Posts Tagged ‘Cherie Eilertsen’

Time to Upskill…

March 25, 2013

In the “old days” (30 years ago), the Skills which we gleaned in our 20’s could carry us through our 35 year career.

No more! New skills are needed for the journey ahead. The everchanging vista of today’s business world, requires constant upskilling, if we are to stay current & employable.

Take time to sharpen the axe! Make time to acquire a 2013 skill set. It is different to the skills which you needed in 2010.


Stay Current & Stay Employed!

by Cherie


September 19, 2012
by Cherie Power Coach on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 12:25pm ·

The school systems, the world over are letting our children down!

Surely a fundamental benefit for the ridiculous school fees being charged, would be that learners leave the system (12 years later), able to generate an income for themselves? All over the world, I read alarming stats of school leavers who simply cannot and will not, be absorbed into the workforce. The hockey captain, rugby hero, prefects and head boy or girl of today, may well become reclusive young adults, simply too battered by the rejection of countless job interviews,.

Surely our children should leave school, able to turn R1 into R1.10? Surely the system is failing when your matric certificate IS NOT ENOUGH TO GET YOU A JOB!

It breaks my heart to see domestic workers using their hard earned pennies, to pay school fees, in the misguided hope that if their children get an education – they will get a job. In South Africa each year, hundreds of thousands of kids matriculate. A pitiful handful of these are absorbed into the formal sector. Shocking!

Parents, teach your children to add value in exchange for opportunity. Teach them to put their hard earned matric certificate behind their backs, & still be able to give the employer a reason to employ them.

Lets rescue the kids….one by one

Cherie Eilertsen


September 7, 2012

There is a new economy out there! It is a Barter Economy. It works like this:
I have a skill or service which you require… you have a product or service that I desire. We agree the parameters whereby we will to exchange or barter our services. No money changes hands. No invoicing. A simple & elegant mutually beneficial transaction! Don’t you just love this post recession economy?


August 21, 2012

Don’t depend on your boss nor the company that you work for, for job security.

You may be on a retrenchment list, after years of loyal service.

Rather, depend on the people who buy what you sell. When this switch happens, you become undownsizable & the Master of your own DESTINY!

Build powerful relationships with your network of clients. Continually add value to their lives until THEY appoint you as their Problem Solver in your field of expertise.

Powerful stuff! Powerful long term results!


July 11, 2012

Go get your dream. Hunt it down! If need be, start today, or start over today. The rules have changed. You can be any age when you start up. The user doesn’t care about how old you are… they only care about the value you add. The company that will dominate an area, a niche, an industry, in 2 years time, may not have opened their doors yet. Is that YOU?


July 2, 2012

5. Spend less time fighting fires and more time growing the value of the business. 

6. Develop a simple, powerful strategy to guide the business to success and take it to the next level. 

7. Put systems in place to improve quality, efficiency, and customer loyalty. 

8. Have a trusted adviser or Business Coach to talk to about the business, including a sounding board for new ideas. 

9. Grow and develop as a leader and business owner. 

10. Prepare the business for sale, and to get the most money possible for it when cashing out. 

The purpose of building your business is to create & build goodwill. If you create goodwill you create a sell-able business. If your business is not sell-able, then you have created a job, rather than an asset.

Posted by Cherie Eilertsen



June 15, 2012

1. As the business owner get “fired up” about the business again, and back in touch with the passion that caused you to start the business in the first place.

 2. Overcome limiting attitudes and beliefs that are keeping the business from growing. 

3. Get a system in place to control the numbers and make improvements in revenue, profits, and cash flow each and every month. 

4. Understand the language of business and how to use that language to make more money. 

5. Spend less time fighting fires and more time growing the value of the business.

Posted by Cherie Eilertsen


June 2, 2012

The authors of a study due out in the journal “Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Process” have come up with some fascinating findings…. 

Here are the findings: 

The study, described in the Wall Street Journal, discovered that employees with more power tended to be more dismissive of ideas from people with less power, regardless of the quality of their ideas. 

