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 …

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 …

Unconscious impressions

Picasso investigated the essence of things – what lay underneath the things he painted. Contrary to what Pablo Picasso is known for – the abstracts of cubism – Picasso could paint with academic accuracy at an early age. He painted “Science and Charity” when he was 15. Picasso untrained his academic …