Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Steve Rizzo - Dream, Dare, Do!

What Do You Focus On every day? Are you going to dare yourself to find the happiness throughout the tough times? After being told by a guidance counselor that he didn't have the intelligence for college, and having been saddled with the dubious high school honor of "Least Likely to Succeed," Steve Rizzo didn't give himself much of a chance to emerge as anything special, much less a world-class comedian or motivational speaker. Years of negativity had led Steve to believe that dreams were the luxury of only a fortunate few.

Check out Steve's new book: Get Your Shift Together.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jason Lucash on Why Humor Can Be an Entrepreneur's Best Resource

The co-founder of OrigAudio lets viewers in on the top business lessons he's learned along with key tips on how to stand out amid stiff competition.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Daniel Burrus: Predicting the Future

Daniel Burrus says there are clear ways to predict the future in an uncertain world. You need to unplug yourself from the present and look at examples of linear change -- things that will not go backward and will definitely happen in the future.

Transcript -- We live in an amazingly uncertain world. What's going to happen with Europe? What's going to happen with our economy? What's going to happen with sales the next six months? Will China be strong? Will you be strong? What'll happen with housing? The problem with the uncertainty is it keeps you frozen. It doesn't let you move forward. It doesn't give you any confidence. So in an uncertain world, I have to ask myself, "What am I certain about? Am I certain of nothing?"

And the answer is you can be certain about so much, it's unbelievable. For example, right now it's winter. I'm certain it'll be spring followed by summer. By the way, I had that certainty because there is a science of cycles; there's over 300 known cycles - weather cycles, business cycles, biological cycles, that give you a complete handle and accurate forecast of the future.

As a matter of fact economists have been trained in the science of cycles. But if you noticed the economists have been really wrong lately. Why have they been so wrong? They're using the science of cycles. After all, Warren Buffett is the richest guy in the world because of the science of cycles. He knows when the stock market goes up; he's going to sell and when it goes down he's going to buy, which is probably the opposite of most other people. That's why he's rich.

So, is there another kind of change, you have to ask yourself. And the answer is yes. And I call it linear change. Unlike cyclical change, when linear change hits we're not going back. Once you got a smartphone, you're not going back to a dumb phone. Once the people in China parked their bicycle and get a car, they're not going to say, gee, lets get rid of the car and go back to the bike. Once people in India get refrigeration for their homes, they're not going to say we don't need refrigeration. Now these are one way - they're not cycles - one-way linear changes that had profound and amazingly predictable consequences.

So in a world of uncertainty, I have to ask am I certain of anything and create a list of certainty. The reason is because strategy based on uncertainty has high risk. Strategy based on certainty has low risk and high reward. So we are bombarded with all of this uncertainty. Create a list of things that you can be absolutely certain about. Lets give you a technological certainty as a good example. Let's take the iPhone. How about the next iPhone? I know we just got our new one but what about the next one? Could you say anything about that? Do you know anything about that? Hey, no one's left that in the bar lately.

And the answer is, you know all about the next iPhone. For example, will it have a faster processing chip in it than the current one? And the answer is of course it will. Are you certain? Yeah, been doing that with technology for 40 years; it's call Moore's law. We have 3G wireless now; we're getting 4G wireless. Is that it? Or might you be able to predict what they'll call the next one? The answer is, of course; it'll be 5G, followed by 6G. I've been tracking that out for over 30 years.

It's fully predictable on a curve. You can just see it right there. And can we get more in that device or is it full? Can't get anymore? And the answer is of course, we can store more in that device; it's on a similar curve to Moore's law going up like this. Very predictable. So if you look at all the things that you can be certain about, you will find amazing possibilities and amazing opportunities as you look at the future.

Spend an hour a week unplugging from the present. Yeah, why? Because it's more related to your past than your future. You know there's a reason your windshield is bigger than your rearview mirror. Hey, let's start looking ahead a little bit. The more you look, the more you see. The future is more visible than you might expect. Make a list, not of the things you're uncertain about, but the things you are certain about. First of all, the cycles. What are the cycles that we know? What are the cycles, the sales cycles, the business cycles.

By the way if there's a sales cycle, hint don't abide by it. I always go the opposite of the sale cycle because I want to have the deal closed before the cycle begins, but that just me. Anyway take a look at the cycles. Make a list of those things. We know when Father's Day will be, we know when Christmas will be, we know when the next election will be. Makes list of all the things that you know and look at the problems and predictable opportunities.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Robin Sharma on "How To Think Like A SuperHero"

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In this video, Robin Sharma some seriously practical ideas to help you rewire your thinking in 2013.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

KROC Thrivin' in 2013 Health Fair - Jan 26th, 2013

KROC Thrivin' in 2013 Health Fair

The Salvation Army Kroc Center is pleased to be working in partnership with Kaiser Permanente to bring you the Kroc Health Fair on January 26, 2013. Please join us for a fun day filled with educational resources and information, including:

• Free Flu, T-Dap and Pneumonia Shots
• Free Health Screenings
• Theater Program for Kids
• Cooking Demonstrations
• An on-site pharmacist to check and talk talk to you about your medications
…and more!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What Is An Urth Shake? Good Stuff!

