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Volume 6 | Issue 21 | November 19, 2010


This morning I am in Redondo Beach, California with my 18 Accelerators ... participants in my leading-edge business incubator for solo entrepreneurs and small business owners. Today we focus on 'outer work' (building sustainable organizations via pragmatic business models). Tomorrow we focus on 'inner work' (building positive, mature and integrated selves to manifest and successfully lead those businesses). I am in heaven!

Before I left, this painting popped out ... which I am entitling "The Accelerators" in honor of these brave and determined souls that I'm so fortunate to support and coach (and learn from too ... they are amazing people!).

The Accelerators
Painting Number 10: The Accelerators Larger View

Our special guests, Sheila and Marcus Gillette and THEO are joining us tomorrow morning for a private closed-door session --- where their 'universal intelligence' will explain the SHIFT happening to us collectively and individually. So curious to see what unfolds ... who asks what, what THEO says, how this info impacts us over our 9 months (the births that will happen as a result!). Excited, excited, excited!

Sheila and Marcus Gillette
Sheila and Marcus Gillette: Ask Theo

On Twitter last week I was asked about my favorite book recommendations. Erin Kreeger from Ontario, Canada was asking for my favs in the graphic facilitation and visual thinking genre. Inspired by her question I've decided to expand the genre to my overall 'Acceleration Reading Picks' ... so this issue's article is on the Top 10 books that have influenced me in my biz and life SHIFT. We all have pivotal ideas, thoughts and inspirations that have lit us up ... think back and consider, what are your Top 10?

Hope you enjoy,


Christina Merkley,
The SHIFT-IT Coach
and Interactive-Graphics Mentor



Allison Crow
Graphic Facilitator
& Coach
(and Accelerator participant!)

"Christina's top-notch mentoring gave me the missing link to turn what I was doing as a hobby into an actual business. She sharpened my current skills, gave me structure and functionality (was missing as a more right-brained person) - and addressed new skills that I didn’t even know I needed!

Fundamentals of Interactive-Graphics was an investment in myself, not a cost – I trusted it would pay off and it did ... recognized by our company President who gave me visibility on an international corporate level, saying "I’m going to honor you for having invested in yourself". Within a month I launched Crow-Hill Conversations and had my first professional gig – a 3-day graphic recording for 150 ... and my practice is quickly growing. I thought about taking this training for a year - Thank God I didn’t wait any longer!"

Allison Crow, Austin, Texas




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On Twitter last week I was asked about my favorite book recommendations. Erin Kreeger from Ontario, Canada was asking for my favs in the graphic facilitation and visual thinking genre. Inspired by her question I've decided to expand the genre to my overall 'Acceleration Reading Picks' ... the Top 10 books that have influenced me in my biz and life SHIFT. We all have pivotal ideas, thoughts and inspirations that have lit us up ... think back and consider, what are your Top 10 reads? Here are mine ... somewhat in chronological order (and hey, its hard to keep it to 10 so I snuck in a few more!).

Book 10: Revolution from Within
Gloria Steinem
Revolution from Within - Gloria SteinemI start my list with the first hard cover book I ever bought --- back when thirty bucks seemed a fortune to pay for a book (I was an admin assistant in a political office in the early 90s). Little did I know then just how pivotal this book and its message of true self empowerment (for women and men) would be for me --- the start of a long journey --- taking me across countries, schooling and several professions.


Book 9: Reenchantment of the World
Morris Berman
Reenchantment of the World - Morris Berman My favorite book from grad school days – gave me a useful and inspiring counter to the Cartesian/scientific worldview that I was brought up with. Yes, science is useful and fabulous ... but there is a whole lot more that we also need to consider if our world is to be a humane place in which to live for us and for generations to come.


Book 8: Job Shift & Visual Meetings
William Bridges and David Sibbet
Job Shift - by William Bridges and David SibbetBill Bridges gave me the'what' (how to prosper in a world without jobs).

David Sibbet gave me the 'how' (by becoming a visual practitioner ... first within his company, The Grove Consultants International, then later from my own company).


Book 7: Feel the Fear & Do It Anyways
Susan Jeffers

After completing my thesis (using David Sibbet's Strategic Visioning Process as my action research project with a trio of Canadian entrepreneurs) ... this book got me through the post-graduation fear of 'now what' to my globe trotting life as a traveling Graphic Recorder.


Book 6: Living With Joy & Creating Money
Sanaya Roman
Creating MoneyI owe my introduction to Sanaya Roman and her guide Orin to Julie Halsey my post-grad roommate. These books were my introduction to 'You Create Your Own Reality'. Also, beginning of my research into energy and light body awareness.


Book 5: Co-Active Coaching
Laura Whitworth et al
Co-Active Coaching - Laura Whitworth et alToday I am a successful coach with a pioneering niche: graphic coaching. As a teacher of teachers ... I attract new and experienced coaches. For the newbies this is my number one recommendation for exploring the coaching field to see whether it might be a fit. The authors are the founders of The Coaches Training Institute - which I attended in 2000.


Book 4: Ask and It Is Given
Jerry and Esther Hicks and Abraham
Ask and It Is Given:  Jerry and Esther Hicks and AbrahamI am a huge, huge fan of the universal intelligence that Esther Hicks 'translates' for, whom she has affectionately refers to as "Abraham". Known as "Law of Attraction", "Deliberate Creation" and "The Art of Allowing" this work has had a profound impact on me and my life --- accelerating me to new levels of expression, creation and manifestation. I am so thankful for their role in my life and in the lives of those I have the pleasure of coaching and mentoring.


Book 3: The e-Myth Revisited
The e-Myth Revisited - Michael GerberMichael Gerber
An inspiring business classic. How to shift from your business running you to you running your business. The shift from being a 'technician' to a true business owner/leader. Currently in the process of manifesting this one as I continue to build my team and proper systems at SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc.).


Book 2: Soul Truth
Sheila and Marcus Gillette and THEO
The Soul Truth -  Sheila and Marcus Gillette and THEOBusiness is a wonderful opportunity to 'see your stuff' and hopefully do something about it. I adore THEO's personal guidance (have had many private sessions with them) and use their "Soul Integration Process" when I'm triggered and coming from a knee-jerk, reactive place. Puts my Inner Businesswoman and Capable Adult back in charge.


Book 1: The SHIFT-IT Home Retreat Kit
Christina Merkley
SHIFT-IT Home Retreat KitAnd, my final pick for my list of acceleration resources: my own SHIFT-IT Home Retreat Kit. I've been obsessed with the business of SHIFTing work and life (my own and my clients) for well over 20 years now. This do-it-from-the-comfort-of-your-own-home Kit guides you step-by-step through my SHIFT-IT System® ... using my custom graphic coaching maps. Draw out who you have been, who you are ... and what you next want. Successfully align and take action to Become Your Next Self.

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A teacher of Law of Attraction, she is also an expert in visual meeting techniques, strategic planning and visioning: having worked for such notable companies as BBC, Readers Digest Funds, eBay and Stanford University. After a move from San Francisco, she now lives in charming Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - where she maintains a vibrant coaching, facilitation and training practice.

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