Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

June 2010

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. A Horse as a Metaphor
    2. Chief Wellness Officer
    3. LaTourette and Boehner
    4. The Shortest Interview in History
    5. I Want to be Like Rajon Rondo
  4. Live and On TV
  5. Answer

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

My Dad was not much for political correctness. He was a great believer and doer of what was right. Not politically correct, but what was the right thing to do. In the late 60's my Dad hired an African American salesman. Part of his territory was southern Ohio. A long time customer called and gave my Dad an ultimatum: the customer or the salesman. My Dad chose the salesman. It was the right thing to do. Even though every customer counted, even though he was a small family owned business.

Lesson Learned:

There is a difference between what is right and what is PC. Have we gotten political correctness mixed up with the right thing? My Dad didn't get those two mixed up. Sometimes he paid a price for that philosophy. Do you do the right thing?


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II. Who Said It?

Statement, "I'm ready to lead". Reply, "No one is ready to follow."

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III. Mishmash of Value:

1. A Horse as a Metaphor

A horse is a metaphor for: your challenges, your team, your company, your profession. If you can lead a horse without a halter or a lead line, you can lead a team. My program HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership is a professional development day spent with three horses and two humans. How often do you have access to five professionals?

Lesson Learned:

This is a day with a "teaching moment" at every turn, every blade of grass, and even every piece of manure. If a horse won't follow you, neither will a prospect, client, team or board member. Here are nine of the lessons learned when you give up your Blackberry and Droid for a day and in return accept a port-a-potty...


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2. Chief Wellness Officer

Dr. Michael Roizen is the Chief Wellness Officer at The Cleveland Clinic. He is also a member of Oprah's Inner Circle and TV Dr. Oz's partner as well as a successful author. By his own testimony, he has given thousands of presentations. When he spoke to Sales and Marketing at Windows on the River he got up to the podium and appeared surprised that he did not have the technology he expected.

Lesson Learned:

My goal is for you to learn valuable information that you can actually apply in life. With one lesson at a time you can experiment, pick and choose which ones to apply. The real question is: will you learn something new?


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3. LaTourette and Boehner

I was surprised by the invitation. Me, invited to an event with Congressmen LaTourette and Boehner as the speakers. I go where I am invited, so off to Republican land I went. I wondered what the communication would sound like. After all, the audience, not the speaker, drives communication of the speaker. Even if you are a powerful politician.

Lesson Learned:

These speakers were told that the audience would be a mix of Republicans and Democrats. Their comments were more inclusive than exclusive. No one could have felt blamed, ridiculed or ostracized. If the possible next Speaker of the House can be inclusive, can't we all? They were able to talk about The Beltway and the Bill in non-inflammatory tones. If they cannot point fingers, can't we all?


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4. The Shortest Interview in History

This interview happened 43 years ago. The interviewee remembers it as if it happened yesterday. He went for an interview for a special unit of the armed forces. He walked in. The interviewer asked him, "Did you close the door?" The interviewee turned around to look back at the door. The interviewer said, "This interview is over". In retrospect the interviewee understood that his lack of awareness of his surroundings and his uncertainty contributed to the shortest interview in history.

Lesson Learned:

How aware are you of your surroundings? When you answer, do sound certain or tentative? One of the "horse" exercises was completed only when the team could say with certainty that their goal was met. No one follows a tentative leader.


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5. I Want to be Like Rajon Rondo

As I write, we do not know the outcome of the NBA Finals. What we do know is that Rajon Rondo refused to lose. He played with a mental and physical toughness that outshone legends Bryant, Garnett, Allen, and James. It is as though he was possessed to do whatever it took to win. I want to be like him, I want to hire people like him, and I want the president to be like him.

Lesson Learned:

Michael Jordan said winning happened between your ears. Rondo is 24 years old, 6'1 and 170 pounds. This means Shaq had 150 pound advantage and LeBron a 70 pound advantage every time they went to the basket. Between the ears, Rondo just refuses to lose. Even to the Lakers, even on their home court. What could you do to be more like Rondo?


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V. On TV and Live

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

Upcoming Shows:

National Inventor's Hall of Fame School
LeBron Grandmothers Fan Club


Past shows can be seen on Local on Demand


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?


July 15- Videotape and You, 5-7 Eight seats only RSVP quickly

August 19- The Multigenerational Workplace

August 21- ASWA Regional Conference - How to Use Communication to Succeed

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VI. Answer

Kobe Bryant said it, Phil Jackson replied circa 2004.


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