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Cohen Brown President and Co-Chairman, Edward G. Brown and Independent Publisher, Jim Barnes.

Cohen Brown President and Co-Chairman, Edward G. Brown, and Independent Publisher, Jim Barnes.

The Axiom Business Book Awards are the most respected critical guidepost for business books in the publishing industry. These prestigious and competitive awards are presented in 21 categories and serve as the premier forum to help readers discover new and innovative works. Axiom Award-winning books will help them to understand changing trends and technologies affecting the business world and to recognize opportunities in our complicated new economy.

When Cohen Brown Management Group’s president and co-chairman, Edward G. Brown, learned he was the recipient of an Axiom Award for his book, The Time Bandit Solution: Recovering Stolen Time You Never Knew You Had, he was thrilled. The book won in the category of Operations Management, Lean, and Continuous Improvement. The perfect category for a man who, for more than 36 years, has trained and consulted Fortune 500 companies on behavior and culture change. The Time Bandit Solution provides the definitive “how to” for time management. It’s not just a day planner but rather contains specific tools and techniques to assist corporations and individuals who want to learn how to stop unwanted interruptions and gain back their time. The Time Bandit Solution teaches how to put an end to interruptions and maximize the resulting time surplus.

Win a copy of Edward G Brown‘s new book The Time Bandit Solution.

book cover, The Time Bandit Solution, interruptions, recover stolen time, time management, distractions, managing interruptionsThere are those books that will tell you to “Just Say No!” when your Time Bandits interrupt you. But “Just Say No!” could be very self-destructive.  So, to avoid insulting them, how do you get the benefits of “no” without saying “NO!”?

 This book will not only tell you what to do, with “executional excellence,” it also explains how.  Without all of the “what to do” and “how to do it lessons and skill in this book you will remain forever at the mercy of yor nice, smiing Time Bandits.  This book teaches you how to put an end to unwanted, unnecessary and unproductive interruptions that steal your time.

Enter to win by clicking here:  http://bit.ly/1Ba1nhl  

Contest ends on September 30th, 2014

Time Bandits steal your precious time.  What are you going to do about it?


Finding Quiet Time

 by Cynthia Whitmer Griffith

quiet time 2 I remember outdoor recess at elementary school I played as hard as I could during that 20 minutes and, as I looked around, everyone had red cheeks as we lined up to come back to the classroom. My third grade teacher would say, “Now, I would like everyone to lay your head on your desk for  two minutes.”  What was she up to…was she grading our math test, writing a letter to a parent or was she popping a candy in her mouth?  No, she was allowing us to clear our minds, finding focus for the remainder of the school day. relaxation

Success Magazine points out “Why you need to create quiet time in your life?” is a key learning in  The Time Bandit Solution authored by Edward G. Brown, President, Co-Chairman & Co-Founder at Cohen Brown Management Group. Time locking is a technique that “can bring focus and even joy or at least serenity to what would otherwise have felt like pressure and drudgery. “  You can read more about time locking and other techniques in this link to the Success Magazine book summary of The Time Bandit Solution.

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Read The Time Bandit Solution book summary by clicking the link :  http://ow.ly/Af6xZ

Tommy Wants-to-Please: Recognize this guy?

tommyshootinggalleryThe phone rings and Tommy answers it, ready to respond to any request.  An email alert pops up on his screen and Tommy clicks on it and types away his response.  Text messages get returned in seconds.

Like a mechanical bear in a shooting gallery, Tommy responds to every command.  He is a solid citizen of our Interruption Culture. Do you recognize this guy?

jpegRead more in The Time Bandit Solution book: http://ow.ly/zet1W

Meet Tommy Wants-to-Please


Meet Tommy Wants-to-Please. He plays a starring role in today’s Interruption Culture. He’s also a lead character in The Time Bandit Solution book. http://ow.ly/zet1W

jpegTommy is a mid-level manager at a bank, but he could be any employee in any industry. Tommy’s most recognizable characteristic is that he is a highly reactive, time-management slave. Tommy wants to please everyone at every hour of the day, reacting to any hint that somebody needs or wants something from him…Sound like anyone you know?

Focal Locking Martial Arts

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I am a full-time consultant with the Cohen Brown Management Group, and I love my job. But there is another part of me which is a devoted Mum to a nearly-11-year-old daughter. Until now she has been the sunshine of my life; everything was easy-going; she was a straight-A student, and there was always a strong bond between us.

Recently, I have the feeling she is living on a different planet! I ask her to run an errand, she agrees and then forgets. I remind her of a quiz in Spanish, she nods and tells me she’s fine, but then forgets to take her Spanish books to school. It is Spring time, so in the morning she has to wear a jacket which she then forgets at school as it “got so much warmer” during the day. I could go on endlessly. I am aware that she is in this strange phase called puberty, but where has my reliable girl gone?

What bugs me most is that we are spending our precious time arguing, sometimes even shouting at each other, then hugging and saying we love each other, but whatever we discuss, she hardly puts anything into practice.

So last week I asked her to sit down, and I used something I learned from Ed Brown and his book “The Time Bandit Solution”, an exercise called “Focal Locking Martial Arts”. I knew this would resonate with my daughter as she is a highly skilled Jiu Jitsu fighter.

Each step of Focal Locking Martial Arts is designed to empty the mind of all sources of distraction, so you will be able to focus on the task at hand. Here is what I taught my daughter:

  1. Find a chair with a hard back.
  2. Remove your shoes, take inventory of your entire body by first noticing your ankles, your toes, and your fingers.
  3. Rub your fingers together, move your toes – warm up your extremities.
  4. Relax all of them as best as you can.
  5. Close your eyes and breathe normally, use a mental mantra called “calm”.
  6. With your eyes closed, slowly inhale, fill your lungs with oxygen.
  7. Now, just as slowly, exhale, and at the same time stay focused on the mantra “calm”.

And the result? It is not as if my daughter has suddenly changed, but more and more she uses this exercise when it is important for her to focus and to “get her act together”. She calms down, concentrates, and mother and daughter are happy again.

Thank you, Ed!

Claudia Irmer is a Results Consultant for Cohen Brown Management. Within the European Team, Claudia covers the territory of UK, continental Europe, and the Middle East.

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