Inside Personal Growth with Greg Voisen · Podcast 271: The Sales Messenger with Mary Anne Davis I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mary Anne
I recently interviewed author Roger Conners, and was so intrigued with the message that I invited him back to discuss another one of his other successful books entitled ” The Oz Principle“.
Many of us who are involved in the personal growth and human potential fields know that one of the first things we learn is personal responsibility. This concept is at the cornerstone of being in integrety, and living a life of authenticy. In my interview with Roger we discuss the “Oz Principle” which by the way is borrowed from the characters in the Wizard of Oz. I know everyone remembers the journey of Dorothy and her cast, the Tin Man, The Scarecrow, and the Lion. And if you remember all of them were seeking something to make them whole, and they all were victims.
One of the most challenging situations for individuals and organizations is when they get into the cycle of being a victim as Roger explains it. In this book Roger explains how the attitude of victimization has captured businesses everywhere in a chocking stranglehold. In the book Roger explains why people in organizations must avoid the debilitating effects of the victim cycle in order to achieve results. Also revealed are the “Steps to Accountability” as the key to obtaining what you desire, or yourself, your team and your organization.
If you are at all interested in creating personal accountability in conjunction with organizational accountability, then I highly recommend that you obtain a copy of “The Oz Principle“. It is a must read for any person in management seeking to improve the performance of their organization, and create a happier, healthier and more creative organizational culture. If you would like more information about the “The Oz Principle” please click here to be directed to the Partners In Leadership website.
I hope you enjoy this interview with a very knowledgeable change agent Roger Conners.
I was listening to an interview on Fox 5 San Diego with author Clint Arthur and was intrigued by his message about his new book “The Last Year of Your Life“. Unlike many personal growth authors Clint’s approach to living your life is to look at life as if it is the “Last Year of Your Life”. I can really appreciate this way of looking at life, for I believe we would all find new ways to live our lives if we knew this was our last year of life.
Clint’s book is designed as a workbook with lots of thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter. They are designed to engage the reader in creating concrete results and question the things in life that are really important. There is a chapter for each week of the year with very simple and easy to do exercises. If the reader completes the whole 52 weeks the objective is that they will have completed some very deep personal reflection and discovery, thus transforming their life. This can be some of the most difficult work, but the most rewarding.
I speak from experience, if one does the work and really applies themselves to any personal growth and transformational work they will see results. The key here is to stick to the work and do the lessons. I know that it is frequently tough, and life seems to get in the way but I encourage you to do the work first!!!.
In my interview with author Clint Arthur we discuss not only some of his personal life experiences, but we discuss some of the master teachers he has admired throughout his life and the important roles they played in shaping the person he has become today.
Clint has a quote in his book from the by the Buddha “All that we are is the result of what we have thought” Just remember, put good thoughts in and get positive results out.
If you are looking for a book will become your 52 week guide then I would recommend that you pick up a copy of Clint Arthur’s book “The Last Year of Your Life“. Please click here to be directed to Clint’s website for more information.
I have known Craig Neal for a number of years, as a matter of fact I attended one of his “The Art of Convening” meetings at the Gap in Northern California several years ago. I recently reconnected with Craig and had the opportunity to discuss his newly released book entitled “The Art Of Convening-Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations“.
If you are like me, you have attended lots of meetings during your career and frequently walk away wondering “why” did I attend? If you have ever asked this questions, then Craig’s new book “The Art of Convening” is a must read.
In my interview with Craig we discuss what he refers to as “authentic engagement”. Authentic engagement is , simply, a genuine expression of what is true for us, and an attentive listening to what is true for another, or others. Why this simple human interaction often eludes us can be a matter of habit, distrust, faulty modeling, lack of attention, or fear.
Craig has created a wonderful model in the book that assists “the convener” in understanding the art associated with creating a gathering. The model is referred to as the “convening wheel” and at the center is “The Heart of the Matter” with eight adjacent spokes: Clarifying Intent , The Invitation, Setting Context, Creating the Container, Hearing all the Voices, Essential Conversations, Creation, Commitment to Action. Craig states that there is a lot of pressure in our lives to go, go, go all the time–to drive to results and spring into action, often before the actions’s optimal time has come. It’s counterintuitive to take the time to reflect on how we ill be in relationship with others. In a way, we have to slow down and do the internal due diligence to know what results we really want to drive and when it is time to take the action.
If you are at all interested in better understanding how to hold meeting with meaning, purpose and aligned outcomes then I highly recommend that you obtain a copy of “The Art Of Convening“. This book will instruct you with essential questions to better understand your purpose, your meetings purpose and the associated actions you really would like to achieve from meetings, gatherings and most importantly conversations. I hope you enjoy this interview with one of the masters in the business of “authentic engagement”.
You can learn more about Craig and Patricia Neal the authors by clicking here to be directed to their website.
I recently did an interview with Roger Conner the author of “Change the Culture, Change the Game“. In our dialogue together we discuss the importance of having a organizational culture of accountability. As Roger states in the book, either you will manage your culture, or it will manage you. Organizational culture is nothing more that the way people think and act. Every organization has a culture, and they either work for you or against you.
Roger and I discuss what he refers to at the Results Pyramid, which is the tool that his organization uses to help create accountability within organizations. At the core of the Results Pyramid are the experiences, beliefs, actions and ultimately the results that are created. So the leaders of the organization must create the needed culture, the culture produces the results, the most effective culture is a culture of accountability then this helps transition the organization into one with a competitive advantage. Sounds simple doesn’t it. Well hold on just a minute—this only happens when the people in every corner of the organization make the personal choice to take the Steps to Accountability–and each step builds on the previous one.
