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IN OUR WORLD
Coming to you from what should be sunny Huntington Beach, CA, but is instead cool, overcast and even misty. I was here about 10 days ago and it was the same. It has been a cool coastal summer.
What an exciting week, I have had the opportunity to not only introduce the Repeatable Successful Acts platform in a keynote, but also conduct a special breakout session where I have been able to drill down on a couple highly impactful RSA’s. Then off to UCLA where I was honored to give a keynote address to a wonderful group of 400+ teenage leaders from around the world!
In between all of that I will be launching a program called Visionary Leadership designed to build skill sets in the two foundational areas of thinking and communicating.
Next week I get a unique chance to be involved in a new idea launch that was adapted from a previous idea, Kind of adaption on a theme. Then on to a flight to MN and back home by Friday.
Wonderful opportunities, full of adventurous thinking that can be measured by the impact that shows in the results.
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Almost every week I have the honor of being involved in some sort of meeting. Every week I am amazed at the lack of understanding demonstrated by many of the participants. It’s almost like they don’t know why they are there. At the heart of conferences, meetings, workshops is the OPPORTUNITY to learn something. Something you would not have access to in your daily world. Where else are you granted insight into business leaders, new thinkers, creative powerhouses than these type of meetings? Yet I look around the various rooms while I am a participant and see people using their umbilical Blackberry’s while someone is imparting a great seed of knowledge.
They are simply not in the moment. Their perceived or actual need to stay constantly connected can not be suspended, even for the briefest moment. What a shame.
Now not all is bad . I also see the connected, those who know their capacity to learn is not at an “exceeded capacity” level. How do I recognize them? They are doing a very specific task to allow them to engage in a learning opportunity. They are taking notes.
This simple task of translating something you find important into a note is an immensely critical way for the information to gain relevance, to begin its journey to knowledge.
I sit in many sessions as I either wait for my program or after I have finished and EVERYTIME I write something down, I learn something, something that expands my frame of understanding.
Try this: Turn off your electronic device, get out you pad and pen, start writing those things you find interesting. It will create a level of engagement and allow you to grab an opportunity that you have been granted access to!
MOVIES: Salt: A great suspense, mystery spy thriller! It will be a good view.
NetFlix Fans: Criminal: A weirdly wonderful little movie about con men.
TV: PBS is running a new series of Mystery, featuring the great David Suchet as the persnickety detective, Hurcule Poirot. He is fantastic in the role.
BOOKS: The Zeroes – Lanes: A great read about how the literally psychological aspect of greed impacted the Wall Street meltdown.
MUSIC: Here is an oldie from Jimmy Eats World. I still like their sound.
WEB SITES: Everyone should learn how to draw. Start here:
SOUTH OF NORMAL
Some interesting numbers:
- It cost $904,000 to clean up after the Mardi Gras parades.
- The development of the Grand Theft Auto game cost about $1,000,000
- To create Ka for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas – $200,000,000
- Producing Prince of Persia movie – $150,000,000.00
- 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony – $40,000.000
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Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Adios and Aloha.