In this issue...
• Point to
• Thanks for the gift
• Last minute notes and thoughts
• Thanks for reading this
Point to Ponder
On Tuesday, November 14th I had an 'intimate'
conversation over lunch with former NYC Mayor and potential
Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. (Ok, so it was me and over
2000 Albertan's including our outgoing Premier Ralph Klein.)
Even though I have no doubt he has shared the essence of this
talk to numerous audiences around the world; it was a casual
conversation, not a polished performance
Rudy shared six principles of leadership,
that he's learned to apply:
"The principles of leadership are the same in business,
government, or within an agency," Giuliani shared. "They
are the same ones you use to run your life. You know what you want
to do and how to accomplish it."
- Set direction and have long-range goals
- Optimistic and solution oriented
- Courage (take risks, change, and make the tough decisions)
- Relentless preparation
- Communication (Ideas both verbally and in writing)
And finally, his thought that 'effective' leadership was
founded on demonstrated "Caring for People."
Nothing special or new about these principles really.
Undoubtedly, you've read them in books, articles, and heard them
from leadership speakers and authors (myself included). So,
what made this lunch different? What made his words resonate with so
many of us?
His personal stories and experience.
Rudy used his own life as a filter to test and prove the value
of these principles and to then share them from a real life,
'been there - done that' perspective. He shared some of his
challenges and experiences throughout his career, life, and
specifically during and following the 9-11 attack in 2001. And we
I was there to hear him speak as a guest of Junior
Achievement. I got to know and respect him, as did countless
thousands, for his actions in taking firm, decisive leadership
during 9-11. I added to that respect seeing him in person. Whether
you like, hate or even care... he took leadership when the world
needed it and was the voice of hope and encouragement.
Following his 'formal' presentation, he was interviewed
Edmonton Chamber Chairman, Jackson von der Ohe for
a one-on-one conversation. We got to watch and learn as he
You and I can do that, can't we?
Each of us has the ability, the skills, and the experiences to
filter real life principles into our lives. We can share
what works, as proven, with those we work with or love.
Leadership is generally missing in politics, business, and many
organizations. Personal leadership is sadly lacking in so many areas
too. Part of my passion is igniting this personal leadership focus
within my readers and audiences... to encourage them to take
back control of their lives and careers, to hold themselves
accountable, and to take personal leadership and ownership of their
I love it when I see people respond, realizing that they have the
power to make a difference in THEIR lives and in providing
leadership in their communities. What a privilege.
© 2006 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, Creative Catalyst and Idea Farmer
"I'm an 'idea farmer' living in the country just North
East of Edmonton, Alberta. My role as a creative catalyst allows me
to help North American individuals and companies grow and succeed.
Just like working the land, I invest time planting ideas and helping
cultivate growth. The harvest is different, but no less satisfying."
Looking forward to an amazing harvest in
Thanks for the gift
Wishing you, your teams and your
families the very best for the Christmas season and a very
prosperous, productive, and satisfying 2007.
Christmas has become a time for exchanging gifts. Gifts are good,
but there is much more to this season than that...
The greatest 'gift' is that of
friendship and trust... I wanted to thank you, my
friends and readers, for giving me yours. I value your input and am
glad so many of you enjoy these monthly e-zines. I have to admit, at
times, they are a stretch to produce. It is, however a good way to
share my ideas and what I am learning and where my work is taking
me... Many of you tell me you enjoy finding out what I've been up
to. I consider it a blessing to see new subscribers join
our Ideas At Work family each month.
I have been blessed with so many supportive friends in
my life... I am a very rich man. Wishing each of you the very best
for this time of giving and sharing time with people who are
important in your life. See you in January.
PS: Picture was taken in New Westminster, BC with my
long-time friend who appears once a year for this special photo
opp... smile. I started getting these taken as a gift for my mom.
Since she passed away in 1999, I have continued doing
so... I do them just for fun and ocasionally for my
rare Christmas cards.
Each month I have the privilege of recommending publications
for your success library... strategic selections for your
reading over the Christmas season.
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Last minute notes and thoughts
November was a novel
- Nov. 4-6: Had the chance to 'play' on stage as the
Emcee for the District 42 Toastmasters conference in
Lethbridge. The conference team did a great job in creating a
memorable weekend. Tried a few new ideas including going into the
audience for on-the-spot interviews while people were going
through the food line. Theme was "Pioneering Excellence"
(western) and I 'actually' sang "Happy Trails" (Roy
Rogers' theme song) as I walked off into the sunset for
the last time. That was a memorable first for me.
