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Chronic Micromanagement — Advice for making a fresh start drawn from the research of Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of “aha” moment self-help book

While certain situations warrant close supervision, micromanagement can squelch productivity, motivation, and employee development. Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and “aha” moment self-help book author, offers advice for overcoming the micromanagement urge.

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Buffalo, NY – April 30, 2013 – While certain situations warrant close supervision, micromanagement can squelch productivity, motivation, and employee development. The situation can lead to a vicious cycle: The more a leader micromanages, the less likely an employee is to take proactive action. Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and self-help book author, offers advice– drawn from her “aha” moment research– for overcoming the micromanagement urge.

“When leaders know that micromanagement isn’t the answer but find themselves unable to choose otherwise, an “aha” moment can deliver a new perspective and a willingness to let go,” says Hartney, author of the self-help book titled The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.

The_AHA_Handbook“My research has shown that we can proactively prime ourselves for pivotal moments of clarity,” Hartney continues and offers leaders advice for doing so in order to overcome their micromanagement tendencies:

The AHA! Handbook is the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to prime themselves for life-changing insights. The book counters conventional wisdom, which holds that momentous, life-altering “aha” moments are rare events outside a person’s control and is based on Hartney’s analysis of 99 published, first-hand accounts of life-changing insights. The book is published by Clarenell Press, LLC and is available in bookstores nationwide. Learn more at http://www.donna-hartney.com/book-2/.

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Spring Cleaning for the Mind, Body, and Soul – Advice from Donna Hartney, Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

Spring cleaning isn’t just for the home. Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of an “aha” moment self-help book offers 5 tips for a vernal cleaning of the mind, body, and soul.

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Buffalo, NY – March 20, 2013 –Spring cleaning isn’t just for the home. Life coaches and career advisers often recommend annual assessments of the mind, body, and soul to clear the cobwebs from the inner reaches of the brain. Performance consultant and “aha” moment expert Donna Hartney, Ph.D., offers 5 tips for undertaking a life and career spring cleaning.

“A personal spring cleaning can be easier than getting your house in shape for the coming warm weather. Sometimes, all it takes is changing your mindset ever so slightly, just enough to be open to those pivotal realizations that can radically alter some aspect of your life—your health, relationships, career, or spiritual life,” says Hartney, author of the self-help book titled The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.

The AHA! Handbook is the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to prime themselves for pivotal "aha" moments.“Priming yourself for a defining moment is quicker and easier than giving the bedroom a fresh coat of paint or washing all of the window treatments,” she adds as she offers the following 5 tips:

The AHA! Handbook is the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to prime themselves for life-changing insights. The book counters conventional wisdom, which holds that momentous, life-altering “aha” moments are rare events outside a person’s control and is based on Hartney’s analysis of 99 published, first-hand accounts of life-changing insights. The book is published by Clarenell Press, LLC and is available in bookstores nationwide. Learn more at http://www.donna-hartney.com/book-2/.

MEDIA CONTACT: Donna Hartney

716.655.5094

Donna@donnahartney.com

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Relationship Quiz Helps Eliminate Valentine’s Day Blues

Valentine’s Day can be a challenging holiday for people who aren’t in a relationship and for those who are, but aren’t satisfied with it. Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of an “aha” moment self-help book, has created a free, downloadable relationship-readiness quiz.

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Buffalo, NY – February 14, 2013 – Because Valentine’s Day can be a challenging holiday for people who aren’t in a relationship and for those who are, but aren’t satisfied with it, performance consultant and “aha” moment expert Donna Hartney, Ph.D., has created a free, downloadable relationship-readiness quiz.

“Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love. It’s also a perfect opportunity to examine the state of your relationships. How satisfying are they? Do you find them fulfilling? As you pause to reflect on the connections in your life, you might discover a whole new perspective that has a profound impact on your relationships,” says Hartney, author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to prime themselves for pivotal “aha” moments.

A Valentine's Day quiz by Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of "aha" moment self-help book

Unlucky at Love? A Quick Quiz and 4 Turn-Around Tips

“Unlucky at Love? A Quick Quiz and 4 Turn-Around Tips” is a brief assessment that helps pinpoint relationship trouble spots and offers tips for navigating around them. It is available at http://www.donna-hartney.com/?p=1192.

