Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Yes, I know, this is usually a pharma news post. But you know what? It’s the Friday before a holiday weekend, and a gorgeous morning yielded some lovely pictures of a backyard stroll today. So, forget drug news. Here’s a visual jump-start for your pending weekend:

Oh, and if you haven’t seen it yet – we launched a new portal yesterday, for people with diabetes: DiabetesOne. Check it out!


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Guest post by Dennis Urbaniak, VP U.S. Diabetes, Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals

Today if you work in corporate America, massive organizational change is the norm.  There are multiple causes in multiple industries but one common theme across all is a glimpse of recognition that companies need to change how they work in order to survive and drive sustainable growth.

For the majority of the working staff at companies undergoing these changes the transition can be confusing and frightening.  For some, however, these changes can be the most exciting trends to hit the corporate scene in decades.

For leaders within companies charged with forging this new path, one key assessment criteria to help understand who has a forward-looking mindset is to see how individuals respond to changes in Titles, Budgets, and Staff.

A lot of people in companies place a high value on these three things.  It’s no surprise; for years the concept of the climbing the corporate ladder was created as the ambition people should have if they want to be “successful”.  Promotions lead to bigger titles, bigger budgets, bigger staff, bigger offices, bigger compensation, and bigger control.

And all this control and all this “bigger” has led to today’s environment where many corporations need to change how they work in order to survive.  Hmmm, something doesn’t quite fit.

Now it’s time to value something different.  I think we need to replace titles, budgets, and staff with three things that actually matter.  Ideas, Initiative, and Inspiration.

Too soft for you? These softer-sounding traits may have been de-emphasized in the past, but if you just breathed a sigh of relief, then you “get” what the future is about.

Survey after survey of company leaders show they are looking for new ideas and people who can get these new ideas executed in the market to drive performance.  The top three sources of the best ideas in a recent IBM CEO survey were identified as employees, customers, and external business partners.

Winners value contribution, not control. “Bigger” is out. “Smarter” is in.

The best ideas, driven by the best initiative, led by the greatest inspiration will define those companies that successfully survive today and thrive tomorrow. Employees that see this recognize it as the most important opportunity in our business world in decades.  This liberates every employee in the company to contribute an idea that can impact the entire company regardless of where they sit or what it says on their business card.

So if you find yourself presented with a massive organizational change that rocks you to your core, the first thing you may want to ask is: what did I value before and what should I value now?

And for those of you who choose to spend time mourning the loss of an org chart that took up two power point slides, please don’t be offended if the emerging leaders in your company aren’t spending a lot of time with you.  Most likely they are working desperately to find those others who “get it.”

If that describes you, you won’t be hard to find because you will be moving faster, pushing harder, and creating groundswells within the company. Forward-thinking colleagues can’t believe how lucky they are to be in a time where they can completely redefine their careers and their companies.

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After Hours 040309

Here’s a nice new way to get your Starbucks!

Like the idea of mini-projectors? Then you’ll like this!

Yes, it’s 5 1/2 minutes (video). Yes, you’ll be touched. Great story.

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I’ve written often on this blog about my commitment to social networking. And much of what I’ve emphasized is the business side.

But my investment in blogging, Twittering, and building a web of relationships has a very human side as well.

Read this and understand why (having met David Armano in person, I had no hesitation contributing). Here’s the backstory and an update. All this in way less than 24 hours. Awesome.

This is what it’s all about. Helping people.

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A tale of teen courage. Wow – don’t miss this.

Spider webs and dew drops (pix)…awesome!

Top pictures from the Beijing Olympics – some real beautiful stuff here. And, since London is next up in 2012, some fabulous “overhead” shots of London at night.

Tired of 5,000% markups on eyeglasses? Interesting article on how you can purchase on the Internet nowadays…for WAY less.

A brilliant outdoor advertising campaign. Dang, I wish I’d thought of this!

Do you pass the T-shirt test?

And…hopefully about 60 of you enjoyed barbecuing with Ragin’ Raven BBQ sauce this past weekend! I sure did!

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Want a free and full resource for finding quotes? Here it is: QuotesDaddy.

Former Google engineers try to come up with a new search engine called Cuil (pron: Cool). First reviews – needs a lot of work. Results are less than robust and accurate, esp. associated pictures. But give it a spin.

One way to deal with “Big Brother” security cameras.

Sad note: Randy Pausch has passed away. If you’ve never seen his “Last Lecture” video (featured on this blog previously), you really need to. Extremely inspiring.

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A high-end narrated 3-D animation of the “inner life of a cell.” Very cool.

Where can you find some good (low-cost or no-cost) images? Here’s a helpful list.

If you use Facebook at all, you’ll get a kick out of this spoof glimpse into Facebook 30 years in the future.

And finally, an inspirational year-end treat. Patrick Hughes – born without eyes, crippled from birth, gifted musician – and a member of the University of Louisville marching band. Amazing.

(And, here’s another wonderful story featured on the Impactiviti blog last December)



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