Category Archives: Team Performance

Your Business Needs A Gut Check – Lori Harrison – Plexus Diamond Ambassador

Lori Harrison will gladly tell you she had no idea in the world she was building a business when she began sharing her story on Facebook to a bunch of her friends.  Today, she and her husband Jeddie Harrison are at the top of their game in a vibrant and successful business build on…well…southern charm and doing what seemed right.

Jeddie & Lori Harrison
Jeddie & Lori Harrison

Multi level marketing companies often receive a bad rap.  And while certainly there are some sketchy offerings in the “MLM” space, there ARE in fact several companies that do quite well.  Mary Kay Cosmetics comes to mind as a shining example of proof (You forgot about Mary Kay being one of the original MLMs didn’t you?)

I’m not here to say MLM is right for you.  It may very well not be.  The story I wanted to bring you, though, is one about authenticity, following your heart, and proof that sticking to your guns can make it possible to build a business…even if you don’t realize that’s what you are doing. For the entrepreneurial at heart, this is a story about “the dream” others around you cannot see.  The lifestyle you know is possible while others run the rat race.

plexusIn recent years, there is a newer player on the scene in Plexus.  Frankly, I didn’t know much about who they were until some friends simply shared a “pink drink mix” dumped into a bottle of water while we were at their house.  While we didn’t “buy in” as reps, I have to admit, some of the product has found its way into our house, and we use the supplements, too.  But that isn’t what this story is about. 

When our friends here in Houston cornered me about someone I went to high school with in Oklahoma over two decades ago, I got more curious.  Turns out, it was Lori…so in true Success Charger fashion, we booked her for an interview, and are bringing it to you here today!

Want to CONNECT more?

Lori’s Facebook Page (You might have to message her to connect…she’s popular and maxed out the “friend” numbers!)

Watch the FULL UNCUT INTERVIEW as it unfolded.  It’s on our show’s YouTube channel under “Success Charger Podcast”. There’s some goofy tech issues and deeper conversation.  It includes about 30-40 minutes of bonus content!

Please leave thoughts, comments, suggestions and whatnot below in the comment section!  PLUG IN!

2016 Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues – Notes

THANK YOU!

The 2016 Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues is underway, and I appreciate your attending one of my sessions.  As promised, this is where you will find slides, bonus materials and more, for the two sessions delivered on May 12, 2016 in Houston, TX.


No Budget, No Problem!
How Every Leader Can Continue to Develop Talent in ANY Economic Environment (9:00 AM, May 12, 2016)

As promised, this is where you can find the complete slide deck from my presentation.  It will be posted within a few days of the conclusion of the 2016 Symposium (Hey, I didn’t want you to look ahead at all of the awesome graphics, hugely important research findings and info BEFORE you had a chance to experience the session….Thanks for understanding!)

Until then, here is a list of the NINE KEY ACTIONS OF CONNECTED LEADERS.  Watch this site for details of a forthcoming podcast episode of the Success Charger Podcast (it’s free) where we will dig even DEEPER into each Key Action. (If you’ll scroll up to the upper right-hand corner of this page and leave your email address, we’ll notify you when the next episode is ready to go!)

  1. Always Demonstrate Empathy
  2. Focus on Outcomes – Not Hours
  3. Share Accountability
  4. Become a N.I.N.J.A.
  5. PRO-active > RE-active Coaching
  6. Maximize Transparency
  7. Encourage Innovation
  8. Develop Presentation Skills
  9. Model a Learning Culture

TOURNAMENT OF CHANGE
How to Experience Championship Results in Turbulent Times (3:45PM, May 12, 2016)

If you were with us in the Unique Zone at the 2016 Symposium, you know that this wasn’t a PowerPoint presentation AT ALL.  In fact, it was less of a “breakout session” and more of an EXPERIENCE. I hope you  had as much fun learning at the session as I did putting it together for you!

We’ll do our best to share some of the key elements here and I’ll load up the “promo PowerPoint” that was sent into the Symposium organizers ahead of time, too. Again, we’ll get it up on the site soon.


