‘Get Motivated! Business Seminar, at Hampton Coliseum’
I arrived at the event parking lot at 6:45 a.m. It was almost full, and thankfully I got a parking place. The crowd of excited attenders stood in droves by the coliseum door, waiting for the doors to open.
I made my way in, got my workbook and found my way to a good seat on the lower section upper deck. Not only could I see the stage well, but there were ‘jumbotrons’ hanging all around the inside of the coliseum that gave a great close up view of the speakers on the stage. By 8 a.m. when the event started, virtually all of the seats were full.
I grouped these 3 speakers together as I thought about the day, probably since they all were in prominent roles in our country at the time of 9-11.
Rudy Giuliani –
His slogan when he ran for mayor of NYC – ‘You can’t do worse’ (in other words – things can’t get any worse than they already are – they can only get better).
1. Get with the information revolution.
2. Read books for fun and growth.
His mother brainwashed him – gave him books to read on Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio, and Mickie Mantle (New York Yankees). He has always been a baseball fan since then.
3. Listen to Role Models.
4. Write down your goals – to include a list of the pros and cons when making decisions.
5. Stop and relax for at least 5 minutes each day.
6. Lessons from Sept 14, 2001 – Friends – Be there for people you know. You can miss weddings, but always go to funerals.
Laura Bush –
She gave an update on their family and their lifestyle change since January, 2009. She also talked about her passion for literacy in our country.
She also reflected on the way her life changed before and after 9/11.
Some of her guiding principles:
- I know who I am.
- Appreciate this America and the variety of cultures and life across the land.
- She always tried to take the criticism she heard directed towards her husband as, ‘the clanking gears of democracy.’
She also described ‘the after life’ – how her life has changed since she and George left the White House.
She also talked about the first pitch that George threw at the World Series in October, 2011, in New York City. It was a time where the country could rally around the city.
Colin Powell –
He also gave some reflections on transforming to become a ‘regular guy’, after being the Secretary of State. Buying a Corvette helped.
He also said that no matter what assails our country economically or politically, we will make it – we are tenacious.
He said it’s not where you started that’s important, but where you end up. He talked about his own life – didn’t do very well in college (City College of NY), other than in ROTC. They factored those grades in with his others and his GPA was 2.0. Now the school has named a building after him.
Things he learned as a young Army officer in Infantry School: Follow Me – Leadership and Followership. All leaders should be following someone.
- Put Value on People
- Have a purpose
- Everyone on the team is valuable – take the time to care about the people working on your team.
- Be an infectious leader – inspire people. Once you do that, people will believe and will inspire themselves.
2. Take care of your troops
- Give your followers the training they need to do their jobs.
3. Make sure you compliment your troops
- Take time for the human connections.
- Be pleasant and treat people decently.
4. Identify the followers who aren’t pulling their weight – have the guts to get in their face.
Link to event – http://www.getmotivated.com/default.aspx
Article about the event in the Norfolk online newspaper – http://hamptonroads.com/2011/09/events-norfolk-and-hampton-serve-major-motivators