In this issue...
• Point to
• Capture the Magic of Strategic Leadership
• Success Library
• Asking for your support
for the upcoming Drop Zone Easter Seals fundraiser
Last minute thoughts
• Thanks for
Point to Ponder
"If we all did the things we are capable of
doing, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas
I remember hearing on numerous occasions (as did
my often frustrated folks) a phrase something along this line
while in high school: "Robert (that's what they called
me back then) has such great potential (intelligence, etc) but he is
not living up to it."
- Ever hear something like that about yourself?
- Ever think that about yourself?
- Ever thought to yourself, "I can do so much better than I seem
to be doing?"
- Ever realize you are right in thinking that? Ouch.
I had been a 'smart' kid in junior high growing up in
California and still displayed some of that when we moved
to Edmonton for grade nine. But, something happened in high
school. In high school, I chose to change and to allow
myself to coast, to get by, and to do only what I needed to do to
ensure I got 'decent - but not great' grades and pass.
What changed and why would I share this secret with
Looking back with the wisdom of a few years, I can see some of
the points that influenced my change. In California they
had special advanced classes for those smarter kids
where we were exposed to more exciting learning experiences like
going into LA to experience an Opera live rather than just
listening to music. We were challenged both academically and
personally. We were coached to push ourselves to grow, to learn, and
to be our best. We were also given respect by our fellow students,
as were the jocks. Being smart was a badge of honor of sorts.
When I moved back to Canada there was a perceived difference in
the system. Being at the top of your game and class were not as well
received; in fact it often earned you scorn and embarrassment from
your peers. I was not mature enough to realize this and
chose to allow myself to slip academically in an attempt to
fit in, to be popular. I sold myself short in an attempt to sell
myself to people who (decades later) really did not care or matter
in my life. Not anymore! I choose a different path each day
A second thing I encountered was a series of teachers for whom
teaching was 'just a job,' who did not appear to care about
me as a student. My mom was a great teacher and she cared
deeply about the success and growth of her students. Sadly, I did
not have many like her in my classes. I did have one or two who
challenged me; but again, I chose to allow myself to slip
in so many of my classes. I have grown to realize that part
of my motivation in providing value when I speak, teach or train
came from this experience - I choose to enage, to involve, and to
challenge those in my audiences to think, to feel, to
I graduated, even did really well in a few of my subjects...
guess I forgot to slip... and moved on... Time flew and here I
am many decades later.
As I look back at the last decade, I am (as
Thomas Edison says) astounded at myself. Little things like
authoring and crafting 10 books, 5 e-books, two mini book
series, CDs, speaking across North America, earning some really
decent money in trade for sharing my ideas and building some amazing
friendships across the world. I am blessed indeed. And if I can do it, so can you...
What made the difference, I wondered?
- Something as simple as rediscovering my passion for
pushing my performance.
- Creating some challenging goals and then working like
crazy to achieve them.
- Becoming open to embracing challenges and to learn while
- Learning to ask for help and finding that people are more
willing to help than I was to ask and leveraging that learning for
- Allowing people who care and would challenge me to grow into
my life. I am blessed in this area and thank God for their
investment in my life.
- Choosing to live my life to make a 'leveraged'
And you can too!
Stop allowing yourself to slip
or coast through life or in your career. You have the potential to astound yourself
within you... let it out! Surprise yourself and those who
think they 'knew' you with your renewed passion, increased
success, and focused purpose for life.
You and I have greatness locked within us... and
we posess the secret keys to bringing it to life. We need to
unleash the passion and purpose in our lives and move into action. I
chose to call my company Ideas At Work! for that
As Dr. Joe Vitale told me when we shared a
lunch in San Diego, many people missed that part of what he
said in "The Secret" (Movie and book). I saw him standing alone
at the back of the ballroom and invited him to join my table. Joe is
a very creative and engaging man. Joe's challenge to his movie
audience was to act!
He spoke to the convention on Thursday morning
and shared a Latin phrase, which loosely translated means:
Dare Something Worthy. When we do, we astound
ourselves and we move into the creator's category. We need more
creators in the world. Join me in creating your own amazing,
astounding, and productive future.
© Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
PS: Bob pictured here with Dr. Joe Vitale (from The Secret) and
NSA convention chair and friend, Ian Percy in San Diego, CA.
