high speed technology solutions, healthcare and disease prevention research, investment options for start-ups, self-driving cars, global internet access, drone delivery services, self-driving cars, solar and turbine energy to name a few.

In page’s announcement of the new company launch he states “Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence.”

Microsoft

While Google deconstructed and branched out, Microsoft banded together. With the rising success of Google and Apple, Microsoft was struggling to stay relevant. Additionally, Microsoft was experiencing a toxic culture. Partnering teams were operating as rivals, and there was an overall low morale throughout the corporation. Satya Nadella became CEO in 2014 and immediately began the transformation of Microsoft. In his own words he stated that “Innovation was being replaced by bureaucracy. Teamwork was being replaced by internal politics. We were falling behind… When I was named Microsoft’s third CEO in February 2014, I told employees that renewing our company’s culture would be my highest priority.”

He began by setting a handful of shared goals throughout all divisions of Microsoft to bring the company back to together to focus on a shared vision. 2 years later he combined all artificial intelligence sectors together to create a team of roughly 5000 engineers and computer scientists. This team had a shared mission to focus on innovation across Microsoft product lines.

Under Nadella’s guidance Microsoft acquired technology such as GitHub, LinkedIn and Azure and transformed the company from product to service base. Microsoft’s market value has increased from US300 million to US1 trillion. Nadella’s initiatives provide employees with a shared vision that created productive collaboration used to develop innovative technology to reconstruct Microsoft.

 

As depicted in the above examples, the needs of each business are diverse and thus each organisational transformation program are very unique. The first step for you is to establish where you wish to be in the future via what unique value proposition, where are you today in relation to that vision including values, experiences and feelings for customers and employees.  Agree your stakeholders and if necessary and advisory team, agree the dont’s.   Then ask yourself a range of quality questions that will inspire and innovate as to what changes do I need to make to get there?

Love Life  Love YOUR Life

Ferne Eliz King

About Ferne

Ferne is globally recognised and called upon for quickly accelerating complex change to achieve business strategies.  Translating strategies to actionable plans, prioritisation of those actions, engagement from the right people, bringing business architecture to life or your life plan if individual and in many cases driving the change as a program director.  The bottom line is Ferne accelerates businesses or individuals to achieve outcomes and enabling that is her passion.

What's the consequence if you take no action?

“If you do the same thing today as yesterday, your tomorrow will be the same as today”.  Ferne Eliz King

Want To Learn More?

Book a free 15 min call and see how Ferne can help you accelerate your aspirations for you or your business.

Mindset The secret to shifting your finances from fine to fantastic

Mindset The secret to shifting your finances from fine to fantastic

Mindset The secret to shifting your finances from fine to fantastic

We all wish for wealth. We want to be able to pay off a home without feeling the financial pressure, we wish to be able to live the life that will fulfill us and those we care for and the world around us. We want to be able to splurge occasionally without feeling guilt. We want to stop living in scarcity mode! But… If you are honest with yourself, you have probably caught yourself thinking about having so much more. You don’t dare to dream it for risk of being avaricious, but it pops into your mind from time to time. There is a stigma around wealth and how people perceive it. I am challenging you today to shift that mindset if you have it.  It does not serve you.  There is NOTHING WRONG with dreaming big, in fact, I believe it is critical for success.

How much would you like to earn to live abundantly?
What would the experience be, how would you live, what impacts would you make, what legacy would you leave .. so many questions.

Shifting your Money mindset
Your money mindset is how you approach and make decisions about your finances. Your overall mindset towards money can have a big impact of your success so the first thing we need to do is address is any stigma you have around money. What is your earliest memory of money? Was it positive? The answer is almost always no, whether it be overhearing your parents worry about the bills, being deprived of something you really wanted because of money such as a school camp, a trip to the movies, or a toy that everyone else seemed to have, or overhearing trusted adults speak negatively about other people’s wealth. What we heard influences us.  How many heard “money does not grow on trees you know”? While it is very healthy to be exposed to the concept of money and budgeting from an early age, it may also put you in scarcity mode, it may stop you from putting yourself out there for fear of how others may perceive your success.

A big part of this journey is to be comfortable in yourself and remember that ‘those that mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind.’

