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Book Publishing … Is This Your Year?

Are you like 80 percent of the population? Is there a book in you? Something that will establish your expertise, your credibility? Have you being gathering amazing stories during your years in nursing? In Management? As an executive? Have you thought about publishing “something” that would get your foot in the door as the “go to” person? What about a reposition within the industry or a transitional leap? Have you just finished a Masters or Doctorate that your thesis or dissertation just might be the genesis for a book?

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Starting a book is a major event. Ditto for creating a book. Continuing the journey deserves a tap dance or two. Launching it is a firework celebration.

As The Book Shepherd to many, the author of 30 books myself, my goal is always for the author to create a book that she or he doesn’t regret. The cover, the insides, the content, the editing, the time spent creating it, the ____.

One of the most important things that an author—new or old—must keep at the forefront is the voice—is it his or hers? Or, has it been so morphed by others in the process that it has gotten lost … not to be found. This is the year that your voice is heard above the noise—the noise of millions of other books that are out there.

  • Let this be your year that you are not lost; that you are found in the present and the future.
  • Let this be the year that you will seek and find the answers to every question you have … and ones that you didn’t know were circling, just waiting for you to ask.
  • Let this be the year that you invest in both your work and yourself to get it grounded and launched.
  • Let this be the year that your Author and Book Platforms rock and roll!
  • Let this be the year that you build on your crowd—or as Seth Godin says: the tribe.
  • Let this be the year that your crowd—your readers—find you.
  • Let this be the year that you, and your book, are truly findable across the Internet.
  • Let this be the year that no one looks at you with a glaze in their eyes as you share that you are publishing your book with your own imprint.
  • Let this be the year that you say, “I can do that. I can be a bestseller.”

It’s an exciting time to be an author; it’s an awesome time to be a publisher. The typical author, especially the author that views his path aligned with a traditional publisher, wants the details to be taken care by others—to in some ways, be taken care of. The independent author/publisher knows that “if it is going to happen,” he needs to be intricately involved in the process. He must continue his education; keep updated on marketing strategies and tools; and stay connected with others in the authoring/publishing community.

That’s because you want to educate yourself, you want to find out what’s happening in indie publishing, you want to learn about book construction, or you want to find out the cool new ways people are marketing their books. No longer does an author write a book, get it published and wait. Wait for success or wait for the end, meaning sales have dwindled to zilch and the ride is other. Today’s savvy author knows that his book can have a never-ending life—with marketing smarts, vision, passion, commitment and the tribe.

Welcome to my world … the world of publishing that I embraced in 2000 when a client said, “We would like to buy 1,000 copies of your book that you will be speaking about in the spring … and do you think you could arrange a discount with the publisher.” Of course I said, “Yes,” knowing that I had just taken the rights back from the traditional publisher and to the best of my knowledge, only 60 copies existed. I jumped in; started to learn the insider’s world of publishing; the dollars and sense of publishing; and how to find people to create the book that I committed to deliver on my promise. I was an already an author of 18 published books; now I was to become a publisher. Heady stuff.

What I’m thankful for is that I did come from the traditional publishing side. My visual model. My books were edited and professionally designed on the interior and exterior. When I created my own imprint, it never dawned on me to do it half-assed … I expected that my first book would be of quality—that’s what I grew up with as a beginning author in 1981. The vanity press/publishing model? Never an option—not even in my sights.

The growth of quality independent publishing is phenomenal and will only continue to escalate; the “e” world has become a pearl for many authors who would have never had a chance; and the separation of the vanities and publishing predators from true independents is comparable to buying a cheap 50 cent toy that breaks when it is picked up versus one that is designed to last.

Indeed, here’s to you and the book that is within you … just waiting to come out.

PSmy latest book, Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms, is perfect for anyone who is interested in authoring and publishing. Get it on Amazon today, then email me at Judith@Briles.com … I’ll send you the inside link to download $2600 in special gifts designed for the author-to-be.

 

JudithBriles_oval-2 Judith Briles is a sought after conference speaker and is known as The Book Shepherd (www.TheBookShepherd.com), a book publishing coach and the Founder Chief Visionary Officer of Author U (niversity (www.AuthorU.org), a membership organization created for the author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 30 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms has just been published. Besides publishing, Judith is a recognized health care expert in dealing with toxic behavior in the workplace (Stabotage! How to Deal with the Pit Bulls, Skunks, Snakes, Scorpions & Slugs in the Health Care Workplace and  Zapping Conflict in the Health Care Workplace).

Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Your Guide to Book Publishing on www.RockStarRadioNetwork.com. Follow @AuthorU and @MyBookShepherd on Twitter and do a “Like” at AuthorU and TheBookShepherd on Facebook. If you want to create a book that has no regrets, contact her at Judith@Briles.com.

Gimmicks, Gadgets & the Buzz Factor

Gimmicks, Gadgets & the Buzz Factor

At a recent three-day convention, I was slated to present the opening keynote for the next day and a workshop on communication the third day. It has always been my practice when time permitted, to come in a day early so I could hear other speakers, feel the energy of the group and if there is another main speaker, to make sure that I hear him or her.

