Collaborate to be Great, Work With Me Here! PART I

26 06 2013

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Take a look in any business plan.  Dust off every strategic initiative and flip though the pages.  Ask any retired business owner of a successful organization about the secret of his/her success.  You will probably not see the word or hear it spoken.  However, without it, every plan will fail, every strategy will come up short and every business will stumble to succeed.


For the past several months, I have been wrestling with the concepts surrounding collaboration and how it fits into Eye-Cubed U.  While it has been the mantra of 2013 among the leaders I work with, it has not come without some frustration.  I have been struggling with the practical application of “collaboration” and how it balances with strong leadership and innovative influence.  And now, after an interview with one of our strategic partners (NWN Corp) about the very sopic of collaboration, I am prepared to write the Eye-Cubed philosophy surrounding this key concept.

Complete this six week  Eye-Cubed U course (one post each of the next 6 weeks) on Collaboration 2013 as we explore how it impacts itself within our companies.  Gain insight in:

Collaboration with Inspirations

  • How do you work with others to ignite the inspirational spark inside the Eye-Cubed U leader?

Collaboration with Innovations

  • How can the innovator bring key leaders into the process of innovation to facilitate corporate evolution?

Collaboration with Implementations

  • Find ways to experience the joint effort of leaders crossing department lines as initiatives and strategies are executed brilliantly.

Collaboration within Operations

  • How do we work together to bring efficiencies and improvements to our existing processes?

Collaboration with IT

  • As the common denominator of all innovations, initiatives, strategies and projects, develop and maintain a strategy that connects the IT language and thought process to the entire organization’s directions and goals.

Collaboration within your Family Business

  • Learn how business ownership requires collaboration to evolve, grow and more importantly (to me as a second-generation owner) to insure continuity and succession.

With each area of interest, we will uncover the key requirements that must be in place to have effective collaboration.  Along with the roadmap towards achieving our collaborative goals, we will identify the greatest obstacles we face along the way.

We will find that collaboration is not a light switch that can be turned on and off.  It is a mindset that takes practice to develop and discipline to maintain.  The concept has been presented, stated and overstated to the point where our leaders have become immune to its complexity and need for urgency of execution.



Invaluable Perspectives from Keynote Interview of David J. Sussman, Esq. CLU

22 01 2013

Do not miss Ronald Allen’s live keynote interview of David Susman, Esq. CLU, SVP of PFP and President of Eye-Cubed-U, LLC

Gain perspectives on:  Succession, Corporate Value, Leadership, Partnership, Change, Inspiration, Innovation, Family Businesses and more.  The President and innovator of Eye-Cubed-U, LLC shares his experiences and philosophies that spurred the formation of a new wave of corporate language and culture.

Click Here and listen live!  It really is a fantastic interview.  Thank you.

Tune In

Hear about these wonderful people:


  • The culture of the credit union industry
  • Selling to the credit union industry
  • Adding value to B to B clients
  • Innovating the Insurance Industry

Perspectives on how to become a:

  • Consultant
  • Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Presenter
  • Thought Leader

Hear advice on:

Books mentioned in the interview:

Companies mentioned by David Sussman and Ronald Allen:

Engage Eye-Cubed Speaker To Strategize For Success

1 01 2013

Join corporate business leaders across the globe in 2013 as we launch EYE-CUBED-U at conferences, meetings, consulting and strategic planning sessions on site or at your location.  When looking for a keynote speaker, a consultant or a speaker that will tackle your greatest strategic challenges, a corporate speaker to motivate and inspire your team, small groups as well as conference gatherings, let Eye-Cubed-U Founder and President David Sussman bring the corporate vision of inspiration-innovation-implementation directly to you!

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Throughout long term consulting relationships, keynote addresses or all-day strategic planning sessions, this face-to-face opportunity gives your team the tools necessary to excel in today’s challenging corporate environment.

