Tag Archives: Creativity

If you like it put a logo on it

What does “SWAG” stand for – Souvenirs, Wearables and Gifts? Stuff We All Got? Stolen While At Gig? Spotted Whales Around Georgetown? Anyway you spell it, corporate “Swag” by definition, is promotional merchandise used in marketing and communication programs –anything you can put a corporate logo or slogan on, in hopes that the recipient will […]

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Does routine really kill creativity? Or is it something else

I look back at my days as a traveling consultant and tend to think that it was the variety of travel Monday to Thursday to various locations that spurred me on. But, then again, I know that if I was staffed too long (e.g. a year) at one client, that became routine and non-motivating.  Then I […]

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Congratulations, Your Meeting is No Longer Boring!

  Here’s a list I cobbled together about refreshing the way meetings are run. Maybe this will help your team find new ways to be productive and present. Perhaps laptops will actually close. Hopefully eyes won’t. And your employees will not only be engaged but will look forward to the next time you send a […]

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The Bob Odenkirk Lesson Plan: How to Create Work that Works

Bob Odenkirk is a comedy chameleon. He’s been a part of goofy stuff (SNL), absurd stuff (Mr. Show), dramatic stuff (Breaking Bad) and terrible stuff (The Brothers Solomon, anyone?). Bob Odenkirk probably doesn’t have a resume, but he does have an IMDB page and it’s all over the place. So when he spoke at Energy […]

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How to Have an Idea

“I can tell you where to get some ideas if you need them,” Margaret Atwood said to us through Skype. We were listening in a large Chicago office, a group of 50 or so. She was speaking from the southernmost part of Canada, a small island/bird sanctuary on Lake Erie. “Open your idea cupboard and […]

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Why Are You Just Sitting There?

I’ve written about this. I’ve shared quotes about this. I mention it when mentoring. And it deserves repeating. The best ideas come when you least expect it and you have to put yourself in that place where you can receive it. On the99percent.com, there is a great video that speaks to this, featuring Jonah Lehrer, […]

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Making Creativity Our Business

Meet Homaro Cantu. He’s the fearless chef behind Moto, a Chicago restaurant that asks diners to go on a mind-bending gastronomical adventure (otherwise called dinner). How so? The restaurant serves unexpected, science-based dishes like the Italian Biosphere, Kentucky Fried Pasta and their menu. Yes, Moto’s menu is edible.   Homaru was one of nine innovators […]

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