Get Motivated People!

A few of our leaders got a special treat on Halloween and represented Team TAG at the annual Get Motivated Seminar.  Our group of 9 joined 17,000 others at Staples Center in Downtown LA to listen to famous speakers such as Rudy Giuliani, Joe Montana, Lou Holtz, Laura Bush, Krishna Dhanam, and Bill Cosby.

The Get Motivated Seminar is one of the largest and long lasting business seminars in North America.  The purpose of the seminar is not only to motivate and educate, but to challenge and inspire action amongst the audience.

One of the most memorable speakers included Krish Dhanam, a top sales training expert who was personally mentored by Zig Ziglar.  His charisma captivated the audience and had all our leaders writing down his mantra:

“Plan with attitude, prepare with aptitude, participate with servitude, receive with gratitude, and this should be enough to separate you from the multitudes.”

“I really enjoyed hearing what Colin Powell and Krish Dhanam were talking about; Krish focusing on selflessness.  They really honed in on the little qualities that differentiate a person who wants people to lead and a person who wanted people to be successful with them.” – Donielle Kalachi

Another anticipated speaker was Lou Holtz, the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games.  Holtz shared with the audience the things he believes and practices which included having a passion and focusing on your purpose.  Intertwined in his speech were humorous anecdotes about his coaching experiences and personal life.

“I appreciated Lou Holtz speech because it was applicable to being a leader in any kind of situation.  Whether someone was leading a team in sports, military, government, or business, it is important to have solid values, a great attitude, and a goal to strive for.” – Manilynn Disuanco

In addition to listening to the motivational speakers our team got the chance to network with other professionals, received workbooks filled with valuable information to share with the rest of the office, and participated in raffles and contests.

The task at hand now is to transfer the knowledge and motivation to the rest of the office.

“Coming to this event was truly an amazing opportunity to hear from the fearless leaders of our country.  No matter what arena each leader associated with, each shared great nuggets of wisdom that can transcend to all aspects of life. Specifically I enjoyed how each speaker emphasized similar attributes of success: working hard, a great attitude, embrace change, and the importance of spiritual success.” – Ellesse Wong

We can’t wait to see what kind of motivation these leaders bring to our team!


Team TAG Supports Japan (Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis)

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, churning up a devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland in the northern part of the country and set off warnings as far away the west coast of the United States and South America. Recorded as 9.0 on the Richter scale, it was the most powerful quake ever to hit the country. As the nation struggled with a rescue effort, it also faced the worst nuclear emergency since Chernobyl.

As of March 31, the official death toll had been raised to more than 11,600, and more than 16,000 people were listed as missing, although there may be some overlap between the two groups. The final toll is expected to reach nearly 20,000. More than 190,000 people remained housed in temporary shelters; tens of thousands of others evacuated their homes due to the nuclear crisis.

Sachiko Yamasaki (born and raised in Japan) is a recent graduate from CSUN.  Team TAG recognized Sachiko’s leadership potential, and she was hired in February to work in our Los Angeles office.

During this crisis in Japan, Sachiko stepped up and rallied the troops of Team TAG.

Sachiko Yamasaki: “Being from Japan, the recent environmental disaster had a huge impact on me. The opportunity to give back to my country following the disaster was not only important to me, but personal. I experienced the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, which happened in my hometown.  During that time resources were scarce; we lived with limited food, water and gas. My people and I were able to survive through the help of volunteers and many generous donations. Now, it’s my opportunity to give something back to my country and help as many people as possible survive through the disaster.”

Sachiko continued:  “This event not only allowed me to help my country, but gave me the opportunity to hone my leadership skills. More specifically, I learned how to influence and encourage people to do something. If I did not commit to the event full force and did not truly believe that raising money for Japan would help, then why would anyone else follow me? Without committed followers it would not have been a successful event. Believing in what you do, with a goal and purpose in mind is definitely the key to success.

My friends at Team TAG helped me organize a fundraiser (Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament) that raised over $500.  The contributions were paid the Red Cross in Japan.

I want to personally thank a few people for their help:  Heather Corbin, Frank Brito, Helen Davidov, Calvin Barbosa, Frida Karlsson, Rosario Valenzuela, Mirza Ulasoglu, Andy Kang, Eric Denq, Michael White, Jinu Park, Manilynn Disuanco, Gus Wang, Hovhannes Avagyen, Adrian Flores, Sam Chen, Andrew Barkman, and Jaime Hepp.  My countrymen appreciate your concern and your help.”