Saturday, December 31, 2005

4th Installment of Observations from Orrin Woodward

Orrin Woodward uttered the following statement at a Go Diamond weekend in early 2001:

"I'd rather listen to a thousand "no's" than one "I told you so."

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

More Observations from Orrin - #3

Here is yet another installment of Observations from Orrin:

"Leadership starts with taking responsiblity."

Monday, December 12, 2005

Observations from Orrin Woodward #2

Okay, here we go. I've assembled an entire list of these quips and quotes. Some are short and some are full paragraphs, but I'm sure you'll enjoy them. Here is installment number two of Observations from Orrin:

"A spine is a terrible thing to waste."

Monday, December 05, 2005

Observation From Orrin Woodward - #1

We'll start with a simple but potent one:

"Problems are the price of progress."


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady - another book

You've got to wonder how he does it. First, Orrin Woodward helps rocket the Team business across the nation, then he writes two very successful, best-selling books to teach the specifics of what he did and then the principles of leadership that it required. Now, the rumor mill has it that he has teamed up with partner Chris Brady once again to bring a new, Team-specific book to the world. This next book is rumored to be a compilation of articles and essays both Woodward and Brady have prepared for various reasons over the years while building their businesses. My source tells me, however, that there will also be some never-before-released material included, as well.
If this output is anything like the others, those of us that appreciate electronic commerce and the new economy have something to look forward to! More on this as I get more information.

Monday, November 14, 2005

BIO: Orrin Woodward


Orrin Woodward has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from GMI and Business Administration training from the University of Michigan. He holds four United States Patents and an exclusive National Benchmarking Award for product analysis and has been recognized in national trade journals.

Woodward is acting Chair of the Policy Council. Orrin Woodward is also one of the most in-demand speakers in the industry. His highly popular Observations from Orrin appears monthly Team News and he has a nationally syndicated column.

Orrin Woodward's new Esource Quick Q Review

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Monday, October 10, 2005

Orrin Woodward Team News

Here is another article about Orrin Woodward. One thing about Orrin Woodward is that he is never satisfied with good enough if better is possible.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Working with Others

Came across these quotes recently which remind me of Orrin Woodward:

"Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself."-- Alexander Graham Bell

That's how Orrin feels about the Team.

"No matter how much work a man can do, no matter how engaging his personality may be, he will not advance far in business if he cannot work through others."-- John Craig

That's what Orrin continues to teach his leaders.

"The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life."-- John Hancock

Orrin would agree wholeheartedly with one of this country's boldest founding fathers. Just as John Hancock is forever associated with the American Revolution, so too will Orrin Woodward be marked by history as one of the founding fathers of the Internet Revolution.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Orrin Woodward Statements Worth Remembering

At the recent convention, Orrin Woodward had some great teaching on success and the principles it takes to win. One of my favorite quotes was:

"When you play on a winning team, it's not work to go to practice."

Another great point was made along the lines of Orrin's quote: "Most people have a WHY TO problem, not a HOW TO problem!"

And in the category of leadership:

"Real leaders never blame others, nor do they take the credit for team victories."
"Leaders serve. Period."

As always, great information. Hope you can use it to further your own success!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Leading the Consumer Rebellion Enters Fourth Edition

The highly successful book Leading the Consumer Rebellion, written by authors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, has recently been released in its fourth edition. The book continues to thrill business audiences throughout the western hemisphere, and continues to get better with the release of each new edition.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Team News and Press Releases

Orrin Woodward Team news and press releases can be found at this Team website. This website includes Orrin's visit with John Maxwell and more....

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Orrin Woodward Books

Additional Orrin Woodward Book information can be found on this Orrin Woodward Book information website.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady of Team - Launching A Leadership Revolution

Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady have hit a home run with their latest book, "Launching A Leadership Revolution".

Sure to become one of, if not the most influential book about a subject which many have spent a lifetime trying to master, "Leadership Revolution" is undeniably insightful, well researched and easy to read.

Orrin and Chris have put the lessons they have learned in the last ten years of building an incredibly successsful business into a book, so that anyone with an interest in self -improvement can learn what made them successful.

It's interesting to me that while so many companies try hard to protect the ideas which make them successful in the marketplace with trademarks and patents, Orrin & Chris give their secrets away - for the price of a book. As Orrin is fond of saying, "Everything rises and falls on leadership".

There's a big secret right there!

If you have ever been interested in succeeding in life, my advice to you is this. Get the book and happy reading!

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady of Team - Leading the Consumer Rebellion

The co-founders of the Team, Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady have recently become best sellers. Their book entitiled "Leading the Consumer Rebellion" has officially sold over 100,000 copies and no wonder.

Orrin and Chris continue to improve people's lives by showing them how they too can own and build a business. The information contained in this book should excite the person who is wondering, "How can I take advantage of the explosion of E Commerce? How can my family and me benefit from all the business that's being done online?"

The answers are in this short yet powerful book. I encourage you to get a copy, read it and act on it. Your financial freedom is what's at stake.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady of Team - Leading the Consumer Rebellion

Why should you read Leading the Consumer Rebellion by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady of Team?

Because the internet has changed EVERYTHING and if you don't understand why or how, you're likely to become extremely disappointed!

