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Leadership Words + Insight

Trevor Gay,  who  spent 35 years working in healthcare management shared some great insights on his blog Simplicity. He wrote the following:

Feeling in a reflective mood, I thought I would list the most outstanding qualities of the most effective leaders I’ve ever worked with or for.

These were the 5 words that came into my head after not very long thinking about the question:


Strange how words like Hard, Decisive, Ruthless, and Disciplinarian did not come into my head. That probably says more about me than anything else.

I agree with Trevor.  During my 17 years of management experience I have come to the same conclusions

I would add:

Example-Lead by what we do, not what we only say.

I have seen leadership as a stewardship and huge responsibility. I perhaps see my role to “encourage the heart. and empower and celebrate learning and the growth of others”

Currentl my company gives it’s leaders the opportunity to do the above and I feel lucky to be working , growing, learning and teaching here.

What are others thoughts?

Humbly submitted,

Devin Willis

Resources That Are Helpful:

Servant Leadership, Stewardship and Winnie the Pooh
Wayne Stewart, February 2005,PDF/Adobe Acrobat

Ken Blanchard – Situational Leadership By mftrou.com

First issue of BusinessWeek + “Trouble at the Office ” can help you succeed! August 22, 2008, Devin Willis, My Discoveries on the Road to Prosper and Learn

Concepts of Leadership A Big Dog, Little Dog and Knowledge Jump Production.

Inspirational Blogs on Leadership and Management August 12, 2008 , Devin Willis

The Top 100 Management and Leadership Blogs That All Managers Should Bookmark” By HR World Editors on June 10, 2008

Ethan Willis in the News! E-strengths assessment helps others – posted  on Modern Kung fu July 24, 2008 found  by Devin Willis

Totally Consumed HR Jeff Treder– he also , correctly pointed  out  I , ” missing some of the heaviest-hitters,” including: All Things Workplace , Managing Leadership , Flowing Motion , Ripple Effect :Human Markets Ask a Manager and Totally Consumed HR .:

Leadership vs. ManagementSyque



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“Prosper Learning” + Starfish Story=Making a Difference

The Starfish and Our Student/Customer


While walking along a beach after a particularly high tide, a man noticed a boy picking up starfish after starfish and throwing them back into the sea. When he neared the youngster, he asked, “What are you doing?”

“These starfish will die if they don’t get back into the water,” the boy replied as he hurriedly continued his work.”

“There are thousands of starfish on this beach,” the man said. “Nothing you can do can possibly make a difference.”

The boy held out the starfish he had just picked up. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said and threw it into the ocean.

Like these starfish, there are more students and customers in desperate need than any one of us could possibly hope to make happy or reach 100%. Their numbers are daunting, causing many of us to resign ourselves to the notion that nothing we can do can have any real impact on a problem of such magnitude. And if solving these problems and trying to make every person happy is the goal, they are right. But our the focus is on touching individual lives and you have a team to help you ;0). Some may think what we do may not significantly effect the world’s problems, but if one more person is much happier because you helped him/her with downloadable book or change of a coach. That would mean one less problem, if everyone helped perhaps the world would be a better place? It has a ripple effect (please read about in the success stories) .

But ,we know it makes a difference to each one of those students that you touched for the better.thumbs.jpg

Presented by Devin Willis


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Hard to Find 800 Numbers =Resolve Your Problems

I was talking to a student today, and she stated  how easy it was to get help and resolve her concern with the educational program.. Betty stated that she was going to have to call a few more companies and would most likely never get through!

I told her  a place to start is the Gethuman Database.  Sent out an e-mail with the  information.

One of the best specialty lists I’ve found is the Techbargains Vendor Info. The list primarily covers technology retailers, but they happen to be the ones that tend to make it hardest to find their customer service numbers.

Hard to Find 800 Numbers has a fairly small, but growing list of numbers and cover a wider range of company types.

The Internet 800 Directory is worth a try.

If you can’t find the toll-free customer service number you are seeking on those lists you can try a custom search on Google. For more: Locate those Hard-to-Find Toll-Free Customer Service Numbers By Lee Seats, About.com

I hope you find them useful as well!

