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The Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor is a Telly Award Winner!

Bronze Telly Award

We just received notification that our program The Happiness Advantage has won a Telly for outstanding training program. This program, hosted by Shawn Achor is based on Shawn Achor’s best selling book and shows how companies can improve job satisfaction, productivity, and creativity by focusing on positivity in the workplace. The results from this work can be amazing!

If you haven’t had a chance to see this program, you might want to take a look at it by clicking HERE.

Posted under Best Sellers, What’s New, Product Reviews and Articles, Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage by Stewart on Jul 05, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Comments Off

Top Training Programs in 2009

As many of you know from previous posts, our customers and distributors often ask us which programs are our bestsellers. I think this is useful to them as it shows how organizations are setting their training priorities (particularly last year, when times were challenging for so many people in business and government). Here is a list of our top 10 training Programs for 2009.

1) Fish! Culture: This program provides viewers with an in-depth year long training experience built on the successful program Fish! The program includes the original Fish! video (which features a visit to Pikes Place Fish Market in Seattle). In the program, you will learn how to really embed the "Fish! Philosophy" (that includes the four elements of Play, Make Their Day, Be There, and Choose Your Attitude) within your organization. The "Fish!" program has been a worldwide bestseller for over a decade.

2) Sam Glenn Series: The launch of the Sam Glenn Series has been a huge success! In particular, the two programs, "A Kick in the Attitude" and "Who Put A Lizard In My Lasagna" have been best sellers. Sam is very funny and has a fantastic motivational and positive message. His new book (also called "A Kick In The Attitude") has just been released with rave reviews! Sam’s humor and "glass half full" outlook on life has been a welcome addition to our customer’s training programs.

3) Succeeding In A Changing World with John Kotter: Harvard Business School professor and best-selling author John Kotter presents examples of organizations that have changed successfully and organizations that have failed when faced with change. He also provides an overview of his eight-step process for success. This program was voted one of the top training programs by Training Media Review! With all of the change and stress that companies have faced over the past two years, John’s film has provided them with a place to start putting it all back together.

4) The Tom Peters Little BIG Things Series: Tom Peters, co-author of "In Search of Excellence," the best-selling business book of all time has just released a new video series called "The Little BIG Things." This series is a radical departure from his previous films, as it is comprised of multiple short clips of Tom’s thoughts and advice on a variety of subjects. Our customers have been overjoyed at being able to bring the wisdom of Tom Peters into their organization four minutes at a time! For over 25 years, Tom Peters has been inspiring people to achieve higher levels of excellence in customer service, leadership, and innovation. A book version of "The Little BIG Things" will be out in March!

5) Ben Zander’s two films: "Attitude: Radiating Possibility" and "Leadership: The Art Of Possibility" Ben Zander uses his experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra to energize people to become better leaders - and to realize their true potential. These two programs are really learning tools that provide a new language, new practices, and unique results. The "Art of Possibility" isn’t just about creating a moment in time; it’s about turning those moments into a profound and sustainable transformation. Zander’s unique humor and positive attitude has spread quickly through the organizations that included this in their training schedules.

6) Muppet Meeting Films: Join Kermit, Grump, Leo, Sam Eagle, and other members of the Muppet ensemble as they add pizzazz to your meetings. These humorous meeting videos are lots of fun and have been perennial bestsellers! January and February are typically the time of year for kick-off meetings and the Muppets have been all over it!

7) The Lance Armstrong Series including "Who Says We Can’t Do It? Lance Armstrong’s Journey." I think one of the reasons this program has been a bestseller is the wonderful interview with Lance’s oncology nurse, LaTrice Haney. It is very moving and motivational. Many organizations use this program to really rally the troops. Lance’s story can inspire any team to strive for better results and our customers have enjoyed this program very much.

8) "What You Are Is Where You Were When... AGAIN! With Morris Massey!": Morris Massey’s programs remain top sellers for us year in and year out. The bestseller of all is "What You Are is Where You Were When... Again!" Funny. Irreverent. Provocative. Thought Provoking. Morris Massey is all of these and more. For over 30 years, he has explained how different generations think and how these different generations can work together successfully. In the past two years many organizations have had to adjust their workforce and create new teams. This program and Morris has been essential in helping their teams communicate and succeed.

9) "Harassment Is": This training program goes beyond Sexual Harassment and shows a whole variety of harassment situations. Our customers love it because it provides broad insights into the issues of harassment. More importantly, it shows how harassment of all types can negatively affect employee satisfaction and productivity. Our customers have embraced this film because it provides them with an overall training program that addresses the issues of harassment and diversity with their current staff but is also the right length for their new hires. It’s a very cost effective purchase for many organizations.

10) "Love Your Customers" with John O’Hurley. You probably know John O’Hurley fromhis appearances as J. Peterman on Seinfeld or on Family Feud. But wait till you see him in this two-part program. Part 1, "Love your Customers," provides a blueprint for delivering great customer service. The second, "Love Your Difficult Customers," provides a step-by-step approach for working with customers who are angry or upset. Throughout, you will laugh as John O’Hurley delivers his message in a funny and engaging manner. Our customers have enjoyed using this program with their staff because it does well with Gens X, Y and Z as well as the Boomers who remember when Seinfeld first aired!

We’re working on a number of really exciting new programs for 2010 - and we’ll keep you posted!