It allows me to observe audience reaction to the speaker and the topic as well as the opportunity to link what I say with some theme within the speaker’s talk. Sure enough, I did alter part of my presentation—her theme was all about change. My keynote would be around the title of one of my books, Stabotage! How to Deal with Pit Bulls, Skunks, Snakes, Scorpions & Slugs in the Health Care Workplace. Within that talk, I always reference change—it’s one of the factors that seeds conflict.

The speaker had looked good. Loved her colors and the way she interacted with others before she began her program. And then all the gimmicks came out. Special lighting, video, hiding gadgets within the audience, audience participation and moving around—lots of bells and whistles.  Now, I love gadgets and gimmicks … I just don’t want to be OD’d with them. What was cute in the beginning became downright tiresome, almost boring. As I watched and listened, I felt that her talk had been given so many times and that the choreography of it and her body movements were so canned that she could be having an out of body experience and still do her talk. I came away with, “I’ve heard this a zillion times feeling.” Hmmmm.

The next day, I was up early and so were 400 attendees. They were energetic and enthusiastic. Some were life-long friends within the nursing profession and multi-meeting attendees; others were new to the conference. I loved their buzz and watching them with their greetings and interactions with each other. What I did notice, though, was there was no buzz about the previous day’s speaker. Nothing, almost as if she hadn’t been there.

Because of what she covered, I knew that I would only have to “kiss it” within mine, deleting a good 10 minutes and allowing me to add tidbits to a key point that I would like to spend more time. In doing this, I would reference her presentation the day before and move to the point that I could expand. What I did do, was add in something that wasn’t even covered or hinted in her talk about change and did it with a couple of slides that I put together after I heard her.

The buzz after my talk lingered until the conference ended. Attendees would come and speak to me at my book table and share that they had just been talking with their friend and they loved it when I said ______fill in the blank. The Buzz Factor … it’s important.

Because the group was running late from their lunch, which preceded my keynote, I had to cut up 20 minutes of my presentation. As a speaker, you must be flexible and adapt to just about anything, including chopping your own talk if necessary. Which I did … still, the audience listened, adsorbed and came away with relevant info for their workplaces.

To create the Buzz Factor, you can leave your audiences laughing, crying or thinking … but you can’t just leave them. I didn’t—my goal as a speaker has to always have entertainment, lots of humor but lots of meat that can be chewed on, processed, regurgitated—all loaded with ideas and concepts that can be implemented. Gadgets and Gimmicks can be fun … but they are like Chinese food—great during the meal, but after processing and gone too quickly.

Moving from Wannabe Author to the Real Thing

Moving from Wannabe Author to the Real Thing

It never fails … at every conference I speak at, multiple attendees will say, “I can’t believe you’ve written all these books … I wish I could write a book.” And I always respond, “Why not … you can.”

Is there a book in you? Most people think there is. And most don’t get them out. You could have the makings of a fantastic novel, a creative young adult series, and exquisitely illustrated young children’s stories. Sci-fi could be your genre, a cookbook, how-to or business book may be lurking in your creative closet.

You just may be able to take your career to a whole new level with the creation of a book. Adding to your professional credentials, if done right, could position you as the expert in a specific field. A book could talk you to a whole new level, a different type of professional business card.

Many wannabe authors practice the art of one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, three to get ready, three to get ready … and they never go. They keep reaching for one more thing; one more piece of information; another interview; another who knows what. Sometimes, it’s just another excuse. Their book never gets written, much less published. Their quest for the perfect book has become the enemy of creating a good book, even a great book.

The First Step
Choose a spot … any spot that is yours and yours alone. Authors need their space and time. Space will contain all the ingredients you need to support you. Think computer, phone— if necessary, pens, pencils, paper, files with reference items that you’ve collected, notes you’ve saved or made to support your topic, other reference books, a favorite snack (I confess—I’ve written an entire book with M&Ms being the reward each time I finished a chapter), beverage of choice, toys, etc. Your space. Claim it and let others know that when you are in your space, it’s a “Do Not Disturb” sanctuary.

Find time. Some authors have to work specific hours; others are more loosey-goosey. I’m a binge writer—if someone told me that I had to write/work from the hours of 8 to noon every day—my response would be, “Fat chance.” I’m one of those intensives—when I start, it’s like a train … keep going until it gets to the next station—rarely do I start a chapter without finishing it in a first draft format—bathroom breaks are allowed and fresh tea, but that’s just about it.

The Second Step
Just do it … even if what you get down looks like gibberish. It’s a start. You can’t move forward to publication until you’ve got some words. So dump them out. The more you organize them, the better it is when it comes to the first dump. The general topic, sub-topics, stories/facts/stats to support the topic all go into magic piles.

Where you choose to “dump” is your choice. Some still write all by hand … if you having been procrastinating or dragging your feet—best to bypass this method and either pick up a speaking program like Dragon’s Naturally Speaking where you can literally put on a headset with a mic and start talking. Your works get transcribed to your computer, and then you clean up spellings and missed words after your dictation is done. Easy, very easy. Or, if you can pound it out on the computer, each document is a major theme/chapter and you start pulling it together in bits and chunks.

