Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

January 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. The Tale of a Tail: The Story Behind My Book
    2. Success - Thy Name is Clarity
    3. Do You Have a Parallel Universe?
    4. The Power of Assumptions
    5. Obama Left the Building
  4. Live and On TV
  5. Answer

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

My Dad used to say that I could drive on vapors. I pushed E on the gas tank beyond what it should ever be pushed. In this winter wonderland, we never know when a 3 or 30 mile trip could turn into 3 hours. I remember my Dad's advice: Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times.

Lesson Learned:

The best and newest technology in the world can't run without fuel. Perhaps in the future cars can run on vapors made of French fry oil or corn cobs. For now keep your gas tank at least half full. Which is an analogy for life: stay prepared.


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II. Who Said It?

"It's hard to find the time and energy for strategic thought."

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III. Mishmash of Value:

1. The Tale of a Tail: The Story Behind My Book

Mexico is the land of Iguanas, Geckos, and anything with multiple legs. Art galleries, stores and every boardwalk vendor sell whimsical wooden, beaded, and silver lizards. When you stare at a live one in your house, not so charming. We decided to pick up the lizard by its tail and re-locate it outside. Click here for the entire article http://www.electricimpulse.com/resources/tale-of-a-tail.php

Lesson Learned:

In watching the tale of the lizard's tail, I wondered about how we go about solving problems. Do we attack the real problem? Or do we figuratively pick up the tail of the problem and think we have it solved, only to be left holding the tail?


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2. Success - Thy Name is Clarity

When Bill Gates was asked what he admired most about his friend Warren Buffet, he waxed profound. Warren he said can take a complex subject and present it in a simple, understandable way. As much as I admire clarity I failed! There has been confusion about the location of the February 3 Happy Hour Club. It is at my office, with Hudson's providing the story and the food! It is NOT at Hudson's.

Lesson Learned:

Rule #10 in my 50 Rules of Communication is that the Audience Drives Everything. It is not whether or not I think I was clear, it is whether my audience thought I was clear. By the number of people who thought they would be going to the Hudson's location rather than my office, I was not CLEAR. Happy Hour Club is at my office. Do you have clarity in your communication?


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3. Do You Have a Parallel Universe?

Rachel Zoe is a stylist. For many of you, her ability to dress the stars has no relevance whatsoever to your world. But wait. She has a daily newsletter. In this newsletter she highlights a piece of high fashion that is IN. The "to die for" piece, perhaps earrings, a coat, shoes, dress, or bracelet. What is really interesting is that when you scan down her newsletter, she has what she calls "the Parallel Universe". This is a similar item at a greatly reduced price.

Lesson Learned:

In the Parallel Universe, the option is not exactly like the haute couture, but is a viable option. The designer Moschino has a lower price version called Moschino Cheap and Chic. Donna Karan has a less expensive selection called DKNY. Do you offer price options?


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4. The Power of Assumptions

We all know the cliché about "assuming". Like many clichés, it is rooted in truth. In the last few weeks, I made a couple of very incorrect assumptions. I took my beloved Jeep to the garage. I assumed garage personnel would check my washer fluid. In the middle of a slushy snow storm, no fluid. I texted an NFL client a picture of Josh Cribbs and me taken at a Cav's game. I assumed he would know it was Josh Cribbs. He thought it was Stevie Wonder.

Lesson Learned:

I assumed a former NFL would recognize another NFL player. Truly, those dreadlocks are confusing. In communication and life we need to look closely at our words and assumptions.


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5. Jay Leno Falls Off the Late Night Throne

President Obama invited former President Clinton to the White House. So far so good. The president invited "Bill" to his news conference. Borderline. Then President Obama introduced Bill, turned over the podium to him, and left the room. He actually said he had to leave for an appointment with his wife.

Lesson Learned:

What would you think if a co-worker said they had to leave during the work day for an appointment with their wife? One talking head said that leaving Clinton at the podium showed that the president was very secure. I disagree on this example of podium etiquette. Power is power even if you are the leader of the free world. You never give up your power willingly. And you never give it up carte blanche.


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V. On TV and Live

Upcoming Shows:

Week of January 24 Alternative Sentencing with Judge Stormer

Week of February 28 Local Heroes Making a Difference with Bill Jones


Channel 23 The new days/times for Forum 360 as follows:

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

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


  • January 27, Trade Show Savvy for the HBA/Home and Flower Show
  • February 9, Opportunities Have a Shelf Life for SSAMA group
  • March 16, Develop the Diva for Stow Jr. Moms
  • April 12, 100 Tips to Communicate Your Competitive Edge, SMEI
  • July 28, Develop the Diva Within, Women2Women

Events

February 3, Thursday 5:00-6:30, Happy Hour Club-Connecting the . . . DOTS at my office partnering with Hudson's, No cost, need to RSVP

March 8, 4:00 Teleseminar, 100 Tips to Communicate Your Competitive Edge

For the schedule of events click here http://www.electricimpulse.com/upcoming-events/

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VI. Answer

Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister


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