News from the Chicago Chapter

Luncheon Speaker Dr. Debbie Phillips, CPM® Drives Home Message Behind the Power of Intention

During the IREM Chicago September 11 luncheon, featured speaker Dr. Debbie Phillips, CPM® energized the audience as she emphasized the importance of “The Power of Intention.”

According to Dr. Debbie, we are all given 86,400 seconds in every 24-hour period to use in whatever way we choose. Or, from another perspective, it’s like someone depositing $86,400 into our bank account. The only catch is that at the end of the day, whatever is not used is lost! The same principle applies to how we spend time.

Being intentional applies to personal branding and self-mastery. Dr. Debbie shared many powerful techniques, and one of her highlights referred to the relationship we have with ourselves sets the tone for relationships we have with other people.

To encourage those in the audience, Dr. Debbie recommended several books that she employs as part of her daily mental diet.  Among her top picks: Dale Carnegie: “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”  “Talk Like Ted” by Carmine Gallo and “Radical Candor” by Kim Scott.

In closing, Debbie challenged the audience to reach deeper into their wallets and find the extra funds to send foster children from LYDIA Home, IREM Chicago’s official 2019 charity, to attend a Chicago Bulls game.  She offered the first $100, and the audience echoed overwhelming support by exceeding a project goal of  $700.  This generous example reinforced a central theme shared that afternoon:  When you get a group of people committed to one common goal, they will move mountains to achieve success. 

The power of intention was alive and well at our September luncheon. IREM Chicago member Tasha M. Rush, ARM®, summarized the talk this way:

“Dr. Debbie’s presentation on ‘The Power of Intention’ was awesome. She confirmed that building relationships is a key element in all aspects of life. When building relationships, you talk in terms of the other person’s interest, be genuinely interested, smile, remember their name, use their name, make them feel important and be a good listener. Stop closing yourself off, but open yourself up to the opportunity to learn and grow. Get a journal and write down three things you are thankful for before you go to sleep at night. While in a leadership position, utilize the drives of engagement. Establish trust with employees. Make sure the employee is a good fit for the assignment. Always provide and encourage the opportunity for one to learn and grow. After all, we want team members who are engaged, not just satisfied or enrolled. We all must check our HALT levels (Hungry, Angry, Lonely & Tired) and never let the ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts) come in.

“My mindset change: We are not networking, we are net weaving. What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. If you missed Dr. Debbie during the IREM Chicago luncheon, you owe it to yourself to make it to her next presentation.”

Learn more about Dr. Debbie Phillips by visiting the website for her company, The Quadrillion.