It won’t be perfect … it’s a START.

The Third Step
Get help … this is where a book shepherd or coach can come into play. You will need an editor. All authors need editors who edit (this is not your friend or sister, although they can be readers) … all authors no exceptions.

Plug time … I’ve just created a new book—Show Me About Book Publishing that will be available in 2011. It was supposed to be done four years ago, but due to an accident I had, many things got put on the back burner. Finally, I’ve been able to put it together in 2010, bringing in two co-authors to complete the journey with me. From it, an entire new program is available for conferences.

Do you have a book in you? Most likely, yes. Could a book help your professional career? Again, most likely, yes.  More info—get Show Me About Book Publishing—released in 2011

Summing Up Money Fears … So, What Are Your Fears?

 

Summing Up … So, What Are Your Fears?

Everyone has at least one.  It’s time to confront your deepest financial fear and get them in the open.  Whether it’s the fear of the soup kitchen or of making a mistake that is financially catastrophic, you can become inhibited from taking action. 

Identify them.  Write them down.  Just the mere fact that they are on paper opens the door for you to commit and confront them head-on. Ask yourself,

  • Are my fears realistic in today’s environment?
  • Are they relevant to what I currently do?
  • Do they hinder me from moving on?
  • Are they life threatening (to my spouse, partner, kids or job,

          friends, me)?

There will always be some type of fear.  Cartoon character Pogo said it best, “I have seen the enemy and the enemy is us.”  By bringing up your awareness level, identifying which fears influence your money decisions, you will achieve the first level of having money smarts.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll continue to post the top fear factors for today … to overcome your fear, and get back on track, get your copy of Money Smarts for Turbulent Times by Judith Briles–available in paper and ebook format.

Women, Sabotage & Bullying … Oh My!

 

Women, Sabotage & Bullying … Oh My!

Workplace … We have a problem … still.

Women aren’t soloists when it comes to sabotage and bullying behaviors. Men do it. Women do it. But, and it is a “but,” men do it differently. 

For co-workers, the fear of potential harm from a saboteur or bullier to them personally or professionally creates an environment that is highly stressful and toxic.  That means they are less productive, morale takes a dive, and common goals within the organization suffer. 

When times are good, employees start looking for a new job—the toxicity isn’t worth it—no matter how much they get paid.   Employers lose money because work doesn’t get done. Over-time, temp help, lost time because of grumbling amongst the staff or the energy that is put out to avoid the saboteur at all costs. When the economy is not so hot, it actually breeds the saboteur–bullying increases. People are less likely to jump ship, which creates fertile ground for the bullier in the workplace.

It’s impossible to be fully productive when you’ve got a back or front-stabber lurking in your midst.

When times aren’t so good, like in today’s economy, people don’t entertain an exit strategy.  And the bully/saboteur knows it. Bad times can be the perfect elixir for the nasty people in your workplace to step up to the plate.

Whether you are a manager or an employee, ignorance isn’t bliss.  You’ve got to deal with sabotage and undermining activities in your workplace.  If you don’t, you can lose big—your reputation, your position, and your bottom line.  Money. Lots of it.

Sabotage is the act of undermining or destroying personal or professional integrity; it creates mayhem in personal or professional lives;
and it damages
personal and professional credibility.  Sabotage can be done intentionally or unintentionally and it can be delivered overtly or covertly. 

 Women don’t own the art of sabotage, men do it too. Quite well.

Women, though, are different in their targets and methodology.  They are more inclined to be covert and deceptive as they unravel it.  A factor that has been consistent with every study that I’ve conducted, as well as those of others, is that women discriminate—their preference for undermining and bullying their own gender is the method of choice.  In contrast, men don’t discriminate—either gender is target material.

Men are more inclined to be overt when they create conflict, sabotage or a bullying act, even letting you know the day and time it will happen.  It’s the difference between backstabbing and front-stabbing.  In one case, you’re unsure who caused the action; in the other, the perpetrator is blatant and bold. If they could garner a badge for their deeds, they would wear them.

Because of the distinct differences in sabotaging behaviors of men and women, it’s wise to know how to identify a saboteur in your workplace midst.  Ask a few questions—

• Does anyone encourage gossip?  Saboteurs are superb messengers and can hardly wait to pass on discrediting information.

• Does information pass you by?  Are you out of the loop?  Saboteurs isolate their targets from regular communication links.

• Is anyone’s job in jeopardy?  Change is in the air. When change occurs, anxiety and fear becomes its companion.  Either creates a breeding ground for sabotage.

• Does anyone routinely take the credit of others or discount them (or yours)?  Saboteurs don’t bravo anyone else’s contribution to a project or idea.  The only thing that really counts is that they get credit, who cares if they did the work or not.

The work place is a breeding ground for saboteurs and bulliers. Men and women at all levels must learn to recognize the action, who creates them and learn how to confront them.  If the bullier/saboteur isn’t, it’s tantamount to giving approval to continue with the offending and abusive behavior.

Not everyone lands in the national press when set up.  But feelings of personal betrayal are no less devastating.  When a woman shafts another woman, there is a sense of violation—how could you do this … to me … to “women”?

