The Daniel Gutierrez Interview, Part 3

Daniel Gutierrez, keynote speaker for the 2015 All Inclusive Awards on Dec. 3, is an international business consultant, radio personality, renowned motivational speaker and spiritual teacher who have inspired people to make positive changes that lead to success. Leveraging his experience, his infectious humor, and his deep belief that there is greatness in each of us has helped transform individuals all over the world.

 

The following is part three of our interview with Daniel Gutierrez. To read part one, click HERE. To read part two of the interview, click HERE. Part four will be posted on Tuesday at http://www.colormagazine.com.

 

Inspirational speaker, author, radio host…do you tailor your message depending on the medium you are using to deliver it? Does each have a different audience and a different way of approaching them?

I don’t necessarily tailor my presentation with regard to the medium I am using to get it out to people. There are some people who will never get a chance to hear a presentation live in a conference room and so they read my book. Some people don’t have the time to read a book, or think they don’t, so they tune into a radio show on their computer. I will use whatever is necessary to reach people and give them the opportunity to hear what I have to say. Of course, it’s a different experience for me to stand in front of an audience, because I get their immediate feedback on whether I’m reaching them and if I don’t feel that energy coming back, I will work that much harder to win the over.

 

Speaking of audiences, you travel the world as an inspirational speaker so what have you learned about business leadership on a global level? How have your travels as a speaker shaped or changed your inspirational message?

On one level, business leaders around the world have one driving goal in mind, and that is to maximize their profits. Again, there is nothing wrong with that. Around the world, however, there are different levels of mindfulness towards the need to balance that drive with the need to give employees – and themselves — the space they need to reconnect with their basic humanness. There are countries where ideas like guaranteed paid vacation and maternity leave are a given part of the business world. Plans like that go a long way towards easing an employee’s anxiety; you never want anyone to face the choice of having a child and keeping their job. That’s about as inhuman as you can get. The benefit to me is that by hearing what progress is being made in different areas of the world, I can bring that information, and proof that it works, to audiences that haven’t made these kinds of positive changes to their business plan. It’s sharing that basic belief that if you give your employees the room to breathe and be human, and not live in constant fear of losing their jobs, they will become a much more powerful workforce.

 

Asked in the Latin Business magazine interview (http://www.danielgutierrez.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2008_latin_business_magazine.pdf) if there was a golden rule of business for Latinos to know, you answered “One of the golden rules of success is, be careful what you think and control your thinking. The thoughts we have today are the blueprint for your future success or lack of it.” Can you expand on that with an example, maybe an example of a thought you had that helped shape your business future?

You always want to think positively. It’s not always easy, but you need to make the effort because it’s the only way to get long lasting, positive results. If you get bogged down in negative thinking, you will never be as successful personally or professional, as you can be. If I had let the negative thoughts in my head take control of me when I first started in business, I would not be here today to relay my message to anyone. I would not have the peace in my life that I enjoy today, or be able to share my experiences with an audience. I would have lost my humanity. I may have been successful, at least in the monetary sense of the word, but I would have been not only unhappy, but spiritually bankrupt.

 

The 2015 All-Inclusive Awards, an evening to honor those who have made a commitment to diversity and inclusion in their careers, take place on December 3, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

The evening includes an intimate dinner, keynote speakers and an awards ceremony where three individuals and three organizations are recognized in the following categories: Leadership; Supplier Diversity; Change Agent. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Do you know a leader or rising star that should be recognized for their diversity efforts? Nominations are currently open for the All-Inclusive Awards (AIA) 2015.  Click Here to Nominate Today!