PODCAST

In the meantime, if you like to hear great stories, I invite you to check out my free, weekly show “The Success Charger Podcast with Scott Cooksey” available to stream or download from SuccessChargerPodcast.com , iTunes, Stitcher Radio and other fine podcasting sites around the interwebs.

You might especially like Episode 38 where I interview John Verdone of DDI (Development Dimensions International) about why he believes EVERYONE should become a facilitator.

Why Everyone Should Become A Facilitator [Ep.38]

Even with many years of experience developing leaders, John Verdone (Manager, Global Facilitator Excellence at Development Dimensions International) was struggling to describe just exactly what he did for a living. That is, until one day, when he happened to catch a certain story unfolding on a PBS-like television show and it all clicked.

People with strong presentation skills are viewed as better leaders and perceived to possess many favorable attributes reaching far beyond the realm of presentations. – John Verdone

In this interview, John stops by the podcast visit with host Scott Cooksey and shares what a study he commissioned uncovered about what makes a great facilitator; when learning really begins for adults; and why everyone should incorporate facilitation skills to build deeper, more meaningful connections with co-workers, clients and in your life.


CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video that generated the connection between John’s exploration into “what makes a great facilitator” and this podcast interview.



 

Photo of John Verdone peering out airplane window.
John Verdone
Cooksey peering out plane window.
Scott Cooksey

In the outtake of today’s episode, John and Scott compare recent photos they’d shared online.

Except for the fact that they both appear to prefer seats on the left side of the aircraft, any other resemblance is most certainly coincidental.

Share your questions, kudos, criticisms, challenges, guests you’d like to hear interviewed or whatever is on your mind in the comments section below or email the show at podcast@IdeaCharger.com!


Host Scott Cooksey works with organizations and top leaders to help them build lasting, profitable business relationships FASTER.

He has lead leadership workshops around the globe since 2009, and regularly speaks at conferences just like the last industry-specific one you attended!

Learn more about how Scott works with leaders and organizations like yours at www.IdeaCharger.com 

If you like today’s episode, please share it with your friends and followers on social media!

Doug DeVitre – Screen to Screen Selling

devitreIn what seems like the holy grail of business performance, organizations are constantly looking for ways to leverage available resources without sacrificing the quality of services provided to their clients.  In this interview with Doug Devitre, who literally wrote the book on Screen-To-Screen Selling, we unpack how EVERY type of business can leverage currently available technology solutions to solidify customer/client relationships FASTER to generate profits today!

GET IN THE CONVERSATION!

Leave a comment at the bottom of this post on how YOU could be using screen-to-screen technology to enhance your business today?  Already doing it? Tell us HOW!


Advantages to Screen-to-Screen Selling Concepts Covered in this Interview:

  • Reduce/Eliminate Travel Expenses in your company
  • Increase effectiveness of leadership development efforts
  • Accelerate Team Performance
  • Make better decisions (at ALL levels of your organization) FASTER
Here’s  A Video Introduction to Screen-to-Screen Selling!


Doug’s Websites:

www.ScreenToScreenSelling.com (TONS of FREE RESOURCES)

www.DougDevitre.com (Get Doug working with YOU!)

Technologies discussed:

www.doceri.com

www.zoom.us

www.join.me

Scott Cooksey (Host) is a motivational, keynote speaker & leadership development expert who works with organizations to build lasting, profitable client relationships and high-performing teams FASTER.

For information about working with Scott or having him speak at your event, please visit www.IdeaCharger.com

As always, your comments, thoughts, and guest interview suggestions, please email us directly at podcast@ideacharger.com.

Pick up a copy of Doug’s book, Screen-to-Screen Selling HERE
(Full disclosure, this is an Amazon affiliate link, but hey, it doesn’t cost YOU any more to buy it…just sends us a little something for making it available to you!)

Read About Doug in Realtor Magazine: HERE

Five Steps to Faster Success for Any Team [Ep 34]

In this brief, yet POWER PACKED episode, Scott shares five easy-to-implement steps for every team to improve productivity, impact and results FASTER.

