Tuesday, December 20, 2005
I am inspired by local leaders, and heroes from all walks of life and decided to use an Idea Guy suggestion of running a series of posts from local heroes. It takes a heroic effort to work with passion & purpose, it takes a heroic effort to make a living and a life and it is time to show off a Columbus, Ohio blog series of hero stories.
David Batstone provides great inspiration on heroship in the recent article on essential for the network society. Click on the link below for important ideas to use in the battle against complacency and mediocrity.
Right Reality - the WAG, David Batstone, Saving the Corporate Soul
Friday, November 25, 2005
Forbes online provides an interesting profile on big giving inThe Most Charitable Companies - Forbes.com.
A good companion article appears in Fast Companies link to The NY Times November 14 article on a cool charitable giving site HOTorNOT.com
Tis the season every day and I find that giving my time and attention to others relieves me of my nagging ego pain.
Monday, November 14, 2005
NonProfits4 wrote a good piece on a man I have a hero- fascination with "Peter F. Drucker, Giant, Dead at 95" I am reminded that 95 years is more common but is not promised and that to reveal in the accomplishments of others is a joy.
I sent this out as a humble tribute to Peter Drucker and another thought leader I admire; former United Way President, teacher, author and active change agent -- Mr. Richard Aft.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Trends, fads, new economy, new paradigm,--several generations struggle with living in a 2005 world. I find comfort in understanding the meaning of the terminology of the day. In the last e-zine Iconoculture: Framework provides a cool clean definition of trends and includes a eye pleasing graphic.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Harvard's Grad School of Education is host to the Project Zero Institute. In the Research Projects article former Faculty member David Perkins talks about the Teaching for Understanding model (tfu). This model is my favorite design for teaching and learning and Project Zero offers a summer program that is mind boggling.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
A manager at work once told me "Never complain or explain", and the more I apply this the better my day goes. Since the last post talked about customer service I give you Jeffrey Gitomer's recent comments on customer experience and sales. Gitomer.com
We are all in the game of sales--especially job-seekers and employers. Sales is now a "bad" word for many people who fear it, avoid it or resist the call to improve an important skill in the world of work. There are great books out there that take the mystery and anxiety out of selling.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
This year I have had an unusual number of outstanding customer service experiences! I am now more loyal to Verizon, Target, the Y.M.C.A. and thanks to Janis--Chase Visa(Amazon) card. I tend to expect the best in others but I cannot explain this great service roll.
I included a great article from Next Generation Consulting called Why Corporate Culture Counts.
Oh-if you have not checked out Tom Peters Essentials book set they are portable and WOW per usual
Friday, September 02, 2005
Thanks to 4Nonprofits for Good Nonprofit Management Highlighted 4Nonprofits post that features current examples and reminders that nonprofit business is business. In 2005 our community programs & services may not be ready for systemic change, deep change or culture shift. In the meantime examples of "random acts of effectiveness" (not my term) need to be unpacked and examined.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
What an clean, crisp definition of a trend framework --( in other words I think its cool) I find the best trend watchers stay focused on interesting work that is "useful" on the high level and meaningful deep down.
"It may not get better but its gonna get different."
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
I am pleased to see this article in Local News - Battle Creek Enquirer - www.battlecreekenquirer.com about the use of comic art in a school setting. Since the first time I stepped into a phone booth I learn more on the history of the medium. The fact that the modern American comic emerged during the Depression Era is very telling of our collective need for hope and personal meaning.
In Dan Pink's recent book A Whole New Mind I discovered Understanding Comic Books- by Scott McCloud and Don THE IDEA GUY insisted I look at the follow up --Reinventing Comics (thanks guys!)
It is interesting the presence of super hero movies, product references and advertising. Anyone have any thoughts on this...?
