I work in a creative business - the business of creativity to be exact, and I see how difficult it is for some business people and academics to understand HOW a creative approach can help a business grow. But in today's business environment, I can't imagine a thriving business that is not looking at their business in a creative way.
The subject of creativity in business has been on the forefront lately, discussed in business blogs and articles in serous publications. There is no question that the term "CREATIVE" is getting some major traction, according to LinkedIn (based on 135 million
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. ~ Jane Austen
Money doesn't buy happiness - or maybe it does ???
This is a question that has been on my mind, because I have noticed a widening chasm between the happiness of the "haves, and those that have less". People who are comfortable financially and are financially stable seem to be MUCH happier than those who are not, they seem unscathed from the stress of these difficult times. Is their money like an invisible shield that keeps unhappiness at bay?
As the middle class dwindles, and the overall happiness rating in
Don’t get a "job", create a life and career you love - why not?
I've done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I've complained about, I can't complain about my life........ And all this time I’ve been paid to say what is on my mind on television, you don’t get any luckier in life than that.
~ Andy Rooney
One of the things that struck me during the coverage of Andy Rooney’s life and passing, was his resolute claim that he did what he loved professionally for 70 years - and in fact he did it right up to his passing at the age of 92. Some would say that he was one of
“That we are responsible for our own fate, we reap what we sow, we get what we give, we pull in what we put out. I know these things for sure” Madonna
My favorite "mistresses" of reinvention is Madonna - SAY WHAT YOU WILL ABOUT HER - HATE HER OR LOVE HER, she has been through more “re-births” physically, creatively, personally and in business than any other public figure I can think of.
When Madonna came on the scene in the 80’s, she was young, defiant and unconventional, she had fame, fortune and POWER. She showed the world that she was going to achieve it all - on her
I am always looking for tools and technology that can help make me faster, save time, and improve my productivity and as a busy professional those are critical. My iPhone is a great tool (and one of my favorite purchases) and there are so many productivity applications available for it that there is almost no possible way that I can’t be more productive.
I want to highlight my one, two punch mobile apps strategy that keeps me on my feet, keeps me connected, and allows me to keep pace with the industry bobbing and weaving (the conversation). Also, how the combination of the two helps me stay
People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out." ~ Warren G. Bennis
Some of my story .....
20 months ago, just before turning 46 and after a disastrous time in my life (the love of my life left me, my dog died, an IRS audit, an apartment fire, surgery and loosing my job.....) My life had started to sound like a sad country song. I decided to take my life back, and with the help of family, friends, armed with a sense of humor and an awesome Life Coach I got down to the work of “reinvent
I had the pleasure of attending, an Academi of Life event titled "Conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert". I had discovered Elizabeth Gilbert, by watching her TED conference talk, where she addresses a number of topics related to being creative – including fears and anxieties about "the work you were put on this Earth to do." It is a “must watch”, and has become one of my favorite TED talks.
Hearing Elizabeth live was amazing and inspiring. As a presenter, she is outstanding! She is personable, connects with the audience, tells an amazing story, and is just fun to listen to. To l
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person holds eleven jobs in her lifetime. I’m on my third just since grad school; if you add in the ones after high school (a series of receptionist gigs I sucked at) and during college (more of the same, with a sysadmin graveyard shift in the mix), I’m probably over the 11 mark already. It’s given me plenty of experience not just in doing my jobs, but in starting them as well. Below are tips I’ve learned from my experiences and from others’ that I hope can help you too:
Come prepared. You want to hit the ground running, s
The absolute best perk of working in famously-laid back in Silicon Valley isn't the pick-up soccer games at lunchtime or the telecommuting opportunities or even the free snacks. No, by far the
best benefit is the dress code---or, more precisely, the lack of dress code.
When I first began working at my small search engine company three years ago, I wanted to fit in, and so I dressed like my co-workers dressed. Although my company, like many around here, has no written dress code, there is definitely a standard. All the guys (and it's mostly guys) wear the same thing every day: jeans, freebi
I don't know if it can get much more embarrassing than crying at work.
Oh no, wait---yes it can. Crying at a workplace where you're the only woman for miles around is worse. And doing it in front of your boss. And having to talk about it for the next week. Well, that's my crying story. Hey, everyone’s got one, right? Right??
In my case, it came at the end of a stressful and frantic week when it seemed like I couldn't do anything right. A piece of my code had a bug. Stupid, annoying bug. Software had to be rolled back, customers reassured. It was a whole big thing.
After I fixed up t
Last week, Forbes magazine published an article regarding why women leave science and engineering. Among other significant factors, such as pay and promotion disparities, they cite a force in driving women out of the field that really hits home with me: work hours.
We work long hours in science and engineering, no question about that. We work early, late, at home, on the weekends, and on vacation. I've worked on planes (Efficient? Yeah, but I'd rather sleep.) and in Vegas hotels. Maybe we don't work longer or harder than folks in other fields, but we necessarily have state-of-the-art tec
While the recession runs its course around the world, it is good to know that companies are taking advantage of the virtual workplace. For many industries, it makes sense to have people work from home for at least part of the week. It saves companies money and helps retain their employee base at the same time. As a contractor myself, I wonder about some of the companies I worked for in the past. While I am glad that my assignments with them are complete, I know there are those who would have liked to continue with our past employers on some level. Instead, they call people to come in for a sho
It isn’t news that the Internet is both an incredibly informative and extremely chaotic virtual space. Like millions of others, it is highly unusual for me to go one day without checking email or doing a Google search. I am dependent on the World Wide Web; I would like to think that if I was in a remote location for an extended period of time where Internet access is limited, I would be satisfied with going online once a week, at least. The thought of such sparse contact might frighten most, but I would welcome it, if I didn’t have anything urgent to take care of.
Why do I bring up
As one of millions who are chained to their computers, I sometimes lament the lack of “face time” I have with friends and family. Sure, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, and all the social and professional networking sites out there are great when bridging the gaps between people and their organizations for various purposes, but I really do relish my interpersonal interactions with people for the first or one hundredth time. We need our computers to do all the “heavy lifting” when it comes to discovering, locating, and maintaining contacts. Looking someone in the eye and using our