To get the FREE GRAPHIC of each of the five steps, follow us:

Twitter  @IdeaCharger , Instagram @CookseyConnects, or the show’s Facebook Page

To support Scott or Krissy with their latest fundraising adventure, click below (At original publication, we are raising money for the BP MS150 Bike Ride from Houston to Austin TX):

www.IWillSponsorScott.info or www.IWillSponsorKrissy.info

Thanks!

 

Bridging the Knowledge Gap with Gen X

Companies today are facing a serious issue.  While gathering research for an upcoming conference presentation, Scott stumbled into some fascinating research that made him pause about how to address the knowledge gap present in companies today.

According to Pew Research Center, members of the Baby Boomer generation represent less than 35% of the total U.S. workforce.

Of late, there has been a LOT of talk about the Millennials who now hold the title of the “largest percentage of the U.S. workforce”.

 

The problem is…this current downturn in large areas of the economy (read: energy sector, manufacturing, and more) is leading to an increasing number of early retirement and voluntary layoff packages being issued, further shrinking the number of vastly experienced people from some very complicated industries.

A quick look at the media offers much attention for the ballyhooed Millennials, but are they ready to take the helm in YOUR company?

There is a better solution already present in your companies, and it’s the ranks within Generation X.

pew statsIn this episode, host Scott Cooksey shares his insight gained from his experience working closely with the front-line leaders within these companies and shares some easy to implement tips EVERY COMPANY should be utilizing to help bridge the pending knowledge gap before it’s too late.

Leave a comment below and let us know what YOUR company is doing to bridge the knowledge gap!

Scott Cooksey is a speaker and leadership consultant based in Houston, TX.  To learn more about having him present at your industry conference or work with your company, visit www.IdeaCharger.com

Have questions about the podcast? Email Scott anytime at podcast@ideacharger.com

Be sure to share this episode with a friend using the “Share Episode” feature built right into your favorite podcast player!  Go ahead…. DO IT!

Entertainment Never Sleeps – Tip Jones – Overdrive Entertainment [Ep 31]

During one, hot, Oklahoma summer in the mid 1980’s, MTV proudly played the Top Five at Five video requests from the day’s call-ins.  That entire summer, the same five music videos (back when Music Television actually played music videos en masse) came on like clockwork. One of those songs was “Tears are Falling” by KISS.

Fast forward to 2016, and one of my childhood buddies, Tip Jones of Overdrive Entertainment, found himself readying a venue for a KISS concert just an hour or so from where we’d grown up as the concert promoter and event agency responsible for making the show happen.  In a surreal moment, Jones texted the pal who encouraged him to get into the entertainment business in the first place to say “I can’t believe I get to do this for a living.”

In this episode of the podcast, Cooksey visits with Tip Jones as they unpack what it took to go from a third-generation retail furniture store owner in a small, Oklahoma town to one of the most in-demand concert and event management companies in the region.

Autograph's Authenticity Questioned In Family Dispute
Autograph’s Authenticity Questioned In Family Dispute

We talk everything from the economic impact of entertainment events to why companies and municipalities should use a professional entertainment company to manage their events to what ‘s really behind ticket prices and more.  Tip even shares a couple of moments he claims are the reason he got into this crazy business in the first place.

While sharing one of his most memorable moments with country music legend Charlie Daniels, Cooksey quickly jumped on the opportunity to settle a decades old family dispute.  It’s all explained in the episode.  [We will include some pictures here in the notes, but please click the link below to VOTE and help Scott SETTLE THE SCORE!]

Charlie Daniels Overdrive
Image provided courtesy of Overdrive Entertainment

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How One $1.2 Billion Company Wanted to Connect (Ep 30)

Over 100 years ago, a company was known as a distributor of industrial pumps.  Sexy, huh?  Today, that little company, DXP Enterprises, is known for that and much, much more by taking serious their relationships  connections seriously…creating $1.2 BILLION in sales during FY 2015.  Not too bad.

