10 Activities to Tempt Fresh Thinking

Let’s say you’re working on an idea. Whether you’re trying to punch through a knotty problem at work or figure out your holiday schedule here are ten tried and true activities to spark fresh thinking.
1. Ask questions. Your brain loves questions. I like to write one down at night and see what my subconscious offers me in the morning.
2. […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Ahhh, back to school time.  The morning air is crisp and I am itching for a new set of office supplies.  I’m also ready to get back to a more regular schedule.  Not that the summer hasn’t been FANTASTIC.  I think I’ve just had the most exciting spring and summer of my life.
Beatrix Rose
It began with the birth of […]

March 6th, 2013|A Good Life|

Take Good Care of Yourself

Do you feel stretched and stressed?  I certainly did as I went from one l-o-n-g line to another at Dulles airport last week!   We may not be able to remove the wear-and-tear of our daily lives so it is VITAL that we find ways to refresh ourselves. 

Of course, you know mindfulness is beneficial.  Here are just a few of the […]

You’re Not a Dilettante, You’re a Polymath!

One of the hallmarks of highly creative people is curiosity.  Curiosity is a good thing.  But for people like me (and you might be a little like me if you’re on this site) it can often lead to many, many interests.

When I was young I enjoyed so many interests.  Secretly, I worried that I was a bit of a […]

Brilliant Billboard!

Generally, I’m not a big fan of billboards.  But what if they did more than just communicate?  Here’s a story of a billboard in Peru that PRODUCES something:

More love for the engineers of the world.

August 8th, 2013|Creative People|

Go For Broke

Today is National Go For Broke Day.

Let’s explore what it means to ‘go for broke’.  Wikipedia tells us that it is a phrase from Hawaiian Pidgin meaning ‘to wager everything’.  The 442nd Infantry Regiment, a World War II Japanese American military unit took the phrase as their motto.  You may know that this regiment was composed of volunteers whose […]

April 5th, 2013|Innovative Leadership|

Refresh Your Work

Recently I wrote about signals that let you know when you need to make a change in your work.  Boredom.  Lack of Energy.  Playing it too safe.  Resentment.  None of these are good.  But they are symptoms that it’s time to make a change.

Let me begin with a personal story.  Five years ago we bought an old Victorian, built […]

Has Your Groove Become Your Rut?

Several years ago I was coaching a leader at a bank.  He’d had a conspicuously successful career but had hit a point where he felt stalled.  Inwardly stalled and outwardly stalled.  He ruefully observed, “I think my groove has become a rut.”  Aside from being clever remark  I thought his observation was also wise.

People are not static.  Teams and […]

Jill Badonsky Part 2

(This is Part Two of a conversation with Jill Badonsky, author of The Muse is In: An Owner’s Manual for Your Creativity.  Read Part One here.)

MAG: Jill, one of the most encouraging things you told me years ago was this: “There’s an audience for everyone”.  What other gems would you like to share with my readers?

JILL: I have two:
1. […]

Making Room for Your Muse: Jill Badonsky

I’ve been a huge fan of Jill Badonsky since I first asked her to sign my copy of her book, The Nine Modern-Day Muses (and a Body-Guard), in 2001 at the New Renaissance bookstore.  In 2004 I studied with her to become a Muse Group facilitator.  Here we are in sunny Florida.

In 2009 I studied with her again to […]