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Adam G Fleming

Goshen, IN, US
I work with creative entrepreneurs who want to make a positive impact in the culture around them. They are looking for entrepreneurial success and are pulled many ways. I help them manage their energy, hone their focus and deploy their creativity to make a better world. Philosophy: Change is hard. Change takes time. Change is worth the effort. Change works best when you have a professional guide. I guide people through change. Managing both the changes you want to make, and the changes that just happen to you. I've been an entrepreneur, written and published six books, raised four kids, and traveled to many countries, but if there's any single accomplishment it's that my clients know that I also consider them close friends. I'm excited to believe in their potential, and to encourage them to be at their best. It's amazing to me that when many people go into a new business or line of work that will require courage and remarkable effort to succeed, how often their friends and family tell them all the reasons they can't and why it won't work. A huge part of coaching is having one person who advocates for you several times a month, reminding you that you can. My ability to believe in your potential is the one, single reason I continue to coach day after day. I'm interested in helping people build the culture around them, whether that means a sales team or a family, or creating new things in the world that help others live a better life. If you want someone who will work with you and track with your progress, as you impact the world around you in the way you're best suited, month to month and year to year, then I'm your coach. I like to have fun. I don't take myself too seriously. If your focus is on building a creative, meaningful and significant legacy into your culture, whether that's business, religion, family, or the arts, I'll be glad to walk that road alongside you. Contact me for a consultation today!


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Help! I need accountability for writing!

One of the biggest challenges for writers is that few of us make our full time living doing it. The result is that our patterns of behavior skew toward the urgent, the immediate cash flow activity, as we work to survive. Is writing your “important” work? The thing that you hope will help you make …Read More about Help! I need accountability for writing!

What’s your best metric: mirror or scales?

Last week, my client was musing about his attempts at physical fitness and he uncovered a metaphor that I found helpful for both of us as we continued to explore questions about making changes in his business. We’ll call the client “Joe Cool” since that is not his real name but it sounds fun (story …Read More about What’s your best metric: mirror or scales?

How can a visionary learn to focus on details?

I was working with a guy who is top leader of his organization the other day. He said he was frustrated because he kept having great new ideas, but the team around him wanted to pin him down on detail stuff, build structures around it… you know the type: Visionary guy, doesn’t like structure. Maybe …Read More about How can a visionary learn to focus on details?

Are life coaches better at handling personal change?

This is a provocative question, especially because the short answer is “no”. But read on, coaches and coaching clients alike, for all is not lost! The concept of Change Fitness, or the idea that all individuals have strengths and weaknesses in seven key psychological resources for the change process, has been studied in depth by …Read More about Are life coaches better at handling personal change?

Do I need a Business Coach, Life Coach, or [Other Adjective] Coach?

I’ve been thinking about the adjectives people in this industry hang in front of coaching. There are dozens of tags people hang on their coaching services: business, life, leadership, productivity, career, wellness/fitness, etc. You’ll find all of them here on ExotericLiving.com. All these adjectives sound like they are describing the type of coaching, but what …Read More about Do I need a Business Coach, Life Coach, or [Other Adjective] Coach?

Risky and Unorthodox Coaching: Super Bowl Observations

What can we learn about life coaching from how Doug Pederson coached the Eagles to a victory over The Dread Pirate Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots in the Super Bowl last Sunday night? This line of inquiry gives me pause for two reasons. First, life coaching is often misunderstood and we’re at risk whenever we …Read More about Risky and Unorthodox Coaching: Super Bowl Observations

Risky and Unorthodox Coaching: Super Bowl Observations

What can we learn about life coaching from how Doug Pederson coached the Eagles to a victory over The Dread Pirate Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots in the Super Bowl last Sunday night? This line of inquiry gives me pause for two reasons. First, life coaching is often misunderstood and we’re at risk whenever we …Read More about Risky and Unorthodox Coaching: Super Bowl Observations

The right (and the wrong) way to give a referral

Let’s start with the worst way to give a referral. I’ll be using examples of what you say when giving a referral, because the direct quote is the best way to learn here. You meet somebody and find out that they’re a dentist who specializes in fixing broken teeth. You say, “I know a guy …Read More about The right (and the wrong) way to give a referral

