Archive for July, 2010

Commitment High School Football Inspirational Inspiring Reserves

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

A Tribute to the “Other” Trinity State Champion Football Players

There are more players on Trinity’s football team than possible jersey numbers.  Realistically, only 60 – 70 players can get into a game leaving at least 50 players on the sideline.

My son loves to play football. As a freshman, with over 100 on the roster, he had difficulty getting playing time. He knew this year it would be even more difficult to get into a game. Why did he still make the tremendous sacrifice and time commitment to be a Trinity football player? The simple answer is my son loves Trinity football.

Starting in January, he went to conditioning and weight training.  When he tells Coach Maddox stories, you can tell what a positive influence the man is in my son’s life.  In fact, my son has a football card from when Maddox was a coach at U of L.

From January to June, he never missed a session. Sounds like not many of the boys did. My son comes from a Red Sox family.  We scheduled a trip with my father to see the Red Sox play in Phoenix, but it would have meant him missing a couple of sessions. In addition, two weeklong summer trips were also planned, one out of the country and the other a family reunion.  I even discussed whether I could get him excused with President Mullin. He suggested that my son write a note to Coach Beatty. I went so far as to draft the note myself.  My son never even considered it. His response was simply, “You don’t know the Trinity way, Dad.”

From July to December, he never missed a conditioning session, practice or game.  Not many did.  To watch the starters during the game give pointers to the “others” is a marvelous tribute to the legacy of Coach Beatty and the Trinity football program.  To think about the compensation paid to each of the coaches, if any at all, in relation to the commitment and effort put in is mind boggling.

It is hard to see the contribution the “others” make when they spend all their time during the games on the sidelines.  There are no spectators at practice when the effort made by the “others” makes the team better and better.  He complained about, but loved, as a lineman, carrying the ball during practice and getting destroyed by the starting defense. Many bruises demonstrate his commitment.

Championship week my son was so nervous he had a hard time sleeping.  All he wanted for Christmas was “the ring.”  In quiet moments, he wondered whether they would win the rematch again St. X.  My response was three words – “Trust Coach Beatty.”  Without hesitation, he said, “We do.”

I never doubted that Trinity would win that game.  Even when it looked unlikely, I knew that the conditioning all the boys committed themselves to, all those hours, sacrifices made, missed vacations, sweat, effort would be a factor in the end and it was.  My son has every right to call himself a state football champion.  So do all the “others.”

A Proud Trinity Dad

Union Unionization Recruiting Avoidance Prevention Advance Proactive Labor Employee Relations

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

SEVEN GOLDEN KEYS TO A WORKPLACE PROACTIVE UNION RECRUITING AVOIDANCE PREVENTION PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY PREVENTS UNIONS

PROACTIVE PREVENTION FOR BOTTOMLINE ENHANCEMENT SERIES

John M. Baumann, Esq., The Inspiring Esquire (www.TheInspiringEsquire.com), brings humanistic values into the corporate culture.

“An engaging and thought provoking presentation. John’s willingness to share his experiences combined with his humor and storytelling made for an interesting and extremely informative session. I walked away armed with skills I can use every day.”

Here are some BIG ISSUES: IF your company becomes involved in one or more union situations, there is no doubt that these events will affect your bottom-line.

Win or lose, every dollar spent in repelling unions are wasted. The money used for these non-value-added purposes could be used, instead, for expansion, technological improvements, product research, wages, bonuses, or just plain old company survival.

THE BIG QUESTION: What can YOU do to prevent unionization?

THE SOLUTION: Proactive Prevention Culture Program

The answer may be seen in the example of one company with 15 steel processing plants with 100 employees at each plant. This organization had two of its plants vote in a union in 1995. From 1998 to 1999, unions also obtained enough cards for an election to be held in two additional plants. In 1999, this organization won the election in one plant, the union withdrew before the election in the other, and the employees decertified one of the 1995 elected unions. This was all done at great expense, not only in dollars, but also in employee time, productivity, and morale. Since 1999, this organization has been subjected to no union card campaigns.

How was this done and how can other organizations replicate these results? From 1996 to 2008, I served as General Counsel of the referenced steel processing company. The key is respect and appreciation and proper communication of these ideals to the employees and labor force. This culture must be instituted well in advance of union recruiting efforts.

