Forbes article: Creativity: The Secret To Better Leadership

This is a repost of my original article from April 11, 2019 on Forbes as part of the Forbes Agency Council. To read the full article, please click on the link below the excerpt. I've noticed that many leaders seem to struggle with creativity; instead, they opt for clear-cut and rational decision making. However, effective … Continue reading Forbes article: Creativity: The Secret To Better Leadership

Forbes article: Are you a creative identity thief?

Excerpt from Forbes article, click the link to read full article on Forbes.com You’ve just published your latest blog post and now wait with baited breath to see if it generates some buzz. You check every hour. And check. And check again. It got a few likes, but nothing close to what you were hoping … Continue reading Forbes article: Are you a creative identity thief?

How Language Trends are Reflecting Societal Changes

This is part 3 of a 3-part interview series with Liz McMillan, CEO of Dictionary.com. We sat down together at the Collision Conference in New Orleans to discuss the importance of language, meaning, and truth that words give to our human culture. Are people still as curious about meaning and language, even against a backdrop of ‘fake news’ and … Continue reading How Language Trends are Reflecting Societal Changes

Language, Words, and Truth: What Does It All Mean?

This is part 1 of a 3-part interview series with Liz McMillan, CEO of Dictionary.com. We sat down together at the Collision Conference in New Orleans to discuss the importance of language, meaning, and truth that words give to our human culture. We’re living in strange times. Social media has given society new mediums in … Continue reading Language, Words, and Truth: What Does It All Mean?

That time you discovered that you rank #1 on Google for something you really care about but weren’t trying to

#Longesttitleever. It’s St. Patrick’s Day today, so celebration and conversations about luck are in the air. But it’s rainy here, and unseasonably cold in Northern California, so my Saturday started with sleeping in and staying under the covers doing the ultimate time suck – scrolling social media. As I spent the hours on Twitter (growing … Continue reading That time you discovered that you rank #1 on Google for something you really care about but weren’t trying to

WHY YOU GET YOUR BEST IDEAS IN THE SHOWER: Podcast with James Taylor

I had such a blast talking to “The Creative Life” podcast founder James Taylor! We talked about a lot of things (and that accent! #Britsrule), but pointedly about why we really do get our best ideas in the shower – I call it “Double D’s in the shower – and more, including: The 3% Conference … Continue reading WHY YOU GET YOUR BEST IDEAS IN THE SHOWER: Podcast with James Taylor

Podcast: A Fresh Perspective in Creativity and How Sex is Taboo

I recently got to talk with Direct Sales expert Vicki Fitch on her “Fresh Perspectives” Facebook Live podcast about creativity, the importance of laughter and why sex is such a taboo topic to talk about – especially for people of deep faith. Like anytime I get to talk about my two favorite subjects, lots of … Continue reading Podcast: A Fresh Perspective in Creativity and How Sex is Taboo

Reason #4 Creativity is Like Sex: You can do it alone, but it’s better with others

Have you ever had that dream, the one where you’re in a large group of people trying to brainstorm, and everyone’s throwing out really, really, bad ideas? Yup, pretty much welcome to ANY group brainstorming session… and it’s NOT A DREAM. So why is doing it in a group better than doing it alone? #burningquestion … Continue reading Reason #4 Creativity is Like Sex: You can do it alone, but it’s better with others

Reason #3 Creativity is Like Sex: Turn yourself upside down

Boy, does this come at exactly the right time #TWSS. As my last post of the year, it’s apropos that turning yourself upside down is about gaining the perspective you need to see things in a necessary and different way. I recently got a strong dose of this while visiting our dear friend Hendre Coetzee … Continue reading Reason #3 Creativity is Like Sex: Turn yourself upside down

Reason #2 Creativity is Like Sex: Sometimes you need stimulation

Anyone who has been challenged with a problem to solve and a looming deadline understands that sometimes, to really tap into your most creative self, you need a little stimulation.