Author: Robbin Phillips

From Steve.

Okay. I have just have to share this internal email. It is just too good not to share with the outside word: I’m headed on a whole bunch of errands…not the least of which is purchasing a vacuum cleaner! WOO HOO! And maybe a stylish apron for Chris and I to wear while vacuuming. I’ll …

Warms even a loyal mac-user's heart

A couple of months ago we made the INC 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US. And I have to tell you the truth, lately I have been annoyed with the goofy direct mails and pushy phone call I’ve have gotten because we are on this ‘list’. But today I got this simple …

Just ask.

I am sitting at my desk after having just read the results of an online internal survey we just did at Brains on Fire called a ‘happiness survey’. I got the idea from this article about Whole Foods. Basically we asked some simple questions: Do you like coming to work? Are you happy with your …

I really want to call you back.

Okay, at the risk of sounding a bit too preachy ” I have a little suggestion to make the world a better place. This morning I got out of an early morning meeting and listened to my phone messages. I have this thing about returning phone calls. I really try to do it. I am …

Back to the Blog

Okay, I’m back from a quiet spell on the blog and I thought I would share a quote I recently tripped over. Sorry I can’t tell you who said it. I just found it scribbled down the side of a page in my current journal. ‘The meek my inherit the earth, but if they are …

What are we really doing here?

In our over complicated, over stimulated world, the role a company like Brains on Fire plays in the world is pretty rewarding. I know it sounds lofty, but I believe we are helping build a better world. I believe we are helping brands become more than just a set of attributes with a visual identity. …

This life

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30 I drag myself — I mean I jump — out of bed and head for the gym. Where I work out and spend some time with someone I am madly, insanely in love with… Ira Glass from This American Life. I am addicted to his NPR show. Really, …

Amen, Brother Hugh

I just read Hugh McLeod’s How to be Creative. It’s all good.  And worth the read. Direct (well, edited a bit) from Hugh: ‘The world is changing. Some people are hip to it, others are not. If you want to be able to afford groceries in 5 years, I’d recommend listening closely to the former …

Passion

Here’s a funny little example of a passionate, infectious group of folks. There is a show on our local NPR station that comes on about lunchtime. I often catch a bit of it while driving to a meeting or to get some lunch. It’s these two or three entomologists from Clemson University.  They’re bug experts. …

Peace on Earth (and all that mushy stuff)

Okay, everyone who knows me knows I am quite sentimental at Christmas. And this one is no exception. I am about to take some time off for the holiday, so as I walked into work early this morning, I was filled with this overwhelming gratitude for the people who choose to call Brains on Fire …

Rude People

I caught a segment on the Today show this morning about rude people. Not only did they focus on rude people — like loud cell phone talkers and such — but they also cited specific rude things companies do. My personal favorite is the guy who couldn’t get AOL to cancel his account. (Here is …

Let fear do its thing

Yes, I am addicted to LOST too. So last night Lost left me hanging until February — just because they can. In the last scene Jack told Kate to remember the story he told her when they first crashed on the beach. (I can’t believe I just typed that sentence.) Well, I couldn’t remember Jack’s …

14 year old girls are so beautiful

And they don’t have a clue. My fourteen year old daughter and her friends are constantly ‘getting ready’ to go somewhere. It’s hard for me to watch them as they go from bathroom to bedroom looking for that perfect outfit, straightening their hair and “doing” their eyes. Because to me there is just nothing more …

The reason we are dedicated to our internship program

If your company does not have an internship program going, I strongly advise you to consider it. At the risk of beating our own drum, I’ll share this to show the power of influencing young passionate minds. Brains on Fire Team, Thank you for all of your emails! It was so encouraging last week to …

The Email Businesss

I have a friend, the former CEO of a big company, who calls me from time to time. About eight years ago he suffered serious brain injury in car accident that left him struggling for for years to regain his quality of life. He’s back — a little bit slowed down — but amazingly he …

Tom's cool new friend

At the risk of giving him too much play (Virginia reviewed his book last week on our blog), I have to tell ya –I love John Moore. Not only is he smart, inspiring and thoughtful, but he is just about one of the  nicest people you’ll ever meet. Seems Tom Peter loves him too.  Check …

How NOT to get a job at Brains on Fire

Step One: Address an envelope to Robert Phillips, President. Step Two: Start the enclosed letter with “Dear Mr. Phillips.’

Try Harder.

HI there, It’s been a long time since I chimed in. But here is something I feel is worth sharing. Last week we made a decision to hire Joe, an intern who has worked with us for two summers now. We’ve asked him to officially join the Brains on Fire tribe when he graduates in …

“They say think about it. I say try it.”

Be a do-er. The world will be a better place.

It's here!

The Brains on Fire employee swap with Sumo Designs in Newcastle, UK officially begins today.