John Sanchez


Circle of Control vs Concern   Recently updated !

People often spend time and energy worrying about things they have no control over. It’s a natural reaction for our brains to think through worst case scenarios. It’s a built-in defense mechanism leftover from the days when our biggest concern was not getting eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, so we were always on high alert. But, being on high alert 24/7 is what leads to PTSD, so identifying and separating where we put our energy is critical. Our circle of concern includes things we care about, but can’t control. It’s important to be aware of things in this sphere, but […]

Circle of Influence

Managing-Uncertainty-and-Fear

Managing Uncertainty and Fear-Part 2/2   Recently updated !

Certainty is a primary human need and right now, most people are dealing with tremendous uncertainty. This leads to fear and other negative emotions. Everyone interprets stimulus differently, but the process for how we process stimuli is the same for everyone. We receive some stimuli from the outside world, we think about it and attach meaning to it based on our own individual life experiences. This is why people’s perceptions of the same stimuli can be very different from person to person. The meaning we attach to things then leads to emotions, which drive behaviors. Behaviors inevitably have some results. […]


Managing Uncertainty and Fear-Part 1/2   Recently updated !

Certainty is a primary human need and right now, most people are dealing with tremendous uncertainty. This leads to fear and other negative emotions. Everyone interprets stimulus differently, but the process for how we process stimuli is the same for everyone. We receive some stimuli from the outside world, we think about it and attach meaning to it based on our own individual life experiences. This is why people’s perceptions of the same stimuli can be very different from person to person. The meaning we attach to things then leads to emotions, which drive behaviors. Behaviors inevitably have some results. […]

Managing-Uncertainty-and-Fear

Triad of Emotions

Three Keys to Controlling Emotions   Recently updated !

There are lots of things we cannot control and with all that is going on in the world right now, emotions are all over the place for some people. There are things outside our control that affect our emotions, but we do have some control over how we respond to things. This short video (less than 6 minutes) covers three things we can proactively take action on to keep our emotions in check. #emotions #emotionalintelligence #focusonwhatmatters #focus #proactivity #communication


Good News   Recently updated !

If you don’t believe that Google has manipulated their own search algorithms to serve up what they most want us to see, try doing a search for good news. I did. You really can’t make this shit up. Google’s idea of good news starts with a hurricane, followed by some hyperbolic crap about Kavanaugh and the last of their top three results is an article about a limousine crash that killed 20 people. It’s not fake news folks. Google and every other company involved in the media and technology shows us what they want us to see. It seems that finding […]


Evaluating Your Training Plan

ADT’s recently published 2017 State of the Industry Report shows organizations have increased their investments in training, both in terms of money and time spent training. Does this ring true for your organization? If you remember just one thing from this article, make it this: Your competitors are investing heavily in training their workforce, so unless you want them to eat your lunch, you better be investing in training your people too. The State of the Industry This was the fourth year in a row these figures increased, with 2016 spending up to $1,273 per employee, up from $1,252 the […]


SWOT on the FLY-Get Out of Your Spreadsheets and Into Your Business

If you remember only one thing after reading this article, remember this…get out of your spreadsheets, and into your business. The better you understand what drives your business, the better you will be at planning and forecasting, not to mention analyzing actual results. SWOT ON THE FLY By getting out from behind your desk and getting into the different functional areas of your organization you will gain an understanding of what makes your business tick at a broader and deeper level than you ever will any other way. A key advantage this approach offers is it will enable you to do […]


FPA Group and Innovation Enterprise Academy Announce New Partnership

FPA Group has partnered with The Innovation Enterprise Academy (IE Academy) to launch a live online course, ‘Communication Skills for FP&A Professionals’, that aims to solve the problem of miscommunication specifically among finance professionals. The course will be delivered by industry leader and founder of The FPA Group, John Sanchez, and provides students with an understanding of their own unique communication style and how they can leverage it effectively to get their message across. Communication skills are much like muscles in that they must be exercised regularly to keep them in top condition. If you don’t work on them, they […]


Using Stories for Business Works. Do You Use them?

63% vs. 5% If you communicate in business meetings the way most people do, it might surprise you to know that only about 5% of people will remember the facts you share. Research shows that is the percentage of people that remember Information presented in a traditional, Joe Friday, manner; “Just the Facts”. If, however, you used stories to convey your message, you would increase your audience’s retention by a factor of twelve. Yup, that same research says more than 63% of people will remember things they hear when it’s in the form of a story. So, why don’t more […]


Review: Adaptive Insights Demo

This is a review of a demo of Adaptive Insights. It is not a review of my first-hand usage of the product, although I have used a trial version of the product with full functionality in the past. This review, however, is based on a demo of the most recent product. I am not affiliated with Adaptive Insights.