“Pressing Pause”

Urban Meyer is the head football coach at The Ohio State University. Here is an excerpt from his book, “Above the Line:” “We teach our players, in response to any situation they face, to press pause and ask: What does this situation require of me?” When I am working I am reminding myself to “Press…

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Giving People Power

Why do we reward individuals who are negative and give them additional time and attention? When I first began speaking, I remember during a Q & A session of “Smash the Box” being put on the spot by a man who was sitting in the back of the room.  His body language was negative and…

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Inspiration vs. Desperation?

The times I get the most done, cross things off my “To Do” list, come from inspiration, not desperation. Inspiration is what drives us, gives us energy. It is why we get up early in the morning and work out, arrive first to work, and focus our energies at the task on hand. Some say…

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3 Away From the Truth

I have been told that we are three to seven answers away from the truth by multiple individuals who work in sales. However, I take this one step farther, not only in sales, but in life and in situations where we want to say “No” but can’t. Here is my process for saying “No:” #1…

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Many businesses have a business plan… Few have a creative plan.

Idea generating, branding, differentiating from the competition are an integral part to a company’s (Groups/ Organizations/ Schools) success.  Yet, very few companies have a plan in place to make it happen.  Below, is a creative plan I use with companies in the meeting room as a means of generating new ideas which give them a…

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Please Don’t Erase

I presented “Smash the Box” (Video Clip-Chad in “Smash the Box”) two weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio and during the presentation I showed an image of a whiteboard from a company called, IDEO. At the bottom of their whiteboard they have the words, “please don’t erase.” IDEO is a design and consulting firm that is…

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Bushes, Trees, and Groundhogs

I went for a jog Monday afternoon, and as I was stretching, I realized how little I am actually in the moment. As I started running I tried to focus on my environment and surroundings and not think about the past or the future. Every two minutes I would think about the future which included…

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Ideas= Money

Groups with original ideas generate revenue. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Light Stream, Starbucks continuously produce new ideas which allow them to be the leaders in their industry, rather than the followers. While companies that aren’t able to generate new ideas are the followers of these types of companies. It begins with our ability to generate…

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Integrity

I attended a Christian business group two weeks ago and one of the members in the group is a general contractor who was struggling with a personal issue. He told us that he is working on a house and one of his suppliers offered him a pallet of bricks at a discounted rate if he…

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The “Through Line” in Life

I presented “Rip Off the Rearview Mirror” last week, and in the keynote address we talked about creating a “Through Line” in your life.  I was touched by the amount of men and women who came up to me saying that their “Through Line” was not defined.  However, now they are determined to discover it….

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Expand Your Tent

Expansion, expansion, expansion… Isn’t that what it is all about, expanding, conquering, and growing? Whether we own, work for, or manage a business we all want to expand our presence, our market share and move up the corporate ladder. When I started my acting studio Broadway2LA that was my thinking, I wanted to expand, and…

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Turn the Page

We all have that page that is extremely difficult to turn in life, that weighs us down, and is left open. The page we can’t turn includes our regrets, and more specifically, the memory with the most guilt. The more guilt we have associated with a memory the harder it is to turn that page….

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