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Innovation | Motivation | Organizational Culture

DON'T LET GOALS BECOME LIMITS: ACHIEVING BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

By: Tony D'Amelio
August 29th, 2017

MIKE ABRASHOFF'S "NO-LIMITS MANAGEMENT" CREATES A CULTURE OF INNOVATION What organization isn’t searching for a path to inspire breakthrough performance by engaging the employees differently? If you’re among them, this story will inspire some fresh thinking on the subject.

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Motivation | Leadership

Bill Walton: Learning to Lace My Shoes  was a John Wooden Success Lesson

By: Tony D'Amelio
July 11th, 2017

SUCCESS STARTS WITH THE FOUNDATION Basketball legend and top sports motivational speaker BILL WALTON will never forget his first practice under the legendary UCLA Bruins coach John Wooden.  Walton and the other star recruits, plus famous seniors and members of national championship UCLA teams, were anxious to get started.  But first, John Wooden says, “Men, this is how you put your shoes and socks on.”  Some of the returning players had been through this before; no matter - they were going to learn it again.   Walton, the country's top-recruited player that year, thought “WHAT!!!???!!!  We're top players!  We don't need this!" But learning to tie shoes properly was vital to Wooden.  It meant star players would never get a blister which would keep them from playing.  The team can’t be its best unless everyone’s able to play.    John Wooden is arguably the greatest coach of all-time, regardless of sport yet he never talked about winning.  Wooden taught his players to focus on doing their best; which meant practicing the fundamentals well.  Like the proper way to lace up shoes.  It was a John Wooden success lesson.   No matter what we do, the brilliant execution of the fundamentals is essential. Bill Walton credits the lessons he learned from Coach John Wooden for creating the foundation for his success on the court and in life.  A top sports motivational speaker, Bill draws on the wisdom of John Wooden and brings that message to audiences, as he does in this video:

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Motivation | Speaking Industry

Public Speaking: Top Keynote Speakers’ Rule for Great Speech Delivery

By: Tony D'Amelio
May 23rd, 2017

In my previous life as a speakers’ agent for top keynote speakers, I worked with a well-known non-fiction author whose name you would know; someone really well respected.  That author did a lot of speaking on the strength of impressive book sales; multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers.  The author was a good speaker. I say “good” because rarely was the sponsoring organization disappointed with the speech – but the author never got an emphatic, “That was great!” reaction from the event planner. When I would go to see this author speak, I loved the content but would come away a bit disappointed because the speech was read…word for word…while looking up occasionally. 

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Motivation

Real Key to Success: Invest in Yourself- Even if Your Employer Won’t

By: Tony D'Amelio
May 16th, 2017

$2,450 was an awful lot of money in July of 1984. I had just started a new job after moving from Boston to Stamford, Connecticut. I had a bigger mortgage payment on a more expensive place than I had before and was adjusting to the daily commute to NYC for work. Money was flying out the door. The last thing I wanted to do was spend more.

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Motivation | Leadership | Organizational Culture

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IDEAS FROM TOP LEADERSHIP SPEAKER MIKE ABRASHOFF

By: Tony D'Amelio
May 8th, 2017

THE SHIP THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND (PLUS) SPEECHES  In 1999 Fast Company magazine ran an article that got my attention. It featured a Navy captain who took command of a ship that was near the bottom of the performance rankings in just about every category. Twelve months later – under this new captain - the ship was the best performing ship in the fleet. How did that happen? Everyone wanted to know.

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HR Focus | Motivation | Leadership

Women at Work: Why Confidence is Important at Work - More Than Know-How

By: Tony D'Amelio
April 20th, 2017

  Women and Success When it comes to women at work – what matters more, confidence or competence? 
 
The answer is surprising because the latest research shows why confidence is important at work - even more important than actual skills.

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Motivation

Best Sports Motivational Speakers: The Key to Success by BILL WALTON

By: Tony D'Amelio
April 11th, 2017

Basketball superstar BILL WALTON is known by thousands for his achievements on the basketball court and behind the microphone. By all accounts, he’s led a charmed life. But few people know the back story of Bill’s life – his lifelong stuttering affliction and health problems that resulted in 37 surgeries including one that ended his playing career and one for catastrophic spine failure in 2008. What’s astounding is just how positive and upbeat Bill Walton is given all he has been through. He is one of the most positive people I know – and the nicest. When I’ve been with Bill at his speaking engagements, he didn’t leave the room until the last person waiting to shake his hand, get an autograph, or take a photo got what they so patiently waited for. Here’s the typical feedback I receive from people who’ve engaged Bill to speak: “Bill went out of his way to make EVERY person in the room feel like they mattered -- and he personally spent time talking to each of them. Simply unbelievable, which an email cannot describe.”  – Irving Place Capital So much of Bill’s success is rooted in lessons he learned from his great college basketball coach, John Wooden. I asked Bill to share three pieces of advice on the path to success. Here’s what he wrote – in his own words. Much of it has to do with confronting reality, something most of us struggle with in a world that’s changing at warp speed. His advice here is truly inspirational – and I hope you enjoy Bill’s personal anecdotes.  

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Motivation

BILL WALTON NEWS: "BACK FROM THE DEAD" PAPERBACK OUT & MORE

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 24th, 2017

It’s only fitting that BILL WALTON, one of the most colorful figures in all of sports, gets some extra attention during March Madness. Back From the Dead, Bill’s autobiography, was released in paperback this week – smack in the middle of the NCAA college basketball tournament.

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HR Focus | Motivation | Leadership

Katty Kay: 2017 International Women’s Day and The Confidence Code

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 8th, 2017

Today is International Women's Day, a day set aside to celebrate globally women and their economic, political, and social achievements around the world. It is also a time to focus on places and situations where women's rights, equality, health, and safety still have a long way to go. The work of BBC World News’ KATTY KAY is a perfect fit for the mission of International Women’s Day. Katty has had the privilege of speaking at many IWD events over the years. Interest was first driven by her bestselling book Womenomics and most recently by the groundbreaking work on confidence she and co-author Claire Shipman did for their bestselling book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know. International Women's Day provides a great opportunity to focus a bit on confidence, since it’s such a vital ingredient for the issues that are the focus of this day.

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Motivation

FLASHBACK: BEFORE D’AMELIO NETWORK, THERE WAS MASTER TALENT

By: Tony D'Amelio
December 19th, 2016

A DOSE OF NOSTALGIA Did you ever come across something from your past that jolts you back to a different time in your life?  It happened to me in October and it took me back to a time long before D'Amelio Network.

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