Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Economy Watch 2009

The O'Shea Report examines how bad the economy really is...

Are there issues that are real for people? Of course.
Are things as dire as the media would have you believe? Not so much!
If we focus all of our energy on how bad things are, things will go from bad to worse.

What to do?
Focus on what is working.
Find solutions to fix what isn't.
And...laugh about what is stressing you out!
When you can laugh, you are empowered. When you are empowered, you can positively create your reality.

Funny motivational speakers Tim and Kris O'Shea help organizations deal with uncertainty through relevant business humor with a message. To learn more about these Change Speakers visit

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bose headphones research

The O'Shea Report: On the Road

Testing out the effectiveness of BOSE noise cancelling headphones:

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Change speaker reviews for energy industry

We recently presented our Business Humor Keynote Change 180 to EnergySolutions. Here's what our client had to say:

Tim and Kris were the perfect addition to our Quarterly Meeting in Charlotte. I had many employees tell me that the O’Shea Report Change 180 theme was good-natured humor with a message especially appropriate for the changes we are all facing due to the recent economic conditions. The skits were even funnier because of the kernel of truth underlying each one, leaving us with lots of whispered conversations saying, “That reminds me of when…”. There’s nothing healthier for an organization than to laugh together. Thanks Tim and Kris!!!

John Christian
President, Commercial Services

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Redefine Yourself to Face Uncertainty

By Kris O'Shea

Two articles came out today that hit home for me. One article discussed how Houston (I grew up there) is recession-proofing its economy with...not oil, but with...wait for'll never guess...wind power!

If Houston, the oil capitol of Texas, is redefining itself, then we all need to take notice. I lived there in the 80s, when the city went belly-up and when oil went bust--it was not pretty.

Luckily for Houston, there are some visionaries who are thinking ahead to the next potential bust. The wind power move surprised me, but think of all the energy they could generate during a hurricane! Next thing you know they'll find a way to power the world with tasty margaritas.

The other article was about my current hometown of Denver.
Denver also faced tough times in the 80s during the energy bust. The mayor at that time, Federico Pena, set a bold vision for Denver as a world class city with a new international airport and thriving cultural, residential and business communities. Over the past 20 years this vision has been expanded and implemented by Mayors Wellington Webb and John Hickenlooper, thus propelling Denver into the national spotlight as a highly desirable place to visit, live, do business, and host a convention (can you say "DNC?").

The lesson? Both of these cities could have shrunk during times of challenge. Instead, they chose to use the situations as an opportunity to redefine think bigger than they had before. This reinvention is propelling them to weather uncertainty from a position of strength. If we limit ourselves to how we were defined yesterday, we may find that yesterday will have been the best time of our lives.

Tasty margarita, anyone?

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