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The Lift | Brian@GrowthWorks

Say Something Nice...

by Brian McDermott on 08/29/11

Sometimes the simplest suggestion can lead to inspiring and surprising results -- in a family, in a workplace, on a street corner in New York City. Watch... and then try it. (Maybe send this link with a note to someone who'd appreciate hearing something nice.) Email subscribers Click Here to watch online.


Thanks to those of you who have been reading and sharing this Blog. I really appreciate it. Thanks to Improv Everywhere! And thanks to Anne Damon at Zinnia Folk Arts for posting on Facebook

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Brian@GrowthWorks
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Don't Bungee Jump Naked...

by Brian McDermott on 08/17/11

Jeanne Robertson is a speaker and humorist. Her message: Life is better if you can find things to smile about. A sense of humor, she says, is more than a laughing matter. It's a strategy for success. The story in this video is drawn from an experience with her husband, who she refers to as "Left Brain."

(Email subscribers Click Here to Watch Online)



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Brian

I Believe...

by Brian McDermott on 07/27/11

Love flash mob performances? This one was created by Kim MacGregor to honor her friend, Erika Heller, who lost a battle to cancer.

At the end of every telephone conversation, Erika would end by telling Kim, "You're an amazing woman!"  Kim wanted to do something special to honor Erika and created this 4-minute-16-second tribute filmed at the Toronto Eaton Centre after one 6-hour rehearsal. Kim's goal is to reach 1 million viewers, and she is close.

It made my day to add my click to the list.



(Click here to go to YouTube version.)



Erika Heller with the daughters of Kim MacGregor, the creator of this video and the website: I Believe She Is Amazing

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(Erika Clearly Did)

Brian

Rediscover Wonder...

by Brian McDermott on 07/24/11

This is my all-time favorite Ted Talk video...

If you watch only the first 4 minutes -- a spoken-word poem by Sarah Kay entitled "If I should Ever Have a Daughter" -- I think you'll come away inspired to find a reason to keep saying "thank you" to life no matter how bad the day.

If you stick with her for the full 18 minutes... Well, I come away reminded of how important it is to say, "I can," and how powerful it can be to say, "I will continue," and how rewarding and influential it can be to infuse our work and lives with the stories that are uniquely ours, and to raise our voices, no matter how small, because those are the gifts with which we are most likely to help make the world a better place.

(Email subscribers click her to view)



Make a Difference,


Brian

Need a Lift? This Will Do It...

by Brian McDermott on 07/14/11

Need a lift? How about this precious 5-minute reminder from a 4 year old about doing what you love and dreams coming true...



I'm not sure what Kaitlyn has been up to since she made this appearance, but I hope she's still singing and still doing it because she loves it.

Work on purpose. Make a difference,

Brian

Are You Highly Creative?

by Brian McDermott on 07/06/11

The numbers are not in your favor...

When tested for creativity, somewhere in the neighborhood of 98 percent of 5-year-old kids score at the  highest levels. Test them five years later and about 30 percent still shine. Test the general population of adults? Sadly, less than 5 percent can still let ideas fly, according to research by George Land going back to the 60s.

A lot of the work I do helping teams change, improve and innovate comes down to getting grown-ups to act more like kids again. Be curious. Be playful. Every once in a while turn off that ever-so-adult voice in your head that makes us take things sooooo seriously all the time.

Something happens as we grow up that turns up the dial on our ability to think critically, and turns it down on the ability to entertain alternatives to the way things are usually done. That's why we break out the Playdough, Slinkies, bottles of bubbles, Mr Potato Heads, Legos... to remind people that sometimes we have to break some paradigms and let go the restraints that lock us into doing the things the way they've always been comfortably done -- and hoping for different results.

Once, we were all kids... and all creative. With a little practice it's not that hard to get back there.

This video is targeted at entrepreneurs; that's the market served by its producer (Grasshopper Group). But if you could use an inspiring reminder about believing in big things, chasing dreams... watch it. It will be two minutes and 19 seconds well spent. With a little refresher, we can all beat the odds...

Make a Difference,

Brian

Inspiration...

by Brian McDermott on 07/06/11

I wish anything I could say or do could be as eloquently inspiring as this young man's story... but I guess that's the point...

It's a story about golf, but it's not about golf. It's an inspiration about living life fully -- no matter what.

It starts a bit slowly, but it's more than worth the 12 minutes you'll invest. Stick with it. And pass it on. From what I can tell by view counts on the original ESPN site and YouTube, not many people have seen this yet.


Make a Difference,

Brian

P.S. Thanks to Linda Bryant for sending it my way.

Life Makes the Journey...

by Brian McDermott on 07/06/11

A one-minute-thirty-six-second artistic and moving reminder to make every day your next great adventure.

Be forewarned: It's a commercial for high-end handbag and luggage-maker Louis Vuitton, but you won't know that until you've watched almost the entire video. I'm challenged and inspired every time I watch.

Or click here to watch on YouTube.

 

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Brian

What Teachers Make...

by Brian McDermott on 07/06/11

I've spent a lot of time around educators -- as a student, of course; as an engaged parent with two kids who went K-12 through an urban public school system; as an admirer of friends who've dedicated their lives to working in classrooms; and as a facilitator and consultant helping build plans for future-focused teaching practices.

Teaching is a tough job. It's an under-valued profession. And, in the workplace, it's an under-attended role of leaders.

Versions of this inspiring Taylor Mali poem have made the rounds on the web. Mark Sturgell reminded me it's worth watching again. Seth Godin reminded him. Somebody named Rod reminded Seth. And here I am...

I'm sending it directly to some teachers I know, and an ex-boss or two... to say thanks. Watch it. Pass it along.


Or click here to watch on YouTube.

Make a Difference,

Brian

Working on Purpose Is the Magic of Success...

by Brian McDermott on 07/06/11

I first posted a link to this video in 2010. I watched it again today, thinking about making it assigned viewing for a board of directors I'll be working with later this month. I was struck three years ago, and I am inspired again today by the pertinence of the message... People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it...

The video is TED's standard 18 minutes long. It's persuasive. I came away with a page of notes and a new clarity about why we do business at GrowthWorks the way we do -- because we really believe in the need to raise the value placed on the people side of the equation for business success.



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Brian

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