Work Ethic

Ready or Not, It’s Jimmy Fallon!

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Tonight, Jimmy Fallon premieres as host of The Tonight Show–even if everything’s not perfect. Your business is no different, and in this clip I’ll tell you why.

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Embrace the Messy Part!

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Messy is good.

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal talks about leadership and creativity (one of my favorite topics, and the focus of my keynote program The Emmy Effect: How to Develop and Lead Award Winning Talent and Teams). In the article, author Justin Brady says:

[quote]Most leaders talk about creativity (or its cousin, innovation) without understanding what it is and how it happens. The process of real creativity is messy, chaotic, sometimes even disgusting, and ... Continue Reading →
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The Blame Game – Ever Played It?

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What’s Your Daily Plan?

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Ok, so I shot a series of 3 very casual video blogs while working a corporate speaking gig last week.  As far as speaking gigs go, this was great!  A tremendous client Clopay, brought me on a cruise with them for a week on Royal Caribbean. I spoke several times over the course of the week.  A few times during the week I noticed things I wanted to share with you.  And so, I shot a few of these on ...

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If You Want a Great Result, You Need a Great Script

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I am a seasoned show business professional and you’re not, so this may be an unfair question. But I’m going to ask it anyway. Ready? (That wasn’t the question.)

Motivational Speaker Bill StaintonWhen they get on the set to produce an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, do you think the director just tells the cast, “Go…do doctor stuff!”? (Full disclosure: I’ve never been on ...

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5 Questions to Ask Before Committing to a Project

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motivational speaker Bill StaintonWith apologies to William Shakespeare: some create projects, some inherit projects, and some have projects thrust upon them. It happens to all of us. Sometimes they come in the form of assignments, sometimes in the form of opportunities (and the two are not mutually exclusive). But before we go any further, let’s define what we mean by “project.”

A “project” isn’t just ...

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