Two tips to become a better networker

Tip one: be genuinely curious about other people. What do they like most about their work? What is their dream customer or client? But don’t stop with just their work life. Find out what their paycheck funds: do they have a kid in competitive cheerleading? Are they passionate about playing the piano in a blues …Read More about Two tips to become a better networker

How to Be a Better Executive

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I took an entrepreneurship class at a local college. I’ve been an entrepreneur now for a while now, and with that comes no escape from the obligation to be an executive for one’s own business. Only recently have I been in charge of a non-profit business that also …Read More about How to Be a Better Executive

The Via Negativa: One rule of thumb that will help you make any decision

Decision making is hard. Here’s one rule of thumb you can apply to any decision you need to make: “If you need more than one reason to do something, don’t do it.” Think of a time when you gave yourself six or seven reasons you needed to do something. Finally, you were convinced to give …Read More about The Via Negativa: One rule of thumb that will help you make any decision

Are your ducks in a row? Are they even on the same pond?

I’m happy to admit that I struggle with organization, it’s not one of my top strengths. I have come to recognize that it’s a necessary part of entrepreneurship. When someone said “I don’t have all my ducks in a row, but they’re all in the same pond, so at least I have that going for …Read More about Are your ducks in a row? Are they even on the same pond?

Three reasons NOT to write a book in 2018 (plus, the best reason TO do it.)

Perhaps you are thinking this is the year that you will write a book. Maybe your life story, how you overcame huge obstacles and succeeded in life. Maybe something that shares your expertise. Or maybe you just want to write a story with elves and trolls, or vampires and werewolves, or football players and cheerleaders. …Read More about Three reasons NOT to write a book in 2018 (plus, the best reason TO do it.)

How to have Confidence like a First Grader in 2018

My daughter is a confident first grader. She’s the littlest one in the family, but that doesn’t phase her. Allow me to brag a bit. A week ago she won two games, had no losses, and four draws, good enough to take first place in the 1st Grade/Kindergarten division at a chess tournament, and for several …Read More about How to have Confidence like a First Grader in 2018

How to have Confidence like a First Grader in 2018

My daughter is a confident first grader. She’s the littlest one in the family, but that doesn’t phase her. Allow me to brag a bit. A week ago she won two games, had no losses, and four draws, good enough to take first place in the 1st Grade/Kindergarten division at a chess tournament, and for several …Read More about How to have Confidence like a First Grader in 2018

Know, Like and Trust … or Trust, Like and Know?

Someone interviewed me the other day and asked me, “What gets you excited about joining a trusted community of coaches like Exoteric?” I immediately thought back to that common phrase we said when I used to attend BNI meetings: people do business with those they know, like and trust. There’s an implication here that you …Read More about Know, Like and Trust … or Trust, Like and Know?

Do you have the guts to make 10x more?

Change is not a single event, it’s a marathon, and takes effort over time. One of my favorite stories from the world of marathon running is the story of Paul Pilkington winning the 1994 Los Angeles Marathon. Paul’s story highlights all five areas of the change process well. Also, it allows me to geek out …Read More about Do you have the guts to make 10x more?

Who’s your “guy in the chair”?

I just read a blog written by some leadership guy talking about 15 leadership lessons in “Spiderman: Homecoming”. I have a fourteen year old son who LOVES Marvel movies, so I’ve seen this one twice. It’s good enough to watch again. One of the other blogger’s points was that “Everyone needs a coach”, a sentiment …Read More about Who’s your “guy in the chair”?

How to Become a Thought Leader

Do you want to be thought of as a “thought leader”? I’m not saying that I am a thought leader … but I’ve been doing a fair amount of thinking about what it means. Why try to become a thought leader? It’s the cutting edge workers, the ones who take the risks, who are willing …Read More about How to Become a Thought Leader

Change Fitness and Change Readiness: what’s the difference?

Artificial Intelligence is on the horizon, and the job market as we know it is about to undergo the most radical change since the Industrial Revolution. Something will be different about how you do what you do. I had a bleacher conversation last week with a veterinarian whose son plays basketball with my son. He …Read More about Change Fitness and Change Readiness: what’s the difference?