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Pre-Crumpled Letter

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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“This letter has been pre-crumpled to assist you with a more efficient disposal process” This is the opening line of a recent letter I wrote to some of the top business book publishers in the country; • Barron’s • Bloomberg • Doubleday • Gotham • McGraw-Hill • Penguin I know they get tens of thousands of manuscripts and book proposals every [...]

Da Vinci Parachute

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Over 500 years ago Leonardo da Vinci designed a parachute. He was certain it would fly, though he had no way to prove it. This was true of most of his designs. The cliché – “He was way ahead of his time” came into existence because of Lenny. In fact he left us specific details [...]

People, Places, and Activites

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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It doesn’t happen by accident, it happens by design. What people, places, and activities do you indulge in to stimulate your creativity? Your current hobbies don’t count. You need to experience things that are foreign to you and you need to do it on a regular basis. It won’t just happen by circumstance, you have [...]

Tiger Woods – He’s not Perfect

Monday, March 30, 2009

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“Look straight ahead Tommy. He will be coming right up the hill any second. He’ll be just 10 feet in front of you. Can you believe it? Do you see him yet? Wait……. any second now.” It’s the 2nd day of the Bayhill Classic Golf Tournament. Standing on the west side of the 7th tee [...]

Roger Von Oech

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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A Few Good Men. They’re still out there. It seems like it is hard to find them these days with the likes of Bernie Madoff, AIG Morons, and the bunch. But I sure talked to a Good Man last night. Roger Von Oech has been the leading pioneer in Creativity and Innovation for 3 and [...]

Safe

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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When someone says…. “Is it safe?” What does that mean ? Webster defines safe as; 1. Secure from harm, danger, or evil 2. Free from injury or danger 3. Free from riskEvery one of these definitions are horribly wrong.   When you say to someone, “Yes it is safe”, it is never completely secure or [...]

Where have all the Cowboys Gone?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Did this country secretly assassinate all of the business leaders?  The ones with balls I mean. Obviously something happened. I am not sure what. I don’t remember hearing about it on the news. Paula Cole’s hit song my never have been intended to be targeted at the spineless corporate leaders we seem to have running [...]

Ms. South Carolina

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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“Brains times Beauty equals a constant”  (B X b = K) In college, I was actually brave enough to say that to two ladies in a bar one night. One was good looking and the other one was not. The not so good looking one said; “That’s not funny….asshole” The hot one said; “I don’t [...]

Woody’s Viewpoint

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Being a rocket scientist isn’t always the glory and glamour you might think. Like all jobs there are times you get assigned to tasks that just are not that sexy. The Space Shuttle External Tank is the big brown tank in the middle of the vehicle. It is covered in a light weight insulation foam. [...]