Capture the Magic of Strategic Leadership
By Linda Maul, CEC
Those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer provide the
opportunity to sit on a patio or verandah and reflect on the first
half of the year. In our economy today, reflection is the one skill
that has been lost in this accelerated pace we are experiencing, but
we all know two key competencies required for strategic
leadership are problem solving and decision-making. Without
time for reflecting on situations and decisions we aren't being
strategic, we're merely holding our head above the water.
Is that how you are feeling today?
Feeling like if you don't continue to tread water at an
increasingly faster speed, you will drown? Feeling like the concept
of 'reflection time' is a thing of the past, not the
Strategic leadership involves the ability to anticipate
change and challenges, to consistently maintain flexibility to
adapt, to see individual behaviours and actions in terms of how they
contribute to the larger vision, and to inspire others to embrace
and develop strategic directions to support the organization and the
individuals within that organization.
I often hear, 'There's no time to reflect - just do it.', and
there are days when we are guilty of the same in our own
organization. However, imagine the cost of not doing it, of not
taking the time to reflect on past behaviours or future decisions?
The cost of making poor decisions, the cost of making the wrong
decisions, the cost of losing employees because you've not thought
through the consequences of a decision, the cost of not taking a
'progressive', forward thinking approach to planning; all of which
require some time to reflect on the decisions ahead.
So, how do you stop long enough to capture the 'magic' of
strategic leadership? Here are three effective strategies
that work in our business and in others:
Our solution is to book it in your day-timer as
you would any other appointment. Choose your most creative time of
day - for me that is early in the day, even before I check emails or
return phone messages. An hour at the beginning of a day is the
equivalent to three hours later in the day when my mind is
distracted and full of other 'stuff'. How often? That depends on
your role and the speed at which your organization is moving. In our
business an hour on a Monday morning will suffice.
Allow time to work on your business. We get so
caught up in the 'doing' we forget to work 'on the business'. What
does that mean? It means taking a strategic look at your business
with a view to raising the bar, looking for areas of improvement,
considering strategic markets, engaging in succession planning or
career development for existing employees, or considering innovative
retention strategies. What need is highest in the organization today
that requires some 'thinking' time? How will you make that happen?
Again we mark this time into our day-timers and in our case it is
half a day once a month with all stakeholders in the room. We book
the time and as we get close to the date we set the agenda; we don't
wait for the 'crisis' to appear.
Create a culture that encourages taking time to
'reflect' before jumping into important decisions. How do you do
that? Create a 'think tank' room where people are encouraged to sit
quietly and plan an approach. Model 'reflective or strategic'
behaviour yourself. Don't be hesitant to block time, shut your door,
use a 'do not disturb' sign for short periods of intense
productivity time. Provide employees tools, support and training in
problem-solving, decision-making that lead to strategic
Taking time to reflect will increase your bottom line through
more effective decision-making, improved employee satisfaction due
to increased confidence in their decision-making and reduced time
spent on fixing problems that result from not taking time to reflect
on the consequences.
This is an investment in your future. What steps do you
need to take today to change the culture of your organization? What
do you currently do that works? We would love to hear your
© 2007 Linda Maul, All rights
reserved. Used with the kind permission of the author who is one of
my favorite people.
Linda Maul, the Blue Collar
Chick, works with
organizations who intend to become ‘employers of choice.’ She
delivers seminars, workshops and coaching for leaders in very
industrial settings. If they wear hard hats, boots and jeans, she’s
interested. To book Linda for coaching, workshops, seminars or
keynotes call 1.877.693.7644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit her website for more information: www.creatingpeoplepower.ca
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were long time friends, partners and
cheerleaders for each other. Each had places in Ft. Meyers, Florida
(back to back) where they would retire from time to time to think,
to re-think, and challenge each other to return to create even
greater accomplishements. Linda does that for me.
Each month I have the privilege of suggesting a few volumes for
your personal/professional growth and your ongoing success.
I've had a few people ask why I include this piece in my ezine.
Simple, I want you to read something that can help you succeed in
life, in sales, in your career.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Many
times the reading of a book has made the future of a man (or
woman)." I agree!
Here are a few I just purchased from my friend Charlie
Tremendous Jones. As Charlie often says, "You are today what you'll be five years from now;
except for the people you meet and the books you read."
