Creativity

Reasons People Drown in Chronic Stress

Today, I heard a repeat of a 2011 segment on the NPR show, Here and Now, called “What You Don’t Know About Drowning.” Francisco Pia, who used to lifeguard at Orchard Park in Western New York, observed that the popular conception of someone in the throes of drowning is the opposite of what real...

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What is Effectiveness?

Every once in a while I hear or read comments that “effectiveness” is just another fancy catchword or meaningless lingo for your resume. When I do I get a frown on my face. The reality is that effectiveness is of utmost importance in our personal lives, careers, and how organizations fun...

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Throw Yourself in the Mix

A few days ago, I was asked by a new grad where I got the confidence to start my own business. My answer at the time was that over the past 24 years of working for other people, I’ve gotten a lot of experience as an intrapreneur: getting new things started, turning lousy situations around, [&helli...

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Who Am I? Really?

It’s really difficult to look at yourself with any objectivity when you’re you. It’s why we don’t easily take the lessons learned from others and say: “yeah, that’s exactly what I’m going through so I’m gonna take that advice you’re so kindly off...

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Innovative AND Fun!

For a couple of hours on some Thursdays, I volunteer at the Advice Booth at Venture Cafe. The Cafe is housed in the Cambridge Innovation Center at One Broadway, on the 4th floor. After registering when you arrive, you can meet a wide variety of like-minded people who are passionate about innovation,...

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Stretch Adventures for a New Year

I don’t subscribe to the idea of starting new things at the new year because it generally implies that you’re putting off starting earlier. The new year can act as an artificial barrier to jump-starting what you may as well begin right away. Another way to look at it is: is there any goo...

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The Art of Building Capacity

When we run out of ideas or energy, we can’t always pull the lever and get more. Or can we? You won’t get good at doing this overnight, but yes, one can expand the internal capacity to generate more ideas and re-energize. Here’s something to get yourself started. Notice that you...

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Breaking the Bad

As much as we like to believe that as individuals we have unlimited capacity–for fun and excitement, for work, for learning–the truth is that at some point, we top out or run into a wall. Miraculous as we human beings are, there is a built-in, self-protective mechanism that says, “...

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Introducing: Selena’s Favorites List!

I was feeling like something is missing from this brand spanking newly redesigned, smells-like-it-just-came-from-the-factory, website, and then I got it! My own Favorites List page where I can post about things that I’m excited about and want to share that may or may not have anything to do wi...

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Reinventing Yourself

The individuals who end up engaging me as a coach are generally highly ambitious, capable, and well-respected in their fields. They seek out coaching due less to a sense of failure or incapacity, but more due to their recognition that asking for help will not diminish them in any way.  I believe th...

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