According to the study, people with power have inflated levels of confidence in their own judgments, and so they give less credence to even good input from others. The Pointy-Haired Boss in Dilbert is real, and he is us! 

Note that these same individuals were often less accurate in their final decisions than if they had taken some of the advice given by their “inferiors.”

 Best of all — at least in half of the studies conducted — women were more likely than men to be open to others’ advice. (But at least half of you reading this already knew this) 🙂

 These findings are very important for coaches. You can’t coach managers who are not coachable — and it takes skill to create an environment of coachability. You have to know the conversations to have with your clients, and also how to establish yourself as someone who is credible and on equal footing.

Get a business coach today! Posted by Cherie Eilertsen


May 22, 2012




by Cherie Power Coach on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10:34pm ·

There are basically five sources of leadership, and all of us can tap into them. We can help others tap into their natural sources, too.

 One: Ego.

 You always hear the old cliche, “Keep your ego out of it.” That’s just wrong. I don’t know any executives who don’t have ego. A healthy ego can be a great source of leadership. We all do things for our reasons and motivations, and saying otherwise is simply untrue. A healthy ego also gives us the confidence in ourselves to take on bold initiatives. Of course, we have to avoid the temptations of getting our ego too involved; that’s where problems happen.

Strong leaders have strong ego, and know how to keep their ego in check.

 Two: The Head.

The head is the source of great ideas.

The head is where we process information, make connections, and come up with new ideas that can change ourselves, our organizations, and the world. It is also the source of logic, which enables us to persuade other people that our ideas make sense.

 Three: The Gut.

The gut is a key source of strength, of taking a stand. It is where we negotiate with others to make deals. It is where we set boundaries, raise the bar of performance, and find the courage to act. In Japan, the gut is called the Hara, and has special meaning as the place where we get grounded and stay strong.

 Four: The Heart.

The heart is where we are vulnerable, build relationships based on trust, make amends, ask for help, and involve others in our lives. We call on the heart when we want others to truly commit, and not just be compliant.

 Five: The Spirit.

The spirit is the source of our core values and true character, and where we come up with bold dreams and vision. The great leaders in history were known for their spirit and vision.

 Many leaders are able to tap into one of these five sources, but not all of them. We can help our clients become much more fluid and flexible as leaders, by helping them to tap into all five sources of leadership at the right time, as needed

Cherie Eilertsen

What are the top 27 leadership challenges?

May 18, 2012
Here are the top 27 leadership challenges….


1. My people don’t do what I needthem to do. 

2. Our team is not working well together. 

3. My career has hit a plateau

4. I have to lead a huge change initiative and need some guidance and support. 

5. We don’t have enough accountable leaders in our middle management ranks. 

6. I have been told that I have a behavioral blind spot that could derail my career. 

7. My boss/team and I do not click. 

8. We want to develop a strategy, but we don’t agree on how to do it. 

9. We have a strategic plan, but it isn’t being implemented

10. We aren’t innovative enough. 

11. We don’t execute quickly enough. 

12. I can’t seem to get my ideas accepted up, down, and across the organization. 

13. The culture here needs to change

14. I am burning out in my job. 

15. I am wasting time on too many things that are not important. 

16. I am new here and need to learn the culture and politics

17. I need to communicate with more impact

18. I am taking on a new role and want to be sure that I succeed, especially in the first three months. 

19. We need to create a succession plan

20. Our employee turnover is too high. 

21. I am strong functionally and technically, but don’t know how to manage or lead people. 

22. We have cut to the bone, and need to do more with less, and less, and less. 

23. Productivity is low, and this is costing us money. 

24. I want to improve as a leader and am looking for someone who can challenge me to get even better. 

25. We need more collaboration across units. 

26. I need help managing a global workforce, with many cultures and generations. 

27. I need to figure out what’s next for my career, and how to get there

Cherie Eilertsen