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Transform Your Leadership & Personal Effectiveness

Date: Thursday & Friday November 10 & 11, 2011
Time: Thursday
11 am & 3pm; Friday 8:30 am
Group Size: 90 people
Fee: Included in HBA Leadership Conference registration
Location: Washington DC



Stop Doing It All Yourself -- Collaboration Pays Off!

Date: Saturday February 18, 2012
Time: 7 am - 4 pm

Fee: $89 f0r full day conference with lunch & reception
Location: Chaparral Suites Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

To sign up: www.womensbusinessbootcamp.com


Do you buy into the maxim "If you want it done right, do it yourself?"  
What if you could open the door to innovation, new ideas and an optimal end result and enjoy your work even more? Collaboration unleashes the power that comes from complementary insights, skills, and talents. It creates outcomes that are better than single efforts and can be used for many aspects of your work, leadership, and creative efforts. Assess your collaborability and learn ways to make collaboration an every day practice and a source of energy and vitality. Solopreneurs and small business owners who have included collaboration in their practices report being transformed and renewed by moving beyond the “stand alone” model. According to the 2010 IBM Global CEO Survey, industry CEOs look for more creative collaboration and the ability to leverage the diverse talents of the workforce, especially during this complex economic time. Collaboration is even more important for your business! 

Attendees will learn to:
  • Expand your view of collaboration and its uses
  • Use the Collaborability Assessment to identify areas of strength & opportunities for growth
  • Define current barriers to effective collaboration and learn ways to address them
  • Learn from a variety of models used by other business owners 



Juggling Life & Work Teleclass

Date: Thursdays  January 19 & 26, 2012
6:00-7:00 pm AZ/MST time, 8:00-9:00 pm EST
Group Size: 8-10 people
Fee: $29


Come to this two-session teleclass to learn and apply tips on how to become a better juggler and make sure that the things you value most are in your juggling mix.

These calls will be recorded and available to participants after the class.


To sign up, contact me via email: info@exnerassociates.com or phone: 602-298-1129


What is a virtual book discussion group?
Interactive, informative and fun, a virtual discussion group is just like attending an in-person book group but instead of driving, parking and making sure your hair is combed, all you need is a free hour and a phone! The discussion groups meet by phone for one hour on the dates listed above. The commitment to the group will keep you on target with the reading and the discussion will help you find ways to apply the ideas to your own work and life.


Comments from previous participants:

"This class was full of great information, thought provoking, a great way to get through a book!" AS, Pennsylvania


“With pressures at work it always seems that reading for improvement and enjoyment never makes it to the top of the schedule - the virtual book club helped me reorganize my priorities in this area.” ML, Arizona


"Debbie keeps the discussions moving with thought provoking questions before and during the calls. She also promotes a non-threatening and cooperative atmosphere in which we are comfortable asking and receiving help from the other participants. The discussions are informative and fun." LB, Delaware

“Exner & Associates the business that gets you talking, thinking, learning and having fun again reading.” TM, Arizona


Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard

Date: Mondays  February 6,13 & 27, 2012
6:00-7:00 pm AZ/MST time, 8:00-9:00 pm EST
Group Size: 8-12 people
Fee: $49; $29 early bird rate if you register by 1/10/12


Change is hard. If you've been making the same resolutions year after year, maybe it's time to try a new approach. In this book, Dan and Chip Heath present the results of research and, more importantly, come up  with a method we can use to bring about change -- whether in our organizations or in our own personal habits.


Review as much of the book as you can before the first call. It's also available in kindle and audio editions and the authors have posted useful summaries and podcasts online. During the first call we'll discuss the framework and ways that we can use the Rider, Elephant and Path analogy to be more successful.


On the second call, we'll strategize about how to use the Switch method for our own changes, either organizational or personal, and then spend the following two weeks applying our ideas.


On the final call, we'll compare notes, celebrate progress and insights and decide on strategy revisions.


"Anyone interested in influencing others -- to buy, to vote, to learn, to diet, to give to charity or to start a revolution -- can learn from this book." -- Washington Post


Spark: The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain

Date: Thursdays  March 1, 15 & 22, 2011
6:00-7:00 pm AZ/MST time, 8:00-9:00 pm EST
Group Size: 8-12 people
Fee: $49; $29 early bird rate if you register by 1/10/11

If you want to be motivated to get back in shape or maintain your exercise routine, this book will move you to action!

From the dust jacket: In Spark, John J. Ratey, MD, takes you on a fascinating journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling new research to prove that exercise is truly the best defense against everything from mood disorders to ADHD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer's. He explains that the brain works just as muscles do -- growing with use, withering with inactivity -- and shows why getting your heart and lungs pumping can mean the difference between a calm, focused mind and a harried, inattentive self.

This book is available at libraries and through Amazon, including kindle and audio editions. There are chapters covering specific aspects such as Learning, Stress, Attention Deficit and Aging. If you don't have time to read the entire book, begin with the short summary that you'll receive and choose the chapters that are most important to you.

Through the discussions you will develop ideas about how to apply what you've learned to your own needs and goals and the support of the group will help you stick with it!

To sign up, please contact me via email: info@exnerassociates.com or phone: 602-298-1129


Group Coaching based on Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction
Dates: New group to begin in February, 2012; Dates and times will be adjusted to meet the needs of the group
Program includes two individual coaching sessions, 3 group calls/month for 4 months, book and workbook
Introductory Price: $800 or $225/month for 4 months; Bring a Friend discount $100 off full program price each
Maximum: 8 participants

This program, created by master coach Laura Berman Fortgang,  can help you get clear about what’s next in your life, especially if you are:

  • Re-entering the work world or seeking more satisfying work

  • Considering your options after a major life transition

  • Looking for fulfillment and meaning

  • Wanting to discover what’s next for you

The work between calls involves reading a chapter or two from the Now What: 90 Days to a New Life Direction book and completing exercises designed to uncover limiting beliefs, wisdom from your past and direction for your future. The individual coaching calls will help you to personalize the information and create your action plan.

Now What is also available in individual coaching. Or find a friend for buddy coaching in this program for $250/month each, including 2 individual calls each.

Ready to take a big step towards a more satisfying life and work? To sign up, please contact me via email: info@exnerassociates.com or
phone: 602-298-1129

Print and take the Now What Quiz to see which sections of this  book/program can help you.

Click here to view or download a Now What brochure.