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Survive and thrive -- the ultimate challenge of excellence is to outlast, out-liberate, and out-lead. Our training adventure, "Survive and Thrive: The Ultimate Challenge of Excellence" strengthens the "player" in every person. It is a hands-on, leave-it-all-on-the-sand, invigorating, rejuvenating experience like no other. You are in the game from the moment you leave home. You will be challenged, stretched, enlivened, empowered and tested. Every leadership and teaming skills you possess will be highlighted if you persevere to keep all members of your team "on the island." To succeed in all of the challenges, relationship skills are vital. Getting the "people thing" right is crucial for attracting and retaining top talent, both at work and in "the game." Open communication, respect, integrity, instinct, leadership, focus, high standards, tenacity, vision, appreciation, joy, resiliency, clarity, flexibility, spontaneity, influence, and courageous action are invoked and ignited. We use the "Excellence Principle" to track, reflect and dissect your strategies of excellence. This information makes it easy for you to consistently repeat your excellence across contexts with greater precision and predictability. Based upon 30 years of research by the Gallup Organization with 101 companies and 1.7 million people from 63 countries, we know our "Excellence Principle" is directly on target. We have utilized and researched it for 27 years. You won't be competing for a million dollars, as on the CBS reality show, Survivor; however, you will be "stoking" the skills that fuel millions. To complete this adventure, your team will select the "Ultimate Survivor." This person will join the Survivor Hall of Fame and receive great prizes. You and your team will love it! You will leave energized, liberated and stoked to spread optimism, heart, attitude and power throughout your organization and personal life. You will carry forward the strategy of "getting your strengths together," having clearly identified the individual and universal talents of your team. You will be more productively connected as a team in partnership than ever before. You will leave surviving and thriving, carrying with you the pride and spark that comes from rising to the ultimate corporate challenge. We look forward to seeing you in the game. Pack light and come ready! About Dr. Scout Cloud Lee Dr. Scout Cloud Lee is a cheerleader for the 21st century and a finalist in the CBS hit show, Survivor Vanuatu. If you like Will Rogers, you'll love Scout! When a director of the Smithsonian Institute met Scout on the set of "Star Trek: The New Generation," he exclaimed, "Young lady, I would cast your image in bronze and stand it in the Smithsonian to represent 'The Spirit of the Pioneering Woman in America today!' Dr. Scout Cloud Lee is a master of "living your dreams." She is a breathtakingly inspirational and motivational entertainer -- a type of "Moti-Edu-Tainer." She is a speaker, an author, a storyteller par excellence, a corporate executive and a corporate trainer, a team development coach, a songwriter, a singer, a musician and an artist, and she has a story to tell. Scout is a cheerleader for the 21st century who knows all about "pulling herself up by the bootstraps." She has survived divorce, bankruptcy, artificial knee and shoulder replacements, terminal cancer, and 38 days on the CBS hit show, Survivor. She has now become a master of celebration and a stunning feminine model of "living your dreams." One of her books, The Circle is Sacred, openly presents ancient wisdom and contemporary spirituality as a vital part of re-spiriting organizations in the new millennium. A more recent book, Sword to Fun: Celebrate Every Little Thing, is a collection of profound tools for recreating our life and our world on a daily basis. She has five completed books currently being pitched; the latest of which is a formula for co-creating with God. It is called, The Formula: Playing With God. Scout is a female Will Rogers, presenting her truths in a riveting yet simple, spellbinding, and down-home way. How we individually participate in the creation of our lives is at the core of Scout's work, play and music. Scout walks her talk! She picked up a hammer and built her own hogan-style home, ranch house, cabins, and ceremonial village. She is internationally known for a communication technology known as "The Excellence Principle" and corporate training called "The Challenge of Excellence" and "Tracking Peak Performance." Some of her steady clients include The United States Postal Service, The Federal Aviation Administration, The Department of Transportation, Ford Motor Company, Kimberly-Clark, The Chickasaw Nation, Johnson and Johnson, and The Institute for Management Studies. In the last few years, Scout has added her own original "Global Gypsy Rock and Country Funk Music" and cowgirl poetry to her motivational shows. Her music is upbeat, toe-tappin' and deeply moving in its message. Scout's latest CDs -- Mountain Movin' Medicine, Love Medicine, and Home on the Ranch -- are joyful statements of the truth of her "medicine" for the 21st century. To experience Scout is to come away knowing that "dreams really do come true." Scout is more than an expert on living your dreams; she is a person with charisma and that special ability to walk on stage and grab any audience until all you can hear is the sound of the audience breathing. She is a motivational master with stage presence, courage, charisma, and a moving message for our new millennium. She is simply spellbinding as she weaves together original stories, songs and challenges to move us all into the middle of our deepest desires. She's fun! Some of Scout's favorite topics include Pumped Up and Powerful, Survive and Thrive, Celebrating Differences Differently, The Change That Changes Changing, and The Formula: Playing with God, and Yes! I Can Help! Scout is a consummate storyteller. In all that she does, she reveals her belief and experience that life is a game to be played with integrity and passion, as demonstrated in her performance in Survivor Vanuatu. She openly shares her vision of a world at peace, playing together for the highest good. Her true-to-life stories tap into every area of our lives and ask us to create legacies that are good for our children out of seven generations. Scout presents a new vision for our personal, spiritual and corporate lives, exploring through example what our world would be like if we revered life and all that is in it. Scout ushers us into a new era, an age where peace reigns and spirit rules!

