Takeaways Podcast – S3:E44 – Bruce Breier: Thrive or Exit – Mediocrity is Unacceptable

December 18, 2020
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I am blessed to be around remarkable people and to attend dynamic events. There are always TAKEAWAYS to learn. That is what I am sharing on this podcast. 

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In the summer of 1977, BRUCE BREIER was unemployed, traveling across the country in a camper van without a plan for himself. He knew he was ready for a change and that he did not want to endure another Connecticut winter. Although he didn’t have a plan for himself, his trip was very organized, equipped with a criteria chart to determine which city met his version of paradise. Breier decided San Diego was the best place for his new life.

At the end of 2020 Bruce will be celebrating 42 years as an “Organizational Consultant” having started BHB Consulting Services in 1978 in San Diego, CA. Bruce also had a 36-year run as a VISTAGE resource speaker, which he only recently retired from after giving more than 1,000 presentations on two topics: The Organized Executive and The Goal Setting Executive. These presentations provide tips, tools, and techniques for increased and improved effectiveness and efficiency.

How did Bruce gain popularity as an organizational consultant?! He credits a single successful cold call in 1980, where he sold himself as an Organizational Consultant to a Farmers Insurance agent. That client referred him to one client and then another. Without any marketing, that word-of-mouth ripple has kept Bruce booked and busy for the last four decades.

This year, I personally invested in a 6-month engagement with Bruce. The reason I did this is because I was faced with a choice that I didn’t like. That choice was “would I have to take things off my plate to keep accomplishing everything I wanted as I became more and more active?”. I sought Bruce out because I wanted to increase my capacity, instead of being forced to take things off my plate. Or as Bruce would call it, I wanted to become more effective and efficient.

Here are just a few of the other Takeaways that we discussed in this action packed episode.

  • How did prioritization die?
  • How much can definitions of words really matter?
  • Why saying no the right way is necessary.

I hope you enjoy!

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