Why You’re Never Too Old For Cookie Monster

Earlier this year, Apple aired a commercial that starred Cookie Monster, the blue treat-craving monster who is a mainstay on Sesame Street. I remember it popping up on my Facebook feed because I watched it, re-watched it, and then watched it again, each time laughing more and more. There’s nothing complicated about the ad. Cookie…

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How to Market Your Book Like You Know What You’re Doing

Access to social media seems to have us all dabbling in marketing, doesn’t it? We spend hours every week absorbing and creating what ultimately boils down to marketing material – whether we call it that or not. Our posts are “selling” a lifestyle, an image, and a digital persona. Every time we share something on…

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On Talent and Responsibility

January was a difficult month for lovers of the Arts. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey… these are only a few of the individuals we have lost since the calendar switched over to January 2016. Yes, they are celebrities, and we didn’t know them personally, but their immense talent and skill at their given craft…

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5 People Every Writer Needs

Writing can be an isolating task. Writers are typically on our own when we research, write, edit, hate what we’ve written and rewrite it, re-edit, and submit for publication. It gets lonely. But like any other worthwhile endeavor, writing improves exponentially with a bit of collaboration. Having just finished my first book*, I’m intimately familiar…

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I Think, Therefore I Am – Creative. Or Am I?

Have you ever noticed how creativity seems to come very naturally to some and not so much to others? It’s like some people are just born with it; like they just flip a switch and the eclectic, exciting, and unexpected ideas just start flowing. As a self-proclaimed left-side-of-brain-er, the creative types have always intrigued me….

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3 Things Highly Successful People Master Consistently

Guest Post by Stephanie C.N. Our culture has always been fascinated by highly successful people. We study their habits, lifestyle choices and strategies in order to best figure out ways to mimic and apply their methods of success. In fact, there are many books, blogs, articles and movies dedicated primarily to helping people achieve personal success…

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5 Tips for Building Creative Communities

It’s no secret that Millennials are a creative bunch. In fact, we’ve been dubbed the most creative generation in history on more than one occasion. I see it clearly myself. Practically every Millennial I know is carving their own path. They’re making lemonade out of lemons. They’re diversifying themselves. They’re playing up their strengths and…

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What I Learned about Leadership from an Artist in a Coffee Shop

One of the things I love most about leadership is that it’s a subject that you can often learn more about from a random interaction in a coffee shop as you can from reading 100 different books on the topic. Here’s what I mean… It was the last semester of my senior year of college….

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Is Innovation Stalled? Not at BIF10.

Attending #BIF10 was rewarding. I am a first time attendee and am grateful to Deb Scofield for providing the final nudge to my registration. BIF stands for Business Innovation Factory, and they host an annual conference where storytellers share their experiences and insights into the why, how, and what they innovate and create. The conference…

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Innovation Generation: Insights Learned from Nick D’Aloisio

He has been all over the news the past week. It is a story we find amazing. Nick D’Aloisio, a 17-year old, sold his company, Summly, to Yahoo for an estimated $30 million. It is the American dream of innovation. Today, it is a global dream, as Nick lives in London and will join the…

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An Idea Realization Process – Second Round

After last week’s post on moving an idea from concept to success, there was an excellent comment left by Joe Sanchez. His comment led me to think more about the process. Specifically, this part caught my attention: “Accommodation is the consideration of new ideas and insights that contribute to change actions associated with innovation. Dennis…

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Moving Ideas

After last Saturday’s #IdeaChat, I am amazed by the engaging, inspiring community present. It is an invigorating experience! Before the dust of the conversation sets and brushes off, a few thoughts linger, and they turn practical. What is the process that takes an idea and moves it to success? We struck at many elements, but…

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