Quoting Robert D. Hof in the June 20th edition of Business Week, the interet is "a big, hairy, monstrous organism. The nearly one billion people online world-wide - along with their shared knowledge, social contacts, online reputations, computing power and more - are rapidlybecoming a collective force of unprecedented power. For the first time in human history, mass cooperation across time and space is suddenly economical."

This "peer power presents difficult challenges for anybody invested in the status quo. Corporations, those citadels of command-and-control, may be in for the biggest jolt. Increasingly, they will have to contend with ad hoc groups (like the Team) of customers who have the power to join forces online to get what they want."

"Its the democratization of industry" says C.K. Prahalad, a University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business professor and co-author of the 2004 book, The Future of Competition: Co-Creating Unique Value With Customers. "We are seeing the emergence of an economy of the people, by the people, for the people"

If you'd like more information about how you can take advantage of what is happening TO you, I'd suggest you pick up Orrin and Chris's book. They are truly "leading the consumer rebellion" that world experts are now commenting on in every business publication around the world.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Example

One of life’s greatest joys is the sense of wonder that accompanies the arrival of a tiny new human being into the world. But that joy is accompanied by a tremendous responsibility that perfectly encapsulates the need for personal initiative. You can provide children with all the physical advantages of a good childhood, but unless you strive to set a good example for them to follow, you will know only dismay as they reach adulthood and blossom into purposeless drifters.

The same can be said for the friends and associates you gather in life. Your personal initiative, whether or not you are raising a child, must always incorporate exemplary behavior. You cannot take ethical shortcuts, big or small, without other people observing them and assuming that this behavior is something you wouldn’t mind having turned back on yourself. Certainly you will make mistakes, but if you have always striven for the best course, others will remember it and treat you accordingly.

That's why Orrin Woodward will be treated with respect for the rest of his life. His behavior is at all times exemplary and he constantly strives to do his best. Those closest to Orrin respect and love him for who he is - the man who shows us, by his effort, what is possible.

And I'm certain that some dislike Orrin, because they see in him proof, that had they worked as hard as he did to improve themselves (but were too lazy or stubborn to do so) they too could have been great. It's much easier to be angry with someone else than to take responsibility for oneself - but of course that is the lazy man's way.

My advice: don't be lazy. The lazy man achieves nothing. Work to earn the respect of people like Orrin Woodward.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Orrin Woodard of Team - Seeing the Good


We human beings are a complex lot. Most religious writings and great literary works are based upon the constant struggle between good and evil that goes on inside every one of us - a struggle that is as old as mankind itself. Yet, while we recognize our own inner struggles, most of us are often quick to condemn others. Not so Orrin Woodward. Years ago, Orrin decided to focus on the good he found in others and point that out ot them.

Rather than being so quick to criticze, why not make it a point to look for the good in others? Nurture the good character traits. Like plants in a garden, the character traits that grow strong and productive will be those that are fed, watered, and weeded regularly. Feed the good and watch the results.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Orrin Woodard of Team - Character

This Napoleon Hill Site keeps feeding me great stuff that reminds me of Orrin Woodward. To wit:


"Character is an important element of success and a critical attribute of leadership, but character alone cannot ensure success unless it is channeled in a positive direction. When good, decent people-persons of character-connect with a major purpose for their lives toward which they willingly and enthusiastically direct their energies, the results can be awe-inspiring. A major purpose and outstanding character are a formidable combination."

Orrin's results are truly awe inspiring. What, you ask, are these results? Orrin is engaged in the business, no, the passion, of leading millions of people to economic freedom. No, the Team isn't there yet, but, we are well on the way.

Thanks Orrin for being a person of character and for discovering your purpose.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Mental Attitude

Saw this post on the Napoleon Hill site:


"Without a strong foundation built on positive character traits, success will not long endure. It is virtually impossible to fake good character. Phonies are quickly spotted because they haven't the substance and determination to maintain the charade.

Developing good character begins with a positive attitude. Your desire to be a good, decent, honest, considerate person must first take place in your mind. When you make the decision to become a person of character, you will also find that you are much more willing to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do."

Orrin Woodward is a man of character - that is why his success and the success of the Team will endure. Orrin decided to become a person of character and has led many to make that same decision. I'm proud to be part of such a great Team of people.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Setting the Example

Recently saw a post on the Napoleon Hill site which reminded me of Orrin Woodward:


"Why is it that often those who believe they would be the best managers of others - if they were only given the opportunity - haven’t learned to manage themselves properly?

Before you can ever have any hope of managing others effectively, you must first learn to set an example for others to follow. It is simply impossible for you to inspire others to high levels of achievement if you cannot inspire yourself to do the same. Don’t make the mistake that many others make by saying, "When they make me a manager, I’ll show them I can manage." The first move is yours. You must first prove yourself worthy."

There it is again. Taking responsibility for yourself before all else. Why is it that so many people miss that? As Orrin has always demonstrated, that is the key to living a successful life. So many people either completely miss it or worse - refuse to acknowledge it.

Substitute the word "Lead" for "Manage" thrughout the above text and you'll get a similar and perhaps more powerful message. As an old friend of mine once said, you manage machines and equipment and processes. You need to lead people.

Thanks Orrin, for always disciplining yourself, and leading.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Listening

Another observation from Napoleon Hill:


Whatever the actual science of thought transmissions may be, it is true that if you wish to receive the power contained in the thoughts of others, you must condition your mind to receive those ideas.

