Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

April 2011

A monthly newsletter to transform ordinary leaders to extraordinary: in your company, profession, and industry. Based on coaching, writing, speaking and strategizing by Leslie G.Ungar to create leaders, improve communications, and build successful teams. www.electricimpulse.com

This newsletter includes: The Power of Perspectives

  1. Herbie's Helpful Hint
  2. Who Said It?
  3. Mishmash of Value:
    1. Build Better Bosses
    2. Tiger Mom: Good or Bad?
    3. What I Learned at My Own Video Shoot
    4. Grade School Mistakes We Make Daily
    5. If Being Hired Depended on Your Ability to Present
  4. Live and On TV
  5. Answer

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I. Herbie's Helpful Hint (named after my Dad)

My Dad believed in first impressions. One time a date came to pick me up wearing no socks. It was the middle of winter. At least he was wearing shoes. My Dad almost barred the door and made me stay home. He always referred to this date as the "sockless wonder."

Lesson Learned:

Some in all generations de-value the importance of first impressions. This guy could have gone on to find a cure for cancer and my Dad would have continued to refer to him as the "sockless wonder". Whether it is the first 3 seconds, the first 7, or the first 30 seconds, people are evaluating you. How is someone referring to you?


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II. Who Said It?

"The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway."

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III. Mishmash of Value:

1. Build Better Bosses

All this time you thought your biggest challenge was managing your own career. In some ways, it is your biggest challenge. After all, if you don't manage your career, who will?
Your biggest challenge in managing your career is managing your Boss. You may think your Boss manages you: many people do believe that their Boss manages them.

Lesson Learned:

Effective, successful, promotable, valuable team members understand the value and necessity of managing up. Stop waiting for your Boss to value you. Be proactive. Request face-to-face time, set agendas; keep them in your loop.To read the entire article in the latest edition of Affluent magazine, click here


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2. Tiger Mom: Good or Bad?

Recently I had the opportunity to see Michelle Rhee speak at the Cleveland City Club. She is the very tiny woman who almost single handedly changed Washington D.C. schools as Chancellor of the District of Columbia Schools. You could say she cost Mayor Adrian Fenty his job. Ms. Rhee was charged with improving the worst school system in the country. She fired 241 teachers and closed 21 schools. As a speaker she expertly mixed humor, stories, facts, and goals into her speech. Harvard educated it was clear that she was data driven.

Lesson Learned:

It was clear she had a vision for school improvement and took no prisoners along the way. A school superintendent asked me if I thought she was a Tiger Mom. I said, absolutely. I would not have wanted a Tiger Mom as a Mom, but I believe a Tiger Mom would be great in charge of education. Can you clearly see your vision and march bravely toward it?


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3. What I Learned at My Own Video Shoot

I wrote 10 videos, took 10 wardrobe changes, 10 jewelry changes, and two "honest mirrors". Although using a teleprompter, I made sure to practice "out loud" as I edited and re-edited and revised each draft.

Lesson Learned:

Just because we all have the capability to do things on our own, from live taping to photography to coaching just about anything, does not mean we should! I swear the professional videographer and his lighting made me look at least ten years younger. In today's world we can all be an expert in anything after a brief perusal of the Internet. Or we think we can. Use professionals whenever you can, it really does make a difference.


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4. Grade School Mistakes We Make Daily

I don't know if you had the same kind of grade school teachers that I had. I remember clearly their advice about "copying your neighbor's answers". Besides cheating just being wrong, they always gave another reason to not copy. Their argument was that you could be copying a wrong answer.

Lesson Learned:

AThe same holds true in our adult, professional lives. I observed a day of strategic meetings. The first speaker kind of stood in the corner as he presented a PP. At 6'2 it did not work badly for him. The problem was that the speakers that followed him were not 6'2 and ended up presenting amidst hangers and coats. You need to know what you need and where you need to be in order to be most effective.


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5. If Being Hired Depended on Your Ability to Present

Appssavvy, a social media-focused marketing firm, partly owned by the New York Times Company, has an interesting requirement. Every job candidate must present to 5-7 people before they are hired. The company believes that it is in this exercise that they find out if the candidate is an all-star or whether they have avoided a bad hire.

Lesson Learned:

Whether or not as a candidate you are actually asked to make a formal presentation, the criterion is still apart of the fabric of the interview process. If you can present throughout the interview without appearing nervous or uncomfortable and can hold your own in Q&A, you can slam-dunk any interview.


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V. On TV and Live

Live: Come and Join Us Can we keynote an event for you?

May 9, 100 Tips in 100 Days for Fairlawn Chamber
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Come and Be A Part of our Community at One or All of these Events

May 10 Teleseminar #2: Do It Like Gaga 4pm
June 16 College Student and Gen Y Boot Camp 5pm
June 30 HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership
July 20 Happy Hour Summer Bash

TV--Forum 360 with Leslie as host on Time/Warner

Upcoming Shows: Look them up on 411 Local on Demand

Taped at the Cavalier's Practice Facility
What's Up with Our Cavaliers? Guests: Campy Russell and David Painter
Behind the Scenes: Satisfying season ticket holders and the voice behind the Cavs

A Journey Back: A Return to Vietnam Guests: Tom Saal and Charlie Forsyth
Unforeseen Challenges - The Journey Ahead: Guest: Dr. Terry Gordon


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VI. Answer

Mother Theresa, wouldn't you know?


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