A Networking Observation

Yesterday I went to a networking event for lunch. There were about 80 people there and we were assigned to tables with 8 at each table. The conversation was good, but superficial throughout the lunch. The typical question was directed at the name of the company on the name tag. “Tell me about XYZ company?” or “What do you do at XYZ?” Then the event director introduced an activity. We went around the table and each of us had two minutes to answer a personal question and then 2 minutes to talk about what we do professionally. The personal question was either “What is a mistake you have made in the past?” or “What has been a memorable sporting event for you?” I don’t think it mattered what the personal questions were but the interesting thing that happened was when people began to open up and talk about personal things,
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Relationship Week

I want to invite you to join me for Relationship Week. All of next week (the week leading up to Valentines Day) is relationship week and I am celebrating with all of you by understanding how relationships are the root of all business. I will be interviewing a relationship expert live everyday next week and you can listen in for free. These experts are bestselling authors like Bob Burg, CEO’s like Dave Blanchard and social media gurus like David Riklan. You won’t want to miss these calls. So make sure you take a minute and register at http://www.relationshipweek.com – then I will give you the times and number for each of the calls next week. I look forward to learning with you and making next week a week to remember. Go to http://www.relationshipweek.com and register – it only takes a few seconds.
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19 Essential Life Lessons

I have a good friend who passed away a little more than a year ago. Richard Ellis was a successful entrepreneur, father and friend. He touched thousands of people’s lives with his wisdom, understanding and caring. Just before he passed, he shared 19 Life Lessons with some of the people he loved and I wanted to share them with you because I think there is great wisdom in each of these. 1. You won’t always succeed, but never give up believing in yourself. 2. Look for the success lesson of any failure. There is a hint there. 3. Be inspired by your mentors and leaders, but never controlled. 4. Personal growth will always precede relationship and business growth. 5. Believe and trust in other people until they have absolutely proven that they don’t deserve it. 6. Believe anyone you meet can accomplish anything, unless they prove to you they don’t
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True Goals for New Years Resolutions

As New Years fast approaches I’m sure everyone has given thought to their New Years Resolutions. What do you want to be, do and have in 2010? I believe that New Years Resolutions don’t work unless you set True Goals – goals that have everything you need to be able to achieve them. I wanted to share a quick outline on how to make a True Goal with the hope that your New Years Resolutions this year will result in making 2010 the best year of your life. Here goes – A True Goal needs three things: Vision, Mission, and Strategy Vision Provides a Picture – answering What? Mission Provides Purpose – answering Why? Strategy Provides a Plan – answering How? A true goal requires that you identify what you want, feel a deep sense of why you want it and then develop a plan as to how you will
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5 Lessons About the Way We Treat People

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady. During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. “Absolutely, ” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was
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Service Brings a Smile :)

I love the holiday season for many reasons. I love the food, the family, and friends. The decorations, the presents, and the lights. But most of all, I love the attitude of service that comes over people as we begin to look beyond ourselves to help those around us. With the risk of being too personal, I wanted to share our family motto. “Serve God, Serve Each Other, Serve Others” We have it on the wall in our kitchen – just below our family purpose statement. This motto has become the focus of our family over the last year and to reinforce it we have a daily practice. Every night before we go to bed we come together as a family and each of us share one thing we did to help someone that day.-You would love to hear some of the things our three year old shares 🙂 So
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Look Up To Those Beneath You

A true leader, in any business or organization, is the one who recognizes the impact they can have on others as well as the impact others can have on them. Then they learn to check their ego at the door in order to bring in the most talented people possible to make the biggest impact possible on the group, company, customers or community. The key to lasting, high impact leadership is to not be afraid to recruit up, to surround yourself with the best and always look up to those beneath you in the pecking order of life or business. David Ogilvy, founder of the giant advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather, used to give each new manager a Russian doll, which contained five progressively smaller dolls inside. A message inside the smallest one read: “If each of us hire people we consider smaller than ourselves, we shall become a company
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