Managers routinely ignore this problem, more out of fear for charges of sexism than anything else.  The question becomes, “Why do they fear this?” It’s because when businesses hold programs about sexual harassment, since they don’t consider themselves as harassers. This is because it’s assumed that the male is the harasser.

Women are more likely to sabotage other women, rather than harass men.  It’s a form of gender harassment.  Why should women be treated any different?  Harassment—whether caused by men or women—is a problem.

American businesses lose billions of dollars each year in lost productivity because of its unwillingness to deal with this issue.  Verbal and physical abuse, sabotage and bullying should be in no workplace. Ever.

Money Fears … # 8 The Fear of Not Trusting Yourself

# 8 The Fear of Not Trusting Yourself

Gender differences surface in the trust department with money and investing.  Men are less inclined to stick with an advisor whose advice has gone sour and they don’t abdicate financial decisions to someone else as easily as women do.  Advisors can help . . . but don’t discount your own experiences and intuitiveness.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll continue to post the top fear factors for today … to overcome your fear, and get back on track, get your copy of Money Smarts for Turbulent Times by Judith Briles–available in paper and ebook format.

Money Fears … #6 The Fear of Creating and Sticking to a Plan

 

#6 The Fear of Creating and Sticking to a Plan

Twenty-five percent of the American population believes that they will fund their retirement years by winning the Lottery!  Fat chance. 

Your best bet is to create a plan.  Put it in writing for easier tracking.  Financial plans are guide tools that start you on a path that will lead you to your stated money goals.  They are not, though, set in granite.  Times and circumstances change.  So do investments and opportunities.  That means that you don’t create and stick it in the drawer.  Your plan should be reviewed annually.  It should be flexible.  Life changes. You change.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll continue to post the top fear factors for today … to overcome your fear, and get back on track, get your copy of Money Smarts for Turbulent Times by Judith Briles–available in paper and ebook format.

Money Fears … #3 The Fear of Talking About Money

#3 … The Fear of Talking About Money

Upbringing is a key factor that shapes your money practices.  Most adults “wish” that they had had training and guidance about money and investing as they grew up.

If you grew up in a family that openly discussed money and its many facets, you’re in the minority.  Not all of your friends will be on the same wave link as you are in money matters.  Your awareness, and possibly non-intimidation to the topic, may actually intimidate them!

Over the next several weeks, I’ll continue to post the top fear factors for today … to overcome your fear, and get back on track, get your copy of Money Smarts for Turbulent Times by Judith Briles–available in paper and ebook format.

#2 Money Fear … The Fear of Losing Money

#2 Money Fear … The Fear of Losing Money

At some point, everyone loses money.  It can be from a bad investment, misplacing moneys, inflation erosion, failure to act or make a decision on your investments, making the wrong decision, losing a job or other resource of funds.  It happens.

One advantage that many men have over women deals with attitude—women are more likely to be fearful of not being able to “make up” lost money; men more often believe that they can make it up/replace it the next go around.  All is lost, it’s part of the “game.”

Over the next several weeks, I’ll continue to post the top fear factors for today … to overcome your fear, and get back on track, get your copy of Money Smarts for Turbulent Times by Judith Briles–available in paper and ebook format.

Money Fear #1 – The Fear of Being Broke

#1 … The Fear of Being Broke

At the top of the list is the fear of being broke, “Will I have enough to buy the foods I want, the medications I need or be able to pay for the things I want to do when I stop working?”

Years ago, a client had asked me if I would take the time to go visit his mother.  He told me that she had some investments, lived mostly off the dividends, interest and her monthly Social Security.  He asked that I just check in with to see if she was getting a decent return on her portfolio. 

I made the appointment and spent a pleasant two hours getting to know Martha.  She was in her early sixties at the time and healthy. She believed that she was a good steward of her money.  With financial data filled out, I promised to get back to her within the week with an update on several stocks and suggestions for any changes to her portfolio.  As I got up to leave, she said, “What about my stash?” 

She pointed the corner of her living room.  All I saw was a big green, over-stuffed chair.  “My stash . . . in the chair. . . and drapes.” 

My new client had stashed in excess of $30,000 over the years in her over stuffed green chair with matching draperies.  She had lived through the Depression—never again would she, or her family, be without food if bad times hit again.  It took me over a year to convince her to move her moneys to a money market fund that would earn her interest. 

Did she move the entire amount?  Nope, she insisted on a stash of $5,000 in the house, money that she could tap into for “whatever.”

The reality is that whether you are rich, poor, or in-between, the person that you are going to have to depend the most on to keep you from the poorhouse is you and your smarts.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting the top fear factors for today … to overcome your fear, and get back on track, get your copy of Money Smarts for Turbulent Times by Judith Briles–available in paper and ebook format.

Carefronting Employees in Your Midst …

Carefronting Employees in Your Midst …

 You’ve been recently promoted to manager of your department.  You loved being on staff, but the management role hasn’t been what you expected.  Your pre-management department friends seem to have new expectations from you (as you do from them).  The camaraderie you relished for the past two years has almost disappeared. 

