How Do You Define Yourself?
OK. Time to take a break from your business, your projects, and your fascination for innovation and watch this 13-minute TED video. It's a powerful message from a courageous young woman. A good link to send anyone you know who is struggling with the way they look or the way others treat them.November 09, 2013
Painting a Different Picture
Fascinating 7-minute TED video of a woman, with the aspiration to be a political scientist, following her instincts and becoming an artist instead -- but not just ANY artist -- one who is pioneering a new mode of expression.
How might you apply the essence of this video to your own life? What old forms do you need to challenge? What new forms of expression are calling to you?October 31, 2013
What Is Innovation?
Inspiring 2-minute video for anyone interested in innovation. BTW, if you google "definitions of innovation," you will get more than 27 million references.
October 30, 2013
Discontinuous Improvement Rules!
This is brilliant -- a penetrating 12-minute talk by Russell Ackoff on why continuous improvement doesn't cut it these days and why whole systems thinking and creativity is the only way to go if an organization expects to succeed in today's marketplace.September 25, 2013
The Battle of the Two Brains
Excellent TED presentation by Iain McGilchrist on the two sides of the brain, beautifully animated by the wizards at RSA Animate.September 16, 2013
The Upturn Is Upon Us!
If you are having one of those days where you are obsessing about the economy, your cash flow, and the general state of the world, take three minutes and watch this video. (HINT: It all depends what you focus on).September 14, 2013
Here's to the Crazy Ones!
Find the "crazy ones" in your organization. The mavericks. The fools. The flakes. Start listening to them. Give them room to move. They are the future -- even if they make you feel uncomfortable.September 13, 2013
True Grassroots Learning! March 16, 2013
Why Videos Go Viral February 05, 2013
What Matters Now
I haven't read Gary Hamel's new book yet, but will. Gary is, in my estimation, one of the most lucid, authentic, refreshing voices of sanity I've heard in the often weird world of business. Give a listen.December 07, 2012
You Think YOU Have a Long Commute?
And now for a little perspective, just in case business is slow or you haven't gotten the promotion you think you deserved.November 19, 2012
Layne Redmond's Kickstarter Project
Here is a link
to a very inspired Kickstarter project
originated by my good friend,
When the Women Were Drummers
and all around renaissance women.
Layne and her team
of talented musicians
and film makers
are making a documentary
celebrating the dance,
drumming, and chants
of traditional and sacred
Click here to donate.
Super Cool TED Remix
Edutainment to the max! Go full screen. Turn up the volume.August 29, 2012
Ode to Rachel Maddow
Whatever your politics, take a minute check out this soulfully hip song of praise to Rachel Maddow by one of Woodstock's own, Marc Black. Marc is a treasure in my home town, but too few people know of him. Now you do.August 16, 2012
The One Voice for Laos Documentary
Here is a remarkable 8-minute video produced by Garland Berenzy (16!), documenting the One Voice for Laos project -- an inspired humanitarian effort spearheaded by Hudson Valley teens, committed adults, and my amazing wife, Evelyne Pouget, to support 600 orphans in Luang Prabang, Laos. If you want to donate to the orphanage, send a check to the Windhorse Foundation (P.O. Box 26582, San Francisco, CA 94126) and write "Deak Kum Pa Orphanage" in the memo line.July 13, 2012
What a Wonderful World!
Time for a break from the following concerns: cash flow, next quarter results, your benefits package, boss, weight, innovation process, or summer vacation plans. Here's a fabulous two-minute BBC video narrated by David Attenborough. NOTE: The business of life isn't necessarily a life of business...
Here's how we can help your organization become wonderful.
First WHY, Then HOW, Then WHAT
For decades, people have wondered how Apple has reached such heightened levels of success. But it only took Simon Sinek 18 minutes to explain it. According to him, it's all about the why, not the how, or what. Most computer companies start with claims that they make great products. Apple, on the other hand, tells you why they build computers.March 02, 2012
A Crash Course On How to Be a Great Consultant January 21, 2012
PREMier PREMotion Beach Boy Style January 14, 2012
Want to Innovate? Start Here! November 13, 2011
Obvious to You, Amazing to Others
Derek Sivers, Founder of CD Baby, used to live one street away from me in Woodstock, NY. I saw him only once, walking on the road. Now here he is on YouTube. Yo, Derek! Thanks for this! So true...November 08, 2011
John Cleese on Creativity
Fabulous 10 minute video by John Cleese on the optimal conditions for creativity. Inspired. Lucid. Entertaining.
