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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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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]


Why Upgrade to Inspire! 1.1?

clock May 3, 2012 09:24 by author Nick Metrie
If you are an Inspire! Personal Productivity user and you are running version 1.0 or 1.01 you may be wondering why you should push that update button and upgrade to version 1.1.  If you are a New iPad owner the single biggest reason is Retina graphics!  We shipped several high resolution photos in the 1.0 and 1.01 releases but these images looks absolutely stunning in the new Retina display.  Tile images you are using for Roles, Goals or Values will also automatically upgrade to Retina resolution as you open up the details of the Role, Goal or Value.  You will be impressed with the sharpness of the Retina graphics across the app as well. If you are not a New iPad owner, we didn’t forget about you.  All users of Inspire! 1.1 will have access to some improved usability features.  We now reorder all goals and goal related data (objectives) so that uncompleted goals always sort by priority.  This will make planning for the things that are most impo... [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]


The best way to achieve your goals using Inspire!

clock April 3, 2012 06:10 by author Chris Wollerman
Accountability is the key.  Over the past several months, I've seen a much higher rate of success of quarterly goal achievement than I ever have during our company's 15 year history.   I believe the primary contributor of this success is using Inspire! with an accountability partner.   The planning function in Inspire! includes a weekly planning report which can be emailed to anyone.  The way we train and distribute the Inspire! App to employees at Innova is to have them pair up with an accountability partner in the class, compare notes as they develop and track their values, roles and goals; bounce ideas off each other and commit to weekly 1-1 accountability meetings for 5 consecutive weeks.  Employees send their Inspire! Weekly Planning Report to their accountability partner, their supervisor and the class facilitator.  This report not only shows the planned activities for the upcoming week but also indicates the success percentage of the previous... [More]


Bill Walton visits Innova to discuss Inspire! and our support of Operation Rebound.

clock March 29, 2012 04:55 by author Chris Wollerman
Bill Walton visits Innova to discuss Inspire! and our support of Operation Rebound.   Just after the NCAA final four was decided this past weekend, basketball great, Bill Walton, visited Innova on Monday morning to meet with us to talk about Inspire!, Innova, his career and life, leadership stories about John Wooden, his video with FranklinCovey and the Operation Rebound program which is run by the Challenged Athelete's Foundation (CAF).  Operation Rebound is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities.  It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue active, athletic lifestyles by offering access to funding for equipment and training and competition expenses, Military Medical Center Physical Training (MMCPT) and sports clinics.   We believe there is great synergy between this foundation, Innova's mission for supporting our troops and the Inspire! application. &n... [More]


Ken Blanchard says that Inspire! shows great potential.

clock March 27, 2012 05:40 by author Chris Wollerman
Yesterday, the Inspire! team met with Ken Blanchard and his wife Margie at their headquarters in Escondido, CA.  We presented the Inspire! story from my last blog and demonstrated the app in their conference room.  Both Ken and Margie were very encouraged and are planning to install and use the app right away.  Ken said that he might need to grab one of the new iPads to take advantage of the new retina display as he tracks his personal values and goals in Inspire!  We are planning a follow-up meeting with Ken and Margie to discuss possible integration of Situational Leadership II training modules and/or links within the app as well as other opportunities.  I’ll provide more details soon.    


Inspire! success story at InnovaSystems

clock March 25, 2012 07:03 by author Chris Wollerman
By Chris Wollerman, Innova-Mobile eCEO  I'd like to share a story about how Inspire! has made a huge difference for our organization.  We formed InnovaSystems in 1997 as an agile software development company to support the national security strategy.  After working at several large defense contractors who were failing at their software products, we felt we could offer something unique and innovative.    I nearly quit the business altogether after working on a project in DC which spent over $2B of taxpayer dollars and then got cancelled before it ever made it to production.  Instead of quitting, my wife Lynn and I formed a small company and hired our first 5 people who were passionate about our mission to try a whole new approach.  We worked in some really poor environments such as dusty warehouses and WWII barracks buildings on base but the team didn't care, they loved their jobs supporting the military and contributing som... [More]


Inspire! Launch

clock March 20, 2012 04:09 by author Chris Wollerman
by Chris Wollerman, Innova-Mobile eCEO Inspire! has finally launched to the App Store!  I can’t think of a better place to celebrate with the Innova-Mobile team than Park City, Utah.  Not only did we just get over a foot of fresh powder for the team to ski and snowboard in, but this is the place where I drew up the original Inspire! screens on hotel stationary after an inspiring day on the slopes last February (2011).    We started planning the Inspire! app after Steve Jobs presented the original iPad 1.0 in January of 2010.  Over the years, I’ve used a combination of paper planners and mobile devices to stay motivated and organized but never felt that it was totally dialed-in.  I stored my personal mission statement, work contribution statement, values, roles and goals in Microsoft Word and printed them out on occasion to help me re-connect and stay focused on my priorities but reading through the bulleted lis... [More]