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The Fine Art of Communication

Published September 21, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair


As many in the United States tuned in to the recent Presidential debates on CNN, what made the event  particularly interesting to me, was witnessing the variety of ways  and the manner in which each candidate chose to communicate their messages. In my own life circumstances, business and personal, one of the most challenging aspects for me has been figuring out how to navigate the various forms of the communication process effectively, not only to get my point across, but to make my voice heard and be certain that the message was understood and received successfully. So I was inspired to focus this week’s posts on the topic of communication.


When we take a moment to analyze and really think about it, we must acknowledge that the communication process affects nearly every avenue of our lives. Beginning from a child’s first words continuing to the end of life’s journey, communication affects: (a) what and how we learn, (b) how we interact with one another, and (c) the path we choose to make our living. Individuals, for whatever reason, that experience difficulty communicating, will be at a disadvantage. People that are gifted at the communication process, on the other hand, can typically achieve more successful outcomes in both their careers and personal lives.


In his book, Management Communication, Donald Baack (2012) points out that in the business arena the ability to communicate innovative ideas is what can lead to big profits (Baack, 2012). For example the e-commerce and Internet industry evolved from an idea that computers could communicate to each other through technological advances. The notion that consumers would appreciate having a front porch coffee experience in a public setting helped Starbucks achieve phenomenal levels of success. These are a few instances of how company leaders developed new products and improved production systems to meet consumer needs. They were all derived from having great ideas that were communicated in a way that motivated staff members to take action and achieve their goals.

In order to achieve successful levels of communication and enjoy both a successful business career and personal life, it is important to understand that not only does an individual have to develop good communication skills, they must learn how to implement those skills to the task of managing in a business arena. Both of these concepts can be enhanced by including the significant component of critical thinking in the decision-making process. In the e-book, Breaching Communication Barriers, (2013) my research revealed that employment recruiters looking for top performers, specifically target their searches to include individuals with strong leadership qualities that consist of good communication skills because they want leaders who can be the potential ringmaster’s that will motivate staff members to enthusiastically take action and help them reach organizational goals (Berry, 2013).


Another positive aspect of developing strong communication skills is that it builds self-confidence and self esteem. This component helps individuals embrace who they are, because they can acknowledge their strengths and talents with confidence. Individuals that feel confident are in a better place to focus their efforts and bring new ideas more enthusiastically into the arena. Equally important is that effective communicators are confident transmitting the acceptance of their own weaknesses. This is because they feel secure that they can transmit a message effectively that they are seeking support or assistance from others who may be more qualified or experienced, content that they are still capable of managing their challenges with dignity. This is important because many people are quick at pointing out flaws in themselves and others, without considering that making errors does not define the individual, nor does it affect their strengths. In the meantime, if communication problems do persist and barriers have not been identified or addressed, it can create a hostile and toxic situation which ultimately can contaminate a healthy working and/or living environment.

That’s it for today’s post! Next time will continue our discussion on developing good communication skills. Until then … Stay organized!


A Wise person speaks because they have something to say; the fool speaks because they have to say something. – Plato


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Baack, D. (2012). Management Communication. San Diego, CA, USA: Bridgepoint Education.

Berry, M. A. (2013). Breaching Communication Barriers (Vol. 2). (C. Angela, Ed.) USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.

Thanksgiving Wishes

Published November 26, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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From all of us at Media Magic we wish each and everyone of you a very Happy Holiday!


Attention is the conscious flow of awareness, and it activates the energy of attraction. If our desire is like a seed, then attention is the movement of nourishment that supports the growth of the seed into a fully mature plant. Our attention at the quiet levels of the mind provides direction and strength to our hopes and desires, so that they can become real. – Deepak Chopra


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Published October 2, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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A special Thank You goes out to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Octoberfirst Celebration with Media Magic Digital Arts! We appreciate your friendship and support.

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In the meantime, Mayr will be back with a new post tomorrow to wrap up this week’s discussion on how technology is changing the way we communicate.

