About Paul

Paul enjoyed a successful 20-year career in corporate America and currently serves as Master Facilitator for the NeuroLeadership Institute-North America (formerly Director, Training & Delivery-NA) and owns and operates Response-Able Consulting LLC.

During the course of his corporate career, he managed a 100+ rep service department for one of the nation’s top 10 newspapers and revamped a subsidiary’s service department; managed a multi-million dollar sales operation for the nation’s largest independent yellow pages publisher; created, from the ground up, a training department for Time Warner Book Group (now Hachette Book Group USA); and launched and managed the first employee “career” initiative as Director of (People) Development at Time Inc.

Paul is currently a leadership and human performance consultant, executive coach, and master facilitator and has a significant management and people development background. As a human performance consultant, the focus of his work is on helping leaders create new thinking, reengage their employees, jumpstart performance, and maximize their results. In his work with corporate clients, Paul uses neuroscience-based models, relevant coaching structures, and appropriate strategic planning tools and assessments to help his clients identify, clarify, and move towards their mission-critical goals. Paul is known for his unique blend of integrity, intelligence, and humor. He quickly establishes rapport and a trusting environment with clients. Paul’s experience, knowledge, and natural passion for connecting with people provide clients with a comfortably challenging yet powerful working relationship and learning experience.

Paul has worked on a variety of projects across a variety of industries with clients including Accenture, American Express, Coca Cola, CVS Caremark, DE Shaw, eBay, FedEx, Genentech, John Deere, Ericsson, Humana, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Network, Northrop Grumman, Pfizer, Prudential Inc., Stanford University, Starbucks, Time Warner, and The Walt Disney Company and has spoken at numerous conferences as keynote or presenter.

Paul holds a Masters degree in Human Resources Management & Labor Relations; completed a Certificate in the Neuroscience of Leadership (2012); is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (applying for his ICF Master Certified Coach credential); served as President (2008, 2009) and Past President (2010-2011) of the Long Island Coaching Alliance-ICF Chapter; is a Results Professional Certified Coach (RPCC); a NeuroLeadership Group Coach Trainer, Mentor Coach, and Coach Assessor; was selected NLG Trainer of the Year (2011-2012); is a TAB-certified Strategic Business Leadership® Coach; a former business blogger for the NY Enterprise Report; and sits on the Advisory Board of Long Island University’s Paralegal Studies program.

Paul is a published writer, marathon runner, triathlete, proud uncle, and lives outside New York City on Long Island with his wife, Tricia, and their son, Christopher (and Pedro the cat).

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What’s Your Focus?!

I recently offered a workshop based on the Law of Attraction. I was motivated (you might even say, compelled) to offer the workshop by a personal sense to do something positive in the midst of so much negative news.

Several responses to my offering were along the lines of, “I didn’t know you were going in that direction.”

I thought, “What direction?!”

In hindsight, I can understand any confusion I may have caused.

You see, as a business owner, I am not moving in any new direction. My focus is and has always been helping people to identify — focus on — their most important goals (in life or at work) and to create a space in which to do the work necessary to bring those goals to fruition. It is not easy work for the client (or sometimes for me), but it is extremely rewarding work.

One of the inherent beliefs at work in my coaching is the belief that each client has untapped potential. I look for this potential from the very first call or meeting. I believe 100% in the possibilities that exist within my clients. This belief is predicated on great faith and on the practically unlimited thinking power of our individual and unique brains.

The workshop was simply an extension of my business approach and values.

If you’re interested in the workshop or finding out more about how you can use coaching in your personal or professional life, call me at 516.216.4233 or send me an email and I’ll be happy to answer your questions or discuss your current challenges.

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"The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness." ~Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America

2008 Winter Newsletter

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Winter 2008


What’s News…
:: Coach’s Corner
:: A Prosperity Workshop for 2009
:: Divorce Coaching for Men
:: In the Professional Spotlight
:: Quotes

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Dear Paul,

Welcome to our Winter 2008 NEWS-you-can-use-LETTER.

A recent morning run reminded me in no small way that winter has indeed arrived in the New York area. The "Real Feel" temperature was 6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Most people think I’m crazy to run in this weather — and I would be if I didn’t prepare properly. In fact, it could be dangerous and even life-threatening if I didn’t take adequate precautions.

What does this have to do with you? Simple, if there’s something you want to do and people are telling you you’re crazy, you might be. Or, they might just be unenlightened about what it is that you’re doing. Set your sights, get educated, plan, prepare and then get moving.

Life is short and meant to be lived — even in the dead of winter (wink).

