Category: Videos

Share a Cup

How do you get people to Connect and share success stories with each other? You set up a giant cup of coffee on the street and ask people to hop in and chat, of course! It’s incredible what you learn, over, and sometimes inside, a cup.


Eyes on Connection

We LOVE this intense video by artist Marina Abramović. As part of a retrospective at the MoMA, Abramović created a live exhibit in which she sat and LOOKED into the eyes of a complete stranger without speaking for one uninterrupted minute. Strangers can form deep Connections with their eyes alone. What she didn’t know was that her former lover and fellow artist, Ulay, whom she hadn’t seen since the 1970s, was waiting to LOOK into her eyes again.

Without uttering a word, we can feel the sparks fly and the Connection crackle between Ulay and Marina, and this type of Connection has actually been scientifically proven. Researchers at Cornell University found that LOOKING into the eyes of another fosters a sense of Connection and “only actual eye contact fully activates those parts of the brain that allow us to more acutely and accurately process another person’s feelings and intentions.”

When we take a moment to truly see someone, we can understand the power of eye contact in making a Connection. Try it with your team. Pair off, LOOK into your partner's eyes, and see what kind of Connections you can make without words.

Proof in the (Apple) Pudding

This amazing video gives us a little insight into how Apple works its magic. Over and over again, they have demonstrated what it means to design with Intention – to design products with clarity of purpose and ultimately create experiences, feelings, and memories that matter. Why is Apple so successful? Because they design their products and brand, and lead the industry, with Intention at every level. Overarching intent is easy. The hard part is driving that conscious decision-making through every little choice in the process. Good designers have a clear sense of the overall purpose of their creation; great designers can say, “This is why we made that decision.”

We were struck by the simplicity of this video which perfectly reflects the simplicity and intuitive nature of Apple products and their user Experience. The viewer can’t help but be mesmerized by the crisp and beautiful black and white animation and clear message. The video helps us understand Intention through a very simple question: What do we want people to feel? Apple asks that question and then designs every single element through that Intention. And when we have a clear Intention – when we know exactly what we are aiming for –  we may have to say “no” a whole lot more than we say “yes,” to stay true to it.

What ways are we manifesting our organizational Intention? How might we use our Intention to say “no” to that which does not align? How could Intention help guide decisions about our people, processes, and our physical places?

Extra (Extra, Extra, Extra, Extra) Ordinary

Writer, Director, and friend of The Experience Lab, Brad Montague, set a very clear Intention when he began his work with his younger brother-in-law Robby: to bring childlike wonder to the lives of all humans, no matter their age. The result of their Intention was a wildly popular YouTube video series called Kid President. Kid President shares uplifting and inspiring messages to remind all viewers that we can use the power of positive Intentions to leave the world better than we find it.

When we think of bettering the world, we often think of heroes. Watch this Kid President video as a reminder that heroes are made when ordinary people – like all of us – decide to be extraordinary (or extra, extra, extra ordinary).

Health care is a life-changing industry filled with heroes who literally save lives every day. When we don’t live each day with the Intention to see those we lead and those we serve as heroes, we risk critical players on our teams falling into the shadows.

How might we use Intention to guide the way we see our team members as heros in our organizations? How can we ensure that each team member realizes his or her true hero-ness?

Sing and Dance While the Music Plays

How do we look at our lives? Is it a journey? Where are we trying to go? If we focus only on end goals, what happens to our daily lives,  what do we miss? This powerful video shares British philosopher and theologist Alan Watt’s thoughts on the journey of intentional living as it relates to music and dance. Perhaps it’s not where we are going after all, it’s how we get there — the pure enjoyment of playing the music or performing the dance. We love this video and invite you to watch it because the easiest way to reflect on the Intention you have for your work is to first reflect on your Intention for living. Start now.

What might we notice if we started living more in the right now? Instead of focusing on the long term, write down three things you intend to do today that could add to your happiness. Then do them.