Thoughts for Tuesdayby: Suzanne Bates
The most successful people in the world share a common characteristic. What’s their secret? They look at the triumphs and tribulations of their lives as opportunities to learn and grow. They reflect on their personal moments to guide them along the way. And, they see the lessons in these moments as wisdom to share with others.
Each week, in her wildly popular weekly blog, “Thoughts for Tuesday,” bestselling business author and CEO coach Suzanne Bates has been doing just that – sharing everyday experiences and translating them into stories that inspire her readers. As a speaker, leadership coach, CEO, and former award-winning television news anchor, Suzanne has a unique lens through which she views life’s little moments. This anthology of Thoughts for Tuesday “fan favorites” will make you laugh, cry, and reflect. Suzanne shares compelling, inspirational, and sometimes humorous stories that will make you look back at your own personal experiences through a whole new lens.
Leading the High Energy Culture: What the Best CEOs Do to Create an Atmosphere Where Employees Flourish by: David Casullo
Praise for Leading the High-Energy Culture
“If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide on how to become a high-energy leader, you’ve found it here!”
–Tom Croston, Vice President/General Manager of Corporate Shared Services, Gap, Inc.
“Whether its business, sports, or even parenting, successful leaders share one thing in common–high energy! David is right; it can be developed. I find it unique for someone to identify the truly key elements of leadership. David has done this in a way that fosters success in these endeavors as well as those of family, church, and community.”
–Pat Williams, Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic, and author of Leadership Excellence
“Jack Welch identified ‘energy’ as one of the critical characteristics he looked for in effective leaders but never talked about how they develop it. David Casullo’s book provides the road map for how to harness your own energy while energizing those around you. Every leader can increase their effectiveness by implementing the ideas he presents.”
–Patrick M. Wright, William J. Conaty GE Professor of Strategic Human Resources in the ILR School (Industrial and Labor Relations), Cornell University
Leaders and managers today are experiencing an “energy crisis” resulting from the failure to engage and inspire their people. Yet, a handful of leaders have found an endless supply of energy to fuel their organizations. They’re the ones who attract the top talent, the most loyal customers, and the public’s imagination. They’re leaders like Zappos’s Tony Hsieh and the late Steve Jobs, who’ve built cultures energized at every level to innovate, grow, and succeed. Leading the High-Energy Culture: What the Best CEOs Do to Create an Atmosphere Where Employees Flourish is the handbook to powering this kind of workplace with the energy that your workforce already possesses.
A change this big starts at the top. David Casullo, a leadership authority and strategic consultant to businesses large and small, explains the steps for establishing an authentic leadership presence based on your powerful personal truths. Then he shares the secrets for how to communicate your vision in order to create a sense of purpose throughout your organization and beyond, thereby spreading excitement to consumers, investors, and the media. Using his own experience, research, and demonstrated results from the leadership development program that he developed while helping transform Raymour & Flanigan from a small regional company to a billion-dollar furniture retail giant, Casullo outlines the specific steps that let you discover and unlock the latent energy in your team.
Casullo organizes these practices into 10 simple principles, each illustrated and reinforced with firsthand client interviews; real-world examples from businesses such as Ford, FedEx, and GE; and thought-provoking interactive exercises. These principles illuminate the path to creating real employee engagement by giving you an actionable model to:
- Learn what matters to your organization and its people, and align your leadership strategy with these truths
- Communicate clearly, with purpose and passion, to create a resonant message
- Find the leaders in your workforce who give your organization a competitive advantage
Leading the High-Energy Culture uses methods proven to generate results. Beyond the bottom line, however, it will reignite your own commitment and passion by giving you a fresh perspective on how to become an energized leader of a charged-up organization.
Motivate Like a CEO: Communicate Your Strategic Vision and Inspire People to Act! by: Suzanne Bates
“An exciting read, you won’t want to put Motivate Like a CEO down until you’ve mastered all of its secrets!”
Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“Motivated leaders are rare, yet everyone seeks to become one. The greatness of this book is that it breaks down the process by giving you the ideas and the tools to motivate and inspire yourself first, and then others second. If you’re in a leadership position or hoping to get to the next level, make the decision to buy this book, study this book, and put it into practice.”
-Jeffrey Gitomer, author of The Little Red Book of Selling
The most successful leaders seem to possess a remarkable gift for inspiring and motivating people. They are not only hard workers who possess great business minds; they rally others to drive forward with a powerful, common vision. Motivate Like a CEO demonstrates how leaders at every level can develop this skill and use it to bring their teams together around a common purpose.
In this follow-up to her bestselling Speak Like a CEO, Suzanne Bates explains how you can become a powerful force of influence within your organization and position your company for greatness. You’ll learn how to translate simple, effective concepts into brilliant execution; get people working together on the highest priorities; and align warring factions to channel energy into the efforts that make your company profitable.
