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Book Review : Off the Clock | Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done By Laura Vanderkam

Book Review : Off the Clock | Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done By Laura Vanderkam

Title: Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done
Author: Laura Vanderkam
1-5 Star Rating: 5 Stars
Review by: Dan Muhlenkamp

Why did you read it?
I was feeling like life and business were very hectic, but not really productive. I also wanted to stop thinking about work all the time, which is really working all the time, and truly get away from work without getting drastically less done.

What did you get out of it?
I was expecting a book about methods, tasks, scheduling, delegating etc. It was not at all like that. It was about thinking differently about time, goals and people. To be sure, it does have concrete techniques, but that is not the true “Gold” of the book. The book is more about making a better life from the time we have and I truly loved it.

List what someone can expect to learn:

  • Learn to “Tend Your Garden” – Take care of you life
  • Make Life Memorable – Time slows down when we are making memories. So how do we make those memories happen in a hectic world.
  • Linger – Making time stand still when it’s important.
  • Invest In Your Happiness – Investing is different that chasing happiness. It’s real
  • Let It Go – Don’t let messed up plans or events mess up your memories.
  • People Are A Good Use Of Time – This was the grand finale for me. We know it’s true, but how do we start to act that way.

Summarize, who would you recommend the book/video/course to? What situations?
Do you wish you had more time in the day (or week or month)? Well , you can’t get that. Every day has 1440 minutes and every week has 168 hours. If what your really want is to get more life out of your time , this is the book for you!  

Preferred’s Father’s Day Spotlight: Dan Muhlenkamp

Preferred’s Father’s Day Spotlight: Dan Muhlenkamp

Our final dad we would like to spotlight is Dan Muhlenkamp. Dan first became a dad at the age of 27. Him and his wife (Susie) have 3 loved and talented children: Zach, Caleb and Alexis.
(Q:) What is one piece of advice your parents gave you that has always stuck with you?
Your children aren’t really yours, their God’s. He lends them to you for a little bit.
(Q:) What was one of your favorite childhood toys?
A pony name Beauty
(Q:) What was one of your favorite gifts to ever receive and who gave it to you?
Mom gave me a Bible.
(Q:) What is one of your most embarrassing moments?
Fell asleep in one of my favorite teacher’s English class.
(Q:) What is a favorite meal that your mom used to make you?
Fried Freshly Butchered Chicken
(Q:) If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Peanut Butter, chocolate milk, Cashews
(Q:) Describe the very first car you ever drove.
1953 Ford pickup truck. Red with a “3 on the tree”.
(Q:) What is one of your favorite things about being a dad?
When I realize a child no longer needs me, and still like me.
(Q:) What is #1 on your bucket list?
Go to Israel

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Preferred’s Father’s Day Spotlight: Chris Wenning

Preferred’s Father’s Day Spotlight: Chris Wenning

 

This Father’s Day is very special for Chris. This is the first year celebrating as a dad himself! Chris first became a dad at the age of 30. Him and his wife (Liz) have a happy 5 month old son, Welles.

(Q:) What is one piece of advice your parents gave you that has always stuck with you?
I wish we had some fancy saying, but just to be honest, do the right thing and to always put forth my best effort.
(Q:) What was one of your favorite childhood toys?
Anything that had to do with sports. Mostly baseball, football or basketball. When I was 3, I must of had a baseball bat I carried everywhere.
(Q:) What was one of your favorite gifts to ever receive and who gave it to you?
The gift of being a dad! Thanks, Liz!
(Q:) What is one of your most embarrassing moments?
Can’t think of any one specific moment, but there have been plenty!
(Q:) What is a favorite meal that your mom used to make you?
I was a picky kid when it came to food, I ate a lot of cereal, mom was not a short order cook…
(Q:) If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Pizza, Bread sticks and Burgers
(Q:) Describe the very first car you ever drove.
First car I drove legally was a white 1995 Pontiac Bonneville.
(Q:) What is one of your favorite things about being a dad?
Our little guy is almost 5 months, so right now it’s coming home after work and holding him. This sounds cliche, but I never knew I could love someone so much (besides my wife). It is truly indescribable.
(Q:) What is #1 on your bucket list?
To take my son to an Ohio State Football National Championship

