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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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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One day in LA while trying to get an agent, I executed on an original idea and turned it into an action. As an actor, a high priority was getting an agent, and one way to get their attention, was to mail them your head shot, resume, and a cover letter. I remember being in…

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Christmas through the eyes of a child/ parent/ grandparent

As we gather this holiday season what type of mindset will you have going into it?  The mindset you have will impact your mood, behavior, anxiety levels, and overall holiday experience.  I talked to a child, a parent, and a grandparent and asked them what they thought of the upcoming holiday season. Child: I asked…

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“A Circus Without Animals”

The founders of Cirque Du Soleil asked themselves, “What if we could deliver a circus without any animals?” That took them to a whole new market where they could charge hundreds of dollars for a ticket versus the tens of dollars that the traditional circuses charged*. Differentiation What do you do that is different than…

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What we can learn from Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is not only the king of pop, but a master improviser. At his concert you will see him yelling at his fans and telling them that he loves them, he then begins chanting with them and exchanging dialogue all of which is improvised. Take a look: The most memorable keynote address I delivered…

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Now

“Now” is a powerful word because it leaves no chance of future planning. Many of us want to plan our lives away without ever taking action. What if you took action now by: 1. Booking your dream vacation 2. Reading books on a daily basis 3. Exercising My most recent “Now” moment included reading 2…

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Kick Out the Ladder

Soichoro Honda (Founder of Honda) personally experienced numerous crisis and unexpected setbacks in his early years in the auto industry which included: 1. Factory destroyed by fire 2. Supplies rationed during wartime 3. Designs failed and threw productions schedules into a panic While the crisis weren’t welcomed, Honda began to note how each crisis improved…

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Improvisational Sales

In order to be successful in sales, being a skilled improviser will help. One of the tenants of improvising is to make statements, they keep the story moving forward and develop characters- the characters in real life being you and I. In sales we have been trained to ask questions. Everything begins and ends with…

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Silence

Why can’t we be silent during a conversation?  Because we feel we must always be talking or asking questions to keep the conversation moving forward.  We are always anticipating what we are going to say next which keeps us from being silent.  Therefore , we become engaged in an endless stream of dialogue where both…

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A Perfect Mess

I came across this book (A Perfect Mess) by Eric Abrahamson and loved the title.  A Perfect Mess is what we need to be in order to be creative leaders in our industry.  A perfect mess is planning, calculating and strategizing (perfect) combined with experimentation and exploration (mess).  Many of us embrace perfection, however, few…

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