…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 

Red or white bullhorn?


“Why are we asking the blind woman whether she wants a red or a white bullhorn?”bullhorn

That strange phrase woke me up one night. I had just suffered through a nightmare where a team of coworkers were arguing over a bullhorn, whether it should be red or white. A lot of money and time was going into that argument.

Then I blurted out “why are we asking the blind woman whether she wants a red or a white bullhorn?”

And woke up with a jolt.

Do you find yourself going down a path, stopping at a fork in the road, debating the decision, only to stop and ask if indeed you’re even on the right journey?

This innovation geewhizdom was inspired by a bullhorn.

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Proper Product Placement Produces Publicity


You’ve heard about product placements in TV and movies. Now check out proper product placement in social media and blogs.

As one of thousands of volunteers for Junior Achievement, I receive a volunteer package with instructions, curriculum, classroom materials, and a few brand items.

That includes this banner that volunteers hang in the classrooms.

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I happened to shoot a selfie holding the banner to include with other photos I submitted to Junior Achievement.

Lo and behold. Junior Achievement used that photo in their Facebook post for National Volunteer Week.

Facebook Post by Junior Achievement of Sacramento.

Blood, Sweat, and Gears


Health and wellness. Bicycling. Fresh California air. Gorgeous spring weather. The Northern California foothills.
Put them together for an event: the Tour de Cure, cycling to raise awareness for the American Diabetes Association.
The ADA schedules Tour de Cure rides all across the US, and this May, I ride with my “Blood, Sweat, and Gears” teammates.
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This year, we set a goal of 20 riders, $5,000. With the ride just around the corner on May 4, we thank you in advance for helping us reach that goal.
Please follow our team’s progress, join our team, or sponsor a rider.

The Burning House


burning house book image“If your house was burning, what would you take with you?” Thus was born one of the most inspiring web sites I’ve started following, TheBurningHouse.com. by Foster Huntington.

The site has inspired me and countless others to take stock of what’s important in life.

Assuming all people and pets are out safely, what would you take from your burning house?