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Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Business

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What You Will Learn:

In this practical, extremely humorous, female- friendly presentation, Mimi shares the secrets of capitalizing on opportunity and intention, so you can:

  • Adapt, improvise, and overcome obstacles so that you don't become paralyzed when change occurs.
  • Do more with less: Stay light on your feet and be efficient.
  • Become the ultimate coach for yourself and your team. Then nothing will stand in the way of your win.
  • "When the whistle blows, the play is over." Learn to shake off past mistakes and negative circumstances so we can begin the next moment with a clean slate.

Prevailing in challenging times is not a question of ability – people are able. Success hinges on opportunity and intention. Opportunity and intention are what football is all about. Mimi uses the ultimate team game to highlight motivational and team building principles that are crucial in today’s hard-fought personal and professional success. During these lean economic times, we need to learn to meet confrontation head on, stand our ground, and negotiate everything.

We are all in need of a good game plan, and what used to be considered “rah-rah” clichés have become a way of life. Motivation itself has become the new norm, and football is the perfect metaphor. Today’s managers need to believe the team’s goals are doable, because they are. Every day, they need to lead like coaches, like Vince Lombardi and other greats before the big game.

Sample points covered are:

  • “The intention to get to a certain place makes you unstoppable, and your action causes the impossible to become possible.” 
  • “Time of possession is everything." You need to carry the ball and be responsible to make the points -- the clock is the key.

Mimi Donaldson

Mimi’s latest book is about success and football: Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life. As a very funny, football female, Mimi uses football as a metaphor for shaking off the bad plays, or roadblocks of challenging times, and leading with perseverance and courage.

For over twenty years, Mimi has captivated audiences from the Fortune 100 to the just plain fortunate. She's won acclaim for her rousing keynote speeches, compelling workshops, and in-house training programs. She has shared the keynote platform with Colin Powell, Katie Couric and Maya Angelou. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Speech and Dramatic Arts from the University of Iowa, and a Masters Degree in Education from Columbia University.

For 10 years, she was a staff Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International. Mimi has been a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government. She was the “pitch coach” on ABC’s American Inventor and coached the contestants to success persuading judges and America. Mimi Donaldson is co-author of Negotiating for Dummies, published in six languages and sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Her second book in 2006 was Bless Your Stress: It Means You’re Still Alive!