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Suffer No Fools or Victims

In a brief chat this past weekend a friend shared details of her daughter’s whining about her current circumstances. Being the ever confident and highly competent mom, she did not allow Molly to pull her down into the clutches of a victim spiral. Instead, she pointed out that, while not everything about the situation was of Molly’s making, she had done nothing to try and rectify the problem.

While there are real victims of crimes, even people who have been impacted by some of the most…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on May 6, 2013 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Radical Accountability Heroes and Zeroes of the Week

Welcome to this new weekly series. Each week, I’ll feature companies, organizations, industries, and even individuals who exemplify the power of Radical Accountability (the Heroes who have committed to an unwavering responsibility for getting done what really matters most) and the need for it (the Zeroes).

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Added by Scott Wintrip on May 3, 2013 at 9:45am — No Comments

Kill the Dog and Corral the Pony – Scott’s Sales Yoga Thought for the Week

Earlier this week, a salesperson told me about a difficult conversation she was about to have with a client. In asking for my advice, she said there was a chance this customer will ask for a price reduction and that she’d have to do a “dog and pony show” to convince them to keep working with her at the current rate.

I told her she needed to “kill the dog and corral the pony.” As you may suspect, there was a long pause on the other end of the phone after such a startling…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on May 2, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Go Hire Some Lazy People

An often overlooked quality in new hires is their laziness. If you hire more good, lazy people, you’ll find that this is one of the fastest ways to grow your business. Surprised? If so, that’s not a surprise as most hiring managers look at laziness as a detriment instead of the attribute it can be when the right people with lazy streaks are hired strategically in your organization.

Traits, including laziness, can be applied for good or for evil. This all depends on the motives of the…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 29, 2013 at 12:25pm — 1 Comment

Boston Manhunt: Radical Accountability in Action

Our televisions were filled with scenes normally reserved for Hollywood and make-believe: gun wielding SWAT teams, military Humvees bristling with weaponry, shots fired, suspects killed and apprehended. A terrible tragedy that started with bombs ended with bittersweet triumph. A job well done. A commitment for justice met.

This is Radical…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 22, 2013 at 9:09am — No Comments

Scott’s Sales Yoga Thought for the Day

Think about a recent sales experience where you did not get the deal.   In retrospect, could you have gotten that “No 

thanks” because you asked the wrong questions that unnecessarily limited the conversation? The right questions, at the right time, asked in the right way are the essence of being…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 18, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Smiling, Happy, and Radically Accountable

After two hours of singing, dancing, and acting, the cast of Newsies was still smiling, as were my wife, Holly, and I. They had just delivered, and we had just watched, one of the best shows we've seen on Broadway in the past decade.

Did one or more cast members dance out of step, flub a line, or sing slightly out of tune? Did the crew miss a cue, misplace a prop, or misdirect a…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 15, 2013 at 9:13am — No Comments

Go and Live Your Best Life Today

A year ago my son Benjamin wrote the following poem. This wasn’t at school nor was it for an assignment. While in our hotel in NYC, he grabbed a scratchpad and jotted this down in a matter of minutes.

I’ve always been of the opinion that our children were sent here to teach us more than we have to teach them. I hope Ben’s poem teaches you, inspires you, and propels you into action today. I know stumbling across this over the weekend did just that for me.

Go and Live Your Best…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 8, 2013 at 9:50am — No Comments

Scott’s Sales Yoga Thought for the Day

The longer you talk, the more people tune out.  Replace pitches (one-way communication) with Provocative Launching Questions (two-way communication) if you want to engage people and capture and keep their interest.

Added by Scott Wintrip on April 4, 2013 at 7:31am — No Comments

Scott’s Sales Yoga Thought for the Day

Be a coach, not a critic. Instead of telling yourself what you did wrong; tell yourself how you can do it rightShape your performance instead…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 28, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments

The Pizza and French Fry Test

A few days before arriving here in Copper Mountain, Colorado for our Spring Break ski trip, I asked my sixteen year old son if he thought he still remembered all of his skills. “It’s been five years Ben,” I said. “How do you think you’ll do?”

“Are you kidding,” he said. “All I gotta do is pizza and french fries.”

For those who don’t know what Ben was referring…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 25, 2013 at 9:48am — No Comments

Scott’s Thought for the Day

Healthy boundaries are your gift to yourself and the world. This nurtures you while being a role model to others.

Added by Scott Wintrip on March 21, 2013 at 9:45am — No Comments

Are Your Priorities a Priority?

How is it that 115 cardinals at the Vatican can choose a Pope in just 24 hours, yet, in Washington, DC, congressional leaders and the President can’t seem to find a way to compromise on spending and budgets in a way that serves the American people. The answer is priorities. When something is a priority, people always find a way to get it done. While not everyone is happy or even agrees with the choice of Pope Francis, the leaders of the Catholic Church made a nimble choice that allows…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 18, 2013 at 8:10am — No Comments

Scott’s Thought for the Day

Salespeople are often perceived as being suave, slimy, slippery, and scary. This creates a tremendous opportunity to create a different experience for every buyer, and be more memorable as a result.

Added by Scott Wintrip on March 14, 2013 at 11:51am — No Comments

The Only Thing to Fear is Those Who Lead by Fear

Many of us have experienced the departure of a negative co-worker or manager from a company. Always, there is a collective sigh of relief as the removal of this cancerous presence breathes new life into the organization. No longer drained by the unhealthy distractions and toxic interactions, the team is free to focus on the business at hand instead of shielding and protecting themselves from the next wave of negative fallout. It’s little wonder that we often see a surge of productivity and…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 11, 2013 at 10:12am — 2 Comments

Improving Follow Through and Accountability

Scott shines a light on some of the reasons why individuals fail to follow through, and simple ways to overcome them.

  1. ADD – Attention divided dilema
  2. Fear – False evidence appearing real
  3. Competing priorities…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 8, 2013 at 10:28am — No Comments

Scott’s Thought for the Day

Who is more credible in a sales conversation? The customer, at least in their own eyes. So, this begs the question: Why are salespeople the ones always trying to do the convincing? Let customers convince themselves to buy.

Added by Scott Wintrip on March 7, 2013 at 11:17am — No Comments

Trust and Integrity at the Core of Core Values

Scott shares the heart of the matter – the importance of personal and professional integrity.

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 6, 2013 at 11:29am — No Comments

Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That: Sweet Brown’s Sage Wisdom for Corporations

An April 2012 Oklahoma City television news interview gone viral has now reached tens of millions of people across the  globe who've heard Sweet Brown’s  famous words:

“Ain’t nobody got time for…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 4, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

What Are Organizational Core Beliefs and How Do We Best Develop Them?

Scott suggests ways to align your organization with belief, choice, and action to make your organization a place where people want to stay and work.…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 1, 2013 at 1:22pm — No Comments

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