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!

Connecting Caregivers with Healthcare Coaches to Improve Profitability

Cariloop-2c-rgbThe financial impact of providing care to loved ones in the United States extends far beyond the actual costs of the health care.  Michael Walsh, co-founder and CEO of Cariloop.com just couldn’t sit and let that fact “work itself out”.  He knew something had to be done. Today, his company is bridging the gap between a dynamic, complicated health care system and families working hard to ensure their loved ones get the best care…without getting overwhelmed!

This episode of Success Charger explores what happens when being born into a family of entrepreneurs meets a challenging issue facing an increasing number people in America today. You guessed it…a company is born!

The Statistics:

  • 17% of workforce employees today are also considered caregivers for loved ones

  • Caregivers provide care for an average of 21 hours per week

  • $304,000 average lifetime lost wages are experienced by caregivers

  •  Employer cost per employee/caregiver is approximately $2110 per employee per year

Cariloop provides health care coaches to work with families to navigate the pressures associated with the challenges of work-life balance amid a dynamic, complex healthcare environment.

MichaelWalsh-CariloopMichael Walsh exemplifies what it truly means to “connect” families with solutions that make an impact on their lives in a positive way.  In it, he has created a business that does not feel like “work”, yet is making a difference in the lives of many!

Learn more about Cariloop:

On the web at  www.Cariloop.com;  call a coach today at 844-790-5667; or email them at helpme@cariloop.com

FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

@Cariloop – The Company
@WalshMichaelR Michael Walsh – Co-Founder and CEO
LinkedIn Company Page
Michael Walsh on LinkedIn

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Success Charger Podcast is hosted by Scott Cooksey.  For information about having Scott speak at your industry or corporate event; leadership workshops; private coaching/events, please visit www.IdeaCharger.com

 

Re-Defining Today’s Business MAN with Dan Griffin (Ep 36)

The role of men in our society has been defined by centuries of history…and perhaps, to an extent, upon much mis-information.

In this episode of the Success Charger Podcast, Dan Griffin stops by to share his take on “The Man Rules” and why so often men..and women…get it all wrong.

 

Steeped in long-term work in the field of addiction recovery, Dan’s exploration of what defines men today has led to his authoring several books, speaking regularly around the country, and working tirelessly to defend the rights of men to be men…REAL men.

It just may not be what you  think. Give it a listen and sound off below in the comments section!

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Dan’s Books:

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!

 

Connect with Jason LeVasseur of The Rock Star Project(R) [Ep 33]

In the fifth grade, I “inherited” my older brother’s trombone and joined the band at my elementary school. Three-quarters of the way through that year, my family uprooted from Tennessee to Oklahoma, and..well…the trombone physically made the trip, but I didn’t keep going with the band.

In a story that sounded familiar, Jason LeVasseur began his rock-star journey as a saxophonist.  That quickly morphed into drums.  When he graduated high school, he knew the drums wouldn’t be all that welcome in a dorm room, so he was gifted a guitar. Today, Jason lives out his dream as a troubadour &  front-man of “The Rock Star Project”, an amazing experience he’s been sharing with students and business groups across the country for years.

We caught up with Jason, while he was jamming out in his kitchen in front of a proud display of art created by his kids…who he credits as being the coolest band he’s ever worked with!

Music touches the soul and Jason teaches us that EVERYONE is a member of a band and that we all CAN connect with our inner rock star, simply by choosing to do so.

This isn’t another “everyone gets a trophy, juice box and an orange slice” story.  Its a reminder that we are all rock stars at heart and every day is an opportunity to showcase our talents in one of the many virtual bands of which we are all members.

Leave a comment below about YOUR favorite “band” and why it means so much to you!


Learn more about Jason at www.TheRockStarProject.com and www.JasonLeVasseur.com.  Tweet him @JasonLeVasseur


Scott Cooksey is a motivational keynote speaker, leadership workshop facilitator who wants to speak at your next association or industry event.  Find out more at www.IdeaCharger.com.

 

 

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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For more on how to subscribe to the show or to stream additional episodes, visit SuccessChargerPodcast.com for all the details!


 

HELP RESOLVE COOKSEY’S FAMILY BET:

CLICK HERE to cast your vote and help settle this decade’s old challenge in Cooksey’s family!

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!

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