Friday, July 30, 2010

The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Invent It.

This is Part Two of our visit to the Welcome Center at Amway. Here is Amway Visit Part One.

After The Ripple Effect, the lights came up, the screen disappeared in to the ceiling, and the wall behind it opened up vertically (kind of like Star Trek) to reveal a whole bunch of displays.

This one is loaded with video about manufacturing and R&D.

This wall is dedicated to Amway's One by One Campaign for Children.

It's incredible the millions of lives impacted by this program. And it's not just about the  money Amway gives ($112 million to date), though that's very important. It's also the volunteer hours (1.3 billion to date) contributed by employees and IBOs, ABOs, and Distributors since the program launched in 2003.

For current outreach, I keep up to date with Amway's One by One blog.

In the glass window on the left, are  various products on a conveyor belt. And that's my daughter checking out some Artistry skin care products she'll be using in a decade.

This display gives the 51-year history of Amway. You manually slide the screen across the decades.  Then you can choose a specific year within that decade to see what noteworthy events occurred in Amway's past.

And while Amway honors their  past, that is not their focus. The quote above the timeline says,

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." ~Alan Kay

(to be continued...)  Amway Visit Part Three

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Our Day at Amway: The Ripple Effect

On Wednesday, on our way back from Family Camp in Newaygo, Michigan, we stopped by Amway Corporation. After visiting, all too briefly, with some old and new friends, including all from The Amway Insider, we popped in at the World Headquarters Welcome Center.
On the second floor are the doors leading to Amway's President Doug DeVos and Chairman Steve Van Andel's offices.

Steve, just a few minutes earlier, had been touring the Welcome Center with some guests. While I would have liked to have met him, I'm glad we missed him. My kids were on a major sugar high from all the goodies Beth Dornan gave them, so he was spared their singing and dancing around the lobby.

Below, carved in to glass, with water cascading over these pillars, are the founding principles of the Amway Corporation.

Amway supports the fundamental FREEDOM of people to determine their own future, allowing them the time and resources to protect and nurture their FAMILY. Offering HOPE to individuals and the opportunity to receive REWARD in proportion to their efforts.

The Leadership wing of the Welcome Center acknowledges the distributors, IBOs, and ABOs from the 80-plus countries and territories where Amway operates around the world.

Along the walls are screens that one can search Diamonds and above by Market or by Pin Level.

The kids got comfortable in the 70-seat theatre

and we watched The Ripple Effect, a  five-minute visual story. Our lives form ripples. Our actions and decisions and words do affect others. What kind of ripples are you creating?

(to be continued...) Amway Visit Part Two

New Look = Messed Up Formatting

Yes, I am fully aware that some of the posts before this one look terrible.
I am using a new template from this day forward. And all posts before this one were formatted using a different layout/template.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

SUPPORT: Often The Missing Ingredient for Success

Here is a two-hour talk condensed in to three minutes.

My favorite is his acronym for C.R.A.P. :)

While this is spot on info, I find that what is often missing in these recipes for success is SUPPORT.

And when I say "support" I'm not talking about providing more information to consume. Seventeen different ways of saying the same thing, packaged in twelve different formats.

I'm talking about accountability from another person or other people. Most people understand forced-discipline, but very few possess self-discipline.

Helping another person stay accountable to their goals is one of the most time-consuming endeavors. It is much easier to write a book, give a talk, hold a seminar, than it is to actively mentor someone.

And it's much less confrontive to read a book, listen to a talk, attend a seminar, than it is to actively be mentored by someone.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

What To Do With 27 Cents...

I received my lowest residual check ever. A whopping 27 cents. Actually the gross is 41 cents, but Uncle Sam took his 34% cut and left me with 27 cents.
There was an enclosed letter from SAG (Screen Actors Guild) explaining how I can donate my residual check. Great to see this. Oh, but wait...I would have to mail it out to donate it. Do you think I should pay 44 cents to mail a 27-cent check?
I don't, but obviously Entertainment Partners (the payroll company) and SAG did, each--EP to SAG and then SAG to me.