Listening helps condition your mind to receive valuable information contained in the thoughts of others. Set aside any preconceived notions you may have about the topic, and listen attentively and nonjudgmental to what is being said. Focus on the information, not on the speaker. Try to identify key concepts behind the speaker’s words.

Train your mind to identify and absorb information that others often miss because their "receivers" are not tuned to the proper frequency."

Orrin Woodward is one of the best "receivers" I know. It's one of the reasons for his incredible success. He has trained his mind to really focus on the speaker and eliminate all other thoughts. He "connects" in a real way that the other person can sense. It's incredibly effective.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Cooperation and Caring

Most of the universe is characterized by order and harmony, yet we human beings must constantly struggle to achieve the same characteristics in our relationships. In fact, human beings seem to find it unnatural to cooperate with others.

Successful individuals, like Orrin Woodward, are those who have learned to swim against the current, to do the things that others refuse to do. And they have also learned how to work with other people, putting others' needs ahead of their own.

Achieving harmony in any relationship - business, personal, or professional - requires work. Take comfort in the fact that you’ll accomplish far more working with others than working against them.

If, like Orrin, you will demonstrate that you really care more about your teammates' success than your own, then you, like Orrin, will be successful.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Dreaming

Selected thoughts for the day....

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'"- George Bernard Shaw

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."- Henry David Thoreau

"The most successful leader of all is the one who sees another picture not yet actualized."- Mary Parker Follett

All sorta point to Orrin Woodward in my mind!

Monday, March 28, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Wasn't Fooled

Saw a great article at the Napoleon Hill site today. The headline caught my eye:


"South African poet and painter Breyten Breytenback tells of a Black man named Freedom who was the property of a one-legged slave owner in the days before the abolition of slavery. Whenever the owner bought a new pair of shoes, he gave the left one, which he couldn’t use, to Freedom. Eventually, wearing two left shoes deformed Freedom’s right foot, and he was permanently crippled by the "generosity" of his master.

Don’t be fooled by people who attempt to further their own interests under the guise of helping you. Listen to advice from others, thank them for their interest, and make up your own mind about what is best. Follow their advice if it fits with your plan for your life, but don’t hesitate to discard it if it doesn’t. In all the world, there is only one individual who knows what is best for you, and that person is you."

Truer words were never spoken.

I'm glad that Orrin Woodward decided not to listen to the people that try to poison minds. As a matter of fact, I'm glad I decided not to listen to the naysayers who were "just trying to give me all the facts" and "keep me from making a mistake".

As far as I know, evry single one of them still go to a job every day and probably have good reason to worry about their pension and healthcare.

I decided to listen to Orrin, and it has made all the difference. I have no job and no such worries. Thanks Orrin, for showing me the way to a secure future.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Extra

Saw this by Napoleon Hill and it reminded me of Orrin Woodward:


It’s well and good to feel as though you have changed the attitude with which you render extra effort, but if that effort is in truth no more than anyone else’s, then you aren’t doing yourself much good.

You need to examine yourself and others to understand just what it is that will make you stand out. If there are standards, exceed them. If you’re fulfilling an agreement, make sure you do more than you promised.

You cannot confine extra-mile service to your work alone. You must make it part of your philosophy for dealing with every person you encounter. Imagine how others will be delighted to find that you are the type of person who not only does what is promised but even delivers more. The true benefit of going the extra mile is in teaching yourself to strive always for better and greater achievement in all that you do."

In all my dealings with Orrin Woodward, he has consistently "gone the extra mile". It's one of the secrets to his success. And it can be one of yours as well.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Orrin woodward of Team - Possibility Thinking

In any type of business, the most valuable ideas are those that make money, save money, save time, or improve the way things are done. Every improvement, however slight, is a step in the right direction. Being alert for opportunities to improve things is a function of a positive attitude.

Orrin Woodward is a great example of having a positive attitude. He has taken a good idea, fixed the difficulties and taken it mainstream. That's why the Team is exploding. Because one man refused to get stuck on the downside.

It is virtually impossible to think creatively about opportunities when your thoughts are concentrated on the downside risk instead of the upside potential. As you search for ways to improve, or to find a better, faster, or more economical way to perform a task or build a product, by all means analyze and minimize the risks but focus on the possibilities.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Vision

Students are just beginning to understand the mysterious ways in which the mind works, but successful people have long known how to use the power of creative vision to their advantage. Many "new" ideas are really nothing more than a new combination of two well-known products or ideas.

Combine a wheel and a chair, what do you get? A wheel chair? How about a Ferris Wheel? Unique combinations have often created fortunes that changed the lives of those who "saw".

Orrin Woodward saw just such a combination and created the Team.

Can you see it? Not everyone can. But those who do will be extremely well rewarded.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Shaping History

I just read a quote from Robert Kennedy that describes what Orrin Woodward is doing with the Team:

"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation."- Robert F. Kennedy

He was really speaking to all of us who are privileged to be part of the Team which in fact, is writing the history of our generation.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Conducting

Saw a couple of quotes that reminded me of Orrin Woodward who has put together one of the greatest business teams I've ever seen:

"Conductors of great symphony orchestras do not play every musical instrument; yet through leadership the ultimate production is an expressive and unified combination of tones."-- Thomas D. Bailey

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd."-- James Crook

When the crowd tells you something is wrong, it's often best to ignore them if you want to make beautiful music.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Architect

"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."- Harold Wilson

The internet is here to stay. The industrial age is over. I hope you realize that.

