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January 16, 2014

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JOHN BAUMANN’S “DECIDE SERIES”

I. Parkinson’s Saved My Life: Really? … Really!
Truly believing that everything happens “for the best” is a life philosophy that brings the higher level of awareness necessary to make the decision to successfully embrace life’s challenges.

The presenter draws on his own personal experiences with a progressive, degenerative disease early in his adult life to demonstrate that even being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can actually be a life-saving event. He discusses his life in 2002 when he was diagnosed and compares it to the quality of his life today. If this can be done faced with living with this incurable disease for the remainder of his life, surely the people in your organization can decide to work more positively in turning challenges into opportunities to excel.

II. If I had Decided to Stay, I would not be Alive Today!
Recognizing that, when a decision is made, avenues that are not chosen may no longer be available, it becomes imperative that a structured approach to decision-making be utilized.

The presenter provides twelve action steps that will assist individuals and organizations in making better decisions. The presenter draws on his own personal experiences when he had to make very difficult decisions in his life including deciding to not stay in (adopt) the typical mindset of a person faced with an incurable, degenerative disease. As the presenter says, “Ultimately, my life depended upon my decision-making ability.” You and the people in your organization can decide to make better decisions utilizing many of the same action steps.

III. Every Glass is Actually Full.
Finally the definitive answer to the age-old question whether a glass is half full or half empty becomes apparent when we no longer ignore the third element (gas).

The presenter provides an uplifting look into the power of positive thinking including his approach to living well with Parkinson’s since 2002. Once we decide that nothing is impossible, everything becomes possible. The people in your organization will have their blinders removed by the presenter, what they decide to do with the information presented is entirely up to them. You can have a more positive workforce.

IV. Just Enough to be Dangerous.
What every person in every organization should know about the law.

As Detective Friday is famous for saying, “Just the facts, ma’am.” The presenter provides basic legal tenets of the full range of legal subjects that affect the workplace. The people in your organization will know enough to decide when they need to seek legal advice for a workplace issue and, more importantly, know if the attorney they are working with is the right one for the job. All lawyers are not created equal.

V. Positive Peer Pressure.
A novel approach to proactive prevention of workplace issues.

The presenter demonstrates how harassment can become non-existent, labor issues can be avoided, and even injuries can be reduced, not by just employing the same techniques that have always been used (policy in the handbook, orientation or annual videos, and progressive discipline), but by convincing the entire workforce that it is in their best interest to decide to get involved in this mission and that you truly care about them. The methods used have been demonstrated to be effective. The best people in your organization will be happier, more productive and stay with you longer.

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