In 1989 James had his furniture manufacturing company he built from scratch into an internationally recognized firm stolen from him at gunpoint. Driving across the border from Mexico moments after that incident, his mind dump process and personal mission statement were born. His mission statement was to do everything he could to prevent other business owners from getting into the same predicament. Mind dump is a three-hour process. Too many consultants wanted to come in over a long period, charge him a lot of money, and present their findings. He needed instant answers the same day, not months later.
He conducted subsequent Mind Dumps on request over the next fifteen years. In 2000, James launched mind dump as a business.
You will be heard without prejudice. The sole intention of your MIND DUMP is for you to clear your mind so you can clearly visualize your future. With your open and thoughtful participation, we can move mountains.
Mind dump is about your life-work balance. Who you are matters more than what you do for work. Your career is a reflection of you not the other way around. Life is overwhelming if you look through the lens of what you do for a living—your work.
You have position power and personal power. Knowing when to use which one is critical to your success.
Your firm's core values, culture, management philosophy, and style reflect who you are, not what you do for work. That's what makes your firm unique. Who you are is the difference between your firm and another that does the same thing. The practice area you specialize in does not differentiate your firm.
Only for those who have the courage to step out of the box and look at their world with fresh eyes
Climb to the top of the highest tree in the forest, and make sure you are in the right forest, headed in the right direction.
Does your firm reflect who you are? That is what differentiates your firm from other firms that provide similar services.
We mentor leaders on how to train their managers.
We don't train your management team for you.
We mentor you to train them.
Rapid prototyping is a technique used in product design and development. It involves creating a quick and simple version of a product or idea to test its functionality and viability. The aim is to gather feedback and make changes quickly in order to refine the product or idea.
Brainstorming is a technique used in group settings to generate a large number of ideas in a short amount of time. The goal is to encourage creativity and generate as many ideas as possible without any judgment or criticism.
Alignment reviews ensure team members are aligned with company goals.
Performance reviews are held with team members to let them know how they are doing personally.
Compensation reviews are conducted to remind team members of their benefits and ensure their compensation is competitive.
We train leaders on how to increase productivity and efficiency.
We train leaders how to resolve disputes between team members
Personal private meetings to fine-tune your leadership skills
Keeping your firm in the right forest headed in the right direction
Updating your long term strategies to adjust to market and economic conditions
Without a plan no one goes anywhere
The past has no power over me the future is full of opportunity.
Relieving stress and anxiety is one of the top requests from all of our clients. Unraveling the unique circumstances that cause each person stress and anxiety through the MIND DUMP process is a side benefit of the vision board process.
Here's some quick tips. Start your day alone in a peaceful setting for an hour to let your mind wander and organize your cognitive thoughts into a successful agenda for the day.
When you get home after a long hard day at work don't ride the magic chair doing nothing expecting the box to entertain you. A thousand times nothing is nothing. Stay out of the magic chair in the evening. Don't watch live programming which assaults your mind unexpectedly with commercials and information you don't control. Stay off social media and away from anything that suddenly fills your mind with concerns about things you don't control.
Take control of what enters your mind and use electronic media to your advantage. If you want to know about world events or politics, research it. Don't watch media for your information. Media broadcasters have personal opinions and use words that trigger emotions in you to stay tuned so you will buy products their advertisers sell. If you choose to watch t.v., watch informative documentaries to expand your circle of influence. Use the internet as a learning device.
Your most significant accomplishment in life is not what you do for work but how you spend time with your loved ones. Take advantage of your children's games and accomplishments. It may take proactive scheduling and some action, but it will reap significantly more dividends than riding the roller coaster of work. Walk around the block with your spouse or exercise physically at night. It is your body's way of recalibrating and rebalancing your metabolism.
Minds are made for creativity, not containment. Do something creative with your hands in the evening to stimulate the billions of neurons in your brain. Learn how to play music, paint, or draw. Read a book or listen to meditation music before going to sleep. Your mind replays the thirty minutes before you go to sleep over and over during the night. Fill the thirty minutes with peaceful, pleasant experiences and you will sleep well.
Here's an excerpt from Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Rice University. He left Rice after six months to pursue developing Apple because he was asked to study courses he felt could have been more helpful.
He began his commencement speech with the words: Remembering I'll be dead soon.
Every day dare to follow your heart and intuition, your heart and intuition somehow already know what you truly want to become. Don't waste your life living what someone else thinks you should be doing. Don't be trapped by someone else's code of beliefs or other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.
You can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them by looking backward. You have to trust that, somehow, your heart and intuition will connect the dots in the future. Believing the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart.
The single most important tool you will ever encounter to make big decisions in business and life