The change is happening now, and I feel bad for those who don't know how to take advantage of the greatest transfer of wealth the world has ever known.

I guess I feel worse for those who, for reasons of ignorance or pride, reject the Team and the invitation of men like Orrin Woodward to take the greatest advantage of that change.

Seneca was right when he said, "It is part of the cure to wish to be cured."

I guess change happens to some people and for other people. Glad I decided to link up with an architect of the future, Orrin Woodward.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Taking Others Along

Enjoy the following words from Napoleon Hill:


When you take the initiative, you become a de facto leader whose success will depend in large measure upon your ability to inspire others to work with you. They will follow your lead when they have confidence in you and when they know they will share in your success.

Few of us are good enough or lucky enough to achieve great success completely on our own. We need others to help us. When we give more in return than we ever ask of our friends and associates, not only will be able to accomplish much more in life, but it will also make the entire experience much more enjoyable."

The line, " more in return than we ever ask of our friends..." describes Orrin Woodward. That is the "secret" of his success - and it can be yours as well.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Perseverance

Orrin Woodward of the Team is a great example of the following quote: "Little strokes fell great oaks."- Ben Franklin

While many, many others failed, just because they quit, Orrin just kept on going and going and going until he and Chris Brady created an incredible team. And there's no stopping it now.

Orrin is the consumate example of perseverance. Once he sets his mind on a goal, you can count on it being accomplished. I like that in a leader.

As Walter Elliot said: "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."

Month after month, one short race after another, the Team grows. A million people is on the horizon. Be a part of it!

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Fair

Orrin Woodward has a saying - "In this business, your pay raise becomes effective when you do."

I don't care who you are, that's fair.

Do you ever get tired of being one of the 20% that does 80% of the work, but not getting 80% of the pay?! If so, you'll LOVE the Team.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Right

“Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world.” - Theodore Roosevelt

Great quote by a great man.

Describes what we do on the Team; inspired by a great leader, Mr. Orrin Woodward.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Living

"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."- Dale Carnegie

"If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard-enough problems. And that's a big mistake."- F. Wikzek

Mistakes are a part of life. The part that is designed to teach.

Start living. Go for it. Make some mistakes. Learn, grow, get better, give thanks. That's what Orrin Woodward has done since the day we met. And I appreciate his example.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - What Do You See?

What sort of people join the Team? What sort of people see the opportunity?

Give this some thought:

Once where a prophet in the palm shade basked.
A traveler chanced at noon to rest his miles.
"What sort of people may they be," he asked,
"In this proud city on the plains o'erspread?"
"Well, friend, what sort of people whence you came?"
"What sort?" the packman scowled;
"why, knaves and fools."
"You'll find the people here the same," the wise man said.

Another stranger in the dusk drew near.
And pausing, cried, "What sort of people here,
In your bright city where yon towers arise?"
"Well, friend, what sort of people whence you came?"
"What sort?" the pilgrim smiled,
"Good, true and wise."
"You'll find the people here the same," the wise man said.

-- Edward Markham

Thanks Orrin Woodward, for being the kind of person who looks for the good and the true, and for being wise. Thanks for sharing the opportunity and making it available to me and my family.

Dear reader,

You get to choose the people in life from whom you will take advice.

Will you listen to the positive encourager or will you listen to the embittered critic? Be careful. Be discerning.

Your life is on the line.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Service

Here's an interesting thought from Napoleon Hill:

"Psychologists who study human behavior have concluded that we are happiest when we are striving to achieve success. It is the act of striving, not the successful completion of the task, that provides the greatest psychic rewards. When you strive to achieve success through service to others, you multiply the benefits to yourself, and you ensure that whatever road you choose in life will ultimately lead you to success and happiness.

There is no occupation or profession that will not benefit from a concerted effort to better serve others. But the greatest benefit will be to you, in the form of the self-satisfaction that comes from knowing that you made a difference, that without you, others would never have received the service you provided."

That pretty much sums up Orrin Woodward and the Team. Our motto is "Have Fun, Make Money and Make a Difference". Those aren't just words. As long as I've been a part of this team, that's what Orrin has done. He's made a difference in my life and now I am privileged to pay it forward. So are others on the Team. Check out this blog by one of our top leaders.

We add value to people's lives by our service to them. It's a great way to make a living. It's a great way to live.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Taking Action

A couple of great quotes:

"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once."- Calvin Coolidge"

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied."- Arnold Glasow

One thing I've always admired about Orrin Woodward is that he is a man of action. He gets things done. Because he takes action, the Team has become an idea whose time has come. There is no stopping it. It will become the biggest business on the planet.

That's pretty big.

Thanks for your example Orrin. Keep moving.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Choice

William Jennings Bryan said: "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."

Orrin Woodward made a choice several years ago and created his destiny. And because he did, and because he created a system that you can plug into called the Team, you can choose to create your destiny. You don't create a destiny by waiting for it.

