Category: Creativity

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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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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Smile.

Years ago, Mike Goot and I had a financial organization reach out to us about helping them with their branding. For a couple of reasons, we were a little skeptical it would be a good fit. But we found a copy of their latest annual report and flipped through it. We both stopped at the …

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Day Dreaming.

Photo by Libby Williams. I’ve been thinking lately about the power of day dreaming and the role it’s played in my personal happiness. When I give myself permission to day dream, something remarkable always happens. I often inspire myself while I am dreaming “what if ” by reading little bits of wisdom from books or …

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Q&A With BOF’s Business Leaders on Remote Employees

This is the third post in a blog mini-series about remote employment. Check out the first two pieces The Flexible Future: Why You Should Focus on Building a Workforce, Not a Workplace and I Swear I’m Wearing Pants: 5 Misconceptions About Remote Employment.  When it comes to building an internal culture that embraces remote employment options, there’s no …

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What does confidence look like to you?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you and I were just wandering down this sandy path having a nice little conversation. Sometimes I think of these little posts like short morning walks. Photo by Libby Williams.  One of the traits we’re all drawn to is confidence. We love people (and brands for that matter) that make …

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What if love is the answer?

Another lovely photo from Libby Williams. Last week I got this great little email from my friend Dan Holm. It kind of made my day so I thought I would share. From Dan: I read this article and thought of you and BOF. I hope everything is amazing. “What was the best piece of business advice you …

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How do you stay inspired everyday?

Another inspiring photo from my friend Libby Williams‘ collection of beautiful things.  A couple of months ago, I got asked a simple and amazing question during Q+A time at a speaking engagement. “How do you stay inspired every day?” I stopped for a moment and said, “ME PERSONALLY?” “YES”, she said. I shared how personal stories …

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Design is a secret language.

I love this slide Greg Ramsey quickly did for one of my presentations. I love being able to feel the person behind design. This week I presented at a conference in Vermont and I got asked the most wonderful and unexpected question during Q+A time. “You have the most beautiful slides. Do you believe design …

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What’s your moonshot?

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Rapid Ingenuity Blitz in NYC. Greg Galle from Future Partners shared Google’s criteria for moonshot idea during the Blitz. 1. Must be an idea that will affect a million people.  2. People will say you are nuts.  3. Yet you still believe it’s possible.  Don’t you just love …

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Five Ways to Embrace Healthy Tension

I know it’s cold outside, but it’s comforting to know that Spring will come. This photo from Libby Willams is a great reminder. Yesterday Emily and I were having a discussion and she made a simple statement that got stuck in my heart. A company like Brains on Fire should have “healthy tension”. I honestly have …

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Inspiration for Changing Your Ways

It must have been the October 2000 issue of Fast Company where I first came across Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. It rocked my world then and it still does today. Bruce Mau is a renowned designer and he founded a design shop that delivers transformative experiences. In 1998 he gave a presentation on …

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Making a Difference.

At Brains on Fire, we believe marketing has the power to change lives. We get up every single morning with that belief in our hearts. We’re all about finding and fighting injustices in the world and doing work that inspires people to remember what it feels like to be good people. Even in the work …

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If You Want to Foster Creative Thinking, Ban Brainstorming

Ever since I was a youngster, the thought of group work has been synonymous with “ugh.” (Apparently I was identifying with the plight of introverts from a young age.) It wasn’t collaborating with others that bothered me, it was the inevitable mandatory brainstorm. (Which always made me feel a little bit like this.) As someone who identifies with the introvert side of …

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