Do You Have An Uncommon Team?

Developing a team is not easy. Uncommon teams are never made in the microwave but are slow cooked over time. So what are a few of the keys to developing uncommon creative teams? Andrew Carnegie once said:   “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments…

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Symptoms Vs. Diseases…which are you addressing?

We have a choice. We can treat the symptom or we can cure the disease. 
When we treat a symptom it will return. When we cure a disease we begin the process of becoming healthy. Medicine covers symptoms intense and intentionally focused  actions cure diseases. Curing a disease is not always fun or easy but…

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Talented Vs. Created – Leading Creative People & Teams

The desire for creative team members has never been higher. As constraints grow for organizations, the importance of having people who can think differently grows exponentially. Finding creative people is difficult, but keeping them is even harder.   There is one important rule to remember when dealing with creative people: the larger the talent, the…

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What Do You Control?

There are so many variables in our lives that we can’t control – things like weather, nature, or other people’s actions or intentions. But there are some things that we have total control over and one of them is how we do our work. We have control over what we do, how invested we are in…

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8 Things You Can Do Today To Be More Creative

Creativity is more muscle than it is magic. When we work it out, it gets stronger and when we fail to exercise it, we get weaker. The act of creating takes sweat and effort. A series of studies done on some of the most creative “geniuses” in history has identified a few trends common in extremely…

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The Power Of Friction & Adoration.

Your best stuff, the art that matters to you and to others, only gets created in the balance of friction and adoration. As artists we all need to have both forces present in our lives. Friction is good. It challenges us. It forces us to think different, work different, try things. Friction does not allow…

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Why Being Uncomfortable Will Make You Great

“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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What Do You Do With Your Crazy Idea?

“I have an idea.” These 4 words maybe the most powerful 4 words in our language. But what makes an idea good instead of crazy? And is a crazy idea a bad idea? I think we have so many descriptors that we place before the word “idea” that we don’t even know what is what…

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