Jim’s Journal: Are you “Just a…?”

June 27, 2013 in Jim's Journal

I hear people say all the time, “I’m just a…” You can fill in the blank. I’m just a freshman. I’m just an assistant. I’m just a student. I’m just
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Jim’s Journal: Still Making the Ground rules?!

June 26, 2013 in Jim's Journal

If you still begin your training sessions by reviewing the ground rules that you have painstakingly created, STOP! The participants don’t care about your ground rules. Instead, give them several
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Jim’s Journal: I Love the Middle Seat

June 25, 2013 in Jim's Journal

A couple of years ago, while finishing up my training session in Omaha, Nebraska, I was informed that a major snow storm had hit Philadelphia and that all of the
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Jim’s Journal: There’s No Place Like Home

June 24, 2013 in Jim's Journal

Well, that belief worked for Dorothy (in the Wizard of Oz) and it can work for you. One of my Jim’s Training Gems is the principle that “Your room is
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Jim’s Journal: Cleaned Your Glasses Lately?

June 24, 2013 in Jim's Journal

What are your blind spots? Not sure? Have you asked anyone lately? Most people think that everything appears exactly the way they see it. If we stop for a moment,
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Jim’s Journal: Stand

June 21, 2013 in Jim's Journal

I love all types of music. Rhythm & Blues, jazz, piano, pop rock and…singer, Blake Shelton, from the hit show, The Voice, has helped me grow a deeper appreciation of
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Jim’s Journal: Sooooul Traaaaaiiin!!!!!!

June 20, 2013 in Jim's Journal

Don Cornelius was the legendary creator of the extremely popular ’70’s dance show called “Soul Train”. At most wedding receptions people still break out the Soul Train Line. I even
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Jim’s Journal: Practice what you preach!

June 19, 2013 in Jim's Journal

One of my favorite quotes I love to use during my sessions is, “People have Ph.D.’s in your business but need tutoring in their own.” Many love to coach others
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Jim’s Journal: Yo Adrienne!

June 17, 2013 in Jim's Journal

What’s the most visited tourist attraction in my hometown of Philadelphia? The Liberty Bell? Nope. Independence Hall? Guess again! The Betsy Ross House? Not even close. The answer is…The Rocky
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Jim’s Journal: Tell me something…please!

June 17, 2013 in Jim's Journal

Did you know that “no feedback” is worse than negative feedback? One of my favorite leadership activities drives home this point. Six participants are put into pairs and they’re asked
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