My look at Seth Godin’s newest book: Linchpin
I just finished my pre-release copy of Seth Godin’s newest book, “Linchpin”, which is my newest “must-read” recommendation. Here’s why. First, I have to admit that I was sold on this book before I even got it for one simple reason, notice above: “my pre-release copy.” Seth offered to give this book to 3000 people […]
The Creative Process: Just Do It
Over the past few months I’ve been reading a lot about developing creativity. I’ve been inspired by those who make great books, photos, videos, and talks, and have wanted to stretch and grow my creativity, particularly in the area of graphic design. One of the big obstacles to my growth has been my perfectionism, I […]
Dan Pink’s talk on the science of motivation
I’ve been a fan of Dan Pink since reading his book, “A Whole New Mind”, where he talks about the growing importance of right-brained thinking in business. In the talk above, Pink explains how traditional reward systems in business (“if-then” rewards) are not effective motivating people, particularly in the increasingly right-brain-ruled business world. He describes […]
Escaping ‘death by PowerPoint’
Over the past couple years I’ve gained a huge interest in the art and science of public presentations. I enjoy the challenge of sharing an important message in a creative, effective way. If you’re a presenter, teacher or public speaker, you’ve undoubtedly faced the challenge of engaging your audience, keeping their attention and helping them […]
This weekend we went to see “Invictus.” Great movie. Nelson Mandela is an inspiring leader. His example of forgiveness and working to put an end to the cycle of fear in South Africa was powerful. Two years ago, my wife and I got to spend three months in South Africa, working with young people with […]
What the Dog Saw
I got a few good books at Christmas. My dilemma this week has been figuring out which to crack into first! A couple days ago I started into “What the Dog Saw” by Malcolm Gladwell, and am liking what I’m seeing. “The trick to finding ideas [for stories] is to convince yourself that everyone and […]
Happy New Year
I wouldn’t call it a new year’s resolution (it’s just a “goal” that happens to have been make at the “new year” ;-)), but I’m back on this blog, hoping to share my thoughts here with more frequency in the coming year. I hope that 2010 is one of creativity and wonder for you.
Rob Morris – language of hope
I appreciate Rob’s thoughtfulness and honesty. And in a sector where buzz words and phrases get attention, emotion, and donations, I appreciate that he is willing to rethink those phrases, and reconsider our objectives, motives, and integrity.
connect the dots – a mini-saga
utensil in hand, he opens his book. page after page, crayon carefully maneuvering, 8, 9, 10, tongue poking between pursed lips, another array of dots transformed into a surprising picture. but today, heart thumping, his hand will veer off course, a blank page of opportunity embracing each stroke of creativity.