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IN OUR WORLD
Another crazy week is in the books. Here are a few highlights:
- The Wells Fargo Essentials of Excellence program highlighted my Repeatable Successful Acts platform in a two part podcast. Here is a link to the recording: http://mfile3.akamai.com/1326/wma/wfargofunds.download.akamai.com/1326/e2Podcast_Proof/e2Podcast_20090616_PROOF_2.asx
- Great client workshop on teambuilding. I started with understanding the concept of consensus. I use a great exercise I created called THE COPENHAGEN PROJECT. It teaches the impact of emotion on decision making.
- I completed two large client project reports using our graphic platform.
- I entered the first of the 7 rings of hell, as we started the remodel of our kitchen.
- The work continues on the revision of my web site and my very talented team is busy trying to find middle ground on all of our ideas.
Next week I’m teaching the first part of a two part educational program on presentation skills.
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Are you THINKING? I am in constant astonishment at the organizations that stop to think, that launch new ideas that make bold experiments on client value. Here are a few results of thinking!
- Hyatt Hotels Gold Passport: As part of their customer loyalty program they are adding a benefit called “random acts of kindness”. The Hyatt mission is to provide AUTHENTIC HOSPITALITY; making a difference in the lives of people we have the opportunity to touch. They are now empowering employees to make that mission come alive. Don’t be surprised if Gold Passport picks up your bar tab, comps your massage or treats your family to breakfast. This is a shining example of increase the generosity of your service.
- Carspaze: Parking garages are notorious for being grim and grey places with no decorations. A new technology now can transform those dingy walls into large scale ads full of color and impact. This new advertising platform centered on the ability to digitally print photo quality images on to special fire retardant materials. Cool idea developed by a European ad man who got stuck in a garage with car trouble.
Just a couple of ideas from thinking companies!
MOVIES: Nothing out there to really drive me to the movies. Year One looks kind of funny and maybe if I get tired of golf or the heat, I may end up at this one.
NetFlix Fans: Miracle: Disney has now put this fantastic movie out on Blu-Ray providing another reason to see this great film about our 1980 Gold Medal hockey team.
TV: its US Open time and golf will be on all day long, even if it is only running in the background. For a great new guy series on the Food Network, try Man vs. Food. Really fun show about a guy taking those classic food challenges, like eat a 72 oz. steak with baked potato, salad and bread in an hour (he did it).
BOOKS: The Think Big Manifesto – By Port with Samuels. Follows the 10 Principles of Thinking Big and takes you out of your comfort zone. Not terribly original, but still interesting.
MUSIC: I had a chance to learn and play this song with some friends. I’ve always liked it, so here is Again I Go Unnoticed by Dashboard Confessional (you get to work on your Spanish also).
WEB SITES: Having a bad day, check this out.
The recently held the Webby Awards, honoring excellence on the Internet including websites, interactive advertising and online film. The best part of the award ceremony is that award winners are only allowed a 5 word acceptance speech. Here are a couple of examples:
- Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter): “creativity is a renewable resource”
- Seth McFarlane (creator of Family Guy): “what was this for again?”
- Jimmy Fallon (new late night TV host): “Thank God Conan got promoted”
It’s another wasted night as TV steals the conversation.
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