Leading Innovative Teams: Creating Collaboration in Times of Change and Challenge

Mental health and overall well-being are essential to thriving families, businesses, communities and organizations. It has been both an honor and a pleasure to research, explore and learn more about the incredible field of mental health with administrators and faculty leading the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Leadership Institute. This two-year journey provided me with new tools and techniques, which I now use in my practice. I also shared new ideas and exercises, which they use in their work. Best of all? This wonderful gift provided me with new perspectives related to the intersections between mental health, leadership development, mindfulness and coaching. The learner in me was so jazzed when discovering these connections. Bonus! This partnership also provided me with access to cutting edge research and applications that I now use to support my clients!

Leading Innovation in 2020 and Beyond

One of the areas our team has been focused on is leading innovation. The monumental wildcard of COVID has forced universities, as well as every other sector of business, to change. This requires both bold leadership and the capacity to collaborate in innovative ways that can help us create a purposeful future that may be totally different than where we were heading before 2020.

If you are part of the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) network, please join us for this leadership development webinar designed to support and promote collaboration and innovation. You can register by going to: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rdO-pqjIvGdH5OZJAT6vuKiI9mSAefMaB

If you would like more information on how lead innovation and create collaboration in the era of constant change and challenge we are experiencing right now, then contact Wild Innovation for additional resources. We are here to help create a more prosperous future for everyone!

The Mind Body Connection

For the past year, I have had the good fortune of working with faculty who focus on mental health. Dr. Matthew Wappett is the Executive Director of the Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities (UCEDD) – also known as the “Laughter Doctor :). Dr. Ty Aller is a Senior Program Coordinator for for UCEDD. They are both part of a team focused on growing the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Leadership Institute.

I loved one of the recent Instagram posts because it clearly demonstrates the connections between our minds and our bodies. Mental health transforms our physical health. About fifteen years ago, I read The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton. His book was my first introduction to the field of epigenetics. I studied genetics in graduate school but never heard of the word epigenetics until I found his work. Dr. Lipton began is career as cell biologist. His research around the mind-body-health connection is truly remarkable and is worth reading/watching/listening to if you are interested in how your thoughts transform your body and your life. I like to use his work in my personal life but also for my clients because thoughts are so powerful!

Working with prolific leaders who focus on mental health has enabled me to learn from experts who helped me refine my own tools, ideas and thoughts. And, I have been able to share my knowledge with them too -what a blast! Follow the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center if you would like to learn more about their work or if you are interested in improving mental health:

Webinars in October!

I am co-teaching webinars with Drs. Wappett and Aller in October. The schedule is below. I will share more details about both webinars in the next few weeks. I also wanted to share some of the content their organizations create to help all of you understand and improve your own mental health.

My role in the project has been focused on developing content and tools designed to help coach mental health leaders and professionals with a focus on innovation and the future. Why? Like many professions, COVID has been a huge wildcard for mental health researchers and practitioners. Their work is more important than ever but the ways in which they collaborate, share, train, coach and assist others has changed and will continue to evolve. They are creating next generation mental health innovations, which is super exciting!!

Zoom fatigue and burnout are real things, so I promise to add a little activity and fun to the mix! Mark you calendars and register for the remaining webinars by going by clicking on the image below. I look “forward” to seeing some of you there!

Looking for Something Different?

I would love to hear from you! Let me know what you want to learn more about or what would like help doing as you create your desired future while having more fun 🙂 Your insights, questions and ideas are what drives my creativity and content. Use the form below to send me your burning questions, coaching needs and innovative ideas. I look forward to hearing from you!

Live Your Future,

-Dr. Connie

SMARTER Intentions & Authentic Goals Coaching Guide

I will be discussing the power of Inner Leader Coaching tomorrow with Clint Bellows, talk radio host on The Mighty 1290, tomorrow at 12:00 noon CST.

