Why You Should Attend Your Next High School Reunion


First of all, I’m not going to regale you with the baloney the reunion companies tend to pummel us with: “Everyone else there knows how old you are”, etc., etc., blah-blah, blah.

Simply put: We were STUPID KIDS then. In the meantime, life has beaten us up a bit and we’ve gotten smarter (hopefully!).

First Item: It’s important to have someone who knew you when you were a kid!
Personally speaking, my 30 year high school reunion was last weekend. Most of the people that were there, I saw at the 20 year reunion. Some of them hadn’t been to the 10 year or 20 year.

Example 1: One fellow that I spoke to, I had been to grade school with, (not middle/jr. high school), but high school. I knew him on sight (even though he lost hair), he knew me on sight (even though I am mostly gray). We NEVER had a single class together, from first grade through senior year. Almost IMPOSSIBLE? No. I’m sure it happens all the time in larger schools/populations.

In high school, I said “Hi Steve!” to him in the halls, and he said “Hi Charlie!” to me. We knew (and know) ALL of the same (grade school and high school) people. Two years ago, he and I both attended the funeral of our friend (an American hero). I didn’t see this man there, but he was there (told me about what happened, how I spoke at our friend’s open eulogy, and yes he was there).

When I shook his hand at the reunion, he said “Hi Charlie!”, just the same as 30+ years ago. He was (and is) one of the nicest guys!

Example 2: I re-met in person, a fellow I saw at the 20th, super-nice, keeping in touch on Facebook. He personally hugged me 4 times (speaking words of encouragement about my mother’s cancer). He works an indoor-outdoor trade, construction/landscaping and is always THINKING! One of the brightest and way more importantly, KINDEST people I have ever known.

Example 3: I re-met the homecoming queen. Her brother was in my mother’s cub scout den, and I have literally known her and her family for 40+ years.
She is the sweetest, most generous woman I re-met that night (a nurse at a children’s hospital).

Example 4: I re-met some folks that were really on the boundary of my active friends. Acquaintances, friends of my friends that I knew of, but didn’t actually KNOW. I hope to actively engage with them and become better acquainted too.

Second Item: It’s important to build your network (networking has too many negative connotations of schmoozing at the cocktail party, that people don’t like) and to STAY CONNECTED! Everyone thinks that they are well connected until they discover that they’re not. You are going to need these people someday. More importantly, they are going to need what YOU can contribute. That’s what being friends really means: What can I contribute to my friends? How can I help THEM?

Example 1: In a recent blog post Quid pro quo (You can’t play ping pong by yourself), Seth Godin writes about building trust. I’ll let you read the post and form your own opinion.

Example 2: How many people do you want to affect / effect? When you leave this life, how many people do you want to say “Dang! I really LIKED [your name goes here]! I WANT to go to [his/her] funeral. We don’t last forever. Make a big splash in the gene pool!

What ISN’T happening at the reunion:

  1. Jealousies: Too much time has passed for THAT baloney.
  2. One-upmanship. Again, success is measured differently, and most folks understand that.
  3. Strutting, OK there was a little of that, (and more of that as the alcohol was flowing), which was why I made it a point of NOT DRINKING at the reunion. You want to see people as they really are. Booze exaggerates that (whether you’re drinking or everyone else is). When people are drunk, they show who they really are (kind, loving, belligerent, angry, sad, etcetera, but exaggerated by the alcohol.

All in all, I had a great time catching up with old friends, and making some new ones. You will too!

I am sure that I can claim all of them as “Lifelong Friends”.

Cheers! 😎

Charles McCrumb, Office Automation Expert
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Efficiency vs Effectiveness


Okay, here’s a subject I’ve been thinking about for quite a while: Efficiency vs Effectiveness.

To my way of thinking, efficiency is the lazy way of doing things, to get them done in a hurry. The straightest line between two points. Often, this is sufficient. As we know however, for effectiveness with people, we have to slow down. Pushing a lot of data in a presentation isn’t optimal, or effective. It’s confusing. I have been in many, many presentations and the ones where I actually got what was being presented were the short, to the point (one point per slide) stacks. Efficiency vs Effectiveness I liken to waiting for a close parking spot, so you can run in and make your purchase. Effectiveness is parking much farther away and walking past the person still waiting for their close spot. I have personally done this hundreds of times and have made it a point of doing it every time. It’s EFFECTIVE! The shortest line doesn’t necessarily get you there sooner. Effectiveness takes effort, therefore it’s not lazy. I have to WALK all the way from my parking spot.

Cheers! 😎

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CHART OF THE DAY: Time Spent Watching Video On Mobile Devices Has Doubled In The Last Year


http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-mobile-video-growth-2013-6

Here’s an interesting chart that is linked (in my mind at least) to what Mark Cuban wrote about last week.

Cheers! 😎

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Google Apps vs. MS-Office


http://www.businessinsider.com/hp-google-going-after-small-businesses-2013-6

The above is an interesting pseudo-controversy. Hewlett-Packard and Google partnering against Microsoft. There’s certainly a falling-out of sorts between HP and MS, but it will only be good for the general public. I think Office Automation, (the thing we do here), will be just fine, or will be faring even better from the controversy, debate and fallout!

Office Automation is NOT about ANY product!
It’s about FUNCTION and PEOPLE!!!

If you want growth, sometimes you’ve got to shake it up a bit!

Cheers! 😎

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YouTube Mobile vs YouTube TV


http://blogmaverick.com/2013/06/06/youtube-mobile-vs-youtube-on-your-tv/

Hmm. A trend that we’ve noticed at our house as well.

Traditional TV is essentially DOOMED! (Don’t worry, it’s only change. Traditional media will change to meet demand, like any industry, OR (appropriately) go away. I almost never watch network TV anymore, usually only YouTube.

Mark Cuban is a smart guy that spends his time/money breaking systems (if you have something that works, and you want to scale it from 5 to 50 to 500, you’ll need to try something new. That something new may BREAK it.)

Cheers! 😎

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Self Service


Here’s an article written by Seth Godin on June 4, 2013, that directly relates to an experience I had yesterday.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2013/06/self-service-requires-information-which-requires-design.html

My family and I were going to go to a free family event presented by FILM INDEPENDENT. The event was to take place at Nokia Plaza in Los Angeles. No directions for those that have never been to Nokia Plaza were in the half-page advertisement in the Sunday paper, only a blurb “for more information, visit lafilmfest.com”. So right away, they eliminated a segment of the public that is either inept with computers or don’t have one (my mother, my mother-in-law). Next in the ordeal, lafilmfest.com had multiple events listed, and NO CLEAR DIRECTIONS for getting to ANY EVENT. If you have to use a different website (google maps) to get a STREET ADDRESS to a place, YOU FAIL!

I’ve been with technology for 18 years. I am NOT inept in using The Internet!
Yet, the ambiguity of this site left me frustrated and annoyed. They will be getting a Yelp!

Giving a place a “cute name” is fine for locals, but without giving clear directions in the newspaper and on the website you only alienate those segments of the public. Were you only doing this event for the public knowledge of locals? Why a half-page ad then? If you do a charity event later, will you be expecting these segments of the public to show up and donate? Think again.

Cheers! 😎

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Go the F**K Home


Hi Folks!
I just came upon this article/video in my daily reading from lifehacker.com

It also ties directly with what Alan Watts said in a speech (I can’t remember which one right now, but when I do, I’ll post it), about how people work at a job they hate just to make money so they can go on living and working at a job that they hate.

Read the article first, then watch the video.
http://lifehacker.com/5897637/go-the-fk-home

Cheers! 😎

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