 On top of that, Bertha, one of the best employees you’ve ever worked with seems to have had a personality transplant.  She routinely challenges your authority, grumbles about anything and everything, and appears to be the creator of some of the conflict your department is experiencing.

The quickest way to reduce red ink culpraits is to address them when inappropriate behavior surfaces. Your reward for resolution is increased retention, higher productivity, increased patient satisfaction and a less stressful workplace. 

Your solution cycle starts with observation, communication, confrontation and spelling out clearly what the consequence is if the behavior continues.

  1. Recognize that soft skills—effective communication and conflict resolution— are as critical as clinical skills.
  2. Make effective confronting a habit, not something that is done as a last resort.
  3. Teach communication and conflict resolution to everyone on staff.
  4. Identify Red Ink styles and behaviors and confront them immediately.
  5. Let marginal employees go.  Learn to de-hire.
  6. Create a no tolerance zone—bad behaviors are not tolerated or allowed.  Period.

 Don’t concentrate on being the “employer of choice.”  Instead, become the Employer of Choice of Choice Employees.  The real choice should be to keep the keepers and lose the losers.  The end result is a healthier workplace . . . a win-win for all.

Fed Up with Being Felt Up

Fed Up with Being Felt Up

As a member of the workforce and general population, it is impossible to escape the issue of sexual harassment and what it does to anyone encountering it: increased stress, lost productivity, mental and physical illness, even the fear of violence. As a parent, we teach our children to not let others touch their bodies. How then, did we allow Congress and TSA the ability to manually touch our bodies in its quest to out the bad guys? Personally, I’m fed up with being felt up.

TSA’s latest is a blatant encroachment on all things private—no longer a pat down … what’s being done bypasses any police “pat down” I’ve witnessed. Within the past two weeks, I’ve experienced the new system four times with some variation. Traveling as many do with artificial joints and implants, I’m one of those who sound the alarms. Being used to the “wanding,” I was stunned with the incredible invasiveness of what’s going on now.

Three children call me Gramma. I get, and enjoy countless letters from those who have heard me speak and who have read the many books that I’ve authored. I speak globally on them. I’m approaching my second million miles as a frequent flyer on United Airlines. On top of my head is a mop of silver hair. I don’t look like a terrorist; I don’t act like a terrorist; I don’t think like a terrorist … I am not a terrorist. What I am is a frequent traveler with double titanium knee implants. And, I’m mad as hell.

Sounding the security alarm after removing shoes, computers and passing through the sensors with less than five items on me, I’m told to stand on the pad and spread my feet. I’m asked if I want a private room, they do ask that—most of us frequent flyers just want to get through the damn line and to our boarding gate … declining, here’s what happened … Told to assume “the position,” two feet are placed on the mat, spread eagle and the TSA agent—same gender—gives you her verbiage drill that she will “feel” and no longer pat … blah, blah, blah. Arms out, palms up. Beginning at my neck, she feels all around my collar and under it … mind you I have no visible jewelry but small earrings and a wrist watch. I am not asked if there is anything that lurks hidden. I always say that I have double knee implants and bolts in my right shoulder as a courtesy to them.

She then proceeds along my arms, running both her hands along them from my armpits to the wrists. She then moves to my back and does a full feel over it … now moving her hands fully across my butt, moving them inside my waist band and then circles to my front side, readying for the frontal assault. Jeeze. Beginning with her hand flat on my chest under my chin, she begins her downward stroke between my breasts, and running her hand under each. I want to swat her away. She says, “If you want, you can have a private screening…” I’m thinking, “Yeah, to feel me up more – hey, hey TSA, how many boobs have your felt today …” I tell her, “Just get it over with …”

Hmmm, the procedure doesn’t move more swiftly. She then moves her hands, both of them, to my waist and belly. Hands move sideways across my belly, lifting my shirt, and feeling inside my waistband. I’m getting pissed … I don’t like strangers in my pants. The legs are next. Beginning at the ankle of each inner leg, she firmly moves the palm side of her hand up, all the way to my crotch, not once, but twice. Now, I’m really pissed … and feel incredibly violated. I want a shower … I want to get home … I don’t want to fly anymore … and I know I have my final roundtrip flight in two weeks for the year, then off the road for a month ….

The week before, the agent in Las Vegas wanted my passport number and name because the buzzer did the alarm thing and she did her search procedure—not once, but twice, forcing me into the private room. What was I wearing? … socks, black slacks, underwear, blouse with long sleeves. My usual. She threatened me that if I didn’t comply, I would be fined, etc., this supervisor–took my name, my passport #.

I now dislike/hate air travel, where I used to embrace it … and I have to do it with my work. I find myself resisting going to the airport. I detest all things TSA and wonder just how many billions/trillions are sucked into this government wasteland. I’m amused when I hear others say that they make travel safer. To the professional traveler, that statement in itself is a joke.

Frankly, I don’t want anyone feeling me up and down unless I invite them to do it. Does TSA have a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy like the Military in its hiring? Are their agents certified that they aren’t pedophiles, stalkers, etc.? Could there be stalking and undercover men and women enjoying this new opportunity?