Surround yourself with people that will celebrate your success and be proud of you.

Take a moment to consider these questions.

  1. What is the worst thing that could happen if you succeeded in earning all the wealth you could imagine?
  2. What is the worst thing someone would say about you? Does that person really matter?
  3. What is the best thing that could happen with your abundance of wealth? How could you use that wealth for good?
  4. What are the best things that people would say about you?

Do your answers to 3 & 4 outweigh the answers to 1 & 2? If so, congratulations, you are on track to shifting your mindset. I often say in my bloggs… the experience you imagine when realising your goals needs to outweigh your fears.  If your fears outweigh the experience of the gaol you will fail to achieve what it is you dream for.   Either up the anti on the experience of the goal, or decrease your fear – balance the scales in your favour. 

Creating a positive relationship with money

  • Be positive, and use positive language (and believe it)
  • Be thankful when money comes to you, in your wage, in a gift, if you find 2$, be thank ful and say it out loud, say it to yourself, believe it
  • Don’t focus on your problems, focus on your solutions (focus on the things you can control)
  • Break bad habits by keeping your goals in mind (e.g. go from spending less on take away food to have more money for bills, to spending less of take away to have more savings to purchase something that will help you achieve your goals).
  • Know where you are right now in your financial situation, be real about your starting point
  • Think of 6 month, 12 month and 5 year financial goals
  • Write your goals down and keep them where you can see them everyday
  • dont be afraid to ask for help if needed, but I find that 90% of people have it within them to make this shift, others do not alter your mindset, you do

It is okay to dream, it is okay to set your aspirations high, it is okay to want more. Greed is the root of all evil, but money is not!

 

Ferne Eliz King

Love Life Love YOUR Life

About Ferne

Ferne is globally recognised and called upon for quickly accelerating complex change to achieve business strategies.  Translating strategies to actionable plans, prioritisation of those actions, engagement from the right people, bringing business architecture to life or your life plan if individual and in many cases driving the change as a program director.  The bottom line is Ferne accelerates businesses or individuals to achieve outcomes and enabling that is her passion.

What's the consequence if you take no action?

“If you do the same thing today as yesterday, your tomorrow will be the same as today”.  Ferne Eliz King

Want To Learn More?

Book a free 15 min call and see how Ferne can help you accelerate your aspirations for you or your business.

Establishing a trusting relationship with employees

Establishing a trusting relationship with employees

Establishing a trusting relationship with employees.

‘Once bitten, twice shy’, the reason few will have complete trust in your management at the onset of their employment. Sadly, most people have encountered a negative experience with a manager or supervisor at some point in their career, so as a manager, do not assume trust, it is your job to gain the trust of each of your employees. We know about the amazing things that happen when employees trust their superiors. It creates a culture of satisfied and motivated employees which is important for productivity and revenue. Personally, I don’t believe trust is hard to earn if you work with integrity and compassion, and you will find the more trustworthy you are, the more you will in turn, trust your employees.

Regardless of your current situation with employees there are a range of strategies you can implement to your management strategies to gain, regain or renew a trusting relationship with your employees.

Characteristics of a trustworthy manager

  • Know your values, know the values of the individuals in your team, know the values of your company – articulate them, demonstrate them, celebrate them
  • Honest: Even when it involves delivering sensitive or difficult information. Be compassionate, but aware that in business, people want the truth even if it hurts. Stand in the shoes of the receiver.  NEVER DELIVER BAD NEWS ON A FRIDAY, in fact never deliver any news on a Friday. 
  • Integrity: Simply do what you say you will do.
  • Respectful: This involves some self-awareness as many people may not even realise that they are not demonstrating respect to others. Simple gestures such as stopping a task to provide your undivided attention to someone, making eye contact, acknowledging people as you pass them.  When there is a conversation in play – give it your all.
  • Approachable: If you aren’t liked, you aren’t trusted.
  • Compassionate: Always remember your employee’s are human beings with feelings, opinions, aspirations and, personal lives. Treat them in a way that you would expect a loved one of yours to be treated by their managers.
  • Supportive: Even during the difficult times or when mistakes have been made