The quiz is based on Hartney’s more than 10 years of research into what can trigger pivotal insights — those moments of clarity that have significant and lasting impact on a person’s life and career. Contrary to conventional wisdom, her research revealed that people can proactively prime themselves for pivotal “aha” moments, and she isolated the steps to do so. Hartney has found that momentous insights can have significant and lasting impact on many areas of a person’s life — relationships, career, health and well-being, finances, spirituality, etc.

The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career offers strategies for creating pivotal realizations to help people gain the focus and motivation they need to achieve goals that are important to them and live the life they want to live.

 

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Get In Shape – A Complimentary Fitness Quiz Created by Donna Hartney, Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

Getting in shape is one of the three most frequent resolutions but is a difficult one to keep. Performance consultant Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and author of  “aha” moment self-help book, has created a free, downloadable fitness readiness quiz.

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Buffalo, NY – February 11, 2013: Because it’s so difficult to follow through on a resolution to get fit and stay fit – researchers have found that more than a third of people struggle to keep their resolutions after just four weeks – performance consultant and “aha” moment expert Donna Hartney, Ph.D., has created a free, downloadable fitness readiness quiz. “Shape Up! A Quiz to Test Your Fitness Readiness” is a quick assessment that helps pinpoint trouble spots and offers tips for navigating around them.

“Getting fit and staying fit can be a real challenge, but there are things you can do to greatly increase your chances of success,” says Hartney, author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to spark pivotal “aha” moments.

Author of "aha" moment self-help book creates quiz to test readiness to get fit and stay fitThe quiz, available at http://www.donna-hartney.com/?p=1180, focuses on three key predictors of success:

1.    Choose the right time to get fit. Anytime is not necessarily the best time to focus on fitness. Trying to get in shape before the time is right can be difficult if not impossible. A person’s motivation to become more active and the realities of one’s current situation are key factors to consider.

2.    Take care of the basics that can make the difference between success and failure.  Becoming fit won’t be easy. It will require focus and effort. Considerable planning and follow-through are cornerstones for success.

3.    Recognize when a change of perspective is required. Difficult goals, like getting in shape, often require a new way of seeing things. An “aha” moment can make all the difference between success and failure. In a moment of clarity, the reasons to focus on fitness can become crystal clear and make it easy to follow through on the commitment.

Hartney spent more than 10 years researching what can trigger pivotal insights, moments of clarity that have significant and lasting impact on a person’s life and career. Through her research she found, contrary to conventional wisdom, that people can prime themselves for pivotal “aha” moments and has isolated the steps to do so. These are steps a person can take to spark moments of clarity that will help them get fit and stay fit.

The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career offers strategies for sparking those pivotal realizations known as “aha” moments that can help people gain the focus and motivation they need to achieve the goals that are important to them. For more information, please visit www.DonnaHartney.com

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Complimentary Weight-Loss Readiness Quiz Created by Donna Hartney, Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

Losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution, and among the most difficult to keep. Performance consultant Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and author of an “aha” moment self-help book, has created a free, downloadable weight-loss readiness quiz.

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Buffalo, NY – January 30, 2013: Because it’s so difficult to lose weight and keep it off – researchers have found that the majority of dieters regain lost pounds within three years – performance consultant Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and an “aha” moment expert, has created a free, downloadable weight-loss readiness quiz. “Lose Weight — A First-Things-First Quiz” is a quick assessment that helps pinpoint weight-loss trouble spots and offers tips for navigating around them.

“It’s a challenge to achieve a healthy weight and then to maintain it, but there are things you can do to greatly increase your chances of success,” says Hartney, author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to spark pivotal “aha” moments.

