ENERGY: The will to work

Hear the audio version: ENERGY Click here to sign up for The Art of Perspective: Good Work! A friend of mine is having to sell a home. It just doesn’t feel good to lose something we work so hard to attain. But when it becomes unavoidable, as in this situation, …

Innovators, provocateurs, creatives…are we

“What is a creative?” writer Jeff Goins asks in his blog, goinswriter.com. Jeff knows how creative people are sometimes misunderstood or make others uncomfortable when they step off the yellow brick road.  Creatives are doing every kind of work where advancement and innovation is required: engineers, programmers, system designers, new …

Technology Blurs Work and Life

In Daniel Pink’s books—from “Free Agent Nation” to “A Whole New Mind” and “Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us”—we have a record of the shift in workers’ mindset that technology brought. The nature of work changed from working for companies to owning our own work. We now recognize how ubiquitous innovation and creativity …

Wheels of Time’s Logic

This Peter Aitkens painting appeals to me as an illustration of the revolving intersections of history, current time, and a lifetime. The disarray of colors and the dripping paint off the circles gives me a sense of the wild complexity of life and our inability to retain all the intricacies …

Friends

Valerie Montgomery and I met through a LinkedIn connection. We worked together off and on for several years as business associates. At one point, I realized that Valerie is a trustworthy person and asked her formally if we could be friends. It was an exercise in personal growth for me, …

Everyday Creatives

The word “creative” used to be one not spoken in the mainstream business world. Nobody wanted to think you were getting “creative” with your bookkeeping or product claims. I’ve been in meetings where I was labeled as a “creative” and it wasn’t meant to be a compliment; it meant what …

Feeling or Emotion?

More about The Cycle of Unconscious Response   I imagine that a baby feels emotion when her body is moved into the birth canal. What a big change, right?! It’s a Phase Eight situation (of the 12 phases) in between the womb and birth, with pressure building as it continues …