Here are a couple more thoughts to get you started:"Act as if it were impossible to fail."- Dorothea Brande

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing."- Abraham Lincoln

Be resolved and get moving. You will win.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Decide

I can't remember where I heard this one:

"Some people, if they saw a sign, This Way to Heaven, and another sign, This Way to A Discussion on Heaven, would take the discussion. Some people like to wear out a decision just talking about it."

Not Orrin Woodward of the Team. That's one of the qualities I admire about him most. He takes action.

How 'bout you?

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Governing Oneself

"Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."- Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me."- Michel de Montaigne

When I read these I thought of Orrin Woodward, the most self-disciplined man I know. He could have written them. He most certainly lives them.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Character

Found another great quote from Napoleon Hill which reminded me of Orrin Woodward:


"Even the most popular people have their detractors. Because we are all different, with differing interests and personalities, it is simply impossible for anyone to be beloved by every individual who knows him or her. If your mission in life is to make everyone like you, great disappointment is in store.

But if you are always kind and considerate in your dealings with others, they may not like you, but it will be impossible for them to dislike you. You can cement your relationships with others by making sure that you are a person of character, one who is predictably honest, straightforward, and ethical.

When you follow such a code of conduct, you may not be sought out by others who do not share your values, but you will be respected by all who know you. And in the end, self-respect will mean far more to you than mere popularity."

Thanks Orrin, for being a person of character.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Orrin Woodward & Dale Carnegie

I found the following in Carnegie's wonderful book, "How To Win Friends and Influence People", one of Orrin Woodward's "Top 5" books:

"You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime." -- Dale Carnegie

How often we forget the power we have. Thanks Orrin, for all the times you've given me that word of encouragement I needed to hear.

What if every one of us gave a few sincere words of encouragement every time we talked to another. What kind of world could we create?

Friday, February 18, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Change

"When you are through changing, you're through."- Bruce Barton

I couldn't agree more with Bruce. Orrin Woodward continues to change... to grow, to get better. He's not through, he's only beginning. His voracious appetite for knowledge and then his discipline to implement what he's learning, marks him as a truly great leader.

Want proof? Just attend one of our upcoming seminars this weekend or next, and just watch how many up-and-coming leaders will be recognized from the stage. There's a whole generation of future leaders coming and they know their mission - to make a difference in the lives of people all over this great country and the world.

This team is just getting started and I'm proud to be a part of it! Thanks Orrin.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Discipline

"What we do on some great occasions will probably depend upon what we already are, and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline."- H.P. Liddon

"Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."- Abraham J. Heschel"

Don't you just love the truth when you hear it?

Self-discipline describes Orrin Woodward. He has achieved great success because he has mastered the science of self-discipline.

And so can you. As David Rockefeller said, "Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were."

What's to be frightened of? Creating your own destiny? C'mon! Hook up with the finest leadership development system in the country and create your future!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Purpose

Saw this quote today and thought of Orrin Woodward :

"Great minds have purposes, others have wishes."- Washington Irving

Orrin has a great mind.


Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Sweat Equity

Ray Kroc, the former milkshake machine distributor who founded McDonald's when he was in his early 50s, once made an insightful statement about the relationship between luck and achievement. "Luck is a dividend of sweat," he said. "The more you sweat, the luckier you get."

Pro golfer Lee Trevino made a similar comment when he said: "The more I practice, the luckier I get."

Compare those tongue-in-cheek comments to the lottery mindset that most people have about success. "Some day my number will come up," they think. "I'll be at the right place at the right time one day and voila! I'll find my four-leaf clover and achieve all my dreams. All I need to be successful is a little bit of luck."

With that kind of attitude, success is the last thing those folks will ever experience. I'm glad that Orrin Woodward thinks more like Ray Kroc and Lee Trevino.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Reader

A vice-president of a Fortune 500 company was getting to know a newcomer in his division, so he asked him what he liked to read. "I'm not really interested in reading," the man said. To which the vice-president said, "Then you aren't really interested in succeeding around here."

Morton Blackwell of the Leadership Institute said: "People who don't read cheat themselves." In a speech titled "Read to Lead" Blackwell continued: "By not reading, they limit what they can achieve, make mistakes they could avoid, and miss opportunities that could improve their lives. Finally, as the gaps in their knowledge become apparent, they must reconcile themselves to not being taken seriously." (emphasis mine)

Glad that's not the case with Orrin Woodward. As near as I can tell, Orrin devours 20-30 books a month and he's been doing that as long as I've known him. That's one of the reasons I decided to hire him years ago. (see my previous post) And that's one of the reasons all of his leaders read voraciously.

How's your reading going?

Or have you just decided to not be taken seriously?

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Enthusiasm redeux

"No one keeps up his enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts, new vision. It is one’s own fault if his enthusiasm is gone; he has failed to feed it."--Papyrus (empahsis mine)

Want to be enthusiastic? You gotta feed it brother. Hang out with enthusiastic people like Orrin Woodward and the other great leaders on the Team.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Enthusiasm

"One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life."--Edward B. Butler

Reminds me of Orrin Woodward - the most enthusiastic man I've ever met. His enthusiasm for his masterpiece, aka, the Team, is indestructable.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Disturbing the Routine

William Danforth said: "The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb its routine."

That's one of the reasons I love our business. We disturb people's routine. You know, that "go to work - go home - go to work - go home - go to work - go home - go to work - go home - go to work - go home - go to work - go home" routine that describes most people's week? Well that's what we disturb - but only if they're looking for a way out.

