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What Play Taught Me

For years when I spoke about ultimate Frisbee, I’d refer to it vaguely as “a sport.” Like my comic book collection, Frisbee always felt too fringe and out of the mainstream to explain. From 1997 through 2008 I played on a variety of competitive club teams making it all the way to U.S. Club Nationals, in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, and 2008. For a … Read More What Play Taught Me

Pay attention to where you pay attention

A lot of positive psychology trumpets the importance of being selective about where you give your attention. That’s why gratitude practices, are such powerful things. Evolutionarily, are brains are programmed to identify problems and spot dangers – basically, we’re wired for negativity. That made sense when we could be eaten by lions, but is a bit out of proportion when dealing with a challenging … Read More Pay attention to where you pay attention

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Is “Yes and” humanity’s salvation?

I’ve just come from TedX MidAtlantic 2017 and that has me thinking about equity, equality, what’s wrong with the world and how we might fix it. As a yogi, Star Wars Fan, and student of life, game theory, and the Tao; the answer is obvious. We are out of balance. My job as a creative, innovator strategist, I convince people to make cool things. It’s a lot of … Read More Is “Yes and” humanity’s salvation?

4 hacks for enjoying the writing process

This week I’ve had a bunch of clients “confess” how much they really hate writing. You can hear the stress as they say things like, “I know. I know. I ‘should‘ be writing more because of…” You can fill in the blank with everything from, “SEO”, to “maintaining their brand”, to “audience engagement”, or even “because everyone says so”. The first thing I remind … Read More 4 hacks for enjoying the writing process

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Asking for (and giving) permission

It’s now been a full year since I left on sabbatical from the corporate world. After nearly twenty years of working for other people, I wanted to spend some time working on my “art.” For me, art included writing fiction and starting my own “creative incubator.” I also wanted to get out of the corporate machinery, in order to FEEL my impact. I’m not … Read More Asking for (and giving) permission

Open Letter to a PYT Professional

Last night I was at a design collaboration workshop. A very bright, talented young designer commented that sometimes she has difficulties “proving herself” to clients. For a bit of context, she is also very pretty and looks to be in her early twenties. (Sidenote: It amazes me how much we ladies internalize the way we are seen – and how that gets in the … Read More Open Letter to a PYT Professional

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Your Success Portfolio – Balancing Grit, Talent, Tribe and Grace

Have you ever had that dream? The one where you are taking a test that you haven’t prepared for? I often think of that when I read about success habits.  “Wait?!  What?! – I should have been eating avocado toast and chia smoothies all along!? Why didn’t anyone tell me!” Then I remind myself 1. not to be a dope 2. not to compare … Read More Your Success Portfolio – Balancing Grit, Talent, Tribe and Grace

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You have to be confident to be humble

“Start with a beginner’s mind” is an oft repeated mantra for design thinkers. It’s meant to encourage expansive, non judgemental observation – and open up new connections and possibilities. That’s because design thinking — unlike engineering or business thinking — is not about applying known solutions. Design thinking techniques are good for messy, complex, hard-to-define problems that require exploration and creativity, aka wicked problems. … Read More You have to be confident to be humble

Don’t wait for success to feel successful…

I admit I am a total weirdo. I get bored really easily and one of my “growth areas” – i.e. “what I suck at” – is savoring my victories. My credo has always been “don’t rest on your laurels.”  I’m always looking for the next challenge, looking to grow, learn stretch myself. A lot of folks are similar,  looking to the future, striving, working, … Read More Don’t wait for success to feel successful…

Give honest and sincere appreciation – addendum

While I basically agree we should “give honest and sincere feedback” – it’s important to realize that not all feedback is created equal. Below are my thoughts about why creatives should (and should not) give a crap about your feedback. Creatives are intrinsically motivated Artists manifest ideas because they must. They don’t necessarily do it for an audience or other people. The goal is to bring to … Read More Give honest and sincere appreciation – addendum