Devin Willis |


Gethuman Database.-The GetHuman™ movement was created from the voices of millions of consumers who want to be treated with dignity when they contact an enterprise for customer support.  Our goal is to convince enterprises that providing high quality customer service and having satisfied customers costs much less than providing low quality customer service and having unsatisfied customers

Free ServicesAbout.com -Check out these free services which include free Internet access, free email, free online calendars, free file storage and much more. Why pay for services that you can get for free on the Net?


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Cost vs. Value Report- Can Help Increase The Value Of Your Home

We are finishing remodeling our home . It was a year long project headed up by my wife and we are planning on moving back in to our home next week.

I found this  resource that would have helped us and hope you find it useful:

Cost vs. Value Report- Can Help Increase the Value of Your HomeLee  stated For about 20 years , “….Remodeling Magazine (and also Remodeling Online) has been doing something that few other publications dare to do. Every December, these publications come out with their Cost vs. Value Report for the preceding year, measuring the estimated average cost of remodeling projects across the U.S. in three major categories….”(see Lee’s Home Renovations Blog By Lee Wallender, About.com Guide to Home Renovations)

Please check out the below, I think you will enjoy what you find!

Cost vs. Value Report- This resource helps analize the following:

  • the payback for remodeling?
  • an annual report compares construction cost with resale value for 25 common remodeling projects in 60 U.S. market

Research Team

Specpan (www.specpan.com), an Indianapolis-based market research company, programmed and hosted the Web-based survey, collected and compiled the data, and provided pre- and post-survey consulting.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Realtors (www.realtor.org) broadcasted e-mail links to the survey to more than 100,000 of its members, comprising sales agents, brokers, and appraisers.

Hometech Information Systems (www.hometechonline.com), the Bethesda, Md.-based estimating software developer, provided cost-to-construct estimates for all 25 remodeling projects, including area-modifiers for each of the 60 metro cities surveyed.

Humbly presented for your review,

Devin Willis


Cost vs. Value Report 2007 REMODELING Online

REMODELING’s 2007 Cost vs. Value Report Online-Publication date: November 1, 2007-By Sal Alfano

Related Resources:

What’s the one thing you can do to increase the value of your home the most? –by Josh ClarkHowStuffWorks

The Effects of Landscaping on Perceived Home Value.” Virginia Cooperative Extension. 2007. (PDF)


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Two students shared, links of Success!

Rentometer– Two students shared this INFORMATION with me;0). They found it to be an interesting way to determine whether you’re getting the  the right rent amount from renters t. At the time, we checked it for our area .  We found out that we charge on the low side for my area.  Give it a try! (www.rentometer.com/)

Another  resource is Trulia If you’re planning to make a real-estate-related move, “…It has financial information as well as details about school districts and communities….” see

LivePads provides real estate professionals, home buyers, and home sellers the necessary tools for all real estate needs.  People can search for homes, sell their homes, utilize social networking, and find valuable web resources for real estate.

Roommates 4 You is a public absolutely free internet service that puts the power of the World Wide Web behind your roommate or room share search. Find your new roommate. Find a room available for rent. Search by city, zip code, rent price range. We give you thousnds of choices in all 50 states to help you find your next home or roommate. Updated daily by over 700 internet resources and America’s leading local newspapers.

RealtyTrac: There are dozens of foreclosure sites on the Internet, but this site comes the closest to representing the Web 2.0. RealtyTrac is a search engine that allows agents and buyers to find foreclosure properties nationwide. The foreclosure process offers three bargain-buying opportunities, an the pre-foreclosure, public auction, and the purchase of bank-owned properties are represented by six different property statuses on

RealtyTrac. Buyers must pay a fee, as with any other foreclosure site, to view all information about the foreclosed property.

Thank you Ann and James!!

Devin Willis


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Are You going to force your kids to Graduate? Will this help them Prosper and Learn?

Yesterday , I was asked if I was going to force my five kids to go to college ? My answer shocked this person when I said “no”. This person stated “don’t you know without an education your kids will fail? I just smiled and excused myself and left the conversation.

How many times were you told that a college degree was a must  for a good career ? Now , I am not saying anything is wrong with getting a degree, but it is not a “golden ticket” In fact , Trent stated some interesting facts,  we should at least realize:

“…I intend to encourage their critical thinking skills as much as I can and try to expose them to as many areas as possible while still at home. They’ll try musical instruments, various art forms, sciences of all kinds, and so on, and we’ll see where their natural magnet leads them.

