Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

The Better Mousetrap?

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

What if I tried........

Is there an alternate solution?

strategic planning: innovation: management:success

THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO KILL A MOUSE

When stuck looking for a new solution to a persistent problem, look for a novel approach. Here’s an example of collegiate ingenuity.

BEER INDUCED CREATIVITY

The fraternity poker game participants were locked in mortal combat as Tom staggered into the dining room (a.k.a. the poker emporium). Tom was fresh from his self-described part-time job (6 hours of sitting at a nearby tavern letting patrons buy him drinks while he scooped loose change off the bar). He made a few boisterous comments and then disappeared as quickly as he came in. The poker game renewed its heated intensity. Everyone assumed Boston Tom was in dreamland hitting home runs over the Green Monster at his beloved Fenway Park. (more…)

Taking the Planning Plunge

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Plan-Perform-Score

Do’s & Dont’s

strategic planning: innovation: management:success

SOME DO’S AND DONT’S OF THE PROCESS

You’re finally going to do it. You are a born again believer in the benefits of business and strategic planning. To prepare you for the plunge here’s some rules of the road to guide you through the process.

The planning process can be exhilarating, frustrating, enlightening, demanding and a host of other descriptive adjectives. Hopefully you’ll find a nugget or two in these do’s and don’ts that will keep the emphasis on the positives of your unique organizational growth experience. Carpe Diem!

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.“-Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Quinoa

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

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Food & Design: Trends for Summer, Quinoa

SUMMER TRENDS FOR GRAINS

As a caterer I am constantly looking for the new and interesting ingredients to add in my dishes. One of the most important parts of my presentation to my clients is assure them that I can keep up with current trends. Because of the rise of the health movement in the last few years, more than ever, individuals are looking at the ingredients that comprise their food. Since spring is upon us in the United States, and with summer quickly coming, I have decided to write about several grains that are making their move for pantry space in the average American home.

In my first segment of my discussion, I will talk about Quinoa. I first discovered this grain on a food blog several months ago. Intrigued, I searched for the grain in my local food stores but was at a loss. However, soon this grain popped up in a local Pittsburgh grocer and I immediately started cooking with it.

QUINOA: A HISTORY LESSON
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It Looks the Same to Me!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

What's the Best Path?

It's in the eye of the beholder

What do you see?

strategic planning: innovation: management:success

OUR PERCEPTUAL BIAS

Do you tend to see what you’ve always seen? Do your past experiences prevent you from seeing things from a fresh perspective?

Beware: limited perceptions can create some powerful mind traps. They become subtle tendencies in the way we view the world and can impede our ability to find creative solutions to problems and opportunities.

Let me share a few related stories from Robert Pirsig the author of the philosophical masterpieces Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Lila.

“For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses.” -Robert Pirsig

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Managing Change: The Paralysis of Inaction

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

What's the Best Path?

What’s the Best Path?

strategic planning: innovation: management:success

MOVEMENT HAS IT’S OWN BENEFITS

“I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.” Does this describe your organization and how it deals with change? One could make a pretty compelling argument that General Motors suffered from this type of malaise for decades. Whether it is too little or too late for GM is certainly up for debate. But you have to respect their recent proactive course of action. The former giant is now in the role of the underdog but at least they are doing something. Commitment and execution are excellent attributes to embrace.

“Indecision may or may not be my problem.” -Jimmy Buffett

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DO I Set A Date To Achieve My Intention?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

It will happen by …when???

law of attraction: responsibility

TO CONTROL…OR TO ALLOW…THAT IS THE QUESTION

For many people who are exploring the achievement of their dreams or goals through the Law of Attraction, one of the biggest struggles seems to arise from, “do I SET time frames” OR “do I ALLOW things to happen?”

Our traditional planning processes are quite explicit about setting a date and time for what we want to see happen, and that, we should also, set dates and times for the steps that will be milestones along the way.

BUT IS THIS THE BEST WAY TO ACHIEVE ALL OUR DREAMS?

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The Inherent Value of Competition

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

What a Blast!

What a Ride!

strategic planning: innovation: management:success

COMPETITORS  SHARPEN YOUR FOCUS

A few years ago I remember watching the on again, off again, on again, launch status of  the space shuttle Discovery over the July 4th holiday. Having grown up in the 60’s I still marvel at each launch and think of the millions of events that take place with each flight.

In recent years it seems NASA has been dealing with an increasingly skeptical public and vocal policy opponents who want to severely limit or eliminate NASA’s future projects.

Maybe I’m in the minority but I’m nostalgic for the excitement, optimism, and commitment that President Kennedy triggered in America in 1961 when he challenged us to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. What a vision and what a mission! And what an exhilarating time for every citizen of the country to witness and enjoy the patriotic pride of the remarkable progress towards the achievement of that lofty goal in July 1969.

