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Rocketmen, Collaboration, and Legendary Leadership

By Karen Harris | Jun 05, 2019 | Comments Off

If you haven’t seen the new biopic Rocketman that chronicles the life, love, and musicianship of Sir Elton John, it’s proving itself to be one heck of a box office hit. Powerful cinematography, extraordinary music, and packed with jaw-dropping performances.

In a recent keynote, one of cmi speaker management’s incredibly talented speakers, Jason Hewlett delivered an inspired message about the power of collaboration by spotlighting the historic duo of Reginald Dwight (who would later become Elton John) and his decades-long lyricist and business partner Bernie Taupin.

Jason shares the value of turning to the people around you, your colleagues and coworkers, and even what he refers to as “lost members” (those who are no longer associated with you) to help clearly and accurately define what your signature moves are in business.

Collaboration didn’t happen organically for the two rock legends. In a May Time Magazine article, Taupin shares his review of the new movie, and Time’s columnist Andrew Chow sheds light on what was then an unlikely match between singer and songwriter.

“In 1967, they both answered the same advertisement from Liberty Records seeking songwriters. John couldn’t write lyrics; Taupin couldn’t write melodies. But when John was handed an envelope of Taupin’s poems, he was moved by their lyricism and began cutting demos to them.”

“When we started it out it was really just me and him,” Taupin said. “It was very much a sort of stream-of-consciousness,” Taupin said of his own lyrical style. “I would write whatever I felt, and he would jerry-rig it into a song.”

Thank goodness fate brought that illustrious pair together. The world is a better place for the collaboration they shared and the music they’ve made.

Around here, we’re big on collaboration as well. Our amazing team of professionals connect and create together on a daily basis to make what some days feels like magic happen for our talented team of keynote speakers.

Jason Hewlett, we love your extraordinary showmanship, and the way you help audiences all over the globe discover what it means to become a Legendary Leader. As you so profoundly share, leadership is about promises made and promises kept. Keep it up. The world needs more of that!

Keep Looking Up - Dan Thurmon

By Dan Thurmon | May 29, 2019 | Comments Off

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True Innovators Collaborate Outside Their Comfort Zone

By Tim Sanders | May 22, 2019 | Comments Off

"At the reception immediately following our event I saw firsthand the value Tim’s message offers as I witnessed several team members from different departments collaborating on innovative ideas we could use to improve our business offerings to our clients…this was an afternoon that was well worthwhile and I would highly recommend it to others!” 
Mike Santarone, CEO, The Stellar Group

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The advantage of your problems - Mike Rayburn

By Mike Rayburn | May 15, 2019 | Comments Off

 

It’s Time for More Women To Take Center Stage

By Karen Harris | May 08, 2019 | Comments Off

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The extraordinary success of Brene Brown’s new Netflix special speaks volumes - the world is ready, willing, and eager for strong female voices. Her take on vulnerability, shame, imperfection, and the very real need for courageous conversations strikes a chord, not just with women, but people from every diversity out there.

After watching Brene’s special and reading a powerful piece from Forbes about the underrepresentation of women in the speaking circuit – specifically in the area of technology, I was moved to action. Especially when I read, “Respondents made it clear that the presence and visibility of other women at tech conferences made them more likely to attend. Three-quarters of the women surveyed said they were more likely to attend a conference session, panel, or keynote event featuring a female presenter or panelist. Additionally, 94% indicated that it is important to have female representation in keynote speaker lineups (with 38% marking it “very important”). Classon pointed out that this visibility is key: We all want more girls in STEM and more women in tech. What message does it send when they don’t see themselves represented on the keynote stages at tech conferences? You can’t be what you can’t see.”

That last line really brought the idea home for myself and my team. We are an organization filled with empowered, strong, smart women. While we’ve had the incredible pleasure of working with and knowing some amazing female speakers over the years, we don’t currently have one on our roster of keynote speakers.

That’s about to change. We are so fortunate to have wonderful connections all over the world. Bringing speakers and clients together to generate powerful audience experiences is what we do best. We are actively seeking innovative female keynote speakers to lend her voice, experience, and expertise to our lineup of keynote professionals.

We know it’s the right time, and we look forward to finding the exact right speaker to bring messages of technology, excellence, overcoming adversity, diversity, and change – all topics that the world needs to hear.

