Archive for December, 2009


Texas Tech University fired its high profile football coach this morning, December 30, 2009. Coach Mike Leach helped put the football program into the national conversation. He was accused of mistreating a football player who may have been suffering from a concussion.

Two sides of the argument: The player was a slacker, and the coach can discipline a player anyway he wants. Kids need to obey authority. OR, the AD and the coach have been at odds for years, and when this controversy became public, and the coach was due a huge contract bonus, he was fired.

What can this teach Corporate America and employees?

• Managers and supervisors must be on the same page as their boss on as many issues as possible.
• Managers and supervisors must check with their bosses before disciplining and employee.
• Employees have more power to speak up and report abuses by authority figures.
• The better the communication between leaders and employees, the better the company can perform as a whole.

Dr. Brian Grossman is a communication expert. He has been a consultant and trainer working with businesses and individuals to optimize their communication and performance throughout the U.S. and Australia. Contact Dr. Brian at 818-939-9426 or

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What is an acceptable risk at your home or business?
How many security risks are acceptable for your computer network?
How many DUI deaths are acceptable? 34,000?

Are you willing to walk through an X-ray machine that makes you appear naked? What makes you feel safe? Does your company follow strict OSHA requirements? How many slip and fall injuries are acceptable?

This weeks Christmas/terrorist attempt show the flaws in our society’s critical thinking. I appreciate the fact that the U.S. has zero tolerance for airline crashes. I would also appreciate it if we had zero tolerance for DUI and deaths caused by guns. The first reaction was to have passengers sit for the last hour of an international flight. What about the previous seven hours? Does anyone feel safe with the announcements about parking and luggage at the US airports?

Leadership requires critical thinking and risk management. It also requires different thinking styles and points of view. How does Israel security compare with US airports?
During this week, think about what are willing to discuss and deal with in order to be safer, not just feel good safety. Talk about it with your family and friends. What type of communication is allowed by the CEO, VP, supervisor or manager?
When we educate and empower people, they make the best decisions. When we react, make snap decisions, regret is the usual response.

Dr. Brian Grossman is a communication and leadership expert. He is available for media interviews, consulting and training to help your business communicate with anybody, anywhere, anytime.

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Recipe for Christmas All Year Long

Take a heap of child-like wonder
That opens up our eyes
To the unexpected gifts in life—
Each day a sweet surprise.

Mix in fond appreciation
For the people whom we know;
Like festive Christmas candles,
Each one has a special glow.

Add some giggles and some laughter,
A dash of Christmas food,
(Amazing how a piece of pie
Improves our attitude!)

Stir it all with human kindness;
Wrap it up in love and peace,
Decorate with optimism, and
Our joy will never cease.

If we use this healthy recipe,
We know we will remember
To be in the Christmas spirit,
Even when it’s not December.

By Joanna Fuchs

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A typical conversation:
Him: ” Honey, this year I am going for it! You have inspired me! I am going to lose weight and exercise regularly”
Her: “That’s great. I am so proud of you. I can already see you thinner!”
Christmas Eve: “Let’s enjoy tonight. I’ll get started directly after New Years.” “Your right. This is not the week to start. Let’s enjoy the week of family and parties.”

Have you ever started the holidays like this? How many times have you set admirable goals, gotten excited by the goals or goals and fallen short? Take a look at the most popular New years Resolutions:

1) Spend more time with family and friends
2) Exercise more to be fit
3) Lose the bulge
4) Quit smoking
5) Quit drinking
6) Get out of debt
7) Learn something new
8) Help others
9) Enjoy life more
10) Get organized

So, of the above, how many have you tried? What has been your past success? How long do you commit? Is there a difference between how men and women approach goal setting? Most people follow through with New Years goals for five days. (5 days)

Why New Years resolutions fail:

Have you heard of the phrase practice makes perfect? If you have not lost weight consistently, or stopped smoking before, for longer than six months? If you do not have a past history of success with changing habits, New Years resolutions are doomed for failure. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. When anyone sets goals without a past history, it is unrealistic to have success. Also, once we make a mistake, we beat ourselves up and over eat, over drink, over smoke.