I’m also going to strongly encourage them to be entrepreneurs in their spare time, from selling lemonade to mowing lawns. Or maybe even starting their own blogs – I’ve discovered some amazingly successful bloggers early in their teen years….” See the entire Post at- Is College Really Necessary For All High School Graduates? : The Simple Dollar

In our family growing up , we had a saying :

“If you have will there is a way ,” if there is a way, there is a Willis!”

We were taught to be an strong advocate for all people, no matter what their status or race, learn at high levels and that all things are really possible that is why ,all of us following or parents example and helping others through creative ways, most of us didn’t need their college education and become successful entrepreneurs!

However, IT MUST be noted all of us have learned the principles from “prosper learning” high quality programs and have found Success . our families success Here are a few of them, both contemporary and from the past,.

Brent and Phelecia Hatch– Phelecia is my sister and is a wonderful mother and friend. Brent who has been a successful entrepreneur in many areas! But the project I love the best is “Raising a G-Rated Family in an X-Rated World.” (http://www.howtobehave.com/)

Damon Willis– He opened an successful L.A Boxing in Orem Utah. he is an associate instructor under Master Toddy and an Instructor under Willis Combative s. He also has a great instructor who also teaches at his gym named Chuck Costello :: MMA Professional Trainer And Fighter! see Orem :: LA BOXING Instructors

He has over 500 members and enjoys working with his staff to give them the best training anywhere!

Ethan Willis -is one of the founding partners of Prosper , Inc. (http://www.prosperlearning.com) and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors. Ethan is responsible for the development of the company’s core business model-providing leadership in the advancement of outcome-oriented education.

During his time at Prosper, Ethan has founded three other companies: Adcafe.com, a leader in online lead generation; TSN, an online business tutorial with over 20,000 members; and Education Success Inc., which has sold more than 400,000 downloadable business courses.

Ethan is coauthor, with New York Times bestselling author Ken Blanchard, of The One Minute Entrepreneur:

I have taught Self Protection to many people though the last 20 years. Julie (My wife) and I helped co-invented the Guardian Keychain that is being used all over the world by thousands of people. Our goal in developing the Guardian was to make it easy , effective and affordable.

We also donate key chains and training to groups that need them(low income-womens group)Please contact me via the website or this blog;0)

What are your thoughts?

Devin Willis


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This list or Resources, I hope will help you on your Journey!

Info and Reference Have fun looking at how the world around us works !!! But ”

“…Beyond Google, Wikipedia and other generic reference sites, the Internet boasts a multitude of search engines, dictionaries, reference desks and databases that have organized and archived information for quick and easy searches.

In this list, Laura Milligan compiled just 100 of our favorites, for teachers, students, hypochondriacs, procrastinators, bookworms, sports nuts and more.” see 100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You’ve Never Heard Of from TeachingTips.com, I have also included my favorite below:

Newsmap – A wonderfully graphical – and customizable – display of news stories from around the world, it  is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator.. (marumushi.com/apps/newsmap )

Arts and Letters Daily – World-class articles from intellectual and influential journals around the world. Browse the day’s selections..
(www.aldaily.com )

Ask Philosophers -The academy comes to cyberspace. A panel of mainly American and British philosophy scholars answers questions sent in by the public. Search the database, from Abortion to War, or send in a question of your own.  (www.askphilosophers.org )

Nationmaster –”..NationMaster is a web site that features a large database of variables for comparing countries. A wide range of demographic indicators are covered including literacy rates, taxation levels, and murders per capita. These are also available in pie charts, scatterplots, and correlations graphs…also see (www.nationmaster.com )

Wikipedia -Controversial, democractic,. make it your first port of call for looking something up. Just be sure to check somewhere else that what you find makes sense
(www.wikipedia.org )

Wiktionary – Wikipedia’s online multilingual dictionary. Immensely powerful and far less controversial than its encyclopaedic forebear
(www.wiktionary.org )

The Library of Congress – As the online rolodex of the Library of Congress, this site houses numerous reference materials, digitized collections, films—basically any content you’d ever want to find (www.loc.gov)

Project Gutenberg is the foremost online source for public-domain literature, with over 20,000 books available. Even better, titles from the entirely free eBook collection are downloadable to your PC.( (www.gutenberg.org)

