Author: Robbin Phillips

Thank you, Albert.

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein Every morning when I walk into Brains on Fire’s worldwide headquarters, I walk past a larger than life painting of Albert Einstein. Seriously, his nose is over two feet tall. Einstein was considered the father of modern physics but he was also …

Kindness is Underrated.

Novak Djokovic seems to have fun at work. The other day someone shared this little video with me. It’s so worth the minute and 47 seconds to watch it. There are so many simple lessons from this short clip for organizations and individuals. Here’s a few that come to my mind: 1. Kindness is a …

Embracing organized chaos.

The other day, Megan sent me a fantastic interview with Saundra Pelletier, CEO of Women’s Care Global, from the New York Times. Megan and I often discuss our own brand of “organized chaos” at Brains on Fire. So when I read this quote from Saundra’s interview, my heart smiled with understanding. “We’re a start-up. I …

Owning your attention.

Photo from my iphone of the sun dancing in my backyard. I have been feeling a bit stuck lately. Writing has not come easy. Going to sleep has been harder. I haven’t even wanted to practice yoga. Yet, these little bursts of unstuckness come at me like road signs; riding down a gravel road and …

Success.

Just a random iphone photo. What did we do before our iphones? The other day I was flipping through channels on television as I was sweeping my floors on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I love to sweep. It calms me. I stopped on OWN (the Oprah Channel).  Super Soul Sunday was on. For the life …

The Gift of Feedback

The photo above is some “found art” at Brains on Fire, left over from a client project. Don’t you love it? Last week, Geno and John and I were visiting with an very interesting potential client. I love that part of my job, meeting new and interesting people. As we shared a couple of stories to …

Q+A with Steve Yastrow

Toward the end of last year, I attended the Soundview Author’s Summit and met a great group of authors. Including Steve Yastrow. Steve’s latest book is called, Ditch the Pitch. We share a heartfelt belief that people don’t want to hear about you, they want to talk about themselves. Steve read our books and offered …

Passion Tips Conversation to Advocacy.

Advocacy occurs when people are inspired and empowered to share their love for an idea, cause, product or brand. So much so that they become a living messenger for that idea, cause, product or brand.

Love, Work and Wisdom.

I believe  with every cell in my body you absolutely must strive to find work you LOVE and pour LOVE into the work you do every single day. The other day I was in a meeting with Cordell and he tossed a thought out I want to share. From Cordell: “Work makes you old. Love makes you …

On Community and Healthy Brands.

Science has proven that social connections and community play a major factor in a person’s health and well-being. (Just google Social Relationship and Health -or- Community and Health.) I’ve written about the Gallup WellBeing index before because I find it wonderful and validating and important that two out of five of the Gallup WellBeing Index …

Staying Relevant

David Baker from Recources wrote a stunningly great and heartfelt article on Staying Relevant.  It’s well worth the ten minute read. Staying relevant over time is something I think about often. We seem wired to reinvent at Brains on Fire. Just when we think we have a thing or two figured out, we start questioning …

Dear ATT.

Tuesday I got really mad at you. Openly mad. I expressed my anger on Twitter. Geez… Which sucks, because anger attracts anger just like happiness attracts happiness. It’s hard to explain really, but I feel like both options for internet and television services in my area are not very, well… people focused or friendly. Charter …

Passion + Purpose.

At the end of last year, I had the honor of hearing Joey Rieman speak and also meeting him in person at Brand Manage Camp. He gave me a great book to read — his new book: The Story of Purpose. Well, I finally found the time to read it. And I love it.  We’re …

New Service from Brains on Fire

I took this photo from our parking lot one afternoon. We miss a lot if we forget to look up! We’ve added a few new services at Brains on Fire. And we’re having a lot of fun with one we’re calling:  Gut Check My Thinking  Here’s how it works: Feeling uncertain about the marketing programs …

OUR Community.

This illustration is from Kevin at seekevindraw.com. I had to do it a disservice and crop it to go on our post. Sorry Kevin! I love the Brains on Fire community. Which includes us, our partners and our kindred spirits. Almost every day someone reaches out to us and inspires us with their story. We are …

What is your Jenny Craig?

Photo from Libby Williams. Keeping loving yourself forward in 2014! A week or so ago, I attended a conference in Atlanta. It was composed of a small group of business book authors and speakers from all over the country. Great group. One of the panelist ask this question: What’s your Jenny Craig? What is your before …

The Passion Conversation: A Review from That Guy

We are big fans of Scott, the nametag guy. The other day he took the time to share his take-aways from The Passion Conversation with us. I love seeing what others find helpful from our books and blog posts. So I asked Scott if I could share his email. He said yes. From Scott’s email: Hey guys. Loved …

Identity vs. Brand

I love everything about Geno’s tattoo — the design, the colors and the meaning: As I breathe, I hope. Our roots as a company are in what a lot of marketing people would call “branding.” Brand is one those words that corporations love to hide behind. “It’s not ‘on brand,” is one of our least …

Imagining Bigger.

My brother and his wife went to the Bahamas over New Years and they sent me this cool photo. It’s amazing what we humans can do with our imaginations. It’s that time of year when we all seem to be making and talking about resolutions. (Eat healthier, eat less, exercise more, get a new job, …

10 Personal Lessons learned from 2013.

The halls are decked at Brains on Fire. I love this time of year. I love giving gifts and sharing time with friends and family. And I love lots of twinkling lights and candles and laughter. Don’t you? Every year about this time, I also reflect about the things the year has taught me. So …