Category: Learnings

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 …

When & How to Disclose – Influencer Edition

If you work in marketing in the year 2018, chances are you’re also working with influencers on behalf of your client brands. If you’re not, you may want to take a moment to review the stats below on the impact of influencer marketing: 70% of millennial consumers are influenced by the recommendations of their peers …

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, …

There’s No ‘I’ in BOF

The idea of ‘family’ as a company value gets thrown around in various ways. Southwest encourages employees by reminding them to “Embrace the SWA Family,” and the Zappos spin on the same idea is to “Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit.” At Brains on Fire, we’re all in on this concept, not only as …

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? …

Internview: Farewell Ellen

Interns come and go, but the impact they make on Brains on Fire is something that endures well beyond their time in The Firesphere. We also like to think that the lessons learned (both the good and the nutty) during their internships will serve them well, wherever the post-BOF path may lead. We recently reached out to one …

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 …

8 Lessons Learned at WOMMA Summit

Moe and I recently had the opportunity to attend the WOMMA Summit in NYC (along with Robbin and Geno). It was a whirlwind 48 hours, and we left The Big Apple with some big things to think about. If you weren’t able to make it, never fear. We’ve curated our top WOMMA takeaways for you in …

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 …

Nine Profound and Not-So-Profound Things I’ve Learned While on the Road

Seven months ago, I had never traveled for work. Not really, anyways. In a previous life as a journalist, I’d stayed in boutique hotels and tourist towns for travel assignments. But as I’ve learned, working while traveling is an entirely different beast than traveling as work. Since mid-May 2016, I’ve flown over 23,500 miles and …

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 …

How not to live an ordinary life.

I grew up in a small town. So growing up, my world was very small. We never went on vacations because my dad was a workaholic. He was always at work. My mom drove, but not far. Just to the store or downtown or to visit my Grandmother. And she never drove after dark. She …

Okay, but really, what do I do?

I’m not a professional photographer and would never claim to be one. But chances are you aren’t one either. But maybe you want to get better at making images, and you don’t know where to start. This is for you, fam.  Where were we again? Oh. Right. I’d just overwhelmed you with WORDS about PHOTOGRAPHY …

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 …