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Good Friday morning to you!

Communication. It is essential to any relationship, whether personal or business. With today’s mix of staff in the office or working from home, it has become even more of a challenge to communicate in the business sector effectively. I found a solution that I borrowed a few years back that we now implement every morning in our company. It’s called the Morning Huddle.
     The idea came from Michael Gartner, who told me he held a morning meeting when he was president of NBC News. He called it the “standing meeting,” which not only meant that it was a regular meeting but also that everyone stood. “Meetings go faster when everyone stands,” he said. He’s right.
     The other influence came from Mercy Hospital, where they have a hospital-wide meeting mid-morning that includes a prayer or devotion. Bob Ritz explained it to me and had me join in for one. It was impactful.
   So, at Big Green Umbrella Media, we start our days with a 10-minute Morning Huddle meeting where we discuss a dozen or so quick topics including vacations, birthdays or anniversaries, deadlines, sales performance and news stories in the works, along with a quick riddle, statistic and quote of the day. There is always a written agenda, as that keeps us focused. Those working in the office get together in our conference room while those working remotely join in via video conferencing. It is meant to be fun, light-hearted and a good way to start our day while being sure that we are communicating on key projects and getting to work on time.
   My wife and I tried to do this with our family on a weekly basis, too, reviewing all our schedules and needs. It was not as successful as the work effort, but it did help improve our family communication a bit.
     If you are struggling to find an effective way to communicate, whether at work or home, give it a try and let me know how it goes.
Have a fabulous Friday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Des Moines Weather
High 56. Low 47.  Another cloudy day with rain likely tonight. But the weekend will be drier and the chances of sunshine Sunday are good.
The Score
Women's Soccer: 
UNI Panthers fall to Illinois State Redbirds, 0-2.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Expert: Anamosa deaths have 'eerie' similarity to 2018 MN killing blamed on understaffing

DES MOINES, Iowa — A longtime corrections officer says the killing of two employees of the Anamosa State Penitentiary in Eastern Iowa shares an all-too-familiar similarity with a deadly encounter that took place nearly three years ago in a neighboring state. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: State Patrol: 150+ MPH Chase in Stolen Maserati Leads to Des Moines Man’s Arrest

STORY COUNTY, Iowa – A Des Moines man was arrested Thursday morning in rural Story County after leading law enforcement on a chase that spanned four counties and topped speeds of 150 miles per hour. Lt. Nathan Ludwig with the Iowa State Patrol tells WHO 13 the pursuit began just after 6:00 a.m. on northbound I-35 near the E. 1st Street Ankeny exit. A trooper clocked a Maserati sports car going 97 miles per hour and attempted to stop the driver, but they took off.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ames woman paralyzed from COVID-19: 'It's been a long year'

AMES, Iowa — Millions of Americans continue to experience long-lasting symptoms of COVID-19.  “Next month is my COVID anniversary! Which is actually a horrible anniversary to remember," said Jasmine Conrad of Ames. Conrad is called a "long-hauler." Symptoms vary from person-to-person and include fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain and chest pain. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local American Food
1. Jethro’s
2. Americana
3. B-Bop’s


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The link to yesterday's feature, Building their own dream home: Home builders move into their own enviable home, was not correct. To read  the rest of the story, click HERE.

TODAY'S Personalities:

The beat of his own drum:
Music drives Faux’s life in more ways than one.

By Darren Tromblay

Music has been in Jerod Faux’s blood for as long as he can remember.
“Growing up, we had music class starting in kindergarten, and once I got to middle school, I started playing guitar more and more,” he says. “Eventually, I became a percussionist in the school band. Even in junior high, I was hanging out with the high school kids and whoever needed a drummer at the time. I started getting serious about bands in eighth grade and have always been part of a project since then.”


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Things To Do
Friday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
IOWA WILD vs. Grand Rapids Griffins
At: Wells Fargo Arena
Info: The Iowa Wild plays in the American Hockey League, just one step away from the best ice hockey in the world... the NHL. For more information, visit www.iowawild.com/games.
The Wild also plays, Saturday, March 27 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins (6 p.m.)

Jordan Huxford wants to make sure that her emerging plants don't get trampled. Hope her sign does the trick!

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Keira Knightley, Diana Ross, James Caan, Steven Tyler, Leonard Nimoy, Kenny Chesney, Robert Frost, Yui, Marcus Allen, Satako Miyahara. Did you know... Marcus Allen had 123 rushing touchdowns in his career.
Poll of the Week

How many greeting cards do you mail per year?
100 or more

Were you spanked as a child?
Yes 87%
No 13%

Morning Chuckle
Answer to yesterday's Chuckle:
What did the parent say to the child who wanted to study burrowing rodents?
Today's riddle
How do we know referees are happy?

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