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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

In 2009 Did You Read About...

In 2009 Did You Read About...?

Inspired by a post by Coach Al Johnson, entitled "Read to Lead" (

I thought I would share a list of the books Ambassador Bruny read in 2009.  Don't just enjoy, participate.  What did you read in 2009?  What's on deck for 2010?

For those of you who are super busy and are wondering how in heavens name did I find the time to read all these books, it was easy.  I followed the Run the Point Philosophy; Run the Point, from where you are, with what you have.  Insight on how you can do the same:
  1. Audio Books: You'll notice a number of the books on my list are audio books.  That means I listened to the books whenever I was in the car.
  2. Multitask: I listened to some of my audio books while riding the cardio bike at the gym.  I also listened to one of the audio books while on a hike in New Hampshire.
  3. Break it Down: When it comes to actually reading books, I have developed the discipline to read ONLY 10 pages a day.  My brain registers it as, "It's only 10 pages.  If you can't do that Mike, then you're just not serious about your personal development."  If you follow the 10 pages a day program for 1 month, you can finish a 300 page book in 30 days. 

Ambassador Bruny's 2009 Reading List
  1. E-Myth Manager
  2. The Power of Focus (Re-read) Ambassador's Favorite
  3. Crush it! (if you are building an online presence you must read this)
  4. Quarter Life Crisis
  5. Do You
  6. The Champion in You
  7. Why we Want You to be Rich
  8. Think and Grow Rich (Audio, re-read) Classic!
  9. The Carrot Principle (Audio) (A must read for anyone who is looking to build a recognition program for their people.
  10. You Can Still Win (Audio)
  11. Conversations With Millionaires (Re-read) (like 10 books in one) Ambassador's Favorite
  12. The Secret (Audio)
  13. The 60 Second Self-Starter (Very good book with tips.)
  14. The Servant: A Simple Story About Leadership (This will change the way you look at leadership)
Almost forgot to mention my own book, "Move the Crowd: 30 Days of Hip Hop Affirmations to Change Your Life."

Your Ambassador,

Mike Bruny, CPCC
Certified Life Coach, Speaker, Author
Run the Point Enterprises

Gone Digital:
Author of: "Move the Crowd: 30 Days of Hip Hop Affirmations To Change Your Life."  AS SEEN IN THE SOURCE MAGAZINE

Saturday, December 26, 2009

7 Principles for Life, Business and Your Career

7 Principles for Life, Business and Your Career

Kwanzaa is a celebration of the first harvest and is based on principle and practice.  It starts the day after Christmas (Today) and ends on January 1.  Each day is represented by a different principle. 

Here are 7 ways you can leverage the principles of Kwanzaa for your life, business and career:
  1. Umoja (Unity) - No man of woman is an island.  Build a community were members can benefit from your experience while you benefit from theirs. 
  2. Kujichagulia (Self Determination) - Decide how you want to live your life, run your business or manage your career.  It is easy to go along the path that others suggest, but moving forward pull a Robert Frost, "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference," or Jay-Z "Just know I chose my own faith, I came to the fork in the road and went straight."
  3. Ujima (Collective work and responsibility) - Focus on interdependency (We can get more done together, then we could ever accomplish on our own)
  4. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) - Partner to share resources and mutually benefit from the fruits of your collective labor. 
  5. Nia (Purpose) - Remember why you do what you do and surround yourself with folks who can support your cause.  Don't know what your purpose is?  Pay attention to  which conversations and activities give you goose bumps.  If it gets you excited you may be on to something.  
  6. Kuumba (Creativity) - To quote Einstein, "You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created;"  enough said.
  7. Imani (Faith) - The other 6 principles will go to waste if we don't believe we can accomplish the goals or task at hand.  Faith allows us to move beyond our comfort zones and to create goals based on our imaginations and not our past.
How can you apply these principles to your life, business or career? 

