Human dimensions of organizations

I recently decided to make a financial and time investment in my education in a topic that I'm very interested in, one my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, so brilliantly calls Human Dimensions of Organizations.  For the last five years, I've seen some negative changes in business culture that worry me.  Knowledge... Continue Reading →

What I did on my summer vacation

As I began writing this post, my daughter was looking over my shoulder and asked me if it was about how our summer vacation inspired me creatively, referencing the progress I've been making on a large painting since our return.  The answer was "yes, but..." School started last week. As the parent of a child... Continue Reading →

Pinterest as muse

I discovered Pinterest over the Independence Day weekend and am obsessed. Before I get to why I love it, I wanted to update my readers on my last post, "Confronting a disappointing piece."  Two of you commented with some excellent advice on divorcing myself from the "comfy confines of the art nursery" (love that) in... Continue Reading →

Copying is a creativity killer

I had a recent experience, the details of which aren't necessary to get into for this post despite their high entertainment value.  The experience solidified my viewpoint on the subject of copying, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you, my readers, in a way that would provoke, engage, and encourage some good dialogue.... Continue Reading →

At the intersection of the arts and science

I heard someone say today that engineers and IT people have an "emotional barrier" and that top-level messaging coming out of my team should be more rational.  As a marketing change agent trying to push through a big idea, I sat back, listened, and took notes.  This topic preoccupied me for the rest of the... Continue Reading →

Creativity as competitive advantage – Part 2

This post is Part 2 of an exploration on creativity in the workplace, inspired after reading Josh Linkner's terrific book Disciplined Dreaming. I encourage my readers to pick up or download this book. As I did in the previous post on this topic, for now I am skipping the first four steps in Linkner's process... Continue Reading →

Creativity as competitive advantage – Part 1

I just finished devouring Josh Linkner's Disciplined Dreaming.  In it, Linkner asserts, in my opinion correctly, that we live in an era in which business cycles are measured in months, not years, and that the only way to sustain long-term innovation and growth is through creativity - at all levels of an organization.  Said another... Continue Reading →

American Airlines’ New Logo

First, full disclosure:  I am 8,143 miles away from achieving Platinum for life (FOR LIFE) frequent flyer status on American Airlines.  That means I've flown almost 2 million miles with the airline since 1995.  I've been a loyal customer despite luggage loss, two emergency landings, countless non-weather-related delays, and rude flight attendants.  American has delighted... Continue Reading →

Momentum, Interrupted

In my last post I described how I was coming down with a bug and that my creativity suffered as a result.  The silver lining was that I was forced to pause, and in doing so, I remembered why I love to paint and was able to share this realization and gratitude with you, my... Continue Reading →

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