Caine’s Arcade – a boy and a dream go viral


Imagination. Innovation. Incredible power of social media.

A 9-year-old boy in Los Angeles with a big dream and tons of creativity spends his summer building an arcade out of leftover cardboard, hoping customers to his dad’s auto parts shop will stop and play.

But in this day of online shopping, his dad’s customers shop by mouse click, not by foot.

No one stops to play.

Until one day, a customer shopping for a car door handle stops to play, buys the fun pass, and becomes enamored with the boy’s imagination, innovation, and incredible execution.

That customer, Nirvan Mullick, dreams another big dream, and the rest of the story is how videos go viral.

Watch.

Postscript: More than $100,000 has been donated to a trust fund for Caine’s college education. Imagine the technological wizardry to come from this boy’s imagination.

Team huddle shakes up boring meetings


How are your team meetings?

  • Do they drag on endlessly while your staff watch the clock, aware that work isn’t getting done?
  • Does the staff leave the meetings no closer to producing results than when they came into the meeting?
  • Does the staff leave the meeting unsure of team priorities and “TOP 3” targets for the day or for the week?
  • Does the meeting leave the team’s morale downward at the meeting?

If your team meetings need a kick in the seat of the pants, try something radical, like a structured team huddle. Watch the video of a team huddle and find the six key parts of the huddle.

PowerPoint Comedy of Errors


UPDATE 2010: Don McMillan updated his comedy bit for 2010! (first posted in 2007…)

How many errors can you find in this PowerPoint show? Making the rounds on video sites is Don McMillan’s clever presentation, Life after Death by Powerpoint.
Did you spot the

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Tips n Tricks to Power Your Next Project


Good friend and Mind Manager power user Dina Henry-Scott, Sr. Project Manager, was recently featured in Mindjet’s user vignettes.

When asked to complete the phrase “I use MindManager to…” her reply was:

… Plan projects, set agendas & take notes at meetings, brainstorm new ideas for Podcast topics, provide show notes to my Podcast interview guests, map out my life goals, take notes for classes, clear my mind and get my thoughts down on paper … you name it, I pretty much use MindManager to do it.

Brainstorming, thinking, note-taking, idea-capturing, thought-linking, visualization…the list is endless. Apply the practice today and discover the benefits as your team leaps a level in creativity, efficiency, and productivity.

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Sept 11 – If I Had My Way – Linda Eder tribute


“Children would be cherished, hope would never perish…” linda-eder-thumb.jpg
Lisa and I became fans of Frank Wildhorn’s music, after seeing his “Jekyll and Hyde.” His music came to us then, and in the weeks to follow we camped on YouTube, iTunes, and other music sites to discover his music expressed through Linda Eder’s incredible voice.
(Yes, that Linda Eder, of Star Search fame.) “Once Upon a Dream” and “Someone Like You” from Jekyll are incredible, but God lights interesting paths for us to take, and so today guided our path…and yours…to “If I Had My Way.”

Written by Frank Wildhorn, slated for lyrics by Jack Murphy, then credited to Nan Knighton, this song is art following 9/11. A video was posted to YouTube of her first vocal performance of “If I Had My Way” but was later taken down.

 

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