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Posts Tagged ‘Creativity’

  • Does Your Brain Need a Vacation?

    by • on Apr 23, 13 • in Career, Coaching, Productivity, Professional Development, Time & Productivity • with No Comments

    It was nearly 80 degrees in the city of San Francisco yesterday.  As one person mentioned in our phone call, “it’s one of about 5 days a year where you want air conditioning in San Francisco”.  I worked from my home office all-day and felt the warmth come in through the window.  Ah… summer is on its way. Then the thought that followed it closely was:  Wait, what happened to Spring?  When did we even shift to Spring? As a kid growing up in Minnesota, the first signs of spring were a big deal!  We

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  • Leaders Inspire Action by Asking “Why”. Why? Read on!

    by • on Feb 8, 11 • in Coaching, Creativity & Innovation, Leadership, Professional Development • with No Comments

    The other week I had a great conversation with a digital advertising industry expert, Adam Kleinberg of Traction. We shared ideas and thoughts on all sort of subjects like creativity, innovation, leadership etc.  It was an all around great conversation that left me inspired. He told me about how his recent approach of starting with “ why” had made a difference in his recent client meeting.   In fact, he  blogged about it. It reminded me of a Ted.com talk I saw by Simon Shrek that I found extremely thought provoking.   In it, Simon

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  • 3 Steps to Creating More Success Next Year

    by • on Dec 20, 10 • in accountability, Career, Coaching, Professional Development • with No Comments

    Ah….another year ends.  And so another one begins.  How great does it feel to start a new year with fresh ideas and new goals?  Here’s a simple exercise that I do each year for myself and with many of  my clients.  Remember it’s not just about bringing in the new….it’s also about letting go of the old.  Have fun and cheers to a great new year! Step 1:  Reflect on the past year It’s important to reflect on the past.  Learn from it, accept it, close it, celebrate it.  Do whatever it takes to “complete” the

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  • We are human beings, not human doings

    by • on Jul 27, 10 • in Career, Creativity & Innovation, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Self Awareness • with No Comments

    In this crazy, fast-paced work environment that we’re all part of it’s hard to remember that the “how’ of getting something done can be just as important as the “what”.  We are, after all, human beings not human doings. But the doing takes over doesn’t it?  We rush around trying to get it all done.  We schedule, reschedule, check email, send email and go from meeting to meeting.  At the end of the day, we look at our to-do list and wonder:  What did I get done today? I’m posing that there’s another important question

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  • Out of the Box” Thinking

    by • on Oct 10, 08 • in Creativity & Innovation • with No Comments

    From a place of possibility, what can you create? We spend so much of our day in limitation.  The organizations we work for create our roles and positions, and we structure our days from a place of routine, familiarity and boundaries – within the walls.  Even though we may be challenged to think “out of the box”, it may still be within reach.  Even in the most creative realms, occupations and workplaces, there are often limits, client, boss’s, ego’s, politics, budgets, peers, time etc that limit the degree of how far “out of the box&#

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