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Cultivating Creativity Manifesto

Introducing: The Cultivating Creativity Manifesto

I’ve spent the last sixteen months traveling around the country (and to Canada, as of last month) talking to people about creativity. Learning about how they approach it, what they feel gets in their way, and how much potential they believe they have to develop it. All of these conversations, combined with observations about the […]

[PODCAST] Escape the 9 to 5, with Ali Salman

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ali of Escape the 9 to 5 about my journey thus far as an entrepreneur. It’s still not a term I’m fully comfortable using for myself (likely because of the assumptions and perceptions around it), but it was through this conversation – talking about my process […]

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[SYNDICATION] The Introvert’s Guide to Job Hunting

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of sharing my thoughts on job searching for introverts with Jopwell, a career advancement platform for individuals of color.  They specialize in providing inspiration and advice for Black, Latinx/Hispanic, and Native American job searchers, as well as posting positions. It was a wonderful surprise to see that the article […]

May the odds be ever in your favor

Let the Games Begin

Although the title is said tongue in cheek, designed to get a smile out of you, the topic is very serious for all involved. In about a month, the job market will be flooded with newly minted or credentialed college graduates. As every graduation extolls they have all the rights and privileges that come with […]

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SXSW 2017 in Review (via Storify)

As I sit in the airport on my final adventure back to Boston from Austin, I’m struck with the need to share what I’ve learned in the past week at South by Southwest. Too many responded to my assertion that this was my conference excursion for the season with, “That’s a conference?” Yes, it is […]

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Snow Days

As a kid growing up, we lived in the Midwest. I honestly don’t remember a lot of snow days but I know we had a few. I do, however, have vivid recollections of my Mom bundling us up in snowsuits, hats, and gloves and out the door we would go. There was always more than […]

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The Challenge Conflict Presents to Creativity

This spring, I’m focusing some of my speaking and consulting on helping organizations who are in conflict, resolve it and prevent it from constricting practices like organizational transition, goal setting, and strategic planning. Unresolved conflict presents a lot of issues to organizations: lost productivity, damaged professional relationships, and – most germane to the work I do – […]

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Memories and Missed Opportunities

  Rarely do I write blogs that talk overtly about what we do, and ever rarer do I recommend anyone to hire us. As a former staff member of ours would say, “it is way too pitchy.” That being said, a recent conversation nudged me to write this, so I ask your indulgence just this […]

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Picking a venue…make sure you ask the right questions

  There are so many GREAT venues! Each one of them has their own special thing that makes it perfect for an event. For some it is all about location, others are more about ambiance, and for some of these places it is all about the food. Different venues will lend themselves to different tastes, […]

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Networking is Alive and Well

  Does anyone still believe in face-to-face networking? That was a question posted on one of the many social media driven business groups that I somehow find myself in. Stupid question I thought, and I deleted the email that alerted me to the post. Of course face-to-face networking is still alive. Why would anyone ask […]