Our moral compass is set by the values we live by. Values are one of the most important elements we can define as individuals and as organizations. When our friends and family look at us they can tell you the values that we live by and uphold. When our customers evaluate our level of service, they too can tell us the values our organization stands by and for.
In my recent interview with Dina-Dwyer Owen the co-chair of the “The Dywer Group” we discuss her new book entitled “Values, Inc-How Incorporating Values into Business and Life Can Change The World“. Dina was profiled on the popular TV Show “Undercover Boss“. Her organization is comprised of group of franchise companies that provide a myriad of services to homeowners, from Mr. Rooter to The Grounds Guys”
In my interview with Dina we discuss the importance of how values that she learned from her father, these values have helped to shape The Dwyer Group today. Diana sites that 73% of people surveyed believed that a code of ethics makes their company a better place to work, and this is truly exemplified throughout the Dwyer Group of companies. Dina know is that “being authentic” and transparent is important to the success of any organization. If you want to learn more about the importance of personal and business values, then I recommend that you listen to the words of Dina Dwyer-Owen in our interview together.
You can learn more about her companies by clicking here, or you can connect with her on Facebook by clicking the link, or Twitter. I hope you enjoy this great interview with a wonderful leader driven by her values and making this world a better place to live.
I had the pleasure of meeting, then conducting this interview with author and sport agent David Meltzer. His new book entitled ” Connected to Goodness” is about David’s personal journey, with life lessons that will inspire, inform and get the reader to take a new look at how they view the world.
Most people would assume that a sport agent needs to be tough and a ruthless negotiator. David Meltzer is calm, peaceful, compassionate, empathic and a totally understanding person, and these qualities he learned throughout life have shape him into a person who is an amazingly successful as a businessman and sport agent.
David lives by seven interconnected principles and four key elements of: clarity, balance, focus, confidence. David also understands the importance of defining and living your purpose while examining your values, and aligning them with your purpose. He also knows that having a foundation in life is imperative.
“Everything in life, from the construction of a building to a relationship, requires a solid foundation , or it will crumble. Values provide that foundation. No matter what you attract in your life, identify, prioritize, and utilize your own values to build the foundation that will best provide clarity, balance and focus with confidence.
I encourage you listen to David Meltzer the author of “Connected to Goodness” while we learn from a master who has taken the time to understand the complex workings of the human mind, and has mastered his thoughts, resulting in phenomenal success both personally and professionally.
If you want to learn more about David and his organization please click here to be directed to the book landing page, or click here to go to the Sport One Marketing website.
I think that many American’s ask the question on a regular basis, especially with our congress “Where are the leaders”? Yes, leadership is a skill and talent that is learned, and just because you have a law degree or any other degree in higher education doesn’t qualify you to be a skilled leader. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Kaufmann the author of a new book entitled ” Leadership As A Hero’s Journey“.
In our interview together we discussed how “Joseph Campbell’s” famous “Hero’s Journey” is an important element of all brave and committed leaders. Eric states that leadership as a Hero’s Journey unfolds on three levels 1) results 2) wisdom and 3) spirituality. He also states that there are four virtues associated with leadership and they are 1) Focus: What am I creating? Focus sets direction and clarity for the journey. 2) Courage: What am I avoiding? Courage enables full engagement that is otherwise blocked by anxiety and fear. 3) Grit: What am I sustaining? Grit drives action forward in the face of fatigue and disheartenment.
I know you are going to enjoy this wonderful interview with author and consultant Eric Kaufmann about his new book. If you want to learn more about Eric please click here to be directed to his website.
Weight Loss, almost everyone has attempted one method or another. Some are successful and other completely fail. Individuals in the United States spend billions of dollars each year trying to release weight.
I had the pleasure of speaking with an author by the name of Stephanie Matos, who recently released a new e-book entitled “The Mindful Weight Loss Method“. I believe that Stephanie is on to something, and in our interview together we discuss how not only she released over 60 lbs, but how she is helping others with her Mindful Weight Loss Method.
