“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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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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Messy Whiteboard vs. Clean Whiteboard

Mess is a composition of stuff, however, it is also a vital part of the creative process.  The creative process is a messy one in and of itself.  It is writing, rewriting, brainstorming, erasing, and finally coming up with inspiration.  Groups that make a “mess” on their white board are much more likely to be…

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