Hey everyone, here we go. . . . . .
IN OUR WORLD
Ahhh, a week in Dallas. This week is the Dallas $100,000 Challenger Tennis Tournament, hosted at my tennis club, the beautiful T-Bar-M Racquet Club. So I have been feeding my tennis junkie self all week and hosting a few clients.
I have had my traditional very early morning hours dedicated to a series of big projects in the works:
- The new Creative Ventures web site. We are putting the final “look and feel” on this big project.
- A BRAND NEW presentation on the ART OF SIMPLICITY. This program makes its debut at the end of the month.
- A series of strategic platforms that add new and untapped value to the structure of both large and small business meetings.
- A new design for a facilitation model used in brainstorming sessions.
On top of that I will be getting ready for a full week on the road starting Monday.
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
THE LAW OF LEGS FEED THE WOLF– Know the foundation of success.
This is another of the 21 Creative Ventures Laws. I am going to highlight a few of these during the next few weeks as they come up in the various projects I am working on.
This law deals with a phrase used in sports and relates to your underlying level of conditioning. Is the foundation of your cardiovascular base strong enough to let you play your sport? Basketball, hockey, tennis and other sports that have explosive sprints need a strong base of training to allow you to apply the skills needed in your sport. In business it means are the basics of what you do so solid, so sustainable that you can look at areas to raise your level of performance.
I recently was brought in to help a manufacturing client with a project designed to look at areas of innovation they can pursue that will both increase effiicacy and possibly open new markets to their product. When I arrived they were well into a strong look at the future. When I asked to see the work they had done on their current levels of service and product production they told me that was not the intent of this process. Ahhh, no one thought that the Law of The Legs Feed The Wolf was important. I asked for a little flexibility in their thinking and we did a quick current reality drill. In a short time they realized the direct connection between today and tomorrow. Today feed tomorrow like the legs feed the wolf.
A simple shift in perspective began to open the path to their original goal of looking for innovation.
Remember the basics feed EVERYTHING. Take some regular strategic time to keep a close eye on your current reality so that you can follow it to your future!
MOVIES: Rango. This animated film featuring Johnny Depp looks like a very funny flick!
NetFlix Fans: Out of Sight: Clooney and J-Lo in a great cops and robbers movie.
TV: Justified: The absolutely second best show (sometimes pushing House MD) on TV. Season 2 is three episodes deep now so set your DVR to the FX Network on Wednesday nights.
BOOK: The Bricklayer – Boyd: A new hero in the mystery / thriller genre.
MUSIC: Adam D and Counting Crows with Rain King/Thunder Road.
WEB SITES: Good travel site.
SOUTH OF NORMAL
There have been no shortage of eco-innovations from the automotive industry, with an increasing emphasis on sustainability heralding major breakthroughs in electric and hybrid technology, as well as apps such Toyota’s glass of water[www.springwise.com/automotive/aglassofwater/]. However, hoping to inject some of this green thinking into taxi cab services is UK based cab4one: a fleet of taxis designed for just one passenger and their luggage.
Noticing how many conventional taxis were often carrying just a single passenger, founders Justin and Martin Ott introduced the cab4one fleet of one-passenger taxis last year to Stansted airport, just outside London. The Smart Fourtwo Passion CDIs are, say the company, the greenest conventionally powered cars on British roads, with fuel consumption up to 85mpg. At approximately half the size of a conventional taxi, the reduced fuel consumption is beneficial for both the environment and for the passenger, as the company claims to be able to offer more competitive fares due to the savings made on fuel. As well as providing a ‘bike rescue’ service — set up to encourage cycling by offering a pick up service for stranded or injured cyclists and their bikes — cab4one also have plans to expand to other major UK cities, as well as Central London.
Green inspired startups can not only help save the planet, but they can also save customers money. Eco-superiority could be one of the major trends for 2011, so whatever you do, could you do it greener and better? (Related: In Seattle, real-time ride-sharing with rewards for participants[www.springwise.com/transportation/go520/] — Online marketplace focuses on eco-friendly vehicles[www.springwise.com/automotive/ecoforecourt/].)
This is from the great Springwise Newsletter.
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