Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

December 2008

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. III. Mishmash of Value:
    Wishing You a New Year Filled with Wishes Fulfilled
    1. Nothing Good Happens in a Vacuum of Leadership
    2. Dance as if No One Important Was Watching
    3. What Is Needed in Bad/Good Times
    4. Missy the Miracle Dog
    5. The RNC and Communication
  4. Case Study:
  5. Live and On TV
  6. Answer

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

In the 70's we got two puppies that were littermates, half Great Dane and half German Shepherd. They were each 60 pounds when they were five months old. My Dad and I decided to take them to doggy obedience school, which is really owner obedience school, while they were still young and we could kind of manage them. I took Taasi, and my Dad worked with Tommi.

We started in January. We went to class weekly. We were supposed to practice during the week. Since we had big dogs, we had to practice outside. And it was cold. After dinner my Dad would get the dog's leashes and prompt me that it was time to practice. I would whine that it was too cold. My Dad would simply say, fine-then Tommi and I would excel this week. I would grumble, and then put my coat and boots on and join him on the driveway.

Lesson Learned:

My Dad would always ask for just alittle more. He would ask for it, but he was able to inspire us to ask for it in ourselves. Just a little more. Do you ask yourself for just that little more?


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II. Who Said It?

"Nothing under the sun is ever accidental."

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III. Mishmash of Value:

1. Nothing Good Happens in a Vacuum of Leadership

One of my often-used phrases is, "nothing good happens in a vacuum of leadership". Which to me means, that executives, business owners, professionals have an obligation to use communication to lead. In this 21st century, leadership and communication are Siamese twins. Recently, I was asked to be a guest on several radio shows around the country on the topic of leadership, communication, and change.

Lesson Learned:

To be a leader you have to be able to communicate. Period. As a leader you have an obligation to communicate when there is a void of information, and you have the opportunity to change your world. (Preview the article that will be featured in next month's Affluent magazine) http://electricimpulsecommunications.com/artman/publish/article_36.html)


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2. Dance as if No One Important Was Watching

In the old city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in the old square, on Friday nights a dancing troupe puts on a 90-minute revue. Every ten minutes they change costumes and represent a different region of Mexico's music and costumes. On a 30ft makeshift wooden stage, sometimes as many as sixteen dancers fill the space with precision and exuberance. There is a popular saying, dance as if no one was watching. As I watched these dancers, I was struck by a different thought. These young dancers are being watched. They know they will be watched.

Lesson Learned:

They twirled and changed their costumes with amazing speed. As they posed for pictures, their make-up outstanding, their hair adorned with ribbons and styled into folkloric creations. And yet who really will see them? Will a New York or Hollywood agent discover them? Will they dance on Broadway? Will they audition for America's next great dancer? Probably not. Still, they gave every dance, every costume, every kind of music, and their best effort. Do you give your best effort when no one of importance is watching?


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3. What Is Needed in Bad/Good Times

People have asked me if my coaching practice is an extravagance to business in today's tumultuous economic world. I find this question intriguing. Bold leadership is more important now than in good financial times. Bold leadership requires a bold voice. Tumultuous times require bold leadership and bold leadership requires effective communication.

Lesson Learned:

How do you look at the value of your business? Do you see yourself as a commodity, a necessity, or luxury? Whichever one you answered, you are right.


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4. Missy the Miracle Dog

My Missy, seen here, (http://electricimpulse.com/keynotes-programs/photo_download.php) is my miracle. After no use of her back legs, spinal surgery, five weeks of physical therapy, and the heart of a warrior, she is the poster dog for back surgery. She can never go up or down stairs again, she walks with alittle hesitation, a lot of attitude and heart, and she can still outrun me.

Lesson Learned:

Missy has a neurosurgeon, physical therapist, her regular vet, and the ramps I had built for steps. (Thanks Bill) We all have to decide what is enough; everyone's normal is different. Some people's normal is getting up at 5:00 am to attend a spinning class. What is your normal? Are you taking advantage of professional options available to you?


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5. The RNC and Communication

On a recent Sunday I listened to a round table of political pundits talk about the RNC. They talked about the difficulties and challenges that the person will have who will take over leadership. What, they were asked, was needed in the person who would take over leadership of the RNC? Republican former speechwriter Amy Holmes, answered that it was not that difficult, they just needed to be a good communicator, a great communicator.

Lesson Learned:

A reminder that in all professions, the ability to communicate tops most other resume skills. The other skills are important. In this case, organizational skills, having run a state party, having run for office, but these skills assumed, the ability to communicate is first and foremost.


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IV. Case Study: Unemployed and on the Interview Circuit

Situation: I was asked to meet with two gentlemen who had been downsized and were unemployed. From my perspective, the interview circuit is just a communication journey, how well do you communicate your value?

Process: One man I met with did not see the value in working on his communication skills; he believed the magic was in his written resume. The other man became a client and has worked hard on communicating value in the time it takes to walk across a room. These skills enabled him to be one of "8" finalists, which became "3" finalists this week for his final interview.

Result: Everyone's journey is different, and certainly getting to the destination of "employed" is the goal. From my experience in working with people during the job search or next job search period, it is crucial for each person to have three advantages: an objective ally, 21st century communication skills, and the ability to renounce many things they thought were necessary to ace an interview and get the offer.

V. On TV and Live

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

Shows:

These shows taped at the Cleveland Clinic Courts: A Conversation with Campy Russell Week of December

Upcoming:
Meet Coach Dru Joyce, Akron Mover and Shaker

Summit/Stark/Cuyahoga/Lake/Richland/Geauga/Mahoning Counties: Channel 23 Tuesday 9:30 pm, Thursday 9:30 pm, Saturday 5:30 pm Radio: WONE FM 97.5 Sunday 6 am, WAKR AM 1590 Sunday, 8:30

In Person – Come and Join Us – Can we keynote an event for you?

A Conversation With Josh Mandel
Guest: Josh Mandel, State Rep, U.S. Marine

Summit/Stark/Cuyahoga Counties: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30pm, Saturday 5:30pm
Channel 23
Radio: WONE FM 97.5 Sunday 6 am, WAKR AM 1590 Sunday, 8:30

In Person - Come and Join Us - Can we keynote an event for you?

March 11-Featured speaker at the Cleveland YWCA Women's Leadership Conference http://www.ywca.org/site/pp.asp?c=8oIDLSOyGoF&b=3569841

August 11- Jackson Township

October 13- AFP

January-March we offer a Lunch and Learn program for professional firms such as law firms, architect firm, accounting firms - Ask Us!

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VI. Answer

Gotthold Lessing, an 18th century German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist, and art critic.


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