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The ability to change constantly and effectively is made easier by high-level continuity. – Michael Porter


Technology Tools and Communication Management

Published September 29, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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If you are excited about the release of the new iPhone 6 you are in a unique group of consumers, who like me, geek-out at upgraded gadgets! The downside of innovations like this in today’s society is that technology has changed the way we interact and communicate with one another. In my eBook, Breaching Communication Barriers (2013), also available in audiobook format, my research work revealed that transmitting information can easily be misinterpreted without having access to observe components like nonverbal cues (Berry, 2013). Furthermore, although many of us speak the English language fluently, that does not always mean we will receive a message accurately. A woman from Aberdeen, Scotland, for instance, may encounter a level of difficulty communicating with someone from Queens, New York that has a thick Brooklyn dialect, or vice-versa.

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Sometimes we are not even aware communication barriers exist until we make an attempt to transmit a message. For example, I resided in Central Virginia years ago. One morning we stopped at a local Farmer’s market and began to converse with one of the local vendors. As we were getting acquainted with him, he looked at me and with a very thick Southern drawl, said, “Could you repeat that? I didn’t understand. You have an accent!”


This was quite a shocking statement coming from a gentleman that was speaking to me with a thick Southern dialect! I was intrigued by his comment because clearly in my mind, it was he that spoke with the thick accent typical of a Southern gentleman.

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“What kind of an accent do I have?” I politely asked him.

“Why you talk like them folks on the TV,” he instantly responded.

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Silently I thought how happy I was that the performance and diction training I received from my Bachelor’s degree in theater had not been in vain! In reality however, what this situation helped me understand more clearly was that having an accent is a matter of interpretation. To the southern gentleman, I was the one with the strange dialect. Needless to say, I was now residing in a region that created an opportunity for me as a performer to study and learn the wonderful dialects of the Central Virginia region.

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In summary, communicating can become a challenge not only from the absence of nonverbal cues, but the gentleman in Central Virginia taught me that speech patterns, dialects, and local colloquialisms can make the communication process a bit exciting if you can maintain a light-hearted attitude about it. In the meantime, as many age and begin to experience hearing impairment issues transmitting messages can become even more challenging … but that’s another conversation altogether.

That wraps things up for this post. We will continue with our discussion on communication comedy next time. Until then … stay organized!


“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw


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Berry, M. A. (2013). Breaching Communication Barriers (Vol. 2). (C. Angela, Ed.) USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.


Strategies of the DreamWorks Dream Team

Published September 26, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Successful leaders use corporate strategic management to help them determine the navigational course for their firm. They also include other organizational tactics that focus on functional and competitive components. These elements provide a means for making sure the company can achieve its goals. In my ebook, The Value of Corporate Strategic Management (2014) my research work provides insights to some of these strategies and examines the methods top performers implement to run their organizations more efficiently (Berry, 2014).

On Wednesday’s post we began taking a closer look at one of the most significant dream teams to emerge in the entertainment industry when Jeffrey Katzenberg joined forces with two other world-class creative geniuses, film industry giant Steven Spielberg, and music industry mogul David Geffen, to create the DreamWorks Company (DWC). As a team, they produced a variety of highly acclaimed films including Academy Award winners A Beautiful Mind and Gladiator.

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Prior to the DWC collaboration, Katzenberg was chairman at the Disney Studios when they produced the blockbuster films The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and the first animated feature film that earned an Oscar nomination for best picture – Beauty and the Beast. Before that, Katzenberg was president at Paramount Pictures where he was involved with such mega hits as Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Incorporating a strategy that included world-class creative talent, DreamWorks included in their corporate culture other experienced top performers and as a result developed a powerful management team — one that shows how much they support and value their employees by cultivating a work climate which includes fresh-juice trucks that visit the studio facility daily distributing free smoothies to staff members.

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Another organizational strategy incorporated by the DreamWorks Animation (DWA) management team, is allocating stipends for employees to personalize their workstations. Plus, they regularly organize entertaining family events to support their projects. For example, when the third installment of the Madagascar movie series wrapped, the company had a Banana Splats party featuring the animators’ outtakes. These are some of the functional strategies that contribute to making the organization an exciting place to work at.

In addition, the company employs 2181 people; this figure reflects a job growth rate of 13% from the previous year by adding 32 new positions in the firm. The company also reveals an equal opportunity strategy in that 25% of their staff consists of minorities and 30% are women. Plus, the firm provides benefits that include some of the following perks: (a) paid sabbaticals, (b) an on-site fitness center, (c) subsidized gym memberships, (d) job sharing programs, compressed workweeks, and telecommuting; (e) nondiscrimination policies that include sexual orientation, and (f) they offer domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples (100 best companies to work for, 2013). These are a few effective management strategies that keep the employees motivated and excited about their jobs. Other companies can learn from these tactics because when staff members feel important and relevant, that firm becomes more valuable as well. Furthermore, employees are naturally enthusiastic, happy to offer their loyalty, and are most likely to perform at higher levels.


Another significant component DWA utilizes that gives them the competitive edge, is their advanced film-making techniques with innovative technologies. Mary Coulter (2010) advises that a company’s capabilities assessment profile can be identified by conducting a thorough analysis of the functional strategies. This is what distinguishes them from their competitors as well as how effective the firm is at developing and leveraging their abilities (Coulter, 2010). For example, DWA states clearly on their website that they always try to do things that no one has ever done before. This includes the inclusion of the latest technology that allows directors and animators to bring their ideas and whatever else they can imagine to life.

In addition, the firm nurtures the creative staff by cultivating a climate that offers them support. This helps motivate team members to create more vibrant and interesting characters like Shrek and Toothless, the lovable pet-like dragon that dwells in the lush new world created in the hit feature film, How to Train Your Dragon. With a sophisticated animation process, their intent is to provide heart warming storytelling while offering high quality entertainment on a global level (Company, 2014). In doing so, they have created an organization that is considered a people place – one that encourages everyone alike to contribute equally where they are supported both technologically and creatively.


In short, at the heart of DWA is a unique selling point based on the basic desire to tell great stories that inspire audiences. In the article, 15 years of DreamWorks Animation and its Complicated Legacy, Mendelson (2013) revealed that in 1994, Spielberg, Geffen and Katzenberg co-founded DWA after Katzenberg left the Disney regime due to power struggles with Disney chief, Michael Eisner (Mendelson, 2013). In reality, the split provided an opportunity to create a new entity that would forever change the animation industry. They celebrated their 15 year anniversary and continue to prove that they have not only been able to stand up to their main competitors at the Disney studio, they have clearly given them a run for their money.

In summary, by branching off and creating DWA, Katzenberg, developed a corporation that not only encourages employees to participate in the innovative and creative process the team also cultivated an atmosphere that inspires employees to have fun in the process. These are a few of the strategic ingredients which provide the functional capabilities that keep the DreamWorks Animation Corporation on the list of the best 100 companies to work at.

Well, that wrap’s things up for this week. Have a great weekend everyone … and stay organized!


The underlying principles of strategy are enduring, regardless of technology or the pace of change. – Michael Porter


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Coulter, M. (2010). Strategic management in action (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Mendelson, S. (2013, October 02). 15 years of DreamWorks Animation and its complicated legacy. Retrieved January 28, 2014, from

Set the Date for the Octoberfirst Celebration!

Published September 23, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Business Management Resources

Published September 2, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

Are you looking for resources to enhance your leadership skills? Media Magic Publishing has five business management ebooks that may be helpful:

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Stay tuned friends … Mayr returns tomorrow with all new post on organizational management. Until then … stay organized!

Happy Labor Day America

Published September 1, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair


The following information was provided from United States Department of Labor.

What Labor Day Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.


The Founder(s) of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

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The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.


A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.


Labor Day. (n.d.). Retrieved September 1, 2014, from US Deptarment of Labor:


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Ethics and the Three Tiers of Management Part 1

Published July 9, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair


Leaders interested in developing an ethical culture are dedicated to the creation and advancement of best practices in business ethics. In addition, they practice corporate social responsibility and implement anti-corruption programs with systems that are sustainable. In spite of all the changes that continue to shape how business is conducted in today’s market place, there are still certain aspects of organizational management that remain the same such as the general distinction of a group’s managerial levels. In his book, Organizational Behavior, Donald Baack (2012) points out that at the center of every organization you will find the following three tiers of management: (a) the first-line supervisors who are in the role of operational managers; (b) the middle managers who play the part of tactical managers; and (c) the CEO and top management staff members who act as the organization’s strategic managers. Leaders focused on building an ethical culture will address different ethical issues at each level.


