Award Seeks to Spotlight Nation’s Most Visionary, Effective Leaders

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So, is it your boss, your mentor, your partner, your friend? Who is the Great Mind in your life? A Great Mind is an individual who looks through a lens of opportunity to serve others. A Great Mind seeks new ways of looking at common challenges, and instead of reinventing the wheel, this person will search for a new, more advanced wheel that keeps him or her speeding toward their goals. A Great Mind is a dynamic blend of wisdom, know-how, leadership, courage, creativity, intelligence and that extra special something that inspires people to be more, do more, dream more, and to create more. The quest for America’s Great Mind begins immediately with a visit to where anyone can sign up his or her preferred Great Mind in business.

this generation’s Think & Grow Rich

  • Where others see challenges, do you see opportunity?
  • As others are struggling to find top talent, do you attract and retain the best and the brightest?
  • When others drag to work, do you create a joyous workplace of energetic expectancy?
  • While others manage by force and pressure, do you inspire, motivate, and empower?
  • When others pigeon hole staff, do you learn from yours and capture the power of their ideas?

Today’s visionary business leaders possess these qualities. A Great Mind seeks new ways of looking at common challenges – and instead of reinventing the wheel, searches for a new, more advanced way to keep speeding toward challenging goals. A Great Mind is a dynamic blend of wisdom, know-how, leadership, courage, creativity, intelligence and that extra special something which inspires people to be more, do more, dream more, and to create more. A Great Mind looks through a lens of opportunity to serve others.

Dallas-based entrepreneur Tina Ferguson knows such a Great Mind – a mentor who guided and encouraged her professional career, building in her the confidence to create her own successful company that increased to more than four times her top salary in just a few years. Now, her sight is set on finding the innovative people who recognize that focusing on big ideas can drive the bottom line and investment in people can bring great profits. With a search of 100 cities over seven days, Ferguson intends to find Great Minds who are making profits while making a true difference in business-as-usual across America.

“We are looking for Great Minds in each of America’s cities – someone who has gone beyond traditional definitions of corporate success to yield unparalleled results that make their companies, customers and communities more stable, prosperous and productive,” said Tina Ferguson, creator of the Great Minds 2006 conference and the Great Minds Award. “We all know many great minds – people who blend abundance mentality and business savvy to make a difference each and every day as they mentor, serve and inspire others -- making it possible for those they work with and serve to believe more is possible, and most important, to achieve it.”

To nominate someone over age 18 in the search for America’s Great Minds, fill out a brief form at by Midnight CST April 24, 2006. Three finalists will be selected for each of the 100 cities participating; and America’s Great Mind will be announced on April 26, 2006 at Judges are seeking examples and descriptions of:

  • Innovators with an uncommon approach to doing business – who share unique wisdom, instill trust in the marketplace and earn the respect of colleagues as well as competitors.
  • Individuals whose courage, vision and leadership bring out the best in others – motivating others to be more, do more, dream more and create more.
  • Dynamic leaders who think from their heart and head – bridging the logic of left-brain analysis and the creative power of right-brain ingenuity to improve their companies and communities.
  • Leaders who make money by making a true difference in the lives of others.

Recipients of America’s Great Mind awards will receive an all-expense paid opportunity to participate in Great Minds 2006 (, a four-day invitational symposium for top executives interested in inventive solutions that help business owners and professionals improve operations and internal culture. The event will focus on strategies that yield tangible results for businesses (decreasing sales cycle length, strategies to attract top talent), as well as intangible benefits (joy at work, harnessing the power of being unstoppable) that make a successful business.

The conference – to be held May 17-20, 2006 at the exclusive Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz. – features 11 nationally known experts who have created a revolution in their companies and in the way others do business, including:.

  • Frank Maguire: the former FedEx and American Airlines executive who believes companies “have to be likable” to be profitable and considers passion, choice and relationships key to corporate success.
  • Dan Pink, best-selling author and an expert on innovation, competition, and the changing world of work whose latest book, A Whole New Mind – voted the best business book of 2005 by Fast Company– charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and explains the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced and automated world.
  • Michael Gelb, best-selling author of How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci – a pioneer in the field of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership.
  • Cynthia Kersey, whose book The Unstoppable Mindset was dubbed “this generation’s Think & Grow Rich” by Success Magazine
  • Annette Simmons, who focus on “The Story Factor” helps business overcome the penchant to overload consumers with information, instead of focusing on powerful stories that are meaningful and help people gain faith in their products, companies and services.

More information about the conference and registration is at

The Great Minds conference was developed by The One80 Group, LTD, a Plano, Texas-based marketing agency specializing in services marketing and building “trust strategies” that help organizations balance trust inside and outside an organization. The One80 Group facilitates cultural change within organizations. Event sponsors include The Sales Company of Plano, CEO Network Partners based in Houston and Bethesda-based

For media questions and interviews, contact Jessica Schwartz Hahn or Tina Ferguson at (972) 509-7050.

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