“When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.” -Leo Burnett

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What, No Brefass?

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Thinkin & a Drinkin

Blurred Vision?

strategic planning: innovation: management:success

COMMUNICATING YOUR VISION: TIMING IS IMPORTANT

When sharing your vision both the content and timing are vital to successful communication. I’d like to share an old story from a different era about one man’s failure to inspire his spouse to a higher level of performance.

MEN AT PLAY ARE NOT ALWAYS INSIGHTFUL

It sure seemed like a good idea. Let’s reward the guys with a home cooked meal. After a full shift (8+ hours) of drinking and carousing, some nourishment was in order. It’s not easy to imbibe for this duration and so the chosen few should be recognized for their feat. So, Joe invited the gang to his house for an early morning treat. (more…)

Tell Me Why

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Declan Galbraith
“Tell Me Why”
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Consciousness: inspiration

NOTHING MORE TO SAY

I can only wonder what it will take to melt our hearts…to make us realize our oneness…to make us want to participate in creating a world of love for all.

If the angelic voice of this messenger, and the words of his song do not do it…there seems to be little more to say.

Listen to the juvenile voice of Declan Galbraith from England, as he asks us all for answers to the most important question of all time…

Tell Me Why…click photo to hear his plea…

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Chocolate With Intention

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Food for Body and Spirit

law of attraction: responsibility

CAN WE BREATHE INTENTION INTO THE FOOD WE EAT?

Across all spiritual groups, there is a ritual of reflecting with gratitude upon the food we are about to eat. It may be the actual reciting of a grace, or just a moment of quiet reflection to add spiritual energy to the food that is about to nourish our bodies.

There are scientific groups in academic institutions like Princeton, Harvard, and Max Plank Institute who are currently studying the power of intention. Much  research is also being conducted by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, along with Lynne McTaggart from London, England, author of The Field.

Now, a great supporter of the Intention research, Jim Walsh, has an exciting new product, Intentional Chocolate, a food to nourish both body and spirit.

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What Does It Take For An Organization To Change Its Mindset?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

A Roadmap to Corporate Consciousness
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corporate mindshift: management

CHANGING ONES OWN MINDSET CAN BE CHALLENGING – BUT CAN YOU SHIFT AN ENTIRE ORGANIZATION?

If you have ever tried to make a lifestyle change, perhaps to exercise more, eat healthier, spend more time with loved ones and less time at the office, you know what a challenge it can be just to make a small change in behaviourial patterns.

If you think it is challenging to change behaviours, consider how much more challenging it is to make significant mental or consciousness shifts, for oneself, and particularly, for an entire organization.

So, how on earth do you begin to shift?

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Can Banks Be Values-Driven?

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Vancouver, home of 2010 Olympics
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enlightened orgs: inspiration

IS THE WORD -VALUES-AN OXYMORON IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY?

VANCITY IS PROOF POSITIVE -IT IS NOT

VanCity, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is in its sixth decade of operation, offering a form of social and spiritual capitalism that proves doing business in alignment with high values and integrity can also be profitable.

This unique blend of more than-a-credit-union and more than-a-bank, is a breath of fresh air in the midst of the tornadeo of devastation wrecked by banking institutions whose operating philosophies are more of a testament to the capitalistic prophecies born out of the ancient Greek myth of Erisychthon.

NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE MYTH?…

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Peace Project For Children

Friday, February 27th, 2009

A Child’s version
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Consciousness: inspiration

DR. EMOTO PEACE PROJECT

Japanese consciousness researcher, Dr. Masaru Emoto has a dream to take his astounding work with ice crystals and the Hidden Messages of Water to every child on the planet. Through the Emoto Peace Project, Dr. Emoto is making available for free, this child’s version of Messages of Water.

A FREE version of the book is available now for downloading just by clicking on this photo.

WHO IS DR. EMOTO?

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Lucky In Love

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Attracting Your Soul Mate

law of attraction: responsibility

ATTRACTING A SOUL MATE

Ever wondered why some people are so lucky as to connect with the perfect person in their lives, while others seem destined to spend their days in the loveless hinterland?

While the Law of Attraction explains this unique occurrence in this way-you bring into your life what you think and feel about -other social scientists are coming up with their own language for the same phenomenon.

Colleen Siefert and Richard Wiseman, both Ph.Ds in psychology, refer to this occurrence as a luck factor and believe that about 90% of what happens to us is actually brought about by the way we think. They refer to it as…

PREDICTIVE ENCODING…

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Your Intuition

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Intuition guides you in a quantum world

corporate mindshift: management

WHY DO WE NEED TO TRUST OUR INNER SELF?

