In early July of 1967 Ed started work as a Mechanical Engineer for the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard. That September, he rounded out his training by investing in the Dale Carnegie Leadership Course. At 21 years old he was the youngest in his class of company presidents, vice presidents, and high level managers. There he learned that “Anything was possible” and how to effectively speak and teach to adult audiences.
Even at the start, Ed has been an out-of-the box thinker. Most likely this comes from his intense engineering training where he had to visualize solutions, create plans and then make them happen. Three years after starting work he was promoted to Project Manager, yet he knew there was more to life than long engineering projects and he started looking for something more exciting. When he found that his passion was food, recipes and cooking, he formulated his first big dream (a personal vision) "To play around with food all day and get paid for it.” Two years later he earned a Masters Degree in Food Science and was hired as a Food Product Development Specialist for the Research Center of a very large food company (Ed was living his first big dream).
In the following ten years Ed became a Wine and Food Consultant, a Weekly Wine and Food Columnist, a Freelance Writer, a Paid Wine Judge, and an Instructor of Hospitality Management at USF.
Several highlights marked the success his Wine and Food Career some include: the first article he wrote for Bon Appetit Magazine in Feb. about a Dim Sum Cooking School. The next was an article written about his partner's Weekend Cooking School called Cookery at the Cove. It appeared as the featured Cooking School in Bon Appetit April 1979. This was before the days of the Food Network and the Bon Appetit article was big publicity. It prompted Ed and Jack to write a one page proposal to Julia Child to be our guest teacher at the Cove. She accepted and in December 1980 and returned a couple more times.
After a religious sabbatical in 1984, Ed had to reinvent himself and in 1985 he re-entered the workforce as a technical writer for large worldwide producer of disc drives. It started as a survival job until the VP of Worldwide Quality commissioned him to do an internal Quality White Paper. Ed published "Quality the state of the art". It focused entirely on how this company related to and ranked in quality on the World Class level. That work eventually led him to become Manager of Corporate Quality Improvement. As a result of his work and coordination "Continuous Improvement"
After over ten years of quality work, Ed refined the Brainstorming Quality Tool and made it easier to teach so it can be used at home and in work to quickly get foundational results. Ed calls it Focused Brainstorming. It’s training by example that gets real solutions to real problems while learning the tool.
Ed's company is called Focused Brainstorming where he consults with small businesses on Quality Systems and does brainstorming for results. In 2003 he developed and rolled out his first "Finding and Building Your Dreams" workshop. It was specifically designed for the person who says "I don't know what to do with my life!" or for people looking to change to something they love. In his six hour workshop individuals find their passion, create a vision, and develop a plan to accomplish it.
Depending on the needs of the client, Ed's sessions are customized to meet them. The audience leaves with new ideas and the skills to use brainstorming at the next level.
10 Reasons to hire Ed
1. The results of Focused Brainstorming are foundational to any initiative. (It's the only way you can insure that everyone's voice was heard, all ideas are on the table, and by this process the best ideas get buy-in.)
3. Done right, a 90 minute session will provide enough ideas for a year. (Do it once and grow forward leaving no stone unturned.)
4. Ed trains by using interactive examples. (No one sleeps)
5. He gains consensus faster than you ever though possible. (Find out how?)
6. Ed works with the organizer to ensure that the needs and expectations of the audience are identified so that the results can be most effective and lasting. (Leaders or potential leaders can be offered leadership roles to those who demonstrate a passionate interest in one or more of the session findings.)
7. Using flip charts and sticky notes the entire process and results are documented. (This makes it easy to summarize the results)
8. At the start, a quick consensus of what would be the most valuable question(s) to explore for everyone present (The phrasing of the question(s) is critical to the type of results obtained.)
9. A contract of goals and follow through plans can be established at the start. (What are the participants going to do with the results – the session will be fun but we want to see the results put into action. Follow up coaching is available.
10. An optional one page summary of results can be made available.
Contact Ed at: Ed@successrevisited.com or his agent Jeanne Baach at: firstname.lastname@example.org to book him for your next event!
Visit his website at www.successrevisited.com