RVC Manufacturing and Credentialing Announcement

From RVC Public Relations Office……

Please join Rock Valley College for an important announcement regarding manufacturing education and credentialing. We look forward to sharing this news with the community.

WHEN:                  Wednesday, March 12, 2014

TIME:                    10:00 a.m.

WHERE:                Woodward Technology Center

  Rooms 141/142

  3301 N. Mulford Rd

  Rockford, IL 61114

Hope to see you there!

Airport and RVC Reveal Parternship Announcement

I am very excited about this announcement; both as a Rock Valley College Trustee and also as a life-long member of the community.  THIS IS BIG WIN FOR THE ROCKFORD REGION!
I want to personally invite those in my network to attend the 2/25 press conference.
The following press release was issued today….
GRAA and RVCC Press Conference to Reveal Partnership Announcement. 
WHAT: The Greater Rockford Airport Authority and Rock Valley College Board of Trustees will be holding a joint press conference to announce a new partnership agreement which will further propel the region as an aerospace industry leader. Interview opportunities to immediately follow.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Chicago Rockford International Airport Main Terminal Building Observation Court, 2 Airport Circle, Rockford, IL 61109

For more information, contact Kimberly Bruce – (815) 489-3945.

 

Three Perspectives

I came across the following perspectives at the Rockford Association for Minority Management (RAMM) event last evening.  These perspectives apply to us individually and collectively as a community…

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

There are two types of opportunities: 

1. Seized opportunities

2. Missed opportunities 

Three Ways To Overcome An Obstacle

    (you need all three)

1. Love your way through

2. Work your way through

3. Struggle your way though

Great event!  Great organization. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill was an outstanding guest speaker as well.  I would love to see him come back to Rockford and speak to our middle and high school students at some point.

10 Quotes I Wished I Said First

Do you ever hear someone say something and say to yourself, “I 100% agree?”

Or, “why didn’t I say that?”

Or, “why didn’t I think of that?”

Here are 10 quotes that invoked that reaction from me:

1. You don’t need more time, you just need to decide. – Seth Godin

Be Decisive

2. Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer grows you. – Quote Soup

3. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandella

4. Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – Dalai Lama

5. Don’t try to teach a pig to sing.  It just irritates the pig.” – Hayden Shaw

6. Courage is being scared to death but saddling-up anyway. - John Wayne

7. Whatever you are, be a good one. – Abe Lincoln

8. Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. – Mignon McLaughlin

9. Stay committed to your decisions but stay flexible in your approach. - Tony Robbins

10. The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. - William James

Thanks for reading!

Frank Haney

“Rockford’s Insurance Coach”

Eckburg & Bates Insurance Agency

(815) 979-4045    Twitter: @FrankHaney_Biz     Email: Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.

 

 

7 MLK Quotes That Challenge And Inspire

MLK

I heard an interesting comment on the radio over the weekend. This discussion was about the legacy of MLK and the following comment was made by a woman who grew-up in the south during the Civil Rights Movement:

“My biggest concern is that, as time passes, young people will see MLK Day more as a day off of school than as an opportunity to learn more about the story.”

Here are 7 Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that I have read along the way.  Even today, they continue to challenge and inspire.

  1. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing to serve others?
  2. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.
  3. If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do you have got to keep moving forward.
  4. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent on things that matter.
  5. In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of or friends.
  6. Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate; only love can do that.
  7. The goal of education is to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Thanks for reading!

Frank Haney

“Rockford’s Insurance Coach”

Eckburg & Bates Insurance Agency

(815) 979-4045    Twitter: @FrankHaney_Biz     Email: Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.

 

Rock Valley College – My Perspective

Conversation

Much has been said about RVC recently. At first, I was concerned that this could leave a casual observer with some misperceptions. I now believe it was the start  of a conversation.  Game On!

Here is a link to the Next Rockford Blog on the RRStar:

Rock Valley College – My Perspective

From time to time, I share articles from other Blogs in the hopes that good information is shared and reaches more people.  In this case, I am sharing an article I wrote via another blog.  Special thanks to the Rock Register Star and Next Rockford for the on-going opportunity to share my thoughts on their platform.

Enjoy!

Frank Haney

Rock Valley Trustee, Proud Alumnus ’93

(815) 979-4045    Twitter: @FrankHaney_Biz     Email: Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Signs You Need An Insurance Check-up…..

Insurance Check-up

 

 

 

 

1.  You open your dusty insurance folder, the one with a Clinton/Gore or a Bush/Quayle sticker on it, and it has your policy information…. from 1992, 2000, and 2008.

Clinton Gore '92

Bush Quayle '92

 

 

 

 

2.  Everything in your life has changed but your insurance is EXACTLY the same.

3.  Your insurance company is the same one your mom and dad had when you got your license in the 1980′s.  Since then, your parent’s agent retired and 5 other agents have come and gone.  You are not Larry, Jane or Bob – you are “Policy #12-456189129027.”

