16 posts categorized "April 2011"

April 28, 2011

Dr. Joey Faucette, Speaker, Author & Coach, on his two rocks, his Grandaddy Greene and my dad, Lonnie Faucette

How did they help to shape your life or life philosophies?

 My Grandaddy Greene and my Dad shaped my life both sharing when I would listen and modeling when I was “sideways” to use Tim’s description. Both of these men gave generously to others from their hearts and their wallets, constantly in search of ways to assist others. Gratitude motivated both of them, and they moved about their lives in ways that were humble and grounded in integrity. When either of them told you something they would do for you, all doubt was removed. It would get done. And they expected the same from me as their son and grandson.

Tell us about a specific lesson you learned from them, or a piece of advice they gave to you?

 Grandaddy Greene was a crop farmer, dairy farmer, and ran a country store—at heart, an entrepreneur. Whether planting corn, herding cows, or chewing the fat with the men who hung out around the pot belly stove in his store, my Grandaddy had a respect for all of life that shaped my core values today. His respect for the earth meant that we sought to understand her need to receive as well as give us food. That meant we protected her from erosion, saw to it that her nutrient levels were sustained, and insured she lay fallow when needed. “The land must rest like us,” he said.

 We respected the cows as well, knowing that they gave us more milk when fed appropriately, richer milk when fed well, and always cared for in such a way that prevented illness. And when the heifer bellowed all night because she was separated from her new-born calf, we understood that grief comes to us all.

We respected the men who hung out in the country store even when they didn’t spend a dime. “His crops failed this year,” my Grandaddy explained when I asked why someone took a stick of bologna and hoop of cheese home without paying. “He has children to feed. You will too one day,” he said. “Someone helped me. Now it’s my turn to return the favor.”

He was, at heart, an entrepreneur who respected all of life.

Lonnie Faucette (my dad): His constant refrain to me was, “Son, get all the education you can because no one can ever take it away from you.” This from a man who wasn’t a stellar student in school, repeating the third grade, and just completing his high school diploma. However, as a young man in his early 20s with a new baby (me), he took a job working with computers for a national department store, learning on the job everyday and diligently paying his dues to move up the corporate ladder. Eventually he became a Data Processing Manager and later an IT Director. He was passed over by other corporations for high-profile positions because he lacked a college degree. Yet, he learned informally everything required to excel in his work. Sure, I heeded his advice, eventually completing a doctorate degree. However, my greatest learning was that education comes to those who want to learn in any given situation, formally or informally.

Have you ever drifted away from their grounding advice?  What price did you pay? 

Haven’t we all gone sideways?

When I lost respect for others, I realized one day that I first lost respect for myself. I became confused and thought that I was to be served, not serve. The bitterness and cynicism I experienced at trying to do life my way choked me. Fortunately I caught my breath and began living again. The price for turning blue as I held my breath was my investment—sweat equity—in guaranteeing that I would remain focused on respecting all of life and learning everyday. 


Find out more about Dr. Joey Faucette, Speaker, Author & Coach - Receive a free positive story weekdays & discover how to Work Positive at www.ListentoLife.org



DrJoey From Tim Sander's to Dr. Faucette's dad and granddaddy, we want to thank you for helping make Joey who he is today. You have helped make the world a better place.


This interview is part of a series of interviews focusing on some of the great Rocks that have influenced our lives. Just as Tim's new Book, Today We Are Rich, shares what he learned from his rock, Billye, we want to pass on the knowledge of some other great rocks out there.

Rock on! Be a Rock, or applaud a Rock you know. 

April 27, 2011

The best gift to give on Administrative Professional's Day: Knowledge!

To commemorate Administrative Professional's Day, my friend Jonathan Spring is  giving Laura, his administrative assistant, a copy of What The CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan. Why? Because Laura is a smart young person whose hero is Colleen Barrett of Southwest Airlines. 

Colleen, too, was once an admin. In fact she was once Southwest CEO Herb Kelleher's admin. When they worked at a different company. Over time, Colleen matured into a savvy professional, so savvy that when Herb Kelleher took over Southwest, he hired Colleen away from her old job. Today she's the president of the airline. My friend Jonathan knows that anyone who wants to be the next Colleen Barrett must have a basic understanding of how companies work.  And so he's passing along to Laura the greatest gift of all: knowledge.  

