“Picasso Painted Over Another Person’s Work”

Hidden beneath the brush strokes of Pablo Picasso’s 1902 oil painting La Miséreuse accroupie (The Crouching Beggar) lies the work of another Barcelona, Spain, artist. And the underlying work seems to have inspired some of Picasso’s artistry. Mountains in the original painting—a landscape scene—became the outline of the back of the subject in Picasso’s work, which depicts…

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“Shoshin”- A Beginner’s Mind

I had lunch with two men who run a cyber security company at my office in Dublin, Ohio last week, and they talked about “Shoshin*”- A beginner’s mind.  They said, when one of their clients get hacked they will contract out novices (individuals unrelated to the cyber security industry) to look at their client’s firewalls…

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Make Meaning

The first step to innovating is to make meaning.  Determine how you can make meaning and the success will come. Look at these companies and their meaning: ·         Apple- Computers ·         Google- Information ·         Ebay- Commerce Apple’s meaning was to improve the way computers worked in our home and office.  While, Google’s was to get…

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Adopt An Afternoon Lift

At Microsoft, each day one person signs up to blast a song across the work area at three o’clock in the afternoon.  The thinking behind this is that at this point of the day everyone is dragging and this could be an energy boost for the employees to end the day. Afternoon’s lifts also serve…

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“Rip Off the Rearview Mirror”- Now Available

My goal for you is to “Rip Off the Rearview Mirror” in 2018 by creating a “Through Line” in your life:   “The only minute you can control is now.  Living in the past creates depression.  Living in the future creates anxiety.  We only have this moment to discover our “Through Line” in life.”- Anonymous Author  …

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Change “I” to “You”

As a motivational speaker, I would talk about how I “Smashed the Box” or “Ripped Off the Rearview Mirror” which are two of my popular keynote addresses.  I thought that by sharing personal stories about myself that the audience could relate too would inspire them.  However, it was always through my frame of reference and…

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“Slay the Dragon”

We all have that “Dragon” (Call/ Conversation/ “To Do” item) we need to do but we put it off.  The goal is to take it on early in the morning and get it over with and behind us.  “Slaying the Dragon” does 3 things for us: 1- We avoid procrastination– When you do it first thing…

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Search Engine Mindset

Search Engine Mentality

Our thought processes are shaped by our search engine tendencies. What you search for on Google/ Facebook or any other online site tracks our every movement and puts together an algorithm of our tendencies. For example, if you like to buy gold coins and visit those websites you will see banner ads on your social…

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Backstage Pass- Make Me “Superman”

If you do presentations, discussions, or teach in a classroom and can make your audience feel invincible, you have a gift. The goal is to make our listeners feel like Superman/ Superwoman and know that they can take on and accomplish their goals. As presenters our tendency is to be their “Guru” or “Mentor” and…

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Do Something Different

In order to operate outside the box of life we need to take calculated risks and try something different. Yes, it may or may not work, but that is what creativity is all about. The enemy of creativity is patterns and routines, and when we get stuck in them we stay “Boxed” in. Here are…

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Generation “Z” & Labels

Think about the labels that have been put on millennials over the past decade:  Self-absorbed/Lazy/ Greedy/Job hopper/Entitled. These descriptions we put on “Millennials” impact their psyche, self-confidence, and self-esteem.  When someone is told they are self-absorbed, greedy, lazy and entitled many will live up to that expectation. Now, we have a new generation entering the…

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