Life’s Train Ride

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believed they will always travel at our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our…

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Validate Your Assumptions

It’s easy to make assumptions. The problem with making assumptions is we begin to create a false reality that is not grounded in facts or truth. Furthermore, we are more worried about winning our point with our assumption rather than asking questions and getting to the truth of the matter. Take for instance two individuals…

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The Mental Prison

MENTAL PRISON- 4 SIDES 1st side of a box- Perfectionism 2nd side of a box- Negativity 3rd side of box- Judgment 4th side of box- Fear How do we get in the box? If our focus is internal (on ourselves and our issues) we are living in the mental prison/ head. Being in our head…

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Think About It

THINK ABOUT IT I had just finished my keynote address for an insurance company at the Columbus Zoo when out of the corner of his eye I saw a man about 10 feet away looking at me. This man had quite a presence, at 6 foot 4, he had the build of a former wrestler….

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4 Walls to the Mental Box- Perfectionism

The inner critic is a contracting, diminishing voice. As it grows louder, you become smaller, weaker, less open, less generous. Your stuck in your head, not actually in your feelings. Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar (Leadership Presence) When I am in my head/ box I want to be perfect. When I look at my…

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3-D Living

When I was at the University of Kentucky we had a guest speaker come to our campus and in the workshop he talked about “3-D Living”. During the workshop he had us walk around the room and examine objects looking for as much detail as possible. I examined a chair in the room and he…

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Saying “No” in The Workplace

Last weekend I did a one hour workshop titled “SMASH” in Columbus, Ohio and we had 15 students attend. Some of the students were actors and some were from corporate America. The workshop was aimed at unleashing creativity in the workplace and on stage. Toward the end of the workshop I had the students perform…

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6 Ways to Unleash Creativity in the Workplace

Some of you may think that creativity is an inborn trait rather than something that can be learned and developed. This may be so, but without a conducive environment for creativity to be expressed, how can we expect to see ideas arising from creative employees? This is precisely what this article is about, to show…

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Creative Strategy- The 5 Foundations That Impact Business Growth

Many marketing benchmarks are easy to assess: sales, web traffic, SEO, social engagement and conversion rates. These results are tracked with hard data and as a result success is measurable. If one tactic isn’t working, it’s easy to try another. But not so fast. Results are the final outcome of a marketing initiative – but…

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Yes And

A key tool in improvisation is the “Yes And” technique. The “Yes And” technique means to agree with your partner and add something to the conversation when used in improvisation. Watch improvisational performers perform and rarely if ever will you see them use the word “no”. The reason being once the word “No” is used…

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Creativity Lies Outside of Me

When I present to groups (companies/organizations/ schools) I have members do a stream of consciousness technique to discover their inner dialogue and the barriers they have constructed that keep them from being creative. When members share their stories of the words they have written on their paper during this exercise 3 key issues surface and…

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Steve Jobs Took a Risk & See What Happened

I had just finished presenting my one hour keynote presentation “SMASH THE BOX” where I was talking to the event planner when a gentleman from the corner of my eye caught my attention. The gentleman was about six tables away and slowly approaching the two of us talking. He was a man with a big…

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