Inside, you’ll discover secrets to generate excitement all the way down the line to achieve superior results. Real-world stories of leaders who have transformed their organizations will inspire you to move your own organization to a position of strength. And, you’ll find helpful, easy-to-follow advice on how to communicate in a way that inspires people to act.
Motivate Like a CEO teaches you how to:
- Inspire people to embrace and share your vision
- Speak with energy and confidence in tough situations
- Turn challenges into opportunities
- Get your team engaged, in the loop, and tracking real results
- Make time in your schedule for sharing your message of motivation throughout your company
Even a well-positioned, strategically sound company will fail if its messages and focus are not clear. Successful leaders must be able to move the strategic plan from words on paper into the hearts and minds of the people who make it happen.
Motivate Like a CEO can help you significantly improve bottom line results, create a happier, more unified team of people, and allow you to leave a legacy of leadership.
The Chemistry of Strategy: Strategic Planning for the Not-Yet-Fortune 500 by: John W. Myrna
This book offers readers something they can’t find in today’s most popular business books: a practical, tested perspective and strategic planning process that works for the legions of companies that don’t have the resources of an Apple, GE, or P&G. Readers will gain a deep understanding of what strategy and strategic planning is; why it’s critical to their organization and their own success; and how to create, implement and sustain a strategy that literally turns vision into reality.
Executive teams are searching for the magic elixir of success. The appeal of such alchemical magic is obvious. If a company’s managers do just this one simple thing, or follow this simple, easy plan, they too can enjoy profit margins and stock prices just like the “it” company of the moment.
The process of successfully growing an organization is like mixing chemicals together to create a reaction. Ask the typical executive to name the most valuable tool in the process of creating a chemical reaction, and they’ll offer such answers as the quantity of certain chemicals, the quality of the lab facility, the combination of two or more elements and so on. That’s because we tend to be so rooted in tactical thinking that we miss the larger equation.
The reality is that the most important tool in creating the desired chemical reaction – or growing a company – is the formula that describes its “big picture” results.
The primary formula for strategy is simple enough:
(What + Why + How) → The Future
What do we want the company to look like in the future?
Why do we want to look like that?
How do we get there?
(What + Why + How) = Strategy
This strategic planning approach derives from the author’s own alchemist-like professional search to find the magic formula for transforming the value of companies.
Your Spacious Self: Clear the Clutter and Discover Who You Are by: Stephanie Bennett Vogt
It’s a jungle…in here! Most of us do too much, or have more possessions than we need. Or both. Our lives are caught in a swirl of attachments, overwhelm, and endless mechanical “doing.” As humans it is our nature to experience clarity and spaciousness all the time. The problem is we lose focus, get off balance, and forget how.
With inspiring lessons, humorous stories, and nourishing practices in slowing down, simplifying, and self-care, longtime space clearing expert, Stephanie Bennett Vogt, shows you how to clear your home, quiet the mind, and restore your spirit, in ways that feel good and last a lifetime.
Your Spacious Self shows us that it’s not our stuff, but holding on to it that creates a force field of “stuckness” that clouds our perceptions and paralyzes our lives. Clutter is not just the junk spilling out of the closet. It is any thing, or thought, that prevents us from experiencing our true nature and best life. Clearing is not a tedious exercise in throwing away, but a gentle journey of letting go – one small step, drawer, or moment at a time.
Included are daily tips and meditations, a weekly worksheet, and six sample meeting agendas designed for book groups and “clearing circle” support groups.
The Speaker’s Edge by: Ken Lizotte
Speakers for business and nonprofit events are sought out every day by meeting planners and program directors. Those who get the call are typically those who fill a specific need and can boast appropriate credentials and experience. The Speaker’s Edge shows you how to land these speaking engagements, especially ones that pay.
This comprehensive book covers all the conventional means for locating and winning speaking engagements as well as clever, innovative tactics practiced by the most successful veteran speakers. You’ll learn how to: Position yourself as the go-to thought leader in your field of expertise; Use effective tools to highlight your speaker value, including videos, speaker sheets, and speaker bureaus; Consider a variety of speaking opportunities, such as serving on panels, hosting events, and participating in webinars; Locate attractive speaking venues, and successfully use the proposal systems such venues require; Consider what volunteering for pro bono gigs offer as venues for practice and visibility; Negotiate great deals, including setting fees, requesting expenses, and offering options to meeting planners; Maximize your speaking experience, including selling products, arranging follow-up gigs, and soliciting referrals.
By employing the recommendations in this book, you will elevate your speaking career and and business to new heights.