Could you be sending signals to your audience that dilute your impact? Today, we’re taking a page from the stunt actors handbook on avoiding “the flinch”. Continue reading
“We are all a little weird and life is a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” Dr. Seuss
This is not unlike how we attract (and keep) our best clients.
It is a little like falling in love.
We match our small (or big) weirdnesses and together we are better than either would be solo.
Which is yet another argument for building our weirdness into all that we do. Continue reading
This (American) Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude.
So this week I give you two bookend thoughts in the gratitude and pay-it-forward categories.
Batkid and Haiyan.
Watching Batkid take over Gotham, aka San Francisco, rekindled the sheer joy of being (or loving) a child. Continue reading
It was famously said of Ginger Rogers that she did everything Fred Astaire did but backwards and in high heels. Which is what it can be like wrestling clients away from the competition…
“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” Steven Pressfield
If you struggle with creating (or releasing) your art you owe it to yourself to read “The War of Art”.
Just to be perfectly clear—when I say art, I mean creation of all sorts: developing a new business, writing your book, designing a game-changing new concept.
We are all artists.
Which means we all experience resistance. Continue reading
What’s the difference between a good year and a great year? Take it from legendary baseball manager Tommy Lasorda: it’s not the big wins, but the toss-ups…
Charlie Trotter— chef extraordinaire, impresario and global innovator—died last week at 54. He was a general in the American culinary revolution, opening his Lincoln Park restaurant at a time when Chicago palates had just barely graduated from canned vegetables and frozen seafood.
But to me, he will always be the slaving perfectionist in my ‘hood who elevated dining to a spiritual experience.
He was an artist. Continue reading
You can learn a lot about selling yourself by taking a hard look at your toughest competition.
But why stop there? Studying the brands you admire most can jump-start your thinking… Continue reading
I was sourcing designers for a client project and looking for a very particular esthetic.
Through referral, I connected with the very sort of talent I was seeking. His work was clean and elegant with a dash of verve that perfectly captured the spirit of the brand I was building.
Our first exchange—via email—was a tad worrisome. He seemed a little bent out of shape that he hadn’t been in on developing the brand strategy. But we worked it through and moved to a phone call.
That’s when it went off the rails. Continue reading
Vampires and werewolves don’t just appear at Halloween. They can infiltrate your life every day. Here’s how to spot–and neutralize–them for good. Continue reading