The Urth Shake is unique, since it is a meal, not just a snack or desert. The product will be sold through health clubs, drive-up Shake Shoppe's and food service contracts with hospitals, schools and senior centers.

*The Urth Shakes Program is a healthy meal replacement system of prepared drinks that goes beyond simply tasting great

*It extremely nutritionally dense, reduces hunger and provides a satisfying sense of fullness at only 312 calories, for a 20 ounce serving

*Building on 20 years of experience with garden fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds and protein it fully developed and has been embraced by the medical community

*The company's Urth Shake meal replacement is presently served fresh, or freeze dried (future) will be available to the public through retail outlets, online sales, and contract sales

*No added artificial ingredients, salt or sugars

*Offered in chocolate, vanilla and berry flavors

*Fresh or freeze dried

*Packaged and sealed in BPA free Urth Friendly cups

*Committed to providing farm-fresh nutrition

INGREDIENTS: Grape Juice, Apple Juice, Banana, Tofu, Organic Carrots, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Organic Kale, Red Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Organic Quinoa, Flax Seeds, Organic Chia Seeds, Ginger. Contains No Allergens.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Greg Chambers ABC Music Livermore

As an orchestral/classical saxophonist, Greg served as an on-call musician for the New World Symphony in Miami. FL, has been heard on the airwaves of K-Mozart in Los Angeles, has played in the Ginn Resorts Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, and served as the Saxophone Fellowship student for the 2007 and 2008 Aspen Music Festival, where he was fortunate to work with such renowned performers/conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Michael Stern, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Kathleen Battle.  Greg has studied with Dr. Douglas Masek, William Trimble, Bil Jackson, and John Harle, has performed in masterclasses with Greg Banaszak and Gary Keller. 

As a jazz/pop saxophonist, Greg has worked with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, studied with Eric Marienthal, and is releasing his second CD this fall. 

As a teacher, Greg holds a CA teaching credential, has taught music at Hogan High School in Vallejo, CA for 2 years, and has taught private lessons since 2003.  Some of his private students have been chosen to participate in the CBDA All-State Honor Bands and many more were selected to participate in county and regional honor bands.  Greg was featured in Vol. 33 No. 3 of the Saxophone Journal ("A Lesson With Greg Chambers"- by Greg Banaszak) and offers saxophone lessons at ABC Music in Livermore. 

Greg strives to help students discover their potential.  While focusing on repertoire that engages students, facilitates sight-reading skills (through duets, etudes, etc.), and addresses key fundamentals, students are encouraged to discover new material, join/form ensembles, and take ownership of their own growth.  To register for lessons or find out more information, you may contact Greg at:

Phone: (408) 710-3561

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Barbara Corcoran on Projecting a Big Image and Living Up to It

Before becoming an angel investor and judge on the hit ABC show Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran built a $5 billion real-estate business in New York City.

Here are some highlights from her recent keynote speech at Entrepreneur Magazine's Growth Conference in Dallas:

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Grant Cardone on How to Hire Top Sales Talent

Small companies can hire great sales pros if they commit to competing for them in the job market, the sales training expert says.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Understanding the "What if UP Method" by Joe Vitale

Joe Vitale discusses how to attract more money into your life by steering your behaviors and beliefs away from scarcity and instead towards generosity and abundance.

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Veteran's Personal Story - Mission Solano and Bridge To Life Center

Lamar talks with Rod Mallory COO at Mission Solano and Bridge To Life Center about his journey through their program. See more at

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Robin Sharma shares The 4 Habits to Make 2013 Awesome

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In this extremely potent and exceptionally practical training video, leadership and life performance expert Robin Sharma walks you through the 4 game-changing habits to make this New Year your absolute best year yet

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Design an Organization that Makes a Difference

Christian Busch, cofounder of Sandbox, built his company to offer innovators a vehicle for doing good

Friday, January 11, 2013

Bob Kulhan: Improv 101 (The "Yes, and..." Principle)

We're often at a disadvantage when it comes to problem-solving because we think too fast, and our analytic brains shut off new ideas before they have even emerged. Improvisation, on the other hand, creates "a set of experiences that allow you to fine-tune and hone all of the necessary skills needed to think on your feet and simply react and adapt." So says Bob Kulhan who has been studying, performing and teaching improv comedy for nearly two decades.