Actions of a trustworthy manager

  • Be a person when you introduce yourself. Use your name, not your position
  • Acknowledge mistakes and failure happens (even by you): Create a secure environment in which employees are comfortable owning up to their mistakes to ensure they are rectified as a team promptly. Learning together and sharing failures will help your design thinking and innovative approaches to problem solving. 
  • Show respectful interest in your employees lives. Personal lives can affect work performance. During difficult times employees are more likely to open up to managers that have shown a genuine interest getting to know them. The compassion you have during the difficult times will not easily be forgotten in the good times.
  • Ask more than tell: What is the most effective way to build trust? Ask, Ask Ask! Simply asking your employees as individuals what would build their trust, how they prefer you to give recognition or feedback. It is a lot more effective than guessing.
  • Listen: We typically do not hear 60% of what has been said, listening, hearing and understanding are important skills to learn in management. Be quiet and allow time for the speaker to talk. Paraphrase what you have heard back to check understanding.
  • Model the behaviour you expect: There is no quicker way to lose the respect and trust of an employee than adopting the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ attitude.
  • No unpleasant surprises: No one likes to be surprised with a performance review, bad news, redundancy, or anything of that nature. Transparency and communication are crucial for building trust.
  • Praise your employees often. This small but incredible gesture is often forgotten, meaning most employees are only hearing from you if there is a concern. Being praised releases dopamine and oxytocin. Organisations with a culture of praise are 20% more productive and profitable.
  • Confidence: Treat them as though you trust them. Trust is a two-way street, if you want your employees to trust you, you must be willing to do the same for them. Give them the freedom to complete tasks without micromanaging them and allow them to develop their own ways to achieve.
  • Confidentiality: This is basic management, but especially important. Be mindful of what you say about one employee’s performance or personal circumstances to another. Office gossip spreads like wildfire, and one slip of the tongue could lose the trust you have built up within minutes.
  • Be silent: Give you employees the chance to think, problem solve and contribute their ideas. If you have all the answers, no one will grow.

Trust can be earnt be establishing a relationship and demonstrating strong communication and respect. Trust goes both ways; the more trustworthy you are, the more trustworthy your employees will be. The smallest of kind gestures, such as buying a round of coffee or shouting a lunch will go a long way.

Love Life  Love YOUR Life

Ferne Eliz King

About Ferne

Ferne is globally recognised and called upon for quickly accelerating complex change to achieve business strategies.  Translating strategies to actionable plans, prioritisation of those actions, engagement from the right people, bringing business architecture to life or your life plan if individual and in many cases driving the change as a program director.  The bottom line is Ferne accelerates businesses or individuals to achieve outcomes and enabling that is her passion.

What's the consequence if you take no action?

“If you do the same thing today as yesterday, your tomorrow will be the same as today”.  Ferne Eliz King

Want To Learn More?

Book a free 15 min call and see how Ferne can help you accelerate your aspirations for you or your business.

How many people are you helping this month?

How many people are you helping this month?

Selling My Services!

What would happen if we begin to measure success by the number of people that we have helped instead of a dollar amount? I know money is important and ‘good feelings’ don’t pay the bills. But I have recently explored this concept and while it may not be for everyone, I thought I would share what I have discovered.

I have always loved what I do and I get a massive kick out of people doing something different tomorrow because of their engagement with me today.  I am finding myself more motivated than when my focus was meeting financial targets.

To state the obvious, by helping X number of clients, I am still going to be generating X amount of revenue, but this mindset shift has helped me with my Achilles’ heel, the one area of my job I have never felt comfortable: Selling My Service!

I know I am not alone. No matter the passion, or how amazing you are at what you do, the reality is: Selling makes a lot of people uncomfortable.

Entrepreneur and self-made millionaire, Dean Graziosi explains the secret to selling is to “change what selling means to you. Start thinking “I’m happy to sell them this because I know it can make a positive impact on their life” …I love what I do and the service that I offer. I know I’m making a difference for people, so much that I feel I’m doing a disservice if I don’t get them to take action.”

Let’s refresh the way we look at generating the revenue we need to live.

How will your product or service help your client? What would be the consequence to your client if they did NOT purchase your product or service? Keep reminding yourself of that consequence, you are HELPING your clients improve their quality of life. Your business goal is to offer an amazing product or service that will be of value to your clients.