Called National Secretary Day when it was first celebrated 50 years ago, now called Administrative Professional's Day, April 24th is more than a chance to recognize your assistant, helper, secretary, or whatever you want to call him/her. It's a chance to stage a positive experience, to inspire your most valuable resource, and to promote growth.  What does the day really celebrate? Type in the phrase in a search engine and a host of  information comes up. One web site actually claims that the day is a conspiracy made up for FTD and other related service industries.  Actually, the day was invented to promote the secretarial profession. PR maven Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubicam, Mary Barrett of the National Secretaries Association, and C. King Woodbridge of the Dictaphone Corporation created and launched this day, along with National Secretaries Week, in 1952.  Their objective wasn't commercialism or placation. It was "to recognize the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the functions of business and government offices depend". 

While the titles change and evolve over time, the celebration should continue. Despite computers and downsizing, administrative professionals make businesses run smoothly. They are taking on more technology requirements and handling more management activities than their 1952 counterparts. Harry and friends had the right idea: celebrate the profession and promote solid business values. It's just that over the last five decades the execution has become totally commercialized and the event is de-personalized. 

Re-personalize it. These last twelve months have been an amazing challenge to everyone in your company. Nobody feels the pain like your administrative professionals. They have to roll with the your moods, with job stability, with communicating changes and executing everything others think up.  This last few years has meant more fear, less pay, and more work than ever.  During tough times, people continue to search for answers, and too often alone.  As a result, I think the bosses of the world are blowing it. They are ghetto-izing this opportunity. Think of the normal gifts you people give--chocolates, flowers, photograph frames (so they can put your picture in it?), greeting cards. Do you really think these are the best gifts? Think about it. These are not professional gifts that recognize someone's intellectual and material contribution. These gifts only recognize your lack of imagination.

The third week of each April, and particularly the third Wednesday, is a special time just for YOUR administrative professional. It's your chance to shine. You can be a dynamite boss or a dud, it's your choice. The hint? Don't give the standard clinker. The solution is simple; personalize your expression and promote your AP's growth. In a recent poll taken by the International Association of Administrative Professionals respondents were asked how they'd like this special day observed. Almost one fourth responded that they'd prefer a training session or educational event. Only two percent responded that they'd like candy or flowers, while only four percent preferred being taken to lunch.  

In my first book, Love is the Killer App, I define BizLove as the intelligent sharing of intangibles (knowledge, network and compassion) to promote another person's growth. To give some growth, give some Bizlove, in the form of a great book.  You can make a  profound difference on someone's life with just the right message. Which book to give? Think about a person's dreams, interests, and business challenges. Have a conversation with him/her as you research the gift. They will be happy to tell you about books they want to read, subjects they're curious about, ideas they want to pursue.

A great book is a gift that keeps giving. As Cicero once said: "Books are the wise man's passport to success and greatness. Books are the thresholds to wonder; the gateways to enlightenment; the foundations of virtue; and the pediment of honor."

Here are some of my recent book recommendations


April 26, 2011

Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker and Investor, Rajesh Setty on Feeding Your Mind Good Stuff

An excerpt from the forward of the Rajesh Setty Edition of Feed Your Mind Good Stuff (an excerpt from the book, Today We Are Rich)

Today We Are Rich is a gem of a book. Just the chapter alone on “Feed Your Mind Good Stuff” is worth the price of the book and more.

When I was an Engineering student, one of my teachers who used to teach us about computers told me about a term GIGO (Gar- bage-In-Garbage-Out) - referring to the way computers process things. He used to say that computers are not intelligent or not intelligent - they are indifferent. It is the human beings that can use computers intelligently to make the most out of them.

Our brains work almost in a similar fashion. You feed them good stuff and you get good results and you feed them bad stuff and you get bad results...

Click here to read the entire forward and see Rajesh Setty's highlighted text from Today We Are Rich - Principle 1 - Feed Your Mind Good Stuff.

Because the seven principles of confident living are principles that some of the most successful people you know live by, I wanted to provide a forum for these same people to tell you why they love this book. Each custom edition features a special forward written by our participants. Find out more about the Today We Are Rich Custom Editions here.


April 25, 2011

Question and Answer about the Devil's Advocate

From time to time, I write about something that really stirs people up.  In 2010, I wrote a blog post called "The Problem With Devil's Advocates" and it got a  lot of engagement.  It was also expanded on as a concept in Today We Are Rich (move the conversation forward).  Since then, I've talked to several people that needed additional clarifications on the subject, since it's a habit that many leaders create to 'add value.'  Here (with the author's permission) is one of those Q/A sessions. 

