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Bill Van Loan
Los Angeles, United States
Communications Strategist with a Photographic Memory
Interests: helping others, art, comedy, plays, pilates, exercise, promoting creative people, win-win relationships, piano concerts, humanitarian work and promoting women in leadership is a passion of mine...
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It Takes Courage It takes courage to refrain from gossip when others delight in it - to stand up for the absent person who is being abused. It takes courage to live honestly within your means, and not dishonestly on the means of others. It takes courage to be a REAL man or a TRUE woman, to hold fast to your ideals when it causes you to be looked upon as strange and peculiar. It takes courage to be talked about and remain silent, when a word would justify you in the eyes of others, but which you dare not... Continue reading
Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They're not in your business, but they're in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience. via Continue reading
I have learned too much of the vanity�of human affairs to expect any felicity�from public life.��But I am determined�to be cheerful and happy in whatever�situation I may be.��For I have learnedfrom experience that the greater part�of our happiness or misery depends�on our dispositions and not on our�circumstances.� We carry the seeds�with us in our minds wherever we go.Martha Washington� via Continue reading
Before you're asked. Before she asks for the memo, before the customer asks for a refund, before your co-worker asks for help. Volunteer. Offer. Imagine what the other person needs, an exercise in empathy that might become a habit. via Continue reading
I am a big fan of concealment clothing- especially ones you can wear underneath your clothes, away from prying eyes and pick pockets. My favorite peice in the entire line is the tank top for women. Often when I travel I wear a tank top as a layering piece. Airports and airplanes are usually cold so the tank top is a great extra piece for warmth. This one serves a dual purpose.� My new tank that I wear has shirt pockets for the things I need most when travelling. I can carry cash, jewellery, credit cards, and even passports for... Continue reading
Sometimes it's fun or profitable to throw your weight around, to get customers or partners or students or the media or even local government agencies to do what you need them to do. Inevitably, weight throwers come to a fork in the road: Are you doing this to get people to do what's good for them or what's good for you? via Continue reading
I have arm and and hand pain but can't tell if it's stemming from my neck or coming from the arm? This is a common dilemma.� First, look to when it started and the cause.� If you had an injury to the arm or hand, the pain is probably coming from the arm.� Now, if you wake up in the morning with your neck in pain unless yo tilt to the right side, then pain is most likely coming from the neck. via Continue reading
Source "Afterlife" — Ingrid Michaelson"Lost Stars"�— Adam Levine"Fire Without a Flame" — NONONO"Uptight Downtown" — La Roux"Kingfisher"�— Phox"Wish I Was Here" — Colplay + Cat Power"I Am Mountain"�— Gungor"It's a Longer Road to California..."�— The Wind + the Wave"Shut In" — Strand of Oaks"Oh Darling" — Gossling"Plans"�— Bloc Party"This Isn't Our Parade" — Santigold� via Continue reading
That's a common mantra among those that say that they want to leap, but haven't, and aren't, and won't. What they're actually saying is, "I don't have any ideas that are guaranteed to work, and not only that, are guaranteed to cause no criticism or moments when I'm sure the whole thing is going to fall apart." And that sentence is probably true. via Continue reading
At any time, you can decide to change the road you're on in life, take a new direction, follow a new trail.� You are the only one who really knows what you want from life and if you're on the right road for you.� You are the only one who can fulfill your dreams and receive the joys and happiness that come from reaching those aspirations and goals. Don't expect others to be responsible for your happiness and your success.� You must take control and be in charge of your destiny and day-to-day situations.� Take advice (most of the time... Continue reading
Rule one has two parts:� a. the customer is always right b. if that's not true, it's unlikely that this person will remain your customer. via Continue reading
I wanted to clear up any confusion. �The short answer is yes, you can wear concealment clothes in the airport. �In fact, when traveling is when you often need these extra pockets. �Just don't do anything silly and forget you're carrying a weapon in a pocket when going in the airport. �That's serious stuff...Especially with the high security, and people on gaurd these days. �You have to take everything out of your pockets when going in, atleast through the scanner area. �Now you'll even notice that a percentage of people are x-rayed. �If you've got something in a pocket, make... Continue reading
Resist the ad hoc. Announce that this is a project, and that it matters enough to be treated as one.The project needs a leader, a person who takes responsibility as opposed to waiting for it to be given.Write it down. All of it. Everything that people expect, everything that people promise.Send a note confirming that you wrote it down, specifically what you heard, what it will cost and when they will have it or when they promised it.Show your work. Show us your estimates and your procedures and most of all, the work you're going to share with the public... Continue reading
