Blogs

THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORSHIP

I am a huge believer in mentorship. Especially in today’s times, I believe a mentor or multiple mentors becomes even more important. When a new employee is hired, I ask those in my workshops and keynotes, should those new hires have a mentor and, if yes, when should that mentor be determined? The answer is always yes and on Day One. Yet it almost never happens.

May 14, 2020

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International Stress Awareness Week

In honor of international stress awareness week our spotlight is on executives. Running divisions for a Fortune 50, and consulting for over 100 companies there are some misnomers about workplace stress and how to reduce it.

November 07, 2019

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Don’t Fear Artificial Intelligence!

The job of the Leader becomes challenging to try and prevent chaos. How are you going to help your team and all those impacted (and potentially not impacted but fearful they will be) to be not only comfortable but embrace possible changes?

October 10, 2019

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Embracing Change with Artificial Intelligence

While the influence of AI in your workplace may be gradual, it’s also likely inevitable and the pace of development is faster and the implications more far-reaching than most executives and managers realize. Michael J. Levin has a brilliant keynote on how executives should embrace change.

September 17, 2019

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Coping With 3 Generations in the Workplace

In the past, it was common for just two age groups to be represented in the workplace. There were long-serving, old-timers and ambitious newcomers. With people living longer and retiring later just as younger generations are taking their first jobs, for the first time ever, four generations coexist in the workplace – Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y/Millennials, and Generation Z. Broadly speaking, each one has its own set of preferences, styles, perspectives, and experiences.

August 12, 2019

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One Of The Biggest Challenges in Developing Our Leaders

I personally developed my list of “The 10 Steps for On-Boarding/Developing First Time Managers”. If you would like a copy of this list, please reach out to me and I’ll be happy to share.

June 09, 2019

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Cultivating Leadership Skills in Creating an Entrepreneurial Workplace™

Creating an Entrepreneurial Workplace is the theme of the Leadership Process and Philosophy I developed and teach. 

May 29, 2019

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California Motivational Speaker: The Power of Collaborative Selling

In my last communication, I talked about my philosophy of “Sitting on the Same Side of the Table as Your Customer”. I explained a bit of what that philosophy entailed. I mentioned that it ties back to a Collaborative Selling process I developed.

April 17, 2019

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Why I Enjoy Simon Sinek

One of the things I enjoy doing is listening to and reading what other thought Leaders have to say. When it comes to Leadership, one of those I like is Simon Sinek

February 21, 2019

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The Biggest Roadblock To PROCESS Improvement

I had an epiphany from a recent workshop that I believe can help create clarity around why we struggle so frequently with respect to process improvement.

February 04, 2019

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Charmine’s Story: Creating An Entrepreneurial Workplace™

For me, one of the greatest rewards working with companies is seeing their people thrive and shine when taking them through my “Creating an Entrepreneurial Workplace” Leadership Workshop Series. This story however is about the person who supports me on a daily basis. Her name is Charmine Bunker. But no one who knows her calls her Charmine. She prefers to go by Rosebud.

February 02, 2019

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High Impact Meetings: Part 1

One of the biggest complaints I hear when I work with clients is with respect to meetings. I’m guessing this will be familiar to many of you. Meetings are a waste of time. They take too long. We have too many meetings….

October 08, 2018

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Being Part of the Solution: Part Four

In my last blog, I said I’d provide a bit of a summary and some other key tips on helping your employees focus on being part of the solution and feeling motivated, empowered and excited about leading Change Management initiatives within your organization. Some key tips are:

September 25, 2018

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Being Part Of The Solution: Part Three

In my last blog, I spoke about how in my workshops, the front line Managers, Supervisors and Individual Contributors form Initiative Teams and develop action plans to lead Change Management in their organization.

September 12, 2018

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Being Part Of The Solution: Part Two

We left off with throughout an organization, from the CEO to the front line staff, typically identification of what the problems are is similar. The question becomes how do you get everyone within an organization to be part of the solution?

August 21, 2018

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Being Part Of The Solution: Part One

One of the key shifts for front line Managers, Supervisors and Individual Contributors is shifting from identifying the problems to not only recommending but becoming a key part of the solution.

August 08, 2018

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Michael Levin: 15 Key Rules of E-Mail Etiquette and How to Write High Impact E-Mails Part Two

As we discussed in my last article, I constantly hear from my clients how frustrated they are regarding E-Mails. Whether it is the number of E-Mails they get, to how poorly they’re written, to the lack of response to the E-Mails they send, managing E-Mail communication is a challenge for the majority of us.

July 14, 2018

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Michael Levin: 15 Key Rules of E-Mail Etiquette and How to Write High Impact E-Mails

I consistently hear from my clients how frustrated they are with E-mails. How many of you experience any of the following?

