Innovation Through Perseverence

21 08 2009

Having read a book as a kid about a group that actually went to the North Pole with dog sleds, I was intrigued by this story. Always inspiring, Ted Talks give us insight into all kinds of innovation. In this talk by Ben Saunders on skiing to the North Pole, a journey 10 times more dangerous than Mt. Everest, he shares not only his solo journey and his preparation for that journey. He also has some great advice on motivation by use of mental video clips. On arrival at the North Pole, he called three people from his satellite phone: his mom, his girlfriend, and his sponsor. He got voice mails on all three!This is the ultimate lesson in failing forward. I hope you enjoy.

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Jamie & Adam on the Innovation of Blowing Things Up

17 08 2009

Innovation can even come about by blowing things up! On this post from FORA.TV, they discuss the intricacy and qualities of the innovation it takes to blow up things to either prove or dispel common myths. These two actually match the profile that Bomb Squads look for in new recruits!

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Fail Like You Mean It – True Innovation from Big Think

15 08 2009

Important to any discussion on innovation is failing. Did you ever see those lists of how many times someone important or famous failed? Like everyone who succeeded Lincoln had failures and successes. In the video below from Big Think, Inventor Dean Kamen shares the true path of all projects and discusses how successful creative people fail frequently, rarely work linearly and never give up!

Lincoln's Failures

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It’s been a fb and twitter kind of day…

6 08 2009

Astounding Internet day today! If your day started anything like mine, I’m talking under my breath about AT&T Uverse not loading properly. Facebook is acting strange and then twitter won’t even come up. Of course now we all know about twitter going down, but go to twitter to #whentwitterwasdown and see how many posts that are there and how quickly they are updating. In the time I looked around in it, a couple of minutes, there were an additional 250 and 315 more posts that I had to refresh to see! That rate tells us something about how many people are active on twitter.

Second amazement of the day was the Tech Crunch article by Erick Schonfeld. 340 M global uniques/77 M in US (1/4 of Americans).

Also from Erick’s article –
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As much as many would like to dismiss social media, it is striking chords with quite a few of us. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below…

Video from Jeff Bezos about Amazon and Zappos

22 07 2009

Nice little power packed video by Jeff Bezos about what it took Amazon to succeed and their acquisition of Zappos. In it, he covers four main points to their success:Obsess over customer (pay attention to the competition, but obsess over customers)Invent (on behalf of customers)Think Long Term (5-7 years!)It’s always Day 1.Enjoy…

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Positively Expert – A Guest Post By Clint Van Camp

19 06 2009

Spent the day hanging without a truly miraculous friend today named Clint Van Camp.  The following is his latest:

“Becoming an expert does not always turn out to be something you are striving for.  Having faced three corporate layoffs from downsizing, one corporate bankruptcy, and a year off to combat illness has made me an expert of sorts.  It wasn’t the expertise I was planning on when I started my career 30 years ago.  If there is one thing I have learned, it is how positive vibrations will do wonders when it comes to downturns in jobs, economy, or life.  For positive vibes in troubled times you need family, friends, interests, and passions.

Know what your interests are.  When a layoff hits, take advantage of the extra time and use it to pursue interests.  It usually doesn’t matter what what the interests are as long as you enjoy the pursuit.  It could be family, volunteering, clubs, reading, writing, sports, church activities, attending classes, or any number of things.  Find your passion.

If you don’t know your passion, the layoff is a good time to figure it out.  Look around you.  What kind of things do you collect?  What kind of books are on your shelf?  What kinds of things do you enjoy doing?  What kind of pictures do you like to save?  What hangs on your walls?  What do you have in the closet or stowed away in a box.

My three corporate layoffs lasted 6 months, 4 months, and 2 months respectively.  That is a lot of useful time!  After the first job loss, I spent a couple of weeks figuring out what a layoff was for.  Then I stepped up my involvement in volunteering as a fire fighter, coaching youth baseball, and even providing electrical labor on the construction of a new church.  A couple of layoffs later it became teaching, writing, and workshops with people having common interests like writing and education.  This sharing of thoughts is where your friends come in.

My favorite layoff experience came in June 2004.  We knew the corporate division was in trouble when only one out of ten sites in the nation was generating revenue.  I was on the ninth tee in a golf tournament when I received a call stating I had officially been terminated with our building being liquidated.  My golf foursome roared with laughter, probably to the wonderment of other golfers on the course.  It only briefly interrupted our golf shots as we played out the eighteen hold tournament.  As an acknowledgement and celebration of transition, it was a great way to begin a layoff – with friends.  The job lost that day was one of the best I knew, working with some great people.  It was time to move forward without looking back.

Oh yes, you should dedicate time to finding a job during a layoff.  It will be a lot easier when you are enjoying some of the time you are blessed with.  They say being involved in extracurricular activities will provide networking to learn of potential employment opportunities.  This leads to the possibilities for interviews.

To summarize this new found expertise of handling layoffs, I would say keep your day job if you can.  But if you can’t, look to make the layoff a positive experience.  Remember to find your interests, drive toward your passion, share with friends, and keep the vibes on the upbeat.  Know that all is in the hands of God, positively the Expert.”