An effective Proactive Union Avoidance Program™ will improve your organization’s bottom line by (a) creating a more pleasant and productive work environment, (b) preventing your best employees from being forced into a union and (c) significantly reducing, if not, eliminating wasted expenses such as union campaign consultant charges, labor attorney fees for collective bargaining negotiation and defense of arbitrations. How better to demonstrate that you truly care about your people than establishing a program of Proactive Union Avoidance.

BENEFITS: Not only will your company’s bottom line improve, but your workplace will be more pleasant and productive, your company will be able to attract higher quality applicants, and your company will be able to have and retain higher performance employees.

It is work, but the simple solution is prevention before there is an issue. The mission of my consulting/speaking business is to assist organizations, like yours, to continue to grow their organization as well as their profits/income in these difficult and challenging times utilizing the Proactive Prevention Culture Program.

LearnSuccessToday.com – Success Enhancement Principle Number 5 – Raise Your Level of Intensity

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Raise Your Level of Intensity:

Focused Passion & Boundless Energy:

Services Available – Expertise – Presentations – The Inspiring Esquire

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Partial Lineup of Inspirational & Educational Presentations:

I. The Inspiring Esquire Inspirational Presentations

Caring for Caregivers: Reclaiming Posi-spective

An inspirational talk providing insights as to why many care receivers and their families neglect to demonstrate appreciation for caregiving, the power of positive care giving and the deteriorating effect of negativity on care receivers reflecting upon my personal journey with Parkinsons and with my daughter’s medical conditions. How to reclaim your positive perspective or Posi-spective. Designed for all health care providers and caregivers of any kind, large or small. Attendees will be rejuvenated  and have a much improved attitude.

Caring for Service Providers: Reclaiming Posi-spective

An inspirational talk providing insights as to why many customers neglect to demonstrate appreciation for service, the power of positive service and the effect of negativity on the organization relating my personal journey with Parkinsons and with my daughter’s medical conditions. How to reclaim your positive perspective or Posi-spective. Designed for service providers of any kind, large or small. Attendees will be rejuvenated  and have a much improved attitude.

Positively Handling a Life-Changing Illness: Becoming a Proud Person with Parkinsons

An inspirational talk providing insights as to why many care receivers and their families have a difficult time adjusting to a life-changing illness, the power of having a positive attitude and the deteriorating effect of negativity relating my personal journey with Parkinsons and with my daughter’s medical conditions. How to empower your positive perspective or Posi-spective. Designed for all care receivers and their families, large or small audiences. Attendees will be rejuvenated  and have a much improved attitude.

II. Learn Success Today Seminars & Workshops

• Nine Principles to Enhance Personal Success

An inspirational and educational talk providing nine personal success enhancement principles including envisioning, intensity, awareness and attitude. How to obtain personal success. Designed for everyone, large or small audiences. Attendees will be rejuvenated, have a much improved attitude and the skills necessary to achieve personal success.

• Nine Principles to Enhance Professional Success

An inspirational and educational talk providing nine professional success enhancement principles including envisioning, intensity, awareness and attitude. How to obtain professional success. Designed for everyone, large or small audiences. Attendees will be rejuvenated, have a much improved attitude and the skills necessary to achieve success.

• Supervisor Training on Respect & Appreciation

An inspirational and educational talk providing training to existing supervisors and supervisors-in-training on successfully establishing a work environment based upon respect and appreciation. How to create a productive work environment based upon respect and appreciation. Designed for everyone in management, large or small audiences. Attendees will be rejuvenated, have a much improved attitude and the skills necessary to achieve success as supervisors.

• Positively Handling Adversity

An inspirational and educational talk providing insights as to why many employees have a difficult time handling adversity, the power of having a positive attitude and the deteriorating effect of negativity relating my personal challenges including Parkinsons and  my daughter’s medical conditions. How to empower your positive perspective or Posi-spective. Attendees will be rejuvenated and have a much improved attitude.

• Diversity Enhancing Profitability

An educational talk providing insights as to how diversity in a workplace improves the quality of the work force and profitability of the organization. Attendees will be more willing to embrace and seek out diversity and have a much improved attitude about diversity.

• Negotiation Skills Training

An educational talk providing insights as to the psychology of the negotiation dance/game/production and fifteen understandable steps for more effective negotiation. Designed for everyone, large or small audiences. Attendees will be more confident in their ability to negotiate and have a much improved attitude.

