Mountain Day Inspiration!

Smith College Mountain Day Inspiration

Smith College Mountain Day Inspiration

Mountain Day Inspiration >> Celebrate Autumn!

Today is Mountain Day! The Smith College bells were rung early this morning (October 5th) to announce that the college's president has suspended classes for the day. Students are free to go hiking, have picnics, pick apples at local farms, or just take a relaxing break. #smithmountainday

What a beautiful tradition!  As some of you who have been following me for a while know, this is not the first time I have waxed poetic about Mountain Day.  I truly believe that every institution and organization should establish a similar holiday dedicated to re-invigorating the soul. Continue Reading →

#26Acts of Kindness for the Family

#26Acts of Kindness for the Family

Boom Boom Revolution Family Edition * – Everyday acts for families to create and inspire kindness.

Are you looking for a fun and easy ways for your family to incorporate Ann Curry's challenge for each of us to commit to #26acts of kindness to honor each child and heroic teacher lost in Newtown?  We love these Boom Boom Cards because they make make teaching kindness simple.  Yes, we do believe kindness is a teachable skill with the first lesson being each individual must take full responsibility for their own kindness and expect nothing in return (100/0 Principle).

Here's how these amazing agents of altruism describe their cards:

Boom Boom! Cards Family Edition brings your family together to perform 26 acts of kindness. Once you’ve done a card, put a Boom Boom! sticker on the Command Central Activity Board to indicate that you’ve done it, post the story of what happened on the website, then pass the card on for someone else to do. Each card’s unique ID enables your family to follow the family deck cards you do on the website’s map and see where they end up! Included discussion cards inspire conversation about the whole experience with your children. Teach the values of compassion, kindness and community and have fun doing it!

Kit Includes:
– 26 Boom Boom! Cards designed with children and families in mind
– Boom Boom! sticky note pad
– Command Central Activity Board to chart your progress
– Boom Boom! Mission Accomplished Stickers
– Talk About It! Discussion Cards
– Handy carrying sack to keep the cards in
– Blank Boom Boom! Cards for kids to create their own

Make it a beautiful day!  Make every day a kindness day!

#26Acts of Kindness for Businesses


.#26Acts of Kindness for Businesses

Looking for innovative ways for your company or institution to incorporate Ann Curry's challenge for each of us to commit to 26 acts of kindness to honor each child and heroic teacher lost in Newtown?   Remember kindness starts at home  or in this case, in the office!  Start by implementing a Random Acts of Kindness  or a 100/0 Principle Day modeled after Smith College’s Mountain Day where every year, the president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces a holiday day off to re-invigorate the soul by ringing the college bells. Even though you most likely won’t choose to give employees a day off, incorporate the concept of encouraging your employess to live life more compassionately by taking authentic responsibility for  relationships into the day’s normal routine. The operative words should be kindness and respect and patience with zero tolerance for anything less. This is a good day to review your company's harassment policies and conduct company-wide harassment training.

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Make Every Day a 100/0 Principle Day

 Action + Relationships = Results

Make Every Day a 100/0 Principle Day

Designate  your next teacher institute day, company team building event, or any day, 100/0 Principle Day and then turn it into a month long effort!

Looking for innovative ways to inspire your team without investing in a major team building initiative?  Invest limited resources and lots of energy into instituting the 100/0 Principle company wide.  Start by implementing a 100/0 Principle Day modeled after Smith College’s Mountain Day where every year, the president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces a holiday  day off  to re-invigorate the soul by ringing the college bells.  Even though you most likely won’t choose to give employees a day off,  incorporate the concept of taking authentic responsibility for a relationship  into the day’s normal routine.  The operative words should be kindness and respect and patience with zero tolerance for anything less.  This is a good day to review your company's  harassment policies and  conduct company-wide harassment training. Continue Reading →

Pink Bat Thinking

Pink Bat Thinking

Turning Problems into Solutions!

Pink Bat with Free DVD

Everywhere you look today there are problems. Turn on your TV or computer, pick up a magazine or paper, and what do you see? Problems. The story of the pink bat is so engaging you and your team will be inspired to view problems as solutions. Pink Bat thinking will bring innovative results!

Pink Bat Movie

Michael McMillan's newest release “Pink Bat” will turn your thinking upside down and get you and your team seeing problems as opportunities. Maybe you think this idea seems impossible, but you're about to discover: “Pink Bat Thinking” makes the impossible possible.

Pink Bat …Turning Problems into Solutions is an  inspiring story that will change your thinking forever.  It is the perfect gift for anyone searching for creative inspiration whether it be a family member, a co-worker, or even an Odyssey of the Mind or Science Olympiad coach needing to jump start their team as they enter the dreaded but inevitable stage of  feeling like the obstacles to creating a viable solution are insurmountable.  Remember “Pink Bat Thinking” makes the impossible possible.

Designate  your next teacher institute day,  company team building event, or any day,  Pink Bat Day!

Looking for innovative ways to inspire your team without investing in a major team building initiative?  Model your next Pink Bat Day after Smith College's Mountain Day where every year, the president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces a holiday  day off  to re-invigorate the soul by ringing the college bells.  Even though you most likely won't choose to give employees a day off,  incorporate creative thinking exercises and inspirational activities  into the day's normal routine

Deliver a Dollhouse Miniature Baseball Bat painted pink to everyone involved.  (If out of stock, consider this baseball bat penor Baseball Bat keychain)

Develop spontaneous thinking skills by creating 5-10 minute team creative thinking breaks.  Consider investing in an Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous problem solving book

Create a spontaneous wiffle ball tournament at lunch.  Wrap the bats'  handles in a stripe of  pink duct tape.

Ask all employees to bring in canned goods to donate to your local food pantry.  Now surprise them and ask each department to take the collected cans and  collectively and collaboratively arrange them in a way to denote something special or unique about  your company.  Take pictures and post on the company website.  Now donate the cans.

Make it a great day! Make it a Pink Bat Day!