4.  You have not reviewed your coverage, limits, deductibles in more than 5 years.

5.  Your agent is a legendary golfer in town.  Plays all the time.  I mean – allllll the time.

Golfer

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  You have assets you didn’t used to have: equity in your home, 401K plan, and some other stuff!  You also have some additional liabilities you didn’t used to have:  teenage driver, a second home you rent out, a boat.  However, you have no idea if you have an umbrella policy or even what it actually covers.

Umbrella

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Your wife has a several thousand dollar wedding ring and you can’t remember if it is covered on your home policy or through a separate policy with your jeweler.  Or is it covered at all???

Wedding Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  You have no idea if your agent knows if you have one of more of the following:    home alarm system, teenage driver who is a good student, new furnace, new roof, or good credit (factors into your insurance score).

9.  Your home insurance has doubled the past 7 years and you have had no claims.

10.  You have not discussed life insurance in 10+ years.  Since then, your income has doubled, you have two more kids, a mortgage, still have a college loan to pay-off, and no college pay plan in place for your kids.  You have a modest permanent life policy; however, you haven’t discussed if you need some additional ‘term insurance’ to fill the gap between what your family would need if you passed and what you currently have in place.

Got Life Insurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Frank Haney

“Rockford’s Insurance Coach”

Eckburg & Bates Insurance Agency

(815) 979-4045    Twitter: @FrankHaney_Biz     Email: Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.

 

 

Twitter in Rockford: 32 People / Groups Who Are Killin’ It

TwitterOk, I admit it. At first, I didn’t like Twitter.

I didn’t ‘get it.

It was so random and noisy compared to Facebook and LinkedIn.

But then, slowly, I started to learn/do things that allowed me to see the value of Twitter:

 

1.  I started to follow quality people and groups who put-out good content. Some of these people and groups were local, some regional, and some national. Some of the people I follow are specialists who share info on one topic (community, development, insurance, weather, politics, motivation, business, sales, education, current events, sports, etc). Other people ‘tweet’ on a variety of subjects.

2.  I started searching by topic and that cut-out the clutter.

3.  I started using and paying attention to #hashtags.

4.  I started to “re-tweet” good content and, as a result, more and more of my tweets were re-tweeted.

5.  I started to use Twitter to get real-time reaction on live events. Ex: Presidential debate, Super Bowl, etc.

6.  I “un-followed” negative people. This is not to be confused with people who challenge the status quo. There is a big difference.

7.  I started to comment on and “favorite” the tweets of others.

Below are 32 people / groups in the Rockford area who are killin’ it on Twitter.  Disclaimer: there are many others more that are not on this list but should be. Please let me know who else should be on this list. That being said, my list of 32 is a good start - these folks put-out good content and are not afraid to “re-tweet” the good content of others.

1.  @TransformRkfd

2.  @rrstar

3.  @gorockford

4.  @CoachVest

5.  @RScottAnderson

6.  @DDGriffith

7.  @pablokorona

8.  @Next_Rockford

9.  @RClewer

10.  @Btfrench

11.  @Chris2nite

12.  @Rockford_IL

13.  @MayorMorrissey

14.  @CityofRockford

15.  @annaderocher

16.  @13Wrex

17.  @JeremyDeWeerdt

18.  @ManOfCulture

19.  @johnmguevaranow

20.   @AlignmentRkfd

21.  @WesterWuori

22.  @ANDYandAARON

23.  @RockfordLink

24.  @MyStateline

25.  @CathyBayer

26.  @HeartlandCC

27.  @ERICSORENSEN

28.  @TheRealDJA

29.  @BuyWBL

30.  @FourCornersRock

31.  @johngroh

32.  @goicehogs

Again, this is, by no means a complete list of everyone who is doing a good job in the Rockford area on Twitter. So, help me. Who am I missing?

Who do you follow on Twitter because they put-out good content?

Thanks for reading!

Frank Haney

“Rockford’s Insurance Coach”

Eckburg & Bates Insurance Agency

(815) 979-4045    Twitter: @FrankHaney_Biz     Email: Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.

 

10 Things My Blog Forces Me To Do

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing my blog articles over the past few years.  Thank you for the gift of your time.  FrankHaney.Biz has been a successful experiment and for reasons I didn’t fully anticipate….  Here are 10 Things My Blog Forces Me To Do:

1. It forces me to organize my thoughts.

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2.  It forces my to grow professionally and personally…  everyday.

Lite-bulb

3. It forces me to walk my talk.  If I say it in a blog article, then I need to be resolved to do it.  Who wants the words in their blog article thrown back in their face?  Not me.

