Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

November 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:
    1. Locker Room Logic
    2. Road to Nowhere
    3. Emulate What?
    4. Bend or Break?
    5. Honk Honk
  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

My Dad as you may remember was a water boy for the Ohio State Football team before WW2. I have wondered what my Dad would have thought of JT Barrett's bad boy behavior that led to his one game suspension. I thought and thought.

My Dad was in high school at a time Latin was a required class. He would conjure up remembered Latin from time to time. His favorite saying was Carpe Diem. Perhaps that is where I got my "opportunities have a shelf life and they will not always be there" mentality. I think he would have said Cardale, seize the day. JT you had your chance. In Urban Meyer language, next man up. My Dad would have said if you don't want to seize the day, the next man up will seize the day.


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II. Ask Leslie - Stay On Your Cutting Edge

Just saying "I'm sorry: isn't enough. There are three tangibles that an apology needs to meet before it is accepted by the audience as an apology.

Watch my short video about what an apology speech needs to include.

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

1. Locker Room Logic

Color me shocked when I heard about OSU quarterback JT Barrett's one game suspension. From my perspective JT has been this leadership example both on and off the field. You can actually see him being a leader during the game. My friend the current Offensive Coach seemed as perplexed as the rest of us. Then I ran into a former Notre Dame and NFL standout. He explained it very simply.

Lesson Learned:

I asked said former NFL player if he was surprised. Apparently he was most surprised that it happened during the season until he remembered it was a bye week. Then he said, let me introduce you to the locker room where everyone is equal. Everyone I asked? Everyone he said. Because every 18-22 year old is equally immature. Is there a mentality at your company or department or team that is just bigger than one person?


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2. Road to Nowhere

I gave myself 4 hours for the 2 hour drive to Pittsburgh. I was armed with MapQuest directions printed out, GPS, and my WAZE app. As I took my phone off the charger to begin the trip, I realized I had not correctly attached the charger the night before. Now I was down to MapQuest and GPS, at least until my phone re-charged. A few miles from downtown Pittsburgh my GPS decided to test the last shred of sanity that I possessed. GPS took me incorrectly on a road with no exits and a concrete divider that prohibited me from making a legal or illegal U-turn.

Lesson Learned:

The worst part was not knowing how many miles until an exit. There was absolutely nothing I could do but drive. I had started out with extra "mistake" time but I had no idea if that was enough time. Mile by mile I drove the opposite direction from my destination. I wondered as I drove if we all create our own one-way roads. We don't see the exit or a way to turn around or pivot from the course we are on. We just keep going away from our goal. Do you make your own exits on your road to success?


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3. Emulate What?

Some people exhibit behavior we want to emulate and others exhibit behavior we want to make sure we do not emulate. The challenge is to know the difference. In Game 5 of this season, LeBron tore the sleeves off of his jersey while on the court at Madison Square Garden. He knew what he needed to do to be successful. People don't return calls, don't say thank you, leave the party they host, and on and on.

Lesson Learned:

We see examples of good and bad, effective and less than effective, successful and less than successful behavior all the time. There is the car that cuts in front of us and there is the car that lets us in a long line. Even bad behavior or frustrating behavior can teach us something. It can teach us what NOT to do. Do you know which communication you want to emulate and which you want to avoid?


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4. Bend or Break?

We all know the saying, _ _ _ _ happens. Sometimes it happens after we have made plans or paid for our airfare or reserved a room. It's funny. We have more and rules in life and in society. At the same time we have busier lives. Sometimes events and people conflict with each other and we require flexibility in those rules. Is your end game to attract people for the long haul or just the short run?

Lesson Learned:

Recently I made a hotel reservation. There was one price if you wanted the flexibility to cancel your room and a lower price if you did not cancel your room. Perhaps that is one way to offer flexibility rather than no ability to change or redeem one's value. When is it a benefit to be flexible and when is it a benefit to stand your ground?


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5. Honk Honk

Early one Saturday morning I stopped at the gas station for coffee on the way to barre class. Barre, that is. I wasn't going to the bar early on a week-end morning. There was a van pulled into "full service only" for the driver to not have to pump his own gas. The van belonged to a company and 3 of the passengers were in the gas station buying delectable gas station food. The driver honked and honked. His own passengers came out one by one and told him there was one employee inside and he was taking care of the van's passengers. I could read their lips as each said "stop honking."

Lesson Learned:

It is even worse that the customers inside the store were the van's own passengers. There was only one employee and he was servicing them. The driver honked and honked, of course to no avail. This scene made me wonder: how often in life do we ignore solid advice or information and just keep figuratively keep honking?


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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!

Forum 360 with Leslie as Moderator

Upcoming Show: The World of Entrepreneurs

Guests: Professor Bob Chalfant, Harvard MBA and head of the Entrepreneur Program at Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Courtney Gras, Entrepreneur

Shows on November 15 & 16

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

In Coach Tressel's class on COACHING we had the opportunity to hear 13 different coaches speak about coaching. Come and be our guest on November 17 at 4pm for the Teleseminar on CoachSpeak. I have named the way coaches talk CoachSpeak and the way Tressel talked, TresselSpeak. Email, text or call us to get the info to call in on that day or any time after.

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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:

December 1 Video & You at the Happy Hour of 5pm
This is the final event of 2015. You will have the choice to recite a paragraph of a famous speech, be a TV guest, or conduct a job interview. We will Video and immediately play back what we recorded. See how much you can change in one session!

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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