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About jcameron

People don't avoid tough conversations or tough actions because they are stupid or or lazy or don't care. People don't take on the tough things because they aren't confident and comfortable with a process to take them on. Confidence builds courage and courage leads to action. Through consulting, speaking, training and resources, using humor and great process, John Cameron helps teams and leaders own the skills, the plan and the courage to do what they must do to increase the wealth of their clients, themselves and their organizations. Before he became an energetic and powerful speaker and trainer, John Cameron was a proud member of the 1st of the 509th Airborne Battalion Combat team. After military service, he earned a business degree and worked as a stockbroker in Carmel and Sacramento, California.  John moved into the advertising field, leading his growing sales teams to 37 uninterrupted quarters of growth. During three of those quarters he was project manager during replacement of a legacy advertising system. While managing the project he led his team to double digit growth and found savings of $750K a year-without sacrificing people! When he became a speaker and trainer, John already possessed a wealth of life and workplace experiences to draw upon for his presentations. Add to this John's experience as a top trainer for major national training orgainizations and the result is consulting, training and speaking filled with strategies and techniques that have been tested and proven to work in the real world.

Tough Conversations Made Easy With Courtesy and Results Part 2

The Following excerpt is content from John Cameron’s upcoming book                Tough Conversations Made Easy with Courtesy and Results                                                           © John A. Cameron, 2016 MODULE 1: Setting Expectations Make Fewer Promises: Keep All of Them  Once Expectations are set … Continue reading

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Coaching Conversation Template with Gossip Example

This coaching conversation process and example is from my forth-coming book: TOUGH CONVERSATIONS MADE EASY WITH COURTESY AND RESULTS, which will be available by September of 2016.  Please improve the book by giving me your feedback.   Owing a proven process for … Continue reading

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Tough Conversations Made Easy with Courtesy and Results Part 1

The Following excerpt is content from John Cameron’s upcoming book                Tough Conversations Made Easy with Courtesy and Results                                                           © John A. Cameron, 2016   This book is dedicated to many people. I thank my parents who … Continue reading

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How to Discourage Rats, Stool Pigeons and Informants in the Workplace

A few years ago, I called my boss on his cell phone.  After a few pleasantries, I said,”You have created a culture of informants in this organization.” Tough conversation.  Probably should have had the conversation face-to-face, but it was hard … Continue reading

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What would you do if you were in my shoes?

I’m sure you have heard it before.  The employee who second guesses your decisions, saying something like, “If I were in charge, I would…” Or, you have to make a tough decision: cut costs, hire one person for an opening … Continue reading

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Managing Your Desk-8 steps to success

Are you going in too many directions at once?  Do projects seem to never end? Is your inbox too high to see over?  Does your mind race, wondering where to start and what to do next?  No worries, everyone has … Continue reading

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Problem Solving-Step Nine-Evaluate

Congratulations on what you accomplished so far.  You learned that clearly defining the problem is the key.  You learned to distinguish between a problem and a condition.  You looked at possible alternatives, took action, monitored your progress, made needed changes … Continue reading

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Deal With Chronic Tardiness: Sample Coaching Conversation

In a recent article we talked about the affects of chronic tardiness.  In this article I will present a scripted conversation of the first attempt to coach a situation where there is existing chronic tardiness. The two parties are John, … Continue reading

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Maximum Heart Rate Training Concept Applied to the Work Environment

There is a concept in fitness called the target hear rate training zone.  There are easy ways to calculate this and slightly more complex.  The idea is that, depending on your fitness, you work out at a percentage of your … Continue reading

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Distorted Thinking Hurts Your Ability to Lead and Manage

Have you ever gotten out of bed completely down because you had to face something?  Maybe you knew that you were going to have an uncomfortable conversation with your boss or coworker.  The idea of facing time-wasting, mind-numbing meeting after … Continue reading

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