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13/Jan/2020

Upon publishing my book about how I overcame severe physical pain and deeply impaired cognition after a massive injury, a reporter asked me if it bothers me that I’m not an ‘expert.’ I wasn’t a psychologist, neurologist, or doctor, so who was I to speak with any authority about what had happened to me? Funny thing is, the ‘experts’ had missed a lot of what was happening with me. It was really only a deep connection with my own intuition that, literally, kept me alive. I responded to the reporter “I am an expert – in my own experience, and that’s what I’m writing about.” My injury taught me how to reclaim my own power. Many of my clients want the same. But they also fear it and wonder how to reconnect. As children, we tend to internalize that responses from the world (parents, teachers, etc.) are more important than how we interpret our own experience. This view leads us to doubt ourselves and lose trust in our own power. If you’ve disconnected with your power, trust in your deepest intuition to reclaim it. Visit Lynn Delgaudio for more information about how I approach this work.


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13/Jan/2020

Stress was worn like a badge of honor at the large accounting firm where I worked years ago. For us worker bees, the more stress we endured, the greater superhero we were. In this culture, a 40-hour work week was unheard of (and truly shameful). We typically worked 70 hours/week; sometimes 80-100. Over time, this pattern completely depleted me of energy to the point of concern. I began considering my own energy story in terms of an income statement. Instead of NOI (Net Operating Income), what was my NOE, Net Operating Energy? What daily thoughts/behaviors/aspects (hugging spouse, eating healthy, creative workplace, etc.) generated positive energy (‘income’) and which poor (diet, overexertion, deadline stress, etc.) expended energy (‘expenses’). Subtracting my expenses from income produced negative returns. If I were considering an investment based on this NOE statement — I wouldn’t invest! A positive energy balance is essential to good health, mindset and consistently high work productivity/quality. How long can this pattern of negative energy returns continue before illness, burnout or career failure? What does your NOE Statement look like? For more about how I approach my work, visit @lynndelgaudio


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13/Jan/2020

For those making a career transition, the OODA loop is your guide to turning your dream into a reality. In simple terms, the OODA loop is the decision-making cycle of: Observe, Orient, Decide & Act, developed by USAF Colonel and military strategist, John Boyd. Designed for military purposes, it is highly effective for individuals navigating challenging environments, like a career change or entrepreneurship. It is critical to first OBSERVE and gather as much data as possible: observe your strengths/weaknesses, goals, current situation, holes in your plan, assets to build upon. Observations re: messaging, content, presence, etc. won’t always be positive, but WILL be informative. ORIENT yourself – make unbiased sense of the data. What needs to happen to achieve your desired outcome? DECIDE upon the best strategy(ies) based on the observation and orientation stages. Will it be necessary to outsource your weaknesses, or, will you learn to handle them (content creation, brand strategy, etc.)? Finally, **ACT** on the decided strategy(ies). This is critical! When we move successfully through preparation but fail to take action, we fail to see dreams become reality. For more on making dreams reality visit @lynndelgaudio


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13/Jan/2020

Negative thoughts can derail us by 9am! When we wake each day thinking “I don’t want to go to work” then check social media, comparing others’ posts and lives to our own (“another vacation Tina, really!? Ugh…”)’, turn on the TV to see the latest breaking news tragedy (“this world is scary!”), stock market volatility (“Gosh! I’m losing all my $$!), then go out into morning rush traffic, fuming, as someone cuts us off while texting (“expletive!”)—is it any surprise that, when we get to our jobs, we’re already annoyed and think ‘I hate my job; my coworkers too.’? It’s our thinking – and our response to it, not any individual stimulus from the world, that is going to decide the effectiveness of our days and our lives. We need, then, to control the stimulus; the triggers. Why watch the TV if it’s upsetting? Listen to a podcast instead. Knowing traffic will give you angst, take some long deep breaths first, or go a different route! USE YOUR MIND, don’t let your mind use you. Catch your negative thoughts as – or before – they arise. Stop, breathe, redirect your thinking to something positive. To learn more, visit @lynndelgaudio


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13/Jan/2020

As a coach, I’m aware that, in human beings, poor thinking=poor internal signaling=poor health. Negative thinking creates certain chemical reactions in the body, and a corresponding feeling. A message is then sent back to the brain, which senses tension in the body, and responds with more stress chemicals. Redundant negative signaling is dangerous: it can threaten our overall health and internal culture. But what of the signaling in an organization? If I look back over the landscape of my corporate career, I can see how the same principles apply. Those business that had poor signaling (fear-based motivation) from the brain (C-level) to the body (employee base) seemed to receive unhealthy messaging (disengagement, misalignment w/mission, absenteeism…) back to the brain, which resulted in poorer health (poor profits, poor reputation). But those that employed good signaling (inspired creativity) from the C-Level to Employees received far healthier messaging (engagement, alignment w/mission, retention…) back to the brain, creating a feedback system that constantly promoted healthy culture and $$. Bottom line: better signaling=better culture=better health & profits. To learn more visit @lynndelgaudio


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