With the full ankle to crotch “feels,” how do the guys like it as the hand moves up to the base of the crotch, touching their dangling parts? Hmmm, has one of the TSA male agents ever wanted to say, “Cough”?

Why has Congress approved this outrageous, personally humiliating “search” that screams sexual harassment? I was told by the TSA supervisor in Phoenix that Congress approved the new procedure. We have laws against inappropriate behavior. I want to know which members voted for it. Where is the ALCU in its outrage on the assault of the innocent flyer? How about the ABA? Why aren’t the airlines shouting, “enough of this nonsense”? Is this why TSA agents now where blue uniforms similar to what many cops have worn, so they look more “official/threatening”? If men and women are opting for the “private” screening, are their two agents there vs. one?—after all, I didn’t sign anything that I gave written permission to have my body touched and handled.

Every member of Congress, the Senate, the President, his wife, his daughters, the head of Home Land Security — EVERYONE, should have to go through this–not just us chosen because we ring the bloody bell … and then there’s the radiation machines … what is the government going to do when cancer starts popping because of the increased doses too many are receiving–not to mention the TSA agents who stand, unprotected, close to them?

My daughter came by this AM, the mother of my amazing 5-year-old granddaughter. I told her I don’t want her traveling … I don’t want her groped … we do the car thing, even check out train options.

Stop this insanity NOW. Contact your Congressperson, Senator, all your friends, the media … be outraged for your neighbors, colleagues, friends and family members who may encounter the “grope of a third kind”. Send this blog to everyone you know. Share your comments. None of us can afford to be complacent.

A full body massage when you are in the buff has more integrity. Yep, I’m fed up with being felt up. I will do everything to curtail travel until this nonsense and violation of our personal liberties is stopped.

Summer 2009

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New in this Issue

  • Judith’s Take … Money Smarts for Turbulent Times
  • New programs … Stabotage!, Money, Is There a Book in You? and Money Smarts for Turbulent Times
  • New Books
    • Stabotage®! How to Deal with Pit Bulls, Skunks, Snakes,
    • Scorpions & Slugs in the Health Care Workplace …
    • Money Smarts for Turbulent Times
    • Have You Ever Held a Mountain?
  • Consulting
  • Webinars
  • Movies
  • Judith’s New Look

Judith’s Take: Money Smarts for Turbulent Times
I received a call from the owner of one of my books a few months ago. She wanted me to know that she was just fine, thank you. Two years ago, she purchased a copy of Money Smarts and followed it to a tee. Most of her money was in cash and would stay there for awhile. She thanked me for my advice after she had attended a workshop I gave at a national nursing conference.

There was nothing fancy about the book, just the basics. And that’s what we all need with this tornado financial environment that we are all treading water to stay on top.

Any why was I writing a money book, when I talk about the bad behaviors of the workplace? Well, they are about money—the cost or recruitment, retention, turn-over and lower productivity.

In the late 60’s through the mid-80s, I was a stock broker and had my own financial firm. Money interests me. So does losing it—as I did when a partner embezzled a ton of money from me. Of the 26 books I’ve written, 10 of them have been about money. So …

When 401(k)s have become 101(k)s, if that; when people are see their life savings vaporize; and when the nest egg of the home value has become a rotting mess of twigs it means major regrouping.

Start with breathing. It’s a good thing. Open all the envelopes that have been stockpiling since January. Yes, there is bad news in them. I know of no one who can enthusiastically say that their investments and retirement plans have grown by leaps and bounds this past year.

I personally believe that times are still quite bumpy. If you need cash or your money in the next two to five years, you should be in money market funds; not the stock market. If you have a longer time to “ride it out,” then you have that luxury. Before re-entering the market, it’s OK if you miss a few months of an “uptick”—you want any turn-around to have “legs” so that it has a direction it’s going. Right now, it’s still a roller coaster.

I’ve gone back to the writing desk to do a revision on Money Smarts. The new title is Money Smarts for Turbulent Times and it’s not available. Still the common sense of its predecessor but brought current with what’s unraveled since the fall of 2008.

When finances are shaky, it’s not the time to take changes. Cash is king. Even when the stock market gets roots, make sure they are solid before you jump in. Let Money Smarts for Turbulent Times be your guide.

All New Programs!
Staboteurs in Your Midst…Dealing with the Pit Bulls, Skunks, Snakes, Scorpions & Slugs in the Workplace
Every workplace has them—the pit bulls that hide behind lipstick and designer clothes; skunks who seem so harmless and innocent until they stink the place up; snakes who flick their abrasive tongues and voice and any and all, the scorpions who sting you with a slap of their heavy backhand and the slugs…those who are just there and breathing. The effect is that huge amounts of money are lost in productivity, turnover related costs and patient safety factors.

Based on 9 national studies released in Zapping Conflict in the Health Care Workplace, The Briles Report on Women in Health Care, Woman to Woman: From Sabotage to Support and the forthcoming book, Stabotage! How to Deal with the Pit Bulls, Skunks, Snakes, Scorpions & Slugs in the Health Care Workplace.

