Archives for April 2011

The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

Just finished listening to the unabridged audio version of Jay Elliot’s new release, The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation. The summary – read it. It’s worth the 7 hours of audio or the 256 pages of text.

Some of the other details…

The hardest part about reading the book is the obvious man crush Elliot has on Steve Jobs. Elliot has drunk the Apple kool-aid with be a big shot of “Steve Jobs is akin to the second coming.”

Is that to say Apple isn’t great…of course not. They obviously are. I am a die-hard PC girl…but when I have the disposable income to totally change platforms, I will consider it. Not interested in being a hybrid – but I digress.

Is that to say Steve Jobs isn’t great…of course not. Steve Jobs is one of my favorite quote sources. His innovation, perseverance and vision are amazing.

But Elliot’s book verges on a love letter. In fact, it ends with just that. A love letter to Steve Jobs thinly disguised as professional appreciation and challenge.

However, the insight Elliot offers into the well-spring of examples to be gleaned from the technological icon are worth the bias. And to be fair, I guess if I had worked closely with an individual of Jobs’ status, I may gush a bit too.

The most interesting thing about the book is I believe each person will grab something different. Depending on background, industry, position ~ the book will read different to each reader. I think this because I hear it a few different ways myself. Because my background has spanned military to entrepreneur, the ideas offered sounded different and created interesting conversations with myself.

There are some really neat stories contained in the book. Things about Pixar, IBM, Sony, Cannon and Disney that I had never really heard about before. The nuggets of business and development history were kinda cool to hear about. I was appreciative of them. They will serve me well on Jeopardy or at the next dinner party where we play the “did ya know” game.

But at its root, the book is about the practical application of passion, boldness and relentless belief in the journey. That is where the magic is and that is what makes any other criticism moot.

Through the activity of Steve Jobs, we see a young man who never looks afraid – even if he is. We see an innovator who refuses to settle for mediocre in his product and in his people. He is passionate about his vision. He, as described by Elliot, is the ultimate consumer. His vision is to create the most amazing experience for himself as possible. In turn, he believes it will revolutionize the world.

Elliot’s recollections of some of Job’s game changing moments remind us that boldness goes a long way. Small change requires small action. But big change, that takes something else all together.  But it isn’t like this is something we don’t already know. However, it is something we get real funny about putting into place. And that is understandable. Those things can, and should, be a real gut check. It is a confidence booster to learn how someone else handled their bold moves. You can see that it can be done and one approach to doing it. You see that sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but status quo can’t always be Plan A.

And the “work” versus “doesn’t” is no doubt important. But it can’t be the most important. The most important must be the journey to “how do we make it work?” Not only that but, “does it matter if it works?” That journey cannot be about going through the motions and allowing whatever to just be whatever. Is it smart? Is it purposeful? Does it make life easier? Is it just clutter? Is it cool?

There’s other stuff in the book too – building and motivating a team, maintaining product and branding control, how to walk out of a company and reclaim it again, super cool “hey Ma, watch this!” kinda stuff. For sure not a waste of time.

[Jobs] believes that “half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.

“You put so much of your life into this thing. There are such rough moments in time that I think most people give up. I don’t blame them. It’s really tough and it consumes your life.”

You have to be “burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.” If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.

 

Exceptional is the Goal

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.

~Dale Carnegie

Let me start out today with this disclaimer. Yes, I am aware that some things, situations, places, people completely stink. I agree that there are times when the redeeming quality that you can find isn’t worth the effort it took to find it.

However, contrary to recent (or maybe just more noticeable) behavior, a good many people are starting to think my disclaimer is the norm. It is not. If we were real honest with ourselves, we would instinctively know that it is the very rare exception.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the phrases, “that’s the dumbest thing I have ever heard of”, “why in the world would they do it that way”, “this makes me sick”, or other moans that sound like that. I have heard them so often, I have noticed them coming from my mouth as well, even as I am disgusted by the same behaviors in others – now ain’t that crazy.

I have had to spend a good bit of time reminding myself that the way I see things isn’t always the way things are. My perception is only one of a variety of perceptions – all of which have different histories and influences. Should I assume the worse of the available perceptions is accurate, my attitude and influence in the situation becomes yet another negative influence. The situation escalates and I have achieved my prophecy – completely self fulfilled and avoidable with a better attitude.

Today, I encourage you to mind your company and mind your behavior. Think of those folks that you really enjoy spending time with – they are uplifting, supportive, positive, encouraging. Appreciate that in them and commit to treating others that way. Our behaviors, if not carefully watched, are apt to follow in line with those around us. I am not placing blame, as we are all responsible for our own reactions and choices. I am acknowledging a choice to remember that good is nice, great is better and exceptional is the goal. And we can get there – with character, self control, and just a little help from a few friends.