This week, we flip the script by listening in while Success Charger Podcast host Scott Cooksey gets interviewed by Curt Tueffert, Vice President of Sales Development for an internal podcast known as “DXP Sales Radio“.

With a sales force spread out across a broad geographic area, getting everyone who needs to hear an important message is tough to coordinate.  With their internal show, DXP Sales Radio, Tueffert is able to get a consistent message to his force of consulting sales professionals, no matter what.

Often interviewing outside experts, Curt was curious how DXP’s sales force could benefit in sales AND leadership by applying an emphasis of connection, each and every day.

We had so much fun recording the interview, I asked (and was granted) special permission to share our recording with you, the Success Charger listener.  I hope you’ll enjoy it!

If you like this, please share it with your management, sales leader, and colleagues.  Connection is a skill that can and will benefit EVERY organization. I have seen it impact companies of all sizes in remarkable ways!


 

Interested in having Scott in to deliver a speech or lead a workshop inside your company or trade organization?  Email him at podcast@successcharger.com or visit www.IdeaCharger.com!

Let us hear from you!  Like this episode? Hate it? Think of someone you’d like us to interview?  Email us atpodcast@ideacharger.com!

The Art and Opportunity of Successful Project Management with Andy Kaufman PMP [Ep 28]

“If your to-do item requires more than one step…it’s a project”
-David Allen

Under the rule established by the above quote, all of us – including YOU- manage projects each and every day.  In this 60 minute episode, you will learn that not only are projects important, but that managing doesn’t have to be difficult.  In fact, it’s quite simple if you are willing to employ a few important techniques.

Several years ago, while I was presenting for a very challenging client in Chicago, IL, a man with a tremendously addictive smile sat in the back of the room.  At the end of the day, he approached me with great enthusiasm for what was, in his words, “a rather successfully facilitated day” I had just completed.  A connection was made…and in this episode, I reconnect with Andy Kaufman, PMP to discuss the art and opportunity of successfully managing projects.

andy kaufman
Meet Andy Kaufman, PMP

If you think project management is boring…This episode is going to change your mind about projects and project managers.  It is JAM PACKED with solid ideas anyone can use to become more effective at almost anything you do!

In this high-energy episode, we discuss many aspects of projects including:

  • Why you SHOULD talk about risks…and how often,
  • Using the “Two Week Rule” for checkpoints,
  • How projects are influenced by the psychology of pursuasion,
  • Navigating the “Planning Fallacy”,
  • Book recommendations and
  • Much, much more….

During this interview, Andy offers a discount for any of our listeners who enroll in one of his eLearning courses using the discount code, here is the special link to GET ANDY’S ESSENTIALS COURSE and use the coupon code cooksey-50 to save $50 off of the course enrollment!  

[In full disclosure, Andy is providing me an affiliate referral fee for anyone who uses this link, but he is paying me out of his proceeds and with no additional cost to you.  Just being transparent here…]

To learn more about Andy Kaufman, hire him as a speaker, bring him in to work with your group or just read some of his articles, check out his website at www.i-leadonline.com.

Check out all the details about his podcast AND how you can earn continuing education credits for project management at: www.peopleandprojectspodcast.com.

The One Week Business Reboot Plan

Business landscapes can change in a heartbeat.  Momentum shifts. Your business plan is worthless if you  cannot implement it!

Is it time to execute your “reboot plan”?

In this quick, hard-hitting episode, I share a valuable lesson passed along to me from a colleague who used this very idea to fuel his business for over two decades.

To field test it, I gave this a shot for one week…with such amazing results, I am doing it again….FROM NOW ON!

In under 15 minutes, learn two specific tactics you can implement right away to (re)boot your business and move the needle forward RIGHT NOW toward that big, ol’ audacious goal you set for this year/quarter/month/week….

This might just be the most profitable episode of the year….and it’s only February!

Leave your thoughts below.  Test it out and let us know how it worked and what you learned about your business!