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Jazz Up Your Team: Leadership Insights from Jazz Masters  

Inspired while attending a jazz concert and supported by Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Stefanie Smith interviewed Eli Yamin of Jazz at Lincoln Center to gain leadership insights within and beyond the realm of music.

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Eli Yamin is a nationally recognized jazz pianist, bandleader, educator, composer, broadcaster and Steinway artist. He has played with jazz masters for decades, recorded numerous CD’s and was the musical director for the tour of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies directed by Mercedes Ellington.

 

Eli performs concerts and conducts workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. At home in New York, he leads the Middle School Jazz Academy at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The program, the first of its kind, is now in its third year.

 

What can business executives learn from the great jazz bandleaders?

 

In this interview, we learn from Eli how and why to:
 

bulletEvoke top creative performance from your players
bulletKeep everyone playing the same tune while honoring individual styles, perspectives and gifts
bulletAllow the focal point to shift from leader to team members to advance the group’s vision and build mutual responsibility.
bulletRehearse and focus together – even when the group is comprised of highly experienced and talented professionals.
bulletEngage your customers in creating, naming and marketing your products.
bulletTeach others because “when you teach, you learn twice” and you learn far more than the topic at hand.
bulletMaintain the trust requisite for people to express themselves fully and contribute to their greatest potential.

  

Duke Ellington acknowledged his strength as a bandleader by saying “I am the world’s greatest listener.” In listening to this podcast, you’ll hear how Eli has applied this advice and why it can advance your leadership fulfillment and results.

  

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Advance Your Publicity, Advance Your Career - Part Two   
Building on the first session, in this second part of our Advance Your Publicity, Advance Your Career podcast series with publicity guru Rick Frishman, we discuss:

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The Real Scoop on Generating Publicity

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Which methods work to your greatest advantage

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How to grab attention with creative headlines and “claiming a title”

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Using your website to attract publicity

  

Seven Components of an Effective Press Kit

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Going beyond the basics to set yourself apart

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Give radio and television producers what they need to highlight your content

  

Publicity Tools and Resources

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Learning to manage your own publicity campaigns

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When to hire a professional

  

Five Key Benefits of Media Training  

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Don’t wing it and why! The value of preparation

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How to start strong and gain momentum

  

7 Success Factors that Complement Media – Rick shares his experience and philosophy

 

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Advance Your Publicity, Advance Your Career   
In July 2007, Stefanie Smith interviewed Rick Frishman, president of Planned TV Arts. Rick has led publicity campaigns for celebrities, authors, and companies for over 30 years. His clients include Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie), Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Sofia Loren, Arnold Palmer, William Shatner, President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton. Today, he is also an executive of Morgan James Publishing which publishes nonfiction and self-help books and audio content.

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In this podcast, Stefanie asks Rick about his career and his philosophy. He discusses:
  

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How do positive actions translate into career success. 

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Why you should write a book and why the real motivation isn't money. 

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Why “publicity is the secret sauce” and how you can make it happen. 

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What is an "ethical bribe" and why would you want to offer one? 

  

Rick also explains concrete ways to advance your career through:
  

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Communicating your message in person, with the media, and on the Internet.

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Giving back without expectations.

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Taking your first step to “develop a herd”.

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Three ways to increase the revenue-generating impact of your website.

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Learning from masters to advance your career.

  

PT Barnum said “A terrible thing happens without publicity…nothing”. In our upcoming second part to this podcast, Rick continues to explain “how publicity will make you as rich and as successful as you want to be. To be notified when the next podcast will be available, please contact me or subscribe to my blog at http://www.coachstef.com.

  

  

Leadership Success: Advance Your Team, Advance Your Career   
In February 2007, Stefanie Smith interviewed JP Maroney. JP Maroney, CEO of The Marocom Group, teaches managers nationwide to leverage human capital through corporate events, professional training, books, and consulting. He trains leaders at major corporations, national associations and franchise companies to create a corporate culture in which employees accept personal responsibility for the organization’s success.  

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In this interview, Stefanie Smith asks JP:

How does building your team build your leadership position?

How can managers bring out the best in their people?

What motivational factors and approaches can managers use to advance their careers?

Throughout the discussion, JP shares insights and Stefanie asks for detailed examples to back up his conviction that:

 “A leader’s success is ultimately determined by the ability to produce high performance results through other people. If you are going to truly build an organization that will excel and have an edge in the marketplace, the best place you can invest your dollars, time and energy is your people.”

You will learn how to:  

  

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Apply sensitivity and discovery to attain higher performance. 

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Understand and engage the six factors of motivation. 

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Adapt your leadership style to each person’s motivational factors. 

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Foster employee satisfaction to increase both morale and profits. 

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Express appreciation with the greatest positive impact.  

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Distinguish appreciation from recognition and how to choose.  

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Address rogue behavior versus dealing with disruptive behavior.  

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Link both compensation and non-monetary rewards to performance. 

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Communicate options and opportunities for today and the future. 

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Grow from a good manager to an exceptional and inspirational leader. 

  

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Tickets to Success: An Interview with Scott Perrin  
In January 2007, Stefanie Smith interviewed Scott Perrin, producer of hit Broadway shows and president of The Event Office. In this exclusive interview, Scott describes the origins of his personal and professional achievements.

Scott’s early experiences, diligence in analyzing the numbers behind business decisions, observation of purchasing behaviors, marketing savvy and attention to detail drive his success. Part talent, part instinct, part perseverance, these traits are a model way beyond Broadway.

A valuable way to learn is to actively apply success stories to your own career. This interview with Scott Perrin demonstrates universal lessons:
  

bulletIf you understand your strengths, you can transfer them to other roles.
bulletEmployees are people first -- the energy they receive impacts what they give back. 
bulletAll experience can come to bear – don’t underestimate any of your skills. 
bulletLaunching a profitable show or event is like launching any corporate initiative. Details and planning count. “It’s all about organization – working smarter, not harder and setting up a process.” 
bulletYou need real discipline about making decisions. Continually test ideas, modify your processes, and attend to details to make the most from your assets. Sometimes you don’t get it right the first time, and that’s fine, you can do it right the next time. “You have to make decisions not necessarily based on reasons, but based on results.” 
bulletPeople respond to how you package and describe your product or service. 
bulletShows don’t promote themselves without effort, neither do people. You have to take advantage of every opportunity. “As Producer of a show, you run a small business and you are both Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer.” To a great extent, the same is true in any business role. 
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To hear Part Two of Stefanie Smith's interview with Rick Frishman, "Advance Your Publicity, Advance Your Career", click here.

  

  

To hear Stefanie Smith's interview with Rick Frishman, "Advance Your Publicity, Advance Your Career", click here.

  

  

To hear Stefanie Smith's interview with JP Maroney, "Advance Your Team, Advance Your Career", click here.

  

  

To read Stefanie Smith's interview with hit theater producer and Event Office president Scott Perrin, "Tickets to Success", click here.

  

  

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