David Goldsmith

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  1. OK....Genius might be a little overboard. It works!
  2. (Going to sound a little harsh more because of language, not tone) C'mon. Are you serious??? Do you think baby boomers are not into technology? First off the range is big so you have approx 53+-year-olds onward. Do they use credit cards easily, do they like their 60" TV with remote control (I was my dad's remote control for years!!!)...play their favorite HBO/Netflix series, to they go to 3D films, enjoy cars with...radios, power windows, brakes, their new furnaces with digital thermostats, garage door openers, etc. Baby boomers like a lot of technology. What they don't like is navigating FI tools which are often counter-intuitive, require an understanding of framework mapping to get along, don't always work on all platforms, and on and on. My point is, is it them or is it YOU! My dad once said of his talking GPS, "I'm not sure if I like her or your mom more?" Meaning the GPS never talked back and he loved it. He also never liked working with computers or new cell phones. The reasons are not that he didn't like them it's because this generation grew up with *.* (for those of you that don't know what that means, it means you're not in touch with the generation) and the challenges associated with the computer evolution. Challenges such as working on something for days and then it disappearing, purchasing a cell phone for $2600 and the first-month bill being $700 because you paid for both way communication. Maybe they need a different type of side by side, value deliverable, new set of experiences to make them believers. As for Millennials. I'm still shocked with this terminology. It's all wrong. All previous generation had a date specific tied to philosophical, cultural definition. If you closed your eyes and heard the definition for you might consider that many people you know of all generations are also millennials. One can be a Baby Boomer AND a Millennial?? How can that be? It can be because one is a set of characteristics and lifestyle that's no descript in a definitive way. WIKIPEDIA Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends. Demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years. Millennials, who are generally the children of baby boomers and older Gen X adults, are sometimes referred to as "Echo Boomers" due to a major surge in birth rates in the 1980s and 1990s. The 20th-century trend toward smaller families in developed countries continued, however, so the relative impact of the "baby boom echo" was generally less pronounced than the original post–World War II boom. Millennial characteristics vary by region, depending on social and economic conditions. However, the generation is generally marked by an increased use and familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies. In most parts of the world, their upbringing was marked by an increase in a liberal approach to politics and economics; the effects of this environment are disputed. The Great Recession has had a major impact on this generation because it has caused historically high levels of unemployment among young people, and has led to speculation about possible long-term economic and social damage to this generation. Baby boomers are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation. There are no precise dates when the cohort birth years start and end. Typically, they range from the early-to-mid 1940s and end from 1960 to 1964. Increased birth rates were observed during the post–World War II baby boom, making the baby boomers a relatively large demographic cohort. The term "baby boomer" is also used in a cultural context, so it is difficult to achieve broad consensus of a precise date definition. Different people, organizations, and scholars have varying opinions on who is a baby boomer, both technically and culturally. Ascribing universal attributes to such a generation is difficult, and some believe it is inherently impossible, but many have attempted to determine their cultural similarities and historical impact, and the term has thus gained widespread popular usage. NOW...take what you've learned in Paid to THINK and think dimensionally? What is the CU's Desired Outcomes, is the GPP functioning, do you account for the cultural disparity, do you sell well............ THINK HARD.
  3. I'm now using DuoLingo to learn Hebrew...great software. For free service in which they plan on keeping it free. About $67M in funding.
  4. The tools work. Practice telling stories, taking a lay of the land, defining your Desired Outcome and tieing your leadership to such activities....etc. You'll be well on your way to a new future.
  5. You don't have to stay positive all the time. I often find some of my best ideas come from challenges which themselves are often frustrating and downers. What you must believe is that there are solutions and opportunities around every corner. With the right tools, you can address them and move forward, even if just one micro step at at time.
  6. You're getting it!
  7. Ahhhhhhh, your struggles will be exposed as you read more....strong teams don't always translate to better, faster, smarter, etc. I've seen strong teams with 15 people make a mess and 4 people do the same work and get more accomplished. Think about this as you read.
  8. ....Diandra, go deeper, it's too broad. What's your real challenge? Add some meet to the challenge. What you did is perfect so don't feel bad, and yet I already know just by reading the challenge there is a better challenge out there for you.
  9. Here's a bonus for anyone paying attention.... 15-03-09 Has My ET Toolkit.pdf It's the TOOLKIT pages!!!
  10. 1- Not unique...sorry. Intro and chapter 1 2. It will not be if you read ALL of Paid to THINK and not just the minimum required. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!! That is unless you like to only do what's required. (Did I say that out loud?)
  11. Ahhhhh.....did you address this from the negative. What if, the thinking translated to needing fewer team members to do the same or even better job and with less heartache. For example, everyone in our organization can look up the first interactions with Janine, what day, where they emails or calls, what was talked about, etc. FYI it was August 9, 2005 at 12:35 PM EST and this is just one of our approx 537 interactions (It's impossible to keep track of every thing and yet we're pretty good). We cut and paste whataspp and messenger dialogs. We have over 25328 names in our database, our filing systems across all the businesses we own are the same structure. We also use year-month-day 17-06-16 to file a document. Mind you this is just in one area of our operations. The thinking created the system that empowers the people. You'll learn GPP soon. My point, we need 50% or less people than most of the organizations I know in the same space AND I personally sleep like a baby knowing that we don't have to remember all this information. Thinking makes time, frees up resources, minimizes redos, helps retain employees, etc. One lost employee can be 50, 60, 70 hours of a headache. Just think about it.
  12. When you're out front, are you working from a plan with a Desired Outcome from the work OR just trying to be present in the front? There's a difference. Think about it. (and add a picture Torrance...pretty please)
  13. OK....everyone...I'm starting to get a complex. I've overloaded you and yet you love the tools. You're rethinking all sorts of behaviors and yet there is simplicity. All fabulous. Mind you I'll sleep well tonight. Tomorrow I worry about living up to your expectations.
  14. When I first saw this...I immediately thought...this is a foodies dream. What if we had exciting videos around the store, near the cashiers...making people salivate and want to create amazing meals! Given this videos below...what are some ideas you would suggest in marketing, branding, operations, in store experiences, etc? (I started off with just one and then I watched several...so I added them)
  15. One of the challenges of learning is that often learning takes time. The first time you looked at a physics book nothing may have made sense and yet over time you may have figured out the equations. You expected this to happen because...well, it's physics. Some of you may never have understood the content. Does this mean that the writing nor the teacher are wrong? Not at all. You may have walked away saying this is to complex for me. Ironically the people who edit books and publishers believe that when they don't understand something it's a result of poor writing where this can be furthest from the truth. Often the individual is incapable, unskilled, lacking knowledge, missing cyclonic time, etc, necessary to fully comprehend the material. What's funny is that from what I've witnessed, they see everyone else to be the problem. Make sure you're pointing in the right direction when you don't understand something.