Innovation is About Mind Set and Lifestyle

Thinking like an innovator means exposing yourself to unusual things, new experiences, and different points of view. It’s a lifestyle that sets the stage for creative thinking. New concepts generally come from...
Resilience Trumps Resistance

Resilience Trumps Resistance

In order to be resilient, you must change your perspective. Here are some things I’ve found that you can do to change your perspective and begin to accept the changes going on in your life.

Bully Victims are Created by Unstable Households

The torture device looked medieval. It was wedge-shaped, and about the size of a large bread box. It appeared to be made of dark gray iron, and sat upon a wheeled cart. I could see the platform on which an innocent child’s hands would be placed, as well as the knobs that were used for cranking down the heavy metal lid which would squeeze flesh and bone until broken.
Authentic Leaders Don’t Need Power to Rule

Authentic Leaders Don’t Need Power to Rule

One of the challenges of being a leader to volunteers is that you do not have the traditional inducements of the carrot and the stick. You must motivate with authenticity. The good news is, that once you learn how, you will be able to use this method even when you do have the traditional ones.

Leaders AIM

Whether they are in business, non-profit, or politics, leaders have AIM - my acronym for the three characteristics of good leaders.

Warning: Your Self-Beliefs are NOT Secret!

Self-perception will affect the outcome of your pursuits and can determine success or failure.

Tick-Tock... Talent, Opportunity, and Stuff

We are frequently reminded to live as if today is our last. However as a motivational mantra that saying has become cliché. The problem with overstated wisdom is that it loses its impact.

Boundaries 101

I did not know how to set boundaries on the lengths to which I would go to insure the happiness of my lover.
I Wonder What Will Happen if I...

I Wonder What Will Happen if I...

Tom’s board spun out from under his feet as he attempted to surf the large wave. As he plunged backward into the roiling surf, he was frustrated once again by the lack of stability from his traditional Hawaiian style surfboard.
The Perfect Poison to Success

The Perfect Poison to Success

I kept thinking that at some point I would accumulate enough knowledge that I could do the work fearlessly. Instead, I spent tons of time in preparation, and little time in actually doing. As a result I failed.

Bullies and Victims are Opposite Sides of the Same Coin

Bullies and their victims are opposite sides of the same coin. The problem for both of them is essentially the same. They both crave positive recognition, but they both lack self-confidence and the social skills to acquire what they need. The solution is twofold...

Bullied into Conformity

When children do not conform or are genuinely unique (in whatever way), the other children will pitch in by bullying them back into conformity. Those on the sidelines learn quickly what is expected and what will not be tolerated.

WAIT! Is There a Better Problem?

Innovation takes time, and if the goal is making money, then the biggest part of that time should be devoted to finding a problem which satisfies the greatest number of people.

The Crash After the Crush

I was driven by my severe emotional pain to seek answers, because I never wanted to feel that bad again. I didn’t know where to begin, so I set off on what I called a journey of self-discovery.

Does PAIN make you 'Goose It' or 'Hit the Brakes?'

I started thinking about people who have extreme and chronic pain, and how seriously demotivating it can be. As Samuel Johnson, the 18th century English essayist, once observed, “Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt .” Through my own pain, I was beginning to develop some empathy for those who live with it every day.

Surprise: Creativity is a Skill not a Gift!

If you can add a monetary motivator to solving the thing that irritates you - you will have found the second most popular way that people are likely to be creative!
Facebook Drama Triangle

Facebook Drama Triangle

Facebook is a breeding ground for drama. For me, the trick is learning when people actually want my help, and whether or not it is really needed.

Outsourcing Innovation

Busy people are seldom innovators because creative thinking takes time. Some are outsourcing their need for new ideas to creative think tanks. London's Great Ormond Street Hospital took their patient transfer problem to the Ferrari racing team's pit crew for answers.

Fear vs. Power

An individual’s motivation for power is to acquire control over his environment. A certain amount of controlling behavior is a healthy natural survival instinct, but after a point it becomes harmful. When that happens normal survival is no longer the motivator. Underlying the quest for power is fear, and the desire for power is to eliminate fear. The more fearful a person

BUCK the Status Quo

When we attend the movies we frequently engage in a willing suspension of disbelief, which enables us to accept implausible scenarios, and enjoy the show. Some people, however, don’t leave that ability at the theater door.

If You're Watching the Clock, You're not Thinking Creatively

It’s rare that an idea drops fully formed into someone’s head. Even when it seems that way there are countless hours of experience that paved the way for that idea to form. Most ideas begin with a problem that needs to be solved. Other times you have to seek out the problem. Here's how...

Creative-Thinking Crashes Without This Characteristic

If you have a sense of adventure, then you are already on the road to becoming an innovator. There is always some level of risk in trying something new. At a minimum, you may not enjoy it. Perhaps we fear, what C.S. Lewis noted in this quote, “Experience is the most brutal of teachers. But, you learn, by God, you learn.”
It’s Your Pride and Vanity, Stupid

It’s Your Pride and Vanity, Stupid

Too often we allow our self-consciousness - our fear that people may judge us negatively - to keep us from taking risks or trying new things.
Don't Hold Back... STOP Over-Thinking It!

Don't Hold Back... STOP Over-Thinking It!

When you believe you can do something - you don’t really think about it - you just do it. It’s the thinking about it that sometimes holds you back. If there is something you want to do, but haven’t tried, then break it down. What parts of it do you believe you can do? What parts do you believe you can’t do? Next...

We Empower Bullies with Our Admiration

The truth of the matter is that WE LOVE BULLIES. We reward and encourage them. We celebrate and cheer them on.
Play the “What If?” Game

Play the “What If?” Game

Are you sensing the beginnings of a new trend in your industry, the economy, or the population? Then maybe it is time to play this game - it's a powerful innovation tool that will make your business more competitive.
I Dare You to Read This

I Dare You to Read This

Challenges are always obstacles and many times will be issued with the following words: “I’ll bet you can’t...”
Seeking Danger to Find a Sense of Life

Seeking Danger to Find a Sense of Life

Most of us don’t need a life-threatening experience to give us a reason to live... however, there is nothing like a good thrill to rejuvenate our spirits!

Empathy for Bullies?

I was sitting on the bench in the locker room dressing out for P. E., when a big kid I hadn’t met before sat down next to me. With a broad smile on his face he said, “Hey.” Appreciating a potential new friend, I smiled back and replied, “Hi.” He then he shoved me off the bench, slammed my locker shut, and started laughing. The kids around us laughed too.

Mmm... The Way You Move Me

Hey hey... baby, baby... rama lama ding dong... yeah, yeah, yeah... music moves us.