What are you reading, watching, wearing or doing that’s so great you want to share it with others? We asked a few of our Insight readers, and this is what they said.
— Compiled by Insight Editor MaryBeth Matzek
“As a soon-to-be empty nester, I’m exploring new activities, recipes, travel destinations and ways to pursue my interests with all of this ‘extra time.’ While I love my youngest child to the moon and back, the freedom
from school schedules, athletic contests (sitting in the bleachers for hours on end!) and high grocery store expenses will be traded for travel plans to places other than the Big East Conference, an open schedule and college bills. I find myself considering new activities and volunteer opportunities. Any suggestions? Share your ideas with me at [email protected]”
Michelle Dejno, O’Connor Connective, De Pere
Celebrating the moment
“Authors Chip and Dan Heath in ‘The Power of Moments’ provide a breakdown of what kinds of moments move us and how we can create and craft such moments to mark a milestone or transition. Reading this book changed how I think about recognition and how those opportunities shape our attitudes, impressions and recollections of a job or group. For example, I came up with a unique way to celebrate a milestone for an intern with a low-cost reward following a week of great work.
“Simple gestures, questions and ceremonies can make a huge difference in employee engagement and retention. Want to harness ‘The Power of Moments’? Read this book.”
Josh Dukelow, WHBY, Appleton
“Because of my desire to learn more about community and economic development, I was introduced to a gentleman by the name of Andrew M. Davis. During our initial phone conversation, he told me about ‘Town Inc.,’ which was one of the books he had written. He sent me a copy, which I devoured. His experience in working with towns and local government helped me understand how ‘staking a claim’ could propel growth for just about any city. As I take his advice to heart, we continue to keep in touch and Andrew’s counsel has become invaluable to me.”
Suzanne Wittman, Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce
A helping hand
“We all have projects to complete around the house. What I have really enjoyed doing recently is having my kids help with those projects, whether it be carpentry, electrical, plumbing or just general maintenance.
The project may take a bit longer with their ‘help,’ but I get to spend quality time with my kids. I enjoy passing on a skill to them, just like my dad did for me. Plus, when I get older, they can do the projects around my home that I need done!”
Scott Pigeon, Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc., Appleton