Check your readiness to lose weight with the quiz from Donna Hartney, author of "aha" moment self-help bookThe quiz, available at http://www.donna-hartney.com/?p=1135, focuses on two key predictors of success:

  1. The experience of a pivotal weight-loss “aha” moment. Jeanette Keith, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based gastroenterologist, believes in the importance of moments of clarity when it comes to weight loss. In a 2011 interview with The Buffalo News, Dr. Keith said, “Every individual who I’ve talked to has had a different ‘aha moment.’ But what is similar is the inner motivation that allows them to stick with their program. Your friends and family may want it for you, but until you own it, the change just won’t happen.”
  2. Attention to the fundamentals of successful weight-loss.  Losing weight and keeping it off can be a daunting task, one that will require considerable focus and effort. Actively investigating weight-loss options, taking personality and lifestyle factors into consideration, specifying clear weight-loss goals, and putting together a step-by-step plan are all cornerstones of success.

Hartney spent more than 10 years researching what can trigger pivotal insights, moments of clarity that have significant and lasting impact on a person’s life and career. Through her research she found, contrary to conventional wisdom, that people can prime themselves for pivotal “aha” moments and has isolated the steps to do so. These are steps a person can take to spark moments of clarity that will help them lose weight and keep it off.

The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career offers strategies for sparking those pivotal realizations known as “aha” moments that can help people gain the focus and motivation they need to achieve the goals that are important to them. For more information, please visit www.DonnaHartney.com

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MEDIA CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094, Donna@donnahartney.com


Test Your Readiness to Stop Smoking with a Complimentary Quiz from Donna Hartney, Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

Kicking a smoking habit is one of the most frequent New Year’s resolutions, and among the most difficult ones to keep. Performance consultant Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and author of an “aha” moment self-help book, has created a free, downloadable smoking cessation readiness quiz.

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Buffalo, NY – January 29, 2013: Because it’s so difficult to break a nicotine addiction – a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis found that only six percent of smokers are successful at quitting – performance consultant Donna Hartney, Ph.D. and “aha” moment expert, has created a free, downloadable smoking cessation readiness quiz. “Kick the Smoking Habit – A Quiz to Test Your Readiness” is a three-question assessment that helps pinpoint resolution trouble spots and offers tips for navigating around them.

“It’s a challenge to quit smoking once and for all, but there are things you can do to greatly increase your chances of success,” says Hartney, author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to spark pivotal “aha” moments.

Test Your Readiness to Stop Smoking with a Complimentary Quiz from Donna Hartney, Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

Test Your Readiness to Stop Smoking with a Complimentary Quiz from Donna Hartney, Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

The quiz, available at http://www.donna-hartney.com/?p=1122, focuses on three frequent trouble spots:

1.    Choose the right time to stop smoking. Anytime is not necessarily the best time to try to kick the habit. Trying to quit before the time is right can be difficult if not impossible. A person’s motivation to stop smoking and the realities of one’s current situation are key factors to consider.

2.    Take care of the basics that can make the difference between success and failure.  Kicking the habit won’t likely be easy. (Researchers have found that nicotine has an addictive power that rivals heroin, cocaine, and alcohol.) Quitting will require focus and effort. Considerable planning and follow-through are cornerstones for success.

3.    Recognize when a change of perspective is required. Difficult goals, like giving up cigarettes, usually require a new way of seeing things. An “aha” moment can make all the difference between success and failure. In a moment of clarity, the reasons to break the habit can become crystal clear and make it easy to follow through on the commitment to quit.

Hartney spent more than 10 years researching what can trigger pivotal insights, moments of clarity that have significant and lasting impact on a person’s life and career. Through her research she found, contrary to conventional wisdom, that people can prime themselves for pivotal “aha” moments and has isolated the steps to do so. These are steps a smoker can use to spark realizations that will help them kick the habit permanently.

The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career offers strategies for sparking those pivotal realizations known as “aha” moments that can help people gain the focus and motivation they need to achieve the goals that are important to them. For more information, please visit www.DonnaHartney.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094, Donna@donnahartney.com

 


Free Quiz Helps Us Keep New Year’s Resolutions

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Buffalo, NY – January 3, 2013 – Because New Year’s resolutions are so hard to keep – one study found that more than three quarters of them are abandoned before they are achieved – performance consultant Donna Hartney, Ph.D., has created a free, downloadable resolution-readiness quiz. The three-question quiz and companion assessment help pinpoint resolution trouble spots and offer tips for navigating around them.

