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Look for Common Prizes™ ... not compromises
In your relationships with coworkers, customers, business partners and rivals, and in your own personal relationships, don't settle for compromises. Look for the Common Prizes™!
NMR Institute - A Virtual Think Tank
The NMR Institute, a virtual think tank, was born, literally, around a campfire roasting marsmallows in northern Michigan. Little did we know then that a simple marshmallow roast would become the quintessential paradyme for improving relationships between significant others, parents and children, management and employees, companies and clients, the people and representative government, and between nations. We have found the common thread, the be all and end all, the yin and the yang, the level 5 maturity, if you will, of interpersonal, intergovernmental, international, and intergalactic communication*. We call it the Common Prizes™ philosophy.
Where are the Common Prizes™
Common Prizes™ are not hard to find. It just takes a little thought and a desire to bring out the best in everyone. We may not always agree, but we can agree that we are all trying to make our jobs more satisfying, our relationships more fulfilling, our marshmallow roasts more endearing, and our world a better place to live. And those are very big prizes.
To start off, we’ve listed just a few of the basic Common Prizes™ below that may seem a bit academic, but really are the foundation upon which all our prizes rest.
Did you recognize some of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in those basic prizes? Henry David Thoreau touched on the philosophy in Walden, as well. And Maslow, when he wrote about self actualization, and confidence and respect of others and for others, was writing about the foundation of the Common Prizes™ philosophy that we teach in our seminars. And that we call it "Roast the Mallow!"
The Common Prizes™ we all should be looking for are specific to our needs, designed to foster collaboration and cooperation, and minimize compromise. When you choose compromise, you must give up something, or ask that others give up something.
Yes, there are times when negotiations or deals or relationships break down. Fisher, Ury, & Patton in Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In provide one of the best outlines for negotiating agreements. But in reality, most of our everyday conflicts, bargains, business deals and relationship issues are not multi-million dollar deals or intricately woven contractual agreements or treaties. Our conflicts simply reflect our attempts to meet our current needs and the needs of others with whom we work, deal, live and love. We just need to "Roast the Mallow".
We provide consultation and seminars in the following areas:
Many other topics are covered in each one of our trainings. We never know what we will learn from you, but we come away knowing much, if not more, than we teach.
A wise man once said:
What does communication have to do with marshmallow roasting? That is the 62-dollar question. Our research has found marshmallow roasting to be a fundamentally clear example of the Common Prizes™ philosophy that is shared in our seminars. Marshmallow roasts are simple and valuable team and individual events (akin to a high-school cross-country team) that quickly get everyone together to teach each other, learn from one another and have fun together. Just as we come together in the race, the workplace and in our families. Our actions affect even those apart from us, too.
Perhaps Robert Frost said it best in The Tuft of Flowers:
He was speaking of the impact of someone else's work on him and on the world. Our work is important, especially when we understand its effects on others, as we apparently work alone. This knowledge of how our work and actions impact others is fundamental to understanding humanity and finding the Common Prizes™.
Another example of our philosophy is illustrated in the slogan:
The U.S. Army emphasizes the importance of each soldier's job and duty as an important contribution to the platoon, company, brigade and to the nation. Whether you are a cook, a helicopter pilot, or the brigade commander, this is very effective marketing, even if a wee bit of hyperbole. One must attempt to not cross too boldly over the line into marketing when seeking the Common Prizes™.
In our seminars, we'll have fun while we answer a slew of questions about team identification (not team building), motivating yourself (before motivating others), listening to yourself (and then to each other), and finding the Common Prizes™ (not the compromises) in our everyday lives -- together and apart.
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Mr. Mallow answers questions:
Emily asked in her email: Any tricks for how to remove melted (and now dried) marshmallow from fabric?
Mr. Mallow answers: Marshmallows are water-based so a water-based cleaner may help. Dried marshmallows can be tough to remove from fabric. I would use very hot water (not quite boiling) so that the hard mallow can dissolve while it is cleansed.
Emily wrote back: Thanks for the reply.
Hot water and an old toothbrush got it right out! Who knew?
Bobbi asked in an email: Are lava roasted marshmallows toxic. I have heard that breathing fumes from lava can be carcinogenic.
Mr. Mallow answers: The
biggest danger is just being around molten lava. Here is safety
information from the USGS.
Doug Grass, from Sacramento California asks: It is so hot here in Sacramento in the Summer. I was wondering if there is any way I can roast my marshmallows using just the solar heat? I hate to build a fire in my back yard when it is so darn hot. Any ideas?
Mr. Mallow answers: I remember that heat in Sacramento
when we held our Roasting Olympic Trials at California State University,
Sacramento a few years ago. My wife, Marsha Mallow brought along our Solar
Marshmallow Roaster and we used it right there in the Hornet stadium parking lot
(GO Sac State!)
It worked great! Not quite as good as a real fire and roast, but when we
travel, we always take ours along. You can get information on building
your own Solar Marshmallow Roaster here:
Connor Murnane, from Melbourne Australia asks: "I go to a lot of concerts here in Melbourne, and often use Mini-Marshmallows as earplugs, to stave off going deaf. Is that a good idea?"
Mr. Mallow answers: Patrick Donovan called Melbourne, "one of the live music capitals of the world" so I know you have a lot of opportunity to hear great bands from all over (Mr. Mallow likes Slipknot!) But, according to the Safety Institute of Australia, if you're going to a loud metal or rock concert, you should wear only approved SIA hearing protection. While you are commended for being aware of the possibility of hearing loss, using marshmallows may not be your best choice. Mr. Mallow would have to recommend against it.
Dieter Mueller from New Ulm, Minnesota asks: "Can Marshmallows be used in brewing beer, like honey is used?"
Mr. Mallow answers: The only known brew using marshmallows is by homebrewer and NMRI President, Jerry Grinstead. He tells us that the mallows do mix well with the Pale Ale malt extract, but he had to guess at the amount of marshmallows to use. With honey pale ale, he uses 4 pounds of malt extract and 3 pounds of honey. But, just how many marshmallows is equivalent to 3 pounds of honey is still under investigation by lead researcher KR Grace at the NMR Institute.
We hope to have a more definitive answer in the next few months. It has been suggested that because the marshmallows tend to cause cloudy beer, it would be best to add marshmallows to a hefeweissen or wheat beer. This is also under investigation.