More about the subconsciousOctober 06, 2011
Steve Jobs on Life, Death, and Love
All of us at Idea Champions are deeply saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs, a man who has made an extraordinary contribution to planet Earth. Here's one of his pearls of wisdom: "Your time is limited, do don't waste it living someone else's life... Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become." Thank you, Steve. God bless!September 25, 2011
More to Live For
More to Live For is a wonderfully inspiring new documentary, just shown at the Woodstock Film Festival, on a topic that is too little understood: bone marrow donation. Directed by Noah Hutton, a brilliant 24-year old filmmaker, More to Live For is more than a movie -- it's a project dedicated to saving lives. See it. The life you save may be your own -- or someone very close to you.September 21, 2011
Humor in the Workplace
Wonderful video about the power of humor in the workplace, featuring a (possible) new client of ours, Peppercom.July 18, 2011
You May Know Where Good Ideas Come From, But Do You Know Where Babies Come From? April 04, 2011
Getting Out of the Organizational Box
Last Thursday, I had an opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the Ethical Sourcing Forum, in NYC, a conference sponsored by Intertek, a world class organization dedicated to "helping customers improve performance, gain efficiencies in manufacturing and logistics, overcome market constraints, and reduce risk."
The topic? Sustainable Innovation. Or, more specifically, how people who work in large organizations can get out of the so-called "box".
After the keynote, I was approached by two very animated people from 3BL, a savvy media company specializing in corporate social responsibility, sustainability and cause marketing communications. Apparently, they liked what they heard and wanted to dig deeper -- on camera.March 06, 2011
The World's Most Typical Person
Before you watch this, pause a few seconds and see if you can guess what the world's most typical person looks like...February 02, 2011
Music Is the Universal Language
Some people say that laughter is the universal language. Others say love. Still others say stock options. The producers of the video below say music. Whatever language you speak, one thing is clear: at the core of who we are, beyond our differences, titles, and strategic plans, we all speak the same language.January 19, 2011
Creativity as Applied Imagination
Lucid exposition on creativity by Sir Kenneth Robinson. (Hint: it's not just about thinking stuff up. It's about DOING things...)January 13, 2011
To VLOG or not to VLOG
I'm thinking of starting a VLOG and want your input. Instead of just writing a bunch of stuff, what about me delivering the message, on camera? Here's how the Geico caveman does it.January 06, 2011
The Homeless Man with the Golden Pipes
If you're one of the 12 people left on planet Earth who hasn't seen this video, here ya go -- the story of a homeless man who went from the streets to the airwaves overnight, reconnecting with his gift, his dream, and his faith. Never give up! Anything is possible!October 18, 2010
Helping Our Kids Be More Creative
This is fabulous 11-minute presentation, by Sir Kenneth Robinson, on the need for our educational system to change its paradigm. Ken notes some great research, towards the end of the video, about the difference between divergent thinking and creativity.
Thanks to David Passes for the heads up.September 23, 2010
Where Good Ideas Come From
Wonderful TED video of Steven Johnson waxing poetic on where good ideas come from. I especially like his take on "the liquid network" and "the slow hunch." 18 minutes worth.January 24, 2010
Everything Comes Full Circle
Out of work? Looking for a job? Enjoy a few chuckles before you pound the pavement today.December 15, 2009
Invent, Iterate, Improve, and Innovate
What you can learn about innovation from the long and semi-glorious history of the zipper.November 27, 2009
Sand Animation from the Ukraine
This is a mind blower -- the winner of Ukraine's "You Got Talent" award expressing the history of her country via sand animation. (Thanks to my son, Jesse, for the heads up).October 04, 2009
Think you're in the "4th quarter" of your life? Getting down to the wire? Feeling like you'll never get your big break (or your big breakthrough)? If so, have heart... and take a cue from an autistic basketball player named Jason McElwain.
PS: You can do it! All you need to do is take your best shot!July 17, 2009
BREAKTHROUGH COLLABORATION: The Rise of Looser Networks
Ummm... it only took me four years to discover Clay Shirkey's TED lecture about how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have a much bigger role to play. Fascinating. Well worth the 20 minutes of viewing time...May 16, 2009
TED VIDEO: Seth Godin on Tribes
Lucid, entertaining, informative 17-minute video on the power of tribes -- the most ancient and organic way to get a message out to the world. Want to make a difference? Got something to say? Looking for a simple way to connect with those who want to go beyond the status quo? Listen to the bald-headed wonder, Seth Godin, introduce you to what's already happening...April 10, 2009
Welcome to Mississauga!
Please, whatever you're doing now, STOP, and watch this fabulous six- minute video about the mayor of Mississauga (Ontario, Canada). Hazel has her act together -- and some major clues for the rest of us.April 09, 2009
It's a Wonderful World Puppet Show
Louis Armstrong...shadow puppets...and a question to contemplate: How can YOU or your COMPANY deliver a powerful message to the world in just two minutes -- at almost no cost?