Dr. Seuss meets push pins – “The Best Use of Office Supplies We’ve Ever Seen”

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Need some quick comic relief with a touch (okay buckets full) of creativity?

Check out this short video, about an adventurous girl named Elastika which I found on The Muse & is from .

Who knew there were so many creative ways to use push pins & elastics?!

A GIRL NAMED ELASTIKA from Guillaume Blanchet I Filmmaker on Vimeo.

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The Rock.Paper.Scissors newsletter is out: 6 free resources for Value Innovation via Blue Ocean Strategy

Innovation cartoon fail

This month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter focuses on Value Innovation (e.g. how to create something valuable and innovative)  I learned from reading the book Blue Ocean Strategy.  Missed the article?  Check it out. (Not on my monthly e-newsletter mailing list?  Sign up for free here.)

After a whirlwind trip to Vancouver, Washington &  New York I’m back in Nairobi.  It’s gray, rainy & overcast.  A good day to reflect … on innovation.

A couple of weeks ago I posted my most recent e-newsletter based on the book Blue Ocean Strategy- How to Create Uncontested Market Space & Make the Competition Irrelevant.

As promised, here’s the follow-up post with innovation related resources.

  • Check out the presentation I created based on the book
  • Or read the whole, yummy book
  • Watch the video of a case study from the book (3:24 min), which uses the 6 path framework of making something functional have more emotional appeal (about cement of all things).  In other words the authors suggest that one way of being innovative is crossing wires – turning something that is usually, inherently functional or practical into an emotional appeal.  Or vice versa, turning something that is usually emotional, into something functional/pragmatic.  Either way, the process can yield some surprising results.  Like making cement very emotional.  Take a peek at the video to see what I mean.

On the lighter side, here are some resources to tickle your funny bone:

I hope those resources are helpful for you.  Let me know what innovative practices you’re up to.

 

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Dementia Quiz – test yourself with these 4 funny questions

Photo Credit: Patrick Hoesly via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Patrick Hoesly via Compfight cc

Here are 4 questions to test for dementia (with tongue planted firmly in cheek).  (Answers appear below.)

1. You are a participant in a race.  You overtake the second person.  What position are you in?

 2.    If you overtake the last person, then you are in what place?

 3.    Very tricky arithmetic!  Note: this must be done in your head only.  Do not use paper & pencil or a calculator.  Take 1000 and add 40 to it.  Now add another 1000.  Now add 30.  Add another 1000.  Now add 20.  Now add another 1000.  Now add 10.  What is the total?

 4.    Mary’s Father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono, and ? What is the name of the fifth daughter?

ANSWERS:

1.    If you answered that you are first, then you are wrong.  If you overtake the second person & you take her place, you are in second place.

2.   If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong.  Tell me sunshine, how can you overtake the last person?

3.    Did you get 5000?  The correct answer is actually 4100.  If you don’t believe it, check it with a calculator.

4.    Did you answer Nunu? Nope.  Her name is Mary.  Read the question again.

This so called dementia quiz was passed onto me by my good friend Roman Rollnick (& I also found it here).  It’s good for a chuckle and for pointing out how easy it is to make assumptions.

Assumptions can make the clearest situation cloudy.  Assumptions muddy the water & darken the day.

They quite simply can make an ass out of you and me.

Get clear.  Bust assumptions.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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How Mark Zuckerberg & Facebook Gave New Life To An Old Management Style (from Fast Company)

The following are excerpts from a Fast Company article by Katerina Walter (read the whole article here) – great examples of two very different perspectives working well together, each complimenting & filling in, the other’s shadows without diminishing their own bright spots.

The first example is the yin yang pairing of Facebook’s founder Marc Zuckerberg & COO Sheryl Sandberg – a Mountain Life Lens™ & a Carrot Life Lens™.

The second example is the complimentary & radically different pairing of Disney brothers Walt & Roy – a Heart Life Lens™ & Head Life Lens™ scenario.

It’s not easy but when opposite perspectives or worldviews work well together, magic happens. Take a look see.

Facebook example:

Facebook’s model of two worlds–product development and operational excellence–integrated together and led by two people who complement each other offers an outstanding example of a company that is succeeding through strategic partnership. I call this partnership model “The Visionary and The Builder.”

The Visionary is the partner who is a “dream architect”–he has a clear understanding of the company’s purpose and shapes its long-term strategic outlook based on that purpose; he leads the company through inspiration and blue-sky vision.

The Builder is the partner who is a “value architect”–she leads the functions that support the mission of The Visionary and ensures that this mission is executed operationally.

This is not to say that the two don’t ever overlap, or that the two partners don’t share a common vision, interests, or skills. But for this model to work successfully, as it has for Facebook, the two partners each need to have distinguished skill sets that the other doesn’t possess. In the case of Facebook, Zuckerberg focuses on product development and the platform’s global expansion, because that is what he is great at, and Sandberg brings operational skills that ensure stability and discipline within the company as it executes on Zuck’s vision.

Walt Disney example:

Walt Disney, whose remarkable imagination created the world of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and many more beloved cartoon characters, relied heavily on his brother, Roy O. Disney, in building his empire. Walt gave his older brother a lot of credit for building an entertainment business out of his fantasies.It was Roy who lent his brother $250 on top of Walt’s $40 investment to start their partnership and open a cartoon studio. Their uncle lent them an additional $500.

