Creativity

In this edition of Marginalia, we’ll be digging into some of the lessons – and mysteries – from our earliest ancestors as they developed the ability to tell stories. And consider how that evolution may guide us in telling our own stories about ourselves and our businesses. My scribbled thoughts... Read more →


What happens when you find out one of your favorite stories about achieving success is wrong? The real story behind my success mantra: "lots of pots." Read more →


Learn how these 14 research-backed "HIBs" (happiness-inducing behaviors) can make your life happier. Read more →


The Japanese phrase wabi-sabi means to celebrate imperfection. These five reasons show why you should apply wabi-sabi to your work. Read more →


As I turn 70, in this post I'm sharing on three of the topics occupying my attention in this moment of transition: time, transition, and success. And how much those three concepts overlap — especially when recast into verb form, as I believe nouns often should be. Read more →


Confession: I'm a fan of sports metaphors as life lessons. So when I saw the title of Chip Conley's Wisdom Well blog post a few months ago, Punt on a "Pivot" – well, I recognized a kindred spirit! His focus is mostly on the ways and reasons a business might... Read more →


It's been three years since I posted the story of how I made the task of creating a brand statement into a fun process. I've recited the Learning Partners verses many times at networking events, but always meant to get a video version done. And finally, I've done it! Doggerel?... Read more →


It doesn't matter whether you're writing a fantasy novel, a memoir, history for a popular audience, a nonfiction business book, or any other genre you can think of, your job will be easier – and your book will be better – if you take the time to find your throughline.... Read more →


When Yvonne showed me the Stories from the Trenches she'd collected over the years from our author friends to include in our upcoming book, The How to Write a Book Book: Your Step-by-Step Plans for Bringing BIG IDEAS to Life One Page at a Time, I decided my contribution would offer a few specific lessons derived from the HGTV stars we enjoy watching together. Here are excerpts from that chapter: Read more →