Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

December 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

Wishing You a Magical Holiday and a Magical New Year!

  1. Herbie's Helpful Hint
  2. New ASK LESLIE on Homepage
  3. Mishmash of Value:
    1. The Newest Legal Immigrant
    2. Your Personal Invitation
    3. Every Country is a Brand
    4. The Celebrity Sitting Next to You
    5. The Executive No-Show
  4. Live and On TV
  5. Come and Be Apart of Our Community

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

My Dad struggled in his recuperation after his first open heart surgery. In fact, he struggled after each open heart surgery. He was slow to get back to doing things even when he was allowed to do them. Like driving. I read that heart patients rehabilitate faster after surgery if they have a dog. Outside dogs lived at my parents house at this time but not an inside dog. So I made it my project to find a dog. Not a puppy and not too adult of a dog. Chester was the product of my search. Chester was a year old Lhasa Apso.

Lesson Learned:

When I brought Chester home to my parents, he immediately jumped in my Dad’s lap. My Dad’s leg had been stripped for the vein. My Dad was tentative about his leg so he set Chester down and said, “No Chester.” Chester looked at him and jumped back in his lap. That is where he stayed. The first time my Dad drove was to the veterinarian. Chester had to be checked out, of course. We all build fences around ourselves and decide what we can and can not do. What can you do that you thought you could not do?


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II. New ASK LESLIE

Each month we feature a new ASK LESLIE: a short video that will help you be more effective. This month's ASK LESLIE addresses the question: What are Ineffective Speaker Behaviors? Click to hear in just 2:15 three ineffective behaviors and three effective behaviors.

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III. Mishmash of Value:

1. The Newest Legal Immigrant

The response from the Electric Impulse “community” about Missy – my wonder dog, was amazing and so comforting. I still have my Tim and planned on going through however long he has, with our reduced little family. Most people come back from Mexico with a pińata. Somehow, I came back from Mexico last month with a puppy. Her name is Miss Nacha Vallarta. Although she looks nothing like my Missy, she is Missy reincarnated.

Lesson Learned:

At the most inopportune time, a 4-legged creature came into my Dad’s life. At the most inopportune time, a 4-legged creature came into my life. Even though one should not make major decisions for a year after a loss, and even though housebreaking in rain and cold is not ideal, Karma works in strange ways. Is there something you want to do that is not easy, convenient, and makes no sense?


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2. Your Personal Invitation

We are announcing our Electric Impulse calendar of events for 2012. You will see some old friends like our Happy Hour Club and a new event we have named Master Class. You can be apart of our community sitting on your couch or the beach listening to a Teleseminar, you can test yourself at a video session, you can push yourself in a Master Class or you can see a reflection of yourself in a 4-legged mirror at HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership.

Lesson Learned:

TThe more technology we use, the more hi-touch we seek. Once you embrace that good things happen when you are more visible, you will identify all the good that results in you coming to an Electric Impulse event. Content that you can use immediately to empower you, great networking to empower you, and great food. Click here for calendar of the year.


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3. Every Country is a Brand

CBI stands for Country Brand Index. It is a global study of a country’s brand strength. The most important factors—the aspects that truly differentiate a country’s brand — are its associations and attributes across five key dimensions: Value System, Quality of Life, Good for Business, Heritage and Culture and Tourism. A strong country brand is more than the sum of its attributes: in total, it must make people’s lives better.

Lesson Learned:

If a country has its own Brand, can you really think you don’t have your own Brand? For the first decade of this century, Brazil had almost 10% unemployment. During this time, Brazil was branded for its Carnival of Brazil not for its unemployment. A country is branded by its ability to make people’s lives better. How do you make people’s lives better?


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4. The Celebrity Sitting Next to You

At a recent event in Akron, an attendee asked the stranger next to him to move. The attendee wanted to save the set for his friend, not this unknown interloper. So he asked the unnamed man to move and didn’t think about it again.

Lesson Learned:

Later that day the attendee attended yet another event. He was introduced to the man he had asked to move out of his chair. He was an internationally known celebrity in Akron for a client event. This internationally known celebrity lists as clients Barbara Streisand, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Hudson and Madonna. Could you be near, next to, literally or figuratively a great prospect or client and not know it?


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5. The Executive No-Show

Edward C. Forst was a member of Goldman Sachs influential management team. Until Friday, December 2. His departure was explained as his leadership style not because of a lack of expertise in his field. Specifically his recent no-show at an important client meeting led to his dismissal. Groomed to become the next CFO, it was known that he clashed with colleagues and rubbed then the wrong way.

Lesson Learned:

There is a saying attributed to Woody Allen that showing up is eighty percent of life. Can you imagine not even showing up for an important client meeting? Do you show up? Do you show up everyday with a communication style that does not rub people the wrong way? Do you still think the velocity of your career is based solely on your competency?


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IV. On TV and Live

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

January 31, HBA/Home and Flower Show, Trade Show Savvy
March 7 Women’s Conference at KSU, Keynote Speaker, Develop the Diva
September 14 Canton Chamber Fast Break Keynote Speaker, Next Generation Leadership: Where Text, Talk & Tweet Converge
October 12 Aultcare Fast Break Breakfast Keynote Speaker, 100 Tips in 100 Days

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

Upcoming Shows:

Week of January 2: Where Are They Now: Life After Elected Office
Guest: John Boccieri, former member of Congress

Summer Rotary Camp: Making Dreams Come True
Guests: Bonnie Wojno, Rotary Club of Akron and Peter Paino, Paino Builders


***Channel 23:

Mondays at 12:30pm, Tuesdays at 10:30am and 3:30pm, Wednesdays at 2:30pm/ 7:30pm Thursdays at 10:30am, Fridays at 2:30pm, Saturdays at 4:00pm

Radio: WONE FM 97.5 Sunday 6 am, WAKR AM 1590 Sunday, 8:30 am

Past shows can be seen on Local on Demand

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V. Come and Be A Part of our Community

Come join us at our first event of 2012. Our first Happy Hour Club is January 26 at the Happy Hour of 5pm. We have a very special guest demonstration and of course great networking, great food, and a great short program. Email or call us to let us know you are coming to “see what I see.”

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