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Here’s an important tip for making smarter decisions

Here’s an important tip for making smarter decisions

Alfred P Sloan – a onetime GM chairman  – once ended a board meeting shortly after it had begun saying: “I take it we are all in complete agreement on the decision….Then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting…

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How do I know if I’m a creative professional?

How do I know if I’m a creative professional?

Here are seven questions to ask yourself that may help you to know if you are a creative professional: Can you imagine having a better gig than the one you have? Do you see a smarter way to do things than the way they are…

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Take a zero day – and tomorrow you will surge ahead

Take a zero day – and tomorrow you will surge ahead

The expression “zero day” I learned from my son when he walked the Appalachian Trail from end to end one summer. Some days he made 20+ miles, some better, some not so much. Through snow and heat and rain. But every now and again he rested…

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It’s the experience, stupid!

It’s the experience, stupid!

(with apologies to James Carville) Not for nothing is the world filling up with experience designers. Are you considering the experience you offer when you show your work to a client or employer? Like it or not, your success could depend as much on the…

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Design Inspiration in the Attic: The Cooper Hewitt and the City Reliquary.

Design Inspiration in the Attic: The Cooper Hewitt and the City Reliquary.

Two design inspiration visits over the holidays – to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum for “good” design and to City Reliquary for the full-of-soul vernacular design of New York City.  Surely I couldn’t be mentioning those in the same breath.  Perhaps it’s the Smithsonian…

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Tackling something new? First trick yourself and then fake it.

Tackling something new? First trick yourself and then fake it.

Katherine Waterston’s first big screen role, after years of acting on stage, is opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. Phew! Heady company. So how did she face this new challenge? Interviewed in Vogue she says, “Zadie Smith has this…

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7 things to think about in 2015

7 things to think about in 2015

Oooh! Aren’t we naughty?!  See question 7 below. The following questions have been prompted in the past couple of weeks by many people – some are named at the end of this piece. 1: Are new currencies replacing money? New currencies are proliferating.  We can…

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Three very different creative languages – each one powerful and effective

Three very different creative languages – each one powerful and effective

Selfie with audience by Figaro singer Jose Adan Perez This past week I saw a comic opera from 1816, a very contemporary dance performance and Iñárritu’s terrific movie, Birdman. Each was so different in form and language. Each one of those performances left me thrilled…

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Everything is designed. So be a designer, or think like one.

Everything is designed. So be a designer, or think like one.

Milton Glaser – photos by Sam Haskins According to IDEO “Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy.”   Wait a minute – that is taking design thinking quite far from its old comfortable world of graphics, logos,…

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What is burnout really?  And how to prevent it.

What is burnout really? And how to prevent it.

Burn out.  What is that exactly?  What to do about it? I heard from a big employer recently that some of his staff were suffering from burn out.  It made me wonder what it is exactly, how it manifests.  I suspect it is a blanket…

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