How you approach this season will directly affect your enjoyment of it. Here are 10 tips to boost your inner peace and merriment.
Sometime this week, even if it’s cold, even if nature seems far away, get outside. Take 5 minutes to meditate. Talk to an entrepreneur. Get inspired and ready to change.
Have you ever been so focused and immersed in an activity that you lost track of time? Have you ever felt as if you were watching yourself do a task, like you tapped into an alternate reality?
How can meditation feed your vision? What to do when your inner critic holds you back from your dreams? How do you stay creative during the down times?
Check out the transcript of my recent video call with Courtney F;reed, an actor, singer, entrepreneur, creativity coach and producer – or watch the full thing below. Her dramatic cat, Quinn Finnegan, also makes a few appearances.
“We are living in an era when people hunger for a relationship with the creative spirit. As we begin to express ourselves there is an almost universal sense of ‘I didn’t know I could do this. I never realized what’s inside of me.’”--Shawn McNiff, Trusting the Process
As leaders in our businesses, communities, and classrooms, creativity has never been more important. How do you view creativity? What does it mean to you? How important do you think creativity is to your business and to your life?
IBM’s Global CEO Study had this to say about the need for innovative executives (as explained in Creativity at Work)
Recently I interviewed Ariana Page Russell, world-famous artist, creativity coach and author of Skintome, an online community exploring skin and creativity. Learn more about her art in the articles linked below, and read on for her thoughts on being playful, committing to your practice, and the creative process.
Can making life into a game create more joy? How can collaboration assist the creative process?
Read on for the fourth and final blog from my recent interview with Kiki Chansamone, an entrepreneur, illustrator, writer, editor, and Chief Marketing Officer of a women’s beauty brand, Christine. See below for his secrets to staying innovative.
I recently hosted a Google Hang Out with Rachel Roderman, a Creative Producer with a strong background in commercial, digital branded new media, and sketch and serial comedy.
How does regression lead to forward progress? When should you say no? And how can stirring the pot stimulate change?
Learn how making space (like when we take some R&R over the summer) must then be protected and filled with your passion.
How is touch related to innovation? Can you actually get ahead by not delivering on expectations? And why does pressure help us perform?
Read on for blog two from my recent interview with Kiki Chansamone, an entrepreneur, illustrator, writer, editor, as well as Chief Marketing Officer of a women’s beauty brand, Christine. See below for his secrets to leading and living creatively, for success in business and beyond.
So often we lose our creative and playful spark under the guise of being responsible. How many of these rules and “must do’s” are self-imposed? And in what order of priority are your responsibilities? Where does your own joy lie on your to-do list?
The world needs passionate, creative, and nimble leaders. An executive without creativity will always be following someone else’s inspiration. Become the creative director of your career and your life.
In the Expert Dojo at Santa Monica Place, with a setting sun, kale salad and dynamic conversation, entrepreneurs and business leaders from across Los Angeles gathered to discuss innovative and purposeful ways to build businesses and brands. This Conscious Capitalism LA (@consciouscapitalismLA) event featured a presentation by Enso Agency (@helloenso) on the new #AgeofAgency. Through stories, such as Google ad words enabling a Bedouin community to thrive via tourism, or a 13 year old who revolutionized school lunches, presenters shared the increasing power of people to transform the world.
In the sweet and hot days of summer, I see structures dissolving, like a sand castle in an approaching tide. I see new opportunities being created, playfully, as we build anew. What’s being swept away? What are you developing now? How are you riding the waves?
Globally, in the past ten years, we’ve gone through a tremendous amount of melting and reshaping as we’ve weathered the storms of both societal and personal change. It feels to me this pace of change has vastly accelerated in the last three to five years. I’m willing to say we are in the midst of a paradigm shift.
The other day I had a bag of trail mix in my car. The kind with a little chocolate in it. In the rush of the morning I grabbed this snack as breakfast, and told myself I’d skip the chocolate and eat the nuts and dried fruit.
