Being in the “Box”= Comfort

I presented “Smash the Box” a couple of weeks ago and during the Q & A session a woman made the comment that being in the box is comfortable and safe for a lot of people and that isn’t a bad thing. And then a man in the group said, “But being in the box…

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Giving People Power

Why do we reward individuals who are negative and give them additional time and attention? When I first began speaking, I remember during a Q & A session of “Smash the Box” being put on the spot by a man who was sitting in the back of the room.  His body language was negative and…

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Please Don’t Erase

I presented “Smash the Box” (Video Clip-Chad in “Smash the Box”) two weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio and during the presentation I showed an image of a whiteboard from a company called, IDEO. At the bottom of their whiteboard they have the words, “please don’t erase.” IDEO is a design and consulting firm that is…

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Turn the Page

We all have that page that is extremely difficult to turn in life, that weighs us down, and is left open. The page we can’t turn includes our regrets, and more specifically, the memory with the most guilt. The more guilt we have associated with a memory the harder it is to turn that page….

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“It is Better to Fail at your Own Life than Succeed at Someone Else’s*”

I lived in LA for 7 years and had a few successes and many more failures. One of the successes I had included doing a commercial for Procter & Gamble which allowed me to get into the Screen Actors Guild. I remember during the orientation they told us this is the only union in the…

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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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4 Walls to the Mental Box- Perfectionism

The inner critic is a contracting, diminishing voice. As it grows louder, you become smaller, weaker, less open, less generous. Your stuck in your head, not actually in your feelings. Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar (Leadership Presence) When I am in my head/ box I want to be perfect. When I look at my…

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