July 13, 2018

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Sales Conversations with Michael Levin “Author of: Sitting on the Same Side of the Table: The Art of Collaborative Selling” A New Perspective in Overcoming Objections and Closing More Sales: Part 5

In my last blog, we talked about the “C” in my LACE system for overcoming objections, handling questions and concerns. In this blog, we’ll talk about the “E”. It’s the last step to help you not only close more sales but more profitable sales. Using this methodology was a key factor in helping me increase my sales close rate from roughly 33% to 75%.

July 12, 2018

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Sales Conversations with Michael Levin “Author of: Sitting on the Same Side of the Table: The Art of Collaborative Selling” A New Perspective in Overcoming Objections and Closing More Sales: Part 4

In my last blog, I shared with you the “A” step in my LACE process for handling questions and concerns. In today’s blog, I’ll share with you the “C” step.

July 11, 2018

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Sales Conversations with Michael Levin: “Author of: Sitting on the Same Side of the Table: The Art of Collaborative Selling” A New Perspective in Overcoming Objections and Closing More Business: Part 3

Last time, I shared more about my LACE Objection Handling Process. This month, I’d like to talk about the “A” in the process. I believe it’s the most difficult to do and the most critical to the success of the process.

July 10, 2018

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Sales Conversations with Michael Levin:  “Author of:  Sitting on the Same Side of the Table:  The Art of Collaborative Selling” A New Perspective in Overcoming Objections and Closing More Business Part 2

In my last article, we started talking about how to view objections and what to do to be in a position to resolve them. We talked about viewing them as questions and concerns versus objections. We also talked about the importance of creating an environment in which your customer is willing to share their questions and concerns.

July 09, 2018

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Sales Conversations with Keynote Speaker Michael Levin A New Perspective in Overcoming Objections and Closing More Business

Overcoming objections. To me even the term is a misnomer. If your perspective is you need to overcome objections, I believe you put yourself at a disadvantage.

July 07, 2018

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The Journey and Being The Tour Guide

As I say frequently and fully believe, when I conduct workshops I learn as much from my clients as they do from me.

June 11, 2018

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Keynote Speaker Michael Levin Sales Conversations: Closing More Business: Turning Presentations into Conversations

Turning Presentations into Conversations I believe is one of the keys to closing more business.

June 06, 2018

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Keynote Speaker Michael Levin on Stress Management: Who Said This?

I saw this quote and it aligned with my feelings and the theme of my book “Let Them See You Sweat: Lessons I’ve Learned on My Personal Journey with Stress”. That theme is that your solution is going to come from within and not from a pill.

May 25, 2018

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Keynote Speaker Michael Levin on Stress Management: Disconnecting

I was having dinner with a client of mine and his wife.  We were talking about two things we don’t always do enough of for ourselves. One was making the time to exercise and take care of ourselves.  The other was taking the time to think or just appreciate the beauty around us.

May 24, 2018

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Keynote Speaker Michael Levin on Stress Management: MICHAEL’S NEW BOOK IS A #1 BESTSELLER!

Michael Levin’s latest book “Let Them See You Sweat:  Lessons I’ve Learned on My Personal Journey with Stress” hit #1 on the Amazon Bestseller list!!!

May 24, 2018

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Keynote Speaker Michael Levin on Leadership: Developing and Retaining Your Team

One of the key challenges I hear from clients is the ability to find and retain good people.  Especially during today’s times, when the economy is strong and unemployment is low, keeping good people becomes even more paramount and difficult.

May 24, 2018

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Keynote Speaker Michael Levin on Leadership: Creating an Entrepreneurial Workplace™: The Safety Net

There are several difficult challenges to creating this workplace.  One of those is giving an employee a reason why to be entrepreneurial.  Isn’t it far safer for an employee to simply do what they’re told?  That way, if things go wrong, they can just blame their boss.  And, they don’t put their job security at risk.

May 24, 2018

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Keynote Speaker Michael Levin on Leadership and Management: TOOL TIME: How Your Front Line Benefits from an Entrepreneurial Workplace

There is a real power when you can get your front line believing in an entrepreneurial workplace.  When they take on initiatives instead of waiting on their Manager to solve their problems, it creates tremendous gains in many respects.

May 24, 2018

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Keynote Speaker Michael Levin on Leadership: THE POWER OF AN ENTREPRENEURIAL WORKPLACE™ -TINA’S STORY

One of the great rewards for me personally is when I see the impact for those who have participated in my “Creating an Entrepreneurial Workplace™” workshops.  This is where the employees become more empowered, take more ownership and lead critical initiatives for the companies they work for. It’s also an opportunity for people to shine.

May 24, 2018

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Management Teams: Key Benefit #1: Improved Communication

Creating an Entrepreneurial Workplace, as I wrote about in Jack Canfield’s book, “The Road to Success, Volume I”, is very challenging to do.  At the same time, the rewards for creating this environment are exceptional. 

May 24, 2018

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