III. Proactive Prevention Culture – Enhance Bottom Line Profits, Reduce Turnover of Quality Employees, Eliminate Wasted Fees Paid to Attorneys, Minimize Settlement and Lawsuit Payouts, and Prevent Distractions From Causing Reduced Productivity

Proactive Workplace Harassment Prevention

Harassment can not be rationalized as a cost of doing business. It is preventable and I have seen it eliminated in the workplace. How to proactively prevent workplace harassment. Designed for all employees, large or small audiences. Attendees will have a better appreciation for their role in harassment prevention and have a much improved attitude.

Proactive Workplace Injury Reduction

An inspirational and educational talk providing insights as to why workplace injuries exist. Injuries are preventable and I have seen substantial reduction of injuries in the workplace. How to proactively reduce workplace injuries. Designed for all employees, large or small audiences. Attendees will have a better appreciation for their role in injury prevention and have a much improved attitude.

Painful Lessons Learned from a Truck Fatality

An educational talk providing painful lessons learned as a result of  a company-owned truck driven by a company employed driver which lost its load killing a mother of two young children in a vehicle traveling the opposite direction. How to prevent as well as prepare for work-related fatalities including notification, family contact, media response, investigation, interviews, role of the DOT, and retaining Litigation Counsel.

Proactive Labor Relations & Representation Irrelevancy

An inspirational and educational talk providing insights as to why union organizing exists. Unionization is avoidable. How to proactively prevent workplace unionization. Designed for all supervisory and executive employees, small audiences. Attendees will have a better appreciation for their role in union avoidance.

Effective Workplace Romance Policies

An educational talk providing insights as to why workplace romance exists. No policy on workplace romance is perfect. How to proactively prevent issues related to workplace romance. Designed for executive and human resource employees, large or small audiences. Attendees will have a better appreciation for their role in addressing workplace romance issues.

Author of American Management Association Article on Proactivity: amanet.org/training/articles/7746.aspx?pcode=XA9T

Representative Presentations:

  • Reclaiming Posi-spective, Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres, Regina, Canada, 200 attendees, Closing Keynote Inspirational Presentation.
  • Learn Success Today – College Sports version, University of Louisville Lacrosse team, Louisville, Kentucky, 25 attendees, Inspirational Presentation.
  • Supervisor Training on Respect and Appreciation, Discount Supermarket, Oklahoma, 75 attendees. Workshops
  • Proactive Workplace Injury Reduction, Artex, Archway & Affinity Risk Control Conferences, Las Vegas, Nevada, Charlotte, North Carolina & Chicago, Illinois, 700 attendees, Keynote and Breakout Sessions.
  • Learn Success Today – Business Version, Brown Forman & Kroger, Louisville, Kentucky, 50 attendees, Inspirational Presentation.
  • Learn Negotiation Today, Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville, Kentucky, 75 attendees, Educational Presentation.
  • Proactive Prevention Culture Programs, Ferreri & Fogle law firm, Louisville, Kentucky, 50 attendees, Educational Presentation.
  • Abuse Beyond The Home, Lundy Bancroft Workshop, Louisville, Kentucky, 50 attendees, Opening Inspirational Presentation.
  • Anything is Possible When You Believe in Yourself, The Leadership Academy Magnet, Louisville, Kentucky, 750 attendees, Inspirational Presentation.
  • Learn Success Today – School version, Trinity High School Student Government & Summit Academy, Louisville, Kentucky, 200 attendees, Inspirational Presentation.
  • Learn Success Today – Nonprofit Version, Junior Achievement & Make-A-Wish Foundation, Louisville, Kentucky, 50 attendees, Inspirational Presentation.

How I became a “Proud Person with Parkinsons”: Learning to Handle your Life-Changing Issues with a Positive Attitude

Friday, July 30th, 2010

How I became a “Proud  Person with Parkinsons”: Learning to Handle your Life-Changing Issues with a Positive Attitude. PDSpeaker.com inspirational speaking. http://www.parkinson.org/Personal-Stories/Just-Keep-on-Keeping-On http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=116128131747386

The Inspiring Esquire Full Menu of Programs from Union Avoiadnce to Harassment Prevention to Success

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

(1) Union Avoidance & Irrelevancy: Making the Employee Free Choice Act Irrelevant - A proven-to-be-successful, six phase supervisory skills leadership training approach (Representation, Responsibility, Inclusion, Treatment, Attitude, and Atmosphere) to maintain non-union status and/or neutralize existing unions whether the Act is enacted or not (ProactivePreventionCulture.com);

(2) Workplace Injury Reduction: Limbo, how low can you go – reducing injuries in the workplace by obtaining ownership in the deepest level of the organization – 12 “out-of-the-box” ideas to create a Proactive Prevention Culture of Safety  (ProactivePreventionCulture.com);

