1 Resume Idea…

If you don’t have resume overload, please let me know what remote island you are living on! We are bombarded 24/7 with endless ideas on how to write a resume, how to get it read, what words you must have, how many pages, who is reading it along with another 800,000 do’s and don’ts.

So here is 800,001. One paragraph that has the reader imagining along with you, how good it would feel if you could make their life easier, followed by a link to your always current LinkedIn page.

See if this works for you!




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I was talking to a mentor friend of mine and he made the comment that I was not a self motivated person. Although I was initially surprised and asked why he thought that, the more I pondered his observation the more I agreed with it.

In looking for new opportunities almost every job posting requires that you must be self motivated. So the question is, what motivates a person, and more importantly what motivates me?

Having always thought of myself as intrinsically driven, in reality and after giving this considerable thought, I realized this is not the case and hence I must be MAD; MOTIVATE AND DO. Instead of having a one size fits all motivation I now have an authentic, less stressful, meaningful and rewarding external motivation that authentically starts from within because this works for me!

This allows me to serve the needs of others first in a new and focused way. In ways that meet my needs thus allowing me to help my customers solve their business needs and wants and to give them my complete attention and service that is second to none.

Think about what really motivates you and your organization and see if being MAD isn’t what you think it is.

Take care,
Tony Mann

PS- For more information on how I can be of service, please contact me.

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Looking back equals moving forward…

Mike Ditka said living in the past is for cowards and losers.

As we begin 2013 the simplicity of this statement now makes sense. In order to truly move forward I have decided to get rid of the clutter in my life that is holding me back.

Let’s start with getting over the loss of a job which in itself can be a life changing experience as many of you know. Having ridden the roller coaster of emotions from shock, disbelief, anger, denial and blaming others to name a few, wallowing in the past goes to the wisdom of Da Coach as self-pity will get you nowhere. I’m not saying it doesn’t make you feel good at first, because it does. It’s a natural response of being human, something I believe that resonates with all of us.

I realized at some point that my talents, uniqueness, personality, values, relationships and aspirations should not and will not be controlled by others, especially those that live in their own shadow.

Looking back we have all experienced highs and lows in 2012 and we each need to deal with them in our own way. The lows make us stronger and put our problems in perspective; embrace them. The highs give us hope and opportunity; keep moving higher.

At the end of the day if you can look in the mirror and say I am happy, healthy, a loving person and a valued friend serving the needs of others and look to the past with a smile, then 2013 will be a fantastic journey.

Yes, you must look back to move forward, just don’t stay there too long.

Stay focused,


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Leadership and the pencil cup

Tall, short, plain, bold, new or broken; these are leaders. They engage or not, they empower or control. Their followers can be sharp, dull, odd, but always ready to be used. It’s how the leader sees the people in the cup, all the while using the eraser and the sharpener.


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Let the journey begin…

Out for lunch one day I struck a conversation with the owner of a small restaurant I frequent. I asked him how business was and he said not so good. He started telling me how most of his customers were unemployed looking for work and would often ask if he knew about any jobs. Though he worried about his business and family, his first feeling was to help others  get back on their feet offering sustenance, hope and employment leads.

The amazing thing about this person was that he himself was terminally ill suffering from a variety of ailments but serving the needs of others first. When I asked what motivated him, he looked at me and said, because it makes me feel good.

This is at the core of serving in a sustainable way.


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September 13, 2012 · 7:42 pm

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A source for new ideas, perspectives, and thinking that keeps us moving in new directions through the principles of Servant Leadership.

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