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Tuesday Tidbit

April 2, 2013

Last week’s Tuesday Tidbit offered a Jelly Bean Personality activity. Each standard jelly bean color was linked to a set of personality traits. When I sent it to the team at work, my boss responded,

“I don’t like jelly beans. What can you do with peanut M&Ms?”

Not one to shy away from the boss’s challenge, I did a little research. There are indeed personality quizzes and other activities based on M&M colors. Who knew?

Yellow: You are a mystery to those around you. You are self-aware and introspective. You know who you are and you’re good with that. You’re doing what you love and that changes from day to day.

Orange: You are an energetic, even hyper, person. You love to act swiftly. You are brilliant and pioneering. You can have a ruthless streak and are always looking out for number one. You live more boldly than anyone you know.

Red: You are an enthusiastic and easily excitable person. The world is brimming with so many possibilities for you. You have a lot of energy that comes is short spurts. You are easily inspired, very creative and mentally sharp.

Brown: You are a very emotional person. You are sympathetic and compassionate to friends and strangers. You can be accommodating and attentive, but you never let anyone walk all over you. You love easily and become attached quickly.

Blue: You are an affable and likable person. You are a natural people-pleaser. You change your mind often because everything ends up sounding good to you. You love people and are an optimist about everyone you meet.

Green: You are a compassionate and forgiving person. You believe the world truly lacks understanding. You want to be a positive force in other people’s lives. You are reliable, faithful, non-judgmental and you strive for harmony and peace.

I heard from several people that the Jelly Bean Personality activity was amazingly accurate. How do you match up to your favorite M&M color?


Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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The above M&M Personality Traits are adapted from Personality Cafe, and several M&M quizzes I took last night. Let’s call it research!


February 18, 2013

TwoMonkeysStudios, a small game and media development company, launched a new game last week through KickStarter.  In just the first few days, “Influence” has already achieved 23% funding and a great review from a nationally recognized gaming expert.

If you enjoy strategic gaming, or if you’re a fan of the KickStarter process, or if, like me, you are also a supporter of entrepreneurship, I hope you’ll check it out!  March 16 is the funding deadline to move forward, but please don’t wait.  Be part of the excitement today! (Full disclosure – the mastermind behind TwoMonkeysStudios is a family friend.)  

Influence is a tactical card game where players attempt to gain the most Power. By playing Influence cards – symbolizing military, political, and economic influence – players conquer Castles and gain a base of Power. Maintaining control of these Castles grants additional Power, as well as influence over neighboring Castles!


From Father Geek’s advance copy review (click here for the entire review):

Influence is a rather ingenious little game. It takes a very simple premise that would have been rather ho-hum, and added a great deal of depth to it. The level of focus it takes to play the game competitively is a challenge, and there is a great deal of strategy and tactics to be discovered…

Influence is challenging and makes the players think. The game play is simple and complex at the same time. Simple in its execution, with the complexity almost entirely focused on trying to determine how each player is going to influence the round…

…it proved to be a great game and one that many wanted to play again. A fun mix of worker placement, resource management, and area control in an ever shifting abstract game. Neat!

Interested? Click here and become a backer of Influence today!

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Book Review: By Faith, Not By Sight

January 13, 2013

By Faith, Not By Sight – written by Scott MacIntyre with Jennifer Schuchmann and published by Thomas Nelson

Scott MacIntyre seemed to have it all.  He was a piano prodigy.  He graduated college at nineteen.  He was a prestigious Marshall Scholar.  He was an athletic skier. He was an American Idol finalist.

Scott MacIntyre is blind. He also suffered from kidney disease. After ten months of grueling dialysis he ultimately recieved a transplant at the age of twentytwo, saving his life.

By Faith, Not By Sight is his remarkable story.

The book is inspirational on two fronts.  First, there is Scott’s personal achievements in spite of his physical challenges. Anyone who appreciates a tale of overcoming the odds will enjoy this one.  Hand-in-hand, there is the story of a young man supported and driven by his Christian faith.  Readers who might be struggling through life’s challenges will be inspired when reading this story.

