Too often we wake up in the night, or are unable to fall asleep, because of the intrusion of ideas. Some great. Some clearly created in a sleepy fog. We consider them all. Not passing judgement. Remaining objective and open to the paths they lead us down. Working in a mental environment where there are bad ideas and great ideas, and all are welcome.
We know Miami well. Heck, by local standards, we’re practically legacy here.
During a recent client immersion into the Magic city, we promised to showcase Miami for its unrecognized, at times unpolished - and generally, undiscovered gems. In search of the city’s movers and shakers of tomorrow, we passed the usual attractions to seek out innovators operating down unpaved roads, great thinkers tucked into unfinished warehouse space and others peddling luxury from behind closed doors. Not only did the city deliver on our promise, but even we were surprised by what we found in our own backyard.
NYC is good business.
We visited Detroit for an immersive client experience and walked away with a story to tell about the new, much colder, Silicon Valley.
Here’s my work station right now…
Working on an immersion for a client that will expose them to experiences, experts, and products that are values based and grounded in a culture.
In heavy planning stages, with lists of product categories, experts, places we need to go, and the various next steps to execute on a stunning, experiential, top-shelf immersion.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
- The Frontier Project & 3D Printer
We did a training for a group of high potentials last week in Miami. The group was the second generation of a group I had worked with last year in Seattle so I was familiar with the context: a small elite group plucked out of a large company, given challenges to think through and present to the executive leadership.
We connected with them as they headed into the final six weeks of the program and provided key feedback about their presentation, the flow and the delivery. At times our critique was tough to take - other times we lauded them for their expertise and diligence.
Here’s my take: most of us are passionate about something. When we speak about it our eyes light up and our body language changes. It could be family, a team, a product, service, or about an idea. The biggest piece of feedback I gave to the group was to use that passion, let it shine through. Oftentimes people think a presentation has to look and feel a certain type of way. They get bogged down in what they think they are supposed to do, instead of just doing it. And doing it well.
I offer this advice to all of us - and as a reminder to myself - focus on that kernel of the incredible in all the mundane that you might do on a daily basis. Elevate your passion and excitement and let it come out in the most natural way you can.
PS- at 6:30am on the morning of the training I snuck over to South Beach, did some yoga, read some devotional prayers, swam in the ocean, and then ate a leisurely brunch by the water. It was weird being away from the snow in NYC but I think I managed to deal with it.
"The Wright brothers didn’t contemplate the staying on the ground of things. Alexander Graham Bell didn’t contemplate the noncommunication of things. Thomas Edison didn’t contemplate the darkness of things. In order to float an idea into your reality, you must be willing to do a somersault into the unconceivable and land on your feet, contemplating what you want instead of what you don’t have."
- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Ibrahim is presenting today to a group of eager college minds. Go get them, IAM. Teach them how to be stewards of this fine planet.