7 1/2 reasons to adjust merit rating

merit ratings
Found this recently while deleting old email files/folders. The draft was sent by me, to me…in an effort to see it and sit on it before sending to my boss. DNB means “Do Not Bump”, the client has been guaranteed this speaker.


Disney email, September 10, 2010.

Date: September 10, 2010
Subject: 7 1/2 reasons to adjust merit rating

You’ve heard the saying, “If you love something, set it free”.
Yes, and, “If you love something, protect it'”.
Right on track is not in my vocabulary, and it’s a moral obligation to appeal it.
It’s easier than ever, in these challenging times, to miss the brilliance in front of you.

1. No evals collected for Florida Hospital
2. Consistently DNB for clients, and requested by Consultant
3. Average 2 standing O’s per month
4. Profound mastery of content
5. Never complains
6. Always plays second chair to co-facilitator
7. My programs are real,   and inspirational
7.5 Average is not in my vocabulary


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His job is to make rattling the cage an art form

Apple iPhone 6 Brown Leather Case


(photo: simply a reference to the love the world has for excellence… for a Company seven years running ‘The Most Admired Company in the World’)

Oh my gosh, what a year! Is it possible that after 30 years the 30th year would be the best one ever?

It was bound to happen. We reap what we sow.


Don’t hope for it. Don’t wish for it. Don’t even strive for it.

Demand it!

That’s the heart of organizational vibrancy.

I am the deepest thinker in the room. My job is to rattle the cage so to speak. To get people to think differently. If they walk out of the room thinking the same way they did when they entered, we didn’t need to have the meeting. – jn

No one works harder, thinks deeper, cares more, or reaches higher…

In a world full of cookie cutters, he is a craftsman…

Began FY 2014 as the highest rated speaker in the eyes of the business audiences we serve around the world.

  • You’re the most requested facilitator. – Scheduler
  • I’ve never seen any client love one facilitator as much as they love you. – Sales Manager
  • I’ve seen seven Sports rollout sessions and that one was by far the best. – Client Relationship Manager
  • The client insists on having you. – Sales Manager
  • No one reads an audience better and creates higher energy and amazing state changes better than jeff. – Colleague
  • You inspire me to be a better Facilitator. – Colleague
  • You’re the best reader I’ve seen. – Pastor (for 50 years)

Two time Walt Disney Lifetime Achievement recipient.

Anyone who works in the classroom delivering content can feel his commitment, his dedication, his passion for helping others think differently. He is extraordinarily flexible at adapting to his audience, his co-facilitator, his client.

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They aren’t clueless, although prevailing evidence suggests otherwise

Spring Grove, PA road signs


(photo: Stop. Conforming. To. The. Way. We. Have. Always. Done. It. Please.)

Her boss wants her to write a bunch of examples showcasing how great her performance was for the past year.

She really doesn’t want to do it because:

  • It will not influence her pay
  • No one will ever read it after the annual work review is completed
  • Shouldn’t her boss already know how amazing she is?

A once a year performance appraisal is perhaps one of the biggest crocks in the western hemisphere.

When a teen violates a curfew, the parent doesn’t wait until the end of the year to go over it.

Parents are very busy people, just like bosses.

Figure it out people. Figure it out.

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Do you write a lot of stuff about how great you are on the self evaluation forms?

MBA project
Submitted my MBA final project assignment on the eve of September 11


Person 1: Are you ready for your annual work evaluation?

Person 2: Yes.

Person 1: Do you write a lot of stuff about how great you are on the self evaluation forms?

Person 2: Yes… but it doesn’t matter.

Person 1: Then why do you write so much stuff?

Person 2: So I can look back and have a record of all the stuff I did.

Person 1: Ok.

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