Getting Off the Script

Getting off the script (breaking patterns and routines) is where creativity, spontaneity and innovation lie. Steve jobs had a concept called “Unplanned Collaborations” where his employees from all different departments would bounce ideas off of one another throughout the workday unannounced, unplanned and unscripted. Mr. Jobs purposefully designed the atrium at Pixar to include all…

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The “Box” of Life

We live in a time where we get “Boxed” in by labels! It appears we are our job title, nothing more, and nothing less. It is all part of branding, image control, and specializing. We limit ourselves to the job we do and the title associated with it. Recently, my wife and I began flipping…

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Unleash Your Inner Michelangelo

I was speaking in Jackson Mississippi and I heard an architect talking about Michelangelo during his roundtable discussion. He said, what made him such an incredible artist was his ability to deliver clear and concise messages in his artwork, specifically, his sculptures. Michelangelo would continue and continue to chip away at his sculptures until he…

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“Be Yourself; Everyone Else is Already Taken”

We all hear the catch phrases: be authentic, be true to yourself, say what you mean and mean what you say. However, I take it one step further by adding “discover your viewpoint.” This includes your views on religion, finances, work, and politics. Once we establish our point of view on issues, causes, and conflicts…

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Energy Management

In his book Be Excellent at Anything, Tony Schwartz argues that energy management is at least as critical to success as time management: “The real issue is not the number of hours we sit behind a desk but the energy we bring to the work we do and the value we generate as a result,”…

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Paranoia Undoes Greatness

A lifetime of mediocrity is a high price to pay for safety! We can’t try a new process because it could fail. We can’t create a new service for our customers because it is unproven. We can’t hire him/ her because she is too young/ old. We can’t start a new business because we could…

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“The Art of Possibility”

As Benjamin and Rosamund Zander wrote in “The Art of Possibility” the frames of our mind create, define, and confine, what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we face in life only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame…

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No Regrets

I have had successes and failures in life, however, in my early twenties I wrote down that I didn’t want to have regrets. I still wish I could do some things over, however, I have chased my dreams and pursued my passions over the last two decades which includes operating an acting studio and motivational…

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Self-Worth= Net Worth

When my bank account is low on funds I take it personal and I think there is something wrong with me. I ask myself why don’t I make more money? Am I lazy? Am I not working hard enough? All these questions go through my mind and I begin to doubt my talents, abilities, and…

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Immune to Rejection

What would your life look like if you didn’t fear rejection? If making a mistake, failing, or falling short wasn’t the end of the world? Would you go further in your career? Begin a new business? Start a new relationship? I presented “Smash the Box” to a bank in Maryland a couple of weeks ago…

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Strategic Improvising

Many of us have our day/ week/ month planned out to the minute.  We have everything scheduled, however, there is only one problem.  We forget to capitalize on the unplanned moments in our life as they transpire. Professionally speaking, we forget to plan an “Unplanned Collaboration” (An impromptu meeting with a co-worker at work) where…

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Casting Positive Blame

If you want to “Rip Out the Rear View Mirror” you need to let go of the blame and move on in life. So many of us live our lives with regret, tension, and aggression towards men and women who did us wrong: Mom, dad, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, boss, supervisor, teacher, etc. We all…

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