Author: Robbin Phillips

On taking a stand. And sparking movements.

The other day, I had an aha moment when I was talking to Emily, our Maven of Calm. She quietly stated, “We don’t use the word movement much these days.” It almost startled me when she said it out loud. When did we shy away from it? Is movement too big of a promise? Where …

Things I’ve learned by writing each day.

I’ve been studying Marcus Aurelius’s book Meditations for some time now. Thanks for the suggestion Blake Mycoskie. Meditations is a book that’s been studied forever, but I find it so interesting that it was written with the intent of never being published. It was written for just one person. This is one of my very …

The loneliness epidemic and how you can help fix it.

America has a loneliness epidemic. According to a Harvard Business Review article, “Today, over 40% of adults in America report feeling lonely, and research suggests that the real number may well be higher.” 40% of us. Geez, that makes my heart hurt. The article goes on to say: “In the workplace, many employees — and half of CEOs — …

The beginnings of all things are small

I love firsts. First conversations with someone you’ve just met. First kisses. First time holding a newborn baby. First times in a new place. And first lines of a book are always, always part of my decision to read forward. Part of my job is talking to people who think Brains on Fire might be …

How one simple word change can change your life

There are so many reasons we feel lonely on a personal level. A lot has been written about this lately. Some smart people are even calling loneliness an epidemic. At Brains on Fire, we believe that human connection is the most powerful force on earth. So, you might say we are PEOPLE AGAINST LONELY. Feeling …

What Injustice are You Fighting?

A couple of weeks ago, I attended and spoke at the MO Summit in Asheville. This group of purpose-driven leaders inspired and challenged me; they made my heart happy for two solid days. I love being surrounded by shiny smart, change-the-world people. Kicking off the Summit was Melanie Dulbecco, the CEO of Torani. I’m still …

How to Keep a Beginner’s Mind at Work

The other day Geno and I were grabbing coffee at the Village Grind (which is right next to our new Greenville SOON-TO-BE OFFICES!) and something he said hit me and captured my heart. Geno says often that he can’t begin any project with “ideas in mind.” He likes to keep his mind “agnostic” for as …

Lessons Learned in 2017

Okay. I am a bit late with this post. I usually take stock of the year the last week in December when all is calm and quiet. But this year… well, it was not calm, nor quiet. We’ve had quite a year here at Brains on Fire, full of adventure and goodness and change. So, …

Don’t Follow Your Passion

Don’t follow your passion. I believe writing is magic. It helps us think and process the world. The magic is really in the lines between the words. In the pauses. When I was writing our last book, The Passion Conversation, that journey sparked some questions in my own life. Am I really following my passions? …

Four Ways to Attract People to your Organization

Like many other people in the world, addiction has affected many people I know and love. So lately I’ve been earnestly attending Al Anon meetings and working the steps. Al Anon is for friends and family of people with the disease of addiction.   One of the interesting traditions of Al-anon (and AA for that …

Change, Possibility and Some Exciting News

This has been an exciting couple of years for Brains on Fire. Full of change and growth and “possibility,” to borrow a word from our friend, Hugh Weber. We opened an office in LA, which has made us think smarter and dream bigger. I’m on my way to LA today, as a matter fact. We …

16 Tips for Grads Looking for Their Dream Job

Note: I published this post two years ago. It was shared thousands of times so I am hoping it was helpful. I just remembered it and read it again. All this still rings true. If you’ve just graduated, I wish you all the best on your next big adventure! Have fun. The start of things …

Some B-ig B Corp News

Today is a BIG day for Brains on Fire.   Today, Monday May 22, we are delighted to announce that Brains on Fire is officially a B Corporation.   Pardon us while we make some serious noise about it! In case you aren’t familiar with this business status, I’ll fill you in. B Corp is …

Can Crazy Impossible Deadlines Change Your Life? Or the World?

The other day I stumbled on this quote from Leonard Bernstein… I’m a huge believer in super tight deadlines. The longer something takes the less likely anything meaningful will happen. It drives others around me crazy at times. But over my years of experience, I’ve seen this truth played out again and again.   Here’s …

How to be a Better Writer in One Single Step.

It’s easy. Ready? BUY THIS BOOK. I absolutely LOVE Writing Without Bullshit, Josh Bernoff’s latest book. Seriously I love it. A lot. If you communicate in writing (and that’s most of us), get this book and study it like a how-to manual. One of my favorite nuggets in the book has become a personal mantra. I’ve challenged everyone …

Brene and Seth and Good Advice.

I read a lot about leadership and I believe with my whole heart that we all have the capacity to lead. I’m also an advocate for reading. So much so, that we have a tiny little book club going at Brains on Fire and we reward reading books with cold hard cash. We really do. …

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 …

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 …

Calm is the new busy.

Yesterday, my “guy-friend” sent me an email with a link attached to this book called The Calm Company. Which is being written now. I could have written all these words on that post myself. Seriously, read them. Let’s also just say this: basecamp we are “same tribe”. I love you people. I’ve spent the last half …

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 …