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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

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

Five Ideas to Improve Happiness, Success, and Performance at Work

Many of us have been told that if we work hard, we’ll be successful, and once we’re successful, then we’ll be happy. But decades of scientific research have proven that this formula is backward. Happiness makes us smarter and more efficient-it actually fuels our success. Shawn Achor, Harvard Professor and host of our new program, The Happiness Advantage has a whole set of strategies that you can use to do this. Here are five:

  1. Practice random acts of kindness: Every time you perform an act of kindness, however small, your brain enjoys a spike in happiness. Write a thank-you note, compliment a colleague’s tie, or drop coins in a stranger’s meter.
  2. Invest in your social relationships: Your social support network (friends and family) are the best predictor of success and happiness. Remember to invest in your social support networks!
  3. Exercise: You know about the physical benefits of exercise, but don’t forget the mental ones: just 30 minutes of exercise can act as an anti-depressant. Another study found that executives who started a regular exercise routine experienced a 70% improvement in their ability to make complex decisions.
  4. Start with small, manageable goals: When you fell stressed and overwhelmed at work, don’t panic. The best way to get control of the situation (and improve your happiness) is to start with small, manageable goals. This helps you gain confidence so you can gradually take on larger and larger tasks.
  5. Avoid Multitasking: We live in a world that almost demands that we multitask... And we can do it: the only problem is, when we attempt to multitask, our brain actually decreases our success rate on both of those tasks. So focus on one task at a time!

These are just a few ideas that you’ll find in our new release, The Happiness Advantage. Our customers have already told us they love the program and are using it in the workplace. We think you’ll agree! Take a look at the free preview and see for yourself.

The Happiness Advantage Training Video

Posted under Best Sellers, What’s New, Training Ideas, HR and Training, Leadership, Management, Corporate Strategy, Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage by Stewart on Apr 13, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Comments Off

Tom Peters New Book: The Little BIG Things!

The LIttle BIG Things by Tom Peters

More great book news! Tom Peters book "The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways To Pursue Excellence" is now available. As many of you know, Tom Peters has been consolidating a lot of his best ideas into "Success Tips" for his blog. These tips distill so many of the ideas that Tom has developed through his practice.

After accumulating hundreds of these ideas (over several years), Tom decided to aggregate the best of these into a book. In it, you will find ideas for improved customer service and leadership. Tom also shares ideas on innovation, excellence, and organizational strategy. I particularly like Tom’s advice on improving your communication abilities, and honing your leadership skills.

These are 163 great ideas... and they are motivational, insightful, fun to read, and eminently useable (and, for that matter, sensible). If you’re interested in Tom’s new book, click here to see the link on Amazon.com.

As many of you already know, Tom has also put a lot of these great ideas into a training video series. We shot over 90 of Tom’s "Little BIG Things" over three fun and fascinating days. I confess that we spent as much time chatting and laughing as we did shooting Tom’s segments. Free previews are available here: The Little BIG Things DVD series.

Posted under Best Sellers, What’s New, Customer Service, Tom Peters, Leadership, Management by Stewart on Mar 10, 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»

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