Archive for December, 2010


Tuesday, December 21st, 2010






John Baumann has achieved educational & professional success:
• graduating college summa cum laude with a BBA,
• receiving his juris doctorate from Cornell Law School,
• passing three bar exams (Texas, Louisiana & New Jersey),
• practicing as an attorney for 25 years (including as General Counsel of a Nasdaq listed corporation),
• appearing on CNN Headline News as a legal commentator,
• hosting an internet talk show on success on Voice America and
• being selected as the Most Inspiring Professor by the 2009 Scholar Athlete of the Year for the University of Louisville.

NOW YOU can learn how to be more SUCCESSFUL.


ROADMAP TO SUCCESS – An anthology including chapters by Dr. Ken Blanchard, John Baumann and Deepak Chopra.

TWELVE STEPS TO SUCCESS – Understandable, Sequential, Comprehensive & Memorable SUCCESS Enhancement Principles

(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 to adapt
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) Anticipation: Trusting Instincts

(10) Attitude: The Power of Posi-spective

(11) Accountability: Uncompromising Integrity

(12) Faith: In yourself. In others. In a higher power.

John Baumann has also succeeded in the face of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the ripe ypung age of 41.

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Harassment Charges Increase

Friday, December 17th, 2010

EEOC Announces Highest Number of Discrimination Charges in Agency’s 45-Year History


Posted by Shanti Atkins

Employers Embrace Enhanced Compliance & Prevention Efforts to Manage Escalating Risk in the Face of Expanded EEOC Enforcement Efforts

Just released Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge statisticsfor FY 2010 set yet another record – both in number of charges, and total dollars recovered from employers. On the heels of two consecutive years of record high charges in 2008 and 2009, the 2010 statistics demonstrate a resilient and powerful trend of increased exposure to costly discrimination claims.

The total number of charges filed in FY 2010 rose to a record 99,022, up 7.1% from FY 2009. While the agency has not yet released the charge details by protected category, employers can expect to see retaliation, race, religious and disability discrimination top the list as they did in 2009.

The rise in EEOC charges is not surprising. The ADA Amendment Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act have expanded the EEOC’s statutory authorities, making it easier to file a discrimination claim.

Continued high unemployment is also a major factor in these numbers. Significant layoffs and terminations, coupled with a scarcity of alternative employment, has drastically expanded the pool of potential claimants and litigants. Given our “jobless recovery” employers can expect to see the trend of rising discrimination claims continue into 2011.

Along with the number of charges filed, the EEOC is boasting a record $319 million recovered from employers -the highest level in the Commission’s history. The agency is crediting the increase to easier filing procedures and extensive training for their employees – both part of a bigger systematic initiative to more efficiently and effectively enforce discrimination laws. The EEOC’s increased efforts are clearly working. Despite the surge in charges, the agency was able to keep its backlog relatively constant from 2009-2010.

The shift in control of the House of Representatives will also drive even greater enforcement activities in the coming year. Though Republicans now control the House, the Obama Administration does not need Congressional approval to work through federal agencies (like the EEOC) to enforce existing laws. So in 2011, the Administration will undoubtedly place even greater emphasis on enforcement.

The EEOC is better equipped than ever to investigate the record number of claims being filed – and employers need to be prepared. Now’s the time for organizations to enhance their comprehensive anti-discrimination policies to cover all forms of discrimination.

But remember, employees rarely read policies and policies alone do not effectively guide and change behavior. U.S. Supreme Court and EEOC guidelines require companies to provide the entire workforce with effective and periodic training. Being able to prove that such preventative education programs are in place can help employers to establish a robust and valuable litigation shield that can help to eliminate claims, and to significantly reduce damage awards.

With both strong policies and effective anti-discrimination training, employers will be well equipped to avoid the rising tide of EEO claims. But if the EEOC comes knocking on your door, effective training can help to assert powerful affirmative defenses that can save your organization millions.

Parkinsons Proud Positive Perspective – John Baumann

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Diversity Benefits Customer Understanding John Baumann

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

John Baumann, Proud Person with Parkinsons, The Inspiring Esquire, discusses the benefits of diversity – customer understanding.

Parkinsons Diagnosis Reaction John Baumann Parkinsons Proud

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

John Baumann, Proud Person with Parkinsons, The Inspiring Esquire, discusses his reaction to his Parkinson’s diagnosis – Make A Difference.

Diversity Disability Awareness John Baumann Parkinsons Proud Attorney

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

John Baumann, Proud Person with Parkinsons, The Inspiring Esquire, discusses diversity and disability discrimination of people with an obvious disability.

Disability Discrimination John Baumann Parkinsons Proud

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

John Baumann discusses his decision to leave his corporate law position and become an inspirational speaker

Major League Baseball Diversity Disability Discrimination John Baumann Parkinsons Proud

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

John Baumann, Proud Person with Parkinsons, The Inspiring Esquire, discusses the positive effect of diversity on major league baseball and compares the experience obtained with the benefit organizations can take advantage of by expanding their applicant pool.