Monday, August 08, 2005
I still do not have a good working definition of the word justice. I frequently hear it in the context of "social justice" or in a situation where a criminal activity is alleged and people need to be "brought to justice." Please send me your thoughts and feel free to draw inspiration from The Justice League Of America - Character Bios --compliments of Steve from UWay who may be aware of the location of the Hall of Justice --a good start
Friday, August 05, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
A recent article from M.I.T. Technologey Review blog includes this fascinating article and dialog on "meshes" The New Commonplace - What Don't I Understand About Meshes? This is a term that will see the light of day. I see the concepts that run in tandem with cool ideas about the relationship between emerging technologies and building community.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Friday, July 15, 2005
This page on work trends is geared towards the young post school crowd though it is just as relevant for any working person, parent or educator. Our Co-op Learning Community :: site features several contributions from "Career Activist" Barbara Moses, Ph.D.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
I pass this article on to you because I enjoy sharing things that include all of these therms in one place.
Fouroboros Brain, Metaphor, Archetype, Brand. Part I
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
This T. V. series hosted by Robert Redford on social entrepreneurship looks dynamite. I am reminded of Redford in the movie The Electric Horseman with a theme song--"now my heroes have always been cowboys..."
Click on the title to see details and great content on changing the world.
I received an effective cold call yesterday and the sales rep went the x-tra mile on price, service and style. I gave him a copy of Seth Godin's new book All Marketers Are Liars after he asked about the book I had in my hand.
He loved the bottled water story on the back of the book and said he planned to visit Seth's blog
props to the company for attracting great talent with real storytelling skill.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Monday, June 20, 2005
Click on Mr Dave Pollard's How To Save the World to open up a quality page on effectivly communicating with human beings. Since it is what we do for work and sport it is a skill that few master though we rely on it just after air, water, and food.
There are a handful of great books on the topic such as Crucial Conversations or The Way we Talk is the Way We Are. See what Dave has to add and then go ahead "tawlk amounst yourselves"
Friday, June 17, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Sunday, June 12, 2005
My first reaction to this story on web-based social networking is uh oh--I hear hole punching in an emerging and important concept I see as vital to good work. I do find LinkedIn interesting and the article raises excellent questions.
Thanks CNET and Ms. Woo for bringing the topic out for viewing.
The Buzz Report: Five reasons social networking doesn't work - CNET.com
Don " The IDEA guy" Snyder is in the running to post a new Manifesto on the future of radio. Don is a true thought leader and his work is top notch
Please take a moment to click on the Change this link in the title and vote for this Manifesto.
Sunday, June 05, 2005
This recent article from Accenture provides some basics that are important to keep in mind. The process is simple yet the steps are more like escalators with variable speeds.
Remember that many locate their next work opportunity through a word of mouth contact--usually an acquaintance. The job description is inside you and in order to sell it you first have to spell it.
Friday, June 03, 2005
I encounter the term creative at work when the goin gets tuff and making difficult decisions sounds like "yes that is our organization's mission buuuut--I think were going to have to be realistic." (translation: status quo till we go down with the ship.
In truth creativity is a discipline to develop mastery of a given craft.
Here is a sample of creativity/mastery = a cool and (truly creative) site my friend Dave sent me.
It is the original rubber wrist band man Kevin the Katalyst --thanks Dave!
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Take a gander at article 106 on Mr. Brill's site. Just more interesting evidence of the creative class/concept age paradigm that challenges us to truly understand the term creativity and see the light--good case for quality R&D.
Winston Brill - Articles
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Sunday, May 01, 2005
It is too easy to live in a state of distraction and miss out on the good stuff. This article is a good reminder to serious minded community heroes that it is OK to savor a moment and enjoy the ride.
February 2000 - Finding Your Passion
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Work to live-live to Work
Over time I have observed that work at it's best provides a way to make a living, an opportunity have a sense of personal accomplishment and a way to contribute to the greater good.
It is impossible to separate work from the rest of life because they are intertwined. It is possible to have a good quality of life by defining personal priorities and setting up good sturdy picket fences(any color will do) around them. I am not saying this is easy but it does not always happen by chance.