When you think about it, mindfulness as a mechanism to create awareness of our patterns and is a wonderful way to shift our behaviors, and we all know if we can’t shift our behaviors from stress eating, or postponing that work-out we will never release the excess weight. Stephanie speaks with in this podcast about many methods that are not only working for people, but are successful at keeping the weight off.
I hope you enjoy this podcast with Stephanie Matos, and if you want to learn more please click here to be taken to her website. Or to watch one of her YouTube videos just click here.
Many of us are privileged enough during our lifetime to have a wonderful mentor. Howard’s Gift is a book about Eric Sinoway and his amazingly wise mentor and professor at Harvard University Howard Stevenson. This book is filled with compelling stories and lessons that Eric learned from Howard throughout his years at Harvard and beyond. Howard was a towering figure at Harvard Business School, and the man who literally defined entrepreneurship and taught thousands of world’s most successful professionals.
Many of the lessons you will take from this book will be quite valuable, and the way that Eric tells the stories are quite inviting and compelling. One lesson that Howard speaks with Eric about are “inflection points“. So just what is an inflection point and why is it important? An inflection point as defined by Andy Grove the founder and former CEO of Intel is an event that fundamentally changes the way we think and act. Usually, an inflection point isn’t a little change. It is a moment when–by choice or not–we pivot from the path down which we are traveling and head in an entirely new direction. I would venture to say that almost everyone has inflection points in their lives, and it is the experiences and moments like this that we remember forever and change us– almost always for the better.
Howard advocates business planning for your life’s work. In other words develop and image of where you want to be and this place is not defined by our title, pay or stature. As human beings we are complicated souls seeing meaning and purpose in our lives, but when you look at the individuals that have made a difference on our planet they have done so by having a vision of creating something much greater than just making money. They have a mission to change our culture and society with their inventions; Apple, Facebook, GE, Toyota, Tesla, Google and the list goes on.
If you are driven to make our world a better place to live by whatever means, then you owe it to yourself to read “Howard’s Gift“. This book is filled with great stories and lesson learned by Eric Sinoway the author by his mentor and wise confidant Howard Stevenson.
Enjoy this wonderful interview with Eric and for more information about the book please click here or watch short video on juggling priorities on YouTube by clicking here.
I recently interviewed Cal Newport a Georgetown University professor of computer science about his new book entitled “So Good They Can’t Ignore You“. Cal’s book title is taken from advice that comedian Steve Martin once gave to aspiring entertainers and that was to “be so good they can’t ignore you.”.
Cal bunks the advice that we should follow our passion, or do what we love and the money will follow. He cites that in Steve Jobs’ famed address to the graduating class of Stanford that he advocated to “follow your passion”. Cal states that the evidence shows that this advice will do your career more harm than good. Cal reveals that loving what you do is a wise goal, but following your passions isn’t the way to get there. ” Stop trying to figure out what you are passionate about, instead the secret to building a career you love is to develop rare and valuable skills that you can then leverage to take control of your livelihood. Get good, and the passion will follow. Not the other way around.
In “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” Cal presents studies and compelling examples that expose the truth about how people end up loving what they do. He cites experience, autonomy, competence and relatedness each play a much bigger role in motivation and job satisfaction and his roadmap for getting you there consist of four easy rules: 1) Don’t Follow Your Passion 2) Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You (The Importance of Skill) 3) Turn Down a Promotion (Importance of Control) 4) Think Small, Act Big( The Importance of Mission).
If you take Cal’s advice he states that you will create career capital, and science tells us that the key to loving what you do is to have important traits such as autonomy, competence, creativity and a sense of impact in your working life. These traits are rare and valuable. Basic economics tells us that if you want these traits in your career, you mist build up rare and valuable skills to offer in return. In other words, until you are very good at something, you shouldn’t expect a very good job.
