“Day to Day” vs. Creative Leaders

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders.  Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine De Saint- Exupery The easy way to lead is to give out directions and have our employees follow them step by step. …

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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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Do Something Different

Operating outside the box of life is all about trying 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 resist change and struggle with fear. Here are some examples: A real…

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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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“Status Quo”

Your number one competitor is status quo! Companies spend millions and millions of dollars researching their competition, yet, their fiercest competitor is inside their own walls. When “Status Quo” wins the following happens: Mindset- Doing things the way we have always done it is built on the premise that it has worked in the past…

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Smash the Box

“Clothes Make the Man”

As you gather this holiday season, take a glance at what people are wearing at the airports, family gatherings or around the dinner table. How many men/women will you see dressed up; clothes ironed/ pressed, shoes shined, hair, make up, and all that goes into one’s wardrobe? I would draw a connection between the men/women…

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We Need New Heroes- 2018

Who are your heroes in 2018: TV stars, athletes, movie stars, super heroes, models, politicians or singers?  We idolize their personalities, wealth, music, athletic abilities, looks and songs.  We ask for their autographs, go to their concerts, and watch them on TV.  However, are these the heroes we want?  Do they have the qualities that…

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Rushing

I don’t know about you, but I am always in a rush. Going from meetings to meetings, taking calls, making calls, getting to and from work and the list goes on and on. What are the consequences of rushing personally and professionally? First, when we are in a rush we are rarely in the moment….

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“A Circus Without Animals”

The founders of Cirque Du Soleil asked themselves, “What if we could deliver a circus without any animals?” That took them to a whole new market where they could charge hundreds of dollars for a ticket versus the tens of dollars that the traditional circuses charged*. Differentiation What do you do that is different than…

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Visionaries- Why so few?

Ever wonder why so few people get the label “Visionary?” This word is reserved for the elites like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Why are there so few visionaries in the world? What is a visionary? A visionary is someone who thinks about or plans for the future with imagination and…

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge”

Albert Einstein famously said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Do you agree with this statement? I would say most men and women in working America would disagree. The question becomes why? Why do we put a higher premium on knowledge than imagination? Compare knowledge and imagination in these 3 areas: #1 Idea Generation- Imagine…

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“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”- Jim Rohn

What 5 people do you spend the majority of your time with outside your family? Are you the average of those 5 people in regards to your social and economic status, work ethic, energy and drive? Our environment has a major impact on all aspects of our life and often times it is overlooked or…

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