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Sanders,

Enjoyed your interview with Robert Pagliarini-- great stuff, thank you! I do have a question. You expressed disdain for the playing of "devil's advocate". In my organization and teams, I often assume this role, particularly when discussing a possible idea or new direction with my business partner. It's certainly not bullying (not my personality), but I see it as a way to make sure we understand and consider the risks and costs of the proposed idea or strategy, so that we are going in with our eyes open. I am sure I am misunderstanding your point somehow, but it sounded to me almost like you were saying we should just "focus on the positive" and ignore any alternative viewpoints, evidence to the contrary, or possibility of failure or harm coming to us as a result of our decision. You mentioned, "You don't come up with breakthrough solutions playing devil's advocate". I suppose that's true, though, would you agree that playing devil's advocate can be a way to "vet" an idea? If you'd be willing to provide some clarification, I'd sure appreciate it. I know your time is very valuable. Thank you. Ryan Levesque eBookIt.com

ANSWER: Hello Ryan - 

Nothing is absolute, and at certain companies, their are leaders who manage 'group think' - but it is a strategic assignment.  You may be the exception to the rule.  My issue is that Devil's Advocate is misunderstood.  In the book, I explain it was invented by the Catholic church hundreds of years ago to prevent a 'bad guy' from being canonized.  Attorneys were assigned to do it, only once, and in many cases it was career suicide.

In our culture, far too many people (wracked with jealousy or devoid of creativity) evoke the D.A. Approach as a linguistic form of 'catch up.' They aren't doing it, as you do, to protect the organization.  In any collaboration (tech labs to comedy), this rampant approach is a killer to the critical 'yes-and' approach to disruptive innovation.

If you read the book, and I hope you do, I make it very clear that the banker OR the resource giving leader MUST play the Devil's Advocate on the part of the enterprise.  But the junior leaders need to focus on problem solving, innovation and encouraging other to bring ideas to work and spin them up into breakthrough strategies.

Got a question about Today We Are Rich? Email me at tim (at) timsanders.com


April 22, 2011

Who Is Your Neighbor? (Hint: Everyone!)

This morning,  as I prepared my talk for the Anaheim YMCA's 44th annual Good Friday Breakfast, I pondered the Good Samaritan story from the book of Luke about the Good Samaritan.  In it, a doubting lawyer asks Christ what it takes to be a good person. He's reminded of the commandment to "love your neighbor as you love yourself." When faced with such a blanket rule, he probes...

"But who is my neighbor?" 

At this point, The Good Samaritan story is revealed where the least likely passerby decides to aid a person who has been attacked by bandits left half-dead on the side of the road. A high priest avoided the victim. A temple aid was curious, but didn't get involved. The Samaritan, traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho was the one who came to the victim's aid.  According to some theologians, Samaritans were despised in Jericho as a result of prejudice.  So the Samaritan was a stranger in a hostile land, on a trip to support his family and business.  During my book signing today, a local priest who's visited Jericho revealed something to me: Between Jericho and Jerusalem is a road known as the "Valley of the shadow of death."  But yet, the Samaritan saw the victim as his neighbor and showed him love and mercy. 

The point of the story is deep, and likely draws the lines in our lives: Which one of the three was the neighbor to the man in need? The one who showed compassion. The priest likely avoided the situation because it wasn't a member of his church. The aid didn't act because he didn't recognize the victim and getting involved looked like trouble.  The Samaritan didn't care - he was activated to act like a neighbor because of 2 things: 

1. The victim was in dire need - If not him, then who? 

2. The Samaritan had means to make a difference.

3.  The Samaritan was truly a man of faith, not appearance or convenience.  He likely was giving his way out of uncertainty on the road to Jericho,

As I travel on this book launch tour, I'm finding neighbors everywhere. They need my politeness, my positive demeanor, my compassion if they are in need. I see others, who tightly draw the lines around the definition of "neighbor".  Too often though, I see others who behave like the priest (why me?) or the temple aid (looks like trouble).  This explains so much of the trouble in our world, and our potential to become a person of significance. Commit yourself today to expand the circle of neighbor-ness, if you do, you'll make your mark for sure. So who is our neighbor?  Anyone that needs us to help.  Everyone we can find to enrich.  Please think about this over the weekend and in the coming days. 

