|A Note From The President |
|How Did They Do That?|
|What can Ambeck Do For You
|Formula For Success|
|Fun & Games|
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Success In The Touches Of Your Hand
Success in the touches of your hand upon the house.
I see it clean in unsuspecting corners. You were there by instinct,
my eyes searching to understand.
Frame in your happiness at my labors I bring from field of steel.
My eyes bleed but heal in your sight. Art in your singleness like
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David Ignatow (1914 - 1997)
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A Note From The President
For the past seven years I have been on a journey to self-discovery,
and three years ago I intensified the process. Most of us come
to the point where we ask ourselves "Why am I here?"
I got to that point a lot quicker than most people do. I have
been reflecting on the work I do and the relationships that I
have and have been evaluating everything in my life. To undergo
such a process, if done correctly, is very painful, especially
if you're honest with yourself. I realized that I was bored with
some of the things that I was doing and wanted to add some spice
to my life.
Through this evaluation process, I discovered that I really enjoy
writing and have been thinking about how to more fully incorporate
it into my life. Once I made that decision angels started falling
from the sky. I got the opportunity to write 15 stories for an
anniversary booklet and I wrote my first paid article. In addition,
in my quiet way, I have been working behind the scenes writing
Tales of People Who Get It, which is an extension of this
newsletter, Ambeck Edge. I asked the interviewees the following
- Describe a business challenge that you've had and how you
- What lessons did you learn in the process?
- In your opinion, what is the formula for success?
- How do you integrate your personal and professional life?
- What's a major regret that you've had in life?
- What's your favourite quote and why?
- Which book have you read that had a major influence on your
Writing the book has had a transformative effect on my life.
I sent out the manuscript for review and one feedback was to develop
a workbook to go with the book. I naively thought that I could
create the workbook in four days, instead it took me three months.
I am selling the ebook version of the workbook, Journey To
Getting It on my website at http://www.ambeck.com/products.html
(The print version of both Tales of People Who Get It and
Journey to Getting It will be available in print copy shortly.
I will keep you posted). After creating the workbook I realized
that I had to revisit Tales of People Who Get It to add
a few things. Creating a workbook forces you to think things through.
I am very glad that I undertook this major project because now
I know that I am capable of writing a book.
Have you taken the time to ask yourself some of the tough question?
- Why am I here?
- Do I find joy in what I do?
- What would make my heart sing?
Take the time over the holidays to answer these questions. Until
next time! Avil
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The Vowels of Personal Power: 5+1 Ways to liberate
Your Creative Energy by Bob McCulloch & Julia Gluck
Even though The Vowels of Personal Power contains a lot
of information that I have been exposed to before, I liked it
because it was presented in a "fresh" manner. It's taking
old ideas and giving them a new spin. The book is filled with
many examples to help you grasp the concepts. One criticism that
I have, and it's just my personal preference and may not be the
same for you, is that there were too many examples, and the majority
of them were about the authors' personal experiences. Is it possible
to have too many examples? I would have preferred it if there
were less examples and more of them about other people.
According to the authors, the premise of the book is that "we
are all born bundles of creative energy
We're born with
the capacity for awareness, engagement, openness and understanding."
The "I" from the vowels is for Integrity and what McCulloch
and Gluck refer to as the "Thoughtful I," which integrates
all the other practices in the vowels.
Below are listed the five vowels of personal power and the 12
practice areas - presented in the book -to unleash your creativity.
