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Friction, Traction and Vectors

There is a point at which staring at a problem and simply cranking away yields diminishing returns. The solution isn’t to continue to knuckle-down and hope to dig out of the hole using the same methods that created it. It’s to establish traction, and...

Chasing “The Thing”

Do you remember the old episodes of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote? When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to tear out of bed on Saturday morning, pour a giant bowl of cereal and watch in anticipation of the coyote actually catching him. Then it happened. One Saturday,...

Getting Unstuck

I grew up in the country. (The country, as in surrounded by lots of land and few buildings.) One of the things that occasionally happened when taking a car or truck “off-road” is that it would get stuck in the mud. For newbies who get stuck in the mud, the most...

The Perilous Road To Shipping

There is much discussion and admonishment these days about shipping. The discussion typically goes something like this: “You know the problem with you? You don’t ship. You need to just push your product out, even in a rough state, then iterate your way to...

Rules, Limits & Creative Brilliance

Jonathan Robert Willis, a photographer friend of mine, sent a link to a personal exploration project he recently released called Wind. While I love (LOVE!) the finished product, what I enjoyed most was hearing his rationale for the highly-directed approach he took in...

Do You Really Need More Time?

The single biggest “push back” I get from people when I share about how building practices into their life can unleash new ideas and help them be more productive goes something like this: “Yeah, that’s great, but I really just don’t have...

5 Brilliant Books For Creative Pros

Here’s a “5 pack” of brilliant books for creatives that will help you do brilliant work. Each deals with a different aspect of creative and organizational life, but is relevant and immediately applicable to anyone trying to thrive in the create-on-demand world.

The Fly In The Middle Of The Room

When everyone is responsible for something, no one is. Creative teams need to make sure that there are specific goals, metrics and accountability for creative work. Don’t fall prey to the “fly in the middle of the room” mindset.

The Safety Matrix

There’s something that’s been eating at me lately and I’m trying to work my way to the bottom of it. There’s a lot of buzz within organizations that perceive themselves as creative-friendly about fostering a “safe environment” for...

VIDEO: Clip From the David Allen Interview

Here’s a clip from the upcoming AC podcast interview with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. I had a GREAT time chatting with David, and the interview is full of advice for creatives about how to be more effective in life and work. The full audio...

On My Door: Backup Plans

This is my far one of my favorite quotes. It reminds me that I need to always be on the lookout for areas where I’m hedging my bets. This is especially true in any capacity in which I’m trying to lead others. If I’m planning my escape route while...

Finding A Mentor

  A few years ago my friend Kevin decided to get a few guy-friends from undergrad and B-school together for a weekend getaway on a farm in Lexington, KY. The idea was to get some younger, bright business people together with some more experienced mentors for an...

When Ideas Become Burdens

One of the frustrating aspects of creating for a living is that we are often responsible for executing our own ideas. Over time, this can cause us to self-limit because, subconsciously, we don’t want to generate an idea that we’ll have to find the time and energy to...

Every Day Is A Job Interview

How hard would you work today if you knew that keeping your job was dependent on the value you contribute? Imagine that there is going to be a fifteen minute exit interview at the end of the day, and in this interview you are going to have to account for all of the...