Your Ambassador,

Mike Bruny, CPCC
Certified Life Coach, Speaker, Author
Run the Point Enterprises

Gone Digital:
Author of: "Move the Crowd: 30 Days of Hip Hop Affirmations To Change Your Life."  AS SEEN IN THE SOURCE MAGAZINE

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tiger Woods Meets "Coach" Ambassador Bruny

So we all know the situation Tiger Woods is currently in.  I won't label it as good or bad, because we don't know the whole story...yet.  It's still being written.  Ever wonder what would happen if Tiger Woods had a life coach?  Check out what happens when  Tiger Woods meets Ambassador Bruny, a Certified Profession Co-Active Coach (CPCC) who knows he is tough enough to bounce back from this because he believes he is Naturally Creative Resourceful and Whole.  Tiger is not broken!

Ambassador Bruny [AB]: Hey Tiger, what would you like to focus on today?
Tiger Woods [TW]: Well Ambassador, I've got myself into a Jam.  You see growing up I was an only child, so I was lonely.  My only refuge was golf.  I was really always considered a golf nerd.  When I was young I had braces that came with a head piece and was very akward with the ladies.  My first love has always been golf. [AB interrupts]
AB: Tiger, I'm going to interrupt you for a moment; what's important to you about that story?
TW: What's important to me is that I've gone through a lot of changes from golf geek to golf god, that the ladies love.  I've got all this fame, power and I don't know who really loves me (Eldrick) and who loves my golf persona (Tiger).
AB: I see.  Tell me this, what is it that you really want?
TW: Well I really want to live the life of a bachelor, but I know because of who I am and what I represent to the world, I have to  settle down.
AB: What's it like to "have" to do what the world tells you?
TW: It's really tough.  But I know being over 30 it's the right thing to do.
AB: I feel the toughness of it all in your voice.  So you "have" to do what the world tells you to do; it's the right thing to do.  It sounds like we are talking about your relationship to "living your life."
TW: That sounds about right.
AB: It sounds like your current perspective is, "I have to do what the world tells me."  Would you mind exploring a couple of different perspectives with me and seeing what else is possible for you?
TW: Sure
AB:  We are going to explore several perspectives in relation to "living your life."  I'm going to ask you to stand up.  I'm going to ask you to look through different windows in your house to represent the different perspectives.  Let's start with this window over here.  I want you pretend this window represents your current perspective which is,"I have to do what the world tells me."  Take a moment to take it in.  I really want you to feel what it's like in this place.  What's your body posture in this place of "have to do what the world tells me?"
TW: It's slumped over, it feels like I'm playing golf in the rain, i'm in the deep rough and have trees all around me.  In other words it's tight.
AB: so the perspective of "I have to do what the world tells me" has you feeling tight, not much wiggle room.  Ok, lets explore a different perspective.  Let's step over to this next window.  How about the perspective of "I do whatever I want?"  What's it like in this space in relation to living your life?
TW:  I'm still a little slumped over, not as much as before and not for the same reasons.  I'm slumped over a bit because in this place I did not get enough sleep.  I've been out all night.  It's weird, it's freeing and tiring at the same time.  It's like going for a crazy long shot when I should just lay up and get to the green in two instead of trying to go for it in one shot.
AB: Good.  Let's try a couple more.  Let's move to this next window.  What do you see out there?
TW: The Ocean
AB: Ok, what's "The Ocean" perspective on "living my life"
TW: It's complicated, beautiful and deadly at the same time.  My body posture in this place is to just lay down on the floor.  There are too many options and variables; it's paralyzing.
AB: Well let's lay down on the floor. (wait about 30 seconds) What's there?
TW: [sobbing] I see my dad.  I see him wanting me to be tough.  To be able to fight through everything and anything.  There's also a sense of frustration here because I want to control everything, but I know I cannot; similar to the sea.  All we can do is go with the wind and learn to use it to our advantage.  We can't control it.
AB:  What do you say we explore one more perspective.  You can choose.
TW:  I would like to explore the perspective of Eldrick.
AB: OK, let's go to this window over here.  What's the perspective of Eldrick like?
TW: It's naked, raw, kind.  It's a sunny place.  It's like playing golf on my own on a beautiful day.  It's a place of responsibility.  When I hit a shot, I have to replace the divot (no one's there to clean up my mess) or treat me like I'm great.  It's just me, the rules of the game and doing the right thing--because it's the right thing.  I don't move the ball if it's on a bad lie. I do the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing and for the respect I have for the game and for myself.
AB: That sounds like a powerful place for you.[wait 30 seconds to let it all soak in] Ok, we are going to do what's known as touch and go.  We are going to have you briefly revisit the feeling of each of the perspectives we discussed and then I'm going to ask you to select one to build from moving forward.
*We go through each of them quickly*
AB: Ok Tiger which perspective would you like to build from moving forward?
TW: I would like build from the "Eldrick" perspective.
AB: Yeah, I felt the resonance with that perspective for you.  We are coming to the end of our session today; I would like to leave you with an inquiry for you to journal about until we met again.  Are you ready?  Here it is: "Who is Eldrick?"  Will you take that on?
TW: Yes, I will Ambassador Bruny; Thank you so much
AB: Thank you...Eldrick; you did all the work [smile], I just asked you a couple of questions.  I want to acknowledge your courage to take steps to live your life your way.  Until next time, keep running the point from where you are with what you have.

