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Dark chocolate, chianti, music and a little kaizen, anyone?

November 17, 2008 at 7:36 am

Dark Ghirardelli chocolate, a glass of chianti, and Lucinda Drayton singing in the background, all is well in the world. (If only)  It’s a feast for the senses. Lucinda’s an angel on earth, and even though I have more exotic chocolate preferences, the 60%  cacao squares will do just fine.

It’s the eve of a new work week and the brain reluctantly moves from one side of the skull to the other making ready to make sense. Dollars and cents.

The mind is what I’ll be delving into this week as the promotion cycle begins for a book called, The Vigorous Mind by communications strategist, Ingrid Cummings. I’ll have more to say about it later in the week, but at this early stage, I am delighted and intrigued.

Ingrid will show us in her book how to cross train our brains to become more well-rounded, like those we historically call “Renaissance people.” She employs a technique well-regarded in the workplace in Japan called Kaizen. In fact, the Toyota corporation practices the principles of kaizen, even here in the U.S. Soon we’ll be sharing with the media Ingrid’s take on how General Motors might have had a better shot had they used it.

Stay tuned.

Apparently, our minds can make significant progress with just a simple 20-minute concentration exercise daily.  I don’t know about you, but I’d give 20 minutes to kick start my graying gray matter.

The Vigorous Mind will be released in January just in time for all of you who are making grand resolutions. Perhaps cross training your mind or aspiring to be a contemporary Renaissance man or woman will make your list. In the book business we always say that the beginning of the year is the “new year, new you” season.

I don’t think you’ll lose weight with kaizen, but I could be wrong. You can prepare to trim some of the fat from your brain. Sounds a little gruesome but I’m sure we’re all carrying around some extra fatty mental baggage that we no longer need.

May the kaizen force be with you (and GM)!

And me.

Note: Be one of the first to get a copy of The Vigorous Mind by writing to me. FREE copy to the first 10 people to ask.

Comments (8)


    Hey, I sent you my address via email. Just let me know if you didn’t get it. Thanks! 🙂

    Comment by Nicki CrisciJanuary 7, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

    Nicki – yes, the book is printed and shipping. send me your address – if you want it to be private, send to

    Comment by KimJanuary 2, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

    Is her book out yet?

    Comment by Nicki CrisciJanuary 1, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

    Is it January yet? I can hardly wait…

    Comment by Richard KwakernaakDecember 18, 2008 @ 10:25 am

    Yes, indeedy!

    Comment by KimNovember 18, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

    I’m really interested in receiving a copy of The Vigorous Mind! I love Ingrid’s work and I look forward to reading it! Should I send you a reminder in January too?

    Comment by Nicki CrisciNovember 18, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

    Yes, it does, Richard! You may also want to send me a reminder in January when the book is published.

    Comment by KimNovember 18, 2008 @ 7:28 am

    Does leaving a comment on your blog count as ‘writing to you’?! Because I am v-e-r-y interested in receiving a copy of The Vigorous Mind by Ingrid Cummings!!!

    Comment by Richard KwakernaakNovember 18, 2008 @ 7:10 am

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