Twelve Steps to Success Book Preview

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

John Baumann’s first book, Twelve Steps to Success, is set to be released the first part of 2011. Here is a preview in interview format:


Today we’re talking to John Baumann. John graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts Isenburg School of Management and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Cornell Law School in 1986. Attorney Baumann, in his 25-year law career, has passed the bar and practiced law in Texas, Louisiana and New Jersey before becoming General Counsel of a NASDAQ listed corporation headquartered in Kentucky. He teaches in the College of Business at the University of Louisville and is a professional inspirational speaker focused upon The Power of a Positive Perspective and Twelve Steps to Success. As The Inspiring Esquire, John has produced two DVDs (Learn Success Today and Learn Negotiation Today) and one CD (Reclaiming Posi-spective).

John is also workshop facilitator specializing in appreciation and respect training for existing and prospective supervisors. In addition, he is a consultant specializing in proactive workplace prevention including harassment elimination, union avoidance and injury reduction. Attorney Baumann also practices family law specializing in domestic violence prevention and is Of Counsel at the law firm of Ferreri & Fogle. John has been on CNN Headline News as a legal expert, has hosted an internet talk show on success and is the Chair of the Kentucky chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

John Baumann, Welcome to Roadmap to Success.

John Baumann (Baumann)

Thank you, I’m very pleased to be here, I’m honored to be included in this publication.


So you have had a great deal of success from a 25-year practice as an attorney to being selected as the most inspiring professor by the student athlete of the year to internet talk show host on success with over 50,000 monthly listeners to an appearance on CNN headline news as a legal expert, so could you tell me and our readers, we would like to know which professional achievements are you the most proud?


This is an interesting question and the answer will likely surprise you. I go back to high school, specifically tenth grade. I lived in a middle class household with little opportunity financially for college. I had mediocre grades and not a lot of extracurricular activities on my resume. I woke up one day and decided that I wanted to go to an Ivy League law school.

Against what seemed like insurmountable odds, I started a process to provide myself the things that I determined were necessary in order to go to an Ivy League law school First, I needed money to pay tuition and living expenses, Second, I needed excellent grades. Third, I needed to learn the material in the classes I was taking. Finally, I needed extracurricular activities to put on my applications.  

At the time, I had no money and very little access to funds. My grades, as I said, were average at best. Although I did well on the math portion of the SATs, my English score was a dismal 510. My only extracurricular activity was being a deep reserve on the junior varsity soccer team.

How did I get there? How did I, eight years later, show up at Cornell Law School. I often wonder myself. I’ve been thinking about, and studying, success since that time and there were basically four, of my Twelve Steps to Success principles, that came into play at that time.

The first one was “End-vision.” I didn’t call it that at the time, but it was to actually see yourself in that destination. Feel what it is to be, in this case, a student at an Ivy League law school. Experience it with all your senses. The second part of End-visioning is to identify the specific steps necessary to achieve this End-Vision. For me, s I said, these were (a) improve my grades, (b) develop items for my school applications and (c) find the money to pay for college and law school.

The second Twelve Steps to Success that I want to mention is “effort.” I made a commitment to myself to go to every class, do homework for every class while the class was fresh in my mind, and study as hard as I possibly could. In high school, I became the student body president, I was lead in the senior class play, and I was on the varsity tennis team, while, at the same time, I worked in restaurants close to full time.   One unique adventure that I experienced in the “effort” category was in my sophomore year in college. I went down to Houston, Texas, and sold books door–to-door. This involved a tremendous effort because we’d start at 7:30 in the morning and finish at 9:30 at night, six days a week, with sales meetings on Sundays. So a lot of the people were burned out and gave up. As physically, mentally and emotionally draining as it was, I made the commitment to myself to stick it out. I just decided that I was going to put in more effort than anyone else. I was determined to achieve. Not only did this summer job bring financial rewards, but it also bolstered my self-confidence, self-image and self-esteem.  

In addition to having an “End-Vision” and putting out my best effort, a third of the Twelve Steps for Success is “Intensity,” which I also call, “Focused Passion.” This puts an emphasis on the competitive nature of school, activities, etc. How to get the “A.” I tried to be as aware as possible to see how I could get the “A” in each class in order to get the best grades possible to get into an Ivy League law school. In essence, see beyond what was apparent. I not only treated school like a job, but a competition. I treated the SAT like a contest. I studied as hard as I possibly could and that intensity eventually paid off.

Having a Positive Attitude is the fourth of the Twelve Steps for Success principle that I wanted to mention. What I call, “positive perspective,” as you mentioned in the introduction. That is, keeping a positive perspective, and setting your goals high. Someone once said to me, “If you don’t have any expectations, you can’t be disappointed.” Well, that’s kind of a pessimistic way to look at things, it may be true, but then you won’t be reaching for the stars, and if you reach for the stars and come just short, you’re still in the heavens.

So what I anticipated was doing the best I could possibly do with the natural ability and talent and intelligence that I had and shoot for the stars, go for the Ivy League law school. To be described as someone who “made the most out of their talent, ability or intelligence,” is one of the greatest compliments that one could bestow on another.

