I'm not happy!!! Just installed Leopard on an 11 month old MacBook Pro, and now it won't start up. It goes past the white screen with the Apple logo, and then hangs on a blue screen. Oh the irony.Since Michael's the conference organizer for the upcoming eProductivity conference in Manila, I have to be nice to him, however, I can't help but wonder if we'll both be organizing the conference on a PC. (Thankfully, all of the conference planning is in a Lotus Notes database, so we can replicate a fresh copy over to Michael's PC.)
I can see it now: Eric's going to start the Sampson Get a PC Campaign .... Aaarrrggghhh
Michael, I feel your pain (too often on my PC, it seems) and I do wish you a speedy recovery. Just in case you solve your problem and remove the post from your blog, I've filed it, in the category below...
What's amazing is that the girls accomplished this using two inexpensive sets of children's bells. If you've ever seen or rung one of these bells - where the clapper can go in any direction - you will know how hard it is to get one of these bells to ring only once or on queue. Amy and Wendy perfected a technique that allowed them to do this well, and they were an inspiration to everyone present. I'm very proud of them..
I'm also very appreciative of Mrs. Anderson for her kindness and invitation and inspiration to my children.
You can visit Christine Anderson's web site at Voices in Bronze
It's an interesting article and the reporter did a nice job of capturing portions of my presentation at the planning meeting. (If I had known I was being recorded I might have tried to say something really profound.) At the time he was recording, I had just given a big pitch for why I thought everyone should buy David Allen's book, Getting Things Done, and master the principles contained within. The video jumps in near the end of my 5-minute overview of what is GTD and how it works for me. Then, the video skips into our discussion about wild success for the conference. There's a link to a YouTube video at the bottom of the page.
Michael Sampson and I are meeting daily to work on the eProductivity session planning and to select content and finalize outlines for our next eProductivity advisor's meeting. I'm looking forward to the conference.
This article was a fun way to end the day.
ABD-CBN News: The art of increased productivity through collaboration
Once I receive the final copy and the link to the new web site Vanj is creating, I will post the details here.
No sooner do I praise Michael for his outstanding conference planning skills, when I discover that, included in the printed list of topics from the conference organizer, are two suspicious titles. I quickly fire off an urgent email to the marketing director:
Thank you, Vanj, for typing up this list of session titles.
Please note that my colleague, Michael Sampson, while very intelligent and helpful is also a clown and he loves to amuse me.
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It's been a good, but emotional trip. I'm humbled by the need, by the opportunity to serve, and by the realization that I actually have the experience to do so. May the Lord receive the glory! I look forward to returning... After I get some sleep!
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Beyond Planning: ePRODUCTIVITY
Information, Communication, and Action tools to get things done.
eProductivity: Using Information, Communication, and Action tools to get things done
Beyond Toil: A Biblical Perspective on Work
Beyond Working Hard: The eProductivity Equation
Beyond Overwhelm: Methodologies for Productivity, Part I
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I actually drove down streets under a canopy of wires that blocked out the sunlight! the flip side is that the Philippines boast that they are the SMS capital of the world - in Manila, a large percentage of the population has a mobile phone with broadband and SMS. From what I observed, they use SMS even more that voice, in cars, while driving, on motorcycles - anywhere.
Perhaps we should send help with the wiring plans and they can come teach us a few things in the U.S. about what it really means to be connected wirelessly with 3G and broadband.
The office was not for me, but for people assigned to work on planning, marketing, promoting, and preparing for the conference. in addition to the various committees, there are six people (that I know of) responsible for promotion, registration, event planning, and the print and web-site materials.
I've been doing my best to learn everyone's name and now I have several new ones to learn. I will get someone to match the names I wrote down with all of the faces in the photos I am posting to the blog so that when I return next month I can greet everyone by name.
I'm appreciative to have the support from this staff and I look forward to helping them serve the people of Manila.
I decided to pose this question at several of the meetings. I expected and received the common responses such as "I will have free time as a result of being more efficient" or " "I will get a promotion when my boss sees me getting more done" but I was surprised and unprepared for some of the responses that involved bringing families back together - it's not the typical response I hear in the states.
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Beyond Planning: eProductivity
Using Information, Communication, and Action tools to get things done.