(3) Learn Success Today: Nine Memorable Success Principles for Difficult and Challenging Times – Understandable, proven success principles presented in an easy-to-listen-to storytelling format to accelerate your success (LearnSuccessToday.com);

(4) Learn Negotiation Today: A Systematic Fifteen-Step Approach to More Effective Negotiation – A user-friendly, proven-to-be-successful, step-by-step approach to substantially improve both your every day bargaining skills as well as high stakes negotiation ability (LearnNegotiationToday.com); and

(5) The Inspiring Esquire: An Inspirational Presentation and Approach to Positively Dealing with a Life-Changing Medical Condition – A personal life philosophy (PDSpeaker.com).

CALL OR EMAIL TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION. These extraordinary programs are available NOW as interactive speaking appearances, more interactive workshops, or pursuant to a consultingarrangement.

LearnSuccessToday.com presentation by The Inspiring Esquire to Learn Success Today and Be Successful Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

LearnSuccessToday.com

(1) Perform an Honest Assessment:

Be aware of Weaknesses

Identify areas of natural Talent/Ability/Intelligence

Focus on Your Interests & Play to Your Strengths

(2) Envision (End-Vision): Be There/Experience It

Identify Specific Necessary Steps

(3) Best Effort: Self-Confidence/Image/Worth

(4) Be Prepared & Practice:

Exhaustive Diligence & Rehearsal

(5) Raise Your Level of Intensity:

Focused Passion & Boundless Energy

(6) Seek Out Essential Experiences:

Variety, Stretch & Life (unintended)

Develop ability to exercise good judgment and adaptablity

Learn from mistakes

(7) Develop/ Nurture Contacts & Resources:

Build Your Own Network

(8) Increase Your Level of Awareness: Insights

Continually Question What Is – See Beyond What is Apparent

(9) The “A” List: Focus upon

Anticipation (Trusting Instincts)

Accountability (Uncompromising Integrity)

Attitude (Reclaim Posi-spective)

Renewing Vows on 50th Wedding Anniversary – Love is

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Renewing your vows on your 50th year:

The enlightened version

Love is “The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own and another’s spiritual growth.”

True love is the soul’s recognition of its counterpoint in another.

A Rare thing in this world; Truly something to be valued.

I understand that the couple to remain married “wishes” to renew updated vows:

Please state “I do” after each vow.

John, do you promise to love Mary all the days of your life?

Mary, do you promise to love John all the days of your life?

Do you promise to be the best friend you can possibly be to him?

John, do you promise to be the best friend you can possibly be to Mary?

Do you promise to work as many jobs as it takes to support your family?

Mary, do you promise to work outside the home as well as take care of the home as well as the children?

Do you promise to stay awake during every movie you watch together and never ask afterward how it ended?

John, do you promise not to disturb Mary when she is doing her crossword puzzle?

Do you promise to give her every putt under four feet…… whether or not your match is close?

Mary, do you promise to agree to play more golf than anyone in the history of the world could ever be expected to?

Do you promise to put raisins in the meatballs although every Italian gene in your body cringes when you do?

John, do you promise to eat everything Mary cooks and not complain when she only cook when your grandchildren are visiting?

Do you promise to only force your grandchildren to go to the dump with you?

Mary, do you promise to speak more loudly if Pop’s hearing ever gets impaired?

Do you promise to “watch” the Red Sox every time they are on TV even though you could never have imagined that you would be able to get a channel in South Carolina which shows games ALMOST EVERY DAY?

John, do you promise to not make Nana watch Red Sox taped games or Red Sox Classics on off days during the season.

Do you promise not to tell the same joke more than ten times in any given week?

Mary, do you promise to encourage at least your grandchildren to laugh at Pop’s jokes?

Do you promise to support John’s desire to be a leader in organizing events?

John, do you promise to make Mary proud when asked to be master of ceremonies?

Do you promise to vote Republican in ever election?

Mary, do you promise to vote Democrat canceling out John’s vote?

Do you promise to create a legacy of giving back to the community and maintaining close relationships?

John, do you promise to create a legacy of laughter, fun, and always putting the needs of others ahead of your own?.

Do you promise to raise your children to be good, honest, kind, hard-working people and help them do the same for their children?

Mary, do you promise to raise your children to be good, honest, kind, hard-working people and help them do the same for their children?

Do you promise to love John and your family unconditionally all the days of your life?

John, do you promise to love Mary and your family unconditionally all the days of your life?

