Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wacky Wednesday - Celebrities in Japanese Commericials

I use to frequent a movie theatre called the Alamo Drafthouse, which was originally an old movie theatre with sloped seating and a kind of dive bar feel. They served real food, had beer and alcohol and very often would show old movies along with new releases. You haven't experienced Mony Python and the Holy Grail until you are gleefully clopping away with two halves of a coconut and counting "1, 2, 5!"  in unison with everyone else in the theatre. Or perhaps screaming "Inconceivable!" while watching The Princess Bride and eating a pizza and drinking a local beer.

One other gem from the theatre was they would find obscure videos related to the main stars, genres, or themes of the movie and play those until it was time for the previews (much more entertaining than watching constant commercials in most major movie chains today). It was during a screening of The Running Man when I was first exposed to Japanese Commercials with U.S. Celebrities (Specifically Arnold Schwarzenegger). Here's a video with 5 from Rhett and Link, who are trying to guess what the person is doing/selling in each commercial. Enjoy!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Leadership Quote - General Robert Baden-Powell

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Cub Scouts Arrow of Light

This was a big weekend in the Morey household. Our oldest son crossed-over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, earning the Arrow of Light badge and the Super Achiever accolade. In this day and age, where there are so few milestones to celebrate within a growing child's life, we decided to treat it as a big deal, presenting him with several gifts as well as acknowledging the work he did to earn this recognition and the significance of his accomplishments.

As he moves into Boy Scouts, my wife and I found ourselves thinking of Baden Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts. As we reflected on what to share this week for a quote we came across one that stands out not only for the boys but for the teams that these boys will hopefully lead one day (and you may be leading now):

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wacky Wednesday - Miracurl on Ice - USA Curling Gold

In a story that belongs with Cool Runnings or the Mighty Ducks, the USA Men's Curling team won Gold last week in Korea. This was the first US gold in curling and it happened in the most improbable way, with one "former" superstar player (John Shuster) who was basically ostrasized from the USA Curling High-performance program in 2014 and whose name was a joke for Olympians making clutch mistakes, built a team of nobodies to make it to the Olympics and win everything! The team comprises a liquor salesman, a sporting good store salesman, a technicion for consumer products and an engineer, all from Minnesota or Wisconsin. They even go by the name Team Reject and were supported by curling fan Mr. T!

CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

Here are the highlights from the Gold Medal round:

Monday, February 26, 2018

Leadership Quote - William Arthur Ward

Created by Erin Morey

The Mediocre Teacher Tells. 
The Good Teacher Explains.
The Superior Teacher Demonstrates.
The Great Teacher Inspires.
- William Arthur Ward

Like many professions there are great teachers, good teachers, and of course bad teachers. Teachers do not have an easy job, with more and more weight put on their sholders even as their resources are limited and their tools become more restricted. Add in what the media portrays as a dangerous work environment (and some may very well be), especially in the last 2 weeks, and it is amazing that there are people who are willing to become teachers, but many will do it because of the students they teach.

But you don't find teachers only in schools. A great leader is also a great teacher, because a great leader will grow other leaders and make sure the team is growing to meet the needs of the mission, task, job etc. The funny thing is that great teachers, who inspire, also become leaders because they lead the student to becoming better, whether that education happens within the walls of a school or not.

Look at the team that surrounds you and ask yourself "How am I inspiring them?" If you don't know the answer, then perhaps it is time to put some real thought into it.

When you're done with that, take a moment and think of a teacher who inspired you. If you can, reach out to her or him and thank her/him. It is through the efforts of those people, who are so often taken for granted, that you are where you are.

William Arthur Ward is an American writer and perhaps one of the most quoted writiers in American history. He's published 100+ articles in Reader's Digest, The Upper Room, Science of Mind, Ideals, and many others.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wacky Wednesday - Beautiful Pictures, No Photoshop

I have to thank my wife for improving my appreciation of photography. I've become more amazed at what people can capture, especially when they don't use a program like Photoshop.

Please enjoy some of my favorites and you can see so many more at (here).

A Dragon
© imgur   ©    

An Autumn Forest. 50% Downloaded
© ©Dan Tivada  

My Neighbor Totoro
© Tanja Brandt 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Leadership Quote - Gruenert & Whitaker

Created by Erin Morey
Part of the Downtown Houston skyline, we see office buildings that possibly house a wide variety of companies (perhaps 1, perhaps 100s), and in each company (or for that matter within each company) there is a culture formed by the leaders and people within the organization. Perhaps each floor could have its own culture. But what is one of the driving characteristics that forms culture:

The Culture of Any Organization Is Shaped By the Worst Behaviors The Leader Is Willing To Tolerate.
- Gruenert & Whitaker

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wacky Wednesday - People Are Awesome! January 2018

Happy Valentine's day! I originally thought about sharing something Valentine's related, but that would be too predictable. Instead I found a compilation video for the first month of 2018. I've shared some of these videos before and will probably continue to share them as people do amazing feats of strength, agility, and sometimes stupidity. I prefer watching the People Are Awesome videos as compared to the Fail Army videos (mostly because the latter makes me cringe way too often).

With that in mind, here is a compilation video of January 2018 from People Are Awesome: