Jeff Havens - The Upside of Complacency

The Upside of Complacency

My grandmother died last month. It was not an unexpected thing – she was 95 years old, and her health had been failing very gradually for the past few years. By itself, the knowledge that a loved one has lived a long life and that “it’s their time” doesn’t do much to help us deal…

Know your Weaknesses article by Jeff Havens

Why You Should Know Your Weaknesses

I am generally of the opinion that the only good reason for running anywhere is to escape danger. I sincerely hope to die without ever having run a marathon. However, since my working day consists of sitting at my desk and/or in plane seats for hours at a time, I do occasionally go to the…

Jeff Havens video blooper reel

Employee Engagement Essentials Video Series :: Blooper Reel!

We recently released our 9-part video series, Employee Engagement Essentials, to our members at  Of course we messed up a few times (or several… or a lot) and we thought you’d like to see it.  Hope you get a laugh and make sure you check out our membership options or contact us to see…

Jeff Havens - How to Overcome Fear

How To Overcome the Fears That Are Holding You Back

I probably haven’t met you, but I’m pretty confident that you’re scared of something. Plenty of somethings, more likely. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, since it’s true of all of us. For example, I am scared of being eaten by sharks (or even just one shark, really the number of sharks is not the…

Jeff Havens :: Holding Onto Fear

How To Recognize Which Fears Are Worth Holding Onto

“Wait, what? You’re going to tell me that it’s OK to be afraid of things? That’s not what any other business article I’ve ever read has advised me to do. They always talk about overcoming fear, not giving into it.” Well first off, I’ve never wanted to do things exactly like everyone else, and it’s…

Maja Kazazic Overcoming Fear Article

5 Ways to Crush Fear

Guest post by Platinum Speaker Maja Kazazic Learn who you are We are constantly bombarded by the vast amount of information. And I don’t mean the most obvious things like, tv, magazines, music, etc. But also things like people around us and subliminal messages we receive regularly from people and things around us. All of…

Jeff Havens Innovation Keynote Speaker Article 2

How To Convince Other People To Listen To Your Ideas

You have the best idea ever! It came to you in a flash while you were swerving to avoid a deer in the road, or perhaps it came to you slowly while you waited for a tow truck to come because you failed to swerve in time. But how the idea came doesn’t matter –…

Jeff Havens Innovation Keynote Speaker Article

How To Find the Time To Come Up With Great Ideas

You’re probably reading this while doing something else. You might be eating, or pretending to listen to a conference call you don’t care very much about – or maybe you’re driving, in which case LOOK OUT!!! Most of us spent a lot of time trying to do multiple things at once, if for no other…

Fun Employee Engagement

Unorthodox Ways To Improve Your Employee Engagement

Oh my gosh, another article about employee engagement! You must be so excited right now!!!! Or you’re not. After all, there are only 12 billion of these things floating around the Internet, so why bother reading this one? Don’t you know everything there is to know? The answer to that is probably yes. You know…

Jeff Havens Motivational Speaker

How to Motivate Others When They Don’t Want To Work

Congratulations! If you’ve read my other article, then you are now as motivated as ever, ready to make the world into your oyster – which is a terrible thing to want to make the world into, by the way, since oysters are gross, but that’s the phrase. Anyway, you are locked and loaded and ready…

Jeff Havens How to be a better salesperson

Delightful Ways to Destroy the Morale of Your Salespeople

You know, I like to think of myself as a creative person. I don’t want to brag or anything, but I made quite the impressive collection of pinch pots when I was in elementary school; one of them was so incredible, in fact, that I should really refer to it as a pinch jug. So…

How to Work Less by Jeff Havens

How To Become More Productive By Doing Less Work

You’d be forgiven for thinking I chose the title for this article specifically to trick you into reading. People do that all the time now, like “Lose Twenty Pounds With This 2-Minute Exercise Miracle!” or “Six Easy Steps To Make a Million Dollars!” Unfortunately, most of those articles don’t deliver what they’ve promised, although I…

How to Do Nothing by Jeff Havens

Why “Doing Nothing” Should Be A Part Of Your Workday

Warren Buffett. I’m beginning this way because starting this article off with his name will probably help me in web search rankings, and I’m a slave to Internet algorithms. I also did it because he’s crazy rich and yet somehow people don’t hate him for it, which is a pretty impressive feat. And I also…

Jeff Havens - Unorthodox Leadership

The 3 Most Unorthodox (and Most Effective) Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Listen more. Be positive. Celebrate success. Give people bacon. You’ve heard all the standard ways to motivate your employees before, and you’re tired of reading the same advice. Luckily for you, I’m tired of writing it, too. Don’t get me wrong. I still want to help you become a better manager. I still want you…

Jeff Havens Sales tips

3 Surefire Ways to Lose Your Next Negotiation

Recently a good friend of mine (which means I have at least two good friends, or else I would have said ‘recently the good friend I have’) chose not to run for a leadership position in an association she belongs to. She decided not to run because there were two other candidates interested in the…

Why Your Marketing Department Is More Important Than Ever

Why Your Marketing Department Is More Important Than Ever

Marketing has always been important. Without it, we wouldn’t know what 15 minutes can save you, or (for my older readers, including myself) where the beef is. (Side note: they never really answered that question, did they? They just said, “Where’s the beef?” and apparently we were all supposed to find it on our own.)…

What To Do If You Don’t Have a Marketing Department

What To Do If You Don’t Have A Marketing Department

So now you’ve read my companion article on the importance of marketing, and you found it revelatory. Or you thought it wasn’t complete garbage – I’m fine with either. The point is, you now appreciate the need to market your company/idea/self more aggressively than you have in the past, and you’re ready to get started.…

Jeff Havens Financial Services Business Skills Video

VIDEO :: Financial Services Business Skills Blooper Reel

We’ve just released our newest video series on Financial Services Business Skills and as usual we messed up A LOT while filming. We hope you get a laugh at our expense! Make sure you check out our member section to get access to the full 7-episode series along with 10 other video series on various…