BY THE POWER VESTED IN ME BY NOBODY, I HEREBY PRONOUNCE YOU HUSBAND AND WIFE FOR THE NEXT HALF CENTURY.

DAD, YOU MAY NOW KISS MOM.

ProactivePreventionCulture.com Will Enhance Your Company’s Bottom Line

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

My name is John Baumann, I just released a DVD on success that can be ordered on my website at LearnSuccessToday.com

I am a graduate of Cornell Law School, have been practicing law for over 23 years and am an Adjunct Professor at the University of Louisville.  I work with, and have made presentations to, Fortune 1000 Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, Universities, Bar Associations, and law firms.

My firm specializes in facilitating workshops and conducting training on proactive prevention of workplace harassment, unionization and workplace injuries. Key words are both “Proactive” and “Prevention.”

Using imagery, stories, reasoning and even persuasion, we obtain buy-in and ownership at the deepest levels of the organization demonstrating to supervisors and even front line employees how it is their personal “self-interest” to proactively prevent harassment, unionization, and injuries.

What distinguishes this program from all others is the focus upon humanistic values and corporate culture.

This copyrighted and trademarked program is entitled, “PROACTIVE PREVENTION FOR BOTTOMLINE ENHANCEMENT.”

Think about it: Win or lose, every dollar spent in defending harassment claims, winning union elections or disputing workers compensation claims, are wasted dollars. In today’s economic environment, companies can’t afford to waste any money. In fact, the money used for these non-value-added purposes could be used, instead, for expansion, technological improvements, product research, wages, bonuses, or just plain old company survival.

Not only will you see improvement in the bottom line, but your workplace will be more pleasant and productive and your company will be able to both attract higher quality applicants as well as retain higher performing employees.

It is work, but the simple solution is prevention before there is an issue. The mission of my consulting /speaking business is to assist organizations to continue to grow their profits in these difficult and challenging times utilizing the Proactive Prevention Culture Program.

Questions Every Company Should Be Asking Related to Wasted Resources: Harassment Claim & Union Vulnerability

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

SIX QUICK QUESTIONS:

Do you ever think about how much company cash is wasted defending harassment allegations?

Does it ever occur to you how much wasted time and resources are put in during the lawsuit process by company employees including executives?

Do you realize the reputation damage to your brand by just having a lawsuit brought against the company, win or lose?

Have you ever totaled up the expense of conducting a campaign to fight back a union even should you prevail?

Have you ever tried to quantify the effect customer concern over the possibility of supply interruption due to a union presence would have on sales and revenue?

Can the wasted funds, expended company resources and future lost business of losing a union election even be measured?

Can anything really be done to actually proactively prevent workplace harassment and union card campaigns?

The answer may be seen in the example of one company with 15 steel processing plants and 1,500 employees, of which 1,200 are on industrial plant floors. One would expect this type of organization to be involved with several harassment lawsuits per year. With a typical settlement likely to conservatively be in excess of $100,000 and the typical defense attorney fees to be an even higher amount, the unnecessary expense is substantial.

However, since 1999, this organization has experienced no employment-related lawsuits.

Throw into the mix a diverse workforce (various religions, races, and national origins), and add women working on the plant floor, the record becomes even more impressive. Even more incredible is the fact that these plants are not limited to traditionally non-litigious locations, but this company’s largest plants are in Detroit, Cleveland, northern Indiana and Ohio. Total Savings of Millions of Dollars.

This organization also had two of its plants vote in a union in 1995. From 1998 to 1999, unions also obtained enough cards for an election to be held in two additional plants.

In 1999, this organization won the election in one plant, the union withdrew before the election in the other, and the employees decertified one of the 1995 elected unions. This was all done at great expense, not only in dollars, but also in employee time, productivity, and morale. Since 1999, this organization has been subjected to no union card campaigns.

ProactivePreventionCulture.com

This effective Proactive Prevention Culture Program™ will improve your organization’s bottom line by (a) creating a more pleasant and productive work environment, (b) preventing your best employees from being subjected to harassment, forced into a union or injured and (c) significantly reducing, if not, eliminating wasted expenses such as defense attorney fees, lawsuit settlement costs, union campaign consultant charges, labor attorney fees for collective bargaining negotiation and defense of arbitrations, and workers compensation insurance premium increases.

How better to demonstrate that you truly care about, respect and appreciate your people than to establish a program of Proactive Prevention.

To find out how your organization may be able to benefit from this program, contact JohnBaumannEsq@yahoo.com