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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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Tasks, Reminders and Events – Oh My!

clock December 4, 2012 07:29 by author Administrator
Inspire! is designed as a tool to help keep you focused on accomplishing those things that are most important to you.  This begins by defining the roles and goals you have identified as important.   The next step is to take 30 minutes each week to do a weekly plan by creating objectives for the week that will help you accomplish your goals or fulfill your roles.  Not all goals and roles must be worked on every week but they can be.  Once you have identified objectives (think of these as sub goals you can accomplish in a week) the final step in the planning process is to create Inspire! tasks.  Inspire! tasks are actionable steps that you will do to complete the objectives you defined.  Inspire! tasks may be associated with calendar events.  In version 1.5 we are also providing a way for users to also associate Inspire! tasks with calendar reminders and calendar tasks in addition to the existing calendar event association.   I’ve foun... [More]

The Importance of Accountability Partners

clock November 21, 2012 07:27 by author Administrator
“The ancient Romans had a tradition: whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineer assumed accountability for his work in the most profound way possible: he stood under the arch.” –Michael Armstrong The difference between ordinary and extraordinary in reality is just that little bit extra. It’s pushing yourself just a little bit further than you did last week on your run. It’s staying the course when it would be much easier to exit. It’s making tough choices to ensure you are living in alignment with your values. How do we do it? How do we push ourselves that little bit extra? It’s by living in community. When we live in community we create accountability for the goals and values that we define as most important to us. Inspire! has done this for me by creating a cadence where I review weekly what my values are and what goals are most important to me. Then I review my objectives and ... [More]

Goals: What, Why and When.

clock November 12, 2012 07:37 by author Nick Metrie
  What is a goal? A goal is something you set out to achieve with effort and intent, as you believe it will result in added value.   A goal is excepting a motivating challenge. the result or achievement toward which effort is direct.   Why create goals?    ·         Clear goals pave the way to good performance; they give you direction, focus and control.     ·         Blanchard: “Research has shown that goal setting is the single most powerful motivator a leader has. But, in order for a goal to be effective, it has to meet certain criteria. And, people must have the knowledge, skills and commitment necessary to achieve the goal.”   To achieve your vision and mission, bring clarity to your key life roles, and live your values   ·    &nbs... [More]

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]

An Inspiring Train Ride

clock May 30, 2012 07:33 by author Nick Metrie
  A few months ago I learned that my son, his wife and their son were all going to be visiting us from the east coast.  We looked forward to getting all of the family together and especially getting the two grandsons together (who are only a few months apart).   One thing I wanted to do was have an activity for them that would be memorable for them and for us.  I have a role in Inspire called Grandparent and each week had an objective to plan an activity for them while they were in town.  Having this weekly personal objective in Inspire! kept reminding me that I needed to plan an activity.  I decided to look at a train ride on the Heber Valley Railroad which is just north of Park City.  It turned out they had a Thomas the Train day on the very weekend everyone would be in town.  We were able to get tickets on a very crowded event and had a great time.  I learned from this that prioritizing and making plans around my roles allowed us ... [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]