Coach’s Corner
Create Momentum

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For some people, winter can be depressing. There’s even a medical term for it. Honest!

Whether it’s the brutally cold weather, the short days and lack of sunshine, the madness of holiday shopping crowds, the tendency to isolate oneself and hunker down at home, the anonymity of heavily dressed people bundled in bulky grey and black winter clothes, it can make one long for spring.

So how do you create or keep a sense of momentum throughout the winter at work or in your own life?


A while back, I wrote a series of three articles on Achieving the Elusive. The first article dealt with Focus. It was no accident that I chose focus as the first article. There are many things you can focus on, some that are helpful, some that are not. Vision is the highest level of focus. Having a vision creates momentum.

Want to get moving? Set your focus NOW, think about it daily, flood your thoughts with your vision, put up reminders wherever you will constantly see them, and you can marshal the forces necessary to generate and sustain momentum even in the midst of the harshest winter.

This is the work I do with my clients and how I strive to live my own life. Crystallize your Vision, create your Plan, and then (and only then) get into Action.

You may just find that by keeping your focus high-level and constantly on your Vision that winter flies by and you wake up to the chirping of birds and the explosion of color that is spring.

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Divorce Coaching for Men
Surviving the Fog of Divorce

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Dealing with the prospect or the reality of a divorce is one of the most difficult experiences a person can endure. One of the things that makes it even more difficult is that you are actually experiencing two journeys at the same time: a fact-based or logical/head journey and a feeling-based or emotional/heart journey. (This by the way applies to most things we experience in life.)

Failing to deal with either of these aspects (or, God forbid, both!) will more than likely prolong your agony, your pain, and your suffering, and will delay your recovery. Getting real-life practical help to guide you through both journeys of your breakup will help you regain your footing, create more focus, and move through The Fog of Divorce(TM) more quickly and with more peace and less pain.

Doesn’t that sound like a better option than toughing it out?

If you (or someone you know) are looking for help, support, resources or one-to-one coaching as you move into, through, or out of a divorce, send me an email or call me at 516.216.4233. I’ve been there, I made it through — and I can help you do the same.

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"Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things."~Eric Butterworth

"Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped." ~Calvin Coolidge

"True prosperity is the result of well-placed confidence in ourselves and our fellow man." ~Benjamin Burt

"When prosperity comes, do not use all of it." ~Confucius

"Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars." ~Warren Buffett

"Any person who contributes to prosperity must prosper in turn." ~Earl Nightingale

"It takes no more effort to expect the best, than to fear the worst. It’s healthier, more productive, and a lot more fun!" ~Philip E. Humbert, Ph.D.

A Prosperity Workshop for 2009
Create Abundance in Life and Work

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Are you as sick and tired of all the doom and gloom in the media as I am?!! How about some GOOD news!

Instead of screaming, "UNCLE!", I’ve decided to do something about it. I’ve developed The Law of Attraction: A Prosperity Workshop for 2009 (based on the best-selling book/DVD "The Secret"). The goal of the workshop is to gather a group of business people who want to focus on and create prosperity in 2009.

In the workshop, we will walk through the DVD one section at a time and work together to create action plans around each concept presented. We will also create accountability partnerships to keep you on track and a Members Only Forum for participants to share their progress and achievements after the workshop.

Seating for the workshop is limited and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Reserve my seat!


Our Platinum Sponsor and host for the workshop is my good friend Michael Spinelli of Cashin Spinelli & Ferretti, LLC: Surety Consultants and Construction Managers. They are providing the conference room and dinner/drinks (this will be a working dinner).

Remember, seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis. Click here to reserve a seat!

Prosperity Workshop Details
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (a "working" dinner will be provided by our sponsor)
Place: Cashin Spinelli & Ferretti, LLC – 4170 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Bohemia, NY 11716 (between Corporate Drive and Johnson Ave)

If you prefer a one-to-one learning and/or coaching arrangement, please call me directly at 516.216.4233 or send me an email for a complimentary consultation.

Reserve my seat!

In the Professional Spotlight
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This is the time of year to clear the decks and get focused. It is with that in mind that I spotlight three trusted friends and business colleagues: Justin Bridge, founder of Bridge Leadership, Mary Carlomagno, founder of Order period, and Ken San Pedro, owner/operator of The Carpet Cleaning Guy.

