Bookshelf&business&creativity&leadership14 May 2013 10:49 am

I like to read in batches. It’s probably not the best way to read, but it seems to be the way my head can handle it. Similarly, I write reviews in batches. So, even though I read Visioneering a few weeks ago, I held off on this review because I had already begun reading Start and quickly realized their reviews belonged together. As a side note, I’m already reading You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins, which also fits in this theme, but it could go on indefinitely if I kept waiting, and that’s the point of these books, anyway. Stop stalling and get MOVING. So here I am, moving. (Well, this first paragraph was stalling, but NOW we’re ready to move.)

Visioneering – Andy Stanley

I’ve mentioned before how much I appreciate the teaching and leadership of Andy Stanley. No, I’ve never met him, but I’ve been listening to his podcasts and reading his books for a while now and I feel like I know him. VISIONEERING is a combination of VISION and ENGINEERING. Planning and putting plans into motion. It’s a practical guideline that addresses everything from idea conception to realized vision (and back again).

Using the backdrop of the Biblical account of Nehemiah and his quest to rebuild the fallen walls of Jerusalem, Stanley walks readers through the process in a candid, step-by-step format. We begin by identifying our calling/dream/passion/goals/whatever you want to call it. Something wrong in life that bothers us enough to actively seek a solution. Then begins the preparation, which is different for each of us because we surely find ourselves in different life situations with unique obstacles and opportunities. [continue reading this post…]

Bookshelf&creativity27 Feb 2013 11:31 am

Some books to talk about today. I may even be back later with another post about books. (I have a sizable back-log of book reviews to write.) First up, three unconventional young adult novels, or YA, as the cool kids say.

The Secret of Indigo Moon – G.P. Taylor

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of these Dopple Ganger books. I was quite pleased to get my hands on a copy of the second book to fill in the gaps I had in the overarching story line. (I read book 3 first and book 1 second.) The truth is, though, that each book so far has stood alone quite nicely. The story of twin orphan girls and a mischievous abandoned boy as they face adventures beyond their imaginations and become detectives in their own right. As with the other two books, Indigo Moon is a beautifully designed book from cover to cover. The binding and illustrations are captivating and begin the story before you’ve read a single word.

Book two finds our fearless trio searching secret passages to uncover a patient burglary plot that reveals in culprits and mysteries from the past. [continue reading this post…]

creativity&general&web13 Sep 2012 10:08 am

Well, this is an entirely random post. Expect a Music of the Day update tomorrow and probably some more book posts soon as I’m round the final turn on a couple more. (I know, I read too much, but I also want to read so much more.) I also am planning to catch up on X-Factor AND The Voice sometime in the next week or so, and I’ll post something about those shows soon. And I’m sure I have things to say about the new NFL season. Lots to write… later.

Anyway, this advertisement that came to my inbox today gave me such a chuckle, I had to pass it along. They clearly should’ve picked a different cover for a subscription push, right? I mean, asking people to subscribe while at the same time asking “Why Bother?”… such a mixed message.

Full disclosure, I do not subscribe to Relevant Magazine, although I did for a long time. I still peruse their articles online now and again. And if you want to subscribe (despite this ad) go ahead. Why NOT Bother?

peace… love… bdg…

business&creativity&innovation08 Jan 2012 12:46 am

As Tim Tebow leads the Broncos into the playoffs against the Steelers this weekend, there may be no better time to talk about what we have and can learn from this remarkable phenomenon that stole NFL headlines all season long, from the rumors of a Kyle Orton trade in the preseason, to the 2-4 start, the 6-0 run, and the 0-3 finale that finds the team limping into Wildcard weekend, by the narrowest of margins. Dramatic, yes, but what I’ve seen is endless lessons on innovation. (Maybe it’s just how I’m wired). Here’s what I’ve learned thus far…
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business&creativity&general&innovation24 Oct 2011 12:34 pm

My son really likes dolphins. We took him to a “Dolphin Experience” a few years ago, where we got in the water and were able to pet, hug, and otherwise interact with a dolphin and he’s been pretty hooked since. So, when a movie about a dolphin rescue hit our radar, we knew he’d want to go and we thought it a good family outing. I expected a somewhat sappy saga with a dramatic score and a heartwarming outcome. I didn’t expect a clear example of innovation at work. However, A Dolphin Tale delivers both.

Yes, it’s a comforting, family-friendly movie that pulls at your heartstrings as you empathize with a boy determined to rescue a dolphin (his only real friend), a man struggling to keep his business and mission alive despite a lack of funding and other obstacles, and a correlation (which I expected to be more prominent) between a wounded soldier and a wounded dolphin. What stood out most, however, was the innovation and persistence of a prosthetics specialist who rose to the challenge and managed to repurpose and modify current technology to solve an emerging need and provide a new solution. [continue reading this post…]