4 posts from month 03/2011

Bob O’Connor: March 2011 Innerpreneur Spotlight

Bob O'Connor

Bob O'Connor Founder & CCC (Chief Creative Collaborator) Conflict Resolution Specialists, LLC Follow Bob on Twitter

I am:

an innerpreneur whose life and work are driven by my values. I am a generous, positive, enthusiastic encourager of personal and professional wellness. I am a dispute preventer, a conflict resolver and a life restorer promoting healing, growth and the fulfillment of our highest life purposes.

My passion is for:

adding real and lasting value to people’s lives. I am passionate about helping people and businesses get well, stay well, and dream of a future that is bright.

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Your Work Is Your Art Form

See Your Art

Do you see yourself as the artist you are?

Are you dedicated to creating goods and services that you are proud of and can stand behind? Do you strive for excellence and are unwilling to accept anything less?

Do you treat your work as the art form it is?

Do you think of your work, whatever it is, as your art? Do you strive to perform at your highest level?

Do you focus on excellence?

Sure, you might not always act like the master you are. And sure, sometimes your words might betray you. But at the heart of you, do you see your artist?

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Me Not Always Communicate Good

Bad Communicator Sometimes I really suck at communicating... yet I'm also a great communicator. It's what I do naturally. But sometimes, I'm down right terrible with it. My coach Teya Sparks reminds me that I need to be willing to be both extremes. That as a human being, it is only natural. As a perfectionist, it seems insane. How can I make a career around communication and also be a bad communicator? I must be the best communicator ever. always. period. But I am not. Sometimes I suck.

Not a Great Communication Moment

Like last week, when I wrote about discovering my designer,

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Getting Closer to the Truth of Me

UnMasked

I've been hiding from you.

Okay, I've been hiding from myself. I've been calling myself a coach for a while now - and it does fit, sort of. I mean, it is a part of what I do...

But at the heart of me, I am not a coach.

At the core of me, what I am, what I have always been, is a designer. A designer and a writer. Doing those two things brings me the greatest pleasure in this world. The wonderful people I meet and co-create with, and the way in which we design together (through coaching) is important, but is secondary to my deepest pleasures and god-given talent. I was hiding my designer behind a coach because...

I thought I'd like me better as a coach.

I thought I sometimes think that my value lies in what I do for others, not in who I am. Being a designer, in my old mind, wasn't "good enough", it was too much aesthetics and not enough about strategy and helping others. Even though design, to me, is all of those things and more. Coaching felt safer. It kind of fit and I felt more confident with the description. It helped me to not deal directly with my denial of my designer.

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