"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."
--Henry David Thoreau
BRIAN TRACY'S STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
From legendary management guru Brian Tracy, here are three surefire strategies for success:
FATHER'S DAY LESSONS FOR WORK AND LIFE
- Clarify your goals. Remember that many people scramble frantically to climb the ladder of success, only to find that their ladder is leaning against the wrong building!
- Develop a long-time perspective in all areas of your life-health, personal relationships, finance and career.
- Make the commitment to improve those aspects of your
life that are most important to you. If you're
in sales, learn how to be an excellent salesperson.
If you're a parent, learn how to be an outstanding
mother or father.
Gerry Murak's vacuum cleaner salesman dad taught
him some valuable life lessons that apply equally
at home or in the workplace. Forty-three years
ago, Murak's father asked him to go borrow a shovel
from a neighbor so that they could complete some
gardening chores. When it came time to return
the shovel, Murak's dad admonished, "Don't return
the shovel like thatclean it first!" Young
Gerry dutifully scraped off the clumps of dirt
and headed towards the neighbor's yard. Not good
enough-now dad insisted that he thoroughly
polish the shovel with steel wool. The shovel
still didn't pass muster. Now the older man insisted
that his son oil the shovel until it glistened
like new. The lesson? "Leave things better than
you found them." Murak's father is gone now, but
all of us can learn from his teachings, just as
his young son did, so many years ago.
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Why not take the June Challenge? Simply answer the
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WHY "CHANGE IS LIKE A SLINKY" (PART 2)
In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Hans
Finzel, author of the provocative new book,
"Change Is Like a Slinky--30 Strategies for
Promoting and Surviving Change in Your Organization,"
(Northfield Publishing, 2004), Dr. Finzel outlines
strategies to help leaders build resilience
into their organizations. Here is what he has
to say about why speed is so essential to an
organization's survival:"The snail's pace approach
to change is putting people out of business
every day. Business competition is fiercer today
than at any time in history, because we now
compete not just with the business down the
street, but with businesses across the globe.
With the advent of the Internet, e-mail and
ease of global shipping, your competition is
only eight seconds away. We can no longer afford
the luxury of old, slow organizational structures
DAVID AAKER--THE "GURU OF BRANDING" TO SPEAK AT CURRENT ISSUES FORUM
Join David Aaker, vice chairman of Prophet and one of the nation's most respected marketing thought leaders, as he shares his insights about the past, present and future of the world of branding.
When: Thursday, June 17, 2004
Where: AMA New York City Executive Conference Center
Cost: $25 AMA members; $50 non-members
To register call 1-800-262-9699.
LATEST AMA SURVEY RESULTS: 2004 SUMMER VACATION PLANS
As the economic rebound builds momentum, Americans are hoping to take more time away from the office this summer. According to AMA's 2004 Summer Vacation Plans Survey:
- 28% of respondents plan to take more vacation days this summer than they did in 2003;
- 55% plan to take the same number of vacation days this summer;
- 17% plan to take fewer days off than this time last year.
- 58% of respondents plan to contact the office at least once a week while on vacation (down from 64% in 2003);
- 37% will do some office-related work at least once a week (down from 40% last year);
- 13% plan to be in contact with clients or customers at least once a week (down from 17% last year). Click here to access complete survey results.
AMA EVENTS CALENDAR
Current Issues Forum: "Doing Business in Today's China"
October 8, 2004-Las Vegas. For more information and to register, call 1-800-262-9699.
October 14-15, 2004-New York. Presented by PLI and AMA. For more information and to register, call 1-800-262-9699.
MEMBERS-ONLY BOOK OF THE MONTH
"Operation ExcellenceSucceeding in Business and Life the U.S. Military Way," by Mark Bender, Lt. Col., U.S. Army-Retired.
Want to be "all you can be" in your professional
and personal life? Let Mark Bender be your own
personal drill sergeant. Success in the military
and in civilian life share the same requirements:
loyalty, effort, honor, intelligence, teamwork
and execution. "Operation Excellence" presents
50 "Train Tough Strategies"-including
"commit to the truth," "analyze your mission,"
"become a problem solver," "delegate, but know
what not to delegate" and "give something back"
that will help anyone achieve his or her personal
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When you or your organization pre-pays for three AMA seminars for only $4,000, we'll send you three registration coupons. Each coupon is good for attendance at any AMA 1 to 3-day seminar in the U.S. Choose from 150 seminars and over 1,000 sessions offered coast-to-coast and save up to $2,000! Use all three coupons yourself, or share them with your colleagues. Coupons may be redeemed for sessions scheduled through December 31, 2004. Call 1-800-262-9699 for more information.
NOTICE OF AMA ANNUAL MEETING
Members are cordially invited to attend the 81st Annual Meeting of Members of American Management Association International, Friday, June 18, 2004.
The purposes of the meeting are as follows:
The meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. at AMA's headquarters, 1601 Broadway (48th Street), New York, NY 10019.
- To elect new Trustees as provided in the By-Laws.
- To appoint a public accounting firm to audit the accounts for the calendar year ending December 31, 2004.
- To receive the Financial Report for the calendar year ending December 31, 2003.
- To transact any other business that may come before the meeting.
To facilitate meeting arrangements, please respond by June 15, 2004 only if you plan to attend. E-mail your response, including your name, title, organization, address and phone number to Membership@amanet.org.
Additionally, the following is a summary of provisions in our revised By-Laws that contain changes relevant to our members. The following is a brief summary of the material changes, which should be read in connection with the full text of the changes.
Special Meetings of Members: We have provided that 10% (instead of 5%) of the members may call a special meeting of the members of the Corporation. Trustees may not be elected at any special meeting of members. If a special meeting is called by members, the calling members must provide notice thereof (including the purpose of the meeting) to the Secretary of the Corporation to allow the Secretary to provide between two and three months' notice of the meeting to the members.
Composition of Compensation and Benefits Committee: We have provided that no member of the Compensation & Benefits Committee may be an officer of the Corporation other than the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Nominations and Other Business: We have provided that nominations for Trustee and any other business to be brought before an annual meeting of members may be proposed by the Board or by 5% percent of the members of the Corporation. We have also established procedures that members must follow in order to make a nomination for a Trustee or to propose business to be brought before an annual meeting.
If you would like to obtain a complete copy of our By-Laws, please contact Arthur J. Levy, Corporate Secretary, American Management Association International, 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.
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