I was last


Back when “Words with Friends” was the thing, I played simultaneous games with Scrabble tile letter Iseveral different opponents.

I was in a close game with a brilliant opponent, who was challenging me with her strategic placement and clever command of the English language.

I got down to my last set of tiles.

Then he/she won, leaving me just one tile.

The letter “i.”

I was last.

My dad taught the word altruism to all of the kids. Look it up.

That’s sort of indicative of the philosophy and guiding principle that dictates much of my worldly interactions today. My mission is to support others, to encourage others, to facilitate others’ success.
Often that means they go first. First in line. First to get served. First to be heard from.
That’s ok with me.
I was last.

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S.a.l.e.s. S.u.p.p.o.r.t.


2009-SacFoodBankIn a team funstorming session today, our department, Sales Support, brainstormed on the question “what is Sales Support?” Like others, our team designed a poster with words, images from magazines, and markers.

Meanwhile, I wrote out these lyrics:

 

S is for SUPPORT…it’s what we do.

A is for ASSERTIVENESS…I’m talking to you!

L is for LEARNERS…and the word might be “train,”

but what we do is tweak the brain.

E is for EXCELLENCE… we do nothing half-a$$ed

S is for SPEED…and we. mean. FAST!

 

S is for SIGHT…we help people see.

U is for UNITY…it’s all about …WE.

P is PROFICIENCY…our audience relies on it.

P is for POWER…we supply all of it.

O is OPTIMIZATION…fitting resources to a “T”

R is RESPECT…spelled R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

T is meant to end it on the word TEAM.

put it all together, we fulfill Sales’ DREAM.

 
 

(exits stage right. And our team won.)

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

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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