If you know of a speaker who you feel would be a good fit for our family of keynote speakers, please contact us today. We are excited about expanding our roster of keynote speaking professionals and to further round out our diverse and expansive topic offerings. My team and I look forward to it!

Anything is Possible...One Step at a Time

By Vinh Giang | May 08, 2019 | Comments Off

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Motivational Leadership is Overrated - Ty Bennett

By Ty Bennett | May 01, 2019 | Comments Off

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Podcasts, People, and Pathways to Learning

By Karen Harris | Apr 26, 2019 | Comments Off

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I’m a huge fan of continuous learning and a voracious reader and information gatherer. It sure helps when you’re working with clients and speakers from around the world! It’s funny how communication and learning has changed so much through the years though isn’t it? Long before the internet, social media, and the perpetual news cycle? As professionals, especially, much of the information we consume these days is “on the fly” – as busy lives and full calendars shrink our downtime.

That’s one reason podcasts are so popular. According to a new CBS News poll, two-thirds of Americans listen to podcasts at least once in a while, including 23% who do so a few times a week. That’s up from the year before where a majority said they never listen to podcasts. Why the popularity jump?

According to Carrie Ryan, Co-Author of Serial Box's Dead Air, “It’s information and entertainment, in bite-size chunks, right at our fingertips. While many of us might not take the time to sit down and read a 20k word length article, we can listen to that article in bite sized chunks during our commute to work, especially if it’s presented in an entertaining, narrative way.”

I totally agree and I wanted to share podcasts that are blazing new trails by two of our amazing keynote speakers, Mike Walsh and Ty Bennett.

Mike’s podcast takes listeners on amazing exploration of our world and the compelling technology changes that are shifting the way we work, live, communicate, and relate. You’ll find insightful topics such as The Unexpected Economics of the Data-Driven Future, Ethical AI and the Digitally Transformed Insurance Company and visionary ideas such as Future Life in 2030. Learn more here.

Ty’s extraordinary guests captivate, educate, and deliver expertly powerful insights. He moderates discussions such as The First Woman to Ski Across Antarctica Solo with world-renowned explorer Felicity Aston, Exploring Limitless with author Laura Gassner Otting, and even life-affirming dialogues such as Our Journey with Stage 4 Cancer with Dan & Charity Lighten. I believe you’ll find each episode moving, informative, and transformative. Learn more here.

If you love learning as much as I do, I hope you’ll add these two wonderful podcasts to your listening portfolios. You won’t be disappointed!

Keynote Speaker Mike Walsh - The secret behind successful digital transformation

By Dori Pominville | Apr 23, 2019 | Comments Off

The secret behind successful digital transformation from Mike Walsh.

Accountability, Action, and Aftermath: Leadership Lessons from Jacinda Ardern

By Karen Harris | Apr 12, 2019 | Comments Off

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Sadly, the news of mass killings rocks our news waves again and again in today’s world. One is too many, right? The aftermath of the recent tragedy in New Zealand is heartbreaking and solemn. We should do better, we think. We can do better. Where does that start?

Recently, Keynote Speaker and good friend Sam Silverstein shared his powerful thoughts on the extraordinary example of accountability leadership displayed by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a moving article. He perfectly sums up how and why her profound response to tragedy in her country makes her a leader of exceptional grace, empathy, and vision.

It is that leadership and vision that led her country to take swift and definitive action in the wake of tragedy. As reported in Vox, “After just one mass shooting, New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday voted 119-1 to ban most semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles in the country.” Her statement, “New Zealand stands apart in its widespread availability of weapons of such destructive nature and force. Today that anomaly ends.”

Ardern received praise from all around the globe for her strength and passionate response and quick action to the shooting.

Action in the wake of tragedy. Action in the presence of her grieving citizens. Action in response to senseless tragedy. Action with compassion. That’s the kind of leadership the world needs a whole lot more of.

Thank you, Sam, for your brilliant spotlight on the Prime Minister’s incredible accountability leadership. May we all learn from her steadfast examples.

Sam Silverstein: delivers leadership strategies, mindsets, and tools to organizations around the globe – helping them to leverage change, communicate more purposefully, and lead with accountability.