It was designed at home, on the kitchen someone who didn't get their name on itNever been done before, not guaranteed to get built or to workIt was criticized by hundreds of leading intellectuals and cultural expertsIt wasn't supposed to last very longIt's designed to be an icon, it's not an accidentPeople flock to it because it's famousYou can sketch a recognizable version of it on a napkinYour turn to build one. Happy Bastille Day. via Continue reading
Two hundred years ago, the government of Sweden changed everything: They required all their citizens to be literate. It transformed every element of the culture and economy of Sweden, an effect that's felt to this day. Television, of course, is a great replacement for the hard work of learning to read and write, but, if you think about it, so are autocratic governments and dogmas that eliminate choice. Unguided reading is a real threat, because unguided reading leads to uncomfortable questions. Teach someone to read and you guarantee that they will be able to learn forever. Teach an entire culture... Continue reading
Self-driving cars are going to be a huge transformational disruption, and they're probably going to happen faster than most people expect. Starting in cities, starting with car-sharing, the economics and safety implications are too big to avoid: Few traffic jams--cars will have a slower top speed, but rarely stopNo traffic lights--cars talk to each otherDramatically less pollutionPedestrians are far safer, bicycling becomes fun againNo parking issues--the car drives away and comes back when you need itLower costs and more access for more people more oftenInstant and efficient carpooling, since the car knows who's going where via Continue reading
I confess I had to look it up. A truck passed me on the highway and on the side, it said that they did both LTL and FTL shipments. FTL means "full truckload." For the longest time, a full truckload was the only efficient way to ship goods around. A company would expand operations (not just trucking, but just about everything) so that it could use all of an available resource. No sense having half a shipping clerk or half a secretary or half a truck shipment--the rest was going to go to waste, so might as well use it... Continue reading
A new study by�Carnegie Mellon University's Niche research arm took a look at early adult decision-making including media choices among graduating high school students. In addition to categories like social networks and video, the study looked at music consumption and found some interesting and rather surprising trends. One key finding: Pandora is not just mom's music service. via Continue reading
After almost 10 years of blogging on Typepad, I'm leaving the platform to join Squarespace. The tools are easier to handle, the design will be simpler and clearer, and the whole plateform soooo better to upload multiple photos. BIG changes happening soon! I'm so excited! Follow me on my brand new blog! See you there! via Continue reading
I realized the other day that most people grow up thinking in terms of professional affiliations. "I'm going to be an accountant." "I'm going to work for General Dynamics." Somehow, I always thought of my career as a series of projects, not jobs. Projects... things to be invented, funded and shipped. Sometimes they take on a life of their own and last, other times, they flare and fade. But projects, one after the other, mark my career. Lucky for me, the world cooperated and our entire culture shifted from one based on long-term affilitations (you know, 'jobs') to projects. I... Continue reading
In action movies, the hero doesn't mind destroying the aircraft, road or bridge he just crossed, because it's always a one-way journey. Retreating armies used to burn bridges as they crossed them so those in pursuit couldn't follow. And that very mindset, the mindset of, "I am so intent on my goal that I am willing to push through this person, push through this relationship, push through this interaction, whatever it takes," is precisely how we burn our bridges. via Continue reading
He only cares about what's trending now. The only worthy examples are this week's examples, or even better, tomorrow's examples. The zeitgeister will interrupt a long-term strategy discussion to talk urgently about today's micro-trend instead. The zeitgeister has little or no knowledge of the foundations of his industry, merely an out-of-context understanding of today's state of the art. He's encouraged by the media, of course, because the media are in the zeitgeist business. It's easier. The challenge, of course, is that the momentary zeitgeist always changes. That's why it's so appealing to those that surf it, because by the time... Continue reading
You are brave.Such a generous soul, someone who doesn't hesitate to leap when others shrink in fear. Your work means so much to you and to the people you share it with, we can't help but be inspired at the way you make your magic.You're a warrior in the service of joy and you never seem to stop standing up and speaking up and doing your very best work.Sometimes, a particular audience doesn't deserve you. But that doesn't matter in the long run, because of your relentless generosity in sharing your gift.I can't wait to see your next work, and... Continue reading
How much do you trust your people to do the right thing? Consider giving every person on your team a budget—$1000 a year? $200 an incident? and challenging them to spend the money to make things right, to create efficiency, to delight. If the CFO freaks out, invite her to meet with each employee at the end of the year to hear how they chose to spend the money. $5 extra to park close enough to the airport to not miss a flight. Giving an unhappy customer a refund on the spot. Buying a subscription to an inexpensive web app... Continue reading
Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are built around many individuals coming together to make something happen. But crowds don't make things, people do. Terry and Sarah and Herbie, not the crowd. via Continue reading