- Success with People by Cavett Robert
- The Wisdom of Andrew Carnegie by Napoleon
- The One Minute Entrepreneur by Ken Blanchard
and Don Hutson
- The Success System that never Fails by W.
- You Can by George Matthew Adams
These are part of my summer reading... I brought
10 back with me and I have a whole stack more coming from my order
in San Diego. I love the wisdom captured by wise writers and seek to
access it and apply it in my life. So can you. Visit www.ExecutiveBooks.com to order some of these for
your collection. Tell Charlie I sent you.
PS: Bob pictured here with long time hero and more recent
friend, Charlie 'Tremendous' Jones at the recent
NSA convention in San Diego, California. Charlie is an advocate, a
champion of challenging people to read. I grew to love reading
at a very young age (4 or 5). I embraced his challenge for career
and business reading too many years ago to remember. Thanks
Asking for your support for the upcoming Drop Zone
Easter Seals fundraiser
Last month I mentioned I had signed up to
raise money for this very worthy project. I am asking for your
Personal note: I had the privilege of
meeting Helice 'The Spark' Bridges, the originator
of the little ribbons that proclaim 'Who I Am Makes A
Difference." in San Diego. You may have read her story in
"Chicken Soup for The Soul." This delightful lady personally
blessed me with a ribbon. She also gave me two more to share with
those I think make a difference. Visit her website: www.blueribbons.org for more information.
I am sharing mine with you across the internet. You can share one electronically here.
I believe our readers, each of
you, do make a difference. I am asking for your help in making a
'leveraged' difference in the lives of Easter Seal Kids.
Here is how it works: Anyone who
raises a minimum pledge of $1500 for the Alberta Easter Seals Drops Zone before Sept. 10th
will get the chance to rappel down the side of the 26-story Sutton
Place Hotel (10235 101 St in Edmonton). Since 2005, more than 600
superheros joined this exclusive Superhero Club for Easter Seals. I
am committed to being a part of that group this year and want your
involvement in making that a reality. I could donate the $1500
for the chance to walk down the building, but that would defeat the
process of engaging and involving a great number of people in the
process. People like you...
Last year (Edmonton's first) 39 people rappeled down and this
year they have a goal of doubling that number. I would like to be
one of them with your help. I'm scheduled to step off at 10:45AM on
Sept 10th... with your help I will be able to take this small step
on your behalf.
I've set my goal to raise at least $2500 and would love your
support to reach and surpass this worthy, yet lofty goal. Check out this flash movie to see what I have to
look forward to (gulp!) and follow the link below to go to my
personal donation page.
I've uploaded a pledge form to use if you'd like to download one
and get your friends and coworkers to sponsor as well. Use it or
direct them to the personal donation page. This is a secure site for
making a donation. If you are uncomfortable making an online
donation you can mail me a check (payable to Alberta Easter Seals.)
I'll include it with my pledges prior to my training.
So, if you've ever been
tempted to tell 'me' to take a hike, or a long walk off a tall
building... here is a chance to put your money where your mouth
I would really
appreciate your partnership in this adventure!
Last minute thoughts and ideas
July was joyous
- Launched Secret Selling Tips internet based program for
several new US based clients.
- Spoke in Waukesha, WI with a group of furniture sales
people and held a separate session with their sales and store
- Attended the NSA convention in San Diego and got recharged
with hugs and caught up with my NSA and CAPS family and friends.
- Went sailing in Seattle and attended a
Shackelton's first cousin's reunion.
- Visited with several speaker friends over the next week on a
leisurely trip home.
- As well as, some camping and relaxing in Golden and
Radium, BC and white water rafting in Canmore, Alberta.
- Actually relaxing on my deck at home. All in all... a pretty
August will be awesome
Going to stay around home most of this month. It will be a time
to relax, reflect, and refocus my work, life, and business
activities. A time too, to spend with friends and family. Tweaks on
our various websites, new copy, new articles, adding more video
clips; learning how to create new audio clips (podcasts) from my
recordings; some new websites (Secret Leadership
Tips) to build; a possible co-authorship project with
Patricia Ogilvy; research some new writing ideas; reading some of
the exciting books I ordered in San Diego; and of course creating
time to coach and consult with the three CAPS members who purchased
a half day with me. Launching one or two additional clients on the
Secret Selling Tips program.
A nice balance of enjoying my place in the country while creating
new business for the next year. Summer is a time to reflect
and refocus... a time to work on the business.
