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Ideas@Work! - Strategies for Success

May 30, 2005

In this issue...
Want to be more profitable? How much training are you getting?
Welcome to our June issue
A Point to Ponder
Where have all our leaders gone?
Winning by Jack Welsh
Edmonton Launches 1st Canadian Mastermind Club
Dad, You're Still My Hero!
Coming in July
Change your thoughts... change your life!
Thanks for reading this issue...

time is money Want to be more profitable? How much training are you getting?

So you want to be more productive and profitably move your career or company to the next level. So what! Easy to say, but difficult to accomplish without real investment of time and money in the right areas.

Whether your firm is fairly large, or you operate a smaller enterprise or even if you are a one person show, investing in your future success is important.

Investing in skills development, personal and professional training, and measuring your progress is essential to your career survival and long term profitability and success.

>> Read the entire article


Bob reading Welcome to our June issue

"You are the same today that you will be five years from now except for two things: the people with whom you associate and the books you read." Charlie 'Tremendous' Jones

Welcome to our June 2005 issue of Ideas@Work! - Strategies for Success

If you are new to our Ideas At Work! family, welcome aboard. If you've been with us a while, I hope you'll enjoy our new expanded format. You can jump ahead to the articles if you have already read this introduction note.

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Discover A Point to Ponder

"I hear and I forget.

I see and I remember.

I do and I understand!"


These wise words were written thousands of years ago and yet they ring just as true in our 21st century lives and evolving business endeavors.  We best equip those we lead with use-it-now information, practical tools and applicable actions, when we facilitate them in getting their hands dirty or actually getting up and using what we provide.

For example: In our presentation skills training or executive speech coaching programs the quicker we get the students or clients up speaking, the better they learn and accelerate their learning curve. Consider the thousands of Toastmasters around the world who nervously start speaking and find that their confidence and competence increases in direct relation to how often they are in front of an audience and in how they apply the feedback received. Becoming an effective presenter is not learned exclusively from a book or observing others in action. It is essentially a learn as you do project. Kind of like life!

My challenge for you this month is to revisit what you are doing for your own learning curve, as well as those you work with... see where you can adapt it to add more hands on experience. How can you make it more experiential to anchor the learning and enhance the skill?

As always, I would love to hear from you during the month. Drop me an email at:


blind leading the blind Where have all our leaders gone?

Special Guest article by Roger Herman

Sometimes outstanding leaders appear, but in too many situations there is a serious shortage of leaders at all levels. Employees in many organizations are looking for strong leadership, and not finding it. They ask themselves more frequently these days whether they want to continue following the leaders they have now.

Without confidence in their leaders, people do not perform to their highest potential and often wonder if they should be working somewhere else.

>> Read the rest of Roger's article


Winning by Jack Welsh Winning by Jack Welsh

Winning in business is great! When companies win, people thrive and grow. More jobs and opportunities are created by winning companies.
Many of us as business people don't have time for management philosophy at any given time. Jack Welsh developed and used these four guiding principles in his successful leadership of General Electric:

  • Mission and values: need to be so real they smack you in the face with their concreteness. The mission announces exactly where you are going and the values outline the behaviors that will get you there.
  • Candor: leads to winning when people start communicating straightforwardly and share ideas looking for real debate.
  • Differentiation: as a way to transform a company from mediocre to outstanding. Used effectively, differentiation can help managers know which product lines are worth further investment. It will also help set clear performance expectations and evaluation processes, which helps people know exactly where they stand.
  • Voice and dignity: where people have the opportunity to speak their minds and have their ideas, opinions and feelings heard.

Jack joined GE in 1960 and was its Chairman & CEO for twenty years, retiring in 2001. He helped build their market cap by more than $450 billion and established himself as one of the most admired business leaders in the world. Jack Welsh championed initiatives such as, Six Sigma quality, globalization, operating systems that focus on 'boundaryless' sharing of ideas, and e-business which have helped define the modern corporation.  Applying these successful principles can help guide you and your team as well. We need to learn to survive and grow and it makes dollars and sense to learn from a master.

To get your own copy:  
Winning by Jack Welch and Suzy Welsh.
Published by HarperBusiness 2005
ISBN 0060753943


Edmonton Launches 1st Canadian Mastermind Club

It's finally here, the Business 'Mastermind Club' Professionals are raving about...

