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Time For A Quick Quiz on the Many Halls of Fame

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Time to take a quick, fun quiz about different Halls of Fame!

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Thanks for playing!

Even Red Sox Fans Will Miss Derek Jeter

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Admittedly, I don’t like writing blog posts about the New York Yankees or their players…but Derek Jeter is different. As you know, I love baseball. I love the strategy, the competition, the drama and I love when the game is played with the right sentiment. I will never forget being in old Yankee Stadium on a hot, steamy July night and watching Derek Jeter dive head-first into the stands, making an incredible catch! Even I cheered for that.

All I can say is: Derek Jeter played the game the way it is intended to be played and he shows class both on and off the field. Even as he announced his retirement, he showed class

in a letter to his fans.

  • How do you feel about Derek Jeter?
  • How is Derek Jeter most memorable to you?
  • Have you ever met Derek Jeter?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Working…Standing Up. I say…Maybe?

Monday, February 24th, 2014

I realize that a number of professionals need to work standing up. Carpenters, builders, plumbers and lots of people who work with their hands tend to work standing up. But what about people who work in an office? For the past month, I have passed an office on our floor and watched them work. Every day I would walk by and notice the same thing, one of the people (J.B.) who works at a sister agency was working standing up.

Finally I stopped in and introduced myself and asked J.B. why he works standing up.

  • Was it that the agency ran out of chairs?
  • Did he lose a bet?
  • Does he have a bad back?

His answer? None of the above! Standing up gives him more energy during the day and also gives him a little more exercise.

Interesting! I admit, when I’m on an important phone call or a webinar I tend to stand up because I feel my voice projects better. I wonder how I would feel if I worked standing up?

What do you think?

  • Have you ever worked standing up in your office? If so, how did it feel?
  • Would you ever try it?
  • Do you think you would like it?

I look forward to reading your comments

PS – I commit to standing up for an entire day in my office within the next two months and will report back to this post.

Sudoku in Business…Really?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Probably like most, I enjoy trying to tackle a Sudoku from time to time. I like the challenge, strategy and actually like to time myself to see how long it takes to complete one. Over the years I have probably done hundreds. I must admit, there is another reason I like Sudoku and it isn’t trying to complete them myself, but rather, it’s having a new hire candidate attempt to complete one.

I realize that many of you think this sounds crazy but please let me explain the process and the reasons why:

After speaking to a candidate for 15-20 minutes I will tell them that I have something I’d like them to do. I give them an easy Sudoku and ask them to tackle as much as they can in 5 minutes.

Here is my logic:

  • Business is all about surprises and I want to see how they handle doing something that they didn’t expect
  • I like to see how analytical they are in their approach to the puzzle
  • I want to see if they hesitate with the request and if so, how much?
  • If they don’t know how to do Sudoku, I’m able to explain and see how quick they learn

For me, it isn’t about how far they get with the puzzle; it’s about the process, their attitude and their willingness to do it.

  • What do you think of the idea?
  • Have you ever tried to have a candidate to do something like this?
  • If you were interviewing and someone asked you to do it what would you think?

I look forward to reading your comments.

How Far Will You Go For Your Sports Team?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Lots of fans are crazy for their sports teams. I know people who have named their pets after their teams, paint their face on game day, tailgate for hours before the big game even get a tattoo with their sports team.

Last year was the year of the beard for the world champion Boston Red Sox – and as the picture indicates I did my part.

  • What have you done to support your team?
  • Do you always wear your favorite shirt?
  • Do you bring a big sign into the stadium?
  • Do you wear your button collection as a sign of loyalty?
  • Have you ever pained your face?

I look forward to seeing how you support you team and, frankly, the crazier the better!

Yes I have two concepts and actually think they could work……..am I right? …. you tell me….

Friday, February 14th, 2014

As most of you know I am an idea man. I tend to look at things a little different and today is all about that. Take a quick quiz and let me know if you think my two concepts would work:

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Thanks for playing.

Are You Inside The Zone?

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

After working out a few weeks ago I took a quick shower and was getting ready to go to the movies (with AVS) and see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. As I was getting dressed my hair was still wet so I grabbed a hat and the one I chose was Inside The Zone, a company that a buddy (R.P) owns.

As I was walking out the door I started to think about what “Inside the Zone” means to me and when I’m truly “Inside the Zone”?

To me “Inside the Zone” means that I am totally focused on what I am doing. Trust me, for someone who is certainly ADD, that is very hard. I am really concentrated on a situation at hand and nothing else matters. I am giving it my all, the attention that it deserves and hopefully the result I want.

The places that I tend to be Inside the Zone:

  1. A company offsite strategy session
  2. During one of my presentation on stage at a conference
  3. Playing sports especially with my friends

Ok your turn:

  • What does "Inside the Zone" mean to you?
  • When are you truly "Inside the Zone"?

I look forward to reading your comments.

I Need Your Help… With Two Of My Favorite Hats…

Monday, February 10th, 2014

I still like wearing baseball hats when I play sports, when I am attending a sporting event or when I haven’t showered and my hair is a mess. The problem is two of my favorite hats have sweat stains on them and I can’t get them out. I have tried washing them but that doesn’t seem to work. Help… any ideas?

    • Any secret ideas that can help me get the stains out?
    • Is it time to just throw them away?
    • Retire the hats for good
    • Only wear them when I paint… Which by the way is never!

Please help…

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention Sports Fans: Who Deserves A Parade?

Friday, February 7th, 2014

A few years ago the Stanley Cup was won by the Chicago Blackhawks putting an end to the longest running title drought in the NHL—49 years. That coupled with the fact that every year we hear how long it has been since the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series got me thinking.  I compiled a list of teams with the year they won their last championship. Take a look at the list and think of others.

Today I give you the power to give out a championship and trophy to one city!

Chicago Cubs (MLB) 1908

Arizona Cardinals (NFL) 1947

Cleveland Indians (MLB) 1948

Detroit Lions (NFL) 1957

Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) 1960

Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) 1967

Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) 1971

The NY Knicks (NBA) 1973

  • Who else did you add to the list?
  • Which city/team gets would you like to give a championship and trophy too?
  • Why did you pick them?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Time For A Quick Quiz On Who Shot Who

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Time to take a quick quiz and see if you know the answer to who shot these 5 famous people (please go solo because there is no need to use the web as a helper).

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Thanks for playing.