“Orville Wright Did Not Have A Pilot’s License”

Orville Wright was out on the plains of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina trying to get a pile of metal, bolts, and wings up into the air and fly. He didn’t ask for anyone permission, wait to get a certification, or receive a diploma, he just did it. His mindset which was about experimentation, exploration, and…

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“No Small Parts… Only Small Actors”

“There are no small parts, only small actors’ is what Konstantin Stansivlavski the great Russian director said.  We need to apply this to our professional life knowing that our job/ role/ title matters and we contribute to the “Though Line” of our organization. I directed “Inherit the Wind” back in my hometown of Zanesville, Ohio…

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“Raise the Stakes” On Your Audience

During your next presentation “Raise the Stakes” on your audience.  “Raising the Stakes” is taking the audience’s takeaways from your presentation and elevating them. For example, when I present “Rip Off the Rearview Mirror,” I want audiences to create a “Through Line” in their life which is built on their short-term goals (Objectives) and long…

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Crazy Ideas for 2018… Are They?

Think back one year, the start of 2017 and if I would have told you the following: ·         Bitcoin would go from $1,020.47 to $13,378 per coin ·         Uber would be taking massive market share from the taxi business ·         Tesla is making electronic diesels ·         Amazon would buy a grocery store (Whole Foods) Would…

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Running With the Herd

When we run with the herd we don’t think original thoughts, push the boundaries, innovate or create. I run with the herd and my goal is to separate from it and think independent and original thoughts which are the catalyst for creativity! I am reading a book titled, “Think Like a Freak” and this quote…

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Innovate & Dominate!

Those companies that can come up with innovative ideas, technologies or services are the ones that dominate their respected industry. While, companies that can’t innovate copy and imitate their competition. Take a look at these three companies and their ability to innovate. Jeni’s: Jeni’s ice cream is head quartered in Columbus, Ohio and anyone who…

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“Shoshin”- A Beginner’s Mind

I had lunch with two men who run a cyber security company at my office in Dublin, Ohio last week, and they talked about “Shoshin*”- A beginner’s mind.  They said, when one of their clients get hacked they will contract out novices (individuals unrelated to the cyber security industry) to look at their client’s firewalls…

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Make Meaning

The first step to innovating is to make meaning.  Determine how you can make meaning and the success will come. Look at these companies and their meaning: ·         Apple- Computers ·         Google- Information ·         Ebay- Commerce Apple’s meaning was to improve the way computers worked in our home and office.  While, Google’s was to get…

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Adopt An Afternoon Lift

At Microsoft, each day one person signs up to blast a song across the work area at three o’clock in the afternoon.  The thinking behind this is that at this point of the day everyone is dragging and this could be an energy boost for the employees to end the day. Afternoon’s lifts also serve…

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Change “I” to “You”

As a motivational speaker, I would talk about how I “Smashed the Box” or “Ripped Off the Rearview Mirror” which are two of my popular keynote addresses.  I thought that by sharing personal stories about myself that the audience could relate too would inspire them.  However, it was always through my frame of reference and…

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“Slay the Dragon”

We all have that “Dragon” (Call/ Conversation/ “To Do” item) we need to do but we put it off.  The goal is to take it on early in the morning and get it over with and behind us.  “Slaying the Dragon” does 3 things for us: 1- We avoid procrastination– When you do it first thing…

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Backstage Pass- Make Me “Superman”

If you do presentations, discussions, or teach in a classroom and can make your audience feel invincible, you have a gift. The goal is to make our listeners feel like Superman/ Superwoman and know that they can take on and accomplish their goals. As presenters our tendency is to be their “Guru” or “Mentor” and…

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