So along we come and try to awaken the possibilites for life by asking a few questions. We lend 'em a book by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady entitled "Leading the Consumer Rebellion" that describes what we do and shows 'em how they can do it too.

I couldn't imagine a more rewarding and fun life!

Thank you Orrin, for disturbing my routine.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Orrin Woodward & Norman Vincent Peale

"The man who lives for himself is a failure; the man who lives for others has achieved true success."- Norman Vincent Peale

Orrin Woodward is a man who truly lives for others. He's proved it night after night, fighting the miasma of victimhood in America. He's inspired a lot of other men to do the same.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Orrin Woodward & Longfellow

An insightful piece of poetry that describes Orrin Woodward :

"The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night."- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

HWL was also describing the rest of the road warriors on the Team. Hail to you all!

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Business Owner

When you start your own independent business, isn't it fair to say that you don’t know what you don’t know? (Yes, it is.)

In other words, you may know a lot about what you do now and you may be extremely good at it. You know nothing about our business when you begin. That's just a fact.

I know it sounds harsh, but think about it.

In my experience, the most successful people I talk to – those who have already built large, successful "B" type businesses (like Orrin Woodward) have always acknowledged that fact. They acknowledge their ignorance! And therein lies a great secret to their success.

Every successful person I have studied has applied these three steps to their lives: First, they clearly DEFINE what they want. Second, they find someone who already has the results they want (and is willing to teach what they know) and LEARN from them. Finally, they DO what they have learned. Pretty simple.

I did those three steps backwards. I DID an Engineering degree, I LEARNED what an engineer did when I went to work, and I DEFINED my lifestyle based on what somebody else thought I was worth. Crazy huh? But I didn't know any better.

I wasn’t getting the results in life I wanted. Orrin was.

I asked Orrin for help and he introduced me to his business. I followed his advice and we have never looked back. I just wish I could have discovered this business when I was 18 years old!

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Robert Kiyosaki

In his wonderful book, "Cashflow Quadrant", Robert Kiyosaki disagrees with people who say "It takes money to make money." As early as page 8, Kiyosaki says, "..... It takes a dream, a lot of determination, a willingness to learn quickly, the ability to use your God-given assets properly and to know which sector of the Cashflow Quadrant to generate your income from."

I have studied Orrin Woodward and watched as he took this advice seriously over the past five years. He has produced an incredible lifestyle because he has produced an incredible system that anyone can follow to produce similar, equal or better results. Many are on that path today.

And still Orrin dares to dream big. He has incredible determination and self-discipline, devours books to feed one of his greatest God-given assets - his insatiable mind - and generates his income from the "B" & "I" side of the Quadrant.

He followed Kiyosaki's advice! Imagine that! Orrin found a man with better results than he had, listened to him and did what he suggested.

It worked.

And it can work for you too

Friday, February 04, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Reading

One of the great things about our business is the book of the month program. I have made it a point to own every book on the list of recommended reading from Orrin Woodward.

One of the books is entitled "Call to Duty - The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee" by J. Steven Wilkins. In it, I found a quote by a British General, Garnett Joseph Wolsely, that speaks of my regard for Orrin.

"I have met with many of the great men of my time, but Lee alone impressed me with the feeling that I was in the presence of a man who was cast in a grander mould and made of different and finer metal than all other men. He is stamped upon my memory as being apart and superior to all others in every way, a man with whom none I ever knew and few of whom I have ever read are worthy to be classed."

I highly recommend that you read the book for insight into the character of great men -- the kind of men who comprise the leadership of our business. These are the kind of men with whom I am blessed to be in business and call my friends.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Orrin Woodward & Hugo Black

"It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self."- Hugo Black

This former Supreme Court Justice got it right. And he describes precisely the view of Orrin Woodward and the other leaders on the Team. Don't believe it? Try us.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Pursuit

"Pursue your goals because if you don't, you'll be used by someone else in pursuit of theirs."~ Stephen Medici, CEO, Black Mountain Group, New York, N.Y.

Food for thought there!

I'm thankful that Orrin Woodward decided to pursue his goals and then show others, like me, how to avoid being used by someone else.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Results

I've heard Orrin Woodward quote so many world leaders that I'm not sure which one of them said the following: "To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge."

I am so glad that I did not let my ignorance or my ego lead me to reject the business idea called the Team. I'll admit, I almost did. But I remembered hearing someone else (I think it was my Dad) say: "The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about." True that.

So I decided to do my due diligence. I researched it all.

C'mon. I ran a highly successful multinational engineering consulting company for 12 years. I had attorneys. I researched it all. And because I bought in to Orrin a few years ago, today I really enjoy those best hours of sleep every day.

You know, the hours from 6am to 10am. Sweet, sweet sleep while most of metro Detroit is fighting traffic.

When you do your due diligence, your careful research, I'd highly recommend that you take advice ONLY from the people who have the kind of results in life that you want. Why would you do otherwise? Of course, be sure of what you want.

And before you give anyone's opinion any credence at all, you should find out what kind of life they really have. I mean, that only makes sense, doesn't it?

I just wanted to be debt free, not have to go to a job every day, have time and money to donate to church and charities and causes I believed in, have a healthy monthly passive income cashflow, spend more time with my wife and children and have great relationships with my God, my family and my friends.