We will talk about my book, Go Wild with Confidence!,  with an emphasis on the importance of leading your own life.  We will also be discussing goal setting.  I believe in the power of goal setting-only if goals are established with honest intentions that recognize the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection.  Why?  You have to either tune-in tomorrow or download the free resource below to get the answer!

You can download my free coaching guide on SMARTER Intentions & Authentic Goals from the University of Nebraska’s Digital Commons site.  Simply click on:

SMARTER Intentions & Authentic Goals” by Connie I. Reimers-Hild.

If you want to listen live, simply click on www.mighty1290koil.com and look on the right-hand side of the page.  Click on “Listen Live” and you should be set!

I would love to hear from you as I prepare for tomorrow, let me know what you think about goal setting, leadership and leading yourself and your life!

Be You & Do Something Cool!

-Dr. Connie

Coaching On the Air Sunday: The Mighty 1290 KOIL!

Listen live on the radio or the web to The Mighty 1290 KOIL this Sunday at 12:00 noon!  I will be a guest with host, Clint Bellows, discussing the power of coaching and confidence.  The discussion will also center around my book, Go Wild with Confidence! and how to develop your Inner Leader through purpose, passion, and fun!

Looking forward to Going Wild on the air!

-Dr. Connie

Strengthen your Inner Leader and live your best life with purpose, passion, and fun!
Strengthen your Inner Leader and live your best life with purpose, passion, and fun!

My latest research paper!

Below is the introduction to my latest research paper, “Coaching for Personal Innovation:  The Role of Intuition.”  I am publishing this paper as the last requirement for the International Coach Federation’s Certified Professional Coach Program.  I am going to graduate in just a couple of months!  Yippee!!  Time to celebrate!

Innovation has become essential to survival and success in the 21st Century.  Globalization combined with the rapid rate of change and explosive population growth have created a need for entrepreneurial activity, both inside and outside of new venture creation, that leads to continuous innovation while considering social and environmental impacts. 
Entrepreneurs are needed to establish new ventures and to employ others while developing new products, services and solutions.  Entrepreneurial individuals, who may or may not start a business, are needed because they are innovators who behave or act in a proactive manner and move organizations forward. 
Many different structures, policies and tools are being used to strengthen innovation within organizations; however, innovative behavior ultimately relies on individuals.  How do individuals become more innovative?  How can they be more entrepreneurial? 
Research (Reimers-Hild, 2005) has shown that individuals who possess a greater sense of motivation through personal fulfillment, are more likely to achieve sustainable personal innovation and change, and a key element related to personal fulfillment is intuition.  The purpose of this paper is to present and explore the relationships between intuition, personal innovation and coaching.  Two specific questions will be explored, including 1) how does coaching influence intuition?  And, 2) what is the role of intuition in the process of personal change and innovation?

Creating Awareness


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Creating awareness is one of the most important things you can to do achieve your Core Mission and Personal Vision; however, your must first be in a place where you want to be aware.  You must be open to personal change and innovation. 
In order to Decide what you are willing to commit to, you must be in a place where you want to create sustainable change.  This is a challenge for most of us.  Have you ever tried to break a bad habit or take on new habits that are good for you?  How well did trying work? 
In order for sustainable change to occur, we must quit trying and actually get into a place of action.  When we are ready for action, we can help us create clarity around what we truly want to achieve and help us develop structures to accomplish our goals. 
A first step towards creating awareness is realizing what is working in our lives and what is not.  We have to be very honest during this process, which is quite an emotional journey.  I have coached individuals through the awareness process.  Most of the time, deep introspection leads to deep emotion.  Emotions range from excitement and joy to sadness and fear.  The process should be emotional.  If it is not, a new journey of self-awareness is not occurring. 
Great leaders tend to be very self-aware.  They know themselves well and are honest about their strengths, weaknesses and life goals.  A high sense of self-awareness helps leaders focus with passion and confidence. 
Heightened awareness can be achieved by using a variety of techniques and tools, including visualizations, meditations, and powerful questions.  Perhaps one or the most powerful techniques is letting go of the things in life that are no longer working. 
It is essential for everyone to have self-forgiveness along their self-awareness journey.  Letting go helps us make room for the future we truly want create and experience.  Letting go helps us move towards the future.
It is a wonderful process of self-discovery and personal innovation designed to set the stage for new experiences and a more fulfilling life. Let’s begin expanding your awareness.  Be honest with yourself during this process.  It is the only way to create fulfilling and lasting change!

