Rick Maurer, author of Beyond the Wall of Resistance and other books on leadership and change, developed the Energy Bar™ as a free tool to help people in organizations get their ideas across in ways that get people committed and engaged. RickRick has advised leaders from many countries on ways to apply this new tool successfully.

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How Involving Your Audience Makes Presenting Easier and More Effective

How Involving Your Audience Makes Presenting Easier and More Effective

"Most meetings are a waste of time and energy."

If you agree with that statement, then you might find this article useful.

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Leadership By Fear Can Have Dangerous Consequences

Leadership By Fear Can Have Dangerous Consequences

This week I have been at the ‪CPHChange‬ event in Copenhagen. I was sharing about The Energy Bar and working with leaders who want to build better relationships with their teams.  Their stories of success were inspiring.

On Wednesday, I took some time to do some sightseeing and was looking out over Stockholm Harbor. I couldn't help but think of the Vasa. This was a 1628 giant battle ship built on the orders of the King of Sweden Gustavus Adolphus. King Adolphus built the ship with an extra row of cannons. The ship never made it out of the harbor due to the imbalance created by the top-heavy row of cannons. Over 300 people were lost. You can see the ship in the Vasa Museum as it's the largest most intact shipwreck in the world.

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What Leaders Can Learn From The Volkswagen Scandal

What Leaders Can Learn From The Volkswagen Scandal

My good friend, Jo, has driven Volkswagens for as long as I can remember. She is considering buying a new car. Although she loves the last VW she purchased, she won’t even consider one of their cars this time.

By way of background this article shares how recently the Environmental Protection Agency found that VW cars being sold in America had software in diesel engines that could detect emissions testing, changing the performance accordingly to improve results. Volkswagen initially denied the claim.

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Influencing and Listening: You can't have one without the other

Influencing and Listening: You can't have one without the other

This year, I formed The Energy Bar Group, which brings like-minded professionals together to bounce ideas off each other, ask questions, and learn more in depth about the methods I use with my clients. I received a fascinating question from one of the members of the group.   

Question:

I struggle with the underlying assumption that we must influence others in order to get things done, make “change”, and in general, interact in the world. If we are each busy influencing each other, then at what point are we open to being influenced?  And where are we going to “be” if at the end we all somehow end up effectively influencing each other?

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What Non-Profit Boards Can Learn from The Boy Scouts

What Non-Profit Boards Can Learn from The Boy Scouts

Non-profit boards (and senior management teams) often have problems addressing all of the important things that they could be doing. It’s usually easy for them to create very long lists of noble goals. But it is quite another to turn those lofty ideals into actions. 

Dr. David Williams, President, Great Southwest Council, Boy Scouts of America, credits the Energy Bar approach with enabling the growth experienced by their council's’ executive committee over the past year. 

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