Move Along

Wow, we made it! I haven’t been so glad to see Friday since…. Ummm, well, last week.😉

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It’s been a bear of a week, hasn’t it? Just when you start to whine about your challenges, stop and think of those around you. I find it’s easier to let go of the frustration by empathizing, which means focusing on others and their experiences. This not only helps you shift your focus from you and your misery but also opens you up to supporting others. Isn’t that what community is all about?

Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day makes me think of how hard it is to be isolated. Even though it’s a melancholy song, I find myself humming it. It’s also a great crowd-shout song for road trips….You know I can see y’all motoring to this.😉

Need something a little more upbeat for your Friday? All American Rejects Move Along is an anthem to picking yourself up after a fall.

“When all you got to keep is strong,

Move along, move along, like I know you do

And even when your hope is gone

Move along, move along just to make it through….”

And I can’t help adding Traveling Wilbury’s End of the Line. It’s got me grooving while I clean up email this morning, imagining setting off on a great adventure.

I’ve got road trip music on my mind (can you tell?) – May y’all have great adventures this weekend!

Caryn

Smarter Faster Better

Good Morning, Happy Monday!

Are you ready for the week? Will you get everything done? I bet your answers are “Sure” and “Hopefully”. Every single one of us has studied something about our profession, whether it’s getting licensed, earning a certification in a technology or getting a college degree. Why? Because studying and practicing our craft makes us better at it. But what about your daily routine, do you study that? Do you examine how you structure your day and spend your time? Even if you’ve considered the what and the why, are you so anxious to get things done that you don’t focus on the how?

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I’ve been reading Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg, a book on productivity and why some folks are more productive than others, in large part due to the choices we make. One of my favorite parts in the book talks about teaming, creative tension in groups and how to transform performance by focusing on how we treat and trust each other. If you want a condensed version of the lessons in the book, check out Freakonomics radio or listen to Marketplace Weekend’s coverage on the book and Mr. Duhigg. Both of these sites offer great podcasts overall, hope you enjoy them!

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Have a great week!

Caryn

Can’t Stop the Feeling

Happy September, Happy Friday!

Before y’all go running off to a 3-day weekend, let’s remember a couple of things:

  1. Monday’s holiday is to celebrate Labor Day, a tribute to our nation’s workers and their social and economic achievements that have contributed to our country’s well-being.
  2. Many will ironically work at least part of this weekend, so if you have it off, join me in being thankful for the time we have to spend with family and friends. It is because of the Labor Movement that we have standards for time off (5 day work week, paid vacation, etc) as well as health benefits.

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For this Friday’s jam, I’m borrowing a song from Trolls – JT’s Can’t Stop the Feeling – I somehow get the feeling that they got the dancers in the video from random people on the street, the laundromat, the grocery store. Next time you’re out and about, try to imagine the person in line ahead of you dancing.😉

Like Pharrell’s Happy, how do you resist the joy in Can’t Stop the Feeling? Is it a coincidence that both of these songs were associated with ‘kids’ movies (Troll for JT and Despicable Me for Pharrell)? There’s no age limit on joy.😀

 

Enjoy your weekend, enjoy the festivities!

Caryn

Don’t Stop Me Now

Wahoo, it’s Wednesday! We made it through August, which is saying something since this was our busy season at work. So give yourself a moment to celebrate making it through another season and then let’s dive into September.

It’s time for a hump day ad; HusbandMartin and I are divided on this one – Google Photos Free Up Space. I love the combination of music and concept. Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now is a classic for a reason and it’s a great match for the ad’s story (capturing the moment in a photo with your smartphone). Martin is frustrated by the users’ frustration, though.

What do you think? Does the ad grab you in the right way? Or does it annoy you enough to make you want to block out the message? Good advertising, like all communications, engages you enough to get the message to stick. Think about your communications; do your messages get lost because of how you deliver them? Or are you able to get your story across and make it sticky because of your style? Always good food for thought.

And one more thing…..Have you taken the pledge to not text and drive? ? Need a reminder of my thoughts on the matter? I mention this because AT&T has released a new ad to encourage folks to not drive while distracted. It’s worth the 3 minutes to watch – I hope it reminds all of us to focus on the road, not on the phone.

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Take the pledge to buckle up and put your phone down!

Caryn

Get Yer Geek On

Happy Friday!

I’ve been geeking out this week to They Might Be Giants and OK Go! There’s something freeing about not worrying what others think, isn’t there? These bands’ enthusiasm is contagious, so get yer geek on with me!

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TMBG’s Istanbul (not Constantinople) is another earworm (again, you’re welcome) but the lyrics are surprisingly thoughtful. “Why they’d change it? I can’t say, people just liked it better that way”, reminds us that change is inevitable… can you imagine saying you’re going to the Big Apple, New Amsterdam?

And OK Go’s Here It Goes Again is another creative take that combines music and treadmills. As if making music and dancing isn’t hard enough, they combine this with 8 moving platforms. I like their willingness to take on a challenge.😀

Have a great weekend!

Caryn

We Need More Speed

Happy Hump Day!

As the summer games continue, don’t you want to join in with all the jumping, running, swimming, hitting (volleyball, golf, tennis…)? There’s a funny ad that combines the spirit of the games with the never ending enthusiasm of overgrown children. Their enthusiasm knows no boundaries!

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UnitedHealthcare – Pool Vault makes ya glad for excellent health care. “So close…. We just need more speed. I’m on it….”😀

Who’s up next on pole vault?😉

Caryn

Listen to Understand

GM and welcome to the working week!

How was your weekend? We’ve wrapped up the dog days of summer, kids are going back to school, we’ve rounded the midpoint of August and are starting to fantasize about another 3 day weekend. While we enjoy the last of the long summer days, please keep the folks in Louisiana in your thoughts. Xo

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I’m so proud of our community, of our principles, our integrity and our willingness to invest in each other. One way we invest in each other is taking the time to listen, without interrupting, without judging and with patience and respect. Even when we don’t agree, we can listen, can’t we? Can’t we? I’ll be the first to admit it’s sometimes a challenge but that’s what practice is for.😉

How about you? How well do you listen? Do you listen better to those who agree with you? How about we all practice listening better in conversations where we don’t agree?

Here’s some advice on listening and leadership from Forbes:

  • Be empathetic and don’t judge.
  • Challenge your assumptions.
  • Don’t interrupt, be respectful.
  • Engage and care.

These principles remind me of friendship and parenting, classic cases of where we’re invested in the relationship. Imagine what we could do if we invested in relationships with those whom we disagree.

Time to get Monday tasks done – have a great week!

Caryn