Arts & culture

Breakthrough via collaboration

Throughout history people have been motivated to band together. To build villages, trade and barter, rebel against injustice. And, create. Today there’s debate about whether collaboration is wearing out ambitious professionals in matrixed organizations. Fair enough. Coordinating with others can take longer than making decisions on your own, and an excess of meetings, especially if […]

By |December 26th, 2018|Arts & culture, Facilitation, Innovation, Leadership|1 Comment


When asked the key to fruitful collaboration, Yo-Yo Ma begins with, “two words: ego management.” He elaborates in a short piece in June’s Harvard Business Review.

“It’s easy to get locked into ‘in my world’ or ‘this is the way I see it,’ so you have to move your brain to a more spongelike state, as […]

By |June 20th, 2016|Arts & culture, Creativity, Innovation, Leadership|0 Comments

Take note

Ideas. Impressions. Details that shouldn’t be lost to memory. How can we go from catch-and-release to mining and curating?

Draw. Scribble. Scratch a doodle.

Don’t know how? Fear not!

One of my worst grade school moments happened in art class. Our teacher said to copy Van Gogh’s self portrait. It looked simple enough. I did okay smearing color […]

By |January 28th, 2015|Arts & culture, Creativity, Leadership|0 Comments

Not born yesterday

“Enlightenment is not for the faint of heart.” Thus goes one of my favorite sayings at my meditation school. Another is NBY – not born yesterday. Keeping one’s head in the sand isn’t just boring. It keeps us stuck in a non-reality that’s going no where fast.

I was turned around this week by Terry Gross’s […]

By |October 14th, 2012|Arts & culture, Creativity, Leadership|0 Comments

Soft power

In business we talk about using influence instead of wielding authority. Can things get done with tactics of persuasion instead of title gravity?

Translate that notion to the international stage. How can we measure soft power (coined by Joseph Nye), in contrast to military might? And why does it even matter?

Kudos to Monocle, published in the […]

By |December 1st, 2011|Arts & culture, Leadership|0 Comments

In and out of character

“When I can’t immediately define the character, and there’s an element of mystery to it and still a lot to be explained, that’s when I say yes. I like those kinds of complicated characters. I just do.” ~ Leonardo DiCaprio

There’s a lot to be said for knowing oneself, playing to our strengths and sticking to […]

By |November 10th, 2011|Arts & culture, Creativity, Leadership|1 Comment

The Creative Exchange

Take an executive. Add a highly regarded artist. Set them down to kick around big ideas about creativity and innovation. Toss in a little Portland flavor. Do it two more times and see where it leads at BCA’s Creative Exchange. Here’s a tasty morsel.

By |August 5th, 2011|Arts & culture, Creativity|0 Comments