How to have success with New Years or any type of goal:

To be your best, to accomplish success, try the tried and true basics. Do not try and reinvent the wheel. Whatever your goal is, set DAILY goals. Just eat well or not smoke for one day. Then two days. After five days, your chances of success go up 50%. Many of you are human, so, you might fall back. It’s okay. Here is where blame, guilt and arguments start. If you blow it, START OVER. Just start over. A great template:

1) Write down your goals
2) Track them
3) Start day to day
4) Put a week of success together
5) Find a way to have enjoyment of fun with your daily successes
6) Get a support person to talk with
7) Avoid the beat up/guilt trip

For more help, or just to have fun, call in, or e-mail in: Monday December 21, 2009 6PM PST with Karen Marzo and Dr. Brian Grossman

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What do Tiger Woods, Michael Douglas, David Duchovny and former President Clinton have in common?

A) Big time celebrity

B) Powerful and influential

C) Scandal negatively impacted career

D) Claimed an ism, addiction, to avoid responsibility

DING, DING, DING, DING, DING!! You win if you picked D.

Celebrities and high powered people tend to be perceived as able to avoid legal responsibilities. Currently, Tiger Woods has chosen to avoid talking with the press, so all others can do is speculate on what has happened in his personal life.

The question: What would happen if you came home and were caught in an extra-marital affair? Would you be able to claim a current addiction or ism?

At work:

Anti-project addiction-“I get too anxious in crunch timewith too many projects”
Late: On time ism- “I can’t leave home at the correct time”
Negaholic: “Everyone and everything is negative and difficult”

At home:

Messyholic-“I am allergic to cleaning”
Lack of attentionism-“Concentration makes me dizzy”

All relationships can be healthier, prosperous and fun. Weall make mistakes, and some are more costly than others. How can own up if you blow it? How can you repair a relationship at home or work if you blow it? What is a real addiction instead of a flavor of the month?

Join Karen Marzo and Dr. Brian Grossman tonight at 6PM PST,December 15, 2009. Call in, or e-mail in questions tonight at 6PM PST tonightfor answers. You can listen on the web live. Call in numbers and questionsubmission are at,click on weekly Tele seminar tab.

Take a look at this Newsweek article:

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Revelations that Tiger Woods has had ongoing extra marital affairs has left many with another fallen mentor/role model. Charles Barkley was quoted as saying “I am not a role model.” Tiger tried to pick up on that theme with a comment “I am not perfect.”

Tiger Woods has tried to be a role model for children, golfers of all ages, and any person interested in high performance and excellence. However, his sponsorships and marketing has been directed toward men. Gillette: “The Best a man can get.” “Tag Heuer: Success: It’s a mind game.” “Accenture: Highest Performance Delivered.” Nike golf clothing and clubs.

Recent comments by Tiger Woods himself and revelations from tabloid magazines all confirm Tiger Woods has had one or more extra marital affairs. The U.S. culture has changed. Ten years ago, Tiger Woods may have gone on with his “double life” without being caught for years. Then, once caught, sponsors may have dropped him faster. Today, multiple factors effect a sponsor’s decision to keep or withdraw support from a spokesperson:

• Who will replace the spokesperson?
• How widespread is the controversy?
• Have sales dipped past a tipping point?
• Has a large protest emerged?
• What is the “Q rating?”

Many jokes abound by Jay Leno, David Letterman and hundreds of Internet sites. Yet, there has been more commentary that “this is a private matter” than groups demanding that corporate sponsors drop Tiger Woods. Women’s groups are being supportive of Tigers’ wife Elin than demand sponsors drop him.

Most of Tigers’ commercials have been pulled from TV. He has committed to not holding a press conference. This leaves others to speak for him. Eventually, he will hold a press conference. Whether or not Tiger and Elin stay together is a question for them to make, not outside influences. Questions we can ask:

• Is there a double standard when it comes to scandal and corporate sponsors?
•Where has the Golf press been? (Not reporting behavior that has been on going)
• How accepting or non accepting is U.S. culture when it comes to extra-marital affairs?
• Are women spokespersons’ treated differently than male spokespersons’’?

Join Karen Marzo and Dr. Brian Grossman tonight at 6PM PST. Call in, or e-mail in questions tonight at 6PM PST tonight for answers. You can listen on the web live. Call in numbers and question submission are at, click on weekly Tele seminar tab.

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