Archive for 2011

New Year, New YOU!

Just got an email from a business leader who read the book, got inspired to reinvent himself, and is changing jobs after tomorrow!

http://www.reinventionmadeeasy.com.

I am humbled!

New year, New YOU!  Go for it.

Who Heard the Sermon FROM the Mount?

I heard John Maxwell say many years ago, “The best wisdom is given from the summit.”

The famous “Sermon on the Mount” in the Bible was not given to the masses, but only addressed to those disciples who climbed up the mountain with Jesus. It says in Matthew 5:1-3a, “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:  And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,  ‘Blessed are the poor…'”

Notice who the target audience was:  Not “the multitudes.”  Don’t confuse your hazy memory of a Hollywood movie containing a booming voice that echoes over a canyon.  It says this message was addressed to the disciples… who followed him up.

Not the crowd way down below who didn’t make the journey up the mountain!

Cast vision that you will reward your followers with pearls that they only receive by taking the journey up with you.  Buy books that help you succeed; then give them away to someone else in the organization who will benefit from them.  If nothing else, it will clean off your dusty bookshelves (Hint: if you need a full bookshelf just for the image; it isn’t working!).

Speak from the summit to those on the journey.  Change your strategy, and change their results.

Jim Mathis is an international Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and author of the Best-selling Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results. To receive his free monthly e-newsletter with articles like this send a SUBSCRIBE message to: subscribe@jimmathis.com.

The Poppy Principle, Jimmy Buffett and You!

What makes you stand out from the rest?  Some people call this the “poppy principle,” or so I’ve been told.   The poppy that stands out in the field gets noticed – or chosen first.

Porsche decided a few years ago to get into the SUV market.  They have failed miserably because this is not what they are known for. Consumers have come to know the Porsche name for excellent high-performance cars.  Not SUV’s?

Look at Jimmy Buffett and how he has taken the Margaritaville (a song that never made it to the top of the charts) image and bankrolled it into stores, cafes, Radio Margaritaville, beachwear, and don’t forget the albums and concerts.  He has an image that he has never deviated from and stayed in his niche.  Mention his name and it conjures up tropical drinks, parrots, the beach, and a lifestyle that says, “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere.”

Does Buffett sell to every music lover?  Of course not!  Does he go for the Heavy Metal crowd?  No.  Rock and Roll?  No way!

But that’s not his goal. He is doing his best to stand out in “One Particular Harbor” (field of music, fun and entertainment).  And doing pretty good now at 65 years old!

What differentiates you from others in your industry?  What makes you stand out like a tall flower in a field of look-alikes?  What can you do to take the image you have carved out and differentiate it from the rest?

Jim Mathis is an international professional speaker and author of the Best-selling Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results. To receive his free monthly e-newsletter with articles like this send a SUBSCRIBE message to: subscribe@jimmathis.com.

I Believe Good Things Happen!

“If God had taken away the cancer (like I asked), the surgeon wouldn’t have discovered (and repaired) three other complications no one knew existed.  Now I am cancer-free and free of the other problems.”

I have lived long enough to realize that there are no coincidences in life.  Everything happens for a reason.  The wise people are the ones who can discover purpose and make it work for their benefit.

I sat next to a young lady on a flight to Milwaukee last year who argued that life was a series of coincidences.  It turns out she had to write a speech for her first Toastmasters meeting and was having trouble putting it together.  Was it a coincidence that she sat next to a professional speaker for three hours on that fight?

I don’t think so.

I meet people frequently who contribute to my life and I in turn try to add value to theirs.  If you live your life with purpose and learn to associate every occurrence with that purpose, then you will realize that life is a journey, not a series of coincidences.

Look for opportunities to discover the reason events happened to you and you will be amazed how few times they appear to be mere coincidences.

Jim Mathis is an international professional speaker, cancer survivor and author of the Best-selling Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results. To receive his free monthly e-newsletter with articles like this send a SUBSCRIBE message to: subscribe@jimmathis.com.

Thank You Gift

Dear Awesome Friends,

Another year has gone by already!  We have been very blessed to have the opportunity to work with so many clients this year to help them reinvent themselves and their organizations. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you this year.

The holidays are about giving thanks… and giving back.  So we’d like to give back to you – the Reinvention Nation™ community.

REINVENTION 101: Bold Ideas on Reinventing Yourself

by Jim Mathis

BUY THE BOOK;  GET THE BONUS!

You Will Receive*

· Reinvention 101 (hard copy shipped)

· Reinvent Yourself for the New World of Work – mp3

· Leaders vs. Losers – mp3

· Speaking With Spirit e-Book

· All For Just $12.00! ·
($85 Value)

*Purchase and forward your confirmation receipt before December 30, 2011 and I will email you the bonus gifts.

But hurry while I’m in such a good holiday mood!  Here’s the link to purchase and receive the bonus offers:

Buy Reinvention 101 Bundle

Thank you,

-Jim Mathis

Can You Empower People Like Google?

Part of Google’s success worldwide has included empowering their employees to take action on their ideas. Steve Myers writes in his cyber-journal, “Many products and product improvements at Google start with one person having an idea, sketching it out, showing a prototype to others, getting feedback, and soliciting support from others.”

Notice that getting permission, or “running it by” your supervisor is absent from the natural flow at Google.

“Any engineer on our team is empowered to try something they feel strongly about,” Todd Jackson, a product manager for Gmail and Google Buzz said.

Act now. You have the power to eliminate fear and uncertainty. Let the reins loose. Take a risk. Build and extend your lead by focusing on the long term. Empower others and reap the reward(s)!

Jim Mathis is an international professional speaker and author of the Best-selling Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results.  To receive his free monthly e-newsletter with articles like this send a SUBSCRIBE message to: subscribe@jimmathis.com.

Blending Out!

“…to boldly go where no one has gone before!”
Star Trek opening narration

A common practice in the business world is to compete in a “death match” of price wars or replicating another’s innovation.  Business competitors will normally go at each other relentlessly unless one finds a new market niche or a new process to address the existing market.

Dan Brown wrote The DaVinci Code.  Thereafter a whole LOT of authors wrote books about codes and secrets along the same line.  After one airline added in-flight wifi service then others scrambled to follow suit.  It became the trend, or movement!

Reinventing your market means finding something new that no one is attempting or addressing and meeting that need.  It is all about leading instead of following.  Reinventing is going in a purposefully different direction than you (or anyone) has gone before.

For years, coffee was coffee. They all tasted pretty much the same.  Then Starbucks turned the coffee-drinking world on its ear by blending.  The answer was blending different flavors and labeling it “gourmet” coffee.  They reinvented coffee and changed the playing field.  Suddenly everyone who was anyone was getting into the blended brew business – Seattle’s Best, Newman’s Own, even Dunkin’ Donuts!

What are you doing to blend OUT and stand out?

Jim Mathis is an international professional speaker and Best Selling author of Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results.  You may receive his monthly free e-zine with articles like this by sending a message to:  Subscribe@jimmathis.com.


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