So instead of thinking and experiencing “doing what you love and watching the money follow”, amend this to “do what you love and see the difference you make to peoples lives” – and be proud of that services and valued for the payment you receive for it.

How many clients do you want to help this month, what is the value of that service to them, be proud!

Ferne Eliz King

Love Life  Love YOUR Life

About Ferne

Ferne is globally recognised and called upon for quickly accelerating complex change to achieve business strategies.  Translating strategies to actionable plans, prioritisation of those actions, engagement from the right people, bringing business architecture to life or your life plan if individual and in many cases driving the change as a program director.  The bottom line is Ferne accelerates businesses or individuals to achieve outcomes and enabling that is her passion.

What's the consequence if you take no action?

“If you do the same thing today as yesterday, your tomorrow will be the same as today”.  Ferne Eliz King

Want To Learn More?

Book a free 15 min call and see how Ferne can help you accelerate your aspirations for you or your business.

Setting Achievable Goals in Business

Setting Achievable Goals in Business

Setting Achievable Goals in Business

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going…” – Earl Nightingale

There is an art to setting business goals. When a business fails to achieve a goal, fault is often put on the actions taken along the journey, when in fact the goal itself is frequently problematic. The goal you set is just as important as the actions you take to succeed… So take the time to carefully establish your goals before you begin to chase your dreams!

Before you set a Goal

Articulate the vision and the purpose.

Be very clear in one short paragraph or less of the vision and the purpose of the goal.  Describe the experience you and those affected, impacted, by the goal will experience.  What will be different for you and them when that goal is realised. 

Complete a SWOT analysis.

“Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.” Don’t skip this step! It will get you thinking about your challenges and how to best overcome them. 

Know your Industry.

What direction do you believe your industry is headed? What will the future look like in 2, 5 or 10 years? Make educated predictions about your industry and use this insight establish goals that will move you in the right direction.  What issues have occurred historically?  What has been solved for and succeeded and failed, use these insights to help form your opinions. 

Know your Competitors.

It is vital to understand your competitors. Use them as a benchmark to strengthen your point of difference and set goals to exceed and lead in your industry. What are their strengths, their weaknesses. 

What is your point of difference?

What makes you different, what do you do in your business that is different?  What is it that gives you a point of difference? 

What is your values you will live by and expect others to also do?

What are your values and what are the non negotiables.  The tighter you have this, the stronger your point of difference will become.  Hire to it, partner to it, collaborate to it, align customers via it.  Do not let this be your achilleas heal. 

Setting your Goals 

Objectives:

It needs to be clear with each goal, exactly what is the objective of EACH goal.  The goals you set should by challenging but realistic. Your team will not support and will not be motivated to work towards a goal that is too far out of reach. The goals you set should be achievable within 3 years and you must have the resources needed to succeed.

Measurable – Key Results:

How will you know when you have succeeded? Use figures to make your goals measurable. What percentage do you want to increase sales by? Without this detail a growth of 0.2% and 20% will both be considered an achievement. How will you know you have achieved the goal? 

Relevance and Priority:

Keep a visual reminder of your vision or mission to ensure the goals you set align with your corporation’s values and objectives.  Demonstrate the link between this goal and objective to the priorities of the vision and purpose of your business unit and anything that is bigger or broader than your division.  Connect the dots. Prioritisation is a critical element to gain stakeholder support.  

Timely:

What is the timeframe for this goal? When will you need to achieve this by?  What needs to come before it for success, what needs to come after it for continual improvement? 

Actions & Translate those action to Receiving and Embedding Change Safely and Sustainably .. the thing that will be different:

Actionable steps need to be planned to bridge the gap between now and success with ‘checkpoints’ along the way. If you want to gain more clients, by what percent? By when? What action will be taken? Setting goals is not a task that should be rushed, those involved in the goal setting process must be given ample time to reflect and respond.  Often the receiving and embedding doing the ‘thing’ that will be different is overlooked.  We all need to become masters of change in our current environments.  Dont fail in the last 10% when the receiving and embedding the change is the thing that will determine 100% of the success.