What would you do if you were hired to coach  Tiger Woods?

Your Ambassador,
Mike Bruny

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Are You on The Sidelines of The Game Called Life?

Are You on The Sidelines of The Game Called Life?

The end of the year is an excellent time to make changes to ensure that you are an active player in the upcoming year. The steps may be smalls, but you can get there. You have to start with the fundamentals. Start by creating new habits for success. How, you ask?

  1. List the old habits you want to get rid of
  2. List the new habits you want to take their place
  3. List 3 steps you will take to implement the new habits & a deadline for completion
It is very, very important to me as your Ambassador and Coach, that you select the position you want to play. The choices are plentiful, but if you are in the wrong position, even as talented as you are, your strongest skills may not be put to use. When your skills are not being used or your weaker skills are what the position requires most, you can find yourself in a position of feeling, well "dumb" for lack of a better word and demoralized. An analogy to make the point: "If you knew nothing about fish and saw one on dry land, you may think this creature was incapable and weak. Place that same fish in the water and watch is soar. The fish was not incapable or weak, it was just in the wrong environment and using the wrong skills."

What I suggest is starting with getting down to what I call, "Your Essence." This is taking a look at what you are already made of (not trying to recreate the wheel here):
  1. What were the moments in your life when you felt the most alive? The times when you felt like you were in the zone and nothing could go wrong. A time when you felt you were being used for meaning purpose.
  2. What really bothers, or disappoints you? (usually if you flip your answer upside down, you will find something you really care about that is being stepped on.
  3. Who are the people you admire and what traits do you admire about them?
  4. How would others that know you well at home or on the job describe you?
The answers from the four questions above will start to give you some insight into "Your Essence" or what some may call values. Sift through your answers for words that describe what is really important to you. You can prioritize your list and then rate them individually on a scale of 1-10 (1=I am not honoring this value at all; 10= You can just look at me and tell that this is something I am living). Once that is complete you have a place where you can do two things.
  1. Make important decisions based on what is important to you
  2. Create goals that are in alignment with what is important to you
If you follow the steps above, I guarantee a more fulfilling 2010.

Need Help? I'm here for you.
Sometimes we need a gentle nudge and other times we need a big shove. Let me be of service to you, through my "Your Essence" coaching program.

Get off the sidelines and Run the Point!

Your Ambassador,
Mike Bruny, CPCC
Certified Life Coach, Speaker, Author
Run the Point Enterprises

Gone Digital:
Author of: "Move the Crowd: 30 Days of Hip Hop Affirmations To Change Your Life."

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Video with 11 Lyrics from Jay-Z's 11 Albums.

It's hard to believe Jay-Z turns 40 today. He has changed the game from 1996 to 2009. He truly is not a businessman, but a

Your Ambassador,