Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Summer is over - So now what?

Fall is now upon us and the summer is a softly fading memory. The days are growing shorter, the leaves are turning color and some are shedding already. Now what?

Where do you go from here?

Henry R. Luce who published "Time," "Life" and other magazines once wrote, "Business more than any other occupation is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight."

Whether you are an entrepreneur, leading edge manager, or a rising star employee; taking time to consider the future, as you may encounter it, is one of the most important activities in which you invest. Your career is important - why not invest in it now!

Perhaps you took some time to reflect on your future and that of your team or company over the summer? Great! So now what?

  • Where do you go from here?
  • What changes are you going to initiate to re-invent yourself and ensure what you offer is more attractive and beneficial to your prospective clients?
  • What changes are you going to revise in your processes to make them more effective?
    What investments are you going to put into your personal skills training and that of your team?
  • How will you prepare for future success and service?
  • What is your 'next' move or 'next' level to strive for?

You see, each of us is continually making changes and decisions which affect our future.

I've been quoted as saying, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it or create it!"

That "creation" is an act of faith and a deliberate forward thinking action we take... we have the opportunity to take personal leadership in making our lives what we imagine and in making the lives of our clients, colleagues, family and friends, better than they ever imagined.

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Alexa Web Search

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Full of Hooey - Canadian business and association motivational keynote speaker, leadership, management trainer, Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey's fun page

Full of Hooey - Canadian business and association motivational keynote speaker, leadership, management trainer, Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey's fun page

This is a page you need to visit - just for fun! It will surprise you as well with the content and the context of the title. Bob is proud to be full of hooey and strives to ensure everything he does is as well. He is committed to putting himself fully into what ever he does. today.

Leaders Edge Business and Career Coaching Services

Leaders Edge Business and Career Coaching Services from Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey

If you are in leadership and want to enhance your career success or want to help your team rise to the challenge and profitably take your company to the next level - call Bob! He has been working with North American top leaders and Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. He can help you and your team. Visit:

Successful Meetings start with Canadian Idea Man Bob Hooey

Successful Meetings start with a call to Canadian Idea Man, Bob Hooey

Planning a leadership retreat, sales or management training session or even a full blown conference? Then your first call needs to be to Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey.

In addition to his role as a motivational business, leadership and association keynote speaker, Bob is often brought in a a creative consultant in the planning stages of an event. Visit and start planning your next successful event.

Canadian Motivational, Inspirational, Speaker Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey for Business Keynotes, Conferences, Association Meetings.

Canadian Motivational, Inspirational, Speaker Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey for Business Keynotes, Conferences, Association Meetings.

Inviting you to visit our newly updated and more content rich site. Lots of new articles, tips, techniques and thoughts from the creative mind of idea farmer and creative catalyst, Bob 'idea Man' Hooey.

See you soon and tell your friends.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

What are you doing to be happy?

Are you taking advantage of all your opportunities to be happy?

"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know, the only ones amoung you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Albert Schweitzer

Are you happy in your life, career or business? Does it show?

Many of us miss amazing opportunities to bring a little joy into the lives of our customers, and by that ourselves, when we forget why we are in business. I tell my audiences that, "the main purpose of business is to make the lives of our customers better, at a profit."

When we are focused on the challenges of dealing with conflicting demands, customer quirks and the hectic pace in which we live and do business, it is easy to forget. We loose our joy and zeal we had when we first started. This has a downward spiral in making life more difficult and our relationships less satisfying. This spiral can be haulted and turned around.

Our success in business and life is built on relationships. Those relationships are enhanced when we reach out and touch people.

"There is a great paradox in reaching our to touch someone - and that is, the more you reach out to others, the more you will be touched yourself. Joy and happiness in great measure are waiting for us if we will reach just a little further." So writes Joan Rawlusyk

My challenge for you is to make a conscious effort to reach out and touch the people that come through your life and business. Be open to sharing joy and happiness in what you do.

For example: A few years ago I had the great opportunity to work with two delightful grade 3 students - Astounding Announcers, who were introducing our speakers at an event I was hosting. They were so much fun and a joy to work with...

As always, I would love to hear some of your stories. Write me at:

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