We had the good fortune of connecting with Ray Madaghiele and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ray, let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
For me, two intertwined principles seem to rise up from deep within our collective humanity during trying times such as these we are facing today—a global pandemic, widespread unemployment, and the recalibration of political, cultural, gender and racial justice. These principles have been my guiding light throughout my entire life especially during turbulent times.

One such time I remember is the aftermath of the 9-11-01 events. I was inspired, at 45 years old, to pedal my vintage bicycle 3,369 miles in 70 days from Phoenix, Arizona, to Ground Zero, New York City to honor the heroes of 9-11. Supported by my wife, Lyn, we rolled across America and shared a powerful message of hope and healing with thousands of people across America. People shared heartwarming stories with us, grounded in timeless principles that can help each of us be more peaceful and joyful no matter what is happening in our lives and the world.

The principle that echoed the deepest in my heart and others’ hearts that I connected with during my bicycle journey—and has echoed again during this present chaotic time—is The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. This overreaching principle embodies values such as respect, caring, trust, honesty, and simply being nice.

Another equally powerful principle is the flip-side of the same coin. I call it The Diamond Rule: Strive honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view. It means to walk a mile in another person’s moccasins to better understand their unique perspective.

The unsettling events we are collectively experiencing today are great opportunities to reassess what is important in life.  As we strengthen our human values and realize just how precious life is—that there are no guarantees of what tomorrow will bring—we can live life more fully today and every day.

I have discovered that when I consciously live the Golden and Diamond rules, I feel happier and tend to attract more positive experiences. When I find myself out of alignment with these principles, it causes me to feel “dis-ease.”  It dims my spirit. It eats me up inside.

I have also discovered that these life-principles work equally as well in business. They create a magnetic, attractive energy that attracts the right people to work in your company and the right customers to purchase your products and services. In fact, as a business consultant, the first two questions I ask business leaders to help them clarify their desired culture are: (1) How do you want your employees to treat each other?; and, (2) How do your customers want to be treated?—invoking The Golden Rule and The Diamond Rule, respectively. The answers to these questions form the core values of your organization, which will significantly contribute to your lasting success and fulfillment.

So, in life and in business, consider practicing The Golden Rule and The Diamond Rule. It will create a positive ripple effect in your family, business, and community. It costs nothing, yet its value is priceless.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I love serving clients as a master facilitator, trainer, coach, speaker, and author. During the past 30 years, I have enjoyed helping hundreds of organizations improve their performance and solve big problems. It is super exciting to work with enlightened leaders who want to create an energized, fulfilling environment in which individuals and teams grow and thrive. The outcomes I strive for are to: • Clarify your unique organizational culture and strategic direction
• Organize to achieve your vision, mission and goals
• Act with everyone on the same page and moving in the same direction
• Realize results that exceed your desires and expectations.

Prior to starting my consulting business, I earned a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering and spent 10 years as a civil engineering project manager for several consulting firms and a large utility where I led multi-million-dollar planning, design, and construction projects. What I loved most about that time in my life was helping teams achieve a common vision and goals. While still a project manager, I discovered my passion when I attended a 14-week Dale Carnegie Course to learn to be a more effective communicator, leader, and problem-solver. I was inspired to become a certified Dale Carnegie instructor, which I did for eight years at night while being a project manager during the day. That amazing experience triggered my full-time transition to human and organizational transformation. I feel truly blessed to be living my passion and purpose everyday through the business consulting work I do with people and organizations. Prior to Covid-19, most of the services I provided were in-person. These days, I am enjoying discovering new innovative ways to provide my services virtually. A new exciting adventure! Ray is the author of “Energize Your Business: Engage Your Employees with an Inspiring Strategic Planning Process” in which he shares insights into building a more collaborative, high-performing organizational culture and a more profitable business. Ray is also the author of “Ray of Hope Inspiring Peace: Insights on Chaos and Consciousness while Bicycling Across America.”

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My passion is the great outdoors and connecting with nature. My wife, Lyn, and I love RVing. In fact, we have been doing it full-time for 12 years, operating our businesses as we roll. Of all the places we have visited, Arizona is the State that fills our soul the most. If my best friend was visiting for the first time, I would take him/her on a road trip to experience Sedona, the Grand Canyon, the Hopi Mesas, the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forrest, Monument Valley, Canyon De Chelly, and the Mogollon Rim. Places all near and dear to our heart. Each Arizona community has its own unique gems of hiking trails, quaint shops, eateries, and interesting people around every corner.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First of all, I am so grateful for, Lyn, my dear wife and soul mate, for her unconditional love, trust and support that she provides in all my endeavors. I am also grateful for the many mentors whom I have attracted that have changed the trajectory of my life. One such was Al Dodge who took me under his wing when I was a rebellious 14 year old and helped me to discover the “acres of diamonds” buried deep within me. He helped shape my character and had me look past my present circumstances to see my hidden potential.

Website: https://businessenergizers.net/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymadaghiele/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/businessenergizers

Image Credits
Lyn Madaghiele

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