I applied to Harvard and Cornell. I was rejected at Harvard and was waitlisted at Cornell. I was admitted to Boston College law school, a fine institution that I would have been content with. On the Friday before law school started, I received a call from Cornell Law School. At first, I thought it was one of my college friends playing a prank on me. When I was realized that the call was, in fact, from Cornell, I asked what their inquiry was, and they said that they had one spot left in the class of 1986 and would I like to consider it. I said, “Well, where would I live” and they said we have a dorm, but the dorm is full so you’d have to find your own place to live. I didn’t have a car at the time, so I said can I call my father to see if he could drive me up there and they said, “Well, this offer is only open during this phone call; we have to go to the next person on the list.” I said basically, “I’ll take it, it’s my dream, it’s what I have worked toward for years.”  

Similarly, I think of the movie, Rudy.  Similar to Rudy, who took average sports ability and average intelligence and got on, in the heyday of Notre Dame, the best football team in the land, even for one down or one play, I felt like I had used absolutely the most of my ability and achieved something important. I never felt that I wouldn’t be able to excel at Cornell, I just felt as though the barriers might have been there to getting me in. Once I was in, I felt very comfortable, I was never overwhelmed.

I was in awe every day, the experience was tremendous, one that I’ll never forget: the ivy covered buildings, the tradition, the history. The key was to get in and, somehow, through intensity, diligence, effort, and some luck, I was able to financially pay for it through the work I had done over the years and academically get in to Cornell. That, to me, was my proudest professional accomplishment, getting admitted into an Ivy League law school.

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Newly Diagnosed Parkinsons

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

It was a day I will never forget. The day I first laid eyes on Krista Brooks, MD.

Within minutes of us meeting, I knew. My life would never be the same.

I walked toward her. She knew before me. She read it in my eyes. She saw it in my facial expression.

She took my hand, and as it started to shake in hers, she said three words that changed my life forever.

No, not “I love you,” but ” You have Parkinsons.”

The world stood still. Everything went to slow motion. How old was I? I wasnt even sure at that moment, 43, 44.

Isn’t Parkinsons an old persons illness? But didn’t Michael J. Fox get this at an early age. Wasn’t that rare?

I staggered to the rest room. After splashing my face with cold water, I started to come back to my new reality.

Strangely, there is no test to determine if you have Parkinsons or PD other then doing an autopsy.

Being that I am still alive, and that I intend to stay that way for a long, long time, I opted against the autopsy (not a tough decision). What you can do is start the medication and see if it works. Unfortunately, the medication worked.

The first challenge was to continue to function as if nothing had happened. I now had a horrible secret, one not of my own making.

What also comes with the territory is going through the emotional trauma of letting your loved ones know and deal with their reaction while, at the same time, deal with your own emotions. I was exhausted.

When I finally got around to talking to my mother. Her reaction surprised me. Of course, she expressed empathy, but then she said something that I will never forget, “Everything happens for a reason.” Our family had always been fighters, but something was different.

She had said this phrase hundreds of times growing up, but something had changed, she used to say, “Everything happens for the best.” Why the change? She said, “I can’t imagine that you getting Parkinsons is for the best.” My mother unknowingly had provided the motivation to move forward. Is it possible to prove that it was for the best?

There was an event coming up in DC called The World Parkinsons Congress. My parents drove up to sit with me through a bunch of hyper-technical lectures – talk about love. Although you can’t stop the progression, you may be able to slow it. Wow, that was what I was hoping to hear (becoming a medical researcher was not an option, too late to go back to school, too old to put in 12 more years).

The to do list will not surprise you: exercise; eat right; reduce stress; laugh a lot (not really on the list); and lots of affection (not there either, but this is my list, so I will include whatever I want). By the way, eating right includes blueberries, strawberries, and (no kidding) red wine and dark chocolate. Say no more, sign me up.

This diagnosis also prompted me to do something different with my life than being the top attorney for a company.

Despite much concern, I started teaching several undergraduate classes at the University of Louisville and opened my own inspirational speaking & consulting business ( and

I am scheduled to speak in Cincinatti, Birmingham and Houston in 2011. Possibly also Indianapolis and Phoenix.  I will present anywhere, anytime ( My talk in entitled “Transforming Yourself Into a Proud Person with Parkinsons: The Power of Posi-spective (Positive Perspective).” For a preview, go to

In addition, just as there is much that can we done to proactively prevent, or at least slow, the progression of Parkinsons, I have dedicated my energy and passion to eliminate workplace harassment, reduce workplace injuries, teach supervisory skills based upon appreciation and respect, enhance success skills, and speak on Parkinsons. My focus in all these presentations is to elevate awareness and understanding by providing instructive real life examples, engaging imagery and appropriate humor. I also hosted an Internet Talk Show on success.

This is where I am- enjoying life, enjoying work.

Oh yeah, did I mention that I have Parkinsons and I guess proud of it.

You can even call me a Proud Person with Parkinsons.

And my mother now believes that this is for the “best.”