Archive for July, 2008
Wow, have you seen this memo? I would guess that this organization is not one on the Top 100 Best Places to work. Ye gads, everyone there must live in their own little cocoon. It’s times like these that I think about these humorous emails that get sent around where they suggest playing tricks in the office. One that I remember is to: stay behind as everyone else, including the boss, leaves. Thank them for coming. Or, next time you are in an elevator, loudly proclaim “stop touching me.” A friend and I were talking last night and she suggested walking into the elevator and facing everyone. Any favorites of yours?
I stumbled upon this blog some time ago and have become completely entranced by some of the manifestos others have written. Very impactful and powerful stuff. Some I have read repeatedly and still can’t get past their brilliance. Oh, don’t get me wrong. Some infuriate me and I disagree with most of what is said. But I like that. To me that is the greatest kind of writing – when you can make someone think, challenge themselves in their own beliefs and then come out fighting. We all could use a little mental shake-up now and again.
I bring this up because of one of my favorite books, The World is Flat, is going global. This site is giving away the audio book and I think that is just amazing. I personally am not a fan of audio books as my mind drifts; the visual side of me must read the written word to truly engage and ingest. Regardless, there are many in the world who prefer this medium and for them, the publishers are offering the audio book free. But don’t wait – offer ends August 4th – and I wouldn’t want you not to have heard (read) this fantastic, thought provoking wonder.
I don’t know about you, but I am definitely Olympics fever. I think it has to do with the Olympic Swim Trials having been in Omaha. I love the Olympics and can’t wait to watch all the swimming, diving, gymnastics, track and field and, well I could just go on and on. I thought this ESPN article about Michael Phelps was awesome; only whetted my appetite some more! Only 10 more days …
I wholeheartedly recommend the book A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age by Daniel Pink. It is an amazing book that makes you think, consider, argue, reflect, and discover more about yourself and the world. He brings in a variety of research, experts, stories, and practical application, shares his own experiences, and the experiences anyone could gain. I have read this twice already and must have marked over fifty pages for further research, investigation or review. Mind you, I dog-ear lots of books, but not usually to this degree. It will be my next business book club pick – care to join and talk about it?
I love this quote! It completely describes me and the simplicity of it just astounds me. There are some auditory learners out there that may be disagree with the message. But as a visual learner, for me to see something is to learn. Understanding comes from doing what I have seen. I have no idea where I found this but the proverb just makes me think. And to me, if anything can make you do that, it’s worth keeping!
I was at the doctor’s office this afternoon and could easily overhear two persons blaming each other for something that happened. It seemed that everyone in the waiting room heard this conversation as we all snuck peeks at each other. What I found interesting was the level of blame going back and forth. It was apparent that one was truly in the wrong but was staunch in his defense and excuses, all the while coming up with flimsy attacks back at the other. The entire time, I kept thinking about something we have all surely heard a million times before; every time you point the finger at me, there are three more pointing back at you. I wonder how many others in the waiting room were thinking the same thing??
Sadly, Randy Pausch’s fight with pancreatic cancer has come to an end. Watching his lecture (many times in fact) has been a great inspiration to me. His book even more so. The way in which he and his wife Jai approached this disease amazed me and raised my spirits about my own medical issues. He didn’t think he was unique, which made him more so. He thought himself a Tigger and didn’t know how not to have fun; he was my kinda guy. I can only hope he touches as many in heaven as he did on Earth.