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Meanwhile, on the walls of Paris

Meanwhile, on the walls of Paris

And speaking of figurative art, the walls of Paris are peopled with – images of people. From Belleville to the Marais to the 1st Arondissement to the Butte aux Cailles – here are some of the wall-bound denizens we came across.  

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Amazing show of art from the Republic of Congo

Amazing show of art from the Republic of Congo

I was in Paris in October. After basking in the spectacular view from the roofdeck of the Arab Institute and of course some fine sweet Arab pastries, we went to an exciting show of contemporary art from the Republic of Congo: Congo Kitoko, at the…

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The Underlying Issues of the Term “Burnout”

The Underlying Issues of the Term “Burnout”

Liberally using the term “burnout” is a sign of bigger problems. Here’s how to address them. Article first published in Business Collective I heard from a big employer recently that some of his staff were suffering from burnout. Talent was falling by the wayside, and…

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How to Capitalize on Evolving Cultures in Creative Businesses

How to Capitalize on Evolving Cultures in Creative Businesses

Business owners can no longer command and control their employees. Today, it’s all about the team. [Article first published in Business Collective] The inherent complexity that underpins today’s digital products seems to have put an end to the age of the arrogant leader with the…

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Resume advice from Henry David Thoreau

Resume advice from Henry David Thoreau

“In most books, I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference. We commonly do not remember  that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking. I should not talk…

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How to avoid career paralysis: crafting your own personal value statement

How to avoid career paralysis: crafting your own personal value statement

I spend important time with clients framing their unique, specific and vivid story: the pitch for the gig that will get them where they want to go. This brief statement presents what they care about, what they have achieved and why a hirer should pay…

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Design innovation: notes from product designers

Design innovation: notes from product designers

Following are some notes I made at a recent panel of product designers in NYC. Single Use vs Swiss Army Knife. There’s a significant difference in the way the Americans and the Chinese use mobile apps. In the West, designers prefer apps that do one…

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Is strengthening your skills really what you are dreaming of?

Is strengthening your skills really what you are dreaming of?

Michael Scott talks about his leadership skills. When I work with clients who tell me they want to improve their leadership skills or build stronger teams or present better or be stronger in interviews, I always ask them why they want this. What are they…

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To get progress do you accentuate the positive or eliminate the negative?

To get progress do you accentuate the positive or eliminate the negative?

“Anthony. What is it you want to achieve here?” I had a fascinating conversation with a psychiatrist recently. While she was not focused on the creative professions, it seemed that many of her clients had similar issues to mine, and were stymied in their attempts…

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When is your great idea just so much hot air?

When is your great idea just so much hot air?

  You probably have a million great ideas. But they are all worth nothing unless you develop them, or publish, or execute, or produce something from those ideas. Without your action they are just hot air. But the leap to action can seem daunting –…

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