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I love to watch you play…
12 13 13, 4:00 pm
Filed under: General, Growth + Development, How-To's, Thought-Provoking

A few weeks ago, a friend shared an article on her blog that highlighted the attributes of a great sports parent. 

“College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: ‘I love to watch you play.‘”

Instead of the parents instantly critiquing how the kids played, those precious words “I love to watch you play” allowed for the players to be present in these shared moments of joy and acknowledgement from their parents.

In my experience, acknowledgements have the potential to be really powerful and are highly underutilized.  Continue reading

Space + Chaos
03 18 13, 5:04 pm
Filed under: Creativity, General, Growth + Development, How-To's

The world is full and fast. Technology, trends, fads, taste, people, planets… everything changes. You’re either struggling to keep up or keep your head down while it all moves by you.

I don’t know any (I mean any) creative executives that have too little to do or not enough on their plate. The reactive world of getting shit done can take us down. And that can get messy. Really messy. Just when we have it figured out, controlled, and organized something changes.

How do you manage to flow with it all and not get too far under it?
How do you carve out space in the chaos to be present to what feeds your greatness?
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I have a new job. Now what?
10 25 12, 9:21 am
Filed under: Business Related, Growth + Development, How-To's

You’ve worked really hard to get to this new position.  It’s a big shift for you, more responsibility, more strategy, more challenging… and you don’t know where to start.  The rhythm of your previous job was more immediate and reactive.  All that you had to do was right in front of you.  And, this job, well, it requires thought, planning, and creating your position in a way that you’ve never experienced.
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The Great Balancing Act
05 17 12, 3:30 pm
Filed under: Creativity, Growth + Development, How-To's

When you’re managing a business or a team of people, you’re constantly juggling.

You are responsible for…

  1. The Day-to-Day. Getting the work done “in” your business.
  2. The Team. Fostering those who work with and for you.
  3. The Future. Getting the work done “on” your business

We live in a reactive world, so it’s not strange that we respond to what is most urgent.  But when you forget about the non-urgent, they often become urgent after it’s too late.
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A fun interview with Sunni Brown

I’m so excited to share this interview!

Sunni Brown is one of my favorite people on the planet – hilarious, direct, unbelievably bright, and incredibly talented at working with images and words.

Sunni’s spoken on the TED stage, co-authored GameStorming (one of Amazon’s Top 100 Business Books), been recognized as #56 of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and #5 on the 10 Most Creative People by Twitter, as well as traveled all over the planet, graphically recording world leaders in business and government.
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Be the Scientist

We are two weeks into the New Year.  I would imagine if you are like most of the planet, you have at least one area that you wanted to modify or completely overhaul in 2012.  Perhaps it’s your profession?  Your relationships? Your health? Or maybe you want to finish a personal project that’s been on the backburner for months or even years!

Change isn’t easy.  We are creatures of habit, and we have to use the most executive part of our brains to help create change.  Change requires focus, presence, and commitment.
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