Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter
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 from
- Herbie's Helpful Hint
- Ask Leslie - Stay on Your Cutting Edge
- Mishmash of Value:
- Live and In the Person
- The Natcha Journals
(temporarily The Tressel-Dennison Coaching Lessons)
- Come and Be a Part of Our Community
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I. Herbie's Helpful Hint
A client came to my office early one morning for a coaching session. By 7:30 his car had already refused to start and needed to be jumped. The real clincher is that this is the second time it happened and the client had failed to address the problem. My dad was fastidious about keeping the cars maintained. This may be the only good habit that I emulate from my dad. My sister used to say I was one bad habit. This one I replicate. The client was fortunate to be in daylight and close to home this time. What if the next time was on a dark road making the 50 mile commute one night?
Lesson Learned: Even a Bentley or a Maserati have little value if they do not start. My dad would remind you to take your car in for maintenance, especially before the winter season. And put a scraper in your car before the first snow. Your car may be a metaphor for the people in your life. Do you make sure that they get "tune ups" and do you have on-going maintenance available for them?
II. New Ask Leslie Video - Stay on Your Cutting Edge
In a perfect world, good things would just come to you without your efforts to move them forward. Maybe. Not in any world that I know. Energy, forward movement is your obligation and you do it until. Until you have reached your goals not until you are tired. No matter what your job or location on the organizational chart, it is your responsibility to provide the forward movement. Click here to see in under 3 minutes how nothing happens without energy.
III. Mishmash of Value
1. The Death of a Table
My wooden table base died on September 26. It held a glass rectangle top for 30 years. As we moved it one day to prepare for a video session I heard a dreadful crack. By coincidence one of the participants in the video session had been a shop teacher. So before we pronounced the piece of furniture dead, I asked her to look at it. With her expertise, she pronounced it dead. I was relieved with the prognosis.
Lesson Learned: You might ask why I would want to hear about the death of my table. Clarity has a great value. When we moved the cracked wooden base out of my office and toward the dumpster, I thought it could not be repaired. When the expert said with certainty that it could not be repaired, I then had clarity. What do you need clarity about or what can you provide clarity about?
2. Could Americans Be More Courteous than Others?
We hear all the time about rude Americans. We hear about the "ugly" American when traveling abroad. What if we were not the rudest? What if our customer service is actually the most courteous? In Paris recently, the response at our hotel to a room complaint was, "management doesn't care." Although it was said with a French accent, it was just as rude.
We may think it, but in America we don't actually say to a client, customer, patient, member, or guest that we don't care. The French have been criticized for their attitude but it seems as though Americans are the only ones referred to consistently as rude. Is there something that you need to re-think?
3. A Difference Between the French and Americans
One of the bridges that join the Right and Left Bank of Paris is named Pont des Artes. On one side of the bridge is the Academy of Art and on the other side is the Louvre. Recently, the bridge has become known as The Bridge of Love. A couple writes their names on a padlock and locks it onto the bridge. They then throw the key into the Seine River as a symbol of their undying love. You can bring your own lock or buy one from a vendor on the bridge.
There are thousands and thousands of locks on the bridge. It is fun to see the bridge and take pictures on it. This bridge is proof that you can make a new tourist attraction in a very old city. However, the city government does not make any money on each sale. The only ones profiting are the vendors and most of them are illegals paying no taxes. American cities would figure out how to profit from this "gold mine" of opportunity. Of course the money would go to a non-profit like a shelter for women, but some entity would profit. Is there something you are giving away?
4. All Shoemakers Are Not Created Equal
The question is, are some people college material and some people not? I have an undergraduate degree, a graduate degree, I have taught undergrad and graduate classes. I have seen those students that were not supposed to be college material graduate, and those that were supposed to be brilliant, not graduate. I don't believe in the term "college material."
College, like life, is not about intellectual gifts. It is about perseverance and passion. It is about being strategic: finding the right strategy and sticking to it. We all need to be competent. There are many competent people. But competency alone does not get us admitted or get us the job. Who are you limiting by deciding in advance that they are not the right "material?"
5. Here Comes the Judge
Kathryn Michaels is a Municipal Court judge in Summit County. I first met Kathryn more than 20 years ago when she was a young attorney. She did not come from money, a well-known name, or connections that could help her. But she had a passion for the law and a burning desire to become a judge. She ran a grassroots campaign and lost. She ran another campaign and lost. Then she ran and won. She has now been a judge for almost a decade.
When it's our own failure we think the world is watching. If we could look at ourselves the same way the rest of the world looks at us we would see a different picture. When we look at ourselves we often see our failures. When others look at us they see our success. What could we do or try for fun if we were not afraid of failure?
IV. Live and in the Person
Live: Come and Join Us
October 16 - Communicate Your Competitive Edge (Karpinski Engineering) October 31 - Communicate Your Value (Sixth District Educational Compact) November 15 - Communicate for Senior Leaders (Cleveland YWCA) April 2 - 7 Absurdly Simple Ways to Communicate Your Value
Forum 360 with Leslie as host
Upcoming Show: From Israel with Love
Guest: Shirel and Eran Bin Nun, Ambassadors from Israel
V. The Natcha's Journals
I am five weeks into a sixteen week class, General Principles of Coaching. This UA class is taught by coaches Tressel and Dennison. This is a class for undergrad and grad students . . . and me. For the duration of this class I will substitute Coaching lessons in place of Natcha lessons in this section of this newsletter.
Week five was about visualization. Both coaches are big proponents of the benefits of visualization. Coach Dennison referenced a game in the 70's when UA played Temple to a sold out Rubber Bowl. The kicker won the game in the last minute with a winning field goal. Asked how he made the kick under the pressure he said that he had visualized the kick over and over again.
Coach Tressel explained OSU's only loss to Michigan in his tenure. It was the only time the team had not gone to the opponent's stadium before the game. The goal was to visualize coming out of the tunnel, a sea of maize and blue, and the scoreboard with the final score. What can you visualize to ensure your success?
VI. Come and Be a Part of Our Community
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