This blog post may be preachy, but I share it because it aligns with my personal mission statement: Promote good works and outbursts of Love.  As we gather in public (or online), encourage others to do the same!

Have a great Easter Sunday.


April 21, 2011

What Jim Grillo, CMP of hereschicago.com, has to say about his Rock

Billye, Tim’s Grandma, raised him from the age of 5 and became his "rock" in life. She taught him principles that grounded him and helped him succeed later as an adult. Her influence, words and love had profound effect on Tim’s life and inspired his book "Today We Are Rich." Think of a particular person who has had a similar impact on your life. Who was that person and how did, or do, you know them? How did they help to shape your life or life philosophies?

My dad.  He used to work from home for his company.  He formed my opinion of how work life is supposed to be and it definitely is not in the “rat race” driving in rush hour traffic to and from work and especially punching in a time clock.  Therefore, I sought to do the same and opened up my own home based business www.hereschicago.com which I still run out of my 2nd bedroom every day for the last 7 years.

It instilled comfort and confidence for me as I know there is no other option than to succeed. This helped me to not only start my business, but, helped me stay in my business which allows me the freedom to do make my own decisions personally and professionally, spend time with family and friends and provides flexibility to contribute and give back to our industry with volunteering.


Tell us about a specific lesson you learned from them, or a piece of advice they gave to you?

I learned confidence and to instill comfort to others close to me no matter the situation. Since I have comfort and confidence instilled in me from growing up with someone who has conveyed this no matter what, I now convey this to friends, colleagues and family no matter what.  This applies to any situation a friend or colleague discusses with me.  It is my personal obligation to never show fear and to help others channel their fear into progress.


Have you ever drifted away from their grounding advice?  What price did you pay? 

Great question.  I am sure that occasionally I drift from his advice as I am only human, however, I have never drifted from the core advice which always keeps me on the road he provided.  I “swerve” once in awhile, but, never drive off the road.


Jim Grillo, CMP is an internet entrepreneur and founder of Hereschicago.com, Chicago’s online resource directory featuring Chicago’s top meeting and event venues and event service providers. You can find Jim at:
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From Tim Sander's to Jim's dad, we want to thank you for helping make Jim who he is. You have helped make the world a better place.


This interview is part of a series of interviews focusing on some of the great Rocks that have influenced our lives. Just as Tim's new Book, Today We Are Rich, shares what he learned from his rock, Billye, we want to pass on the knowledge of some other great rocks out there.

Rock on! Be a Rock, or applaud a Rock you know. 

Was your grandma your Rock, or did she have some grate advice? Tell us on Great Stuff My Grandma Said.

April 19, 2011

4-20 Is #HighOnHelping Day

April 20 has a variety of meanings leading to various celebrations - some in the moment and others for future generations.  For me, it's a big day I'm conducting a media tour to support my new book,  Today We Are Rich.  One of the key points of the book is that you can give your way out of burnout.  In principle four, Give To Be Rich, I echo Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's obsersvation: Generosity  is a Wonder Drug.  

In the spirit of Carpe Diem, I'm claiming 4-20 as a national day of giving, observing and sharing of emotions.  Much like Dicken's Scrooge, anyone can lift their spirits dramatically by giving, helping, volunteering or directly donating to those in need.  Researches have a name for the medicinal power of giving: Helper's High.  

When you share what you have to help others, in that moment, you are worth something - and it will help you ease any pain.  Looking for a blanket to throw over your blues? Here's what Dr. Stephen Post of the Institute For Research on Unlimited Love would deal to you:  "To rid yourself of negative emotional states, push them aside with positive emotional states and the simplest way to do that is to just go out and lend a helping hand to somebody." 

Looking for a buzz?  Volunteer.  Women participating in a study by the Institute For The Advancement Of Health reported that after volunteering time to help others, they had a physical experience similar to meditation or a vigorous workout.  In a compilation of fifty studies recently published by Case Western University's Stephen Post, the exact phenom becomes clear:  When we perceive that we've helped someone, we trigger the reward center in our brain, which produces Dopamines, Endorphins and Serotonins.  These powerful chemicals give us feelings of profound joy, calmness and spiritual connection.  We get as high as a kite, or gain the internal/chemical feeling of true Richness.

