One of the Best Team Exercises Ever!

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Synopsis: I always wanted my regional team meetings to be an event. We organized every detail to maximize our time together, from role playing sales scenarios, brainstorming solutions to common challenges to planning and learning from one another. The meetings typically moved fast, featured both collaboration and competition and we capped off every day, like most of these meetings, with team play. At one meeting, I really hoped to find a unique way to foster an inspiring atmosphere. And one of my team members, Cathy Wessling, suggested an exercise she had conducted with…


The Motivation Lab: Episode 2, Muhammad Ali

Provocative Picture of Muhammad Ali by Stanley Weston/Getty Images with Caption: What Would You Give up for Your Beliefs
Provocative Picture of Muhammad Ali by Stanley Weston/Getty Images with Caption: What Would You Give up for Your Beliefs
Photo by Stanley Weston/Getty Images

Synopsis: Muhammad Ali (1942–2016) was a transcendent athlete, showman, humanitarian and Civil Rights icon. In this episode we explore the enormous risks taken by Ali in defense of his beliefs when he refused induction into the army and arrested in Houston, Texas on April 28, 1967. Although not cited in the video post, I’m sharing his famous quote, Impossible, below. And, if you like, share the material with others to give them a jolt of inspiration! Welcome to the Motivation Lab!

Below, I cite one of the most inspiring quotes from Muhammad Ali about the word Impossible. Because I…


Artistically enhanced portrait of British Poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903) with the Caption Question: Has a Poem ever inspired you?
Artistically enhanced portrait of British Poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903) with the Caption Question: Has a Poem ever inspired you?
Uncredited Picture of William Ernest Henley

Synopsis: British Victorian poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903) suffered incredible personal tragedy at a young age when he lost the use of his left leg due to complications of tuberculosis of the bone at the age of nineteen. He then faced even more challenges before he summoned enormous courage and memorialized his mindset in his famous short poem, Invictus.

He found ways to motivate himself to conquer those challenges. I hope you enjoy this tribute focused on the background of the poem. And, if you like, share the material with others to give them a jolt of inspiration! …


An Idea tied to a Personal Passion Developed at Work

Motivation Lab Logo: Created by Alexandra Rupp

I’m exploring a new idea titled The Motivation Lab.

This will be a place both for individuals looking for inspiration and those who lead and manage teams. If you work with teams and want to provide a shot in the arm to the people you work with, you can use this material as a resource to motivate and inspire. You can take my material and use as your own or simply share it with your teams. A brief introduction below:

I provide the content and the supporting materials to…


And, why Leveraging Awareness is so Important to Goal Achievement

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If you went shopping for advice on how to increase awareness, you might find threads on gratitude, learning new skills (language, musical instrument), mindfulness, keeping a journal, revisiting a childhood game, and, perhaps even doing it with your children. It's good stuff. I recommend all of it. I’ve even used many of those techniques in my career to increase team bonding and awareness.

When we set out on a goal path, we naturally increase our awareness. …


The difference between success and failure

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We all have this story. Still, I’m sharing to further my observation. I get that a topic on commitment likely sounds like a relationship post. It’s not. Briefly, the benefits include improved resilience, focus, determination, and energy brought to any task. That’s a small sampling.

As Dr. Michael Merzenich details in his book, Soft-Wired, your brain will aid goal achievement under the right circumstances, meaning when you are clear, alert, and motivated your brain will hone in on its target and clear obstacles. Commitment is key.

Bigger Picture: I outline six steps of any…


Notes on my Entrepreneurial Journey. Influences on the work.

A Brain Image made up of clocks.
A Brain Image made up of clocks.
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My focus is divided between two competing and interconnected businesses. The membership site ties directly to my course called Imagine Action. The video training course is complete and I’m about to launch it. Three elements contain the core of the product, but the video course occupies the center.

The speaking business is different by context, as it focuses on team performance and uses historical and cultural references, like the Beatles Hamburg residency, as an object lesson. I am dividing my time in a way that I would likely tell someone else…


The Beatles arrived in Hamburg on August 17, 1960 — over 60 Years ago to an incredible apprenticeship

Famous photo of the Beatles in Hamburg as 5 member band with Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe in add to John, Paul, George.
Famous photo of the Beatles in Hamburg as 5 member band with Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe in add to John, Paul, George.
Astrid Kirchherr Photo in Hamburg

Sixty years ago, just beyond their formative years as the Quarrymen, and the skiffle craze in Britain, the Beatles entered the Hamburg nightclub scene as five lads from Liverpool. The core of the group, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison adopted Stuart Sutcliffe as the bassist and Pete Best, as their new drummer. …


Failure is often the starting point for real change

I left a cliffhanger at the end of the prior post about the Company Weight Loss Bet. Mark Two, you may remember, lost the bet. He really succumbed as he hit the first hint of wind resistance when it arrived in late October, the first month of the bet. The holidays were upon us. Halloween candy wafted in the air, Thanksgiving Feasts loomed, and Christmas and other festivities posed too great a collection of traditional temptations to resist.

Two months after Mark Two handed me his cash at the end of…


New Years is right around the corner

Image of Weight Scale from above
Image of Weight Scale from above
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Nearly twenty years ago two work buddies and I created a bet that taught all of us how to sustain our desired changes. Ironically, the loser later became a winner because of his experience with the process.

It was nearly a week after the devastation wrought by September 11, 2001. On that day, we all watched the horror of the moment in a rec room, outfitted with television monitors on the 6th floor of our newly renovated Service Center in downtown Indianapolis. The center housed over three hundred associates. A large group of people were stunned into silence after witnessing…

Joseph Rupp

I focus on how to effectively imagine, create and sustain individual and team transformation.

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