Big Dogs at the National Food Manufacturers Conference

I presented my latest and greatest innovation program, Running with the Big Dogs:  Innovation Strategies for Business, at the National Food Manufacturers Conference last week and had a blast!  A tremendous audience turning great ideas into reality!!

This morning, I received a letter from the conference organizer, Jill Gifford.  The evaluations are in and my session was the most highly rated one of the conference. 🙂
What a tremendous honor!  It’s great to know so many people and businesses benefited from the presentation!!


A Big Dog thanks to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Processing Center for inviting me to present at their awesome event!The picture above is of my dogs Fred and Barney.  They were the stars of the show!  When it comes to innovation, we all have to think like Fred and Barney…BIG!!  If a couple of 8 lb. wiener dogs can live like they are big dogs, then so can all organizations-big and small!

Creating Awareness

Creating awareness is one of the most important things coaches can do for their clients; however, clients have to be in a place where they want to be aware.  They must be open to personal change and innovation.  In my work, I define this as developing a client’s Inner Leader.
What in the world does this mean?  Clients must be in a place where they want to create sustainable change in their lives.  This is a challenge for most of us.  Have you ever tried to break a bad habit or take on new habits that are good for you?  How well did trying work? 
One of the most valuable lessons I learned from one of my peer coaches at International Coach Academy (ICA) is that we must quit trying and actually get into a place of action.  When we are ready for action, coaches can help us create clarity around what we truly want to achieve and help us develop structures to accomplish our goals. 
A first step towards creating awareness is realizing what is working in our lives and what is not.  We have to be very honest during this process, which is quite an emotional journey.  I have coached individuals through the awareness process.  Most of the time, deep introspection leads to deep emotion.  Emotions range from excitement and joy to sadness and fear.  The process should be emotional.  If it is not, a new journey of self-awareness is not occurring. 
While developing my coaching awareness and coaching skills through ICA, I made a number of connections between my research and coaching abilities.  For example, the first of my 10 Pillars of Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation is Know Thyself (self-awareness).  Great leaders tend to be very self-aware.  They know themselves well and are honest about their strengths, weaknesses and life goals.  A high sense of self-awareness helps leaders focus with passion and confidence. 
As a coach, I can heighten the awareness of my clients with a variety of coaching techniques and tools.  Techniques and tools include visualizations, meditations, and powerful questions.  Perhaps one or the most powerful techniques is help clients let go of the things in their life that are no longer working for them.  It is essential for clients to have self-forgiveness along their self-awareness journey.  Letting go helps us make room for the future we truly want create and experience.  Letting go helps us move towards the future.
It is a wonderful process of self-discovery and personal innovation designed to set the stage for new experiences and a more fulfilling life!
Lead Your Live with Passion!
-Dr. Connie

Setting SMARTR Goals

Many of us have heard of or used SMART goals.  In my coaching practice, I use SMARTR goals with my clients.  

(I watched a recent interview between Larry King and Kim Kardashian.  It was really interesting.  Kim mentioned that she sat down with her Mom and the beginning of each year to establish goals.  And, they achieve most of the goals before the end of they year….with more success than they planned.  What a great testament to the power of goals!)

What are SMARTR goals?  

I first developed and used SMARTR goals when I was working on my Ph.D. back in 2002.  I am not a very organized person by nature and neither was my major advisor. So, I developed a system that kept both of us on task so I could graduate on time!!  