*Featured photo credit ~ sanja gjenero
*Carnegie Photo – Public domain

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide for Your Health

Antioxidant – RESVERATROL – Fight Free Radicals the European Way

An Antioxidant for the Young at Heart

In Europe, the long held tradition of a glass of red wine a day has lead to the discovery of Resveratrol, a polyphenol component of grapes. Polyphenols possess powerful antioxidant activity that helps counter free radicals in the body. Free radicals are usually caused by the effects of aging, stress, or environmental factors, and can lead to cell damage in nearly any bodily system, including the heart and skin. Resveratrol supplements can pack a more concentrated punch of antioxidant power than drinking a glass of wine.

In a study focusing on Resveratrol’s effects on the immune system, eight young athletes were evaluated before and after consuming 25 mg of Resveratrol for thirty days. Results based on immune cell counts indicated that Resveratrol may have positive effects on immune function. Furthermore, a chemical analysis concluded that Resveratrol has antioxidant properties similar to that of red wine extract. This study provides evidence that Resveratrol is one of the main components that is responsible for the benefits often associated with red wine consumption.

  • Possesses antioxidant properties shown to reinforce good immune system health
  • Helps fight the cell-damaging effects of free radicals
  • One 100 mg capsule contains more Resveratrol than an entire bottle of red wine

 

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer

www.palmerchiroga.com

 

Time, Dogma, Heart, Intuition

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
~ Steve Jobs

I am currently reading The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation by Jay Elliot. Stay with me – this is not a book review (although I do highly recommend it).

It is a tale of the wonderful brain stuff that happens when a few somebodys tell you somethings you already know. However this time, they mix together in a new way to teach or remind you that life, regardless of our desire to believe otherwise, is good today.

During a meeting yesterday, I was reminded that building houses was not the most important thing we do. The most important thing we do is use our gifts and talents to afford the opportunity to create a moment in time better than when we left it – regardless of how much time that is.

Reading the thoughts of a man who knows Steve best, I am reminded that we are – with all our mistakes, flaws and missteps – amazing individuals. It is true that we do not always live up to our potential. We can become lazy, complacent and mediocre. But that is not because those things are who we are – it is what we do.

Today, I encourage you to slow down your brain for a second. I know that most of you are like me and 90 to nothing is all we know. But that type of consistent brain function, while productive for many of us, virtually annihilates the important process of reflection and effective consideration. Taking some time to swirl these ideas around in over stimulated brain matter has quite the soothing effect. Our time is limited. Our moments to create positive, effectual change is limited. However, instead of being frustrated by the limitations, the truth also exists that we are powerful in even having the moments to begin with.

Thanks for the coffee.

*Featured photo credit ~ Madison Groves
*Jobs Photo – Public domain

Antioxidant – RESVERATROL – Fight Free Radicals the European Way

An Antioxidant for the Young at Heart

In Europe, the long held tradition of a glass of red wine a day has lead to the discovery of Resveratrol, a polyphenol component of grapes. Polyphenols possess powerful antioxidant activity that helps counter free radicals in the body. Free radicals are usually caused by the effects of aging, stress, or environmental factors, and can lead to cell damage in nearly any bodily system, including the heart and skin. Resveratrol supplements can pack a more concentrated punch of antioxidant power than drinking a glass of wine.

In a study focusing on Resveratrol’s effects on the immune system, eight young athletes were evaluated before and after consuming 25 mg of Resveratrol for thirty days. Results based on immune cell counts indicated that Resveratrol may have positive effects on immune function. Furthermore, a chemical analysis concluded that Resveratrol has antioxidant properties similar to that of red wine extract. This study provides evidence that Resveratrol is one of the main components that is responsible for the benefits often associated with red wine consumption.

• Possesses antioxidant properties shown to reinforce good immune system health

• Helps fight the cell-damaging effects of free radicals

• One 100 mg capsule contains more Resveratrol than an entire bottle of red wine

 

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer

(912) 756-3433

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Wishbone or Backbone

Stop wearing your wishbone
where your backbone ought to be.

~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Over a fantastic Mexican lunch, a girlfriend was telling me of folks she knew. They were “granola crunchers” – feel good spiritualists who relied heavily on good energy and positive thinking. They were mediators and crossed legged hummers.

“You probably wouldn’t like them,” she says between burrito bites.

After the initial surprise of her comment, I suppose I can concede how one might assume that. I tend to toe a hard line when it comes to personal responsibility and action. I also tend to harbor quite a bit of disdain for lack of either – mostly in myself, often with others.

However, there is also a strong case to be made for my equal appreciation of positive thought and intentional attitude. Few things start a day off better than a strong cup of coffee and positive mental focus. I also do, in fact, have an affinity for granola and those who crunch it.