I had the pleasure of being virtually introduced to Justin Bridge through Olivia Lockwood, a mutual colleague (and an amazing person in her own right). Justin is a leadership coach and founder of Bridge Leadership, based in the UK. I spent several weeks learning from Justin in a virtual tele-classroom for a pilot program of his. Justin has that rare combination of tremendous intelligence and heart: not only does he want to make a difference, he can. If you’re looking for a leadership coach who walks the talk and can deliver the goods, Justin is your man. Need proof? Click this link to check out Justin’s Christmas 2008 leadership e-zine full of cutting-edge thinking. Then contact him at justin.bridge@bridgeleadership.com to subscribe to the e-zine or to chat about your company’s leadership development needs.

Another trusted friend and colleague, organization expert and author Mary Carlomagno, is the founder and owner of Order period, a company that specializes in clutter control. Her second book, Secrets of Simplicity was just released in November 2008. In this interactive journal, Mary leads readers on a journey toward release and discovery. Guided by the principle that the way you spend your time and money should reflect your true priorities, Secrets of Simplicity shows how to make practical changes to unburden your closets and calendars and make room for what’s really important. Readers can record their successes, as they de-clutter their homes and–in the process–their minds. When it comes to being happy and healthy, less is more. Mary’s philosophy has been featured in Woman’s Day, Redbook, and the Washington Post. Contact Mary at mary@orderperiod.com for a consultation or to ask about either of her books. By the way, the second book mentions me (yes, Paul McGinniss!) as one of her life examples. Thanks, Mary!

Now that you’ve cleared your space, clean it! And for that, my final spotlight colleague, Ken San Pedro, can help you. Ken is the owner of The Carpet Cleaning Guy (TCCG) and founding partner of Qualified Restoration. Ken is a dynamo, a successful business owner, and an amazing networker. He separates himself from the crowd by going the extra mile in his business and in his relationships. TCCG offers carpet/upholstery cleaning, window cleaning, air duct cleaning, tile/grout cleaning and sealing or flood restoration. Qualified Restoration provides help to those suffering from damage due to fire, flood, or any other significant event. Both services cover residential and commercial jobs. Ken is offering a $25 gift certificate toward any of his The Carpet Cleaning Guy services for Eastern Long Island residents. Use it yourself or give it to a friend. Contact Ken at 866-We- Do-Rugs (866-933-6784) for your certificate and your carpet cleaning needs or at 888-244-2549 for any restoration needs.

Response-Able Consulting uses a brain- based coaching model to help successful businesspeople pursue lives of intention and fulfillment. We are also proud to offer a one-of-a-kind Divorce Coaching Program for Men.

We typically distribute our NEWS-you-can-use-LETTER once each quarter. If there are issues keeping you awake at night, please share them with us and we’ll address them in future newsletters. I hope you found our Winter 2008 issue useful.

Ciao for now,

Paul McGinniss, ACC RCC SBL MSHR

Response-Able Consulting Inc.
phone: 516.216.4233

Set Your Vision for 2009

Want help creating your vision? You’re in luck!

I’m offering 25% off the regular price of a 60-minute Goal Setting session for the first 20 people to reply to this offer.

Sign up for your discounted goal-setting session before January 31, 2009 and lock in 2008 rates.

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Identifying Your Niche

Along the lines of helpful articles and tips, this comes from Jim Paterson and the September 2008 issue of “Counseling Today.” While I’m a coach and not a counselor, I found this shadowbox article (on page 54) valuable to any business owner.

In his article, Jim identifies “six key points to consider before choosing a specialty”:

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"The most successful executives carefully select understudies. They don't strive to do everything themselves. They train and trust others. This leaves them foot-free, mind-free, with time to think. They have time to receive important callers, to pay worthwhile visits. They have time for their families. No matter how able, any employer or executive who insists on running a one-man enterprise courts unhappy circumstances when his power dwindles." ~ B. C. Forbes, financial journalist and founder of Forbes magazine

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"All growth, including political growth, is the result of risk-taking." ~ Jude Wanniski

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"Wisdom ofttimes consists of knowing what to do next." ~ Herbert Hoover, President of the United States

Making Teams Work

While cleaning my office for year-end planning, I came across a batch of articles I had saved over the years while managing various departments (sales, service, training, admin).

One such article (from a Priority Management* newsletter) is called “Eight Ways to Make Teams Work.” Here are their eight tips (in bold) with my thoughts (in italics):

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Managing people can pose a variety of challenges, but there are simple building blocks you can use to identify performance issues, address them, and create the results you want.

So my gift to you this holiday season is a variety of tips to help you improve your management skills and increase your impact.

For me, it starts before you hire anyone. You see, there are only a few reasons people don’t perform (and we can only influence a few of them):

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