Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter
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 give people their own voice, help them identify their competitive edge, and change the world one leader a time. www.electricimpulse.com
This newsletter includes: The Power of Perspectives
- Herbie's Helpful Hint
- ASK LESLIE - Stay On Your Cutting Edge
- Mishmash of Value:
- Live and In Person
- Lessons from CoachSpeak
- Come and Be a Part of Our Community
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I. Herbie's Helpful Hint
My dad was a water boy for The Ohio State Football Team before he went to serve in WW2. So I have always had an affinity for anything OSUfootball. Last week Head Coach Urban Meyer was faced with an interesting problem.
He arrived at the practice facility for a meeting. Someone had parked in his place. He recognized the Alaska license plate as most probably belonging to one of his kickers. He drove his Mercedes up to the offending Jeep so close the bumpers touched. Then he got out of the car and went to his meetings without saying a word.
Eventually the kicker had to get a ride home and then a ride back to get his car. Urban made his point without saying a word and this picture went viral. How would you have solved that problem?
II. Ask Leslie - Stay On Your Cutting Edge
You have probably seen people at local kid's sporting event half-leaning/ half-standing on a one-legged stool. You can lean on this stool, you can half-stand, but you can't sit. A stool has to have 3-legs for you to be able to sit. Your communication has to have 3-legs for you to be effective. Text and email has maybe 1 ½ legs, that is why it is often less than effective. Make sure your communication has three legs by watching this video.
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III. Mishmash of Value
1. Hiding Behind Email
I would like to think that my clients learn from me. A former client called the other day, a client I have not seen in a few years. He wanted to tell me that he would not be where he was without our work together. The other side is how much I learn from my clients. Mary-the name has been changed to protect the innocent-identified something that we all know. She just said it in a different, better way.
She had been avoiding an unpleasant issue through email. So if we look in the honest mirror we have all done the same thing. It was the way she phrased it that struck a chord. She said, "I was hiding behind email." Eventually she picked up the phone and made the call she needed to make. Are you hiding behind email?
2. Can't Tell Someone Else's Dog to Sit
If you ever tried to tell someone else's dog to sit, you know it probably did not go well. You say "sit" or "stay" or "come" and the dog basically looks at you as though you are from Mars. Then the dog proceeds to do whatever the dog wants to do, whenever that dog wants to do it. That's because you don't have a relationship with that dog. An animal lover knows that when they have that DNA relationship, that dog, cat, horse, pig or bird will go to the mat for you.
Managing people by whatever name you want to call it, is not easy. Manage too close and you flirt with micromanager. Manage from a distance and you could let the hens out of the house. Look at this from a different perspective. You don't want to manage in the same way as you tell someone else's dog what to do. You need to develop a relationship before you "tell someone what to do." Are you telling or developing relationships?
3. Chip Kelly and Someone Else's Dog
loved the sign in the boutique window. Basically it translates to, hurray for the holidays. I thought it was funny because in France the work week is 35 hours and the work year is ten months. That means eight weeks of vacation or holiday per person per year at a time that unemployment in France is over 10%.
Former players of other white head coaches such as Buddy Ryan and Bill Parcells have pointed out their ability to relate to all players. They have, 20 years later, remembered and reminisced about Parcells relating to this guy and Ryan that guy. With his college coach mentality of my way or the high way, some have theorized about Kelly's inability and/or unwillingness to relate to players unlike him. Especially in light of "all lives matter," this isn't a great conversation surrounding a head coach regardless of what his W/L record will be this season. Perhaps he should sit down with the dog before he barks orders to sit.
4. Thank You Jack Everly
Jack Everly is the principal pops conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He appears regularly with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. Fortunately for me, he was the conductor the night we went to see Broadway Divas. By his resume it is easy to imagine that he is well respected for his knowledge and ability to conduct. That is not what I appreciated about him.
Jack Everly was irreverent, funny, to the point, concise, and very very current. He made fun of the longevity of Annie, included Frozen that is not even on Broadway, and invited one of the Divas to recreate a YouTube phenomenon. To make music interesting and fun for me is no easy feat. Thank you to Jack Everly for connecting with me, the person in the audience with the least amount of musicality. Do you work to connect with all the members in your audience?
5. DIVA's with a Sense of Humor
The word DIVA conjures up different images for different people. A few years ago when I titled a keynote Develop the Diva Within, I found that some people thought of DIVA as positive and some people had negative thoughts. Whatever your impression, we often don't think of a DIVA as funny, relatable, and silly.
Broadway Diva Christina Bianco has had 20 million hits on herYouTube videos. In addition to her own larger than life size musical ability, she has another skill. She can imitate dozens of singers and celebrities. Her diva impressions actually enhance her own skills as a diva. Her Streisand was really funny with her use of fingernails and she nailed Julie Andrews. By bringing irreverence to her strength, she widened her audience and her skill set. What can you do to be differentiate yourself from others in your profession?
IV. Live and In Person
Live: Come and Join Us
I'm speaking for the following groups and professions in the next month. I would love to speak to one of your groups!
September 2 Hudson Rotary
September 11 Brunswick Chamber of Commerce
October 1 Cleveland Professionals Group
October 21 Sixth District Educational Compact
October 27 AFWA Conference
Forum 360 with Leslie as Moderator
Upcoming Show: Keep an eye out for these interesting shows!
A Tale of Two Schools: The Canton Schools Merger Guests: Adrian Allison, Superintendent Canton City Schools, and Corey Grubbs, Principal McKinley High School
Landmark Supreme Court Decisions Guests: John Hill, Chair Litigation Practice Group and David Kern, Managing Partner Akron Office, Buckingham
Each Forum 360 will be seen on PBS Fusion Channels 45 & 49. If you have Time Warner, the channel is 993. Forum 360 will be seen on Mondays at 8 pm and Saturdays at 5:30 pm.
WONE FM 97.5 Sunday 6:00 am. For online streaming go to http://wone.net/ and click Listen Live.
WAKR AM 1590 Sunday, 5:00 pm, Monday 12:30 am. For online streaming go to http://akronnewsnow.com/ and click Listen Live.
**Past shows can be seen my Website.**
V. Lessons from CoachSpeak
When I took Tressel's class on COACHING, he talked all the time about Terrelle Pryor. Pryor was a back-up quarterback in Oakland. I thought how curious that out of all of the players he had coached in ten seasons at OSU, he talked about Pryor the most. And of course as we all know, Pryor had the most impact on the end of the Tressel regime in Columbus.
At Ohio State Day at the Browns training camp there was Tressel talking about Terrelle Pryor. As you may know, Pryor is trying to make it as a wide receiver. At OSU, former starting quarterback Braxton Miller changed positions upon returning from an injury. He is coming back as a wide receiver.
In coaching and playing, you need to know when to be flexible and alter a dream and when, like Kurt Warner, to hold onto that dream. In the coaching class, one of the coaches said, be authentic to your strengths. Don't try to be what you are not.
VI. Come and Be a Part of Our Community
In 2015 we will host 15 events! Participate in one of our events for an hour or a day, in person or by phone. Here are our upcoming events:
September 18 - HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership
from 8:30am - 5pm This is a unique day like no other. It can catapult you with lasting results! A horse is the best mirror of your communication and leadership skills that you will ever have to see your reflection.
October 8 - Video and You
from 5pm - 7pm See how much you can improve during dinner time! Dinner is included.
October 29 - Master Class: You Choose the Topic
Everyone who takes the time to suggest a topic will be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card to my beloved Speedway, you can use it for gas or your own coffee. Email me at Leslie@electricimpulse.com with what topic or topics would you like to see become the Master Class for October.
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