Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

June 2015

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

  1. Herbie's Helpful Hint
  2. ASK LESLIE - Stay On Your Cutting Edge
  3. Mishmash of Value: Our Cleveland Cavaliers - #ALLIN
    1. LeBron on Leadership
    2. Any Strategy is Better than No Strategy - But Really Kerr!
    3. Delly and Clark Kent
    4. The Bow Seen Round the World
    5. Confidence is Confidence
  4. Live and In Person
  5. Lessons from CoachSpeak
  6. Come and Be a Part of Our Community

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I. Herbie's Helpful Hint

I gave a few people incorrect information. There, I said it. I told a few people that President Reagan was shot in Philadelphia. He was not. The shooting took place in DC, actually outside of the Hilton Hotel. What confused me was his quote in the emergency room afterwards when he said, "All in all, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."

Lesson Learned:

My Dad would have said that sometimes we just have to look in the honest mirror and say we were wrong. I looked in the honest mirror and realized I was wrong. Here is my version of the honest mirror, my newsletter. For anyone that I told, and they actually remember that I said the assassination attempt was in Philly, I was wrong! Is there a way you can look in the honest mirror?


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II. Ask Leslie - Stay On Your Cutting Edge

Everyone has a handicap; some we think are more obvious to the outside world. Yet this one-armed carpenter did not see or think he had a handicap. Are you making excuses for an invisible handicap?

Contact me at leslie@electricimpulse.com or at the office at 330-668-6569 for more information or to sign up.

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III. Mishmash of Value - Our Cleveland Cavaliers - - #ALLIN

1. LeBron on Leadership

A CEO client asked me a question about a conversation he had heard. While driving through Michigan after the Chicago loss to the Cavs, he listened to a call-in sports show. The female caller complained about LeBron's use of "I." As in "I did this" and 'I did that." This client asked me what I thought.

Lesson Learned:

I am not a big believer in the "there is no I in team" concept. Try telling that to Michael Jordan. A team is made up of "I"'s. Leadership is messy and hard. Sometimes a leader is too visible and other times not visible enough, sometimes too verbal and other times not verbal enough. But that doesn't change the fact that a leader has to lead. That is not a bad thing and not always a popular thing. According to Steph Curry, LeBron is taking too many shots. Bron knows what he has to do and is willing to take the heat and do it.

Are you?


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2. Any Strategy is Better than No Strategy- But Really Kerr?

You may have heard me say that any strategy is better than no strategy. But really Kerr! GS Coach was miked for the "wired" part of the telecast. You hear him say, "They have a lot of energy right now, but they only have 7 players so wait and wear them down." Really? That is your amazing all-star strategy? Wear them down, take advantage of their shallow bench?

Lesson Learned:

I have counted on Coach Blatt to keep devising and revising strategy through-out the game. While any strategy is better than no strategy, this is a weak strategy. But it is a strategy. Weak or not do you have a strategy?


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3. Delly and Clark Kent

At any moment I expect Delly to whip off his mask, and reveal Clark Kent. An undrafted second year player, he doesn't stand out at anything. Not that tall, not that fast, and not that accurate. Not only has he broken the Internet, he has taught millions of people where Australia is, sold more jerseys than any other NBA player, and helped the CAVS get to 2-1.

Lesson Learned:

Delly has used what he has and leveraged his skills to the best of their ability. He doesn't have great anything except for great grit, great hussle, and great determination. Those things are huge. We can either grow the good, or complain about what we don't have. We could all be Clark Kent. Who is behind your mask?


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4. The Bow Seen Round the World

In pre-game warm-ups before game 3, LBJ stood in front of legendary Browns Hall of Famer, Jim Brown. In a gesture that went round the world, LBJ bowed to Jim Brown. If any words were said, the vast, viral international audience was not privy. Perhaps he bowed to the greatest football player to ever wear a helmet, perhaps he bowed to the leader of the last team to win a National Championship in Cleveland.

Lesson Learned:

One brief gesture did more to heal the wounds between a city and its aging superstar than any Browns personnel has done. The bow also spoke volumes of respect from a younger generation to an older generation. Communication is about controlling what you can control. LBJ took it upon himself to briefly honor a relic from 50 years ago. Workplaces are a constant battle between generations. What can you do to honor someone?


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5. Headband Reunited

Although I listen to sports radio all day, I am not a sports expert. I still don't understand what a pick and roll is and you would not want to depend on me for a last second strategy to win the game. What I am an expert in is confidence: where it comes from, lack of it, how to recognize it. Steph Curry at the press conference after Game 2, lacked confidence. Big Time. He talked about confidence while making no eye contact. His verbal, vocal and visual were not congruent. He said the words more confidence, but nothing about his vocal or visual said he believed it.

Lesson Learned:

Confidence has verbal, vocal and visual components. You can convey confidence when you don't have it. I recognize that Curry is a great shooter. Watching him at the press conference after Game 2, I did not believe he could rebound that fast. Talent will come through eventually, just not necessarily on demand. Can you replicate confidence whether or not you feel it at the time? What does your verbal, vocal, and visual say about your level of confidence?


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IV. Live and In Person

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

I'm speaking for the following groups and professions in the next month. I would love to speak to one of your groups!

July 8 Greater Akron Chamber, KNOW on the GO
July 15 The Great Love Debate in Phoenix, AZ
October 1 Cleveland Professionals Group
October 27 AFWA Conference

Forum 360 with Leslie as Moderator

Upcoming Show: Keep an eye out for these interesting shows!

The Revitalization of Downtown Kent Guests: Ron Burbick and Doug Fuller

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.**


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V. Lessons from CoachSpeak

A horse trainer is close to being a coach. Bob Baffert had been in this position three times before as a horse trainer. His horse won the Derby, won the Preakness and was positioned to win the Belmont and the Triple Crown. It is what he did for his jockey and therefore his horse and history, that is most amazing to me.

A jockey has to make hundreds of decisions during the course of one race: take the lead, hold back, when to make your move, etc. Baffert wanted to take the decision making away from his jockey. Although Victor Espinoza is a hall of fame caliber jockey and a proven veteran on American Pharoah, Baffert wanted to protect his jockey. Your job as a leader is to protect your team members.

Lesson Learned:

Instead of letting his jockey decide the strategy in the moment, he decided the strategy in advance. He told Victor to take the lead and keep the lead. Except for one moment when Victor had to make a decision, Baffert took the weight of that responsibility off his shoulders. How can you protect your team members and your goals?

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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:

July 31 - HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership
Our June HorseTalk is at maximum capacity so plan now to come to the July day. 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.

August 8 - Camp NEXT
What if you knew at 25, 30 or 35 what you know now? Can you imagine the boost you and your career would have if you were a 30 year old person with the expertise of someone twice your age? Camp NEXT. Camp NEXT is one day Saturday immersive experience for next generation leadership: anyone between the ages of 17 and 40.

Email us at Leslie@electricimpulse.com for further information or to RSVP to one of our events. For more information visit our website at www.electricimpulse.com


Innovate in Increments . . . Every Step Counts

       Know What You Need For Success in 2015!

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