Hi, my name is Jami and I am a Facebook-oholic.
I invite you to read an article from April in the New York Times called “The Flight of Conversation.” You can find the link here: http://ow.ly/cZPgn. The article describes this time of being so connected on social media networks yet people feeling very alone. Texting, e-mailing, Facebook, Twitter have all allowed us to edit our lives and let them appear much better than they really are. The technology and instant connections that it offers allows us to keep relationships just where we want them – not to close, not to far, but just right. The author calls this the “Goldilocks effect.”
The first one is Truth.
The second one is Trust.
For this blog entry, they will both be capital T words because they’re that important.
A bit of background on Sasha Dichter: I’m a big fan. He is Chief Innovation Officer at the Acumen Fund and the creator of Generosity Day. He inspired my colleagues and me to be part of Generosity Day last year. This year, we signed up to help spread the word about Generosity Day in our city, St. Louis.
Those three words alone conjure up all kinds of feelings in each of us. For me, it’s a combination of the three words… is it that I’m so afraid to change that I fail? Or is it that I’m afraid to fail so I never change? Either one is terrifying.
I’m not kidding.
I just finished Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness. If you have a chance to read it, you should. (It’s a quick read, in case you’re wondering.)
From the beginning, they were very intentional about creating a culture that people wanted to be a part of. How? They asked their employees about their personal values and why they were important to them. Here’s what they came up with.
Like many of you, I’ve signed up to get the latest blog posts of different writers. I recently received one telling me about a new book called Humanize: how people-centric organizations succeed in a social world. I thought it sounded interesting, I clicked on the link and realized immediately that I needed to buy this book. I invite you to check it out here: http://www.humanizebook.com/
My mama told me when I was young
We are all born superstars
She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on
In the glass of her boudoir.
“There’s nothin’ wrong with lovin’ who you are”
she said, “cause he made you perfect, babe
So hold your head up girl and you’ll go far,
listen to me when I say”
I have a confession. I used to not be the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. I used to think it was just another stupid holiday invented to make me feel guilty for not wanting to be a part of it and even more guilty for not having the time to participate. I used to feel that way, until a dear friend told me that it was an opportunity in the gray, bleak winter to tell those closest to you that you love them. A little sprinkle of sunshine. From that moment, Valentine’s Day didn’t seem so silly.
If you haven’t heard of COCAbiz, they are a division of COCA whose mission is to “build a more creative, engaged and effective work-force by delivering innovative classes, workshops and events that employ authentic arts teaching to deliver real business results.” I like to think of them as trying to bring more fun and creativity into your work no matter your industry. Monday night, COCAbiz hosted Iain Roberts of IDEO. I’ve been to a couple of COCAbiz events and have enjoyed them. I had no idea who Iain Roberts was, other than from the blurb on the invitation. He works in the design industry which really doesn’t sound like anything I do or frankly, know anything about, but I like COCAbiz so I went.
I’m not sure that the word grateful covers how we are feeling these days at Elements Partnership. Even though we’ve been working for a few months, we recently had a launch party to officially kick-off our work. Six days later we moved into new office space which made everything very real. Our work is keeping us extremely busy. And yet, with all of that, we keep asking each other:
Is this really happening?!
Before you read the rest of this blog post, I invite you to watch the video above. Simon Sinek’s “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” TED talk. It’s 18 minutes that I can promise are worth your time.
There are many obvious reasons that I love this video. It’s inspiring. It’s heartfelt. It challenges me to think about my personal why.
Want to know the perfect recipe for a launch party?
Friends and Family
I bought an iPhone last March. Yep, it was my first. I was an iPhone virgin. Go ahead. Say it: “LOSER!”
It had been a long time coming and I was SO EXCITED about it. And then it didn’t work. Really didn’t work… people couldn’t hear me when I talked… kind of a problem.
This is Melvin… he has been aptly named ”Melvin the Relevant Elephant” by my ten-year-old daughter.
Melvin has big plans to accompany me to the meetings and workshops in which there are elephants in the room. This, by the way, would be VAST MAJORITY of the meetings and workshops I facilitate or attend!