If You are a Business Owner, Executive, Manager, Inventor Or Entrepreneur - Or, If You Have Any Responsibility For Generating New Leads, New Customers Or Sales... and You'd Like To Generate More Business, "Quality" Referrals In A Not So Overly Structured Environment... Then We'd like To Talk To You.

Successful business people recognize the importance of developing a support group with which they can share their ideas and business challenges. These people know the value of establishing a 'Think Tank' where they can brainstorm with others to create new and innovative ideas.

"Masterminding allows you to get leverage from other creative minds. Forming a Mastermind Alliance has been a success secret for myself, as well as many of my colleagues, clients and friends... it has allowed us to create and accomplish more because we harness the power of collaborative thinking. These groups are also a great place to build business relationships because, ultimately, people will do business with the people they like."  Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, author 'Why Didn't I THINK of That?

The Kickoff Event for the Edmonton Mastermind Club is on Saturday, June 4th from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm at the Coast Terrace Inn - Edmonton South.

To Register or check out the kickoff speakers, go to:

Please forward this e-zine and exciting launch notice to your friends and business colleagues in the Edmonton area. Seating is limited!

NOTE: If you live close to the Edmonton area, mark your calendars, register and invest in your future.

If you don't live close, never fear; Mastermind Clubs will be coming to Calgary and Vancouver in the near future. (And who knows across the North America might be in the cards.)

Again, help launch this exciting concept - forward this e-zine and launch notice to your friends and business colleagues in the Edmonton area.

>> Read all about this exciting business launch


Ron Hooey Dad, You're Still My Hero!

According to the advertising, June 19th is Father's day.

With Father's day rapidly approaching, many North Americans will be thinking about getting a card or present for that special man in our lives.our fathers.  But sadly, for some of us, Father's day is a day of sorrow and remembrance of fathers no longer with us. 

With the 60th anniversary of VE day last month, I would like to remind you that Fathers' day is not the only day to express your love and admiration for the men who have made a difference in your lives: Your fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, cousins, co-workers, coaches, teachers and buddies. Tell them now and tell them often. You'd be surprised how many men never hear how much they have meant to the people in their lives.  

>> Read the entire Father's day article


Strategy Bites Back Coming in July

Our July 2005 issue will continue to offer tips, techniques and thoughts on how to enhance your career or company.

  • We'll be reviewing Strategy Bites Back
  • We'll offer some interesting, innovative ways to grow your career or company to the next level.
  • We'll have a special guest article on 21 ways to increase sales this year
  • We'll have another Point to Ponder
  • And more...

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Tell us what you would like to read and we'll do our best to respond. Tell your friends about Ideas@Work! - Strategies for Success. Forward this copy along with a personal invitation to join our family. Use the 'Send this to a friend' button on the upper right hand corner to send a copy today.


Change your thoughts... change your life!

It's the book that's changed the lives of millions. 

Download your (no charge) classic e-Book - James Allen's "As A Man Thinketh." 
                                                                                                                                                                            Download it today at  

James Allen penned, As A Man Thinketh following his early retirement at 38.  James had worked as a personal secretary to an executive for a large English corporation. He retired to 'writing' and write he did penning more than 20 works before his sudden passing at the age of 48.

His little volume, as he called it, was eventually translated into five major languages, inspiring millions of readers (including Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale, Denis Waitley and myself) to recognize that our visions can become reality, simply through the power of thought. 

Visit the address above to get your own e-copy of this timeless classic.


Ideas At Work! Logo Thanks for reading this issue...

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow" Ronald E. Osborne

Thank you for reading our June issue of 'Ideas@Work! - Strategies for Success'. We know your time is valuable and our commitment is to make sure each issue has some solid value for you and your team. We are continuing our growth in creating this new style newsletter and appreciate your patience and feedback as we continue to improve. Our commitment to you, our reader, is to continue making it better and adding more value in each issue.

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 event. For more information about customized keynotes, professional/personal leadership training and coaching, seminars/retreats, please visit  

or call our Creative Office at: (780) 736-0009

Ask about a customized conference, coaching or training package to suit your specific career, company or organizational needs.

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