A Day of Giving On My Birthday!

A Day of Giving On My Birthday!

A huge and humble thanks to all who took time to post a birthday well wish for me yesterday…lately I have been feeling like EVERY day is my birthday. Life is good right now and even better knowing I truly have so much love in my life…thanks again for the birthday love! Whether it was a phone call, a text, a Facebook comment, a LinkedIn note, or an in person wish, I sincerely appreciate it all.

This was a special birthday that I will always remember. Not only because I got?to celebrate with friends and family, but I also had many opportunities to give back. Giving is what I live for and to do it on my birthday was icing on the cake! Speaking of giving, I launched my online birthday gifts for everyone in my community that you can still take advantage of. Join me for a FREE Power Breakfast, Speaker’s Training or Coaching Session!?

I started off the day??volunteering at?my kid’s?elementary school for the jog-a-thon on wellness day. It was an honor to participate in an activity ?that promotes healthy living for kids who have their whole lives ahead of them.

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Then I received an opportunity to be on the alumni Panel at the SDSU School of Communication. I am always looking for excuses to get back on campus, this was just as good as any! I shared my insight on running my own business and how I incorporated many skills I learned from my SDSU days. This was yet another huge honor for me and to do this on my birthday, really made my time giving back even more special.

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After a full?day of giving back, I enjoyed dinner with my team at my favorite sushi spot Boto Sushi. Dinner with my family is always a treat. Sometimes we are all busy and can’t always get to the dinner table together, but on my birthday we made it happen with a giant sushi boat that we all devoured.

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Thanks again to everyone who made this day great! Remember that I am offering birthday gifts to you too, just click HERE. I look forward to continuing the celebration with so many positive things on the horizon for me!

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Little League Lessons with a Big Impact

Little League Lessons with a Big Impact
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One of my most fulfilling coaching roles in life is being “Coach Jeff” to my son AJ’s Little League Team. These kids teach me so much about teamwork and becoming the best coach I can be. The lessons I teach in Little League are ones that I can take off the field into my everyday life and career. Best of all, when I’m coaching Little League, I am learning?and growing as a coach, a dad, and a leader.?The kids themselves teach me so much about being humble, coaching with integrity and the importance of communication.

Get A Klu Little League with The Friar

This past weekend will go in my memory book as one of the best. It was Opening Day of Little League season. ?For the 3rd straight year, I also emceed the Ceremony/Parade and got lots of volunteers to help set up the event. ?Dignitaries from the City and County along with Representative from the San Diego Padres were all in attendance. ?Then, my team played on one of three opening games at noon right afterwards. ?AJ had quite a game and our team won. ?SUCH a great way to start the season. ?My emotions are still running wild from the amazing experience I had! Here are just a few things I get to experience during Little League Season:

Volunteerism- The spirit of volunteerism is one of the most rewarding parts of being involved with Little League. Parents, friends and community members graciously come together to create an experience for their kids that is truly life changing. I cannot even begin to express how much joy I receive from volunteering at Little League. I know it’s not about me, but ultimately, I do benefit from all the positive emotions I feel from being a part of the team. This leads to my next little league highlight, teamwork!

Teamwork-?Teamwork is an integral part of Little League. Watching the kids?learn?how to work together is a priceless experience. It makes me a better leader to see the kids motivate each other and offer encouragement. Teamwork happens both on and off the field. Parents also need to learn teamwork by allowing the coaches to do their jobs and by wanting what’s best for all the kids on the team, not just their own.

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Punctuality– Being punctual is not just about getting yourself there on time, it’s also about showing?respect for everyone else on the team. Of course, things come up that make us late, this happens to all of us. But the kids learn an overall sense of why it’s important to be where you say you’ll be at the time you’re asked to be there. The kids are encouraged to let their coaches know if they will have to miss or be late to a practice or game. They are taught that not only does their presence matter, but so does their absence because it does affect the whole team. Line ups need to be changed, substitutions are made, etc.

Communication-?Open communication is key for any type of team to succeed. The importance of communication is especially evident in Little League. The kids have to communicate with each other during the entire game to know who’s got who covered, who’s running where and who’s up next. This is a great exercise for them because they learn the importance of being strong and effective communicators. They see the consequences when they fail to communicate and they are able to learn from their mistakes. They also deepen their friendships through communication, and these friendships can often last a lifetime.

