Creating in times of crisis

What does it look and feel like to create in a crisis?

Like clockwork each week, three strategists hop on a one-hour Zoom call. It’s very early in Malaysia so one is drinking Diet Coke to wake up. It’s evening in Washington, D.C. where another has a glass of wine her husband pours for her to […]

By |July 7th, 2020|Creativity, Innovation, Leadership|0 Comments

Three reasons to ditch strategy reports

Strategic planning without reams of strategy reports? Sounds like heresy.

What would people do without documented research, colorful graphs, proof of deep and thoughtful dialog and a detailed plan to move forward?

Well, what do you do with it? (Hint: file it, toss it, circulate it or extract sections to help make a point.)

In reality, most strategy […]

By |February 27th, 2020|Facilitation, Innovation, Leadership|0 Comments

Who’s doing your thinking?

Who’s doing your thinking? You think you are. True enough, it’s your neurons firing off. But first, consider the way that other people’s thinking led you to where you are today. All your studies in school. All the norms you picked up from family and society. Then, start noticing how other people’s thinking literally shapes […]

By |May 31st, 2019|Facilitation, Innovation|0 Comments

Are you a fixer or creator?

Professionally speaking I’m not a content expert. It’s the process of creating that interests me. For example, the way a board of directors defines strategic direction. How existing teams accomplish new things together. The motivation behind big collaborations chipping away together at gnarly social challenges.

I get called to fix things. But at heart, I’m a […]

By |March 29th, 2019|Creativity, Innovation|0 Comments

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

Analytics and artistry

Fresh out the door after hearing David Howitt’s inspired talk, I’m mulling several of his ideas. The tyranny of ‘or’ versus the power of ‘and.’ Profit plus Purpose. And my favorite, Analytics and Artistry.

David is Founder & CEO of The Meriwether Group. He was alert enough at 7:30 a.m. to both talk about and role […]

By |August 2nd, 2016|Creativity, Innovation, Leadership|0 Comments


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


When I was in 7th grade, Caroline Matthews chose the name Serendipity for our yearbook of memories. I’d never heard the word before. I had to ask what it meant. The development of events by chance in a beneficial way. I was mesmerized: (a) at the idea, and (b) that a word existed for it. […]

By |January 13th, 2016|Creativity, Innovation, Leadership|2 Comments

The Golden Moment

Thirty-one miles outside of Portland in Scappoose, OR, a world-renown design studio generates over-sized puppets and sets. Michael Curry and his team conjure and build for animated movies, Broadway productions, Cirque du Soleil, Olympic games, touring superstars and … you get the picture. Last year he spoke at TEDx, hosted by Concordia University.

Twelve minutes into […]

By |December 30th, 2015|Creativity, Innovation, Leadership|0 Comments

Simple, intuitive and pleasurable

Of what do I write? Could it be today’s new Apple release? A spirited podcast? Some trendy relaxation technique?

Design thinking.

I read this month’s HBR spotlight articles on the evolution of design thinking with childlike exuberance. Countless nuggets, each valuable on their own and collectively invaluable. Such as … foster strategic conversations that recognize emotions as […]

By |September 9th, 2015|Creativity, Innovation|0 Comments