Participants will learn how to effective deal with the bad boys and girls of the workplace.

Is There a Book in You? …
How would you like to write the book you’ve dreamed of, even become a best-selling author? Most people have a book in them. Will yours get
birthed, or will it die because it never was conceived? Books create credibility, add to your professionalism. Whether your dream is to write the great novel, a children’s series or to create a book that will enhance your professional credibility, this fast paced session is for you. The business if publishing will be revealed; you learn how to create titles that soar, how to structure a book, how to get started and much, whether you should publish with a traditional publisher or self-publish and much more.

You will learn from a master book shepherd. Judith Briles is the author of 26 books—many of them award-winning, has sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies, sold multiple foreign rights to 16 countries, created her own publishing imprint, has been featured on over 1000 TV and radio shows—from Oprah to CNN and print media from the Wall Street Journal to the National Enquirer, columnist for several publications including the Denver Business Journal, sought after speaker for conferences and associations, is the resident “money” expert on Denver’s Channel 2, is the first recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association and the current President of CAL—the Colorado Author’s League.

Money Smarts for Turbulent Times
The “average” person spends over 10,000 days making money. How many days are you willing to commit to keeping some of it . . . and better yet, making it grow? Based on Judith Briles’ book, Money Smarts for Turbulent Times: Master Financial Success in 30 Days!, participants will learn practical tips and take away an action plan to build a stronger financial future no matter what happens to Social Security or the economy.

Theories are bypassed and realistic strategies are presented. This program gets to the point. There are no pie-in-the-eye ideas, just useful concepts that you will begin to implement today. The result-you will reduce debt, eliminate waste, create a safety net and create a realistic strategy that allows you to be financially independent. It’s projected that most people will retire at 70++ —money issues are huge! With the economy as it is, this is a must addition to your conference… your staff or attendees will thank you.

Judith’s Got a New Look
It’s been a long time in coming … but my speaking website is been gutted and revamped. There are so many new features—check it out at www.Briles.com

New Books …

b3 Stabotage! How to Deal with the Pit Bulls,
Skunks, Snakes, Scorpions & Slugs in the
Health Care Workplace
is the sister book to
Zapping Conflict in
the Health Care Workplace, has Judith’s latest
CarefrontingScript, updated info on communicating
skills and the 2009 survey that included 3000
healthcare professionals. $29 ©2009

 

Money Smarts for Turbulent Times:
Master Personal Finance in
30 Days!
is the updated and revised edition to address the
financial chaos that 2008 delivered. Has won best
business/financial book awards. $25
©2009
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haveyoueverheldamtn

Have Your Ever Held a Mountain
is a Poetic Photo Journey by John Maling
is the perfect gift book … for you and for others!

Mountains have been symbolic since the beginning of time. Our imagination has always given life to their presence. We name them; even feature them in our history and our lives.

John Maling has created a poem about and around the life of a mountain that touches the very life that bursts from its core to the inhabitants and majestic surroundings. Each line resonates with the spectacular photography taken by nationally published Grant Collier and John Maling.

32 inspiring and thoughtful lines enable the reader to climb with the author and photographers from the opening of the poem …

“Have you ever held a mountain
Cupped it gently in your hand
Felt the texture of its ridges
Sifted slow its granite sand
Brushed its trees and touched its meadows
Heard its glaciers grinding down
Felt wet and rocky muscle
Under flesh of green and brown?”

… to the closing. And then, the reader will immediately start from the beginning, savoring the words and photos once again. $23 ©2009

Judith’s Books can always be purchased through her website, Briles.com or Amazon.com or you can ask your favorite bookstore to order it. If you contact Judith directly, make sure you let her know the name to inscribe books to.

Speaking …
Call our offices to check on availability and fees for your group. We are booking the remainder of 2009 and will into the 2010 calendar now. Judith understands that many are under budget crunches. Call and brainstorm a variety of ways that she will work with you to make “your money constraints” take on a whole new life. Either call 303-627-9179 or email Judith at JudithBriles@aol.com.

Movie Reviews …
If you like the movies, make sure you sign up for JB’s Movie Spots— they’re quick, snappy and let you know if a Gramma would be comfortable. Rating scale is the Golden Egg—one’s a dud, four, drop everything and get ye to the theater! The current sampling is attached to this newsletter.

Webinars Are a Hit …
Over the Winter, I developed a series of workplace related seminars via TheWebinarMentor.com. The feed back was huge and terrific. This is an ideal way to bring a mini-workshop to your staff for minimal moneys. So far, topics have included Zapping Conflict, Stabotage!, Leading with Confidence, What the #%&$@! Bleep Did You Say? Red Ink Behaviors, Hire Slowly, Fire Quickly and Money Smarts. If you would like to know when we schedule the next series, call our offices at 303-627-9179 so we can alert you.

Webinars are an inexpensive way to bring Judith to your workplace for nominal moneys. They can range from 30 to 60 minutes and can be customized for content. Perfect for a staff meeting.

