Creatives: Don’t Be Distracted By Your Tools

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Creative people love great tools. I just bought a new HD display screen for my computer, so I get it. Michelangelo spent enormous time and effort to find the best materials to mix into paint. Great artists throughout history were obsessed with the right brushes, the best marble, new typewriters, fine musical instruments, and the latest motion picture film. Today, it’s

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Looking for a Job? What If You Created The Job?

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It’s easy to sound insensitive when offering ideas to job seekers. But frankly, things are desperate out there and people need real help. Regardless of your politics, this administration has shown remarkably poor leadership when it comes to reviving the economy or inspiring business leaders, and now as Obamacare rolls out, it’s damage to our wallets and future employment is looking

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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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Want to Be More Productive on Monday? Stop Working Weekends

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In trying to write books like “One Big Thing,” speak internationally, and help our great clients, lately I’ve found myself working most weekends.  I do like the quiet, and I can get so much more done without the phone ringing, or having to get ready for a meeting or conference call. But the problem is, I’ve noticed that I’m hating Mondays. Without taking Saturday and Sunday off, work is just a

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What is the Tradeoff for Success in Life?

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The highest levels of performance in sports, the workplace, school, or the nonprofit world, never happen without trade-offs and sacrifice.  The extra hour an Olympic athletic spends training is an hour less he or she can spend with their family.  The extra effort it takes to win that major client project means chipping away at your personal life.  For most people, the illusive idea of work/life balance is an illusive ideal, because

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Six Principles Worth Remembering At Work

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While working on a project with a mutual client, branding strategist Dawn Nicole Baldwin gave the organization’s Communications Director some excellent advice.  Because it was so relevant to the situation many of us are in, I thought it worth sharing.  Whatever project you’re working on, client you’re working with, or boss you’re working for, these are important principles to remember:

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