Of course, I vastly overestimated my willpower! Soon I was searching for the chocolate bits exclusively until they were almost gone.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how motivated are you today? Towards what goal? How determined are you? Do you have the internal fire to overcome resistance? To work on the important, not just easy, tasks? The discipline to spend quality time with your team or to prospect new leads?
Great leaders can withstand fire, and yet also know how and when to cool down in order to keep their equanimity.
In our last blog, Embrace the Heat, we talked about soaking in the sun and soaking in feedback in order to grow.
What’s next? Learn to take your temperature the mindful way, so you know when to stay in the heat and when to find shade.
June gloom finally lifted in LA and I’m loving the heat! I do find myself remarking,” wow, it’s so hot outside!” as I adjust to the warmer weather. So often we long for summer and once it arrives it’s too hot. We want to step back into the comfortable, pre-arranged conditions of AC. In the same way, we often crave feedback from our board, our customers, our employees, and when we get it, it stings. We want to shut our ears, close our eyes and return to our comfortable, pre-arranged conditions.
As a director in the Forest Service, my dad empowers others to save, protect and grow our country’s national parks. He leads scientists, administrators, foresters and more. We often discuss leadership, and how to develop our natural, and human, resources.
Today, Dad sent me a great excerpt from a recent speech by James Bolden to NASA employees. I’m inspired by how leadership, in public and private sectors, is critical to making dreams as big as walking on the moon happen. A common thread is the visionary leader.
Ever wondered how to take that yoga high with you off the mat? Curious how to be more flexible, strong and calm in the other 23 hours of your day?
A locked door. A cold bench. The buzz of a lawnmower. The sight of the purple jacaranda flowers. Something about the outdoors wakes up my senses and connects me to my thoughts. Simple pen and paper then dictating into a voice recorder allows me to listen, re-do, rehearse in preparation for webinars and events.
What I’m about to share is pretty simple. You might even be surprised when you find out how easy it is! This new approach has cut out more stress than I could even have imagined.
Expansion in business happens in tandem with expansion in our personal and spiritual capacity. Each time I’ve made a step change professionally, it was preceded by deep personal work. Each time I’ve felt out of the flow at work, it was not the work but my attitude, perspective and resistance which kept me blocked.
Stress has benefits. Your challenges are powerful teachers, pointing the way to your values, desires and new opportunities. Out of a leadership crucible can come success.
We go to the bank and withdraw money and deposit money. It’s a currency we’re quite familiar with and think about often.
Yet what good is all the money in the world if you don’t have time? Smart companies now offer unlimited vacation for manager and above positions. Many employees would rather have more time off than a bigger bonus.
Singing in the shower makes me happy…I feel lighter, more creative and inspired. At our most enthusiastic, we express ourselves through singing, whistling, humming etc.
So, how do your employees know when you’re happy?
What has no place in business? And yet creeps into most conversations? What motivates us to work crazy hours at the expense of our health and relationships? What follow us like a shadow after our greatest successes?
The construction on the main road to my house has it down to one lane, and I keep forgetting take a different way. Each time I get stuck, I get so annoyed! “How dare they ‘waste’ my time” flashes through my head. Who are “they” anyway? It’s amazing how I can get so insular and egotistical with just a little traffic.
I just recorded my favorite video so far in the launch of Executive Sutra – it’s all about Inspiration! We are attracted to leaders who inspire us with their stories, their wisdom, their journey; and for these leaders, we will do anything.
Do you have time to pour over strategic recommendations or are you trying to just get through this week with a clear head? For most leaders and entrepreneurs, strategic thinking is a luxury. They must think on their feet, and yet also stay connected to their intuition about customers and trends.
Love and business aren’t two words we typically bring together. Yet 60% of people left a job because of lack of appreciation according to a 2012 Gallup Poll. We can’t ignore the fact that business, in many ways, is human.