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Holiday with mY Generation

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I hope you’re in your jammies, sipping mimosas or good coffee, knee deep in wrapping paper and that Santa was good to you.

Since there are just four days left of Leadership Turn I thought you might enjoy seeing another feature you’ll be able to enjoy at MAPping Company Success.

mY generation is a comic series drawn by Jim Gordon, who graduated this year and is working in his first job. His quirky sense of humor will make you smile and his provocative viewpoint will make you think.

Since mY generation runs on Sundays you’ll receive it, as well as Quotable Quotes, if you subscribe via RSS or EMAIL.

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Again, have a wonderful holiday weekend and remember, don’t get

  • sunburned if it’s sunny;
  • wet if it’s raining; or
  • cold if it has the audacity to snow!

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Image credit: Jim Gordon on MAPping Company Success

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Santa…

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Today is the last Leadership’s Future post in 2009, but the feature will continue every Thursday at MAPping Company Success (to avoid missing it subscribe via RSS or EMAIL). Please click to read today’s Leadership’s Future.

‘Twas the day before Christmas I sat down to write,
but nothing came—writer’s block was my plight.

A video was the answer I thought with a sigh
and clicked over to YouTube to give it a try.

I found what I wanted as you will see,
plus you can follow tonight by using this key!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idamgLDhwLI]

Track Santa here or go mobile!

Image credit: NORAD

A 4 F (family, friends, football, food) Day

Friday, November 27th, 2009

too-much-partyYesterday was a dream come true—

or maybe a nightmare made just for you.

I hope ’twas the former, but just in case

remember that distance will help erase

the rudeness, the snipes, the downright bad manners

and before next year you can call the enchanters!

Now the turkey is gone, the year, too, almost

and I don’t really feel like doing this post,

so I’ll close with this thought for all my readers—

come back next week for more about leaders:)

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Image credit: richcianci on flickr

The Scariest Halloween Costume

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

halloween-pumpkinsAll my life I’ve written rhymes for certain days and special events or people. Last Halloween I wrote Scary Times Require Rhymes for Leadership Turn and A Halloween Economy at MAPping Company Success.

I’m always surprised when I go back, read one and it doesn’t make me run screaming from the screen.

So, here is Halloween 2009 for your reading pleasure. I hope you enjoy it, because I had a lot of fun writing it.

Are you attending a party tonight

wearing a costume that inspires fright?

Halloween’s a night for spooks,

for witches, demons and other kooks;

vampires, werewolves, serial killers and more—

all those types who are drenched in gore.

But if you really want to inspire fear

you can do it best with much simpler gear.

All you need is a designer suite, well-styled hair,

a fancy watch and executive chair.

The back story’s simple, you just have to choose

which character best fits your particular ruse.

Hedge fund manager, Wall Street or insurance exec

depends on whose world you are planning to wreck.

Have fun tonight and stay safe!

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Image credit: boydiz on flickr

Quotable Quotes: Boomer Marching Music

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Yesterday I offered up links that explored what’s happening currently with the more than 70 million Americans known far and wide as Boomers.

Their effect would have been substantial based on numbers alone, but add in enough attitude to power a rocket to Mars and it has been/still is/will be inescapable.

Still being in a quasi-nostalgic mood this Sunday, I thought I’d share with you the Battle Hymn of the Baby Boomers.

Those of you born after 1964 would do well to accept that the Boomers aren’t going to go away any time soon—nor are they going to sit quietly in a corner until they do.

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Image credit: cinemasolo on YouTube

Quotable Quotes: All About Nonsense

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Have you ever noticed how boring being a responsible adult is at times?

I don’t know what you do to break out of that, but I’m partial to nonsense.

I still read Dr. Seuss out loud; play silly games with my cats; write corny rhymes and sometimes post them on my blog as I did here and here.

But nonsense has a serious purpose in life, too.

“Nonsense is an assertion of man’s spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance” –Aldous Huxley

“Nonsense is to sense, as shade to light; it heightens effect” –Frederick Saunders

“Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited” –George Santayana

Along with all this weighty value, nonsense is fertilizer for your brain (me).

As the undisputed master says,

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” –Dr. Seuss

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Image credit: elenyawen on flickr

Memorial Day 3109

Monday, May 25th, 2009

I had a thought this morning and asked Jim Gordon, who draws mY generation, the Sunday comic on my other blog, to draw my thoughts for today.

He did a great job; I only wish I believed that it would happen sooner.

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Quotable Quotes: It's My Birthday!

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Happy birthday to me; happy birthday to me, etc. etc. etc.

I thought I’d write a rhyme in honor of the anniversary of my birth and share it with you. Not a poem, I can’t write poetry, but I do write rhymes (some better than others:) So without more ado…

It’s my birthday and I’m not shy
shouting the news to the birds in the sky.
That’s the way I approach my life
because increasing years should not add strife!

I wouldn’t go back as an awkward teen,
with raging hormones and pimples seen;
back then I believed I could take wing
because I knew most everything.

I entered my twenties with more of the same,
but as time went by I started to tame
lots of the actions that created a stink;
I listened and learned and started to think!

Over the decades I made sure I kept growing
and the people I met kept new ideas flowing.

These days I coach and I write—a living I’m earning—
but nothing has changed I’m still talking and learning.
My picture is old and won’t be changed soon
and no matter what I’ll never carry a tune.

But life goes on and that’s a cert
even though today I am older than dirt.

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Image credit: runrunrun on flickr

Wordless Wednesday: Innovation Culture

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

My regular readers know that normally Wordless Wednesday is truly wordless, but all good rules have exceptions and flexibility is a virtue.

The video is a great example of how an innovative combination of socially unacceptable food and a culture of exceptional customer care turned a restaurant into a destination and a major hit with people who aren’t intimidated by the food police. Heart Attack Grill here we come! (Good grief, a reason to go to Chandler, Ariz.)


Watch CBS Videos Online

That’s innovation you can eat, now for innovation you can drive.

Honda has a culture that’s known to not just tolerate failure, but to celebrate it. It’s an approach that other companies would do well to emulate.

Take a look at Failure: The Secret To success and listen to what Honda’s own people have to say.

(Hat tip to Robert Farago at The Truth About Cars for this connection.)

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Image credit: CBS News

Wordless Wednesday: 2008 In Irreverent Review

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Be sure to click over and tell me what you want in 2009

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