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Reflections on 2012

Worlet of top training videos and DVDs for 2012

One of the fun things that we get to do when we start a new year is we take some time to reflect on the past year.  We ask ourselves a variety of questions: What programs have been most popular with our customers?  What does it indicate about the workplace today and what managers and HR professionals are seeking?  What are our customers telling us about the future? 

A few years ago, many of our customers were looking for programs on change as they tried to navigate the slow economy.  I think with the improving economy we've seen a shift towards programs that motivate and energize a workforce.  Of course, customer service remains a popular topic for all organizations.  We've also seen an increasing interest in programs that help organizations deal with the many generations who are in the workforce simultaneously. 

Here is a sampling of some of our most popular programs for 2012

The Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor is our most popular program.  Shawn Achor has taken his years of research in positive psychology to the world of work.  In essence, his message is this: You can increase your performance and productivity by every measure with a positive mindset... and there are simple tools to help you improve your mindset.  All of this will help your organization.  If you'd like to preview this program, click here.

Fish and Fish for Leaders:  The Fish Philosophy programs remains some of the bestselling programs worldwide.  I think part of the reason for the popularity of these programs is that on the surface, a fish market seems an unlikely place to find fun, positivity, creativity, and excellence.  But, when you watch the Fish programs, you see all of these ideas present at the Pike's Place Fish Market - and the lessons are truly universal.  If you'd like to preview this program, click here.  

Ben Zander's "Leadership: An Art of Possibility" and "Attitude: Radiating Possibility" remain very popular.  Benjamin Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and uses music to inspire people to be their best. If you'd like to preview this program, click here.

Morris Massey has a totally unique, funny, and irreverent way to communicate about generational differences.  His programs have been popular for decades. If you'd like to preview this program, click here.

Sam Glenn Series:  Sam Glenn is hysterical.  He's an artist and motivational speaker.  And his message about attitude, change and... well, lizards are very popular with our customers. If you'd like to preview this program, click here

Beyond Words for Healthcare:  Body language means a lot - particularly in the world of healthcare delivery.  This program (part of a series on body language) has been our top healthcare title for the year If you'd like to preview this program, click here.

Harassment: A New Look - the issue of Harassment is one that is constantly in demand.  The "A New Look" series has become one of our best sellers as it provides excellent suggestions for employees and managers on everything from sexual harassment to bullying. If you'd like to preview this program, click here

So what about 2013?  We see an exciting year ahead as we work to deliver more programs to you - at a range or pricing.  You'll see more titles under $200 (we've added this category as a "Topic" in our website) and also new releases from Enterprise Media and from other producers. 

Also, stay tuned for some hysterical meeting videos!

We look forward to an exciting 2013 with all of you and are always grateful for the opportunity to work with you.

Thank you for being our customers!


Posted under Best Sellers, Lists, Customer Service, Training Ideas, Sam Glenn, Morris Massey, Fish Philosophy, Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage by Stewart on Feb 08, 2013 | Comments: 0 | Comments Off

Out of Orbit Catalog!

Enterprise Media Training Video Catalog

We have completed our new catalog! As always, our design team has come up with a fun cover. But, the material inside is really exciting too. We have a lot of terrific new programs - and also classic bestsellers. You can view the catalog online by clicking here. Or you can request a copy of the catalog by visiting our catalog order form.

Posted under What’s New, Customer Service, Management, Fish Philosophy by Stewart on Aug 19, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Comments Off

The Fish Philosophy and the Science of Positive Psychology

We’ve been working on a new training video with Shawn Achor. Shawn is the author of the forthcoming book called, "The Happiness Advantage." The other day, we filmed Shawn in New York in front of a live audience. Shawn’s message is based on the latest scientific research in the area of Positive Psychology coupled with anecdotal stories. We’ll have a lot more on Shawn, his amazing ideas, his forthcoming training program, and fun sense of humor soon. But Shawn’s lecture got me thinking about the "Fish Philosophy."

Many of you know about the "Fish Philosophy" and about the video "Fish!" If you don’t, the program follows a group of employees who work at the fish market in Pikes Place in Seattle Washington. Despite working long hours, getting up VERY early, and working in a job that some might consider unpleasant, this team is positive, enthusiastic, and energized by their work. Their enthusiasm is also infections.

The core message of Fish is that you can build a workplace that is fun and engaging if you have a positive attitude and willingness to see work as enjoyable. It is a powerful message, and has swept the business world by storm.

In some ways, the research that Shawn discusses in his book (and video) shows in a concrete manner that the message behind "Fish" isn’t just fun, it has a scientific basis. Fun and attitude are infections. You can "choose your attitude," and you can work to improve your outlook about work.

We will have a lot more on the "how" and "why" in our new video as the production progresses... Stay tuned!!!

Posted under Leadership, Corporate Strategy, Fish Philosophy, Shawn Achor by Stewart on Jul 07, 2010 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

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»

Top Ten Training Programs for 2007

Our customers and distributors often ask us which programs are our bestsellers. I think this can be useful because it shows how organizations are setting their training priorities. Here is the list of our top 10 for 2007:

1) Fish! This program (which was released in 1998) provides viewers with a visit to Pikes Place Fish Market in Seattle. It shows how anyone (even people who handle and sell fish) can have fun at work, deliver great service, and motivate themselves (and others) to higher levels of achievement. This program has been a worldwide bestseller for over a decade. Recently, the producer also released the complete training seminar version called "Fish! Culture," and the leadership training program, "LeaderFISH!"

2) Morris Massey’s programs remain top sellers for us year in and year out. The bestseller of all is his latest release "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 generations can work together successfully.

3) Tom Peters remains a top seller. Our best selling programs include the classic bestseller, "In Search of Excellence" and Tom’s latest program "Re-imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age." For over 25 years, Tom Peters has been inspiring people to achieve higher levels of excellence in customer service, leadership, and innovation.

4) 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.

5) John Kotter’s new release "Succeeding in a Changing World" has done really well. 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 of the year by Training Media Review!

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!

7) The Bob Farrell programs "Give ’em The Pickle" and "What’s Your Pickle." Bob Farrell uses personal anecdotes to tell a powerful message on customer service. His messages are enduring - and they are also fun to hear and watch.

8) "Life is good... and Work Can Be Too!" This program has done well because it shows how the employees of the apparel company "Life is good" bring enthusiasm and passion to their work.

9) "Love Your Customers" with John O’Hurley. While we have only sold this for a few months, this new release has sold very well. The DVD has two separate training programs. The first, "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.

10) The Customer Service Training Series (including "It’s Show Time," "Six Steps to Greatness," and "Service Heroes"). This series - led by a profile of Stew Leonard’s Dairy has been one of our top sellers for years. The programs provide concrete examples of great customer service in action!

Posted under Corporate, Best Sellers, Lists, Customer Service, John O’Hurley, John Kotter, Tom Peters, Fish Philosophy by Stewart on Mar 03, 2008 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

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