True words for innovation married with the art of enchantment. Guy Kawasaki joins Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Lecture Series at Stanford and gives a captivating presentation on “Enchantment.”

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Marley & Me

March 25, 2011

“A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. As I wrote that farewell column to Marley, I realized it was all right there in front of us, if only we opened our eyes. Sometimes it took a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see.”

~John Grogan author of Marley & Me

Small Adjustment

March 25, 2011

“We’re all just one small adjustment from making life work.”

~How Do You Know?

“I have spent a good share of my time trying to take pretty pictures because I think pretty pictures are important. They’re particularly important here on the Great Plains, where most people on the outside looking in still think this holds nothing but flat land and a monoculture of corn, and where progress and value too often have been measured by how much can be extracted from the land rather than by the enduring value of the land itself.”

Michael Forsberg

from the book Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the keynote speakers at this event.
From New York to Nebraska, Joe Moglia, a straightforward business man and football coach speaks with great insight, depicting parallels within his experiences at TD Ameritrade with his most recent venture in the UFL.  He opens his speech with a story about Coach Tom Osborne.  This man woke me up literally and figuratively with his outspokenness, but the guy knows his stuff. My take away points:  Always go back to your main priorities, know your core competencies.

Pam Dingman is also  a mover and shaker on my list. She pulled through with perseverance in harsh adverse atmospheres. She is now the CEO of  Engineering Design Consultants here in Nebraska, and one of the nation’s Top Ten Business Women by the American Business Women’s Association. This woman is full of resilience and I have the utmost respect for this story she shares. My take away point: It’s not over unless YOU say it is.