PofE 079: Les Brown’s Inspirational Quotes for Motivating Your Team

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Leslie Calvin Brown, who was given the nickname “Les” as a child, was born on February 17, 1946. He and his twin brother, Wesley, were adopted by Mamie Brown, a 38-year old single woman who was a cafeteria attendant and domestic assistant. Les’ mother had very little education, but encouraged learning in her sons. When talking about his background, one of the inspirational quotes used by Les is that “we are all born with a certain degree of power. The key to success is discovering this innate power and using it daily to deal with whatever challenges come your way.” Les also says that “just because Fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.”


He and his brother, Wesley, were born in an abandoned building in a low-income section of Miami, Florida.


PofE 058: 5 Clever Marketing Strategies That Are Actually Mistakes

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Guest Post by John Anderson

Executive Street Contributor

Marketing is a subtle and ever changing art. Formulating strategies can be a daunting task, as it requires you to become adaptable to any changes in the environment that your enterprise belongs to. Yes, small changes can influence the entirety of a business, and with the changes in the marketing field happening fast, most of us should do some rethinking in our approaches. Most of the strategies that marketers use today seem to be obsolete, and what’s worse? They have no idea that it doesn’t work. Now, let us explore these marketing strategies that are only deemed good on paper, and not so much in practice.



PofE 057: Strategic Management Consultant Ram Charan Knows How To Execute Business Strategy

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The-words-What-Now-asking-questions"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."

-Alexander Graham Bell 

Background and Challenges:

  • Ram Charan was born in 1939, the sixth of seven children in Uttra Pardesh, India, which is located in northern India near the Himalayan Mountains. As a child, he grew up in a second floor home which had no indoor plumbing or electricity. He also pumped water from an outdoor well and collected cow dung to burn in his mother's oven. 
  • While working in the family business, Ram developed the habit of consolidating everything he learned each day onto a single sheet of paper. He was also guided by the values he learned while studying the Sanskrit literature. He learned the value and benefit of hard work and that mastery had its own reward.
Change Management

PofE 031: Little Known Ways To Communicate To Manage Change

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“Effective leaders help others to understand the necessity of change and to accept a common vision of the desired outcome.” –John Kotter

Brian Tracy has been a business consultant for many years. Prior to becoming the CEO and chairman of Brian Tracy International, Brian was the CEO of a company managing business development processes for clients, and before that, he had a booming career in sales and marketing, management and strategic planning. As a result, he has been able to develop a wealth of information about training and developing world class organizations.


PofE 020: What Everybody Ought to Know About Ansel Adams

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Thousand Island Lake (2997m) and Banner Peak (...Thousand Island Lake (2997m) and Banner Peak (3943m), looking southwest from John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail at 3080m, in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of the Sierra Nevada, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His Challenges

  • Born in San Francisco, California on February 20, 1902.
  • His parents were upper-class and his father owned a lumber business that was created by his grandfather.
  • During the aftershocks of the April 18, 1906 earthquake, he was tossed into a wall and broke his nose. He was four years old.
  • He was frequently sick and diagnosed with hypochondria.
  • He fell in love with nature at a young age. He and his family were close to Lobos Creek, Baker Beach, and Lands End.
  • His father’s business dropped after the grandfather’s death and the Panic of 1907. Their lifestyle changed drastically.