Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter
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This newsletter includes: The Power of Perspectives
- Herbie's Helpful Hint
- New ASK LESLIE video
- Mishmash of Value:
- Live and On TV
- Come and Be Apart of Our Community
- Natcha's Journal
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I. Herbie's Helpful Hint (named after my Dad)
My dad graduated from The Ohio State University, was a water boy for the football team right before WWII, and was an avid fan until he died. He would absolutely be spinning in his grave to know I sat down with the former OSU coach. To think I had his cell phone would have sent my dad into the stratosphere.
I asked for the interview. Nothing much happened. I asked again. I leveraged every angle and person. After the first interview I made a case to Jim himself for the second interview. Do you know what you want or need and go after it?
II. New ASK LESLIE on Homepage
Each month we feature a new ASK LESLIE: a short video that will help you be more effective. This month's featured segment is on my Homepage. The ASK LESLIE question that I answer is How Do I Stand Out In an Interview?
III. Mishmash of Value:
1. A Label Does Not Define
I find the Jim Tressel "effect" fascinating. While Ohio has been a swing state and a split state in the presidential election, I find people equally divided over Jim Tressel. I think 50% of people think he is a villain and 50% think he is a victim. So I asked him: was he a villain or victim? He thought my estimate was a little high. His answer was that he cared about the people who know him and work with him and have known him. Those that never met him, he can't help what they think.
After the interview, someone asked me how I would answer my own question. And I realized that few people, perhaps Mother Theresa at one end of the exception and Hitler at the other end, are all good or bad. Could it be that most of us have little villain and a little victim within us?
2. Moving Too Fast
I asked him what turned out to be a less than original question. The question was what one thing would he have done differently while at OSU? I found his answer to touch really close to home. He said he would have taken more time to make some decisions; he would have slowed down the spiraling pace of a season, a post season, a pre-season, spring ball, and the banquet series.
I have one millionth of the decisions to make on a daily basis that a Big 10 coach has to make. Yet countless times I find myself saying, "did I really make that decision, what was I thinking?" What can you do to slow down your merry-go-round?
3. Ask, Don't Tell Gen Y
In the first interview I asked him about not only working with, but having his destiny tied to young men one-third his age. All of us in any and all professions have to communicate and leverage the talents of Gen Y, the Millennial Generation. He shared his strategy that I found amazing.
He said that most people expected him to tell players what to do, especially during a game. He always asked players what they thought. He asked verbally, he asked in written surveys, he asked. Even during a game, he said he would ask his players what they would do. Do you ask the younger players on your team, or do you tell them what to do?
4. The Up Side of New Hires
A down side of having a winning program is that everyone wants to hire away your assistant coaches. Funny thing, he said, when you lose no one wants your coaches. While each assistant goes on to develop their own wings, he was left with hiring a new assistant.
Funny thing he said, with every new hire he hired a better coach. I stopped to think, every new assistant I have hired has been better than the one before. As challenging as it is to interview, hire and train, is it a little easier if you know there is a light at the end of the tunnel?
5. Paradise is Where You Are
Being OSU football coach is amazing, beating Michigan 8 times is amazing, winning a national championship is amazing, remembering where a player, who played for you 19 years ago went to high school, is amazing. Many Buckeye fans thought he would retire from the Buckeye Nation. The question I am asked most often from people who know I met him, "is he really happy at his non-coaching job here in Akron?"
We will all face challenges in our lives. What is most amazing about Jim Tressel is that he really seems to believe the saying he has used, paradise is where you are. What if we could really believe that where we are is where we are supposed to be?
IV. On TV and Live
Live: Come and Join Us
February 19, University Park YMCA
February 27, Medina Expo Keynote Speaker
March 6, WIB Kent State University Speaker
TV--Forum 360 with Leslie as host on Time/Warner
Title: Jim Tressel 2: A Follow Up Conversation
Guest: Jim Tressel
Title: The Dominique Moceanu Story
Guest: Gold Medalist Dominque Moceanu
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. 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.
December 6 at the Happy Hour of 5 pm Book signingfor Herbie's Hints
Come and celebrate with us, enjoy great people, great food, great hints.
Please accept Miss Natcha Vallarta's Invitation
V. The Natcha Journals
I would like to think that my Natcha loves me. I hand carried her from Mexico to supposedly a better life here in the states. But when I go away and leave her at home with her favorite "aunt and dog sitter," she falls equally in love with her. Perhaps even my Natcha knows that, "paradise is where and with whom you make it."
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