Excuses Are Keeping You From What You Want!

Every day we are going to get better or worse but we will never stay the same. One of the biggest reasons innovation doesn’t soar in organization is because amazing people like us fall victim to excuses. Excuses are a waste of time and energy. Excuses like: I don’t have the time. My boss will never…

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21 Essential Traits For Creative Leadership!

Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it. – Omar N. Bradley Leading is stewardship. It is how we handle what we have been entrusted. Leading creatives adds an additional complexity to the equations. Artists or creative people are great because they are able to connect on a different level to…

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I Wish I Knew THIS When I Was 20!

I am committed to being 29…for the rest of my life. However, I wish that I would have had someone confront me in my “real” 2o’s and took the time to tell me a few things like: 1. My problems aren’t unique. That problem it’s nothing new. Your challenge, someone already beat it. So ask some…

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Are you willing to explore the edge of greatness?

“The edge of uncomfortable is where you find greatness.” – Unknown Uncomfortable can look like a lot of things: Being pushed to do something you didn’t think possible. A lack of resources. A sideways teammate. Relationships. Being out of our comfort zone. Breaking “the norm.” Taking chances. A boss/employee/teammate who pushes your buttons. Expectations. Deadlines….

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Our Ideas Are Not Enough!

Once upon a time, there was a world where good ideas excelled. “Creative” people would sit around and come up with ideas that would spread easily and fluently. When you had a good idea, it would catch someone’s attention and, before you knew it, success followed. It was a fairy tale world where “bubbles” and…

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Courage To Create

Scott Biersack’s motivational chalkboard lettering   Creativity is all about courage. The courage to stand alone, when nobody else is there.
– Brenda Johima We start with an idea. Usually it’s not a good idea – it’s just an idea. Ideas start conversations that birth other ideas – better ideas – until we get the right…

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The Value Of Helping Volunteers Stay Engaged?

It is not easy to keep people engaged and especially hard when they are not being given compensation for their efforts. So how do we build environments where volunteers want to stay engaged for the long haul? We all have volunteers we want to keep around and on our teams forever but how are we…

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Are you saving or spending your equity?

I tell my kids almost every day that “actions have has consequences, good and bad.” The other day our neighbor parked in the street and his car got a boot put on the tire. In our hood you can’t park on the street. When my daughter saw what happened her first response was: “Actions have…

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