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.

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?

Socialcast to the rescue


Social networking exploded at my workplace with the recent soft launch of Socialcast.socialcast logo
As an internal-use-only social networking tool, Socialcast opens up a conversation space that knocks down territorial walls, expedites knowledge sharing, and builds community.

For example
Just this month, our mobile clinic team began sharing their experiences on the road as they serve various communities, the underserved, the uninsured, and victims of natural disasters. Before, attempts to communicate back to us at corporate consisted of emails with attached photos that bogged down servers, created duplicate copies, and often missed entire departments of interested audiences not served by the email sender.

Now, they post a quick update on Socialcast, add a photo (linked to, not copied a gabillion times), and subscribers immediately see the update.

Resistance is futile
Yes, we do have resistance to this tool. I’ve heard “geez, not another site to go to. I already read email and our intranet.” Or, “I don’t get Twitter and I hate Facebook.” And I understand those fears. Continue reading