Performance | The Brainzooming Group - Part 155 – page 155
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When you’re going crazy, feeling frazzled and overloaded, give yourself a break and just quit.

Take a pause, a rest, or a nap and allow your mind to shut down for a little bit. You’ll be better able to tackle your next set of tasks with a fresh perspective.

Personal Note: I don’t often (always?) follow my own advice. I’m writing this while sitting in bed forcing myself to meet a self-imposed weekly post quota.

At least I crashed on the couch earlier in the evening and slept for several hours. I guess what Andy Warhol said holds here, “It’s not that my philosophy fails me; I fail my philosophy. I breach what I preach more than I practice it.”

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Back when I used to live at the library reference section, the high school kids working the magazine counter told me the Friday after Thanksgiving was their busiest day each year. It seemed the people not seeking gifts were out seeking knowledge.

In the same spirit, here are five links, with no particular theme, to check out if you get a chance!

“Summertime” by Gina Sicilia – An informal performance from a soulful singer at Caffe Vivaldi. And since I’m not a big fan of cold, a little more summer is always welcome! Plus you can play this while you visit the remaining four links.

Recession In’s and Out’s – Where to invest or place your attention during periods of economic challenge.

“Election Day Could be Become ‘Nightmare’” – An article from several weeks ago with doomsday election scenarios that never materialized. A good reminder that, unfortunately, a lot of media is intended to needlessly incite fears and trepidations about relatively remote possibilities.

Business Model Design & Innovation from Alex Osterwalder – Interesting work, albeit a little self-absorbed.

Muckety.com – Portraying the connections between news figures, celebrities, events, and the organizations behind them.

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If you’re stuck with an uncreative attitude, exercise can be the perfect restart. Recently, I’d spent the entire day in our home office working on the computer – a sure thing to put me in a grumpy mood.

Before I’d started exercising, it would take quite some time to work through that mood.

Now, spending 30 or 40 minutes on the elliptical trainer triggers all those body chemicals that make me (or you) feel good.

Try it yourself to recharge your mental perspective and work off Thanksgiving dinner!

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I’ve written before about “Real Simple” as a great magazine to use for ideation. There’s a column called “The Motivator” by Gail Blanke that unfortunately ended in the September 2008 issue.

From the ones I’ve seen, she does a great job of highlighting approaches to deal with a whole variety of personal and business challenges. Her final column addresses both how to give and how to take criticism – equally challenging issues for many people. Check it out along with another pertinent strategy and innovation topic – how to think on your feet.

And if you know any winning political candidates from yesterday, forward this post to them. They’d certainly benefit from reading up on these two topics as well!

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This is the last planned post from The Market Research Event (TMRE) – 4 intense days with so many learning and insight opportunities to share!

  • TMRE runs its conference with 5 minutes breaks – never seen anything like it. Hats off to them for making it work since it adds at least three more educational sessions in a 3-day conference. That translates directly into increased value for participants.
  • Interesting how many research companies include orange in their color pallets. Like that a lot! Every research company describes itself as a “full service market research company.” Doubt that a whole lot!
  • Disneyland isn’t Disney World. Granted, I was last at Disney World more than a decade ago. At the time though, it appeared to be the epitome of smart marketing, managing all conceivable elements of customer experience. Disneyland clearly doesn’t. (Quick examples – no mention of going to the park at check-in, the early-order breakfast door hanger was never replaced after using it the first day, and a bag’s worth of crushed pretzels remained on the floor overnight without being cleaned up). So, what’s not happening?
  • Disneyland note pads feature Mickey ears and the phrases
    “Ideapad” and “Inspire. Innovate. Dream.” at the top. COOL! And it has meeting rooms called “Adventure” and “Fantasy.” COOL!! But when you put the pads in basement level rooms with low ceilings, poor lighting, and no windows, it’s a little more challenging to inspire, innovate, and dream.
  • Despite my mini-rants above, how much happier would your workplace be if the background music played “Zippity Do Dah,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and “The Mickey Mouse Club Theme” in heavy rotation?

And if you haven’t gotten enough about TMRE yet, go over to my Schmoozii post from yesterday about the concept of “creative consumers.” It’s the snarkiest post I’ve done yet, although I do realize Barrett that it isn’t all that snarky…but I’m working on it!

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Is there a “Hotel California” in your work? To borrow from the Eagles song, it’s the activity or project that you can check out from but never seem to be able to leave behind. Identify them and ask these questions:

  • Are you really sure you can’t leave? When was the last time you tried? If you couldn’t leave through the front door, how about a side door, back door, or window?
  • If you’ve satisfied yourself that you really can’t leave, is there a way to check back in? Is there something about it that you’ve been overlooking that makes sticking with it more rewarding? Maybe it’s a different room – ones that’s an “upgrade” or on a “different floor”?

Only you know the answers. See what you can do about them.

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  1. Call whatever the closest equivalent to “time out” is for the situation.
  2. Pray.
  3. Determine if there’s real physical danger (since every other type of danger pales in comparison).
  4. Figure out how bad the worst thing that can happen really is.
  5. Take a moment to think.
  6. Ask, “What’s within my control to improve the situation?”
  7. Circle your best, most dependable confidants and solicit their input.
  8. Identify the most comparable situation that you’ve previously addressed successfully.
  9. Work through any contingency scenarios that you’ve developed.
  10. Develop a quick contingency plan if you don’t have one.

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