 

Ferne Eliz King

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About Ferne

Ferne is globally recognised and called upon for quickly accelerating complex change to achieve business strategies.  Translating strategies to actionable plans, prioritisation of those actions, engagement from the right people, bringing business architecture to life or your life plan if individual and in many cases driving the change as a program director.  The bottom line is Ferne accelerates businesses or individuals to achieve outcomes and enabling that is her passion.

What's the consequence if you take no action?

“If you do the same thing today as yesterday, your tomorrow will be the same as today”.  Ferne Eliz King

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Succeeding in your Business Goals

Succeeding in your Business Goals

Succeeding in your Business Goals

The most effective way to progress in business is to set goals. There are many circumstances behind a goal that is never achieved, and often the reason is centred around ineffective planning and a loss of motivation. The road to success is not always a smooth one, but there are a range of methods and strategies to stay on track and to keep motivated when things get difficult.

Remember Your “Why” & What Values Drive You

What is the outcome from achieving this goal? Always remember your why, write it down and display it where you can be frequently reminded, especially when you hit bumps along the road.  Also describe your values, what are the guard rails you will apply to get to your why.   Be acutely aware of your values, this will determine the pace and journey you take to get to your goal. 

Spread the Word

Publicly communicate the goal to ensure you have people to hold you accountable. Accountability is one of the more effective motivators. Set up a digital calendar where those involved in the project can track its progress, know their role and deadlines and access resources.

Use the Stairs

Use a staircase to map out the chronological actions that must be taken to bridge the gap between your now and success.  Break down your goal and determine small, measurable subgoals and celebrate each achievement. As an example, if your goal is to increase revenue by 10% in 12 months, the first step could be redeveloping a revised marketing campaign and launch it within 8 weeks.

What swimlane are you in, what swimlane are others in

When several individuals or teams are involved in working towards a goal, it is important that each of them are clear of their role, their swimlane! Regular briefings are necessary, particularly on large scale projects to reflect on what is and isn’t working, alter the path when necessary and track progress.

Identify the Resources Needed

When the goal is set, the journey to success is mapped out be very clear on the skills required to bring the outcome to life, identify gaps and deal to them early.  Align team with similar or same values. 

Stick to your Deadlines.

Create a realistic timeline, and stick to it.  Be very clear what priorities come before this activity if there are constraints, be clear on where this activity sits within your overall priorities.

Celebrate the successes, and learnings as well.

Reward yourself and your team each time a target is met within the deadline and also when there has been a significant learning. 

Reflect and Revise Along the way.

It is rare to have a completely seamless journey to success in anything we do, being agile, creating a great team dynamic to reflect, revise, regularly, make it part of your weekly ways of working.  Recognise when something isn’t working and needs to be changed – not take weeks or days, address when the issue is identified.

Listen to those around you, even those you dont align to

Listening is a core skill for success, good, bad, indifferent.  Listen to between the lines, listen to the detractors, listen to the advocates.  Form your own opinion after listening. 

Imagine the feeling, the experiences you and others will have when the goal or outcome is realised.  Is the excitement of the goal larger than any fear you have to achieve it?  

If you have a fear that is greater than the feeling of excitement to realise the goal – address that fear now or you will never realise your goal. 

Love Life  Love YOUR Life

Ferne Eliz King

About Ferne

Ferne is globally recognised and called upon for quickly accelerating complex change to achieve business strategies.  Translating strategies to actionable plans, prioritisation of those actions, engagement from the right people, bringing business architecture to life or your life plan if individual and in many cases driving the change as a program director.  The bottom line is Ferne accelerates businesses or individuals to achieve outcomes and enabling that is her passion.

What's the consequence if you take no action?

“If you do the same thing today as yesterday, your tomorrow will be the same as today”.  Ferne Eliz King

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Book a free 15 min call and see how Ferne can help you accelerate your aspirations for you or your business.

The link between curiosity and success

The link between curiosity and success

The link between curiosity and success

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”- Albert Einstein

The curious mind is an outstanding tool for professionals and business. The strong desire to learn and understand unfolds the intellect for innovation and resourcefulness. Curious individuals make more rational decisions, more creative solutions and tend to form stronger interpersonal relationships.

How curiosity can excel your career or business or just your zest :

Improve business practices. The more knowledge you obtain about your business or industry, the higher your insight will be on methods to increase your revenue and improve customer and employee satisfaction.