Consulting …
Judith consults in two areas: the first in workplace behavior related issues that reduce productivity, increase turnover and cost an organization millions of dollars a year. The second is publishing. As an author of 26 books, she routinely advises authors on how to publish on their own to enhance the professional careers. Her website is www.TheBookShepherd.com, designed to assist anyone in the book publishing process. Book Shepherds come in all kinds of sizes and shapes, providing a variety of services and charging a wide range of fees. At one end of the spectrum are Shepherds that do similar work to that of book packagers. They literally take over the development of the book –rewrites or ghosting, editing, cover and interior design, printing, marketing and in some cases, PR. Your investment will range from $20,000 to $50,000 plus. That’s a lot of money.

Judith’s strategy is to “teach you” how to create your book and actively participate in the process. Among things that she can assist you with are:

• determining if there is a book, and who it is for;
• the tightening of your writing;
• the first run of editing;
• creating the “hook” that makes you the expert;
• crafting a proposal for potential sale to a publisher
• the structuring your of PR game plan;
• creating and shaping a speech that sells your book;
• putting the right team together; and much, much more

Wishing you all a fabulous summer … and don’t forget to have some fun along the way.

Judith

Fall 2008

Susan is the star of your sales team. She’s closed more deals than others in the division, her customers have commented to management that they felt that they got a good deal when she represented them and that they would work with her again. Management loves her.

If you spoke to others on the team, the only praise offered was she knows how to close a sale.

Co-workers report she was the queen of constant digs and innuendos at both staff meetings and the coffee room; sarcastic jokes and remarks are the norms, ending with “I was just kidding, don’t take it so personally.”

She’s the master of sending dirty looks across the room and rolling her eyes if she disagreed or sensed someone was a tad slow in catching on or couldn’t do the job, at least in her opinion. Her cutting emails were legendary—one of the team created an internal email scrapbook of Susanisms to collect them and if she decided you weren’t worth her time, you were treated as if you were invisible.

Susan is the Golden Girl. But, is she? Mostly likely, a big no.

Over the recent Labor Day Weekend, the Workplace Bullying Institute released a study of 8,000 American adult workers.

The key question asked, “At work, have you experienced or witnessed any or all of the following types of repeated mistreatment: sabotage by others that prevented work from getting done, verbal abuse, threatening conduct, intimidation, humiliation?” Over 24 percent responded that they had in the past year; 13 percent were experiencing it right now; and 12 percent said that they weren’t the victim, but were witnessing it happening to someone else. Less than .4 percent fessed up to actually being a perpetrator.

Nasty and demeaning behavior is alive and well in the workplace today. It’s not exclusive to gender and breeds easily. The Susans (and Sams) of the workplace who practice the art of being pit bulls, bullies and jerks are the latest topic of author and management consultant Robert Sutton. In his best-selling book, The No #$%hole Rule (Warner Business Books), he identifies his “dirty dozen”—common, everyday actions that #$%holes typically use:

  • Personal insults
  • Invading one’s “personal territory”
  • Uninvited physical contact
  • Threats and intimidation—either verbal and/or non-verbal
  • Sarcastic jokes and teasing used to insult
  • Withering e-mail flames
  • Status slaps intended to humiliate the recipient
  • Public shaming or “status degradation” rituals
  • Rude interruptions
  • Two-faced attacks
  • Dirty looks
  • Treating people as if they are invisible

So, what do you do with a Susan or a Sam—who may be a boss or a co-worker?

If you are a manager, and not the pit bull, start quantifying what the behavior is costing you. How much time do you spend dealing with the employee that is an outcome of their behavior? How much is spent with staff that is the recipient of the bully’s output? Have HR professionals been called in—what’s their time worth? Have you had to interact with those senior to you? Is overtime paid out that could be tied to last minute demands or not getting things done? Has counseling been required? Have others quit because of the bully—what are your recruitment, replacement, and retraining costs? Could this person’s behavior contribute to lower productivity among other workers, even causing some to toss in the towel and transfer or quit?

The moneys mount up. Just replacing someone can cost you between one to three times an annual salary! Loss productivity factors in both reduced output, the need for overtime or temp help and added stress to staff. Few people say that the reason they are terminating is because of a specific person, it’s usually “a better opportunity,” “more pay” (even if it’s a nickel an hour more), or “less of a commute.”

Pit bulls and bullies are key causes of good people exiting a workplace. Keeping them can have staggering costs. In the same Workplace Bullying survey, over 40 percent of targets reported that they quit their job; 23 percent actually got fired from the bully’s actions and 13 percent transferred to another position in the same organization.

What about bully? Only 14 percent were terminated and another 9 percent experienced some type of punishment, but weren’t fired!

Unless their contributions are worth mega millions to your workplace and it would vaporize without them, it’s time to end it.

Sutton advises, “Don’t hire #$%holes and don’t let them get away with it.”

For employees, he encourages them to change the “norms”—what’s acceptable and non-acceptable among co-workers; to get out; or create an attitude of indifference toward them.

In my own research and work with organizations, I know that the more confidence you display (even faking it), the less likely these creeps will attack you. Why?—it becomes too much work on their part to bug and/or pull you down.

When a company allows and enables rotten behavior, they support bad business practices and tell their workers they don’t count. Dumb.