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What is a career coach?

If you’re interested in furthering your career and want expert help, a career coach is a smart solution. A career coach is a professional you hire to guide you during a job search or a career transition, or to help you improve and advance in your current position. A career coach analyzes your work situation and learns what your professional goals are. They then create a strategy to help you achieve your targets. Throughout the process they should provide objective feedback and guide you in approaching the process strategically. Here are some of the tools and tasks a career coach may assist you with:

  • Helping you build a strong resume that reflects your work history, potential, and skills
  • Coaching for interviews and strategies for solid answers built around your resume and the target job
  • Defining your career goals
  • Creating a plan for job searching
  • Improving networking strategies and skills
  • Developing strategies for negotiating raises or promotions
  • Assessing why you’re not getting where you want to go
  • Identifying new positions or career opportunities that fit your skills

Why is career counseling important?

Career counseling can help you discover your career path, help you overcome challenges preventing you from finding happiness in your job, or help you learn more about career opportunities that are available to you. Career counselors are typically counselors who specialize in helping guide people into their best career choices. As professionals, they have typically completed a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on career counseling and bring a nuanced understanding of the emotional blocks that prevent someone from doing what they love or getting ahead in their current position. Here are some of the ways that career counseling can help:

  • Identify your skills and talents and how they correlate to different career paths
  • Educate you about the educational requirements for launching in various careers and what earnings can look like
  • Help you understand the kind of environment you want to work in, and which careers are best suited for that
  • See opportunities to transfer your existing skill set to other career areas
  • Help you identify causes of tension or unhappiness in your current career and how to overcome those difficulties
  • Help you create a game plan for moving forward
  • Provide a safe space for you to understand your feelings about career choices you’re making

How much does it cost to hire a career coach?

A career coach provides one-on-one sessions to help you reach your career goals or overcome any challenges you’re having in your career path. The cost to have career coaching can vary based on factors such as the number of sessions you purchase at one time and the experience and rates of your counselor. Career counselors are typically professionals who have earned at least a master’s degree in their field. Based on their academic background, supplemental certifications they have received, and any postdoctoral work they have done, their rates may vary. Typically career counselors offer reduced rates when you sign on for their services on an ongoing basis. A typical price range for career counseling services (nationally) could be $75-$150 per session. Remember to always ask if the career counselor offers a complimentary introductory session. You want to make sure the relationship will be the right personality and counseling style fit to help launch your confidence and upcoming career changes.

How much does it cost to hire a career coach?

When it’s time to take your career to the next level, it’s time to hire a career coach. The cost to have a career coach help you with your professional journey will vary based on how many sessions you require, the level of coaching you desire, and the rates of the coach as determined by their experience, expertise, education and training. On average, career coaching sessions can range from 60 to 120 minutes, depending on the professional and what your needs are. Career coaches in smaller towns and areas with a lower cost of living will also typically have lower rates than those residing in large metro areas like New York, although most do offer remote coaching. Many coaches also offer a free introductory consultation, which gives you the opportunity to determine if their personality and coaching style are the right fit. It’s helpful to ask the coach about their relevant experience and get references from former clients. Depending on the professional, session rates could range anywhere from under $60 to well over $250 per session. Package discounts are a good way to commit to the relationship as well as get savings on services.

What is a career counselor?

If you’re feeling lost in your career path, overwhelmed, in need of a job but confused as where to start, or ready for change but uncertain what you want, a career counselor is a good choice for you. A career counselor is typically a licensed professional who has earned a master’s degree in counseling — likely with an emphasis on career counseling. Each state has different licensing requirements for career counselors, so be sure to research before reaching out to a pro.

Due to their academic backgrounds, career counselors often have a more holistic and in-depth approach than a career coach. Career coaches are not regulated by states and also tend to be more business-focused — a good fit for those who know what they want but need help achieving it. On the other hand, a career counselor provides guidance and clarity around some of the more emotional aspects that job hunting and career movement entail. Career counselors meet with you in a series of one-on-one sessions. They assess your personality and learn what drives you. They get a detailed understanding of your work history and your hopes, and often work to help you discover any internal blocks preventing you from going where you want to go. Hiring a career counselor is appropriate at any time in your career, from recent graduate to executive-level management.

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