In the early days, Walt drew his cartoon characters, and Roy worked the cameras and kept the finances in check. Together they built an amazing empire and brightened the world for millions of kids. When Walt Disney passed away, his brother took the helm of the company.

But Roy didn’t try to fill the creative shoes of his sibling, stating that Walt had built a great organization and that he would keep Walt’s spirit alive. Roy did not change the direction of the company, continuing the legacy of his younger brother.

While Walt had a dream, Roy had the knowledge and capabilities to help his brother make his dream a reality. Roy was eight years older, had experience working in a bank, and also knew that his brother was prone to neglect his business affairs, focusing too much on the artistic side.

A brilliant businessman, Roy stayed in the shadows and provided strong support to Walt as he created fascinating stories that captured the imagination of children around the world.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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The Rock.Paper.Scissors newsletter is out: Value Innovation via Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy book

This month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter focuses on Value Innovation (e.g. how to create something valuable and innovative)  I learned from reading the book Blue Ocean Strategy.  Missed the article?  Check it out. (Not on my monthly e-newsletter mailing list?  Sign up for free here.)

I’m writing this from New York City – a great source of inspiration for innovation.  Want to know how to create value innovation – a.k.a. something both useful and innovative?  Check out my presentation for the Nairobi Learning & Development roundtable I facilitated on  Blue Ocean Strategy- How to Create Uncontested Market Space & Make the Competition Irrelevant.
I inhaled this book by Harvard profs W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne.  It’s full of fabulous case studies & easy to follow instructions.

Whether you’re from the corporate, NGO or other sector looking to create value & innovation for a process, a product, a service or you’re simply curious, you’ll find something applicable. Download the presentation here (1 slide/pg). Or the shorter version 3 slides/pg.

The Four Actions Framework & the Six Paths Framework are waaaay more interesting & practical than their rather clunky names.  I’ve summarized them in the presentation & provided lots of examples from the book.  Let me know if & how you use them.
Watch for my next post where I’ll share some other resources (serious & tongue in cheek) related to value innovation.
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Why parents age faster than people without kids

The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees was absent but had not phoned in sick. So he dialed the employee’s home phone number and was greeted with a child’s whisper. ‘Hello?’  ‘Is your daddy home?’

‘Yes, he’s out in the garden,’ whispered the small voice.

‘May I talk with him?’

The child whispered, ‘No.’ ; So the boss asked, ‘Well, is your Mommy there?”Yes, she’s out in the garden too.’

The boss asked, ‘May I talk with her?’ Again the small voice whispered, ‘No.’

Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, ‘Is anybody else there?’

‘Yes,’ whispered the child, ‘a policeman.’

Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee’s home, the boss asked, ‘May I speak with the policeman?’

‘No, he’s busy,’ whispered the child. ‘Busy doing what?” Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the police dog men.’

Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background, the boss asked, ‘What is that noise?’

‘It’s a helicopter’ answered the whispering voice.

‘What is going on there?’ demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.’The search team just landed a helicopter’ ‘A search team?’ said the boss. ‘What are they searching for?’

Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle …’ME.’

Story from citehr.

This joke is a great example of different perspectives – the kid’s having a great old time while the parents are experiencing their worst nightmare!

The view from a Mountain Top Life Lens™ is very different from the view of a Carrot Life Lens™ and the view from the Heart Life Lens™ is different from the view from the Head Life Lens™.

Step out of your frame & gain a new perspective.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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What is the question to this answer? Helen Keller

What is the question

I LOVE this exercise.  Talk about a tool to increase creativity, critical thinking & more.

It could be used as an exercise to warm up for a workshop – e.g. a workshop on culture could simply be introduced by the word ‘culture’.

It could be used as an informal assessment for a core concept, to see what learners are taking away.

And more.

I’m developing some online curriculum for the African Virtual University on peacebuilding & conflict resolution.  Will be thinking of how I can incorporate this – possibly have learners write their answers on a google doc so others can see.

What about you?  How could you use it?

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The Toilet Of The Future Corrects The Mistake We’re All Making In The Bathroom (via HuffPost)

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Talk about turning a toilet on its head.  Take a seat & take a peek.  The squatty potty will revolutionize how you think about pooping.  And that’s a perspective changing game.

(The excerpt below is from the Huffington Post; read the entire article here, including more pictures.)

It wasn’t until our random introduction to the Squatty Potty earlier this year that we learned something was amiss with the way we use the toilet. A new creation by Central Saint Martins University graduates Pierre Papet, Victor Johansson and Samuel Sheard confirms our suspicion, and aims to “upgrade our current 130-year old flush toilet for better health and environment,” according to design site Tuvie, where we spotted the next-generation loo.

The Wellbeing Toilet, as its called, is designed to enhance the position of your body (and ultimately how you get rid of bodily waste) by enabling you to squat rather than sit.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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How preschoolers learn? Sounds like good adult ed to me

Preschool learning

How preschoolers learn?  Sounds like good adult ed to me.

Thanks to good friend Jean DuPlessis for passing this on.

 

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Breaking news: Chocolate counts as salad

Chocolate is salad

From: Most Amazing Photos in the World

On the dawn of a new year, perhaps this will come as a nice surprise & an interesting perspective ….

Chocolate counts as salad.

Happy day- may it be chocolate salad filled.

‘nuf said.

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