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Authenticity Gives You Power - Ty Bennett

By cmiadmin | Aug 02, 2017 | Comments Off
My friend, Sandra Joseph, is a big time Broadway star. She played the part of Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway for nearly a decade. She is an incredible actress with an even more incredible voice, but what I think I love most is her story.

Sandra was a struggling actress in New York City when she was given the opportunity to try out for the part of Christine. She went into the audition so nervous that her mouth became dry and her lips stuck to her teeth. Not exactly the best way to make a good impression. She was offered a part in the chorus but not the lead.

A few years later, she was given the opportunity to audition again. This time she wasn’t going to let her nerves get to her, but she overcompensated and really over did it. She was not offered any part.

By some miracle they did not find a lead and so a few weeks later, they came back to her and offered her one more chance. Sandra decided she just needed to focus on being herself. She nailed it! She made a conscious effort to be authentic and that’s what made her shine.

Tibetans have a word that means “authentic presence” – “Wangthang” and it literally translates to “field of power”. The Tibetan teacher Chogyam Trungpa said ”The cause or the virtue that brings about authentic presence, is emptying out and letting go. You have to be without clinging”

In business people generally tend to shy away from presenting their true, authentic selves, for fear of how they are coming across. We all too often put on a mask or play a part but that approach doesn’t allow us to connect. It stifles our effectiveness and our influence because people have a good B.S. meter and they sense that something is off. Authenticity leads to connections and connections lead to people choosing to do business with you.

Authenticity is your greatest asset. - Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken

What are your Non-Negotiables? - Sam Silverstein

By cmiadmin | Jul 25, 2017 | Comments Off

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Cary Mullen - Vivo Resorts Developer

By cmiadmin | Jul 18, 2017 | Comments Off

Having a mindset of constantly striving for excellence is a hallmark mindset of top producers. Having a clear process to follow makes all the difference.

Cary Mullen has chased excellence and continuous improvement all of his life: from his athletic career as a World Champion downhill ski racer, to best selling author of HOW to WIN, to his real estate development, Vivo Resorts where he leads 300+ people.

Learn more about Cary

WE vs ME Thinking - Robyn Benincasa

By cmiadmin | Jul 11, 2017 | Comments Off

More from Robyn!

One of The Pitfalls of Success - Ty Bennett

By cmiadmin | Jul 05, 2017 | Comments Off

After hours, weeks and years of hard work, it is amazing when that hard work starts to pay off and you start to see success and your goals coming to fruition. But so many fall into a similar trap as they begin to experience some success: a lack of humility. These words from Wynton Marsalis, the Pulitzer-prize winning musician and composer, serve as a necessary reminder when you begin to experience success: “You can tell when someone is truly humble, because they consistently observe and listen, the humble improve. They don’t assume, ‘I know the way.’ Humility engenders learning because it beats back the arrogance that puts blinders on. It leaves you open for truths to reveal themselves.”

You can be at the top of your field, the most successful person in the room, the all star, but arrogance never looks good on anyone. There is a great danger in the loss of humility not just because it makes you look bad, but also because it inhibits your ability to grow and improve. No matter how skilled you are – you can’t ever stop benefiting from more knowledge.

How Small Businesses Can Use Collaboration To Win Big! - Tim Sanders

By cmiadmin | Jul 05, 2017 | Comments Off

Best selling author Tim Sanders shares the LGA case study to illustrate how an architectural firm won a major piece of business by collaborating with a "competimate."

Plus, Minus and Equal - Ty Bennett

By cmiadmin | Jun 29, 2017 | Comments Off

The four-time undefeated MMA champion now MMA trainer, Frank Shamrock, has developed a system for training would-be fighters. I’m not a huge MMA fan – but I think there is a lot of merit to his system. The system is called “+, -, =”. Shamrock’s theory is that in order to be the best, you need to work with someone better than you, someone equal to you and someone whom you can teach. Shamrock believes this builds the best fighters.
We certainly don’t have to be an MMA fighter to benefit from this system. The same can be applied to us in any scenario. Training with someone better than us pushes us past our limits and helps us see greater possibilities. Training with our equal tests our skills and in the process they become a peer, allow us to create cooperation, shared learning and has a mastermind effect. Teaching allows us to review and analyze our skills. To truly master something you need to be able to teach it. All of us need to be in a position to get the opportunity to teach and to have the level of mastery to be able to teach. Teaching allows us to understand our skills at a higher level.

How can you implement the Plus, Minus and Equal System?

Winner of the Dottie Walters Helping Hands Award IASB 2017 - Karen Harris!

By cmiadmin | Jun 23, 2017 | Comments Off

IASB 2017 Award Acceptance - Karen Harris from IASB on Vimeo.

We Are All Software Companies Now - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Jun 21, 2017 | Comments Off

000017-3.jpg'What do you mean we need to be a software company?' asked Lukas Braunschweiler, CEO of Sonova, one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-tech hearing devices. I had just finished giving a talk to their senior leadership team at the gorgeous lakeside town of Stäfa, near Zurich. 'We already have lots of software engineers. Are you saying that we need more?' It was a fair question, and one I had spent much of the prior week thinking about, in a few unusual places. How many software engineers do you need to transform a company? Read the full article here.




Dream Big (But It’s Not What You Think) - Ty Bennett

By cmiadmin | Jun 21, 2017 | Comments Off

The other day my friend Sandra Joseph, the amazingly talented Broadway star, quoted the poet and philosopher Mark Nepo. Nepo said “Often your dreams don’t come true but as we give our all in pursuit of our dreams sometimes we come true.”

As children, we are taught to dream big and to go for our dreams. The reality of it is not everyone can become the professional athlete, the CEO or the Broadway star, but the fact is the growth we find in pursuit of the dream is more valuable than the actual dream. The hard work, the setbacks and triumphs, and the journey make us the person we are.

We may not become the “best in the world”, but we certainly can become the best version of ourselves as we strive to be the “best in the world.”

When we pursue our dreams, go the extra mile, put in the practice time, we grow and maybe the dream really is to become the type of person who pursues their dreams.