May 2012

Preview Leadership Training Video from Live Corporate Event

If you’ve never heard Chalmers Brothers at a live corporate leadership training event, these nine video segments are the next best thing. Corporate executives and managers can expect to acquire insights and pearls that can lead to transformational results through a powerful and engaging presentation on these nine topics:

  1. Self-Awareness and Six Ground Rules for Success
  2. What Do Leaders Actually Get Paid to Do?
  3. A New Understanding of Language and Conversations
  4. Language and Learning – For Individuals and Organizations
  5. We Live in Language
  6. Language Creates and Generates
  7. Language is Action
  8. With Language We See What Was Previously Invisible
  9. Conversations and Results

Through these abbreviated training sessions, don’t be surprised if you experience some shifts in your paradigms about leadership qualities, skills and styles – communications  and behaviors that may be contributing to a corporate culture which is sabotaging or limiting company success.

Start by Viewing Parts 1 – 3 of this Leadership Training Event

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Buy all nine power-packed segments of this leadership training video entitled “Leadership, Conversations and Results.”

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Mar 2012

Leadership Training for Grooming World Class Business Leaders

While working with leaders and leadership teams, we explore many questions, including:

  • What do you as a leader actually get paid to do?
  • What are the one, two or three most critical, most fundamental, most important aspects of your role as a leader?
  • How has our understanding of leadership effectiveness changed over the past 10 or 20 or 50 years?
  • What are the characteristics of the type of corporate culture that will best support the purpose and goals of your company?
  • What is your level of self-awareness?  That is, how conscious are you now of your contribution to “the way things are around here?”
  • How open are you to learning?  How willing are you to see yourself, your way of interacting and your organization’s dynamics with “new eyes?”

Chalmers Brothers, Author, Keynote Speaker, Business and Life CoachMy name is Chalmers Brothers and since the mid 1990’s I’ve provided training and coaching for leaders and leadership teams, in a variety of different organizations, large and small, public and private.  My approach to leadership training, in every case, is to support leaders in becoming more powerful, more competent observers of themselves… for the one person we can each truly change is… ourselves!  But we can’t change what we don’t notice.

By starting here, and building everything from this foundation… we produce transformational insights that do indeed lead to new possibilities, new actions and new results.  And that’s what it’s all about.

Leadership Training by Chalmers BrothersMy approach to leadership training and leadership development also always includes three main areas: language (internal and external conversations); moods and emotions; and body.

  • A new way of understanding language and the power of conversations is critical for making transformational changes in leadership effectiveness, as we begin to more clearly understand the conversational nature of organizational work.
  • A new way of understanding moods and emotions – including how we can more consciously design our own individual moodspaces, as well as the “culture” of our companies – is central to our ability to build emotional intelligence into our leadership teams and organizations.
  • And a new way of understanding how our bodies and our physical presence impact – and are impacted by – our moods and our conversations is essential for leaders committed to conscious learning and purposeful development.

I invite you to learn more about my approach to leadership development and organization change through my book, “Language and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  Then, click the “Tell us More” tab below to request more information about leadership training and coaching that can enable you and your organization to achieve truly unprecedented Results.


Mar 2012

A New Look at Language for the Ultimate Balance of Peacefulness and Productivity

What if one of the most powerful avenues to achieving a balance of peacefulness and productivity – what I’m defining as happiness – is so close we may have missed it?

What if by taking a new look at language – at our internal and external conversations – we can open up entirely new possibilities for ourselves, in the areas of:

  • Individual well-being – the quality of our journey, throughout our lives…
  • The types of relationships we’re able to form and maintain – personally and professionally.
  • And our effectiveness as leaders and managers, at any level, in our organizations.

Chalmers Brothers, Author, Keynote Speaker, Business and Life CoachHi. I’m Chalmers Brothers and since the mid 1980s, I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals, small businesses, Fortune 500 Companies, colleges and university and state and federal government agencies – helping them to use breakthrough strategies related to language, conversations, emotions and body to create new possibilities, new actions and new transformational results.