We want to convey the idea that we will cover topics beyond simply planning, yet we will focus on the tools and methodology of working smart.
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Almost every meeting had food of some kind. (Think Panda Express, but 10 time better - all day) Sunday, we were treated to a delightful dinner by a new chef - a young man who I'm sure will someday earn a four star rating for his cooking and presentation.
After one meal, I patted my belly and remarked at how much I would have to do to lose what I had gained during the trip, to which pastor Sumrall replied,
"You're not fat, you're building the temple."
I'm not sure I can support that statement biblically, but it made me feel better nonetheless.
Now, where's that cheesecake?
As in the other meetings, we used David Allen's Natural Planning Model (NPM), which you can see on the board behind us, to identify the areas of focus. We stayed mostly at the top levels for today. In the weeks to come, I'll distill my notes into projects and actions to carry things forward. OK, time to head back to the house to change into my travel clothes, pack, eat, Skype my family, and head to the airport for my trip home.
They shared some of my successes and most embarrassing moments. They also mentioned that I always remember to cook chicken before I deliver my finished work to a client. Finally, the audience was told that I would be addressing them briefly. I thought about borrowing someone's brown shoe for my brief time on stage, but decided against it at the last moment.
As the audience applauded, I walked up onto the platform and greeted these young professionals who were so very eager to greet me. I decided to share the story of my experience cooking chicken. link. I hope it was an inspiration to the people who heard it. the two young men who did the technology presentation and presented my bio did a very nice job. (Thank you!) After a brief visit with the audience, I was whisked away to yet another meeting.
This is the track where we will diverge from traditional material that I'm used to presenting.
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With Michael's help, I plan to present a mini-version of Michael's research on IT enabled collaboration - this is great thinking and should be required reading for any manager in the information age. I took many notes that I have yet to process, so I'm sure this track will evolve as we go along. It was interesting to meet with this group; fewer words but deeper discussion that the other meetings. Neat people and folks committed to helping the people of Manila realize their dreams through business. I look forward to working with them.
The church service was not much different from a Sunday experience in my home church: Praise & worship songs, greetings, and a sermon. At the end of the service I greeted the congregation, introduced myself and invited them to register for the eProductivity conference.
We talked a lot about Lotus Notes, his days at IBM/Lotus, doing business in the Philippines (Larrem wants to me set up shop over here) and his future business plans. We had a delightful breakfast and time of fellowship together. I look forward to visiting with Larrem again. Given his interest in Lotus Notes and the eProductivity template, I know we will be meeting again, soon.
Pastor Sumrall explained that this conference was being organized by the Kasaganaan business fellowship and the School of Christian Entrepreneurial Studies (SCES). This business group and school focus on equipping Christians in the Philippines to do "business by the Book" and to help members who are so inclined to find new opportunities by becoming entrepreneurs, better employees, managers, and business owners.
I was intrigued, so I asked why they do this. I even asked if this was a way to get people into church for group evangelism. Would there be an altar call, I wondered?
Pastor Sumrall replied...
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A delightful meeting with the eProductivity conference organizing committee to discuss a number of topics related to the audience, venue and logistics. (It never occurred to me that if you bring 5,000-8,000 into a building for a day-long conference they have to have some place to eat!) We have a great group of people on the organizing committee and I'm sure that they will do a wonderful job of handling the conference.
I'm told that the Barong is considered formal attire for Filipino men - similar to wearing a coat or a dress shirt. It's lightweight, very comfortable, and covers my temple well (LINK)
I extended greetings to the congregation from myself and my family and I spoke briefly about the conference to invite people to sign up. Speaking on an open platform took some getting used to -- especially the acoustics and the fact that the screens are high overhead where I cannot see them.
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I have no idea how well the video came out, but I'm sure I'll find out soon enough. I don't feel like this was a terrific recording session. I was tired, had a five o'clock shadow, and felt a little disoriented due to mild jet lag. Vanj assured me that the recording went well. Of course there's always Adobe Premier to clean things up. (Michael will love that: It will take a Mac to clean up a Mack.)
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So far, it looks like I will cover technology for mobile workers, technology for groups and teams, a show-and-tell session on the productivity tools I use, and a mini version of the 100 productivity tips in 100 minutes that I wrote for a client last year. We'll see how all of this plays out. We are still working on the session titles for this track.
