Thursday, July 31, 2008

Energy Crisis - An Interview With Robert Rausch, Ph D.

Today I had the opportunity to speak with Robert Rausch, Ph D.

Dr. Rausch (widely known as 'The Energy Doctor') is the author of three books on the subject of personal and enterprise energy. His latest release, I Don't Dress Dead People – How To Live An Energized Life Without Burning Yourself Out, details 22 'Energy Connectors' that can help anyone learn to recognize serious, hidden energy drains, change interpersonal relationships, focus personal energy and develop new outlooks on work.

Widely recognized as America's leading authority on personal and enterprise energy, Dr. Rausch has made it his life's work to bring our personal energy crisis to an end by teaching companies and individuals to effectively manage their internal energy resources.

Robert Rausch, Ph D., is a consultant, a renowned international speaker and a workshop leader. He is a Registered Corporate Coach and a Certified Executive Coach. He has worked with executives and corporations all over the world, including Merck, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Kimberly-Clark, New York Life, Cephalon Corporation, U.S. Steel, Lone Star Technologies, Frymaster International, Preferred Health Systems of Wichita and the James Hardie Corporation.

1.When you talk about ENERGY what exactly do you mean?

Energy is the internal fuel that drives the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical aspects of our being to create a productive life. OR - Energy is the emotional tenacity that releases immense inner resources, allowing the hardest job to be done.

2.How did you get interested in the concept of energy?

I became frustrated with the theories of psychology. They were not helping my clients get better. One evening I had an epiphany that my clients didn’t have the energy to do what I asked of them. I shifted my approach to asking people how they used their mental, emotional and physical energy. A couple years after that I began to work in corporations as a executive coach working with individuals and leadership teams.

3.Have you found a way to best illustrate energy when you are talking to an individual or a team?

Yes, I use the illustration of a car. We all know that a car has an engine and that it takes fuel to drive that engine. Human energy is the fuel that drives our engine, which is composed of mental, emotional, and physical characteristics.

4.You mention mental, emotional and physical energy are there other categories people need to be aware of?

We use energy five different ways; spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and there is an interactional energy.

5.What’s the difference in the five areas of energy?

Spiritual energy is purpose or meaning. In a company spiritual energy would be their mission statement. It’s what the person stands for and the “why” for “what” they do.

6.What do people need to know about energy?

It’s important that people know the characteristics of energy and the three ways we manage personal energy. The three ways we manage energy is: defueling, refueling and threshold of energy.

Defueling and refueling is obvious except for the fact that most people defuel much more than the refuel. Every individual on the planet has a threshold of energy. The threshold is when you drain your energy to a very low place and the energy lights begin to blink – low on fuel. Each person has a predisposed behavior that happens every time they get low on energy. Some get depressed, some drink, some have affairs, some withdraw.

7.How does stress play into your concept of energy?

43% of all suffer adverse health effects due to stress and 80-90% of all visits to a primary care physician are due to stress related complaints or disorders. Stress has been linked to all the leading causes of death; heart disease, cancer, accidents and suicide. But stress is not the problem. Stress is the result of the problem. The problem is ineffective use of personal energy. Again, it’s like my car illustration. If you fail to put oil in your car you are going to stress the engine. If you fail to put gas in it you aren’t going anywhere. The same is true with energy. Failing to use it effectively when situations arise is the cause of stress. It’s not the event, it’s what people do with the event.

8.How does your approach to energy differ from others who have written on energy?

There are two major approaches to energy. The first is to focus on how to eat right, sleep right and exercise. It’s the physical body approach, which is important. On the other extreme is what I call the New Age approach. They deal with alternate types of spirituality. I’m right in the middle. My approach deals specifically with how an individual uses his or her energy when they are thinking and feeling. It’s more of a psychological approach to living an effective, energized life.

9.What would you suggest to a person who is low on energy?

The first think I would do would be to evaluate where my energy is going mentally, emotionally, and physically. Over a period of three days make a detailed list of how you use your energy. Second, I’d make another list of those things the refuel my energy. What do you like to do and who do you like to be with that energizes you? Then I would take one day at a time and focus on refueling my energy and deleting those things that uselessly drain energy.

10.You have written a couple books. Give us an idea of what’s in your latest book.

“I Don’t Dress Dead People” is a tribute to those insightful people who have passed along energy saving techniques to me. For example, Never park your car next to a nothing to lose car, and don’t let anyone live in your head rent free. There are 22 catchy but effective approaches to personal energy.

Robert A Rausch, Ph. D
1Executive Energy Inc.

Phone: 770-367-7001

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Stay At Home Dads - An Interview With Alan Harshman of

Normally, when we think about the definition of success, our minds immediately make the connection with 'business' success. However, life is not about business - it is about family. Being 'successful' in regards to your familial relationships is the real definition of success.

That being said, I have just interviewed one of the most successful people I have ever interviewed. Alan Harshman ( is one of those fortunate few dads who made the decision to stay at home. He did this in the interest of helping his children. Though in years past this might have been termed 'unconventional', this is no longer the case, as more and more fathers are making this important choice.

There is a very important topic that weighs heavily on the minds of those who make this leap - that topic is - survival!

Alan has really stepped forward here by creating a company that specializes in teaching the rest of us 'unknowing newbies' everything we need to know to become a stay at home dad. I, for one, appreciate this immensely, as it won't belong before I'll be dealing with . . . dare I say it? . . . . grandchildren.

1. Why are Stay At Home Dads important in today’s society?

Today’s stay-at-home dads are changing the world. As many as 2.5 million fathers in the US provide their children’s care, and up to 75% of dads would stay home with their kids if they thought they could. More and more fathers are deciding to stay home with their children for many reasons. Many factors come into play, and there is no single set of reasons that a dad might choose to come home. Fathers are more involved than ever before, which is great, because children who have involved fathers experience many benefits – they are healthier, have more self-esteem and confidence, and are less likely to use drugs or engage in sex and other risky behavior.

2. What are some of the reasons the Stay At Home Dad trend is growing?

There is no single set of reasons – they are as varied as the fathers are – but they are mostly financial and emotional – it is very difficult to find truly high-quality childcare, and the best care costs a fortune! No one will love your children like you do, and the only way to know for certain that they are safe and getting what they need is to have them with you. Others choose to come home because of rising expenses related to working outside the home, or because they know that their children will be young for only a very short time, and they want to see their children learn and grow. Some fathers find themselves unemployed, and it just makes sense on every level for them to stay home with their children. Predictions indicate that millions of men will make the move to being at home as costs continue to rise. It just makes sense to be at home.

3. How did you become a Stay At Home Dad?

Like most SAHDs, several factors contributed to my being at home - I have three children of my own, and they are all special-needs kids, and I’ve provided a lot of their care over the years. I worked night shifts in order to be with them during their waking hours, and now I am at home with them full-time. My wife and I have struggled with several daycare centers, preschools, and now their grade school – none of them have wanted to follow my children’s medically-prescribed diets (like millions of other children, they have food allergies and a sensitivity to wheat and dairy). My children have had all kinds of problems because of that, but the most frightening was when my daughter was two years old. She was very close to having abdominal surgery to remove a 13-pound impaction and most of her colon, because her preschool refused to follow the diet. It took weeks of treatment with high-powered medications to undo the damage done in one day at the preschool and avoid the surgery. The most recent struggle was resistance from the local grade school. They insisted my son be put on ADHD medication, when his problems were actually caused from food allergies, and they resisted doing what would actually help him. Now we’re homeschooling him and his younger sister. I realized that my children simply could not be trusted to anyone else! Over the years, I’ve taken notes, and compiled the information into SAHD Survival Guides for Dads.

4. How did you become an authority on being a SAHD?

I am a SAHD myself, but more than that, I spent years researching and learning – the pitfalls, what to consider when making the decision, how to handle debt reduction and a budget, what men need to know and what they need to be able to do. I’m also a member of organizations dedicated to supporting fathers and parents of special-needs children, and have been participating in a financial discussion board for about five years now.

5. Who needs a SAHD Survival Guide?

Most people - anyone who is a SAHD, anyone who’s thinking about working at home or being home with their children, and anyone who loves a man like that – all of those people need the SAHD Survival Guides.

6. Why did you decide to create the Survival Guides?

When I started looking for information on being a SAHD, I just could not find the information I needed. It’s hard to find and there isn’t any one authoritative source of information. There are some books out now, but most of them read like memoirs – not like the Survival Guides that men really need. The websites that are out there are more like support groups and forums, they don’t give much practical, applicable information, but rather serve as a place for dads to chat. Those sites are great for what they do, and I am a member of some of them, but dads need more – they need a practical manual, a Survival Guide, and they need something that is more than a book – something that’s all-in-one: a book, audio, video, and things like forms, menus, and recipes that they can print directly from their computer. They need something that works for them.

The was born out of frustration of not being able to locate information when I needed it, and when you’re a dad with kids who need you, you don’t have time to do exhaustive searches – you want to find what you need right now, and you want it to cover what you need it to cover. You want quality! That’s what the SAHD Survival Guides are. I decided to create the Survival Guides because millions of men need them and they didn’t exist. Over the last few years I’ve compiled four different Survival Guides that are guaranteed to make life easier for any dad.

7. Are the SAHD Survival Guides just for Stay At Home Dads?

The SAHD Survival Guides are for any man who has children and is or wants to be involved in their lives, or for any woman who knows a man like that. If you would like your life to go more smoothly, or get more done in less time, or have time to relax and have fun, you need the Survival Guides.

8. What are some of the things a man would need to know?

How to get it all done, get it done right, and still have time for things he wants to do. Some of the things involved in this are using the 80/20 rule and Parkinson’s Law, prioritizing, goal-setting, parenting skills (a book in itself!), identifying and caring for special-needs children (up to 95% are sensitive to certain foods and don’t even know it!), what to tell the school if your school-aged child has special needs, and how to clean the house, fast. All of these things, and more, are covered in the SAHD Survival Guides.

9. What kind of risk are people taking by checking out the Survival Guides?

Let’s face it, people want quality information, and they are willing to pay for it, but they do not like taking risks with their money. People want to be sure they’re not going to be ripped off, and there is a lot of that going on in the world today.

I’m very glad you asked that, and you’re absolutely right. They aren’t taking any risk at all. All of the risk is on me. I am so certain that the Survival Guides deliver what they promise that if you order a Survival Guide and follow it, and you don’t agree that it has saved you frustration, time, or money, I will give you a 150% refund. You have up to one full year to try the guide risk-free, and if you don’t agree that it has helped you, you’ll get all of your money back and then some. Making sure people get quality is very important to me; that’s why I wrote the Survival Guides, and that’s why I stand behind them like I do.

10. What are your plans for the future?

Well, LOL with a fourth baby on the way, I plan to be a SAHD for at least the next decade. I’d like to keep working from home, helping other fathers in several ways. I’m working on the next Survival Guide: Making Money at Home, and I hope it helps to transform the way America thinks about work.

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