In changing times, you need a plan

tce-front-coverThe start of a new year is always marked by change.  2017 is set to make history, beginning with the dramatic shift in power in our nation’s capitol and its sweeping effects for businesses, organizations, and inevitably, on individuals.  What do these changes mean for you? Whether change has been foisted upon you, or you are determined to finally take charge of your own career and life, you can find guidance in a new book.   This Changes Everything:  Transforming Your Life from the Inside Out is available just in time for you to make this year everything you want.

A highly experienced coach and thought leader on personal and organizational change, I wrote this book to share my proprietary, five-stage model for turning dreams into reality.

I provide explanations of the distinct phases of the change process and practical tips, techniques, and exercises you can use to navigate the emotions and psychology of change.  Full of inspiring stories about how other people have adapted and grown, this lighthearted, empathetic, personal, and even humorous book will empower and equip you to plan and stay on a positive journey toward your best life.

I look forward to hearing how you are changing everything for the better in 2017!

Visit for more information about change, leadership, and coaching from Jaya Bohlmann..

The Best Leaders Tip #2 – Have a soul: Share the Wealth

This is my 2nd of 12 posts about how to be among the Best Leaders.  In these, I provide inspiration for everyone seeking professional and personal growth as a leader of people, projects, groups, teams and organizations. I welcome your comments and feedback.  Visit my website for more information.

Best Leader Tip #2          Share the wealth.  Who are the best leaders?  You can tell by how successful their subordinates are.  Unfortunately, too many people at the top think the way to stay there is to defend their position against perceived threats… including against talented high performers.  This leads to hoarding information, money, opportunities, political capital – things that could be shared with others in order to help them grow.  As in our homes, hoarding is detrimental to organizations for many reasons.  First, ultimately, leaders who hoard are weaker and more vulnerable because they have not engendered the loyalty among their people.  Second, they haven’t created a pipeline of qualified people to succeed them.  This gives the leader and the follower less room to move.  So, be a strong leader by building up those under you. Reward good work with recognition (public and private), bonuses, perks, development opportunities, and other things important to your teams.  Share information that can help them do their jobs well and feel empowered.  In giving, you are stabilizing your organization’s future – and your own.

The Best Leaders Tip #1 – Have a soul: Be the Golden Rule

This is my 1st of 12 posts about how to be among the Best Leaders.  In these, I provide inspiration for everyone seeking professional and personal growth as a leader of people, projects, groups, teams and organizations. I welcome your comments and feedback. This is my 2nd of 12 posts about how to be among the Best Leaders.  In these, I provide inspiration for everyone seeking professional and personal growth as a leader of people, projects, groups, teams and organizations. I welcome your comments and feedback.  Visit my website for more information.


Best Leader Tip #1          Be the golden rule.  What you hold inside you is what you’ll see manifested in your external world.  If you treat people with kindness, generosity, honesty, caring, and accountability, you will see those qualities returned to you many time over.  It’s the best, and most important, ROI in the world of leadership.  First, be a person of quality – tend to your soul and clean out any darkness there.  Then, lead with your soul shining out to your work and your people.  You’ll know you’re doing it right when you generate respect, love, recognition, and wealth.

The Best Leaders (a new series)

Leadership is a topic widely discussed, researched, and written about – a recent online search for “effective leadership” yielded 13.5 million results; 424,000 in the last month alone.  And apparently we all want to get better at it – there were 203 million hits for an online search of “leadership courses.”

Is all this plethora of information falling on deaf ears? Why are 3.1 million people leaving their jobs this year in the U.S.* –  75% of them because of their bosses**?

Because information and academic programs are not enough – we have to put all this wonderful knowledge into practice as leaders.  Obviously, we’re not doing this well enough yet, and we must get better immediately.

Why?  First, it costs you every time an employee walks out the door – $11 billion is lost due to employee turnover annually.***

Second, the long term success of our organizations is at stake.  All leaders, whether good or bad, set the tone and role model behaviors for their organizations.  If we want good leadership to show up in the future, it has to take root now.

Third, we’re all leaders.  No matter what our job titles or positions in life, we’re all in charge of something – a household, a team, a project.

Fourth, adopting the qualities of good leadership can make us better people, overall.  And who doesn’t aspire to that?

So how do we become better leaders?  Based on my years of experience and study, I’ve put together a list of top 12 qualities.  Together, they add up to this simple mantra:

Have a soul, be brave,  get smart, and be a grown-up.

The complete list of tips appears in my upcoming 12-post Best Leaders series.  Watch for it!

For references and more information on Best Leaders, visit my website.



*Wall Street Journal, February 2016)

**Gallup/Dale Carnegie

***Dale Carnegie Training





Taking the Fear Out of Networking


Now that the professional social season is in full swing, there are abundant opportunities for networking.  Approach these with confidence – my presentation shows you how.

