Kickstarting your career


had the fortune of joining VSP Global’s innovation lab, the SHOP, for a 90-day rotation, using Design Thinking and Innovator’s Business Composer on a fellow employee’s innovation idea.

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The fast-paced timetable, collaborative and fluid environment, start-up mentality, empowered decision making, and physical distance from corporate headquarters exposed me to some amazing situations.

I’m back at my day job, but I can say it kick started my personal career, confirmed my personal mission, and helped clarify my personal brand.

Read “how can employees innovate no matter their job title? VSP Global CEO Jim McGrann shares his thoughts with Forbes magazine.” http://shout.lt/bzTzb

What’s your biggest regret?


Blackboard posted in New York prompted passersby to write theirs.

Then, you see the common word in all of them.

Every day is a clean slate. Go reach even further.

404 Not Found (I must keep looking)


I suffer from Half-Heimers. My wife says I can’t remember half the stuff she asks me to remember.
Not all. Just half.

For example, I forgot what I was going to blog about today.
So today’s blog po404-foundst is my 404 not found post.

I hope the subtle humor is not lost on you.

The 404 Not Found error message is ubiquitous and annoying enough that several creatives have graced the interwebs with their clever 404 pages.

 

 

I’m sorry. My brain did not find today’s post in its memory banks.

Please return to our home page: geewhiz.wordpress.com/ and give my brain another chance.

White Cane Safety Day


October 15 is White Cane Safety Day. So what’s the deal with the white cane?

I collaborated with the Society for the Blind to understand.

See what’s possible at vspblog.com learning-how-to-use-white-cane

Braincalming. Not brainstorming.


How many times have you been coaxed into participating in a brainstorming session? Did you feel that the results warranted the investment of time, energy, resources, people?

This post at The Heart of Innovation proposes a concept that contradicts prevalent thought: that braincalming rather than brainstorming produces results.

I love this extract:

“Every wonder why so many people get their best ideas during “down time” — the time just before they go to sleep… or just after waking… or in dreams… or in the shower… or in the car on the way home from work?”

Check out their post

…a Perfect Meeting?


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Meetings. Meetings. Meetings. If used intelligently, meetings can help to share sensitive information face to face, discuss and gather information, educate and motivate, direct and decide. But if not managed correctly, meetings can kill productivity, waste valuable resources, or demotivate employees.

Read Matthew Hussey’s post: “7 Steps to a Perfect Meeting” and see if there are suggestions you can use.

Why? Because I want to help stop diabetes


For years, I’ve ridden the Tour de Cure, the fund-raising bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association. I’ve ridden for a coworker’s son, my supervisor, my mentor, my wife’s friend, and others.
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But this year, I learned my own brother has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Now this fight got personal.

Maybe you know someone affected by diabetes. Maybe it’s your family member. Maybe it’s yourself.

I’m riding again to raise awareness. To fight. To Stop Diabetes.

Join my team and ride. Sponsor a rider. Or share our links to raise awareness among your own circle of friends.

http://main.diabetes.org/goto/vspglobal 

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