How Do You Handle Criticism?

  Art is not as easy as data. Data is cold, lifeless, and not emotional. 
When criticism is aimed at data very quickly the truth is identified, evaluated, and then we move forward. But art is connected to its creator…the artist. 
When we create art a small little piece of ourselves is connected to our…

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Trust, Hustle & Showing Up!

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.” -Rita Mae Brown So often we discount our ability because of our insecurity. We find excuses and reasons we should not be our best and hide behind them leaving our potential to spiral out of control. If we believe we have…

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4 Lessons Creative People Can Learn From Coach K

I have found that there are two types of artists: artists who are frustrated athletes and artists who have no athletic inkling in their DNA. It’s like the Hattfields and the McCoys – very little gray area. Regardless of which camp you call home,  the accomplishments of Coach Mike Krzyzewski are respectable. Last night “Coach…

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Becoming A Better Creative Leader

Creativity is a battle. It’s fighting for great and refusing to settle for good. It’s being willing to fight and do hard work to develop something new, better, different, unique, awesome. It is an honor to get to lead creative teams into battle every day. From time to time, though, we have to be reminded…

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How A New Voice Can Change Everything

I like to call it “chemistry experiments”. Any time we add a new style, personality, thinker, voice into our process it changes the chemistry of the team dynamic. I think if we are to stay fresh as a team we have a responsibility to always be tinkering with the chemistry. Beyond that new chemistry creates…

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The 10 Commandments Of Creativity

We all know the importance of the ten commandments – the golden rule for how we’re supposed to live our lives. But what about a golden rule for our creativity? My friend and Blogger Andrew Zahn developed a less sanctimonious list than Moses, but it’s a list that can be adapted to our creative lives. Here’s the…

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The 4 Pillars Of Disney Tradition

  When a new cast member is hired at Disney they are taken through “Traditions”, an orientation course designed to educate the cast member on the heritage of the culture that Disney has created. The expectation is set in this training that at Disney “We Create Happiness”. Creating happiness is no small order so executives…

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Thinking Different Starts With You!

Being creative requires getting out of the norm. In order to get out of the norm it requires us to think differently. When trying to think different it is important to remember it starts with YOU! It is ok to define yourself. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and figure out how to work them into…

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Has Your Courage Been Stolen?

There is a book  in the bible, Joshua, and chapter 1 verse 9 has become an ethos for me. It revolves around having courage and the opposite of courage is fear.  I hate fear. Fear intimidates and tries its best to impose itself on creative people. Fear does this because it knows that when creative people…

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