We lift off, emotionally, and it lasts for days, sometimes weeks.  Researchers found that you could reinject yourself with the WonderDrug Of Helping just by thinking about it (but you need to focus your energies on recollecting all the details to generate empathy).  During my book tour stop in Franklin TN, I had a cup of coffee with Sandy Griffin, fellow author and big giver to the homeless in greater Nashville.  As she recounted how she secured some corrective shoes for one of her new friends, and the difference it would make to his quality of life - she lit up, high on the loving-giving experience.  Proof positive that this research is true!

In his research, Dr. Post also observed that when we are in Helping Mode, our body produces Oxytocin, which is known as the "bonding hormone."  When faced with a crisis or a problem, people on Helper's High spring into "Tend and Mend" mode, instead of the more aggressive "Fight Or Flight" mode.  In other words, Helper's High brings out the emotion of trust and nurture.  

And that's not all, choosy drug shoppers, you also get relief from Helping too!  In a surprising study back in 1956, stay-at-home moms had less emotional stress markers than the breadwinners, because their mothering gave them natural relief.  Post explains it this way: Helper's High (fueled by the brain's reward center) dominate Cortisol, the stress hormone.  Help and you'll conquer stress, and according to research in teens as well as adults: You'll beat most depression too. 

Giving is a WonderDrug, the only one to take when you need a dose of Euphoria or a cure for the blues or a stressful life.  It lasts much longer, probably costs you less than substance or alcohol and more importantly - converts your selfish approach to 'coping with life' to a life of service and significance.  Try it out today, you'll see.  Turn up for 'helper's radar' and find an opportunity to do something helpful for someone.  The research warns that writing a check or texting a donation will NOT produce the high, you need direct contact with someone you generally care about or feel sympathy towards.  Give encouragement, a hot meal, a hand up or some volunteer time.  Keep your eyes open for the difference you make and savor the high that will come.  Make a note to reinject your psyche with the experience on May 1.  It'll work then too! 

Here's How To Spread The Word: Retweet this post if you a Twitter-head or click the Like button is Facebook is your thing.  After you help someone today, either comment about your emotional experience (document your Helper's High) or share your deed and feeling on Twitter with #HighOnHelping as a hashtag.  The more you talk about it, the more you are dealing a new solution to your extended network: Take Giving, It's a WonderDrug. 

Thanks to Jon Acuff, Randy Elrod, Ken Coleman, Ron Edmonson and others for joining this campaign via their blogs, podcasts and networks.  If you decide to participate, send me a note and I'll add you to the #HighOnHelping bandwagon. 


April 18, 2011

Two Tribes: Scarcity & Abundance

As you think, you act – so the way you see the world runs your life.

There are two types of people, dominated by two opposing paradigms: Scarcity & Abundance.  And this contrast explains why some people are cooperative and others competitive.  It explains why people are rude versus welcoming.  It explains why some people are happy and others are mostly miserable.

Scarcity thinking comes from a point-of-view: There’s not enough to go around.  Sometimes, it’s the product of your upbringing.  It’s easy to catch scarcity from your family – they are a huge influence on you and their actions teach you ‘the way the world works.’  In many cases, scarcity is induced, like an infection of the soul, by circumstances or perceived threats.  Example: There’s a shakeup at work, and a scramble for resources or respect ensues.  Silos get built and team members stab each other in the back in a grapple for power. 

When you ‘come down’ with scarcity thinking, it changes your emotional nervous system, turning you into a reactive person – quick on the trigger.  Other people’s success makes you unhappy, as you see the pie of life as a fixed quantity.  I call these ‘Little Pie People.’ They are as primal as my dog when it comes to their value system: Get mine.  

On the other hand, there are those who possess the Abundance Mentality as Dr. Stephen Covey Sr. coined it.  They believe that there’s enough, and enough to share.  They believe that when others win, the pie usually gets bigger.  So they are capable of letting go or being happy for someone’s success.  At work, they are usually thinking bigger picture or longer term, as the Abundance view is all about the Quality of We than the Quality of Me. 

Which one have you been lately?  If you’ve been looking at things from a zero sum point of view, scarcity, you’ve probably been straining all the relationships that are important to you.  You probably aren’t happy about it either.  You are probably moving Sideways.

There are no simple bullet point action steps to flip the switch from Little Pie to Big Dog.  But here’s a helpful clue: Check your level of confidence and self-worth.  The only way for you to be up when the world is down is to possess Total Confidence.

Read Today We Are Rich: Harnessing The Power Of Total Confidence for a life’s work on how to cultivate the abundance mentality in your life. 


