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Chris Wollerman is CEO of InnovaSystems International LLC, a software development company based in San Diego, California.

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My weekend with the new iPad mini

clock November 4, 2012 07:17 by author Chris Wollerman
I spent several hours this weekend with the new iPad mini and believe that Apple has another winner on their hands. I'm not sure how they do it. Something that seems just like a resizing of a previous device feels like it was tailor made for a new use case. When they first released the original iPad back in 2010, many thought that it was just a big iPhone and that it wouldn't be that big of a deal. Then they sold nearly 100 million of them and people realized that the iPad is much more than a big phone. It fit into a new niche that nobody thought they needed, yet it has changed lifestyles and the way people consume and create content. I believe that the new mini format will have a similar impact. I don't think it will be as much of a disrupter as the original but I do think we will see millions of people using this device in new ways. One example is typing. On the original iPad, you pretty much need to set it up with a stand in landscape mode on a flat surface or lap to type a documen... [More]


More kids successful with Inspire!

clock November 4, 2012 05:13 by author Chris Wollerman
After the success of our initial teens class earlier this summer, we decided to hold a session with 18 teenagers of our employees in Norfolk, VA just before school started this fall.  The two day class focused again on the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens with an emphasis on setting goals and planning weekly using Inspire! to accomplish their goals.  After 5 weeks, we received some great letters from both the teens and their parents about the impact of the training and tool.  Here is an excerpt from one of the encouraging letters (edited to remove the specific names) from a parent of one of the students: "I would like to thank you for giving my daughter the opportunity to participate in your program. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens and the Inspire application have made a wonderful and positive impact on her in many ways. Over the past few weeks, I have watched her grow as a person and as a teenager. She has made positive changes in the ways that sh... [More]


Inspire can help your kids achieve great things!

clock June 20, 2012 05:06 by author Chris Wollerman
Last week, we wrapped up our first 4-week Inspire! class at Joan MacQueen Middle School and awarded 4 teenagers with iPads.  We were ecstatic to see that the Inspire! app and concepts from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens could easily be learned, used and applied by teenagers.  The most satisfying part was reading the kids' summary letters and realizing that in the short time we spent teaching them our app and simple concepts, many lives changed for the better.   Here are just a few of the comments provided by the 30 kids:   "This course is going to change my life forever. One thing I am going to do different after this class is I am going to start planning on a calendar every day. This will help me be more organized and prepared. "   "Who knows, maybe this could change the world someday; how we act around others, treat ourselves, and make an impact on the world."   "The inspire app was AMAZING!  I learned so much from it. I learned... [More]


30 teenagers now using Inspire! to become better students and better kids!

clock May 27, 2012 07:32 by author Chris Wollerman
Our CIO, Jim Halpin and I just finished the first week of a four week class that we’re teaching at Joan MacQueen Middle School to learn Inspire! along with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.  This has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had so far with the Inspire! application.  The kids are super excited and their attitude, behavior, initiative and accountability to our ambitious course requirements are amazing.  I’ve been teaching 7 Habits to teens for several years now but I think we’ve found the winning formula to make a real impact in their lives: ·         Incorporate it at their school and teach it during a normal school day instead of pulling them in on a Saturday or after school program.  We teach it on Wednesdays and Fridays during 5th hour. ·         Integrate the class with technology that the kids are excited about.&nb... [More]


InnovaMobile to Donate $25,000 to Operation Rebound®

clock May 22, 2012 05:29 by author Chris Wollerman
We are very excited about the opportunity to support our troops through Operation Rebound®, a program of the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) that supports permanently injured service members and first responders. It is a great way to give back to the incredible people who have sacrificed for us. They've given up their way of living by going into harm’s way and coming home a wounded veteran with a lost limb. Amazingly, instead of being succumbed by depression, they've made a choice to become an inspiration for others by signing up for a 620 mile bike ride this fall in the Million Dollar Challenge. We are proud to have one of our own employees ride side by side with them and proud to come together as an organization to sponsor and inspire more veterans to do the same. Two wounded veterans will be using our Inspire! app to prepare for the Million Dollar Challenge this fall and we’ll be sharing their progress and stories about how the app is helping them. In sup... [More]