So what are these steps of accountability that are require to produce results. 1) See it– means moving Above the Line or staying there whenever a new challenge arises. 2) Own it-means being personally invested, learning from both successes and failures, aligning your work with desired company results and acting on the feedback you receive. 3) Solve it-requires persistent effort as you encounter obstacles that stand in the way of achieving results. When you take this step, you constantly ask the question “What else can I do?’ 4) Do it– the final step in the process, represents the natural culmination of the first three steps–it means doing what you say you will do.
If you think that this stuff is just for business people, think again. The basic principles that Roger speaks about in this book are so important to your own personal growth and development. If you follow the sound advice in the book about being personally accountable, not only to yourself but to those you work with you will find a wonderful transformation in your personal life. You can only imagine the amazing results that occur when you can get a whole organization where personal accountability is the guiding light for the employees. This is a company that you will want to do business with.
I highly recommend that you obtain a copy of “Change the Culture, Change the Game“. It will give you the guidance both personally and professionally in creating cultures of accountability, once you know the forumla for creating accountable people, positive organizational transformation is bound to occur.
If you would like to learn more about Roger Conner’s and Partners In Leadership please click here, and enjoy my interview with Roger.
I always enjoy my interviews with the Tremendous Life Book authors, and Jim Donovan was no exception. His new book entitled “52 Ways to a Happier Life” is filled with great advice and wisdom.
I found author Jim Donovan to be with one of the most authentic people I have spoken with in quite sometime. His authenticity and “realness’ just exude during our to dialogue together. Jim is the real deal. He had a very challenging young adulthood which helped to shape him into the person he is today. His new book “52 Ways to a Happier Life” is a short read, but filled with practical and applicable suggestions to really live the life you were born to live.
How many of us remember to congratulate ourselves? Sounds simple doesn’t it, but how many of us really take the time to acknowledge our accomplishment daily. I bet not many of us. The question we should be asking is why not? Why don’t we take the time to acknowledge our accomplishments? It is usually because our EGO is to busy telling us that we could do more, be more and have more so we just don’t have the time because of our busyness and focus on the material world. Jim’s advice would be to quiet the inner critic and take the time to go inside and reconnect at a soul level. I know we will be happier if we completed this act of self-kindness.
Jim dedicates several chapters to the importance of goal setting and planning. He cites a statistic which thought was just astounding, that over 97% of the worlds population does not take the time to write and set goals for themselves. I had not idea that the numbers were so high.
So just what does goal setting do for you? It provides one with a direction, a purpose and an opportunity to explore their personal passion. Once you ignite this spark within the skys the limit. It is really not so important if you don’t reach the goal, but it is important to put them in your subconscious and written goals are good reinforcing the subconscious.
I know you are going to love this book, and the wise advice from a man who walks his talk. Please listen to this great podcast, for it is a wonderful way to start your New Year. I also recommend that you visit Jim’s website and listen and watch his videos, you will be glad that you did. Practical advice from a practical author and wise person.
Please click here to be directed to his website, and to purchase a copy of the book click here.
Inside Personal Growth with Greg Voisen · Podcast 251: The Coming Generational Storm with Laurence Kotlikoff I recently attended a meeting where the CEO of
If you are interested at all about the future of wellness and healthcare, then you need go no further than our guest for this podcast Dee Edington Ph.D. Dee is the author of over 500 articles on the subject, and his new book entitled “Zero Trends: Health as a Serious Economic Strategy” certainly is a must read for anyone involved in the delivery of wellness and healthcare solution.
In my interview with Dee we discuss the two major problems that need to be solved: the rising cost of healthcare in America, which is eroding profits at an accelerating rate and leading toward disaster for businesses. As well as the do-nothing approach which is not a solution at all.
Dee suggest that we need to move from a sickness orientated culture to a culture of health, a culture in which we not only care for the sick but also enable the healthy to stay healthy. This is an approach that lowers healthcare costs and as the same time increases productivity and human satisfaction.
Edington quotes Albert Einstein “the world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.” It is clear that after all of these years of the same medical approaches to managing health, more doctors, nurses, hospitals, procedures and devices will not solve the problems. Edington disagrees with those in the medical profession and some of the health economists and politicians who argue that prevention and healthy lifestyles will not lower the total costs of sickness or lead to a better way of life for individuals and businesses. The information and data presented in “Zero Trends” will support the argument that improved health status will not only reduce healthcare costs for companies but also increase performance and productivity in the workplace.
The bottom line is that we need to focus on bringing back vitality to our businesses and the people that work in them. The new model for healthcare in America redefines healthcare as a combination of illness and wellness strategies. It is designed to help employers enable employees to become self-leaders in maintaining their energy, vitality and overall performance.
If you are interested in learning more about “Zero Trends” then I highly recommend that you visit the Health Management Research Center at the University of Michigan by clicking here. You can also purchase Dee’s book at this website by clicking this link to take you directly to the book’s landing page.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with a man who has dedicated his career to helping us better understand the challenges we are facing in healthcare.
Inside Personal Growth with Greg Voisen · Podcast 242: Ridiculous Bliss with Matthew Ferry I first had the pleasure of being introduced to Matthew Ferry