Selecting the best keynote speaker is no longer a problem.  This  dynamic conference speaker specializes in innovative programs for strategic groups from 5 to 2,000 that are customized to the needs of your company and your industry.   Here is an overview of several EYE-CUBED-U topics:

  1. Evolution on the Fringe:  The process of transforming your company using the inspiration-innovation-implementation guidelines.
  2. Change and How to Pay for It:  Using the latest Corporate Strategic Planning methods.
  3. Teamwork:  Moving your Company or Family Business to the next generation incorporating Strategic Management and Succession Planning.
  4. Diversity of Personality:  Variety stirs your melting pot for success as diversity stimulates Corporate Innovation.
  5. Hydrology:  Analyzing your streams of income as a guide in developing your Corporate Strategy.
  6. How to avoid the Perfect Storm:  Does your corporate climate guarantee survival among Chaos, Uncertainty and/or Disaster? This up-to-the minute keynote address is a call to action for aggressive management teams.
  7. Pursuing Innovation:  Let Eye-Cubed Consultant and Motivational Speaker, David Sussman help you pinpoint who should lead and how to measure the results.
  8. Dendochronology:  Look to the trees when measuring your company’s innovative past and present.  This unique approach taps into the latest Strategic Management Methods.
  9. Inspiration:   David Sussman, world-class inspirational speaker and consultant unlocks the secrets of this critical topic….Inspiration—Where to get it, how to share it and what to do with it
  10. Innovators:  The curse, the cure and other challenges outlined and made real during this critical presentation by Corporate Speaker and Consultant, David Sussman.

Make 2013 the year to set your company apart from the competition.  Get the most from your Corporate Strategic Meeting Facilitator, Industry Conferences and Team Building Events by hiring the best speaker and consultant for Inspirational, Motivational and Strategic events—take advantage of the Eye-Cubed-U philosophy.   I look forward to discussing availability for your next corporate event or conference.

David J. Sussman, Esq. CLU

Founder and President, Eye-Cubed-U, LLC

Building the Vision for Inspiration. Innovation. Implementation.

Cell Phone:  203-247-2104:  Email:

Teach Your Children Well

2 11 2012
Kids at Max's Bar Mitzvah

My children at Max’s Bar Mitzvah (Max is in the middle)

What is the origin of your personality?  It is the classic nature/nurture question.  Were you born with the spirit to solve problems and build businesses or were you the product of your environment?

The goal oriented-persistent-creative problem solver-positive thinking-innovator-empathetic-leader-learner I have become is a result of 85% nurture and 15% nature.

How would I describe the environment of my upbringing?  Imgaine…

  • A father who pursued many businesses until he turned one of his ideas into the national success it has become today.
  • A mother who, in addition to hitting the glass ceiling in corporate America, worked tirelessly with my father, her father and her daughter in their respective family businesses.
  • A father praising his employees for their efforts and results and spoke about them with adoration.
  • The topic of “Business” almost every night as part of regular conversation at the dinner table.
  • Questions asked by children and answered by parents, perhaps hundreds.  No question was off limits.
  • Parents debating about business problems and listing possible solutions.  Hearing them resolve their differences and agreeing on decisive action.
  • Parents dreaming together and sharing dreams with their children.  Having big dreams, very big dreams.
  • A father speaking of his wish of someday working with his son/daughter.
  • A father speaking about building an empire, even when his business was fledgling and but a fraction of its size today.
  • A mother’s giving words of confidence to her children, with an unending belief and expectation for them to reach their potential.

As a young man, I wanted to work with my father in the same office.  I envisioned sitting across the huge “partners” desk and discussing the greatness, problems, opportunities and challenges facing our organization.  I believed, as a result of the role models in my home, I was shaped as an employee, owner, partner and son of Stanley H Sussman and Janice K Sussman.  They set the table for my future and gave me the appetite to eat the delicious fare.  They gave me confidence to pursue my dreams (and theirs) as part of the business they built together.  And they became perfect role models for me to follow as my three children now look to me to learn and understand the very same lessons.  So I teach them about the beauty of the family business; the beauty and rewards of pursuing greatness with family.

Think about your children.  What do they hear from you at night about work or your company?  How do you depict your business to them?  What stories do you tell?  How much do you share about your issues (good and bad) at work?  Are your children encouraged to ask questions?  Do you provide full answers to their questions?  Do you dream big with them?  Is debate okay?  Do you tell your children you wish to work with them?  Do they really know your thoughts about working together?  Do your children know your expectations for them?  Do you give your children realistic yet positive messages?

If you, your company, your industry conference or team is in need of the best keynote speaker, motivational management consultant, or inspirational presenter for your conference, strategic planning meeting or for professional development, click on these words and see how Eye-Cubed-U is prepared to help you.