 

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Preferred’s Father Day Spotlight: Andy Kremer

Preferred’s Father Day Spotlight: Andy Kremer

Meet Andy Kremer! Andy first became a dad at the age of 25. He has 5 children: Mackenzie (17), Christopher (8), Johnathan (4), Joshua (1), Elisha (4 months).
(Q:) What is one piece of advice your parents gave you that has always stuck with you?
Be simple, be happy
(Q:) What was one of your favorite childhood toys?
Lawn darts…..:)
(Q:) What was one of your favorite gifts to ever receive and who gave it to you?
A large painting my daughter made for me. I told her of a picture I had in my head. She surprised me a year later at Christmas.
(Q:) What is one of your most embarrassing moments?
Knocking my three year old son off an arcade game at Chucky Cheese.
(Q:) What is a favorite meal that your mom used to make you?
Biscuits and gravy…..Mines good but not as good as hers….never will be.
(Q:) If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Queso & Chips, Steak and Biscuits and Gravy…If health wasn’t a concern
(Q:) Describe the very first car you ever drove.
Delta 88..when I was 16…..or maybe a little younger.
(Q:) What is one of your favorite things about being a dad?
Tight hugs! Not much better than that.
(Q:) What is #1 on your bucket list?
Provide a Water well in a third world country.

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Preferred’s Father Day Spotlight: Roger Rindler

Preferred’s Father Day Spotlight: Roger Rindler

With Father’s Day is right around the corner, we wanted to give a shout out to the very special dads here at Preferred Insurance Center. They were asked to fill out a questionnaire to get to know them a little bit more outside the office setting. First up is the one and only Roger Rindler. Roger first became a dad at the age of 24. His children are Ryan (41), Phil (36), Lindsay (34), Nick (27),  and Jenna (25).

(Q:) What is one piece of advice your parents gave you that has always stuck with you?
It was the example they set daily, rather than their words. They worked hard, were honest, and treated everyone with respect.
(Q:) What was one of your favorite childhood toys?
Anything that I could throw, bounce, hit, or catch.
(Q:) What was one of your favorite gifts to ever receive and who gave it to you?
A throw blanket with pictures of the 5K “Bunny Runs” we do as a family annually at Easter. Given to me by my children.
(Q:) What is one of your most embarrassing moments?
Probably giving my child a “gentle pinch” in Church in an effort to keep him quiet. He then cries out rather loudly, “quit pinching me!!”.
(Q:) What is a favorite meal that your mom used to make you?
Fried chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy and corn.
(Q:) If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and bacon.
(Q:) Describe the very first car you ever drove.
The first car I owned was a red 1967 Chevy Chevelle.
(Q:) What is one of your favorite things about being a dad?
When they were young it was attending their events and watching each one develop their own personality. But now it’s just having conversations with my adult children.
(Q:) What is #1 on your bucket list?
Drive Hwy #1, from Miami to Key West.

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Teammate Appreciation Weekend

Teammate Appreciation Weekend

Teammate Appreciation Weekend

We are most certainly are blessed with the best here at Preferred! Often considering each other as our “second family”. This past weekend we had the opportunity to celebrate each other and our team. Many memories were made and laughs were shared as we had a Teammate Appreciation weekend in Cincinnati.

We kicked the weekend off at the Reds game. Although the rain was inevitable, the great seats and even better company were hard to beat! Saturday everyone put their brains to the test as we broke into teams at the Breakout Games. Later in the evening the team ventured to Top Golf. As pictures will tell, it was a fun and successful weekend for all!

 

The Keys To Building A Leadership Legacy

The Keys To Building A Leadership Legacy

Legacy : the effects that last after a person is gone or an event or project is completed.

Leadership : to inspire and guide others so they willingly support, promote and work toward a worthwhile and fulfilling goal.

We all know we need to be better leaders (no one is perfect).  We all want to be lead by better leaders. Leadership is the true beginning of improvement and growth in any organization. All this may seem like a fad that is endlessly promoted through the latest gurus and books, but it is proven through all of history: Moses, Caesar, Jesus, Churchill…..But even if we become the best leaders we can be, and we make a difference for the organizations and people we serve, it can all go away when we move on. If we don’t leave a legacy of leadership…we leave a void of leadership.

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  • John Maxwell has been voted the #1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine
  • John Maxwell was voted the top leadership professional guru six years in a row on Leadership Gurus.net.
  • John Maxwell is a #1 New York Times best selling author of over 77 books, with more than 24 million volumes sold in fifty languages. Three of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold over one million copies.
  •  John Maxwell Team (JMT), an elite group of over 11,000 certified coaches, teachers, speakers, trainers and professionals have helped people worldwide create a leadership legacy within their own spheres of influence.
  • John Maxwell Team members inspire positive life transformation and help others achieve their highest vision and goals, both personally and professionally.
What’s that Umbrella Policy all about?

What’s that Umbrella Policy all about?

If you have completed an account review with one of our customer service agents, you have probably heard us ask you about umbrella policies. If this is the first time you’re hearing the term, allow me to explain. An umbrella policy is one that provides additional coverage above and beyond your auto and home liability coverage’s. Oh I’m sorry, that was all mumbo jumbo?! Of course it was! How about some of these examples of times an umbrella policy would come into play.

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We usually ask our clients, if they were involved in a terrible accident and people were suing them, how large of a lawsuit they would want covered. This catches some off guard or we will get the response: “I don’t have that much so they wouldn’t get a lot.” Unfortunately, judgement aren’t only based on what you have in this sue crazy society we have become. Some people don’t settle for the limits of an insurance policy.

As we all know, accidents happen. Sometimes, we have no control over them and others were do to maybe a little negligence. What if you were in an unfamiliar area and accidentally ran a stop sign and collide with another vehicle. Depending on the speed, their airbags could deploy, or God forbid, someone could be killed. You carry $100 thousand in liability coverage. Would you think that the family of the other vehicles family would settle for $100 thousand for their loss? Or would $100 thousand cover several surgeries if a passenger was terribly injured? An umbrella policy could help in this situation.

What about at home? An unfortunate example was given to us from one of our carriers. A woman with two dogs had her friend and her friend’s daughter over to the home, as she had many times before, for a visit. During that time, the daughter fell into one of the dog’s beds and the dog bit her face causing some significant damage, which then needed several surgeries. The homeowner’s policy paid to the liability limits of $300 thousand but that was not enough to cover the cost of her recovery. The homeowner was still liable and lost most of her personal assets and now is in severe debt. An umbrella policy could help here as well.

The beautiful thing about the umbrella policy is the price versus the coverage. An umbrella policy starts at $1 million in coverage for, sometimes, less than $250. That is likely less than visiting with an attorney for an hour to find out that somebody has submitted a claim against you. If we’ve ever peaked your interest about the umbrella policies, just give us a call to quote one for you!

Trailblazer Tuesday: Avoiding Broken Resolutions

Trailblazer Tuesday: Avoiding Broken Resolutions

Trailblazer Tuesday: Avoiding Broken Resolutions | Holding Yourself Accountable

Did you know about 2-3 weeks into the New Year 48% of people give up on their New Year’s resolution.
80% of people give up on their resolution by the second week of February.
Leaving only about 8% of people who follow through with their resolution to the end of the year.

Today we are going to discuss a simple method to hold yourself accountable on your resolution(s)!