Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

May 2012

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. New ASK LESLIE
  3. Mishmash of Value:
    1. 7 More Achilles Heels
    2. Rock and Roll Inductions
    3. Lessons Learned from Doggy School
    4. Do You Listen?
    5. New Sheriff in Town
  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)

The other day a 90+ year old former acquaintance of my Dad asked me how long ago my Dad had “passed”. It is hard for me to believe that it is 5 ˝ years. Therefore 5 ˝ years I have been writing Herbie’s Hints. From the time I was little I had a challenge with the concept of time. I was always “wishing it away.” I would say to my Dad, “I wish it was horse show season or I wish it was summer vacation.”

Lesson Learned:

My Dad would say that I should not wish my life away. Time goes fast enough without wishing it away. Are you wishing your life away?


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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 featured segment answers in 2:00 the ASK LESLIE question, do you have to memorize your speech? Isn’t it amazing that today anyone can have his or her own TV channel.

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III. Mishmash of Value:

1. 7 More Achilles Heels

A year ago I wrote that all leaders, since Troy, have an Achilles’ heel. The exceptional ones know their Heel. The good ones often are oblivious to their own blind spot. I first identified 7 Achilles’ Heels of today’s leaders. In the past year I have identified another 7! Although DENIAL may seem like a nice place to live, a look in the honest mirror will help you at the least identify ineffective behavior.

Lesson Learned:

Just like when you go to the doctor, first you have to identify the problem before the doctor can prescribe a solution. One Achilles’ Heel that I have identified is when you don’t know when to come down from 30,000 feet and how long to stay. Click here for the whole article.


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2. Rock and Roll Inductions

Every five years the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is in Cleveland. In 2017 when they return, get yourself some tickets and attend. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience. When I would tell people we were going to the event, I was always asked,” who is being inducted?” As if it mattered to me. I could not tell you one song Guns N’ Roses (with or without Axyl Rose) ever sang. It was still quite an event. I did not know a building could rock until Guns N’ Roses took the stage and Public Hall vibrated.

Lesson Learned:

Although we do live in the information age, could it be that sometimes we require too much information? The first floor was filled with Rock Stars from Bette Midler to Alice Cooper. Does it really matter who was being inducted? Information often facilitates our involvement in events and associations. Could it be that at times we use information to prevent us from being engaged.


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3. Lessons Learned from Doggy School

I am now on month #5 of doggy obedience school, better known as Owner Obedience School. So many lessons learned about human behavior. Watching the puppies in class grow over this time is an added bonus. One observation that I witness over and over again is how owners “speak” to their dogs. The tone with which they give commands is so interesting to me. When they tell their dog to sit, stay, come or down, often they ask more than tell.

Lesson Learned:

Tentative versus empowered is important whether we are talking to prospects, clients, a boss, an interviewer or our dog. Each week I am entertained by owners who tentatively give instructions and then are surprised when their dog does not listen. Do your verbal, vocal, and visual all communicate an empowered message?


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4. Do You Listen?

We have GPS but we rarely use it. We usually count on LPS: Leslie Positioning System. One recent Saturday both LPS and GPS let us down. I could not figure out how to get to a location and GPS for some reason would not allow us to enter an address. (Yes we were stopped) So we stopped at two places to ask directions. Both gave us directions to the wrong place. I’m convinced that they did not listen when I asked for directions. They thought they knew and gave me directions to where they assumed I wanted to go.

Lesson Learned:

Do you listen? Do you listen is the simple question. In both of these cases my “audience” made some assumptions. I believe they it is because they were more centered on what they were going to answer than on what I was asking. Do you listen or do you think more about your answer than their question?


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5. New Sheriff in Town

Jim Tressel officially started his position with The University of Akron last month. Already there have been many sightings of him all around town. One common thread of people, who have met or seen him, is his size. Many expected him to be a much larger man who had gone toe-to-toe with linebackers and linemen as OSU head coach. His size is not what enabled him to coach his team to nine out of ten wins over Michigan.

Lesson Learned:

Dick Durbin, Senior Senator from Illinois and Majority Whip was recently in Akron. He is not physically a larger than life specimen. These successful people have to leverage communication to get buy-in and move their agendas forward. This means all of us have the ability to use our verbal skills to move mountains. Are you using your skills and gifts, whatever they are, to get buy-in?


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IV. On TV and Live

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

June 12 Women’s Journal, Identify Your Competitive Edge
September 14 Canton Chamber Fast Break Breakfast, Next Generation Leadership
October 17 Jackson Belden Chamber, 100 Tips in 100 Days

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

Upcoming Shows:

Manufacturing in NE Ohio
Guests: Terry Taylor, CEO Wright Tool and Michael Baach, CEO Philpott Rubber

Team NEO and Business
Guest: Tom Waltermire, CEO of Team NEO and Scott Forster, Co-Owner of Magnus International

From Akron to Israel: One Man’s Journey
Guest: Nick Lees, Cuyahoga Falls graduate and Israeli citizen

Cavalier Legends: WATCH ON LOCAL ON DEMAND CHANNEL 411, whether or not you like sports you will enjoy listening to these talk about graduation and Dorito’s
Guests: Larry Nance, Jim Chones, Austin Carr, Campy Russell


***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

V. The Natcha Journals

I swore I would never have a terrier. Be careful of what you wish for or don’t wish for, whatever the case may be! One reason for this protest on terriers is their known perseverance or stubbornness you might say. While a schnauzer is not of the Jack Russell epic proportion of stubbornness, I did not think it was a good fit for my Taurus personality. Just the same when I returned from Mexico with a Schnauzer I was now in full possession of a terrier. Housebreaking was not bad except for one area that when she can get there, gets christened and re-christened. I have to be so consistent with her that is my only answer to her stubbornness. Perhaps it is not coincidental that I identify consistency as one of the most important characteristics of today’s leaders. To be evenly and fairly consistent is a huge benefit for your team. Because you probably can’t stuff your team member in their crate when you get frustrated with them!

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VI. Come and Be A Part of our Community

We are always doing something you can participate in for an hour or a day, in person or by phone. We will even make you a video star at our video sessions.

June 7 at 4 pm Listen to our teleseminar on how to get paid to speak.

June 22 8:30-5pm HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership

July 18 at 5 pm Video and You

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