“It’s a challenge to follow through on New Year’s resolutions, but there are things you can do to greatly increase your chances of success,” says Hartney, author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.

This free, downloadable quiz tests a person's readiness to keep New Year's resolutions.The quiz, available at http://www.donna-hartney.com/?p=1049, focuses on three frequent trouble spots:

  1. Selecting the right resolution at the right time. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all resolution.  A resolution that is a keeper links closely to life goals and situational realities.
  2. Taking care of the basics. Resolutions require focus and effort. Considerable planning and follow through are cornerstones for success.
  3. Recognizing when a change of perspective is required. The most difficult of resolutions usually require a new way of seeing things. An “Aha!” can make all the difference between success and failure.

“I, like many others, would make a New Year’s resolution with full intent to ‘start’ doing this or ‘quit’ doing that…only to find myself frustrated and defeated when I didn’t follow through,” wrote Sue Nientimp in a blog post on the Erie County, Pennsylvania, Department of Health website. Then Nientimp experienced an “Aha!” that made all the difference for her when it came to exercise. “For me, I felt an overwhelming sense of readiness and determination to make a change and follow through. I think I had an Aha-moment, or my own personal wake-up call. I finally made the decision to start exercising and to not quit.”

The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career,offers strategies for sparking those pivotal realizations known as “aha” moments that can help people create and keep meaningful resolutions. Learn more at http://www.DonnaHartney.com.

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When It Comes to Achieving Weight Loss Goals, a New Year’s Resolution and Good Intentions May Not Be Enough

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Buffalo, NY – December 31, 2012 – Researchers have found that losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution. Working against the achievement of weight loss goals is a study revealing that more than three quarters of resolutions are abandoned before they are reached.

What makes the difference between success and failure when it comes to weight loss goals? Think “pivotal realization.”

Jeanette Keith, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based gastroenterologist, believes in the importance of insights when it comes to weight loss. In a 2011 interview with The Buffalo News, Dr. Keith said, “Every individual who I’ve talked to has had a different ‘aha moment.’ But what is similar is the inner motivation that allows them to stick with their program. Your friends and family may want it for you, but until you own it, the change just won’t happen.”

Theresa Benoit wrote in a recent blog post on the “Fit Approach” website that her weight-loss motivation came when she experienced a flash of clarity while looking at dated photographs of herself. For The Biggest Loser contestant Julie Hadden, the insight arrived when she was about to get tossed off the reality show. It was a pivotal moment that she would later recall in her book.

But aren’t life-changing insights like Benoit’s and Hadden’s something we can’t control – a hit or miss proposition? Aren’t they the product of fate, luck, or chance?

“That’s a common misconception,” says Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career. “More than 10 years of research into what triggers pivotal insights has shown me that you can prime yourself for life-changing realizations.”

Hartney’s research has allowed her to isolate the steps that help people generate those “aha” moments that can lead to weight loss resolutions that will be kept. “Be alert and notice how you see the world. Be curious about what you discover and reflect on what you find. Then, relax while you wait for an insight,” she advises.

“An ‘aha’ moment can help you achieve even the most elusive resolutions,” says Hartney.

Her new book, The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, is the first research-based self-help book that teaches readers how to spark pivotal realizations.

Hartney is a performance consultant who works with global leaders and professionals at Fortune 500 companies to help them to develop and implement effective strategies that bring out the best in people. She specializes in helping others learn how to prime themselves for pivotal realizations. Learn more at http://www.DonnaHartney.com.

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Seven Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

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Buffalo, NY – December 26, 2012 –  After the presents have been unwrapped and guests have gone home, the silence left after the chaos and chatter disappear is often filled with a bad case of the post-holiday blues.

“This is more common than most people think,” advises Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.  “Many people hit a wall once the holiday stress is behind them, but there are ways around that wall.”

Hartney, a performance consultant, recommends capitalizing on the dreaded post-holiday blues to create new opportunities.

“The letdown that so many people experience after the holidays is the perfect set-up for a life-changing insight—a flash of clarity that could profoundly and forever change your life,” she says.