Does God reveal his greatness through people?  Do people find their greatness through God?  That is the story MacIntyre reveals. There is much more, hopefully, to the life story of Scott MacIntyre.  But his first twentyseven years are enough to fill a pretty good book.

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A copy of this book was provided at no cost by the BookSneeze blogger review program.  In no other way did the publisher, author, or anyone else influence the content of this review.

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Thank you Thursday

November 15, 2012

The classic film To Kill A Mockingbird is my all-time favorite movie.  I have it recorded and can’t hit delete.  I own it on DVD.  I watch it any time and every time I come across it on TV.  I used to play Jem and Scout and Atticus with childhood friends, pretending to impart simple fairness in our make-believe world.

Today, I am thankful for the attention the To Kill A Mockingbird movie is getting for its 50th anniversary.

In 1962, Gregory Peck brought Atticus Finch to life.  Through his portayal, moviegoers are reminded that, although good and evil coexist in the world, good will ultimately triumph.  Through the eyes of innocent children, we see the impact of social and racial injustice.  This simple black and white movie has stood the test of time, and its deep cultural impact continues through the anniversary attention.

Tonight, movie theaters across the country are offering a one-time showing on the big screen.

I have my ticket and can’t wait to see it again.

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Below are some classic quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird. If you can’t make tonight’s showing, please pick up a copy of the book and read it.

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.

You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ’em get your goat. Try fightin’ with your head for a change.

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Thank you Thursday

April 19, 2012

I’m sure the news of Dick Clark’s passing yesterday brought back many memories for a lot of people.  There are many younger people who only know Dick Clark as the host of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, or maybe they’ve seen Dick Clark Productions named in the credits of game shows or award shows.  But, before Times Square, before the American Music Awards, before Bloopers, before Pyramid, there was Bandstand.

Today, I am thankful to be old enough to remember Saturday afternoons watching American Bandstand.

I can’t help but smiling as I think about watching the dancers so I could learn the newest steps.  I remember the weekly Rate-A-Record segment; “It’s got a good beat and is easy to dance to” was a popular score justification.  Everyone wanted to be like the cool kids on American Bandstand.

Then there are the contributions made to popular music, introducing rock ‘n roll to the masses as the first show to merge popular music and TV.  Songs introduced on the show one week were top forty hits the next.  There are landmark music history moments, too.  Dick Clark changed the ‘all white” rule of the previous host and provided a national stage for Little Anthony, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker and more.  On the air for thirty years, American Bandstand introduced stars from Buddy Holly to Madonna, the Everly Brothers to Donna Summer.

Although there are numerous other television shows that Dick Clark is responsible for, American Bandstand is what I will most remember him for, with much gratitude and appreciation.

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Thank you Thursday

March 1, 2012

Nostalgia.  People just need to get over it.  Move on.

Those words were spoken in a meeting today, as someone was reacting to a recent conversation he had with some folks.  It got me thinking about whether or not nostalgia is a good thing or a bad thing.

Then, I heard the news.  Davy Jones died.

Today, I am thankful for the nostaligic memories this news brought rushing back to my consciousness.

I’m a BelieverPleasant Valley SundayValleri.  The Last Train to ClarksvilleHey, Hey, We’re the Monkees.  Loved that song and the goofy intro to The Monkees TV show.  Who hasn’t done that silly beach walk with their friends?

Which one was Davy, you ask?  The cute one,  of course!

If you’re fan and want a short trip down memory lane or if you just want to see what all the fuss is about, watch this video, featuring Davy.  Prepare for some toe-tapping be-bopping chair dancing swooning.  (Click the song titles above for some more!)

Thanks for the memories, Davy.  Rest in peace.

As for nostaligia, I’ve decided that it is A-OK, as long as looking back doesn’t hinder you from looking forward.

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Thank you Thursday

February 16, 2012

Every day, I DVR The Ellen Show.  In the evening, I catch up as time allows.  Last night, I watched Monday’s show with guest Jennifer Lopez.  Jennifer was wearing a black skirt with the word L-O-V-E across the front.