Martindale’s ‘The Reference Desk’ -A very useful gateway to online reference tools in most fields; see the home page for a comprehensive list of topics. From the arts, business, science and technology, a authoritative conglomeration of data from around the world.(www.martindalecenter.com )

PubMed Free and authoritative database  that”..includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources..” Not always easy to understand if you are not a medic, but a far better place to look for information than the random sites that come up on Google. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed )

About.com -The internet’s version of your father , who always seems to know the answer to your questions. There are few subjects the site doesn’t tackle, though the coverage can be superficial. A good starting point for idle research (www.about.com )

XE – Currency converter covering every world currency. (www.xe.com )

.Babelfish – translates speech from one language to another.. The results are sometimes a little strange, but you will usually get your message across.(http://babelfish.yahoo.com/)

eHow – How to do just about everything, from getting stains off curtains to buying a second-hand car. (www.ehow.com)

The Straight Dope– (My favorite)- Every class had that kid: the one who would ask all the dumb questions you were dying to ask but felt too embarrassed to utter out loud. The Straight Dope is the grown-up, online version of that kid. Published in the Chicago Reader and penned by ghostwriters under the name Cecil Adams (aka “the smartest person in the world”), (www.straightdope.com)

Snopes.-Before you forward that so-called “true” story that landed in your inbox this morning to everyone in your “Outlook”, you better check Snopes to make sure it’s not completely full of you-know-what. It’s an extensive index of urban legends, common fallacies(www.snopes.com/)

How Stuff Works – Engaging encyclopaedia of the modern (and not so modern) world, with good illustrations and clear text. Explains hundreds of subjects, from car engines to  ESP, using tons of illustrations…(www.howstuffworks.com )

Design My Room – We are remodeling our home and this site provides the ability to redecorate your home in cyberspace. Choose colours, furniture, accessories and finishes and then publish the results online.(www.DesignMyRoom.com )

101 Cookbooks – My wife loves to cook and and loves this blog from a Californian cook who believes in good food. 101 Cookbooks has been featured in numerous newspaper articles and is a winner of numerous awards including the 2005 people’s choice Webby Award for best personal web site. (www.101cookbooks.com )

Who What Wear Daily – Fashion tips, advice and suggestions. Includes Ask a Stylist for those tricky co-ordination problems and a What Was She Wearing? inquiry service to help you track down your favourite celebrity’s fashion choice.( www.whowhatweardaily.com )

Social Tools

Facebook – The most grown-up (just) of the social-networking sites that are fast taking over the world. Excellent for staying in touch with far-flung friends, though pretty good too for re-establishing contact with those you hoped you had lost. I have a one  and love it!!!! see me at here

(www.facebook.com )

Twitter-Service for people to quickly communicate and stay connected with other users. You can follow specific people and see their Twitter messages. I use Twitter and enjoy it!

bubbl.us – Organise your thoughts by creating mindmaps online and sharing them with others  (www.bubbl.us )

Technorati – An intelligent, intuitive and inspiring way to read entries from some of the millions of blogs that dot the internet. You can browse by subject or area of interest, read the postings that are catching the world’s attention and bookmark blogs that catch your attention. And if you want to join in… (www.technorati.com )

Digg-A community driven social news site where users submit articles and the community votes them up or down. Articles are promoted to the main page at when they reach a certain threshold.( http://digg.com)

LinkedIn-One of the original “social networks,” LinkedIn has been eclipsed in recent years by Facebook, even among adults and professional users. In the past year, LinkedIn had to scale back its revenue estimates, had its head of sales bolt for TheLadders, and is also seeing stagnating traffic growth. My Profile is here


Humbly presented,

Devin Willis


Mind Maps A Powerful Approach to Note Taking Related variants: Spray Diagrams, Spider Diagrams, Spidograms, Spidergrams and Mindmaps (http://www.mindtools.com/)

100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You’ve Never Heard Of from TeachingTips.com, I

The 101 most useful websites-30/03/2008-Telegraph Media Group

PC Magazine’s  Top 100 Classic Web Sites in 2007. You’ll see a lot of familiar URLs on this list, and we hope there are also quite a few that you haven’t heard of before. (www.pcmag.com/)
Tools For Engaging In Social Media-Apr. 23, 2008  by Brent Csutoras-from Search Engine Land.

My Proven Research Resources That, When I Applied Them , Produce Positive Results !-(https://prosperstudentcare.wordpress.com)


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