Hartney offers the following tips for dissolving the post-holiday blues. She notes that each has the potential to make an immediate change in mood while setting the stage to eliminate the post-holiday blues in 2013:

  1. Take care of the basics. The post-holiday blues can be a byproduct of the season’s traditional excesses and stresses. Focus on getting back to the basics: eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising. Then make a personal pact that will prevent an emotional slide next year.
  2. Notice the feelings that accompany the blues. Not everyone experiences the post-holiday blues in the same way. Isolate the feelings by noticing where in the body they are felt most strongly, when they began, and what seemed to spark them. Then aim for a new approach to the holidays that will evaporate the blues.
  3. Be alert to clues. Any number of underlying assumptions can spark the post-holiday blues. Be on the watch for expectations and Ria locations ways of seeing the world that could be the cause. A change of perspective can dissolve the negative feelings instantly and forever.
  4. Look for holiday role models. Holiday traditions and approaches vary widely. Look for role models—both positive and negative—as points of comparison and contrast.
  5. Be curious.  People are more likely to spark a pivotal realization that can lead to an “Aha!” when they are curious about what they observe about themselves and the world around them. Ask questions about interesting observations.
  6. Be willing to let go. Be open to the possibility of a different after-holiday experience—one that, starting immediately, is satisfying and enjoyable.
  7. Think, but don’t overdo it. Analysis might lead to a conclusion that will dissolve the post-holiday blues, and it might not. When analysis isn’t enough, relax and wait, trusting that the subconscious mind is working on a realization that will make all the difference.

“You never know what will spark a transforming insight, but you can greatly increase your chances of having one if you prepare yourself,” Hartney says.

Donna Hartney, Ph.D., is a performance consultant who works with global leaders and professionals at Fortune 500 companies to help them to develop and implement effective strategies that bring out the best in people. She is also a researcher, author, and speaker who teaches others how to prime themselves for life-changing insights. Her new book, The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, is the first research-based self-help book that teaches readers how to spark pivotal realizations. Learn more at www.DonnaHartney.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094, Donna@donnahartney.com


Six Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Women

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Buffalo, NY – December 14, 2012 – Finding the perfect holiday gift for a special woman can be difficult, if not impossible. What’s a person to do short of listening in on the conversations that women are having with their gal pals about their secret holiday wish list?

Here are six must-have gifts that women are talking about this season—perfect gifts for nearly any woman, whether she’s focused on her career, is busy raising a family, or is an empty nester.

Touch-screen gloves: Touch screens don’t work with gloves and hands freeze without them. Touch-screen gloves are the solution; with the variety available today, there’s a pair for everyone—from sporty styles in bright colors ($24.99 at Best Buy) to classic leather with the warmth of a cashmere lining ($89.99 online from Sharper Image).

An inspirational book: Once the presents have been opened and guests have gone home, many will look forward to down time. What would be better than relaxing with a book chock full of inspiring, real-life stories and practical tips for getting the most out of life? The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will change your life and career could be just what she needs for the coming new year; order at http://amzn.to/SW5s3d  ($14).

A personal chef: What woman doesn’t need more hours in the day? Adding hours to the day isn’t possible, but a personal chef is. In a few hours each week, a personal chef can prepare and store several healthy, tasty meals for a family. Visit the website of the American Personal & Private Chef Association to find one.

Festive serving platters: Cross a charm bracelet with kitchenware and what do you get? Serving platters by Nora Fleming that can be customized with add-on “minis” for any holiday or occasion—from New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day all the way through to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit www.norafleming.com to find a retailer.

To-go wine glass: Wine-loving women everywhere have the Vino2Go wine glass on their wish lists this year. A cross between a wine glass and a travel mug, this unique gift is perfect for a walk into town or a stroll along the beach ($16 at www.theproductfarm.com).

DIY gift coupons: What could be better than custom-crafted gift coupons? There are endless possibilities that women will love and appreciate—options ranging from a foot massage or a chick-flick movie night to a dream vacation or home makeover project. Download holiday coupon templates at http://parenting.leehansen.com/Printables/Christmas/christmas-coupons.htm.

If all else fails, ask her for a list. The goal is to get something that’s perfect for her – and there’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094, Donna@donnahartney.com