April 14, 2011

Nick Nigro, Career Services Director at Davis College, learned from his Rock (and dad), Dominick Nigro

How did your dad help to shape your life or life philosophies?

I am honored to participate in your Rock interview series, and mostly to honor my dad who so gracefully mentored me through my early years as his dedication, humility, and steadfastness helped me and my brothers travel more confidently into adulthood. The simple message that exuded from him was to be concerned about others, lend a hand and learn from your mistakes. His faith was his rock! Yes he was involved in the catholic church in our little town– he ushered at the same mass for years and called bingo weekly while helping with small jobs on the parish grounds. The pastor knew that he could count on my dad when there was a little project (or big one) that needed attention; however, the biggest lesson was how he lived his faith once he got into the car after Mass. My dad did not complete high school as he finished 10th grade and went into the military to serve our country in World War II (he and four of his brothers served at the same time – he had three sisters, too). My grandparents, on my dad’s side, raised a family of eight by selling popcorn and peanuts and repairing shoes. Everyone respected my dad as he treated people kindly and fairly. 

His sense of humor was clear and always brought a smile to people’s face. That was what he said in almost every card he and my mom gave to us as we were growing up – keep a smile on your face. He continues to inspire me in my work and at home. I am named after my dad – I’m a junior. I was born when my dad was 43 and my daughter was born when I was 43. How fun! I wear a tie every day to work at Davis College where I serve as the Director of Career Services. It may be out of fashion; but I wear a tie clip that belonged to my dad. I know that if I don’t hold the door for someone or extend a helping hand, or give a sincere compliment my dad’s spirit will admonish me and call me to that higher standard. He was the perfect gentleman and it was clear that he was kind and caring. 

I know that when I forget the values that were instilled in me that I stray from living the way my dad (and mom) raised me to live. It was their deep and simple faith that encouraged me to live a life a service and to develop mutually valuable relationships so that we can make our community a better place for all of us to live. In everything I do the question is: How can I help you? He is my rock!


Can you tell us about a specific lesson you learned from him, or a piece of advice he gave to you?

My dad was a man of few words. However, he knew how to make people laugh and bring appropriate humor to even the most serious situation. He was a story teller whether it was a humorous story or a story from his growing up years. He was the king of the one-liners as well as those heart warming stories from World War II in the fox holes, or sports when he beat the ping pong champion in small town where he grew up who was always bragging how good he was – dad seized the opportunity to teach humility. Dad taught me to keep a smile on my face and the faces of others. To this day, I am a joke teller and a one-liner guy myself. When I give presentations or am conversing with friends or colleagues, I use stories – lots of them. That was a trait that I got from my dad.


Have you ever drifted away from his grounding advice? What price did you pay?

There was a spell in my life where I lost or forgot my sense of humor. I became depressed and more critical, pessimistic, and judgmental – I was usually upbeat and very positive. Those were unhappy times and I wasn’t the happiest person to be around. The depression was at times overwhelming. That really got my attention and thank God I had people around me who supported me and really cared. Once I realized that I had ventured off my path, my smile and energy came back. Sure, I get depressed now and again, however, my dad’s inspiration reminds me to get back to who I am.


Find out more about Nick Nigro at:
nnigro (at) daviscollege.edu
800-477-7021, x. 143



From Tim Sander's to Nick's dad, Dominick, we want to thank you for helping make Nick who he is today. You have helped make the world a better place.


This interview is part of a series of interviews focusing on some of the great Rocks that have influenced our lives. Just as Tim's new Book, Today We Are Rich, shares what he learned from his rock, Billye, we want to pass on the knowledge of some other great rocks out there.

Rock on! Be a Rock, or applaud a Rock you know. 


April 13, 2011

Start Out Meetings With The Good Word

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale often encouraged his students, patients and congregation members to stop asking each other, “how’s it going,” because it led to “just getting by” talk.  Instead, he told students to kick off conversations with “what’s the good word?”  The impact on conversations was huge: They focused on what was going right, the tone was positive and the exchange was confidence building.

To apply this to our conversations today would likely have the same impact.  My grandmother Billye, had a great saying: “Success is not a destination, it’s a direction – and that direction is forward.”  So let’s change the conversation today and move it forward. 

Now let’s shift gears and think about how we can apply this to work, especially with our projects.  In the below video clip, I offer some advice on how to have more productive meetings at work with co-workers, vendors and project partners.


Click here to see the video Meeting Tip:Start Out With The Good Word.

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