However, hanging out all day with the coffee, in your pjs, without forward motion makes all that positive energy worth little more than the used up grounds in the pot. It would be more accurate to say that while I do not prefer one without the other (positive thought and forward action), if had to start with one, I would certainly choose the latter. But that’s just me.

Regardless of which comes first, the truth of the matter is that only your gumption to put in motion that which you think to be beneficial to the surroundings will bring about effectual change. With the exception of the small population that can move things with nothing more than their thoughts, the rest of us are bound to produce through sleeve rolling.

Today, I encourage you to crunch granola while hiking up the challenge mountain. Remember that while it has been correctly stated that hope is not an action plan, it can provide the motivation and inner fortitude to move towards that thing hoped fer. But, we must stiffen that backbone and get to moving. No matter what. It is not the difficulty of the road we are walking that breaks our stride. It is the willingness to allow our stride to be broken that creates disaster.

Thanks for the coffee,

Feature Photo credit – Asif Akbar

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide for Your Health

Antioxidant – VITAMIN E – E is For Every Body

The Most Effective Fat-Soluble Antioxidant

Vitamin E is the most effective fat-soluble antioxidant found in many food sources including nuts, seeds, egg yolks and peanut butter. Most people, though, do not get the recommended dietary allowance of Vitamin E (15 mg) from their diet alone, making supplementation extra important.

The antioxidant effects of Vitamin E were tested by measuring levels of oxidative stress on the skin. Subjects received a supplement of carotenoids or the same supplement with additional Vitamin E. It was found that the addition of Vitamin E provided greater protection against oxidative stress of the skin than carotenoid-only supplements.

  • Helps fight against free radicals and oxidative stress
  • Promotes circulatory and metabolic function
  • Helps maintain a healthy immune system
  • Nutritionally supports cardiovascular health and healthy blood vessels
  • Supports prostate health

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer

www.palmerchiroga.com

 

Still Crazy After All These…Months!

AH HA! Thought I was going to go a whole year without posting on this thing didn’t ya? I know you were just hanging around waiting to be able to say, “You know slacker, it has been a year.”

But I am smarter than that. And quicker too. BY THREE WHOLE DAYS!

Shut up. If you want a regularly updated blog – go build one.

Oh come now, I was only foolin’. Seriously, have you seen my family? Do you know my life? It is busy!

Yeah, that was an excuse, I know. But a girl has to try.

At any rate, there’s a new house, new address, new job, new hair color, new possibilities and, believe it or not – NO NEW BABIES. I know, I hear you gasp of utter shock.

Come back. hang out…I’ll tell you all about it.

Ability, Motivation, Attitude

Ability is what you’re capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
~ Lou Holtz
(via Janet Powers)

Today is going to be a bit different. I am not going to attempt to entertain you with an anecdotal story that seems small yet explodes when viewed in a larger context. I am fired up from spending 3 days with some of the smartest people on the planet and today’s quote says it all.

Ability, Motivation, Attitude. That is all. No where are we discussing market conditions, economics, personal challenges, thread bare tires, bad day fishing, mean people or cold coffee. Ability, Motivation, Attitude.

Am I being too simple? Yes, and I don’t think that is a bad thing. Am I neglecting to address the big crashes that knock us sideways? No. We are all allowed to be overwhelmed, broken, frustrated and crazy. We are all allowed take a mental health break. Then it is back to Ability, Motivation, Attitude.

It is easy to let things “just happen” and then we can tell the public, “can you believe this is happening to me?” For perspective I ask, “Why not me?” For empowerment I say, “Watch ME happen to IT!”

Today, I encourage you to break all challenges down to Ability, Motivation, Attitude. These three things are completely within our control and nothing can effectuate more change. Find the weaknesses in these areas and we will find the answer to our challenge. I venture to say that we could have all the resources, connections and opportunity in the world. But without Ability, Motivation and Attitude we’ve got nothing. Good thing they are renewable resources.

Feature Photo credit – Luis Argerich

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide for Your Health

Antioxidant – ALPHA LIPOIC ACID – The Universal Antioxidant

The Antioxidant with Metabolic Function

If there was ever an antioxidant you’d want on your side in the fight against cell-damaging free radicals, it’s Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). Often called the “universal antioxidant,” ALA serves a variety of important functions in the body, including helping to metabolize sugar, especially in muscles where it promotes energy.

ALA is a free radical scavenger and has been shown to be involved in the recycling of antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants are important for the support of health throughout the body, including immune nerve and heart health.

In a clinical trial, ALA was shown to be effective in promoting nerve function.

  • A powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals
  • Helps metabolize sugar
  • Beneficial for liver health
  • Helps skin look healthier and more radiant

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer