Hey everyone, here we go. . . . . .
IN OUR WORLD
I’m coming to you from beautiful and cool Minneapolis where I have the honor of continuing the spread of the Repeatable Successful Acts platform through one of my largest clients. The momentum and success of the RSA platform continues to drive over 30% of my business. The success clients are having by integrating these sales behaviors into their existing sales processes is where the bulk of the success is being measured.
Earlier in the week I debuted a brand new strategic platform aimed at teams; The Curious Clarity of Teams. This program shows the impact of clarity in all team aspects dictates successful outcome. I had the honor of delivering the idea as a keynote presentation then was able to drill down on the idea in a 90 minute workshop. One way to measure the value of an idea to a large group is to give them a choice of three concurrent topics and watch where a person CHOOSES to spend their most valuable resource, their time. I was graced with a crowd that was so far larger than the room that the hotel had to scramble to find enough chairs and even with the addition some people had to stand. This program is going to generate a lot of buzz!
The web site is done with the look and feel design and now it’s on to content, search engine optimization and rich media. I still hope to launch in November.
Hope all is well in your world!
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.
Harvard professor Clayton Christensen recently did a study on the relationship between risk, success in business and success in life. His results were really interesting. It asked questions like:
- How can I be sure I will be happy in my career?
- How much risk will be associated with that happiness?
- How can my relationships become an enduring part of my happiness?
- How can I stay out of jail!
Here are his results:
CREATE A STRATEGY
At reunions people see unhappy old friends, divorced and alienated from their kids. No one graduates from college with the strategy of being unhappy. Most that end up that way did not consciously keep their purpose front and center in their lives as they decided how to spend their time, talent and energy. The choice of your career does not have to be a forever decision; it should be a tool to achieving your strategic purpose. Spend some time thinking about what you want to be like and build your life on that strategy. Make your plan simple and powerful.
THE EMBRACING OF RISK
One of the biggest blocks to people finding their real purpose is that it most often comes with risk. It can be the risk of failure or the risk of success. It could be the risk of the unknown versus the known. It could be the risk of economic hardship or the risk of momentary isolation. Any way you cut it, the pursuit of purpose is most often risk filled. You need to find your filter, your way to view the impact of risk. Without that level of understanding you will find the road to purpose with a constant road block.
THE VALUE OF HUMILITY
When asked to describe the most humble person they knew the one characteristic that dominated the value base was self esteem. They knew who they were and felt good about it. It is about having a high regard for others.
SET YOUR YARDSTICK
What is the metric by which your life will be assessed?
Interesting stuff and definite food for thought.
MOVIES: The Town: Fantastic buzz for Ben Affleck who gets better and better with each directorial outing.
NetFlix Fans: Robin Hood: This was an interesting movie by the fantastic Ridley Scott with one of my favorite actors, Russell Crowe.
TV: I don’t know where to start with so many new shows out there. Of the new I liked both Chase and Hawaii 5-0. They are both on at the same time so get the DVR going.
BOOKS: Shift – Arnell: This book is by the thinker behind the revamping of Banana Republic, Reebok and Pepsi. It deals with personal branding by teaching you how to treat yourself as a top product.
MUSIC: Many of you know I am a guitar player and am drawn to great pickers. I love DOC SOUND, an acoustic trio and this version of The Sultans of Swing is so good it makes me think I must be playing a different instrument.
WEB SITES: Design drives everything!
SOUTH OF NORMAL
I love the ideas found in the Springwise Newsletter. Here is one of their latest:
If Antiques Roadshow has taught the viewing public anything, it’s that there’s often no predicting which antique objects will turn out to possess the most value. Aiming to help consumers get some idea for themselves, UK-based Value My Stuff Now is a site that promises a valuation within 48 hours for any photo submitted.
With a staff of experts based in England and experienced at Sotheby’s, Christie’s or one of the other major London auction houses, Value My Stuff Now evaluates antiques in a wide range of categories, including jewelry, memorabilia, books, stamps and Indian art. To request an evaluation, consumers begin by uploading photos and any details they have about the item(s) in question. VMSN then assigns an expert, who will return a full valuation within 48 hours. Valuation reports are presented in PDF, and they detail the item’s history and value; an online valuation certificate, meanwhile, is held on VMSN’s secure server. Consumers planning to sell an item on eBay can then link to that online certificate to show potential buyers the item’s estimated value. VMSN’s pricing begins at GBP 3.89 per item.
In this era of the sellsumer, few things are more important than knowing what one’s assets are worth. One to partner with or emulate in the eBay market near you? (Related: Secondhand store showcases previous owners — Jobs site estimates each candidate’s worth.)
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Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Adios and Aloha.