Better Decisions. Curiosity guides versatile thinking. Understanding the entire picture before putting a plan to action leads to improved decision making.

It makes you more likeable. When you seek to increase your knowledge and understanding about a topic you are more confident and intelligent. When you show curiosity towards other people you will become more likable and relatable to them.

Relationships with stakeholders. Showing a genuine interest in customers, employees and other stakeholders is the foundation to a strong, satisfied, and loyal relationships.

Resolve customer difficulties. When a customer has a problem, the curious employee listens, considers why this problem has occurred and develop an innovative solution to help the customer and prevent future complications.

Learning from sales mistakes. If you aren’t making sales or your customers are not coming back and you haven’t being curious to discover why, you will never learn from the errors that have been made.

Negotiation. Curiosity for what both stakeholders want or need, helps negotiations that result in two satisfied parties. The curious mind will be interested in all perspectives.

Reduced Conflict. As above, considering the perspective of other parties and encouraging others to do the same supports collaboration and improved group achievements.

Developing products or services. The curious mind considers how things work, how they can be improved and what people want or need. This is essential to develop high demand products or services.

Encouraging Curiosity in the workplace:

Research indicates that leaders who encourage curiosity create a more wholesome work environment where employees have higher job satisfaction and performance.

Open Mind. When a suggestion is made or a question is asked, regardless of what it is… keep an open mind, branch off the idea and see if it can take you to new heights.  Choose how you respond – think about your response!

Try new things. Sometimes the reason we don’t change is because we don’t feel there is a need, but when we change, wonderful things can happen. Once a month, try something new. Go to a different restaurant, try a new sport, watch a movie from a different genre than your preferred. When you try new things you trigger curiosity within your mind.

Hire Curious Individuals. Consider the way you advertise roles. Consider the questions you ask during an interview. Listen to the question’s candidates ask. Provoke their curiosity during this process and select some naturally curious individuals for your company.

Demonstrate Curiosity. Express curiosity in the interests and opinions of your employees. Ask individuals about improvements they would make. Use their responses to develop a new way of operating. Employees will respect a leader that values and listens to them.

Ask your employees. Questions about what they would do differently or what could be improved. They will respect a leader that asks and listens. Use these responses to redevelop a new way of doing. Solutions to your problems could be sitting in the mind of your colleague.

Focus on learning not performance. To increase confidence, skills and motivation it is more effective to set and work towards learning goals than performance goals.

Encourage employees to expand their skills and knowledge. Support employees to complete further study, expand their network or experiment with new ideas or ways of doing. Leaders and companies will benefit from their knowledge and increased performance.

Arrange innovation days. Organise regular meetings with employees to brainstorm ideas for change. Ask questions such as why… what if… and how do we…? Don’t just accept things as good enough, or because it is how things have always been done. Focus on the experiences people wish to have and the why.   

An individuals curiosity tends to decrease the longer they stay in a job due to being progressive tied up in the daily workload. Try to set some time aside each day to open your mind, listen to someone else or try something new.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence.”- Albert Einstein

Ferne Eliz King

Love Life  Love YOUR Life

About Ferne

Ferne is globally recognised and called upon for quickly accelerating complex change to achieve business strategies.  Translating strategies to actionable plans, prioritisation of those actions, engagement from the right people, bringing business architecture to life or your life plan if individual and in many cases driving the change as a program director.  The bottom line is Ferne accelerates businesses or individuals to achieve outcomes and enabling that is her passion.

What's the consequence if you take no action?

“If you do the same thing today as yesterday, your tomorrow will be the same as today”.  Ferne Eliz King

Want To Learn More?

Book a free 15 min call and see how Ferne can help you accelerate your aspirations for you or your business.

The connection between Emotional Intelligence and Success

The connection between Emotional Intelligence and Success

The connection between Emotional Intelligence and Success.

Did you know…

  • 90% of the top performers in business have a high emotional intelligence?
  • In 70% of cases, people with average IQ’s outperform those with a higher IQ? (This is linked to the individuals emotional intelligence)
  • People with high emotional intelligence earn an average of 29k more each year
    (Source: Inc)

Your emotional intelligence is an element of your emotional strength. Your emotional intelligence involves how approachable, observant, and empathetic you are, how well you listen, the way you handle interpersonal problems or failures, and the way you lead or work in a team. Your emotional strength goes beyond that to daily behaviours and habits to continuously improve your quality of life. While your overall emotional strength is important for a healthy work ethic you need strong emotional intelligence to succeed. The great news is unlike your IQ, your emotional intelligence is like a muscle and by doing the right exercise, you can improve yours.

