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
- Herbie's Helpful Hint
- ASK LESLIE - Stay On Your Cutting Edge
- Mishmash of Value:
- Live and In Person
- Lessons from CoachSpeak
- Come and Be a Part of Our Community
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I. Herbie's Helpful Hint
My Dad had clarity, we know that from the Oreo cookie, and he had certainty. He also had different way of looking at things. I must have learned to look at things upside down from the way the rest of the world often looks at behavior or events. A client says, "that was hard". I say YEAH! Because with challenges comes growth. How can you look at something "upside down?"
My Dad also was always interested in what was new: new in cars, machinery, or systems. His company got a computer when they were huge and filled an entire room, because computers were new and upcoming.
I like to know what is new. When aerial gravity was introduced as a workout class, I literally jumped onto a hanging silk. You will never see me flying through the air with the greatest of ease, but I did it, I pushed myself even when I didn't like the hanging upside down part.
At the shoot for pictures for my new website the photographer asked, can you hang upside down? So my worlds converged. Something I did, I learned, I experienced for the personal side of me, enabled the professional side of me to benefit. My Dad taught me to experience what was new, except in food. Because we look at things upside down.
II. Ask Leslie - Stay On Your Cutting Edge
We learn early that there are three topics that we are not supposed to discuss in public or at the very least in our professional life: religion, politics, and sex. I understand that I am breaking one of these unwritten rules. Sometimes if the reward is high, it is worth the risk.
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III. Mishmash of Value
1. Read Only If You Have a Sense of Humor
After each debate of presidential candidates there are two ways you can find out my takes on the candidate's performances. You can go to my blog the night of each debate or go to my YouTube channel and watch six videos of each debate a week later. My goal is to connect things the candidates say and do to lessons for us mortals. My observations are FROM A COMMUNICATION PERSPECTIVE. The format I have selected is an awards show format, giving out different awards for effective and ineffective performances, FROM A COMMUNICATION PERSPECTIVE.
My comments are from a humorous perspective and from a COMMUNICATIOAN PERSPECTIVE. Not everyone has the same sense of humor. So if you want to go to my blog http://www.leadersneedtospeak.com or my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/lungarimpi so only if you can look through my tongue-in-cheek lens. Everyone has a different lens. Can you correctly identify your lens?
2. Use Smelly Stuff to Its Highest and Best Use
All Smelly Stuff Is Not Created Equal. Neither are cars or dogs or employees. Everyone and everything has different strengths. It is incumbent upon leaders to use people in a way they can succeed rather than in a way they can fail. My Jeep had a funny smell. After four months of hauling HorseTalk equipment and supplies I could not get rid of a smell. I found a bottle of perfume I had never used and tried spraying it in the Jeep. Nothing. I sprayed and spayed. Nothing. I dumped half of it on the floor mat. Nothing. I dumped the remainder of the bottle. Nothing
I stopped at a dollar store and bought three fresheners MADE for cars. Instantly, my problem solved. I realized that even smelly stuff is not created equal. Smelly stuff is created differently depending on the job it is to complete. It was my fault for using perfume in a way it was not meant to be used. I asked more of it than it could perform. Are you using your resources to their best and highest use?
3. Mystery in Cleveland
Sports fans in Cleveland heard the story after the Browns third game. TMZ reported players quoted as saying they wanted Manziel to start. No one came forward to own those comments. Several coaches and former players criticized "anonymous" sources.
By the end of the week the story had evolved. The suspected source of the leak was Manziel himself and/or his people. Really? It seems that we as humans just won't learn that emails, texts, tweets, and smoke signals can all be traced in this electronic age. Johnny says he is done with his antics. When what you say and what you do contradict, people go with what you DO. What do your actions say about you?
4. So Many Continuums - So Little Time
In my coaching practice, things seem to go in cycles. The cycle the past few weeks has been the continuum. We tend to see things in extremes. Something in our behavior is an extreme. We don't like the only other option we can see, so we decide to stay where we are on the continuum: physically or mentally. Actually there are many, many options on that continuum between the extremes.
There is a saying about "the devil we know". In order to justify what we do, we say we don't like the other options so therefore we give ourselves permission to not change, not improve, and not grow. Do you look for the options in-between the extremes on the continuum?
5. Lessons from the Post Office
Last season the Cav's made famous the term ALL IN, or #ALLIN. In your business or hobby or any aspect of your life, are you ALL IN? Recently I had new photos taken for my new website. I believe in going ALL IN by improving every aspect of the photo that I can possibly improve. Wanting to look as good as possible, I went for a spray tan the day before the shoot. That night my Moshe asked me if I smelled urine. I could blame the dog or come clean. Although the smell of spray tan has greatly improved, the scent was still there.
I momentarily thought of blaming the dog. But then since I trained the dog, an "accident' would still be my fault. So I "came clean" as to where the urine scent came from, even after a shower. I was willing to smell to improve the photos. The question is, literally or figuratively, are you willing to smell in order to improve something?
IV. Live and In Person
Live: Come and Join Us
I'm speaking for the following groups and professions in the next month. I would love to speak to one of your groups!
October 21 Sixth District Educational Compact
October 27 AFWA Conference
October 28 Women in Law
November 11 Smart Start Workshop
Forum 360 with Leslie as Moderator
Upcoming Show: The Republican National Convention in Cleveland
Guests: Diane Downing
Shows week of October 18/19
Upcoming Show: Israeli Ambassadors
Guests: Mayana Branigan and Shay Goldenberg
Shows week of November 1/2
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.**
V. Lessons from CoachSpeak
Michael Brantley plays for the Cleveland Indians. He emerged as one of the best hitters in the American League in 2014. What made 2015 different was that his communication skills emerged. The Indians wanted him to lead, to set the course. Manager Terry Francona needed more from him in the meetings, in the clubhouse. In 2015 he found his voice. He said, "I have a voice. I have an obligation to make sure we're prepared as a team."
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:
October 29 - Master Class: You Choose the Topic
Everyone who takes the time to suggest a topic will be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card to my beloved Speedway, you can use it for gas or your own coffee. Email me at Leslie@electricimpulse.com with what topic or topics would you like to see become the Master Class for October.
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