Individuals, for instance, who climb a company’s managerial ladder, typically begin their career at the entry level. Later, they work on moving into a supervisor role and afterwards can choose whether to continue their pursuit and climb the corporate ranks until they reach a CEO position. As a result of this strategy, those individual’s orientation, duties, and required skill sets, will evolve. In other words, as managers rise in corporate executive positions, concepts they obtain along the way from their experiences in organizational behavior, will assist their ability to build and refine the talents needed to achieve successful outcomes at each level while avoiding unethical conduct. The most effective way to achieve these results is to address what constitutes right and wrong behavior in general, as well as within each managerial tier.

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In my eBook, Ethics in the Real World, I share from my own experiences as a corporate professional, several examples of how ethical issues are addressed and I also reveal how one staff member with outdated views on morality, in addition to his confusion on what constitutes ethical behavior in the workplace, almost got him arrested. On Friday we will look at how these different managerial levels are addressed in the development of an ethical culture. Until then, keep working on expanding your leadership skills!


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein



Baack, D. (2012). Organizational Behavior. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Berry, M. A. (2013). Ethics in the Real World. USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.


Ethics as a Managerial Skill

Published July 7, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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And now … this week’s post, Ethics as a Managerial Skill


The media is saturated with stories about ethical misconduct and reckless behavior from leaders. This has led to such outcomes like: (a) corporate and government shutdowns; (b) drug addicted politicians that abuse their power;  (c) billionaires whose actions are destructive and appear immoral; and (d) respected officials in religious and educational institutions that use their power to abuse innocent victims. Has this occurred because of outdated views on leadership? Do many people in elite positions lack education on what defines moral misconduct? Have they lost their sense of right and wrong behavior because of the unlimited power that comes from their status? Did they develop and nurture a narcissistic personality disorder due to their elite position where greed becomes a sickness that drives their internal engines toward abusive behavior and misconduct? Were these leaders corrupted because of little or no oversight and did not face punishment or consequences for poor outcomes? Regardless of the reasons behind misconduct, what all these components have in common is leadership that did not  exercise ethical behavior.


In his book, The No Asshole Rule, management and engineering professor at Stanford University, Robert Sutton (2007), suggests that many managers intentionally use intimidation as a strategy to gain and maintain power. However, in most situations, he contends the asshole simply does not get the best results. Furthermore, psychological studies show that abusive bosses reduce productivity, stifle creativity, and can cause high rates of absenteeism, company theft, and turnover. In fact, according to one study, 25 percent of bullied employees and 20 percent of those who witness bullying, will eventually quit because of it (Sutton, 2007). Although many managers and leaders are effective and productive in their roles, those who reveal the following characteristics: (a) behavior with cultural views that were developed from distorted views on morality, (b) a code of ethics based on unhealthy levels of narcissistic behavior, and (c) severe limitations in right and wrong behavior, are typically unable to acknowledge a problem even exists. In short, any misconduct that occurs will not change unless the topic of ethical conduct is addressed and each staff member comprehends and acknowledges, what constitutes right and wrong behavior as well as what is expected from each employee in any given situation at the organization.

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In my eBook Ethics in the Real World (2013), just released on audiobook, I point out that individuals in leadership positions can become dangerous without consequences or have someone to answer to. In addition, those in positions of power, for instance, desperate to achieve their own pursuits, do not typically operate within the rules of reciprocity. This usually occurs because of leaders who have carefully crafted and cultivated an environment of enablers (Berry, 2013). Sometimes the misconduct is exposed and the guilty parties are persecuted. Many times however, it is never exposed.

On Wednesday we will identify three main managerial groups within an organization and take a closer look at the role each one plays in sculpting an ethical culture. Until then, keep building your leadership skills and stay organized!


Force always attracts men of low morality. – Albert Einstein



Baack, D. (2012). Organizational Behavior. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Berry, M. A. (2013). Ethics in the Real World. USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.

Sutton, R. (2007). The no asshole rule: Builind a Civilized Workplace and surving one that isn’t. New York, NY: Warner Business Books.

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