- Nov. 9: Celebrated my neighbor Steve's 94th birthday
before driving into Edmonton that evening to pay a visit to Junior Achievement and my friend Melanie
Rousseau who is their Sr. Program Manager. She invited me to share
a few ideas with the JA students who were meeting that evening.
What a receptive audience and a great chance to say thanks to JA
for giving me a solid foundation and understanding of business
(I was in JA's the second year they came to Edmonton; have
also been an advisor in BC, and done some speaking and
training for them here in Edmonton over the years.)
- Nov 14: Had lunch with Rudy Giuliani and 2000
fellow Edmontonians. What was amazing, other than
enjoying his conversation with us, was seeing so many younger
people including 100 JA members in the
audience. Good for their future growth and success.
- Nov 18: Attended the Bethesda Business Consortium led by
my friend Jim Ewing with some amazing business people from the
Edmonton area. That evening I joined a friend and her
co-workers for a journey to the little town of Bruce, Alberta
where the local hotel has gained fame for their steak
nites. On Friday's and Saturday's the poplulation triples as
people drive in... these two entrepreneurs have traded their suits
and ties for steaks and pies... and it was delicious. (Maybe,
I'll start my diet... next year.)
- Nov. 28th - Drove to Calgary for a dinner with a client and
two dozen top US executives in the furniture industry. I worked on
a book with his amazing leadership and creative teams earlier this
year and he wanted me to meet these folks. He also hopes some
of them will engage me to do a book for their teams. Wow! I am
humbled by his praise and willingness to promote me.
Starting something new which might be
of interest to you: Took a leaf from a fellow speaker who
creates time for his audiences and readers to share a meal.
Have added in some facilitated Masterminding and brainstorming to
create: Brunch with Bob. Will explore this option for small group work
as I travel. Hope to see you at one of them, or in a town near
you. Follow the link (above) to check it out.
December will be
December will be a time to relax, recharge, rethink, and
- Dec 7-9: CAPS National annual convention is being held in
Vancouver at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Hundreds of speakers
from across Canada and from around the world will arrive
ready to learn, exchange ideas, make and renew friendships.
I'm only there for the hugs... (smile) I know I will
learn something that will help me be more effective in serving my
clients. I have the privilege of being on stage both
mornings from 7AM-8AM (sooooo early... smile) to kick
start the conference by introducing 9 amazing speakers
from our chapters across Canada. Each year we have a Chapter Showcase where we put
the spotlight on our emerging speakers. This year we are raising
the bar and making sure they receive even greater exposure on the
world stage. Take a look at our stellar line up on the CAPS convention site. (see links)
- Am driving out so I can stop in and visit a
friend or two along the way (like Wayne and Brenda Cotton) and
reconnect with a few while in Vancouver. Friends are
important and I like to make the time to keep in touch.
- Dec 10: Will visit the Advanced Speakers Klub (ASK),
where I was a member for many years when I lived on the
coast. I am a much better speaker because of some of my ASK
friends. Timing works to attend their annual Christmas party and
renew acquaintances and friendships.
- Dec 11th: Hope to visit Tillicum Toastmasters in New
Westminster, which was my home club for many years. I had the
privilege of helping rebuild it in 1991-1992 and served
as its president when we went to number 13 in the world.
- Dec 12th: Going to take a detour on the way home and
fly over to Honolulu for 10 days... don't
think it will be all fun and beaches... smile. I will
be meeting with people from Corporate Meeting Planners of
Hawaii, World Trade Center staff, and some other potential
clients. Exploring the idea of doing a "Speaking for Success - Powerful Presentation
Skills" program (Alberta Insurance Council accredited) over
there in February 2007... great training for independent
professionals, and other sales pros who want to earn more,
and be confident in various types of presentations...want
to come? Will also be taking along a manuscript
to update and edit. Making some changes and want to have
that available for you in 2007. Maybe some Christmas shopping...
- Dec 24-25th: Christmas is time for friends and family back in
Alberta. You know it is funny, I moved to Alberta to be closer to
my sister (only family left) and recently it seems we are
so busy we hardly see each other. Isn't life funny?
PS: Picture was taken by my wildly creative friend Dan Hardie, shortly before I sang my way off into
the sunset in Lethbridge.
Thanks for reading this issue...
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PS: Picture was taken at a Harvey's Casino and Resort in Omaha
while speaking a few years back.
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