Have a more relaxing weekend with peace of mind

clock May 13, 2012 07:26 by author Chris Wollerman
Have you ever had that feeling of anxiety on Sunday evenings, thinking about the work week ahead? I used to feel overwhelmed to the point of losing sleep by trying to remember all of the things that needed to be done. There's a great book by David Allen called Getting Things Done where he discusses the concept of getting all of your ideas and To-Do's out of your head and written on a master task list. The process of creating and maintaining a master task list alone reduces stress by at least 50% by giving your brain a break from worrying about forgetting. The other 50% of your stress about the week ahead can be easily eliminated by creating your Inspire! Weekly Planning Report on Sunday mornings. [More]


Inspire! users' most common challenge: making the connection between roles, goals, weekly objectives and tasks.

clock May 4, 2012 04:03 by author Chris Wollerman
We recently taught another class of 25 employees on how to become more productive using Inspire! During our two day course, we teach the leadership principles that are discussed in our philosophy tab on the Inspire! web site. After the 2 day class, we have each student pair up with an accountability partner and agree to meet with each other at least 10 minutes per week for 5 weeks to discuss their weekly objectives, challenges and progress with the application. They are also required to send each other, their supervisors and the class facilitators a copy of their Weekly Inspire! Planning Report. This gives us the opportunity to look for opportunities for mentoring, improving our training and improving our app. [More]


Quick tip on organized weekly planning - rename goals to sort on current goal priorities

clock April 23, 2012 04:26 by author Chris Wollerman
We are currenly working on a few enhancements to clean-up and help users with the weekly planning process.  Currently, the tile pane for selecting goals/roles to create objectives is sorted alphabetically which is fine if you just have a few goals and roles.  However, now that many users have completed their goals from last quarter, the number of goals in the app is getting larger and the completed goals should not be available to plan against in the weekly planning view.  This will be fixed in the next update along with a new sorting scheme that will utilize the priority field that you can set in the 'Edit Goal' function. For now, an easy way to assure your top goals and roles are always at the top of your list for planning is to simply rename the goal with an identifier before the name such as G1) G2), etc. for goals and R1), R2), etc. for roles.  When you do this, the weekly planning process is much simpler because you pick your priorities from th... [More]


How to use Inspire! to improve relationships – Part 2: My Great Dad

clock April 7, 2012 08:02 by author Chris Wollerman
How to use Inspire! to improve relationships – Part 2: My Great Dad In my last blog, I wrote about using Inspire! to help me strive to be a great dad.  Using the app has also helped me appreciate and improve my relationship with my own great dad who recently passed away a few months ago. Last June while attending Steve Job’s final keynote speech during WWDC in San Francisco, I called my dad and tried to explain my excitement for mobile technology and the Inspire! app we were building.  It turned into another one of those “what is it you do again?” conversations.  It was easy for my dad to explain his job to people as a stone and brick mason:  “I take these stones, use this hammer and chisel, and create this fireplace.”  Explaining what a CEO for a defense technology company does is not so easy.  He never owned a computer and had a hard time understanding the concept of a smart phone or an iPad.  He had just turned... [More]


How to use Inspire! to improve relationships – Part 1: Teenagers!

clock April 6, 2012 05:47 by author Chris Wollerman
How to use Inspire! to improve relationships – Part 1: Teenagers! I’d like to share a few personal stories with you this Easter weekend to give you some ideas on how Inspire! can help you improve some of your relationships.  It’s great to see how the app has helped people achieve professional and personal goals but what’s even more powerful is the way it’s changed people’s lives by improving relationships.  I’m sure there are a few doubters out there who don’t believe an iPad app can make such a big difference but when you combine the philosophy and process behind it, I’ve seen it really work for myself and many others.  To cut to the chase, here are the basics: 1.       Define the value and priority of your relationship in the Values section.  In my case, I clarified that my family is #1 and I will consistently do things to improve our family relationship 2.   &n... [More]