Kick Out the Ladder

Soichoro Honda (Founder of Honda) personally experienced numerous crisis and unexpected setbacks in his early years in the auto industry which included: 1. Factory destroyed by fire 2. Supplies rationed during wartime 3. Designs failed and threw productions schedules into a panic While the crisis weren’t welcomed, Honda began to note how each crisis improved…

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Busy

Is your calendar filled Monday- Friday from 8:00 am- 5:00 pm?  If not filled, is it full?  We negate ourselves the opportunity to be creative at work by filling up our day with endless meetings, conference calls, and appointments?  The question is do you ever have time to be present during your day?  Actually, in…

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A Perfect Mess

I came across this book (A Perfect Mess) by Eric Abrahamson and loved the title.  A Perfect Mess is what we need to be in order to be creative leaders in our industry.  A perfect mess is planning, calculating and strategizing (perfect) combined with experimentation and exploration (mess).  Many of us embrace perfection, however, few…

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Fail Fast

We must allow ourselves the opportunity to fail in that the cornerstone for creativity is experimentation and exploration.  Creativity hinges on these two pillars and when one experiments and explores failure will undoubtedly be part of the process.  The key is to embrace failure- but do it fast! Marissa Mayer (CEO/ Yahoo) talks about the…

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Free Flow

Idea generation is the key to innovating and creating.  Everything starts and ends with the strength or weakness of an idea.  If an idea is new, fresh, and exciting that particular group will have planted seeds for a culture of innovation.  The more seeds that are planted, the more chance of coming up with the…

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Routines = Scripts

The definition of a routine is as follows: regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure (dictionary.com) Routines are regular and unvarying in that they do not change from day to day.  Remember the McDonald’s commercial of yesteryear when a catchy slogan said “Get up, go to work, come home, go to bed” and this chant was repeated over and over again. …

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Unscripted

A script is something that is written down and we follow.  Scripts in our daily lives include calendars, “To Do” lists, agendas, self-help books and numerous apps.  Take a look at your calendar and your “To Do” list and see how much during a typical month you are deviating off the script.  If you’re like…

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Grid

What % are you in a square?

Our environment has a profound impact on us. Think about the friends and family members we hang out with and the affect they have on our mood. Negative people immediately bring us down and drain our energies. Conversely, positive people pick us up and give us energy. The same can be said for the physical…

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Change Your Character in 2015

The characters we play in life are determined by the choices we make. Create a character (the character being you) that is motivated, inspired and energized by knowing your super objective in 2015. A super objective is the single most important thing you want to do or accomplish in the coming year. Do you know…

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Mr. Barzo

Imagine you’re at an elementary school and you have 3 teacher’s to choose from that includes teacher “X”, teacher “Y” and Mr. Barzo. Teacher “X” and teacher “Y” operate out of their head/box and are very linear, structured and serious. They follow their lesson plans, keep the class quiet and orderly, work off a Smartboard…

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Turn Off the Tape Recorder

Operating out of our head/box allows the mind to increase our anxiety levels. That is exactly what happened when I lived in L.A. and went on my auditions. My mind would start racing and telling myself I had to be perfect in this audition otherwise I may never get another shot. It would go on…

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