Am thinking of pulling together a simple, kick butt,
workshop for my fellow speakers in Alberta (perhaps one in
Calgary and one in Edmonton) where we can meet and chat about our
speaking business as a creative 'study' group. After all,
just because we may not be speaking as much during the summer
does not mean we should neglect this time to work on the
business. Will send out an email this week and see who might be
interested in each city. Have two speakers in Calgary who have
purchased coaching time with me from the joint auction (wow... they
paid $625 for the half day) so, might be able to work it around a
trip down before I head to Mexico.
August 18-26: Practicing what I preach in taking
time away to reflect and recharge in Puerto Vallarta. Going to
take the older laptop along to do a little writing each
morning. Have a couple of writing projects I would love to get
finished including the new Pocket Wisdom - Secret Leadership
Tips and Pocket Wisdom - Secret 'Service' Tips.
Going to take a couple of my new books from Charlie and a
bunch of fun novels to read on the beach. Maybe do some sailing or
Sept. 8-9th: Strategic planning session with the
staff and board for the Community Futures Peace Region.
Sept 10th: with your help, walking down the
outside of a 26 story building in Edmonton.
PS: Bob at the helm of 'The Obsession' (a
70 foot custom 1986 Sparksman/Stephens sloop) out of Seattle. I
think I like this... think I need to schedule more time to do
this....hmmm Anyone want to joint me for a 'short, 3 hour
Thanks for reading
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey would be pleased to be a part of your
success team and to work with you for your conference, meeting or
training event. For more information about customized keynotes,
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PS: Pic is 'jet pilot wannabe' Bob on the
deck of the USS Midway in the San Diego harbour. Stayed over an
extra day to play tourist and one of my adventures was to revisit
history with a tour of the Midway.
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speaker and business success author
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey is a long time leader and
professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers as
well as the International Federation for Professional Speakers.
He is proud to be an active professional member of
these amazing groups of people dedicated to polishing their craft
and to better serving their clients and audiences.
Bob is the co-founder and past president of
CAPS Vancouver, an honorary founding member of
CAPS Sask., an honorary member of CAPS
Halifax and as well as being an active member of
CAPS Edmonton and a frequent supporter of
CAPS Calgary. He served as a CAPS National Director
He would be happy to discuss how he can work with you
to equip and motivate your leaders, their teams, sales teams or
volunteers to grow and to succeed.
Call him today at 1-780-736-0009 to explore
leveraging his innovative Ideas At Work with your organization. Or,
email him at email@example.com
If your success depends on your ability to
persuade or sell your ideas
If your chosen career is selling or
If you lead or manage a team of selling
If your business depends on sales to
If you haven't already visited this new online
venture, I'd invite you to do so and to tell your friends and
For, as little as, the price of a cup of coffee you
can equip and motivate yourself or your sales team to grow and
Visit our site: www.SecretSellingTips.com
Secret Selling Tips will soon available for
individual subscriptions. At present it is available only to
companies for their entire sales teams.
Secret Leadership Tips will be available for
subscription later in 2007. It will be available for individual
subscriptions and will feature MP3 recordings from time to time.
Pocket Wisdom - Secret Leadership Tips
publication will be available in
Pocket Wisdom - Secret 'Service' Tips
publication will be available in October
Earlier this year Bob pulled together a team of 20
Alberta Speakers as a joint marketing ad-venture
team. They've done co-op advertising in several publications and
marketing on the web with some good results. Visit their site: www.AlbertaSpeakers.com
He is planning a similar ad-venture for www.EdmontonSpeakers.com and www.CalgarySpeakers.com in the fall.
I've been thinking about setting up some
Sunshine Seminars and wanted your insights. What I
was considering was holding them in a warmer place during the winter
months and a fun place during the summer ones. For example: Mexico,
Hawaii, San Diego or Phoenix. Topics would be around expanding
your career and business and/or sales, and/or becoming a more
I was planning on being able to use the time prior or
after the seminars to do writing for this publication and
others we do each year. Who knows, perhaps we can arrange for some
sailing 'success team' discussion groups. Smile
What do you think? Would that be something of interest
to you? If so, drop me an email with your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently in San Diego, Bob met with some of the
CAPS and NSA co-authors of this e-series to raise awareness for
Huntington's disease and support for www.Laurashope.com They wanted him to remind
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