I have always struggled with internal yearnings that feel at odds. To make art <-> To make a difference.
For years I would go back and forth. Doing work as a facilitator for organizations that made a difference alternating with time in the studio. I would make bridges between them when I could. Using experiential creative techniques in training. Building websites or making posters for organizations.
As I develop new products I grab the people around me to test everything. A couple of years ago I was vacationing in Cabo San Lucus with my parents and I asked them to try out an exercise using a prototype of the VisualsSpeak ImageSet.
"The succesful careerist may find that the darkness embroiled at his center is the part that wishes to fail in order to open other neglected parts of his life; when he becomes his failure he no longer has to carry...
Professional development isn't just about the answers. It's also about questions. You can learn a lot from the questions you ask. They can tell you about patterns in your work and in your thinking about your work.
It's been a while since I posted on this blog. I was feeling badly about it, so I started to look deeper at why it was happening. It's certainly not for lack of things to talk about. We have new products, improvements, and stories to tell.
MD: How does retreating and specifically silent retreating fit into your life?
JA: I wish I could pull off a formal, structured silent retreat more often than I do. But I've eased into a rhythm of doing it twice a year: once between Thanksgiving and Christmas and then in March, around my birthday. I like the conscious choice of doing it at times when most people are outwardly focused. It helps me stay grounded and centered in the midst of holiday chaos.
A new research article at ScienceDaily has just confirmed what I’ve been practicing for years… forgetting is good.
My partner asks me repeatedly why I don’t remember things… things being those “things” he finds important to him.
My response is always the same, “I have more important things to remember, if something doesn’t add to my memory bank as useful in the long term I simply choose not to remember it, especially if it can be easily looked up!”
In the last couple of months I’ve heard one too many stories about a leader or manager that doesn’t trust their teams. If leaders don’t trust their people and what they are doing, and employees don’t feel trusted to do what the leaders are asking them to do, it’s a vicious cycle - a lose/lose situation. Results suffer
Are you giving yourself time away from your work problems so that you can solve them more creatively? Yes, you need to stop thinking about them in order to actually get anything creative to happen. It’s true.
This last weekend was PodCampAz. I presented a session on building Tribes vs. Communities as it relates to social media. I sat in on a couple of presentations on Saturday and returned Sunday for my session and sat in on a few others.
You’ve heard the message that sharing content from other sources with your own supporters is not only a good idea because it’s less content you have to create yourself, but also because it positions you as an trusted and reliable...
An interesting article in last week's Wall Street Journal by Peter Cappelli from the Wharton School on why companies can't find the employees they need: With an abundance of workers to choose from, employers are demanding more of job candidates...
One of the nicest things our landlords gave us when we leased their home in Holland for a few years was a two page list of their favorite local places to eat and shop, along with the names and phone numbers of various English-speaking...
MD: You describe yourself as a retreat junkie. We even met at a retreat! Can you tell me how you were first drawn to retreating?
JA: To be honest, I didn't start retreating until I had to. I'd gotten burned out and needed a break. Retreating seemed to be a "legitimate"--to whom, I really can't say--structured way to take time for myself. I could say I was learning something. It was the way for me to give myself permission to do something I wanted to do.
In the work that I do with people to help them achieve career clarity, the question comes up--"how do you know when you have the 'right" vision? How clear do things have to be?" I think that people have this...
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