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Back That Thing Up

If you knew me at all in my college days, there is a likelihood that you think of me every time you hear Juvenile's Back That Azz Up. It was my jam. So it naturally caught my attention when I heard the song– the clean version –playing in a commercial.

When I looked up, I had to laugh. A few women (including Kathryn Hahn of "Bad Moms" in the driver seat), presumably around my age (I am 100% the target market here) in a minivan doing WHAT? Dancing and backing that thing up. Literally. Backing that thing up to promote the van's parallel park assist feature.

And it wasn't just any minivan. It was a Chrysler minivan. Again, if you know me, I am a loyal Chrysler customer. (My dad retired from Chrysler headquarters after 40+ years of service.)

Last fall we finally bit the bullet and got a minivan. A Chrysler minivan. We got the Town & Country (no longer in production) instead of the Pacifica advertised here, but still. If they created personas for their target market, I would clearly be one of them. 

Well done, Chrysler. You hit the nail on the head with this one.

What do you want to do before you die?

Yes, it's a jarring question. It goes straight for the jugular. And it leads to more meaningful relationships.

"What do you want to do before you die?" 

Inspired by this TED Talk from Kalina Silverman about meaningful conversation, I decided to ask this question of everyone in my department at the office. Some of their responses were: "Travel to Machu Picchu." "Write a novel." "Become financially independent so that I can invest in helping children." "Start a community center in my rural hometown."

As you can imagine, these responses lead to some interesting conversations that allowed me to gain a new perspective of my colleagues and a deeper understanding of the things that motivate them in their daily lives. 

So, what do YOU want to do before you die?

My Top 5 Strengths (According to Gallup)

Earlier this month, our department at work had the opportunity to take Gallup's CliftonStrengths assessment and attend a half-day workshop to dive deeper into our results.

My Top 5 CliftonStrengths

Here are my top five strengths according to Gallup.

1. Empathy

"People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations."

2. Developer

"People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements."

3. Consistency

"People who are especially talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them."

4. Harmony

"People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement."

5. Adaptability

"People who are especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to 'go with the flow.'  They tend to be 'now' people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time."