Thanksgiving Gratitude

Thanksgiving Gratitude

This is a different kind of Energy Boost. I think of it as the Thanksgiving Special.

It’s a milestone week for me, and I want to celebrate a little. With deep gratitude – to you, and to the many amazing colleagues and clients who got me here.

Twelve years ago I launched INFLUENS, the international training and coaching firm through which you know me. This month I am launching a whole new venture, BRILLIANT BEST.

No worries, INFLUENS is not going away. We are in fact expanding, with a new Associate, Runa Bouius, on the ground for us in LA. Runa is a serial entrepreneur from Iceland and a Rockstar expert in Conscious Leadership. A perfect INFLUENS fit!

Here’s what I learned in 2004 when I conceived INFLUENS. I had a book deal to write Power Speaking, and I figured, well, the moment you have your own book you gotta have your own business. 3 life-changing things happened for me within the span of a year. I wrote Power Speaking. I finished my final year of getting a MA in Organizational Psychology and International Relations at NYU. And I joined a facilitated Mastermind Group to help me figure out how the heck I would launch my firm.

Finishing my MA felt like slow water torture. Writing Power Speaking was alternately arduous and electric. Participating in a Mastermind, however, was eye-opening and mind-expanding from beginning to end. It was the unexpected Win.

My Mastermind Group showed me the sonorous value of support. Agenda-less, real, at times tough support from brilliant colleagues who wanted me to excel. I absorbed their wisdom. I watched my learning accelerate. I got clarity. I performed better. Way way better.

It’s my private little joke now: I have support for everything these days. A therapist. A coach. A physical trainer. An editor for my writing. An agent for my books. I freely support the many amazing peers in my field whose work I admire. I mentor those who are just starting their journeys in the personal excellence field. Support works when we give it. Support works when we receive it. It’s a no-brainer for me.

Support accelerates success. Say it 3 times. Support accelerates success. It does it does it does.

BRILLIANT BEST is my ultimate support offering for successful C-Suite leaders – a tribe of professionals whose energy, ambition and results-focus I just love. This is the question that kept gnawing at me – how else can I support the leader who doesn’t need more coaching or another leadership class but has a fervent desire to keep lifting her or his leadership game? The longer I contemplated this question, the more swiftly I returned to the inherent gifts of the facilitated Mastermind Group.

BRILLIANT BEST is here. It is an invitation-only Leadership Laboratory. C-Suite leaders is encouraged to apply. Two groups launch in January 2017. I would be honored if you took a peek at the website,

If you’re still wondering what a Mastermind is and does, I hope the 2 videos links below will provide some answers:

How Does a MASTERMIND Work?


Our regular Energy Boost format returns next week. In the meantime, have a richly energized week. And if you partake in the American Thanksgiving tradition, enjoy a ridiculously satisfying Holiday meal. Warmest greetings,


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Achim Nowak is an author, speaker, C-Suite coach, international authority on personal presence. His book "The Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in a Distracted World" (New Page Books) has just been published. His previous books have become prized resources for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives around the globe. Achim and his work have been featured on 60 Minutes, Fox News, NPR, in The New York Times and The Miami Herald.