Kulhan introduces the two key tools of improv, which are captured by the two-word phrase "Yes, and." Kulhan says "Yes" means accepting a certain idea or situation at face value. The "and" part involves taking that idea and building onto it, whether that involves taking the idea apart or approaching it from a different angle. Kulhan says this approach creates both openness ("Yes") and a bridge to your thoughts ("and") that will foster creativity and fearlessness, eventually leading to innovation.

Kulhan, who teaches improv techniques to foster creativity in business settings, says it is important to take our critical hats off and not be afraid to take a chance, or be afraid to fail. Once that kind of environment has been established, then it is time for our analytical minds to kick in and focus on convergent thinking.

Divergent thinking has delivered "a great collection of ideas." Convergent thinking, on the other hand, involves "separating the sand from the gold and the good ideas from the bad ideas, and you start editing those out." The key to improv is simply to not allow yourself to start editing too quickly.

You can see some of the products of Kulhan's fearlessness in these videos below, and "if you have any decency whatsoever," Kulhan implores, visit

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Suisun City KROC Center Open House Is Saturday, Jan 12th

We're bursting at the seams with new programming that's coming up right around the corner! Read below for details, visit us at or come by the facility anytime to learn more.

Open House this Saturday!
Gather your friends and family and join us for a special one-day only open house event at the brand new Suisun City Kroc Center. Come tour the facility, meet the staff, and try out your choice of group exercise classes. There will be activities for the whole family including swimming, arts & crafts and prize drawings. In the gym, we’ll even be hosting a 3-point shooting and dunk contest. Come find out what being a Kroc member is all about. Participate in our Passport Game and get entered to win a 50" TV!

Sign up with $0 Enrollment Fee for the month of January Come in to sign up a membership this month and we've waive your $50 enrollment fee! With Zero enrollment, family fitness and fun for members of all ages and no membership contracts, you will love it here at the Kroc Center. See what everyone's been raving about! Go Kroc!
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Richard Branson Explains His Secrets to Success - LinkedIn Exclusive

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and thrill-seeking businessman, became the first LinkedIn Influencer to amass 1 million followers. To celebrate this accomplishment, Sir Richard sat down with LinkedIn's Executive Editor, Daniel Roth, to answer questions from members about the secrets to success.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Relevant Report: How to Conquer Job Burnout

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Why Use Big Valley Mortgage - The Lending Pros

Mike, branch manager at Big Valley Mortgage, talks about what sets them a part. See more about Big Valley Mortgage at

Friday, January 4, 2013

Managing Idiosyncratic Talent

Robert D. Austin, Dean of the Faculty of Business at the University of New Brunswick, explains how Dutch software tester Specialisterne maintains a diverse and productive workforce. He is the coauthor of "Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a Twenty-First Century Leader."

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Create Slides People Will Remember

Nancy Duarte, author of the "HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations," explains how to avoid PowerPoint hell.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tim Ferriss on Mastering Any Skill

Behind the Brand host Bryan Elliott talks to best-selling author
of The 4-Hour Chef, life-hacker, entrepreneur and possibly the new
Most Interesting Man in the World, Tim Ferriss.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Venom, Fury, and Bile by Kirsty Dunphey

Ever held a grudge for a really long time? I know full-grown adults who are still holding grudges from primary school.

What’s it getting them? What’s holding a grudge getting anyone?

-       Probably a knot in the pit of their stomach whenever their mind consciously or inadvertently goes to thoughts of that person.
-       Bile, fury and venom that builds within them and serves typically to darken that person’s life – not the object of their grudge.

This is life. People will behave in ways you see as irrational. People will behave according to their own codes of conduct – which may not always align with your own. People will upset you. People will even do things which justifiably deserve your anger.

So after some frustration happens, you can continue, indefinitely, to hold a grudge:

-       Or you can let the object of your grudge know your feelings (where appropriate) and you can try and resolve it like rational adults.
-       Or you can let it go and move on with your life.
-       Or you can use that anger as motivational fuel rather than bile fuel! To do this you need to figure out how you can totally nullify the anger you feel by being so grateful for what it has motivated you to do.

This year has been a challenging one for me. There have been a few times where I’ve been pretty furious in the moment – and it’s been a huge learning experience for me. I willingly put myself in situations that I now wouldn’t do again. I’m thankful for those lessons even though they were painful to learn.

In one situation where I felt probably the most let down, I let the anger build for a little while but then I decided I was going to go with option three above. I was going to get myself to a point where I felt thankful for the situation because of what it motivated me to do.

I made a commitment (verbally to someone I knew needed to hear it) that everything the business lesson cost was going to have been recovered within 12 months through smarter choices. We did it within 6.

So while when New Years Eve kicks around I could be looking back furious at the year, instead, I choose (and it’s definitely a choice) to look back with thanks and excitement at the changes I’ve made and the decisions I won’t make again in the future.

Bye bye grudge.  Bye bye bile. Bye bye venom.  Bye bye fury. Hello genuine, heart felt thanks. 
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