Posted under Best Sellers, What’s New, Product Reviews and Articles, Fish Philosophy by Stewart on Jan 22, 2010 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

A note from Morris Massey

I wanted to tell you about a book that Morris Massey recommended to us. (As many of you know, Morris has spoken for many years on issues of generational differences. He is funny and irreverent with a following that spans generations). Here is a note from Morris:

"Every now and then, it is with enthusiasm that I am able to recommend the work of respected colleagues. Dr. Joanne G. Sujansky and Dr. Jan Ferri-Reed are the authors of the book, "Keeping the Millennials: Why Companies Are Losing Billions In Turnover To This Generation And What To Do About It".

Everyone talks about the Millennials or Generation Y as if they are some new breed of young adults we’ve never seen before. But really they’re not so different....

Let’s look closer at this generation, from the characteristics below, can you identify, Boomer or Millennial?

  • Expect work to be fulfilling on many levels, not just to draw a paycheck
  • Share music with their peers
  • Put technology to practice
  • Have experienced significant emotional events, both personally and historically, to shape their generation
  • Always look to make the world a better place

Call them Boomers, Hippies, or Generation of Free Love.... They lived through major technology advances (TV, Polaroids), the birth of rock and roll and sharing music on 8-tracks or records (all new at the time!), the first generation to deal with divorce as a norm, drafts, war, Peace Corps...

Both generations expect their work to be fulfilling and rewarding; whether it be napster or cassette tapes, they share music; whether it be learning television and Polaroid or BlackBerry and social media, they adapt and embrace technology; they are shaped by events such as losing loved ones and witnessing 9/11 and the Vietnam War; they volunteer to improve the world around them be it in city soup kitchens or the Peace Corps.

In Their book, "KEEPING THE MILLENNIALS: Why Companies Are Losing Billions in Turnover to This Generation-And What to Do about It" (Wiley; June 2009) Drs Sujansky and Ferri-Reed explain that we’re not all that different! They provide organizations with the know-how to reduce turnover, get maximum productivity from current staff and maintain the best employee base possible, thereby avoiding turnover costs that range from 50 to 150 percent of an employee’s salary. And finally how to turn conflict into collaboration, productivity and business success.

Seasoned consultants and Boomer mothers of Millennials they know first hand what it takes to STOP THE TURNOVER and CULTIVATE this next generation of super stars!

Go to www.KeepingTheMillennials.com. Place your order with your favorite book seller. Then go back to the site and fill in the box for "Step Number 2". You will be e-mailed links to several gifts, one of which is from me! The bonus gifts include several e-books, white papers, videos and an MP3 from various esteemed knowledge leaders.

Cheers,
Morris

Thanks Morris! As a special bonus, if you mention this blog you can get $150.00 off the purchase of Morris’ best-selling training video "What You Are Is Where You Were When...Again" which features Morris discussing his theories and views on generational conflicts from Boomers to Gen Y’ers. Click Here to review the program.

Posted under Product Reviews and Articles, Morris Massey by Stewart on Jul 30, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

"Not Everyone Gets a Trophy" a book by Bruce Tulgan on Gen Y'ers in the Workplace

The book "Not Everyone Gets A Trophy" by Bruce Tulgan caught my eye for several reasons beyond just trying to figure out how to work with Gen Yers. His book is loaded with excellent information on how to hire, retain, train, help new employees reach new levels of excellence and even push out the low performers. But it was the title that I liked. In fact when I read it, I remember thinking that I lived this idea! I have 2 children that are Gen Yers and they grew up very scheduled and played on a lot of sports teams. Much to my surprise, they often received trophies even though they didn’t finish in first or second place. I was surprised and when they got a little older I wished I had told them that it was ridiculous to receive a trophy when you haven’t really won.

Now, this generation is in the workplace and many of us are struggling to figure out how to work with them. After reading "Not Everyone Gets A Trophy," I now feel like I have a better handle on it. Bruce Tulgan gives you easy, step-by-step methods from customer service tips to hiring, engaging, managing, and mentoring Gen Yers.

Bruce points out that Yers make a lot of requests and demands, which, can exhaust their co-workers and managers. But he points out that knowing what they want is half the battle. His examples of real-life situations and remedies are very helpful. One story struck me---it was about two different managers who worked with several Gen Yers within the same company. One got along with them and one didn’t. Why??? Well the one who didn’t get along with them never communicated with them (or if he did it wasn’t much). However, the person who got along with Gen Yers would bring each person into his office and tell them, "This is who I am. This is what I work on. This is what is expected of you. This is how to work for me." Voila, he gets it and subsequently they all work well together.

So even though Gen Yers were often overindulged and overscheduled as kids, if you want to get along with them at work you may have to tell them what YOU want and what is expected from THEM and go from there. It’s a good tactic to take with everyone you work with---regardless of his or her generation.

You can check out his website here: http://www.rainmakerthinking.com/

BINGO: N33

Posted under Product Reviews and Articles by Stewart on Apr 01, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

Danica Partick Wins!

Danica Patrick in FOUR WEEKS IN MAY

We just heard very exciting news about Danica Patrick. As many of you may know, Danica is featured in our two-part training program Four Weeks in May and T.E.A.M.W.O.R.K. She won the Indy Car race on April 25th in Motegi, Japan. It was her 50th IRL IndyCar Series race! And I think that makes her the woman in history to win for Indy Car Racing. Click here to read about Danica’s win!

Posted under Talent, Product Reviews and Articles by Stewart on May 02, 2008 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

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