My hosts tell me that they expect to fill it to capacity. Wow!
I decided to check out the facility for myself. Here are some photos...
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I just thought I would tell you how much I enjoyed your sites in the last few years. If you are ever in Asia and want to do a seminar please let me know. We have a lot of business people in the church that would enjoy you. David SumrallLife was very busy at that time, I was preoccupied with an offer to join the staff The David Allen Company on a full-time basis, rather than as a consultant as I had been for the past 15 years. I responded with a polite turn-down email...
David, Thank you so much for your kind words and for your encouragement. [I have] no immediate plans for Asia, although it's a tempting idea. Grace to you, EricPastor Sumrall wrote back:
Let us know. I have a large group of business owners in the church that would enjoy a GTD seminar and your eProductivity seminars. David SumrallStill not interested, I politely responded NO, yet again.
Thanks. Should I have a business opportunity that would bring me to Asia, I'll keep you in mind. Best regards, EricThis exchange went on a few more times, each time with Pastor Sumrall expressing his desire to hold a productivity conference in Manila. I even referred him to my client, David Allen, who also turned him down due to the fact that they were booked through the end of the year.
So, Pastor Sumrall contacted me again.
I agreed to talk with him and I'm very glad that I did.
We hit it off well. He's been a long-time reader of my blog and we found much in common in our love for cool gadgets, church, and serving others. I agreed to explore the idea of delivering an eProductivity seminar in Manila. That was seven months ago. Fast-forward to today and I'm busy meeting with the pastor and his staff and various conference planning committees. This is sure to be one fun conference.
I'm inspired, and very glad that Pastor Sumrall was persistent in getting my attention.
I now look forward to serving the people of Manila, next Month.
I'm really excited about this release, it's working very well and we are receiving terrific feedback. I'm blessed to have a top-notch development team. They have done some amazing work implementing this version of eProductivity. (My lead developer was hoping I would mention that "it's quite possible that this is the best Notes development I have ever seen." I will. He earned it.)
This week, I plan to send emails to those of you who have corresponded with me last month in response to my email invitation.
The people of Manila are gracious hosts and hospitality ranks high on their list of traits. From the moment I stepped off the plane, when a government official met me to escort me through customs, to meeting my hosts, to seeing the office and staff that have been assembled to help organize the conference, I have been treated with great kindness and respect. Everyone is so friendly. This is going to be a fun conference to plan and deliver.
Apparently, in the city of Manila, 75% of the population is age 25 or less. There is energy everywhere, and people are anxious to work, to learn, to grow. It's exciting to plan for this event. I plan to share not only good information about the technologies and methodologies of productivity, but I also plan to share some key lessons learned about starting my business (I celebrate 25 years this month) and the ups and downs along the way. The motivation behind this conference is to reach out and help people learn valuable skills that will help them in work and in life. I'm taking pages of notes and I hope to share the full story, soon.
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Emily gave me this card as a reminder - that's the Mack family on the tarmac in front of the plane.
I figure it will take me 23-24 hours door-to-door to get from my house to the home of my host, in Manila. A perfect time to catch up on some sleep. Many thanks to those of you who wrote to offer travel tips and advice. I'm sure it will all come in handy.
UPDATE: Oh dear, LAX doesn't do windows well
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Kiho Sohn, Chief Knowledge Management Officer at Rocketdyne, is introducing the speaker...
Opening question: "How many of you remember where you were, July 20, 1969?" [That's easy, I was sitting in front of my parents B&W TV watching the first moon landing.]
We are getting ready to go back... but are we doing everything we can to capture and retain the knowledge and experience gained in the first mission so that we can do it again.
Much of society assumes that because we were there [the moon] once, we can go back immediately. Unfortunately as you [rocket scientists] know, that's simply not he case...
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This conference will be a wonderful opportunity to share thoughts and ideas on how to use information, communication, and action tools and technologies as well as best practices in productivity methodologies and workplace effectiveness with the audience. I'm most excited to be able to present not only some of my eProductivity tools and tips but also to introduce the audience to work by other business and productivity experts that have greatly influenced my own learning and work. My colleague, Michael Sampson, has agreed to help me coordinate the conference tracks. I've seen Michael's work at other conferences (e.g. Enterprise 2.0) and I'm honored to have him on my advance planning team.
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