Posts Tagged ‘Roy M. Spence’

Attitude & Networking

February 1, 2015

They sound like odd bed fellows!

I was reminded recently by a client and again by a friend how Attitude effects everything. Everything is kind of a big area! But Attitude reaches all of it. It’s one of the  few things we alone control. No other person or thing has that control. There may be influencers, but no controllers.

I watched as a client’s Attitude started to dip, severely.  No new business coming in. All the Networking wasn’t working. Finances getting tight, and so on. Then! wham! The Networking started paying off in New contacts. Renewed interest in talking to him. New clients. Guess what happened to the Attitude. Guess. Yep, right back up. New level of positive.

We will have those ‘bad’ moments where Attitude comes under attack. As my Ranger buddy says, “Dawg, you gotta go forward, backward or to the sides. Sittin’ there will get you killed.” We have to decide and we have to move, because we are the only ones who completely control our Attitude.

This client got himself moving again by Networking his way back into the new business game. What can you do? What WILL you do? In addition to Networking, what can we do to maintain the positive mental Attitude.


January 4, 2015

I came across this quote from Harold Koenig:

“Having purpose and vision during retirement is one of the most important determinants of mental, social, spiritual, and physical well-being in later life.” – Harold G. Koenig, author

Of course the more I looked at the quote the echo became not just for retirement, but for life. If you know me or my content here you see Purpose and Vision in most of what I say and how I coach clients. While I have several clients who are nearing retirement most are not. This kind of direction is applied to both.

Nourish these 4 elements. Have fun, be serious, work hard, relax….whatever you do, make it count. Get the Purpose and Vision “things” going and watch what happens to your future.

My Thanksgiving Wish for You

November 23, 2014

Family and Friends. Turkey and football. Jingle Bells and Oh Holy Night. The scent of a Christmas tree. Smiles and laughter.

I hope I am the first to wish you a Happy Holiday Season! Starting with

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are some thoughts as we go into the season I’d like to share with you.


I am thankful for Stefanie Wargala, Griff’s finance, and Erin Burris, Drew’s wife. They are great additions to our family!!

I am grateful for My Marilyn and our boys; My brother & sister and their families.  We need to tell our families how much we love them.

I am asking God to give a kiss to the loved ones we no longer see.

I am grateful I have a spiritual life.

I am thankful for my friends. There aren’t enough words to express my love and devotion to the true friends in my life. I wish health for you in our journey through time.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work. I cannot imagine sitting down. There are just too many people yet to meet.

I am thankful for the friends I have made through my work, my clients and associates. I see you more than my family.

I am thankful that I need a moment when they play TAPS for a soldier. Please say ‘thank you’ to our older veterans too.

I am thankful I can vote.

I am thankful for the people who believe in me and for those who along the way gave me a chance with their confidence and trust.

I’m glad there are those of us who still believe we should say “Merry Christmas”.

I am grateful when you stand up for what is right. Not just soldiers and first responders. Ordinary folks like us who will not allow an injustice to go unchecked.

Most of all, I am thankful for you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.


Ed Gideon

De-Coding the Path to Success, Principle # 7

October 27, 2014

How Big Achievers Do It

TAKE ACTION: It’s time to Take Action. I see too many people waiting for someone else to do it. Waiting for someone to help them. Looking for someone to deliver the silver bullet. I see a lot of people waiting for the perfect plan, perfect time, perfect whatever. An 80% plan well implemented is better than a 100% plan never developed. You know hundreds of stories, yourself included, of people who have Acted. Some succeeded and some didn’t have the great success they wanted. But they moved. That’s just the way it is. But not trying is not an option. An old Army sergeant, veteran of Korea and Viet Nam, told me in Ranger training, “Son, either go forward or backward, to the right or to the left….but do not stand there. They will kill you!” Here is what we learn:  Good intentions don’t count! We cannot build something based on what we are going to do.

Vision without Action is merely a Dream…
Action without Vision passes time…
Vision with Action can change Your Life…

De-Coding the Path to Success, Principle #6

October 24, 2014

How the Big Achievers Do It!

Commitment: Commitment to a vision, a business and Goals. Your Focus. Are there degrees of commitment? Probably.  You know the story about breakfast right? About Commitment vs. Involvement. See, at breakfast the chicken is Involved, but the pig is Committed!! So–Are we committed until something better comes along? –Do we commit to losing weight until we drive by Dunkin Donuts? –Is commitment the thing that makes us “Go the Extra Mile?” –Do we commit to doing the hard yards when the easy ones seem to be so …EASY? –Are we committed enough to find a solution when everyone around us is telling us “it can’t be done”. Commitment is being passionate enough to succeed. Not procrastinating and not delaying decisions. It is also a lifestyle choice. It is an attitude. It is believing that what we are doing is important enough to stay the course.

Being committed to our purpose, our vision requires effort and action. It is easy to quit. Doing a good job is good,… doing more and in a great way is the way to success.

De-Coding the Path to Success, Principle # 5

October 22, 2014

How Big Achievers Do It

PRODUCTIVITY/TIME MANAGEMENT: I’m going to start with the answers. I’m going to give you things you can do right now that will solve this Time dilemma. We know the key is managing ourselves within a space of time. The gurus are out there. The suggestions and techniques for improvement will fill a room. You can buy training modules on Time Management. The information is there. That’s not the challenge. The challenge is doing it! Start your  day with meditation/prayer whatever you call it; mess free environment; work in 90-minute segments then a 10-15 minute break; exercise; 60-minutes per day of relaxation (not TV) with no electronics; put a $$value on your time and don’t do tasks with less value–delegate; Eat the Big Green Frog; don’t fight your body clock, do the high-value tasks when you are the most alert, fresh and on; Don’t listen to stuff about the early bird gets worm… Just get the worm. There can be good worms in the latter part of day; WHY to do list vs. to do list; learn and educate yourself; stop the screen sucking activities; review your day and week in advance and plan each….the list can continue. I imagine you could add to it. If you say, “Yeah but…” to any of these, then you’ll continue to struggle with productivity. Those who change their habits and do these…find time.

De-Coding the Path to Success, Principle #3

October 18, 2014

How the Big Achievers do it

Now we need to discuss one of the traits that I have confirmed as absolutely essential to Success, and that is ATTITUDE.  Attitude is a significant part of life. And it can make/break your success. It may not be the most important thing in life….but it ranks right up there with oxygen. There are 4 questions we need to ask: What does my attitude affect? What does it shape? Whom can it influence? What can it mean in my business? And if there was just one thing we should ask ourselves it would simply be:  “Am I a fountain or a drain?”    Negative is easy. It takes no effort. And here is a KEY…Attitude is NOT just a reflection of our environment. It is a CHOICE we make. That’s IT!  Being positive and up when your teeth are getting kicked in, that takes effort. It is not easy.     But the payoff is huge. What can we do right now to help ourselves, our Team, our clients, our suppliers with Attitude? Here are some thoughts. 1—turn off the TV . I’m not advocating sticking your head in the sand. But there are no solutions here and not much education. Everyone who has followed this suggestion has come to me a month later to tell me how much better they feel. 2—don’t allow negative people to exist in your space “How do we get negative people out of our space?!”  Just  don’t be around them. 3—read and educate yourself. If you can only read 10 pages a day you can read several good books in a year’s time. 4—be crystal clear about where you are going.

De-Coding the Path to Success, Principle #2

October 15, 2014

How Big Achievers Do It
Principle #1 and #2 are tied for first regarding which is most important. We require both. Period. So, number 2 is defining our Purpose, our Why. Roy M. Spence, Jr., wrote a book on how to define Purpose: It’s Not What You Sell It’s What You Stand For. Get it. Purpose goes beyond making money, profits are a by-product of a business. Purpose goes to your core and is why we do what we do. If that’s too soft of a skill then I suggest you look at Southwest Air, WalMart, The PGA, MasterCard, Bill Clinton, Jim Collins, John Deere, the U.S. Air Force, among a long list that Spence has helped define their Purpose. It’s why we get up in the morning and why anyone would care. Quoting Roy, “The journey starts with understanding of the difference you want to make in the world. What do we believe in? What do we believe the organization is here to do? What difference does it ultimately make in the lives of the people it is trying to serve?”
It’s a “soft skill” and the one that can take us out of the economic winter we are in and deliver us on the other side…successfully.