Baseball is like life.?Last but not least, I want to use the baseball analogy and compare it to life. There are so many ?lessons to be learned including how to deal with failure and learn from it to become a better baseball player and person, how to?handle adversity because Little League teams can sometimes experience taunting from other teams and criticism from parents. Games can get just as stressful?but the kids are reminded to have fun, support each other and do their best.

I feel truly blessed to be Coach Jeff for my son’s Little League team. Baseball brings people together like no other sport. I have never experienced so much camaraderie in my life! I can’t wait for the rest of the season. As you can see I’m extremely passionate about Little League. Stay tuned, I’m sure I’ll be doing more posts on my experience as a Little League coach as the season progresses.

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Happy KLU Year: 2016!!!

Happy KLU Year: 2016!!!
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2016 is here, and I always get pumped for the new year ?because it’s a great time to?reflect on all of the?successes and progress I’ve made. ?I’d like to share some of my proudest wins and I encourage you to take inventory of your own, because this can serve as a great source of motivation and encouragement for the upcoming year:

  • Business: ?Through an incredibly thoughtful referral, I landed a contract with new client (Chef Works, Inc.) to train their “Supervisors and up” on Coaching and Management. ?This is a GREAT contract for me personally as I get to lead the trainings and be the “head coach” in the program…but it also represents the growth of Get A Klu and our capacity to serve entire companies vs. just solo-preneurs and individuals. ?Another company I work with locally, MHM Glass Etchings, credits me with helping increase their sales by 45% forcing them to move into a new space over 5 times larger than the space they were in when I started working with them. ?I got to work with every aspect of the Company: ?Production Crew on Supervision and Management, Sales/Marketing team on “influence” and the Execs (Owner and CEO) on Business Growth Strategy. ?When I got the text from the CEO in late December thanking me for helping them reach 45% increase in revenue over the previous year, I was feeling very good about myself for sure!
  • Education:?Professor Klubeck is just one of the many hats I wear. This past semester I’ve been wearing this hat more than usual. I received a last minute request to take on an extra class and happily accepted thinking about how much I LOVE to?educate future business leaders. ?In Fall, I taught 4 classes…1 in the Summer and 3 in the Spring…totaling 8 classes and over 240 students I helped get past the fear of Public Speaking. ?This is incredibly rewarding…but I am looking forward to “only” having 2 classes to teach this Spring!
  • Giving Back: ?It was an honor being chosen to speak?at my?alma mater this past October. I presented?to SDSU’s International Business Society on Fearless Public Speaking. Being back on?my old stomping grounds was a treat in itself. Being able to help?students who are in the exact same shoes I once was in life, made my day.

Jeff Klubeck Teaching at SDSU

  • At Home: ?My daughter Abigail sold more Girl Scout Cookies than anyone else in her troupe…played a season of soccer…did a week at a Theatre Troup Camp…rocked Gymnastics classes and has been an AMAZING big sister to Brody (our 3 year old). ? Meanwhile, my son A.J. also played another season of soccer but baseball is his real focus! ?He made All-Stars and started the Championship Game at Pitcher in their tournament. ?He also played?on a couple travel ball teams (he even won a ring at a summer tournament with the SoCal Thunder!). ?I got to Manage his Little League team (and will again in 2016) ?and also volunteered to be on the Board of Directors for our Little League. ?Giving back to the community through youth sports is incredibly rewarding and the friendships we build among the families in the community through youth sports is awesome. ?Last, but certainly not least, Mary Ann “rose to stardom” this year in her career…she was given a sizable retention bonus to stay with her company through its merger with Becton-Dickinson and now she holds a Director-level position with one of the largest Medical Technology companies in the world. ?She now has had to do a lot of work-related travel, but she is being HANDSOMELY rewarded with Corporate Compensation and I am committed to LOVING my “Triple Daddy Duty” time with the kids when she is gone. ?After all, I started my own business to have a flexible schedule for being with my kids…and, I got it! ?Seriously, my wife and kids are incredible and I wake up every day asking myself what I can do today to feel like I deserve them…next thing you know, I am out of bed and helping people grow personally and professionally. ?It’s cool.
  • Bucket List: ?If you know me, you know I’m all about balance and having a healthy?”work hard, play hard” mentality. ?So I got to finish off the year by scratching a couple items off the Bucket List. ?I was invited to go to Boston with “T-Bone”?to visit his aging Grandparents (whom I’ve know since 1986 but haven’t seen in over a decade). ?If you caught my?recent?Drive-By Coaching video, about repairing cherished relationships, you may remember that “T-Bone” is Terrence…my best friend from high school. We had a falling out?6 years ago but he reached out to me in November and we had a great weekend in San Diego in early December and then went to Boston together for the last week of the year. ?We saw Kobe Bryant’s last game in Boston…toured the Samuel Adams Brewery…visited my cousin Zach who had graduated Northeastern University earlier in the year…had a couple great meals with his grandparents (whom I may have seen for the last time) and watched the ball drop on the east coast for the first time in my life. ?A truly incredible way to end 2015 and ring in 2016!!!

