Category: Kindred Spirits

B Inspired: GladRags

What’s your brand story/founder story? GladRags was founded in 1993 by Brenda Mallory, who was cloth diapering her daughter when she had an aha! moment. She started making GladRags in her spare bedroom and quickly realized she was on to something. We’re still a small business with big ideas: to make washable cloth menstrual pads …

B Inspired: United by Blue

  One of the greatest things about being a B Corp is meeting other companies committed to using their brands for good. In the months ahead, we’ll be introducing you to some of the B Corps who inspire us. Starting with the good folks at United by Blue. What is your brand mission/vision? For every …

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. …

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 …

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 …

There’s no such thing as a rock star.

I hate it when I hear people call someone a “rock star.” Being in the business I’m in –marketing –I hear that word more than the average person. We love to label. And I just can’t stand it. The other day I shared with you the first line in a book I am reading, Play Bigger by …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Power of Purpose

I used to get annoyed when I woke up in the middle of the night. But years ago, I decided it was something I would celebrate. So. I developed this little trick. Before I can think one single thought, I start singing this crazy little song: “Party in my head. Party in my head, oh my goodness …

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, …

I see a day when…

I see a day when “community” is THE WAY organizations add value to people’s lives. I see a day when a company’ growth is based on how well they contribute to making the world a better place. I see a day when the work of “marketing” is to help companies get closer to the people …

Seek to be insanely understood.

Geno’s hair. Just because… The other day I was speaking to someone and they gave me some great advice: Seek to be insanely understood. Brilliant, right? How might your world change if you kept  this a mantra in your mind and asked yourself “How might I make my words, spoken or written,  insanely easy to understand?”  …

We’re all looking for our people.

  My son Tyler shared this beautiful video with me. Dare you not to listen to it twice! We’re all looking for our people. That simple truth is the single biggest opportunity for business and organizations. Brains on Fire is in the community building business. We study people and what connects them to each other. …

Q+A with Geno Church, our Chief Word of Mouth Officer

Geno spoke in Virginia in April and they did a great little Five Minute Q+A with him after the presentation. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a little time with this great mind today!     Got a good question for Geno (or any of us). Put it in the comments below and I’ll make …

Do you ever wonder if you’re climbing the wrong mountain?

I read too much. No really, I sometimes wonder if I have a serious problem. I read when I am not eating, sleeping or working. I’m currently reading a book called Overdressed about our obsession with fast fashion. Whew. This book will make you take a serious strong look at the clothes you put on your …

Rethinking the two week notice.

I get super attached to people No.  Not in a creepy crazy way. That includes people who join the Brains on Fire tribe. Honestly it always hurts a little bit to find out that people you trust, people who work along side of you day by day don’t share their desires to move on to …

Change or DIE.

What if we could live our lives with a sureness that things often fall apart in order to make way for something even more remarkable? Above: One of my favorite photos of Ramsey, Cordell, Mike and yours truly taken during one of Mike’s visits a couple of year ago.  In 2004, Mike Goot, my business partner …

Announcing Brains on Fire LA!

Today is a really big day for Brains on Fire. We’re super excited to announce a new location, new growth opportunities for our team, and most of all, even better services for our clients. Brains on Fire now has a new location in LA! Right in the heart of Atwater Village. Yep. We’re officially bi-coastal. …