4.  It forces me to continually grow my network.

  • I still get a kick out of people getting introduced to me and having them say, ‘oh, you are the blog guy!  I have read your stuff!
  • Since starting my blog in 2011, my LinkedIn connections have doubled to well over 1,000, my Facebook friends has increased by several hundred to over 2,000, and my Twitter followers have increased 10-fold to over 840.

5.  It forces me to look at insurance from a client’s point of view vs. insurance agent’s point of view.  Like many industries, insurance is its own little weird world.  It is very carrier and agency-focused and that is a huge problem.  Blogging about, among other things, insurance has forced me to add value to my client / potential client relationships.  It has forced me to ask, what do my clients think?  Need?  Don’t need?

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6.  It forces me to see events in my life from a slightly different view.  I know ask myself, what can I take from this situation and share with others.  Blogging forces me to always be on the look-out for a future blog article topic.

7.  It forces me to stay humble.  Nobody had a more humble beginning to a blog than I did. 10 people read my first blog article day #1.  I was one of the 10.  My wife was another one.  And I think a few co-workers read it to nice or out of morbid curiosity.  I drew an average of 200 readers per month after the initial blog roll-out in 2011.  Today, my blog averages 2,500 visits and 16,000+ page views per month.  I am happy with that number based on the fact that I still do not post articles as frequently as I should.  However, this number pales in comparison to some of the mega-blogs out there that crush my numbers by 200-400 fold.  Lastly, blogging forces me to read the posts of other bloggers.  Time and time again, I am reminded that I am not as creative, entertaining, or brilliant as I am would like to think I am.

8.  It forces me to measure twice, cut once; especially when it comes to keeping my emotions in check.  There have been many times that I wanted to react to something that I didn’t like with a snippy blog post.  The problem is that my response is permanent.  As the old saying goes – “There are people who build things and people who tear things down.  Just remember what side you are on.”

9.  It forces me to weigh-in vs. sit on the sideline and let others define the conversation.  And this is something I plan on doing more and more of in 2014.

Be Heard

10.  It forces me to constantly be reinventing myself.  The term, “Rockford’s Insurance Coach” is a by-product of trying to communicate my value-proposition in a more clear and concise manner.

Reinvent Yourself

What would starting a blog force you to do? 

Is that worth considering? 

What would you talk about? 

Thanks again for the gift of your time!

Frank Haney

“Rockford’s Insurance Coach”

Eckburg & Bates Insurance Agency

(815) 979-4045    @FrankHaney_Biz   Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.

 

 

 

14 Stephen Covey-isms

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Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was one of the first leadership books I read.  I read the book just out of college and it helped shape my views on relationship building, time management, leadership, and goal setting.  

Fast forward twenty-years…. a bunch of life experience working with both adults and young people, three kids, a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership.  Many lessons have been learned, most of them the hard way.  Many, many humbling moments.  After all of that, you would think I would have it figured out by now, right?  Wrong!  Not even close.  However, much of what I learned from Stephen Covey has helped. 

Here are 14 Stephen Covey-isms for your review.  For some, it will be a review.  For others; especially younger readers, it will introduce you to a true thought-leader on personal leadership.   

1.  Consider what you really want said of you at your funeral.  Are you on track?    

2.  Strength lies in difference not similarities.

3.  My personal favorite: The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.  

4.  Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.  

5.  Historically, the family has played the primary role in educating children for life, with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family.  

6.  The famous 7 Habits:

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

7.  Live out of your imagination, not your history.

8.   We teach people how to treat us by what we allow.

9.  We are not a product of our circumstances.  We are a product of our decisions.

10.  Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas.  But can it really?  True success requires balance.

11.  Without involvement, there is no commitment.  Mark it down, asterik it, circle it, and underline it.  Without involvement, there is no commitment.

12.  Management works in the system.  Leadership works on the system. 

13.  Relationships are like ‘bank accounts: the key is to make more deposits than withdrawals. 

14.  Tasks fall into one of four categories:

 Urgent, important

 Urgent, unimportant

 Non-urgent, important

 Non-urgent, unimportant

Stephen Covey passed away in July of 2012.  However, his contribtions are noteworthy:

In 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the top 10 most influential management books ever. 

A survey by Chief Executive magazine recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of the two most influential books of the 20th century.

Here are four must-read Covey books: 

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

Principle-Centered Leadership

First Things First

What are some of your favorite Covey-isms?

Who are some of your other favorite authors?

Thanks for reading!

Frank Haney

“Rockford’s Insurance Coach”

Eckburg & Bates Insurance Agency

(815) 979-4045    @FrankHaney_Biz     Frank@FrankHaney.Biz

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. There is no legal advice being suggested or offered. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon the above-mentioned information.