Orrin Woodward had and has these results. That's why I decided to listen to him. He was the only person I had met in my several decades on the planet that had all of it. He said he'd help and here's what I found out: If Orrin Woodward says something, you can take it to the bank brother.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Orrin Woodward - H.D.T. & S.S.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."- Henry David Thoreau

"A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort."- Sydney Smith

Saw these and was reminded of Orrin Woodward - a man of courage, a dreamer.

Why not live the life you imagined? Can you honestly say that today's four meetings at work were about what you reallly value in life? Think back. Think hard.

What will be the reward for all your effort, for all the years of attending meeting after meeting after meeting after meeting? Will you be pushed out without the pension you thought you were going to get? Or will you get a smaller than expected pension to match those ever-diminishing medical benefits? What kind of life will you really have?

You can have the life of your dreams. All that is required is that you make the first effort - that you begin.

That's what Orrin Woodward did. That's what I did. That is what you can do.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Emerson

"The characteristic of heroism is persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have chosen your part, abide by it, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common heroic. Yet we have the weakness to expect the sympathy of people in those actions whose excellence is that they outrun sympathy and appeal to a tardy justice. If you would serve your brother because it is fit for you to serve him, do not take back your words when you find that prudent people do not commend you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Orrin Woodward invited me and we invite you - to choose your part, to be uncommon, even when those "prudent" people do not commend you. Quit trying to reconcile yourself with the world.

Yours can be a heroic life.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Herb Kelleher

Here's a quote from Herb Kelleher, CEO of Southwest Airlines on Leadership:

"I'd describe leadership as servanthood. The best leaders, I think, have to be good followers as well. You have to be quite willing to accept other people's ideas even when they are in conflict with your own. You have to be willling to subjugate your ego to the needs of your business. You have to be willing to take risks for your people. If you won't fight for your people, you can count on your people not fighting for you."

An accurate description of Orrin Woodward and many of the other leaders on the team as well.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Disraeli

Two quotes by Benjamin Disraeli that bring to mind Orrin Woodward:

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own."

"The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do."

Thanks Orrin, for always doing for me the first, and being a great example for all of us of the second.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Pat Riley

Hey, I found a great quote by basketball coach Pat Riley that reminds me of Orrin Woodward.

Riley has formulated what he calls "Riley's Laws of Motivation" which says: "You motivate yourself by trying to develop another reason above and beyond the natural motivation of just wanting to be successful. Everyone wants to win a championship. The ones who can really separate themselves from the pack are those who understand what it takes to sustain excellence. They understand that you have to get away from a "to have" mentality and prioritize "to be" ahead of "to have". And when you're thinking about being the very best, you're thinking about making sure that you're being a person, a performer, of whom you can be proud."

I am proud to be a part of a great team and I'm proud to follow a man like Orrin Woodward because of who he is. (BTW, I found this quote in a great book entitled "The Paradox of Power" by Pat Williams. I recommend it!)

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Margaret Thatcher

Found another great quote in "The Paradox of Power", the Pat Williams book. On page 176, Pat quotes Margaret Thatcher describing Orrin Woodward! Listen to this as she describes the four ingredients to being a great leader:

"First, know what matters to you. Have a set of principles and follow them. Your principles serve as the foundation of your leadership.

Second, speak up! Be bold and fearless about asserting your principles.

Third, anticipate problems. Use information, instinct and intuition to forsee problems and crises before anyone else does.

Fourth, make bold decisions. Base your decisions on your principles and on the information and the insight you have. Meet problems and opportunities head-on, then take bold action. Those are the four ingredients of a great leader."

OK, so Lady Thatcher wasn't describing Orrin at that particular moment, but she was describing Orrin. He embodies all four ingredients. Orrin Woodward is a great leader.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Doing All That Can Be Done

One of my favorite Ronald Regan quotes:

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done." - Ronald Reagan

Reminds me of Orrin Woodward.

Of Orrin I can happily say, he is doing "all that can be done."

Monday, January 24, 2005

Why I Hired Orrin Woodward

I think it was back in 1997, (could have been '96) when a friend asked me if I was looking for new consultants. "Of course." was my response. "I think I've got a guy you'd be interested in" he said. "What can you tell me about the guy?" My friend described a young man named Orrin Woodward, 25 years old, working at GM who had four (4) patents (all, I believe, in production) and had just become the youngest winner of a prestigious national engineering award - the National Benchmarking award.

Those credentials piqued my interest. I graduated from the same engineering undergrad school as this young man (GMI - General Motors Institute -- now Kettering University) and had been around engineers most of my adult life. Darn few of them even had one patent to their name, let alone four. And the winner of a national engineering award is usually "in demand". I agreed to meet him for a coffee and size him up.

The first thing that impressed me about Orrin was his positive attitude. He was interested in checking out the world of consulting he said and he had done a smart thing. He asked a gentleman (my friend) who knew alot of engineers and some engineering consultants to recommend some to him and vice-versa. Orrin told me that he was considering a career change, just as I had done when I left GM in 1987 to strike out on my own. He was considering taking a short leave of absence from GM to do some consulting and make an informed life decision based on the experience. Smart.

