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

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*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:

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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.

How Do You Make Changes: Addition or Subtraction?

Almost everyone equates change with loss. We think first about what we are going to lose before we think about what we will gain.  Most of us are like that.

But most people are also more prone to accept change when you sell the benefits (to them) – not what they are losing (features, for you).

It helps them focus on “addition” rather than “subtraction.”

Think about basic changes you have been forced to make. If you didn’t initiate the changes you thought about first what you would miss?  Your people will begin to focus on gains as well.

It’s all about the benefits you are adding to employees, staff, customers, members and clients.  Not the features of the new process or product.

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.

Networking SMART to Reinvent

Self-reinventors are excellent at networking with others from whom they can learn.

John Paul Engel, author and founder of Knowledge Capital says, “I co-founded a nonprofit triathlon club that I have grown from 4 to 123 people.  I began volunteering with local groups. One of my mentors taught me the more you help others the better your life becomes. I taught middle school and high school classes, and I helped Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, and our local YMCA.

I started doing work for whatever anyone would pay me. Finally, one of the businesses that I helped turned me on to a client that I have been working with for over two years. Step by step I am rebuilding my business. One of my original clients has come back to work with me. A portion of everything I make goes into my nonprofit work with youth.

I am now teaching as an adjunct professor at a local college.  Finally, I wrote a book that brings advice from some of the most successful people in the world to students, teachers, and parents for free.”

What a great network he has built!  Who do you network with?   How can you use it to your advantage to start your own great reinvention story?

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.

 

How To Reinvent

“That’s what Americans have done for over 200 years: reinvented ourselves.”
            -President Barack Obama

2011 began with President Barack Obama the world in the State of the Union Address that we need to reinvent ourselves and our businesses as we move forward.  The ryear-long debt ceiling debate, lack of foreign confidence in the US recovery and sluggish economy here at home and in Europe has ramped up that challenge.

Now many Americans feel that repeating the same actions they have gone through in the past won’t produce the results they once did.  They need to overcome the obstacles and challenges of a “different” environment, climate and economy.  They need to be themselves, different, too.

So how do you meet that challenge?

As I have observed innovators and practiced the art of reinventing myself, I identified six skills that all creative innovators have in common.  They aren’t technical.  You only have to be open to the possibilities around you and seize the opportunities the universe and God put before you.

One: Observe Details

The first skill is the ability to closely observe details, particularly those of other people’s behavior.  For you it might mean having to reposition your focus, of becoming alert and aware of folks around you.  The clues you observe will give you an advantage over those who talk and don’t observe.

Two: Leaders First Listen

Before they talk, leaders use their listening skills. In most conversations, people will tell stories about themselves. Re-inventors listen. Your greatest skill in leadership is the ability to initially keep your mouth closed and your ears open to listen for trends, ideas and opinions.

Three: Ask the Right Questions

The third skill is questioning – an ability to ask “what if”, “why”, and “why not” questions that challenge the status quo and open up the bigger picture. Reinvention leaders constantly question the status quo.  They ask questions like, “Why does that work in this place?”   If you want to get ahead in the market, you need to go to your most loyal customers and ask them why they buy from or do business with you.  It might surprise you.

Juanita Kelly, founder of Goddess Magazine, the Juanita Kelly Foundation and fashion entrepreneur was bold enough to ask the right person questions. “My advice to all (of) you business owners are to never feel comfortable being just that, keep wanting to show your clients what you can offer them and how it’s better than all the rest that’s out there; always stay on your toes because your competition is always going to try and out-think you.

The better the questions you ask, the better the answers you will receive.

Four: Risk & Experiment

The fourth skill is the ability to experiment – the people we studied are always trying on new experiences and exploring new worlds. You have to have the courage to take risks.  With failure comes growth, but only if you are open to learning from your failures.

Five: Associating Unrelated Areas

Professor Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University calls the next skill “associating.”  He says, “It’s a cognitive skill that allows creative people to make connections across seemingly unrelated questions, problems, or ideas

Six: Build Your Network

Finally, self-reinventors are excellent at networking with others from whom they can learn.

Re-inventors start by being uncomfortable with the status quo (whether it is from within, or in their environment) and go from there.

Where are you going?

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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