- I: Integrity and the Thoughtful I
- A: Awareness
i. Stay Mindfully Aware
ii. Capture and Cherish Your Lightness
iii. Be Thoughtfully Authentic
- E: Engagement
i. Get and Stay Engaged
ii. Stay Resolved Without Attachment
iii. Accept and Support Your Mutuality
- O: Openness
i. Accept Every Idea's Inevitable Relevance
ii. Allow and Fully Appreciate Fresh Associations
iii. Perceive the Positives
- U: Understanding
i. Acknowledge and Suspend Judgment
ii. Confirm Your Understanding
iii. Embrace the Power of the Both/And
Glancing at the list you may think that "oh I already know
this," but knowing something and practicing it are two very
different things. This book is a good reminder to be positive,
appreciative, focused, fully engaged in whatever it is you're
doing, not be attached to how you get to your destination (outcome),
and to give things a chance before you decide to "nix"
them. The book helps you to integrate the 12 practices into your
Five + 1 Great Ideas
- You have lots of things standing in the way of the flow of
your personal creative energy, all anchored in your thoughts
and beliefs about the way the world works. So to get out of
the rut of automatic thoughts, you need to mobilize your conscious
- Equilibrium seems safe to us. It is still, unchanging, knowable,
and predictable. However, it stops us from growing. It stops
us from being open to new possibilities
- What happens to you, what you achieve in your life, is dictated
less by your abilities than by the choices you make, including
choices to do nothing
- By not becoming attached to one particular way of doing things,
you liberate people's creative energy. You liberate them to
use whatever talents they have in order to achieve the desired
outcome - even a difficult one
- Carry a notebook and pen at all times
Whenever an interesting
thought comes to you - even one with no apparent application
in the present - write it down. When you find your energy blocked
regarding an idea or a situation, consulting your ideas book
may just give you the inspiration to move forward
- Solutions will not always present themselves to you right
away. Sometimes they need to be coaxed out, and sometimes you
need to sneak up on them from behind
I recommend this book, and it's one that you should read more
than once, just to remind yourself about what you already know.
November's Book List
The Vowels of Personal Power (click
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According to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania,
Americans devote one to eight hours a day worrying:
- 40% of the worries never materialize
- 30% of the worries were about the past, where absolutely nothing
could be done about them
- 12% of the worries were directed toward other people's business
- 10% of the worries were spent on real or imaginary illnesses
- Only 8% of the worries were justified
To me, this means that 92 percent of our worries are needless.
Source: The Monster is Real: How to face Your Fears and Eliminate
Them Forever, Yehuda Berg, page 54
How Did They Do That?
Challenge: The key challenge for me was to grow the business
beyond just me, and an idea. This is a huge challenge for entrepreneurs.
Resolution: I made many mistakes. One mistake was panicking
and saying that I had to bring other people into the business.
I didn't handle this process as well as I could have, and one
classic example was bringing in salespeople who couldn't or didn't
sell. I expanded too rapidly and hired people who I shouldn't
have. I did all the right things to resolve the challenge, but
I didn't do them well. The renaming of the company from True North
to Performance Advantage reflected a crisis point that we hit
and I had to fix that. Now I have expanded much more cautiously
with much more deliberateness. I have two partners in the business
and we have a selection of consultants. We were more rigorous
in the selection process.
A key thing, which helped me, was to take my own advice, the
advice that I give to my clients. I did a plan and looked at some
of the metrics in my business. I looked at where we wanted to
go and that took me a long time to complete, which gave me a newfound
respect for why some companies do not want to do strategic planning.
In the planning I looked at what types of people and revenue we
wanted to attract, and how they fit together.
Now I know what I want, and I am aware of what offers to take
and which to leave on the table.
- It's important to understand how your business runs at every
level - from the strategic to the operational
- Know what you're passionate about, know what you can do that
can beat the world, and know what metrics drive your business.
The better I got at doing this, the better I became at solving
crises and not just the challenge I talked about
- Business success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent
discipline. You have to work in pursuit of your goal
- You have to plan for strategic success and follow the plan.
Stop worrying about the attributes that you don't have and start
exploiting the things that you do well, recognizing the places
where you don't want to go
- Be able to be true to your moral compass
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Formula for Success
"To thine own self be true" by William Shakespeare
sums up the formula for success. To me, it is to know who you
are, what you want, what you are passionate about, take the time
to plan for it and celebrate milestones along the way, and NEVER
deviate from your moral compass.
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