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Relax and Be Messy: My Brag Letter for 2012

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Patrick Lencioni, author of bestseller [amazon_link id=”0787960756″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]”The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,”[/amazon_link] recently wrote about the traditional Christmas “brag letter”–[blockquote]Just once, I’d like to get a letter that said, ‘Jimmy is starting to get body odor, the teenagers aren’t much fun to be around. I’ve gained about twenty pounds this year, and though I’m not pregnant, I’ve been asked twice since Thanksgiving when my baby is due.’ What I’m saying is that life is messy for all of us, and sometimes it would be better if we all came clean once in a while so we could relax and not worry about keeping up with the fictional Jones’.[/blockquote]

Here at, we’ve shared a similar point of view–that people are, well, messy. They have emotions, react, feel, get tired and can do extraordinary things when we least expect it. We’re not computers, running on a precise schedule and routine 24/7, and so when we can relax and be messy is often when we’re at our best.

As I look back at 2012, we spent a lot of time being messy at Red Cape Revolution, and I’m thankful for it. In the spirit of the holiday brag, here’s a look back at the happy mess of activities that makes up our connection with you, the red cape-wearing, We'd love you to read "Bring Your Superpowers to Work" by Coach Darcy Eikenbergsuperpower soaring leader.

1.  In January, my team and I were proud to launch my first book, Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence & Control.  I’m proud of its simple, fun, but thought-provoking content on how you can think differently about your career and success. Many of you generously supported the book with your reviews, recommendations, and purchases, and I am humbled and grateful. (E-versions are now available on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks, too.)

2. It was a gift to be able to support more than 80 different executive coaching clients, hired both through organizations and by individuals themselves ready for accelerated career development and change. We also contributed approximately 35 hours of coaching pro bono to religious-based and community groups.

  • Speaking of coaching, I also completed my application for the next level coaching credential from the International Coach Federation. It’s called the Professional Certified Coach (or PCC), and requires over 750 hours of documented client coaching experience. As of Nov. 30, 2012, I completed 801. Thanks if you’ve worked with me for one or one hundred of those hours.

3. I was honored to be invited to speak at 16 different companies and professional associations in 2012–maybe we met at one of them?  (If you want to be on that list in 2013, request a consultation on your upcoming event or business need here.)

4. It was exciting for Red Cape Revolution to be mentioned or quoted 42 times in the media or on other people’s blogs or websites. If you invited us to write a guest post or do an Red Cape Revolution was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitutioninterview, big hugs–this is a fun way to reach more people through new channels. See the 2012 list on our Media page here.

5. Over 7000 people visited so far this year and about 2000 of them subscribe to our twice-monthly email updates (if you’d like to get our email, sign up for free here.)  Of the 48 posts we made in 2012, some of the ones you read most often were:

We also did a healthy refresh of our home base, Our intent was to make it easier for you and others like you to find what you need, including adding more detailed information about my coaching and speaking, and adding more free career tools.  It’s still a work in progress, and we always want to know what you think, so comment on our posts below or contact us with your ideas.

6. On the personal side, I was fortunate to be able to take Memorial Day through Independence Day off, traveling in June to China with my Dad. What a gift My father promoting "Superpowers" in Chinato have the freedom to take advantage of this unique opportunity (the irony of having freedom to learn about a place where freedom is lacking isn’t lost on me). I wrote about it here: How a Trip to China Helped Me Celebrate Independence.It was also, of course, an honor and a joy to spend time with my Dad (and yes, that’s him hawking my book at the Great Wall.)

I Am Not Alone

All of this wonderfully messy mix of a year doesn’t happen alone. Huge thanks and love go to my executive assistant, Ashley Bambarger, who manages my schedule, coordinates my speaking engagements, and makes sure that I can be as effective as possible each day. I thank her for her energy, professionalism, and grace.

Another set of outstretched arms go to Jennifer Goodwin, my website and SEO consultant at Jen and I have watched our businesses grow together, and she’s great at challenging me and teaching me on how to use this awesome technology at my fingertips to help and support more people in the working world. (Don’t worry, though–I will always still write for humans, not for Google [inside joke].)

And perhaps most importantly, there’s you. Thank you for reading, for working with me, for passing along ideas you like and telling me about ones you don’t. Offering you simple, practical but revolutionary ways that you can find clarity, build confidence, and take control over your career and life is the only reason we’re here. If we can help you, we know you’re going to help the world. Thank goodness, because we need you.

Have a happy and safe holiday season, and we look forward to watching you soar in 2013!

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