This is what this book is all about- offering a new and incredibly powerful way of understanding language itself… and it has nothing at all to do with grammar, subjects or nouns, adjectives or participles!

Language and the Pursuit of Happiness by Chalmers BrothersOne of my central goals is to support readers in becoming more powerful, more “competent” observers of themselves.  That is, my intent is that when you finish this book, you will be a better observer of yourself, a stronger observer of yourself, a more powerful observer of yourself… and in particular, you’ll be a better observer of what you’re “up to” in language.

Why is this important?

It is because language and our conversations – internal and external – are profoundly creative and generative.  As creates of habit, it is this dialogue that keeps us stuck in a place we don’t want to be. Until we become aware, we actually continue to create the same old patterns of behavior that keep us from getting what we most want out of life.

In my book I focus on our capacity for self-awareness because of this foundational claim:  You cannot change another human being!  We CAN however change ourselves and in doing so, change our Results.  But we can’t change what we don’t notice!  Now, we may notice and choose not to change… that’s fine, now we’ve got our eyes open.  But if you don’t notice, you don’t even get to choose.  Noticing is the starting point.  And for me, this is centered on beginning to notice, beginning to pay more attention to, to be more conscious of… our interpretations, our ways of explaining the events of our lives…as well as the actual conversations we have in the world… and those we don’t.

As you experience the unique concepts in this book, you will come to understand the very positive and negative ways, we human beings are in an ongoing process, an ongoing dance, in which we open and close possibilities… build and sustain… and end… relationships; accomplish goals and achieve results individually, as well as with and through others… establish and shift moods and emotions… even impact our physical bodies and physical health… and in every case, our language, our internal and external conversations, are centrally involved.  Not as simply describing what’s going on, but as a causal element, generating and creating and impacting our experience, our relationships, our results… in a variety of different ways, throughout the course of our lives.

One of my favorite quotes from Mark Twain is this… he said:

I’m always in conversation… and sometimes other people are involved!

It’s not just Mark Twain, it’s all of us.  We live in language like a fish lives in water… For a fish, that’s born into water and lives in water, it’s water all around, water everywhere.  For us, we can say we’re born into language, we live in language, language all around, language everywhere.  Question:  When would a fish first know it was born into water and lives in water?  Well, it’s when you take him out!

Who is this book for?

Anyone who is on a journey of personal growth and/or professional success is likely to be significantly impacted by the concepts in this book.

As you are guided to take a look at something that is so close at hand, and so central to the quality of our lives, both personally and professionally… and to explore what it might mean by shifting, at a very basic level, how you understand language and the power of conversations, you can begin a transformational process that results in achieving better relationships, inner peace and making personally satisfying connections with virtually everyone and everything you experience in your world.

This body of learning, this way of understanding language, has had the effect of opening up a new way for me to understand myself and others… It’s has had a major impact in my life… and in the lives of many others… over the past 20 years.  I wholeheartedly invite you to explore with me this world of new possibilities… new opportunities… that will open up for you, as well.


Mar 2012

D.A.D. Rule Employee Training Strategy for Defining Intervention

Chalmers Brothers executive coaching conversations may cover any and all aspects of your company, including the performance of your leadership team as well as your employees. If performance is viewed as positive, of course, there may be no need for intervention… except possibly to ensure that positive feedback and recognition systems are in place and functioning properly.

If performance is viewed as negative, however, effective intervention of some sort is called for.  One helpful framework used by Chalmers in these situations is called the D.A.D. Rule:  that is, to begin asking and exploring as to whether the negative employee behavior is caused by a lack of:

  • Direction…
  • Ability… or
  • Desire

If the problem is a lack of Direction, that’s an issue for the leadership team.  Building shared understanding of – and shared commitment to – a shared vision and purpose is a fundamental leadership responsibility.

If the issue is one of Desire, this has to do with attitude, emotional space or other factors connected with the employee’s motivation and willingness to do what he or she knows to be the job requirements.  Counseling, coaching or other similar interventions are likely to be employed.

And if the problem has to do with lack of Ability, employee training may certainly be required. Identifying the specific competencies and employee skills needed leads to the development of customized corporate training programs.

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