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Dr. Jim Downing for TIME magazine’s World’s 100 Most Influential People

March 28, 2013

For the past several years I’ve been honored to work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital COO and Scientific Director Dr. Jim Downing, who has been nominated for TIME magazine’s 2013 list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People. Please consider clicking on the link and choosing “absolutely.” It takes only a few seconds and… Read More

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The Best Advice I Ever Received

October 14, 2012

I have a personal mission but I didn’t fully understand what it was, what it meant, and where it came from until I got some advice from my dear friend, Jim Adcox. Over twenty years ago, Jim suggested that I do something he’d done with his own parents—ask my mom and dad to write about… Read More

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Real Influence – How to Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In

September 16, 2012

Over two years and 100+ interviews with highly reputable influencers in the making, I’m very proud to announce my next book, coauthored with Mark Goulston MD. It already has been selected as one of the 30 Best Books in Business for 2013 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries (the premier executive book summary company). The publishing… Read More

Grant Searcey and the “Art” of Inspirational Influence

July 2, 2012
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Recently I delivered a keynote address for a Fortune 500 firm’s annual senior executive retreat. With the economy unsteady and the company having undergone setbacks in their business, they wanted to hear about how to motivate stronger performance during difficult times. To illustrate the steps that leaders and managers should take, I told a story… Read More

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Apple’s “Think Different” Commercial and the Power of Virtual Mentors

December 1, 2010

Pick five people from history who inspire you the most? Why do those people inspire you? Calling specific individuals to mind in response to these questions is likely to create positive thoughts and emotions for you. You’re choosing people who inspire you, and therefore you have favorable associations with them that click into place automatically… Read More

Spend Prudently on Presents & Overspend on Presence

November 28, 2010

Yesterday was the busiest shopping day of the year, and holiday gift buying season is officially underway. It’s good for businesses and their employees, and we all benefit in other ways if the economy picks up.  And it’s nice to give and receive presents. But families need to keep that in perspective, and not spend… Read More

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The Motivational Miner: Lessons from Chilean Miner Edison Pena On Overcoming Discomfort

November 22, 2010

Edison Pena is one of the 33 Chilean miners who was trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days. Since being rescued, Pena has gained international admiration. You can see why in this five minute video excerpt from his appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. In his discussion with Letterman, Pena points toward motivation techniques… Read More

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Fixing Motivation Mistakes: Emotional OverDrive

September 22, 2010

With panting breaths, eyes bulging, and voice cracking, Phil Davison from Minerva, Ohio hollered his way through what surely has become the most viewed County Treasurer party nomination speech in history. His impassioned address exploded into a YouTube and media sensation. People might have a laugh at Davison’s delivery, but there’s a motivation lesson for… Read More

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Richard St. John on Success: Eight Traits To Be Great

September 14, 2010

If you haven’t heard about TED.com, Richard St. John’s video is a great introduction. Richard spent 7+ years in research and interviewed 500+ leading figures from all walks of life. He condensed his findings into 4 minutes, and 8 key words. The featured video here is his TED.com talk on “Eight traits that successful people… Read More

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John Cleese on Creativity: The Tortoise and the Harried

September 8, 2010

The tortoise as a symbol for creativity? In this video John Cleese makes that case, and presents a remarkable amount of useful information on how to be more creative in a short ten minutes. Cleese, now in his seventies, has had an exceptionally productive and diverse career as a comedian, writer, actor and film producer…. Read More



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