The global economy is in transition. Times of transition are accompanied by stress and uncertainty. Transition means a journey into new and uncharted waters. Which means, no one has the answers. A prime example can be found in the debates raging around the world on how best to handle this first-ever global financial crisis.

Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. When you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.Primary reality is within, secondary reality is without. -Eckhart Tolle, author, The New Earth

Intuition is a guidance that comes from within. It is our inner self. It comes from a feeling place and seems to signal something that is TRUTH for us.

We have structured a society with heavy reliance upon outside expert sources and double-blind studies to tell us what we should think and how we should act. Advertising bombards us daily in an attempt to shape our thoughts. We have lost touch with our own guidance systems.

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Real. Cool. Soul.

Saturday, February 21st, 2009


Joy Ike
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music & arts: inspiration of Joy Ike

DYNAMIC, DEEP, AND DIGGING IT

Attending a coffee shop gig a few weeks ago, I was told that Joy Ike was playing, and she would be a great artist to have on the bill for the Habitat For Humanity Benefit Concert I have been planning. I wasn’t disappointed, and I don’t think you will be either. If you are in Pittsburgh, check in to seeing her play and if you aren’t, check out Joy’s Myspace for a few tracks. Her sound is dynamic, thoughtful and fuses a brilliant spectrum of sound together, painting a beautiful picture.

THE LOW-DOWN

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Law Of Attraction Online Workshop

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

law of attraction: responsibility

ESTER AND JERRY HICKS – FEBRUARY 19TH – ONLINE WORKSHOP

One of the first teachers on the concept of the Law of Attraction is Abraham, a channeled consciousness, presented through Ester and Jerry Hicks. Although my jury is still out on the idea of channeling, I do find the wisdom and messages shared here to be very good. I have concluded it does not matter whether I believe in channeling or not, I do believe in the message these people are bringing to the world, however they access it.

I have followed the journey of the Hicks as they carry their message of hope and guidance for some time, and find them to be very ethical and responsible teacher

SESSION COMPLETED

BLESS BLESS
JUDY BERG

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Yet Another Twist On Microfinancing – Kiva.org

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Don’t just help…ENABLE!

enlightened orgs: kiva

NOT JUST CONTRIBUTING, BUT CONNECTING

Introducing Kiva.org, a Web 2.0 company focused on connecting generous contribution with the creative potential of those living in poverty. Kiva’s mission is simple: “to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.” I had the pleasure of listening to Co-Founder Jessica Flannery speak this past weekend at Jubilee in Pittsburgh. Her speech offered two valuable insights:

1) A glimpse of hope - the poor of the world have the talent and creativity to become self sustaining…all they need is a boost in the form of capital
2)
Advice – on how to realize the dream of any company, Kiva’s Story has something to offer to all of us.

FROM $14,000 TO OVER $60,000,000 IN LOANS

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Jubilee Message: GO CREATE!

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Inspiration: Jubilee

INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE WITH A UNIVERSAL HUMAN MESSAGE

Jubilee Homepage

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I never thought attending a Christian conference would present me with such an abundance of culture and progressive thinking. This weekend started out with a talk by Gabe Lyons, co-author of the book “unChristian,” describing perception research into how the world views Christians. This research was conducted the same way a company conducts market research to understand brand perceptions, awareness, etc .

His research suggests, among other things, that people perceive Christians as having lost touch with culture and creativity – they are sheltered…out of touch with reality. These opening remarks began a weekend of inspiration, insight, and an exposure to some remarkable individuals who prove such an argument couldn’t be more wrong.

THE ULTIMATE FOCUS…THE HUMAN MESSAGE

How will you use your God-given talents, abilities and opportunities to cultivate learning, creating, building, and serving? And…how can you accomplish these goals in such a turbulent world?

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Child Spiritual Prodigy

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Consciousness: inspiration

CHILD SPIRITUAL PRODIGY

What distinguishes rare and unusual talent? How does it differ from ability that is studied and learned? From where does this unique gift come?

Is it a connection to a “resource pool” we can all tap into, if only we are open to possibility? Is one born into a high level of consciousness…already enlightened?

Akiane Kramarik is one such amazing talent. She finds it difficult to articulate the source of her gifts although she has no question as to its origins. It is, she says, “a gift from God.”

CLICK ON PHOTO TO PLAY ( source www.Youtube.com)The Enlightened Consciousness of a Child

The Enlightened Consciousness of a Child – click on photo to play

BLESS BLESS
JUDY BERG

Organizational Behaviour Consultant

author: Imagine Your Soul Abundant: Attracting Success, Fulfillment and True Happiness

more about: www.soulabundant.com

Judy’s book can be ordered from her website www.soulabundant.com.  Special prices for bulk orders upon request. Seminars and retreats customized to the needs of your group or organization.

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