Category: Community

It’s about people.

If you google Brand Advocacy Program you’ll find this: A brand advocacy program is a structured strategy put in place to build your network of brand advocates in order to enable your company the power to harness this community. Not sure about that long rambling, weirdly worded definition, but at Brains on Fire we do know this one simple …

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Change is good.

I’m big fan of change and moving. It’s good for the soul. I’ve lived in seven houses in the last 20 years. And every time I move, I clean out a bit more clutter in my life. It’s no secret to the people who know me that I love to keep my life simple and …

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Lessons Learned Night Caving

The other day I was looking for something and found a slip of paper with 30 things I wanted to do before I die.  Can’t remember when I decided to craft this list. Most likely on a plane. I tend to get reflective on planes, don’t you? Number 28 made me laugh. No. 28:  Go night …

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Lessons from a Telegram to Katie Couric.

My first real job out of college was with a firm that did car dealership advertising. We represented about 22 dealerships in all. Whew. Fun times. One of the men who owned the firm was an interesting man. He had a very nice luxury car (makes sense, right) but he was absolutely TERRIFIED of driving. Part …

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How not to live an ordinary life.

I grew up in a small town. So growing up, my world was very small. We never went on vacations because my dad was a workaholic. He was always at work. My mom drove, but not far. Just to the store or downtown or to visit my Grandmother. And she never drove after dark. She …

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Permission to think.

Years ago I used to take my summer vacations at a very quiet resort in Jamacia called the Jamacia Inn. It wasn’t super fancy. But it was magical. There was also no TVs. No internet. No parties. No planned activities. Just a really simple place with a private beach and a few scattered sailboats and …

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One more story about the Cub’s win.

My big brother sent an email to me last week after the Cubs won. It made my heart smile and it also reminded me that those of us who take time with kids, our own or others make memories that last for a very, very long time. Make them magical. Also, that power of story …

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What bugs you at work?

I’m big believer in this simple fact: Self-awareness is half the battle. I know what bugs me at work, but I wondered…what makes my teammates’ skin crawl or eyes roll? What might I be doing that bugs others? So Amy, Brandy and I did a little survey asking people to let us know what bugs …

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Letting Go

It was hard to sit down to write this post. I’ve had it on my radar for almost three weeks. The first week I waited for inspiration to strike, then desperately posted on Instagram soliciting advice from my friends and family on how to get through the writer’s block. The second week, I solidly ignored …

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Aging with Laughter and Joy.

I wasn’t born yesterday.  But I’m so lucky. I work alongside a very young and very young at heart group of people. Which sort of forces me, in a subtle and wonderful way, to stay relevant and current. That’s not the case for everyone. So I thought I would share what working with a group …

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A letter to myself.

I often write letters to myself. Usually in time in of stress and change. It calms me to talk to myself. And helps me set my intentions.  Anyway, I found one of my letters today deep inside a folder on my desktop. (When I get a new computer Jack puts my entire desktop on a …

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How might we…

Several weeks ago I had the chance to attend and speak at the Conscious Capitalism Summit in Chicago. I love this group so much. Seriously. I LOVE THEM. John Mackey with Whole Foods was one of the keynote speakers. Like me, John believes that we need to bring LOVE out the corporate closet. I don’t often …

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Space matters.

A while back we took a leap of faith and did an extreme makeover on our space in the INNOVATE building. We love it here, but we were way over due for a bit of spiffing up. Little did we realize that it would transform the way we work and connect. We knocked down ALL our …

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Thrive

I’ll be honest. I haven’t thought of the word “thrive” very much. It’s a pretty badass word. Sadly, it just didn’t resonate as word I used in my thoughts and conversations. A recent speaking event changed that. Brian Passon of the Wellness Underground engaged me to speak at their un-conference for wellness professionals. As a …

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Community is good for our health.

The other day I noticed a post on Linkedin from my friend Rich Jones and it lead me to the book Bowling Alone, written by Robert D. Putman. It’s know it was written a while back, but I believe the premise is still relevant.  Putnam focuses on the decline in bowling leagues in the U-S and …

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You’re not BUSY.

I have always been a huge fan of Change This Manifestos. The limited format forces smart people to edit themselves and get straight to the point. I know, we did a couple ourselves and it’s great exercise in restraint.  Today I stumbled on one from Anese Cavanaugh called Showing Up: 32 ways. Good stuff I plan …

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Lessons Learned in 2015

Have I told you yet how excited I am about this coming year? We have lots of new plans and excitement to look forward to in 2016. I hope you do as well. Since the year is about to come to a close, I’ve decided (as usual) to take a look back at the lessons …

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Nobody wants a JOB.

I’m reading The Great Game of Business. Brandy recommended it. It’s been around for over 20 years, but it’s finally made it way in my hands. About 45 pages into it, I stumbled on this sentence: Nobody wants a JOB. That is so true. Jobs suck! Growing businesses, innovating, learning, starting things, shaping minds, taking …

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Find Your People.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of attending the Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit in Austin. When I returned and others asked me how it went all I could say is: “We have found our people.” Like Brains on Fire, Conscious Capitalism Companies recognize that every business has a Higher Purpose that includes, …

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The overview effect for marketers.

I’m reading Arianna Huffington’s book THRIVE. This morning as I sat on my back porch reading before I started the day, I stopped and highlighted this set of words: Astronauts have often reported transformational experiences when they look back at Earth, a phenomenon that has been called “the overview effect.” As Edgar Mitchell, the sixth …

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