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Saturday, April 30, 2011

360 degree feedback tools are one of the most common employee assessments used in both the non-profit and for-profit world -- especially for upper level management. Wikipedia describes 360 degree feedback as:

Feedback that comes from all around an employee. "360" refers to the 360 degrees in a circle, with an individual figuratively in the center of the circle. Feedback is provided by subordinates, peers,and supervisors. It also includes a self-assessment and, in some cases, feedback from external sources such as customers and suppliers or other interested stakeholders. (To learn more click here)

In 2009 Inscape Publishing released a new kind of 360 survey, called Everything DiSC 363®. It combines the best of 360s with the simplicity and power of DiSC®, plus three strategies for improving leadership effectiveness (hence, "360-three"). Plus, they developed a selectable comments feature they named CommentSmart, where raters choose from pre-written, highly-tested comments. The result is that snippy, loaded criticisms (often unrelated to the feedback asked) are eliminated creating feedback that’s focused, balanced and constructive.

The result is a 360 experience that’s more productive and satisfying. (Check out this link,, for a sample report so you can get a feel for the profile).

To kick off this product, Inscape let distributors like myself provide one 363 for each leader in an organization at no charge ($155 retail). Trouble was that I found out too late about the promotion (as did some others) and only was able to provide it to a few people in my network. Inscape responded to feedback and requests for more and a few days ago, they announced they would allow distributors to do Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders at no charge this summer!

Based on the great results I had with my initial work with this instrument I am beyond excited -- because this summer I can provide this tool for up to 5 people in each organization -- at no charge -- that's an entire executive management team! It's an incredible opportunity for clients and other people in my network.

In addition to the free profile -- a value $155 for each assessment -- I’ll provide a free one-on-one tele-coaching session – a value of $200 for each coaching session -- to go through the feedback and create an action plan for development.

This free trial is a limited time offer from Inscape, so if you know of someone who would be interested, be sure to contact me soon about next steps.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Scott Graham announced today that the business Mastermind Group in the Upper Valley is expanding to Tuesday evenings beginning June 7 2011. The new group will kick off with an 8-week coaching program built around the book, "Karmic Management: What Goes Around Comes Around in Your Business and Your Life."

"The primary idea threaded throughout the text is that by helping others succeed and grounding your business in ethics focused on helping others, your business will expand and flourish," says Graham, a business and personal coach.

To underscore this business approach Graham will donate all of his coaching fees for the program to the Haven in White River Junction Vermont. "The Haven's mission is to serve people struggling with poverty by providing food, shelter, education, clothing and support. This fits amazingly with the approach to business and life that Geshe Michael Roach, the Tibetan Buddhist Master who wrote the book, outlines," says Graham.

The Mastermind Group, a collaboration with Borders Books in West Lebanon, NH, will meet each Tuesday in June and July from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm for this initial series.

Graham points out that the addition of coaching brings the book to life. "It's much more than just reading a book and talking about it," says Graham. "Through masterminding you take action and are held accountable to the actions you commit to by others in the group."

The text, appropriate for both small business owners and mid- and upper- level managers / supervisors, includes a to-do list each week. Participants will get a practical, step-by-step plan that will help them adopt a more successful way of working and living. "Taking time for yourself to be calm and centered is a core concept of the text," adds Graham who has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1996, and currently participates in two 10-day Vipassana retreats each year.

True Azimuth, LLC, headquartered in West Fairlee, Vermont, began offering business, personal and relationship coaching in 2006. For more information about the Mastermind Group, call 802-380-1026 or go to