I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.
Crazy Monkey Hats
"A cap seller was living in a village, many years ago. Everyday, he walks to many towns to sell his caps. Sometimes, he had to pass through jungles too. One afternoon, after a heavy meal, the cap seller felt very sleepy. He lied down and had a nap under a big mango tree.
There were lots of monkeys on this tree. They saw the cap seller sleeping with his bag full of colorful caps nearby. One by one, the monkeys came down from the tree and took the caps. They put the caps in their heads, the same way the cap seller had. They were very happy.
When the cap seller woke up after sometime, he could not find any of the caps in his bag. He was terrified and looked around to see for his caps. He looked up and found the monkeys wearing all his caps.
He was very angry and raised his hands, as if to beat the monkey. The monkey also raised their hands to attack him back.
He threw a stone on the monkeys to scare them, but the monkeys also threw the mangos on him, with the same anger.
He was very upset, and threw his cap on the ground, out of disappointment. All the monkeys threw the caps on the ground, imitating him. The cap seller was very happy now. He collected all his caps, packed them back in his bag, and left the place.”
Heard it? Well its an old story. Recently, I was reminded of the power of this moral and feel compelled to share its ultimate wisdom with you my friends. The juggle is only part of the fun, now go get those hats out of the tree would you!
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Playing Good Manager / Bad Manager - Who’s Really Winning?
Everyone of us has had the opportunity to play the role of “manager” in some sense of the word. Managing our co-workers, managing our bosses, managing our families, and even managing ourselves. We have also been under the thumb of bad managers and uplifted by good managers. So what’s the right formula? AND who is really benefiting?
Tips for the busy…
Consider a 5 minute moment. Just a moment in the midst of a busy day. Try to sit away from your workstation, go for a quick walk, step outside to get the mail. Look for a moment to breathe, get a way to clear your mind, and then jump right back into it.
Try to remember, even the most successful, athletes to CEOs, take a moment to laugh, to clear their minds, to take a breadth.
Its a marathon my busy friends, not a sprint.
Content Driving vs Keyword Observations
Today I discovered a very cool resource in my reading which shared their insightful tid-bits of Google’s massive search engine logic. As we all have experience advertising, website content, search functionality and its crazy logic - keywords have been the rule of the land. And today, I have to agree with these two gentlemen. Will Critchlow and Tom Anthony with a popular consultant firm called Distilled.
In essence this dynamic duo is showing us the layers of search functionality now that so much data and information exists and is accessible to Google (or really any other search engine) to refine your search to what you really want. An anticipatory search as it were. Google built it better, stronger, faster, and now smarter.
Inspiration moves and shakes the best of us to create, be happy and spread the word of all good things to others. Well, perhaps not singing and skipping, but you have the idea. A great inspiration comes to us all in many forms. Some see their family and well feeding them as a great motivation. Others find the joy in someone’s laughter. What inspires you?
Money makers are moving and shaking to a beat all about the dough. In order to continue being inspired the ante, at times, must go up. In today’s economy these folks are twitching – nearly convulsing – at the lack of opportunities out there.
The Killer Project
The Killer Project, brought to you by the amazing talents of programmers that will slaughter you with their amazing skills only to slightly knick you with the promise that SOMEDAY SOON you will get yours! “Ahhh!” they scream in horror!
This is no scary movie, it’s reality if you can’t reign in your collective genius and manage the project. If you’ve ever met a programming genius, which most of them are, they can wow and amaze you with skills. But what about deadlines, budget and well finishing the project you ask! Exactly, creative minds – in any form – tend to traipse off the trail at times. So here are a few clues on keeping on track.
Project Management. Not Your Usual Bungee Jumping
The incredible act of plate spinning, right? We have all heard that, seen it done and been amazed at the possibility of spinning them at just the right time running back and forth to insure none will fall. Actually, this is a farce. How did the master of the plates get to this point in the first place? Breaking a lot of plates, I’m sure.
Each project has a variety of steps that must be completed to get to the next step. Simultaneous movement is fantastic and achievable. However, when working with multiple resources, vendors and or talent, this can be more challenging. I have found the keys to this act tends to be in adjustability and padded deadlines. Not flexibility, that too would be a farce.
Adjustability simulates a bungee cord. Given the slack,
Coordinating efforts with Bob Cole at Monterey Institute of International Studies, I was asked to help pull together Images, Subjects, Printing, Pasting, and a Party to celebrate our amazing community in 10 days. A Monterey twist on the global efforts of artist JR, Inside Out Project
- 38 People Photos
- 10 Days Prints
- 5 Hours Paste
- 20 Minutes Dry
- ONE Impact
Filmed by Chris Siracuse on Vimeo
Photographed by Tom G. O’Neal
Photos shown here are @ms2013, Facebook @camillamann2013, @bobcole2013