Nov 02, 2007

Bathroom Blogfest - Loo Must Be Joking! I have been delighted to participate in the Bathroom Blogfest 2007. The event is coming to an end but I came across this TrendHunter article - that is not necessarily about customer experience or bathroom's per se...but loved the idea as it illustrates the power of design today and illustrates the power of creating a personal brand that stands out from the crowd...Here is a man who has built a house in the shape of a toilet! "Mr. Sim, who is 74 years old, was born in a toilet and plans to live in the house until he dies. “It was intentional. My mother followed advice from my grandmother that people born in restrooms will enjoy long lives,’’ he said. “Toilets were once regarded as stinking and dirty places. Not any more. They must be treated as the sanctuary that protects human health.” SIM Jae-Duck was born in a toilet and now he plans to live and die in one - a $US1.6 million ($1.8m) toilet-shaped house designed to promote his tireless campaign for cleaner loos worldwide. Mr Sim will open what is billed as the world's one and only toilet house on November 11 to mark the launch of his World Toilet Association" Here are the links to this year’s participating bloggers: Kate Rutter—Adaptive Path Laurence Helene Borel—Blog Till You Drop Iris Shreve Garrott—checking out and checking in Susan Abbott—Customer Experience Crossroads Maria Palma—Customers Are Always Becky Carroll—Customers Rock! Toby Bloomberg—Diva Marketing Stephanie Weaver—Experienceology Linda Tischler—Fast Company Now C.B. Whittemore—Flooring the Consumer Ed Pell—K+B DeltaVee Helene Blowers—Library Bytes Claudia Schiepers—Life and its little pleasures Katie Clark—Practical Katie Sandra Renshaw—Purple Wren Reshma Anand—Qualitative Research Marianna Hayes—Results Revolution Carolyn Townes—Spirit Women Sara Cantor—The Curious Shopper Anna Farmery—The Engaging Brand Dee McCrorey—The Ultimate Corporate Entrepreneur Katia S. Adams—Transcultural
5 Thoughts for Bonfire Night Tonight in the UK, it is bonfire night..a night when family and friends get together. It is always poignant for me as tonight is the anniversary of losing dad...I always smile when I see the firework displays, as when he took his last breath there were fireworks going out at the window....and I always imagined it was the world giving him a send off . I thought in honour of dad as he was the inspiration behind this blog I would give you 5 phrases that he used to say - not necessarily his sayings by the way - that have stayed with me forever..and watch out for a competition at the end of the post! On how to be authentic as a leader...."Anna, be you then you don't have to work at being authentic and you don't have to remember your dreams, goals, promises and values....they are all inside of you and there for all to see" On talent..."Every person has a talent - your role is to find it, grow it and develop it. Think of leadership as a treasure are searching for the wonderful golden prize - talent" On ideas "Anna, always listen to that voice inside...that voice inside may not have project statements, customer research, or finanical rates of return to show you, but more often than not it will be right. That voice is an unpaid mentor, an unpaid coach and the voice of reason. You now understand why I have such a huge stomach - it's not fat, Anna just full of gut feel!!" When I used to lack of confidence in meeting new people..."Anna, remember we all come in this world with nowt (nothing), we all go out with nowt and we all ...hmmm the middle. There is nothing to feel inferior about" I used to be a bit of a girl racer in a car....." Anna, slow it down. It is always better to be late in this life than early in the next" Not exactly Eleanor Roosevelt - but special to me and always make me smile. For a chance to win another leadership book from my collection...What is the best quote or saying that you know? Leave your entry in the comment section or email me and I will pick a winner a fortnight today!

Anna Farmery

Social Marketing Architect, Speaker, Author and in spare time completing PhD on the future of the social business model

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