Power vs Force: Anger’s Place in Creating Change

To say that the last few months have been challenging would be a huge understatement. First, our lives were touched on a number of levels by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Then the nation’s eyes were opened, many wet with tears, at the tragedy that befell George Floyd and so many others before and since. As a result, many conversations with my private clients have centered on how to manage mindset, energy and emotions during these highly-charged times. Many are dealing with overwhelming sadness and grief, some are bewildered, others are just mad as hell. All of these emotions are valid and can be used as fuel to make change… particularly when channeled in positive ways. Perhaps more that …

VIDEO: Composure in Chaos – Why Focus is Key

For many of us, our world has been turned upside down. The things that have kept our focus and our routine intact are suddenly gone, and I’ve seen this creating massive amounts of distraction. So how can we face the reality of the new normal that COVID-19 has handed us, without it leading to chaos? We need to find a place of clarity and focus, because none of the distractions of the news or social media are going to get us where we want to go. So, what do we do today? 1. This is a great time to practice and strengthen our self-discipline. We probably have less time in the day right now to focus on priorities, so that …

PODCAST: What Most People Miss in Navigating Succession or Transition

Are you 5 – 10 years out from an exit, succession or other type of transition? The best time to start planning your transition is yesterday… I recently had the chance to have a conversation with Bill Black of Exit Coach Radio on the importance of Vision as it relates to navigating succession and transition. Listen in and feel free to reach out to me at chris@chrisyonker.com if I can help you by offering any additional perspective on your personal transition.

Video: The Falls are Coming. Are You Paying Attention?

Are there rapids happening in your life that you aren’t paying attention to? Are you flowing along in the stream of your life, remaining unaware of the inevitable waterfall that is sure to be ahead unless you change course? If so, your life is happening to you by chance, but you have the option to build it by choice. Heart disease and high blood pressure leading to a heart attack. Stress leading to anxiety or insomnia. Marital and relationship problems leading to divorce or difficult relationships with children. These are just a few of the many “rapids” and their corresponding waterfalls that I often see in business owners and Executives who are caught up in the current. If you are …

What’s Your Bullshit Story?

Do you have any bullshit stories playing out right now? The problem with the stories we often tell ourselves and others is that they can hold us back from creating what we really want in our personal and business lives. Many of you have probably set some goals and intentions for 2020. For many people, this is the time of year when those goals fall off, often for some perceived obstacle tied to the story they are telling themselves. We often create these stories to explain why we are “stuck” in a particular area of our lives. If we tie these stories to a lack of resources, especially time or money, we make them even more believable. To ourselves and …