Friday, August 22, 2014

Civic education for neighborhoods

Once again John Wren, founder of Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is available to chamber of commerce and other groups to talk about Ben Franklin and how the common person can serve in elected public office. Will travel. Or get a preview any Friday at an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop John chairs personally, see upcoming calendar on or call (303)861-1447 with questions or to get John Wren's Ben Franklin on your calendar.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

University of Denver Summer Commencement 2014

August 15, 2014 Commencement Address: Top 10 Tips for Achieving Success: (Starts at 16:00) 10. Hard work pays off. 9. Keep a positive attitude. 8. Stick to it. 7. Be patient. 6. Build a positive reputation. 5. Communicate effectively. 4. Set realistic goals. 3. Work effectively with others. 2. Exploit your passions. 1. Make a difference.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The gaze.


"Like any true mirror, the gaze of God receives us exactly as we are, without judgment or distortion, subtraction or addition."

My mother is very ill.

Yesterday from her hospital bed  she put her had on my right cheek and gazed into my eyes and I felt blessed.

November 15, 1979 my dad passed on, just 10 years after selling the business we'd been building for 20 years  after moving to Colorado from Texas.

The day before rom his hospital bed in the same hospital, too weak for words pop had given me a final hug.

Thank-you God for the gift of their lives together, the gift my life you've given through them, and through me and Janet to our four children and grand children.

Strengthen us all now by your real presence, your hug, my we all feel your hand on our cheek, your gaze into our eyes, strength to share with others this day forever more.

Thank you God, thank you mom and pop, and thank you who is reading this and we share this eternal moment. Please pray for my mom, and please pray for me to be able to be a channel of God's love, peace, and the certain knowledge that she'll soon have the joy of pop's hug again.

This life is so very short, don't wait. Now, right now, hear The Call, "come!" Let's start! 

It's only too late if we don't start now, trusting that the little we can do, with God's help, is enough.

God bless you and your Journey.+++ 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Very short video, two startup stories.

Two startup stories back to back, takes less than 3 minutes to watch both. The first is how it seems to me how nearly everything that actually gets off the ground gets started, "Some times it's not about planning." The second it sounds like is still a work in progress, my hunch is... you can guess. We'll see in the next few months. Bogus (in my opinion) numbers on startups were published here in Colorado last week, Secretary of State office made media release that lots and lots of startups took off. Really? I'm going to dig deeper into the published numbers and will get back to you. In the mean time, watch this video and post a comment below or call me and let's talk. John Wren (303)861-1447

Monday, July 28, 2014

Want to get hired as employee or consultant?

When most people decide to get a new job, what do the do?

They do what most say to do, start working on their resume.

I don't think the resume makes much difference for people who really want to go to work now. 

What does make a difference? 

Phone calls to network (real network, people who know you and your work, not idiots who swap business cards) get referral, call, meet, close. Goes fast for those who really want to go to work, and without that real desire to go to work now, as a consultant, employee, a spouse, or best friend, nothing is going to happen no matter how perfect the resume or career path or industry and company knowledge, or any of the mind numbing distractions that hold us back.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Coworking space more than just renting a desk.

Here is a list to how we make Creative Density a coworking space.

 How we made Creative Density People First:

    1. We started with a community first and then got a space. The members were involved on the early decisions of the space, the location, and what our vision was from the very start. The space was just a gather spot for the community that was already formed. Three years later this has had beneficial rippling effects that continues to form our culture.
    2. We give high-fives and are open about it. We tell people up front that we are a group of smart and friendly people that want to get to know you. We introduce people, say hey to them, and aren’t afraid to give a high-five.  It’s amazing how a simple introduction and a morning hello opens people up. I, as the community manager, also like to celebrate victories community members may have.
    3. The coworkers create casual social activities for a break in work. We play yards games.  They are a great casual social activity that lasts about 10 to 15 minutes and doesn’t require too much skill. We found this activity to be the best catalyst to creating a community. Friday’s take-yourself-to-lunch events are very popular too. None of these activities are required and people should feel pressure to participate, but it’s sets a signal of openness that is carried throughout the space.
    4. We listen to the community for events. We hosting monthly(ish) educational meetings decided by the community. The most recent guests are lawyers, financial planners, website builders, and health insurers for independents. We only do events when the community states a desire for one or interest in a topic that is brought forward. There have been too many times we hosted many events during the week and it was disturbing for the community.
    5. Coworking Voices Roundtable. This is a community meeting where we discuss policies of the space and brainstorm ways that we can be a better community to make us professionally and personally stronger. This is a more formal way for us to evaluate how we are doing things and to let the community vote on changes.
    6. Assume yes. Creative Density should feel like your work clubhouse. We get the barriers out of the way so once people come in they can get comfortable and hopefully leave their signature on the space. We want the community to form the space.  Can I hang up a poster here? Yes. Can I host my bookclub after hours? Yes. Can we I hang a sign about starting a mastermind group? Yes. Can I have a candle? No…sorry.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grassroots innovation in large organizations.

This is worth a listen if you're part of or work with a large organization.

Interesting discussion of the key quality needed by leaders to encourage grassroots innovation, other ways ideas are encouraged (it's not a suggestion box.)