So, what are your successes from the past year? How did you ring?in 2016? ?Let me know in the comments below. ?Meanwhile, I am wishing you a happy and prosperous KLU?year in 2016!!

To Your Success!

Jeffrey Klubeck, M.A.

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3 Tips to Keep Yourself Accountable

3 Tips to Keep Yourself Accountable
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Lately, I?ve been talking a lot about accountability. In fact, I just created a free download that teaches you skills on how to be accountable. This program will teach you how to keep your clients, employees and team members accountable, at the same level that a professional coach like myself would.

The first step in helping others be accountable though, is having the ability to be?accountable for yourself. I?m going to take it a step further today and give you?3 easy ways to keep yourself accountable.

  1. When you set goals, be S.M.A.A.R.T.– If you?re not crystal clear about your goals, it is harder to achieve them! ?Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “if you have no destination, ANY road will take you there!” ?So,?specific is very important, but you?also want to make sure you set measurable goals that are achievable?and?ambitious?for totally motivating reasons AND that include a timeline of when you want to meet each goal. ?For accountability, your goals really only need to be specific, measurable and time-bound?but a Coach will make sure you believe you can achieve the goals (achievable) and support you in any behavioral changes that make the goal “ambitious.” ?I usually cover S.M.A.A.R.T. Goal Setting in great detail during the first Complimentary Coaching Session I give someone.
  1. Make?your goals even S.M.A.A.T.E.R.R.– When we evaluate the progress we are (or are NOT) making towards our goals, we are embracing the accountability that lets us make the tough decisions?to?renew?our faith in our strategy (if its not working “yet”)?to revise?the strategy (if it simply isn’t working) or revise?the goal itself (if we are ahead of schedule or doing better than we originally projected). ?These are the decisions that successful people make all the time! ?Still, there are way too many business professionals that spend time creating specific goals, but once they start working on those goals, they forget to check in to make sure they?re on track. I get it, life gets busy, but reviewing progress needs to be business activity that receives just as much priority as say invoicing clients and prospecting for new leads.
  1. Get a Klu- AccountabilityTell someone as S.M.A.A.R.T. as YOU!– One benefit of having a business coach is that you always have someone to share your goals with. I realize that not everyone has a coach so if you don?t have one, share your goals with a friend, co-worker or family member. ?JUST MAKE SURE?you only share with someone who also sets and pursues goals! ?If you share your ambitions with someone who has none, you can expect them to defend their egos by trashing your goals before they ever hunker down to create their own. ?Sometimes the simple act of telling someone what you will achieve and knowing they might ask you about it will motivate you to be more diligent in working toward the goal?just make sure you only share your goals with someone who themselves is a goal-setter or someone you know to be accountable in their own lives/careers.

There you have it! ?Those are 3 simple tips I recommend following to?start keeping yourself more accountable. If you enjoyed these accountability tips,?CLICK HERE to get your free accountability download. You’ll find even more specific accountability strategies.

If you have any tips of your own that you use to keep yourself accountable, please share them with me in the comments.

To Your Success!

Jeffrey Klubeck, M.A.

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