If you are new to the job market or a seasoned veteran the advice that Cal presents in “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” is compelling and sound. I highly recommend reading Cal’s new book, and applying the principles and advice he has for the reader. I
f you would like more information about Cal Newport you can visit his blog by clicking here. I hope you enjoy my interview with author Cal Newport about his new book “So Good They Can’t Ignore You.”
I don’t believe their is a person alive that has not been put in the awkward position of being asked “what do you do?”; and for one reason or another we can’t seem to get the answer out to our mouth in a short simple statement. In Terri Sjodin’s new book entitled ” Small Message, Big Impact-The Elevator Speech Effect” Terri guides and directs not only the sales and marketing person, but anyone how to crate a effective elevator speech.
As Terri states ” In this day and age of information overload and busier schedules, we’re limited to fewer opportunities to get people attention, and often only 140 characters to get our message across. Attention must be earned, and faster than ever, or your opportunity will be gone before you know it. Whether you’re faced with a chance encounter, a one-on-one meeting or presentation for thousands, only a well-crafted elevator speech can take your message and bridge the gap between the goals you set and the results you want.”
In my interview with Terri she provides some of the steps required to build an effective elevator speech. She speaks about case, creativity, and delivery the three fundamentals of developing a great elevator speech. Terri states you have to have s solid and persuasive case, along with a thoughtful, creative and intriguing message combined with a delivery which is genuine and enthusiastic. Once you complete Terri book “Small Message, Big Impact” you will have crafted a compelling message. She takes you through the process and provides examples of wonderfully crafted elevator speeches. If you are someone who is consistently dealing with the public either in sales, marketing or customer service Terri new book is a must read.
Terri also has a wonderful book trailer that you can watch by clicking here, or you can access forms and tools on how to develop your own elevator speech by clicking here. I hope you enjoy this wonderful podcast with author Terri Sjodin.
I recently had the pleasure to interviewing my good friend and author Jeff Frick about his new enhanced book entitled ” Poetic Ripples for the Knowing Heart“. Jeff’s new book is a publication of Wiseologie Media Group a company that I am a partner in and have been publishing enhanced books for over two years. If you have never experienced watching and listening to a poet through a downloaded book, then this is your opportunity.
Jeff explores the deep elements of our human nature and experience with his poetry. He also has used poetry through his life as a businessman to help develop greater levels of communications with his employees, and well as reflective way to express his thoughts, ideas ways to transform challenging issues. Poetic Ripples from the Knowing Heart will move and transform you through the beautifully express poetry.
If you would like more information about Jeff’s consulting services you can click here to be directed to the Poetic Ripples website. You can also watch Jeff on Youtube where he recites many of his poems by clicking here. Enjoy this great interview with a very gifted poet and businessman.
We all face the ultimate situation of grieving at one point or another in our lives, it is just part of life. My interview with author and founder of a non-profit for women who are dealing with widowhood and grief Carole Brody Fleet really sheds new light on a topic that frequently is swept under the rug or not discussed.
Her new book entitled “Happily Even After” which is a compilation of questions and answers asked by the women in her community and all of the issues they are faced puts widowhood into perspective. Obviously the sudden death or protracted illness of a spouse or significant other has lots of emotional challenges associated with it. One of the important aspects that Carole bring out in the book is that widowhood does not need to define you as a person. You will in your own time move on from the grieving process to one day build a new life for yourself. It does not however mean that you must place all of the memories into the far reaches of your mind. Cherish time and embrace the wonderful life you once had with that special person, but don’t let it define who you are.
Carole’s book is full of engaging and interesting stories and questions from women from all over the world who have written in to Carole asking for advice. This guidebook as she calls it is designed to provide gentle guidance, support and help for the reader trying to come to grips with their loss. Anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one or the potential loss will want to read this book and understand how to better cope and live “Happily Even After.”.
If you want to learn more about Carole’s foundation that supports widows you can click here to be directed to her website. You can also watch a very compelling YouTube video presentation entitled “Turning Hurt Into Hope” by clicking here.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with author Carole Brody Fleet.