The first step to creating successful SMARTR goals is creating clarity with a vision.  A great vision shapes your future by providing direction, purpose and clarity.   It is a statement of the future you are working to create everyday.  Used wisely, it is a powerful tool.  Write down your personal vision-a statement what you are working to accomplish. (Note:  Different SMARTR goals should be developed for different vision statements.)  After writing down your vision, you are ready to create SMARTR Goals!  SMARTR Goals help you achieve your vision.  


S.M.A.R.T.R Goals are:
Specific:  Create specific or detailed goals that clearly outline what you need to do to make your vision a reality.

Measurable:  Builds in accountability.  Use metrics and numbers in your goal statements so you know when you hit a great milestone!

Achievable:  Create goals that are doable.  Each goal is a step forward towards the larger vision you have established.  Small consistent steps are the key to accomplishing big dreams!
Relevant: Moves you forward in a way that holds meaning to you.  Make sure your goals excite you!  Passion behind performance equals success!   Enjoy the journey!
Time bound:  Each goal should be completed in an established time frame.  When will you accomplish your goal?   Set a date and establish a time line.

Rewarded:  This is the best part of a SMARTR goal!  How will you celebrate achieving your goal?  Be creative and have fun with this one.  Celebrate each success and recognize your accomplishments!


Here is an example of a SMARTR Goal from a worksheet I use with my clients:


SMARTR Goal Statement
Due Date
Reward
I will help 5 coaching clients establish SMARTR Goals by May 1, 2011
May 1, 2011
Day at the spa!


That’s it!  The basics of writing SMARTR Goals.  Fire me an e-mail if you are interested in learning more about SMARTR goals!  

Enjoy your journey!
-Dr. Connie

Just Like Great Uncle Jack: Realize Freedom Really Isn’t Free….Cherish and Protect It!

Happy Veterans Day 2010:  
Take the Time to Thank a Vet Today!!

My Great Uncle Jack was a fascinating man.  When I was young, all I knew about him was that he was great at hunting night crawlers.  In fact, he taught me how to hunt them.
We lived in the apartment above my parents’ TV and appliance store and did not have much of a yard.  Luckily, Uncle Jack lived only a few blocks away.  And, he had a nice yard. 
When it rained at night, we would walk down to his house with our flashlights and buckets.  My Dad and Uncle Jack would help us kids hunt night crawlers so we could use them as bait when we went fishing.
There is actually a trick to getting your night crawler.  You have to shine the light on them to find them while they are above the wet ground.  But you have to be quick.  Too much light scares them back into the ground.  You have to remember where they are and grab them quickly yet gently.  Then you have to slowly coax them out of the hole a little bit at a time.  If you try to force them out, they break.  Night crawlers and people are similar in this regard.  If you force them down a path, eventually they are going to break.
I did not understand much about Uncle Jack until I was a young adult.   He was a World War II Veteran and served under General George S. Patton during the Battle of the Bulge.  Amazing.  He was a World War II hero and I thought he was awesome because of his ability to catch night crawlers!
Uncle Jack and his family sacrificed when he served our country.  As Americans, we must remember that our freedom is not free.  Many men and women have died to provide us with the ability to live our lives the way in which we choose to do so.  Taking our freedom for granted dishonors our troops and veterans.  It also dishonors their families, who have sacrificed more than many of us can imagine.  These people have truly sacrificed for all of us and our great nation.  We must honor and salute them everyday.  Because everyday we have the freedom to choose how we spend our time.
We must also fight to keep our freedom.  Be wary of rules and regulations designed to limit your freedom of choice or action.  I understand the need for some rules; however, I am always cautious of anyone trying to impose more regulations on our country.  Most of the time, these rules and regulations seem to have plenty of “strings” attached to them as well as some sort of political angle.  Following the money trail demonstrates that someone is winning while many of us are losing.  We have a voice, and we have to use it.
Get out there and vote.  Just make sure to read the fine print first!  And, don’t believe everything you hear or read.  That adage is one we all need to live by on a daily basis.
The bottom line:  Cherish your freedom, protect it and use it to create your destiny!

Go out there and thank every Vet you see-today and everyday!!  They have sacrificed to give you the freedom you enjoy daily!