I hope that the work/life discussion is not the next paperless office --By the way life is hard and it can be an incredible adventure. I rarely hear people openly acknowledge that the pursuit of happiness is difficult.
Do You Love What You Do? is a short piece from Fast Company that includes an interesting moment in the life of Warren Bennis. Do something you love at work this week...
Sunday, April 10, 2005
The key concepts here are communications and creativity. In order to be relevant non-profits community organization need their own ROI or ROCI (return on community investment).
Good Philanthropy has not changed it's basic tenant -invest in sustainable change.
Yes -there is a need for emergency services
Yes - there have always been good community work with donations that are well spent
DO I believe the Trillion dollars "invested "in community work since the War on Poverty have a strong ROCI? NO WAY
Blogging is a cool tool, talking our walk is cool, team players are cool - programs are more visible to donors when they communicate the real stories of faliure and success. ("Truth Telling")
onPhilanthropy - Blogging as an Effective Fundraising Strategy
I have been anticipating the new Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind and I am not disappointed. As a thanks you for such thought- bending work I have included a link to Mr. Pink's new web site. Go for a visit--good news is good news.
Orange is the New Pink
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Take a look at David Batstone's article on the state of the middle management's world of dis--ease, and the uninformed American worker-- maybe more of us need more stress and crisis to understand the value of great training programs.
I recommend David's site--good stuff.
Right Reality - the WAG, David Batstone, Saving the Corporate Soul
Sunday, March 20, 2005
" The ability to learn is critical. We can hire employees with ability but current lack of knowledge to train them. We cannot utilize employees who do not respond to training through lack of their internal capacity and motivation to learn "
Barry Farris and Peter Hill Law Office
From a great little book called Wisdom Inc. by Mr Seth Godin
Friday, March 18, 2005
I do not know this gentlemen but I like his Superman pose. We are all in the business of selling in the work a day world.
This is my friendly prompt to all work seekers to check out "Now Discover your Selling Strengths" on tape from the library to take a bit of resistance out of your game.
No-Brainer Selling Tips
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Finding your passion and purpose in life requires presenting yourself to others. We all sell ourselves in the pursuit of meaningful work, yet "I am not good at sales" or "I do not like selling "is something I hear every week.
There are some good books out there that take the mystery and fear out of selling.
Mr. Jeffrey Gitomer's Little Red Book on Selling, The Little Red Book on Sales Questions, The Little Green Book, The Little Yellow Book, The Black Book and The Platinum CHA -Ching, is a little book business blowout and his web material is good medicine for sales resistance and all about taking action.
Gitomer.com : Home Page
Monday, March 07, 2005
Some have said we are living in the age of anxiety because of the rapid pace of change. It is comforting to know that there is great opportunity for social change in all the chaos and the complexity that modern families face.
This link is more proof that is is still safe to laugh and smile.
Happy Worker :: Everyday Superheroes Action Figures
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Monday, February 07, 2005
Monday, January 31, 2005
In America, if you work very hard, with enough determination and persistence, you can become anything you want.
Here is another myth: No matter how hard you work, no matter how much you persist, you'll never become what you want.
(excerpts from intro to Mythology -The D.C. Comic Art of Alex Ross, 2004 Pantheon Books)
This is a great book and a incredible visual story.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Monday, January 24, 2005
SuperVision is dedicated to every day heroes and those yet to discover their super powers--- the talents, gifts and fascinations inside all mortals. There are no lack of leaders capable of heroic feats of parenting, teaching, and sharing power with others.
One of my favorite Indiana heroes is Principal Pat Bolanos, who passed away after leading a team of visionary teachers, to create a hero-friendly K-12 school. This school in Indianapolis is a testimony to the optimism that is bubbling up more and more...
Check out the Key Learning Community website at http://www.616.ips.k12.in.us/Principal/default.aspx
When you arrive at the site you will find several other unique heroes if you point and click a bit.