ExecuFeed believes that success in anything requires lifelong learning. We follow a variety of brilliant people in the fields of business, leadership, excellence, psychology and relationships. Below are a handful of our favorites. All of these people have made a contribution towards forming the foundation of the work that ExecuFeed does. They are listed in chronological order. The list then shifts to an alphabetical format. The first listings include descriptions on how ExecuFeed Founder Matthew Jensen discovered and was impacted by their work.

Marshall Goldsmith – Executive Coaching

www.marshallgoldsmith.com

In the thick of the economic downturn a few years ago, I was on a webinar with an executive coach named Marshall Goldsmith. The one hour session was both enlightening and mesmerizing. At the end of the call the moderator asked Marshall a question. He said, “Marshall, you have been very successful in your career and are getting near the age where you could retire if you wanted to. Who is going to become the next Marshall Goldsmith?” Marshall answered, “I don’t know, but if you are out there on this call, send me an e-mail.” A few days later I wrote Marshall and said that I wanted to be the next Marshall Goldsmith. From then on we built a relationship over time that has helped shape my career. I am trained in Marshall’s processes and find them to be extremely effective in developing effective leaders and leadership behavior.

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Tom Peters – Business Excellence

www.tompeters.com

I was initially persuaded along the career path of management consulting some 30 years ago through an introduction of the work of Tom Peters. His books In Search Of Excellence with Bob Waterman, A Passion For Excellence with Nancy Austin and a series of video tapes along that theme were popular at the time and are probably more important today than they were a quarter century ago. Matthew has met Dr. Peters on two occasions and considers his work to meet the gold standard of management consulting.

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Anthony Robbins / Motivation / www.tonyrobbins.com

Anthony Robbins is a very persuasive presenter, communicator and motivator. i very much enjoy watching or listening to his verbal pearls of wisdom as well as watching his amazing non-verbals and crisp, clean, powerful gestures.

Many years ago, one of my friends had loaned a copy of Anthony’s book Unlimited Power to another friend of mine. I was intrigued by it and read the book as well. I was most fascinated by some of the content and wanted to find the source of the research cited in the book. It described something called NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a communications and behavioral model that was developed by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in the early 1970’s at the University of California Santa Cruz. Grinder and Bandler had modeled four famous therapists to find out what it was they did that made them so successful in therapy. The four therapists were Gregory Bateson who utilized communication theory and systems theory, Milton Erickson a psychiatrist, Fritz Perls of Gestalt therapy and Virginia Satir a marriage and family therapist. The gift from this book for me was an introduction to NLP. I have several ties to the NLP community.

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Michael Grinder / Non-Verbal Communication / www.michaelgrinder.com

My friend Hank Barton and I were having breakfast with a couple of other guys. The conversation turned to Tony Robbins book, Unlimited Power and NLP. One of the other guys mentioned that NLP Co-Founder John Grinder’s brother Michael was living in the local area, some 40 miles away. I found a phone number for them and called. Michael’s lovely wife Gail answered the phone and I enquired about upcoming trainings in the area. Within a couple of months I had attended one of Michael’s trainings and have been hooked on his work for 25 years now. He is a personal mentor and I highly recommend him to learn the necessities of effective non-verbal communication.

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