I asked him to develop a proposal for a Benchmarking study that I could deliver to some of the VPs of Engineering I knew from my years of consulting. (Some years before I met Orrin, Ford Motor Company had contracted with me to train all of their Tier 1 suppliers in Europe and Australia, many of their suppliers in the US and many of their own staff around the world as well. I knew alot of VPs.) If any of them expressed an interest, we could talk money. He agreed.

Orrin had an inner intensity about him that was compelling - which I realized was a passion for winning. You can see it in some men's eyes. I knew I was looking at a winner. But he wasn't cocky. He just had a calm confidence - an eagerness that I liked and, Orrin was personable. I had a feeling that when I put him in a conference room with an Engineering VP and a few of his staff that the young man would hold his own. I wasn't disappointed.

More of the story in a future post....

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Success

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A better description of Orrin Woodward could not be written.

Of course, that's just my opinion.

Well, mine and probably about seventy thousand other people.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Gratitude

I want the world to know the reasons I decided to get into business with Orrin Woodward and why I'll stick with this business for the rest of my life.

Let’s cut to the chase.

Thanks to Orrin Woodward and the greatest leadership development system in the world, my wife and I no longer work at a "job". We have two children in college and we are debt free excluding our home. We have wonderful friendships. We have a much stronger faith in God and our marriage is stronger. We are both more physically fit than when we worked from 9 to 5 (6 to 6 in my case) because we have the time to work out on a regular basis. We feel younger, far less stressed, and we have more energy. Overall, our quality of life has improved dramatically. We are able to contribute both time and money to causes we believe in. And let me make this very clear - we owe it all to our relationship with Orrin & Laurie Woodward. Sound corney? Well, you would have had to walk in my shoes for the past few years to be qualified to make a judgement like that.

In my next post, I'll tell you how I met Orrin Woodward and why I hired him back then as a consultant in my Engineering Consulting business.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Listening

Ran across this paragraph on listening today which put me in mind of Orrin Woodward.

"In our time-starved society, attentiveness and listening skills seem to have fallen to the wayside. In order to make those with whom you communicate feel important, brush up on your listening skills. Make sure to give the speaker your undivided attention: regardless of how great you are at multi-tasking, treating an individual as a "task" is not a good idea. Eye-contact, nodding in agreement, asking leading questions and using your face to provide feedback also contribute to a positive communication experience that will foster the growth of the relationship."

Sound advice. I wonder if anyone is listening...

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Reading

As I considered Orrin Woodward's voracious appetite for books, (the man reads 2-3 books each week and has done so since we made our acquaintance some six years ago) I was reminded of these pithy comments regarding the subject, made by a prodigious reader himself, Morton Blackwell of the Leadership Institute:

"Some people bluntly say they don't read.

Others offer an excuse: They would read if only they had the time.

I will also be blunt: People who don't read cheat themselves. By not reading, they limit what they can achieve, make mistakes they could avoid, and miss opportunities that could improve their lives. Finally, as the gaps in their knowledge become apparent, they must reconcile themselves to not being taken seriously."

Well said Mr. Blackwell.

So dear reader, I wonder....
Are you being taken seriously?

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Leadership

"The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers...Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership." - Gary Wills

Orrin Woodward has all three covered. And then some.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Leadership

"Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better." - Harry Truman

Mark my words, Orrin Woodward is making history.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Possibilities

Here's yet another quote that fits this time of year:

"The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!"- Edward Payson Powell

Orrin Woodward would second that! The Team is going to have its best year yet. We're comin' alive in 2005! Don't believe it?

Check back in December.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Orrin Woodward and the New Year

Saw a quote that I had to share:

"Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past."- Henry Ward Beecher

Solid advice to be sure. Orrin Woodward would add one caveat. "Be sure you Learned Something from the things that were and are past; or, "The lesson will continue until the lesson is learned."

Monday, January 03, 2005

Orrin Woodward & George Washington - Final 10

Here at last are the final 10 of the behavioral maxims so indelibly self-imprinted on our country's first President, and for that matter no doubt, countless other future leaders, not among the least of whom is Orrin Woodward of the Team.

101st Rince not your Mouth in the Presence of Others.

102nd It is out of use to call upon the Company often to Eat nor need you Drink to others every Time you Drink.

103rd In Company of your Betters be not longer in eating than they are lay not your Arm but only your hand upon the table.

104th It belongs to the Chiefest in Company to unfold his Napkin and fall to Meat first, But he ought then to Begin in time & to Dispatch with Dexterity that the Slowest may have time allowed him.

105th Be not Angry at Table whatever happens & if you have reason to be so, Shew it not but on a Chearfull Countenance especially if there be Strangers for Good Humour makes one Dish of Meat a Feast.

106th Set not yourself at the upper of the Table but if it Be your Due or that the Master of the house will have it So, Contend not, least you Should Trouble the Company.

107th If others talk at Table be attentive but talk not with Meat in your Mouth.

108th When you Speak of God or his Atributes, let it be Seriously & [wt.] Reverence. Honour & Obey your Natural Parents altho they be Poor.

109th Let your Recreations be Manfull not Sinfull.

110th Labour to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience.

Well, there they are. A few additional table manners and bringing the list to a close, a final strong three regarding spirituality. I need not elaborate, but I cannot resist imploring you dear reader, to pay the closest attention to #110.

I am thankful that our first (and in my humble opinion, our finest) president did, and that my friend, Orrin Woodward does.