Best way to end the pain of transition? Keep going


Changing jobs, moving to a new city, getting a promotion, getting married or divorced, starting your own business, retiring….   If you’re in the middle of transition, and feeling the pain, there is only one thing to do:  keep moving forward.  If you stop, or change course, or backtrack because of the pain, it won’t help.  You will lose the ground you’ve already covered (and diminish its importance), and you’ll have to cover that ground all over again.  I’m not saying to ignore the pain – sometimes, depending on the type and severity of the pain, it can be a sign you need to reevaluate if you’re on the right path, or if you’re doing the things you should.  That still doesn’t mean to stop.  In all cases, understand that all transition involves some discomfort, unease, even pain – this is normal.  Acknowledge it.  Breathe through it.  Rest if you have to, slow your pace, stretch a little – and keep going.  This is the time to be brave, find strength, know your own power. The only way to the top of the hill, the end of the transition, is to stay the course.   For more information on change –



Today’s Thought: Remove obstacles – with your mind


In running cross country, there are hills, valleys, and plateaus, twists, turns, uneven ground, shady spots, sunny patches… spots that are easy to navigate and those that make muscles ache and lungs gasp.  Just like life.  When I face a steep hill, I can inwardly groan and panic, wondering how or if I’ll make it up the hill, remembering how hard it was last time and dreading every second.  Or I can remove the hill.  I can tell myself it’s not that difficult, not that steep, the downhill is just ahead, remember that the incline is easier on the knees and gives my calf muscles a stretch.  The hill – or any challenge or obstacle – is only an obstacle if you tell yourself it is.

What’s your hill today?  Big meeting, unpaid bills, long commute, important interview, difficult conversation… those “obstacles” can be  difficult, challenging, troublesome, laborious.   Or they can be nothing but the wind in your hair. You choose.

Daily Thought: The things that support us can constrict our true, natural power. Know the balance.


I’ve been wearing a soft foot brace for a tiny fracture below the fourth toe on my left foot.  I wear it especially when I run to support the foot and to try to avoid further injury at the very least, if not promote healing.  The brace does its job, while at the same time definitely making its presence known.  I feel it as the appendage it is.  While it keeps my foot compressed and still, it also creates pressure on the bottom of my foot and after a couple of miles, this is irritating.  Today, I ran without the brace.  In the first few steps, I felt a twinge of unease in that foot and nearly turned back to get the brace, afraid I couldn’t do it on my own power.  I kept going, gingerly, slowly, cautiously.  I gained my stride, the discomfort disappeared, I ran my entire distance sans brace.   As usual, I find many running metaphors suitable for advice on life.  In life, as well – the things that we think support us actually do constrain us helpfully.  They also can constrict if too tight, held onto too long, or do not honor our own power that lies just beneath the bands that tie and bind.  What is holding you closed right now?  Is it money you’ve borrowed, a salary you just have to have, a relationship that keeps you safe but chafes at you where your own power meets the road you’re traveling?  Then try a few steps on your own – no support, no artificial structure.  Just you, your power, your honor, your will. Although it might be uncomfortable at first, you just might find yourself hitting your stride quite quickly, and you will flourish in the movement, and in the knowledge that it’s all being done with your own, unfettered power.

Honoring a human rights advocate, a loving uncle, the epitome of leadership

“…life is not fair, but unending in its capacity to change us; …compassion is fair and feeling is just;…we are not responsible for all that befalls us, only for how we receive it and for how we hold each other up along the way.”   Mark Nepo

Aged 92, of Edmonton, Alberta passed away peacefully at Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home, Halifax on April 27, 2016.
Born in Prakasapuram, India, Robinson’s first introduction to North America was in 1954 when he studied in the US under a Fulbright Scholarship. He came to his beloved Canada in 1960 and, with his wife Helen and their three children, made a home first in Athabasca, Alberta and then in Edmonton. As a stalwart in education he had an exemplary career, which took him from being a teacher to vice- principal, and then finally to the position of principal with the Edmonton school board. But teaching was not his only passion. Robinson will always be remembered for his commitment to community, multiculturalism and human rights. He held positions as a member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and chairman of numerous organizations including the Edmonton Taxi Cab Commission, Edmonton Race Relations Council, Alberta Heritage Council, Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation and the National Association of Canadians of Origin in India. He used his fundraising skills to provide funding for the Anantha Ashram Orphanage and Clinic in India, for a women’s shelter in Nepal and a fund for children in South Africa. For these and other efforts he received numerous awards culminating with the Order of Canada in 1996.
He was a great believer in the importance of family. He and Helen endured the untimely death of their children Michael and Susan in 1989 and 2001 respectively. They hosted grand get-togethers of extended family and eagerly attended other family gatherings.
Robinson will be missed and fondly remembered by Helen, son Chris, daughter- in-law Anuradha, granddaughters Priya, Renuka and Kiran, Fayanne Perry, mother of Kiran, all members of his extended family and many dear friends.


Improve leadership skills, unlock potential, and improve your outlook through coaching

Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, this process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.                                                  ICF (

For communicators and business professionals, going through professional or personal transitions – I can help you create unique value propositions, improve networking and interpersonal skills, find professional opportunities that align with your values and goals, and improve your overall life experience. I have a BS in journalism, an MA in communication, and an MS in Organizational Behavior.

I am an executive coach, with more than 20 years of experience in communication and change, and first-hand experience with transitions and success as a business and communication leader.

My coaching is offered in three main areas, or tracks:  Career, Leadership & Teams, and Personal.  Change and transition are underlying themes to all three tracks.

Each would be customized for you. After an initial discussion, we would craft a coaching structure customized for your goals, schedule, and other preferences.

Here’s to an authentic, rewarding, lucrative future!

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