Exercises to Improve your emotional intelligence

Before we begin, understand that increasing your emotional intelligence involves hard work and dedication. It is hard work, but it is worthwhile.

Small beginnings

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t try to change too much too fast. Focus on one or two of the below areas to begin with and as they become natural to you, move on to other areas.

  • Tomorrow is a new day. It might be a cliché but reflecting on your performance each day is one of the most effective ways to improve your emotional intelligence. Recognise what has gone well and how you have made yourself proud, but also reflect on what you could improve on. Start fresh each day knowing you will be better than yesterday.
  • Set goals for yourself. Use your daily reflections to start setting personal and professional goals for yourself. Display them visually to keep yourself on track. Having a goal means your are always working to improve.
  • Be accountable. This one is a bit confronting, when things go wrong it is human nature to find someone or something to blame. You are in charge or your life and your decisions. When something goes wrong, challenge yourself to take responsibility. When you hold yourself accountable you begin to discover why things have not gone to plan you are more likely to learn from your experience.
  • Give your Emotions Time to Process. We all have different personalities and with that comes different reactions to the same experience. Immediately reacting is not going to do you any favours. Reacting with anger can cause you to ‘shoot yourself in the foot’ long term, reacting with excitement can cause you to overcommit and does not create trust with peers. Regardless of your feelings, always stop and give your emotions time to catch up and try to consider reason before you react.
  • Handling Stress. Discover healthier mechanisms to cope with your stress. After a hard day, there are some common habits a lot for us use to relieve stress such as alcohol, devices/TV, or unhealthy eating. Find a healthy alternative that you personally enjoy. For example, light exercise, reading a book, a relaxing bath, cooking a meal, calling an old friend, spending time with the family or journaling.
  • Work on your mindset. Consciously start choosing not to let problems beyond your control affect you. Choose to push negative thoughts aside and focus on something positive or at least productive. Your mindset affects your relationships and your motivation, so make an intentional decision to improve it.
  • Increase self-discipline. Try to improve your discipline by a small amount each day. You can teach yourself to be more disciplined, but the mistake is to go too hard too fast, the only pitfall is making too many plans and only taking 1 action or minimal actions.  Make less plans and action all your plans. 
  • Decisions. Think every decision through. Challenge yourself to think from different angles, from the perspectives of others and before you make your final decisions consider the risks associated and how you will manage them. Consider consequences, consider the feeling and emotion you will experience when that decision is realised – is that feeling greater than the fear of not making the decision? 
  • Just do it. It is normal to have apprehension when trying new things. If you have an idea to progress in your business or career, don’t let that fear hold you back! If you want to start creating memes for your socials, start a newsletter or develop a new product- go for it!  Test, learn, refine .. but above all – take the first step.
  • Know your limits. Business can be challenging, know your capabilities. Don’t allow yourself to burn out because you have too much pride to admit you need help or support.
  • Take the challenge. Aim to do 1 difficult task each day. Experts claim that challenging yourself once a day will significantly increase your mental strength, resilience, knowledge and overall success.

Exercise your emotional strength each day, gradually improve your emotional intelligence celebrate the long term benefits in your career and personal relationships.  Track your progress !

Ferne Eliz King

Love Life  Love YOUR Life

About Ferne

Ferne is globally recognised and called upon for quickly accelerating complex change to achieve business strategies.  Translating strategies to actionable plans, prioritisation of those actions, engagement from the right people, bringing business architecture to life or your life plan if individual and in many cases driving the change as a program director.  The bottom line is Ferne accelerates businesses or individuals to achieve outcomes and enabling that is her passion.

What's the consequence if you take no action?

“If you do the same thing today as yesterday, your tomorrow will be the same as today”.  Ferne Eliz King

Want To Learn More?

Book a free 15 min call and see how Ferne can help you accelerate your aspirations for you or your business.