Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mickey Mouse & The White House

Did you ever think Mickey Mouse and the White House would rock together? Well, last night Obama did another brilliant move. For the first time ever, he had a Kids Inaugural Ball. It was on Disney Channel for 1.5 hours. He had Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and numerous other stars on hand. He did video clips from Iraq soldiers and had their families on stage to say hello. His wife and daughters rocked out in the front row. Pure marketing brilliance!

My two daughters begged to stay up late so they could see the entire show. They are engrossed with watching him become President. Think about it, in eight years these are the kids that will be voting in the next President. He is setting up a new stage of thinking. He is growing the nations young minds at the same time he is reaching out to the more established minds. He is definitely a man who will not do things the old way. I have watched him build a solid network and to shake the traditional way of doing things.

Many of you may not know that he is one of the first candidates to use social networking in his campaign. He actually had games made that people could do on line just like they play Halo or Ruin Scape. All of that attracted the techno savvy younger voter. There are lessons for all of us to learn here.

Ask yourself, how you can apply innovative thinking to what you do. Why use the old tried and true channels? Why not zig when all else zag? Why do you have to do things the way they have always been done?

As Einstein said, "You can't solve a problem from the same level of thinking that created it." I for one am looking forward to a breath of fresh air, innovation, and creative thinking that is certainly on the horizon.

ACTION: Try to do something unusual and new today to break out of old molds.

Anne Warfield