Ellen commented that it is good for the universe to wear clothes with positive words like that.  She asked Jennifer if she ever watched “What The Bleep Do We Know?”

Today, I am thankful for the reminder to focus on possibilities!

In one of my leadership classes at Otterbein University, we watched the documentary, “What The Bleep Do We Know?” as a thought exercise to help us realize the world is filled with unlimited possibilities.  This movie really opened up my world to ontological thinking – essentially, your thoughts focus on what might be possible rather than what is.

The original 108 minute film – released in theaters in February 2004. Starring Marlee Matlin and 14 Scientists and Mystics. Exploring the worlds of Quantum Physics, Neurology, and Molecular Biology in relation to the spheres of Spirituality, Metaphysics and Polish weddings. Part documentary, part drama, part animation, How does it all fit together???

If you haven’t seen this documentary, I encourage you to.  You can read more about it here and then order a copy for yourself here.  (I just did!)  Enjoy discovering what’s possible for you – and, be thankful for it all!

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Sunday Service – Gift of music

February 12, 2012

Do you have an old, gently used musical instrument, perhaps tucked away in the attic or a closet?  Do you recall learning how to play the flute or violin or piano as a child?  Sure, those lessons could be tedious, but remember that first recital, that first concert, that first round of applause?  Bravo!

The opportunity to learn a musical instrument can inspire a child to discover talent, expand creativity, develop social skills, and learn sef-discipline.  Music in our schools is vital to the health of our communities and the continued development of our culture.

Yet, many children do not have this opportunity.

In honor of tonight’s Grammy Awards, below are some organizations striving to keep music alive and available to all children.  Click the links and explore.  Whether it’s donating an instrument, contributing funds, or giving your time and musical experience, you can help.

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools and communities by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving youngsters the many benefits of music education, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.  [They] believe that kids thrive when given the chance to learn and play music. Putting an instrument into their hands improves the quality of their education and their lives. The window is brief and all kids deserve a chance to play music in school!

Make a financial donation to the foundation here.  Find out how to give them a used instrument here.  Start the process to seek a grant here.

Instruments of Change [strives to] profoundly impact the lives of disadvantaged children through the gifts of musical instrument donation, instruction and performance. [They] accomplish this mission by seeking our new and gently used musical instruments that are not being played and place them with children whose parents do not have the means to purchase an instrument of their own.

Scroll down this page to donate a musical instrument.  Make a financial contribution here.  If you are a music educator, offer to share your experience here.

Charity Music Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public service organzation, whose mission is to help cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artists by providing musical instruments, on loan, to homeless students, at-risk, and disadvantaged youth wishing to explore their hidden musical talents.

Follow your state link from this list to find out how to donate an instrument.  Click here to make a financial contribution.

Help keep music alive.  Help children discover their potential greatness.  Help our communities thrive through musical arts.

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Newslink: Leadership

June 3, 2011

The Angel and The Monster

Well, I for one would never have thought to put Lady Gaga and Mother Teresa side by side in an article about leadership.  Fortunately, someone else did.  Click HERE to read the Shumpeter post, published yesterday in The Economist.

Newslink: Leadership features articles about the development and practice of leadership skills in today’s business world.

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Read any good books, lately?

March 12, 2011

Recently, I’ve been fortunate enough to be contacted by several publishers with offers of free books in exchange for posting book reviews.

A couple things are great about this.  First, I get free books to add to my library.  If you’ve followed any of my posts, you know I love books and love to share them with my team, so adding to my library is a good thing.

Second, there is no pressure to post a “positive” review.  I am simply asked to share my unedited thoughts about the book here on my blog and on at least one commercial site.

Over the next week, I will be posting three such reviews:

This Is The Moment, by Walter Green

On This Day In Christian History, by Robert Morgan

Surviving Your Serengeti, by Stefan Swanepoel

I hope you find these reviews, and others posted here, useful.  Please share, what books have you read lately?  Would you recommend them?  Why or why not?

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