Five Keys to Successfully Working from Home

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At 37 years old, I was fired from my job. So after nearly 15 years of working in a conventional office, my wife and I made the decision to launch into a freelance career working from home. The transition wasn’t easy. Suddenly I didn’t have access to the copy machine, the office phone system, the conference room, and all the other resources a company makes available to employees. As a result, I needed to switch to guerilla mode and switch fast. Here’s a few of the key changes I made that not only allowed me to increase my productivity, but helped me eventually build my own business:

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What to Do When People Reject Your Ideas

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If you’re a creative person, at some point you’ll find a boss, investor, studio, or colleague who rejects your ideas. Sometimes it will happen so often you’ll start to question your own ability, and wonder if you’re really creative at all. In these moments (which will definitely come) my advice is:

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Leadership: The Importance of Being #2

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We live in a world obsessed by “leadership” development. I’m all for it, although I’m somewhat dismayed at the sheer number of leadership books, seminars, blogs, conferences, and more. What I’d actually like to see would be more training in how to be a great #2 person. I’ve been thinking about that upon the recent passing of

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Culture Watch: Reality is Increasingly Being Confused with Fiction

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We live in such a media-driven culture, that it’s growing more and more difficult to distinguish real life from our favorite characters in books, movies, and television programs. There’s growing evidence that younger viewers in particular have difficulty understanding the difference. A good example is a recent psychological study by Andrew Butler where

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Do You Need a Social Media Manifesto?

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Social media has revolutionized our world by giving individuals the potential to become weapons of mass influence. It’s been said that a housewife in Tulsa can bring down a major corporation just from the momentum of social media. But with all weapons they can be used for good or evil. They can protect or they can destroy. With this great power comes a great responsibility and a desperate need for standards. That’s why Jeremy Burton wrote

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Conflict: Great for Storytelling but Bad for Teams

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I once consulted with an organization who’s founder was absolutely obsessed with removing conflict and strife from his team. He understood how it could undermine even the best organizations so he had zero tolerance for internal criticism, back-stabbing, or other expressions of conflict among employees. Since that time, I started

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Clutter is Killing Your Creativity

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I’ve written many times on this blog about the danger of “clutter.”  Clutter comes in all forms – from the media voices screaming for our attention, to the messy desk in front of us (where was that file again?) to the million other options that keep us from pursuing our creative calling.  We don’t have to be minimalists – I love being surrounded by my favorite things – but far too often we let piles of paper, stacks of books, or other “stuff” become

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