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Alien Thinking: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas

Alien Thinking

Do you believe in aliens? ALIENs are real, according to the authors of one of my recent favorite books, Alien Thinking: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas. Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux, and Michael Wade, professors of innovation and strategy at IMD Business School, have studied inventors, scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs, and artists for the past decade. These are individuals who excel at Attention, Levitation, Imagination, Experimentation, and Navigation thinking patterns. The…

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Gardeners Not Mechanics: How to Cultivate Change at Work

Gardeners Not Mechanics

I recently came across a book that intrigued me from the moment I read the title, Gardeners Not Mechanics: How to Cultivate Change at Work by Gary Lloyd. I thoroughly enjoyed the ideas that Gary shared creating lasting change and how to approach it. As Gary points out, gardeners cannot predict or control their environments. Instead, they must balance art and science, proceed through trial and error, then nourish and support their crop. Likewise, leaders seeking to effect change in their organiza…

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Is My Plan Not Working Or Just Not Working Yet?

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I had the opportunity to get an early read on Dorie Clark’s new book, The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World, due out on September 21st (You can pre-order now). It is truly fantastic, much like everything she does. I highly recommend this book to anyone navigating a new path or going through the valley and needing some assurance that they are on the right path. When you start a new venture, initiative, or job, you can’t jump in and expect to be an overnight success; y…

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Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation by Panos A. Panay and R. Michael Hendrix

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If you are looking for a spark of inspiration, check out the book, Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation by Panos A. Panay and R. Michael Hendrix. After reading the book, I knew I had to have them join me on my Virtual Campfire podcast. So we recorded an episode, and I can't wait to release it.

In Two Beats Ahead, Panos and Michael interview some of the nation's top musicians and business leaders about how they approach innovation differently. They speak with Beyonce, Ph…

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Climbing the Right Mountain: Gratefulness

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I am extremely grateful for so many of you who have picked up a copy of my new book “Climbing The Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life.” The book is for leaders at all stages who currently feel unfulfilled in their lives or careers. In the book, I take you through the guideposts to help you navigate your path. The book is great for anyone who is going through a period of transition.

You can grab your copy here. I would love to know what you think of the book. An Amazon rev…

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Soundtracks - Jon Acuff

Soundtracks

One of the books that I recently read that has me thinking is Soundtracks by Jon Acuff. I had two reasons for picking it up, Jon Acuff (I am a huge fan) and the title (I love, music soundtracks especially when they are done well). Jon is an accomplished author with seven books under his belt, but I think this one is his best work.

Simply put, we all have soundtracks playing in our heads that have us overthinking almost everything. Jon proposes that overthinking isn’t a personality trait; it is …

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Climbing the Right Mountain Book Is Here

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When you are climbing a mountain, there will be times when you start questioning whether you want to keep going. You start questioning if you made the right choices.

I use this metaphor with my clients as they climb the mountain of their professional and personal life. So, I am overflowing with excitement, and if I am completely honest, I am somewhat nervous, to share a personal achievement in service of the people I guide and support. It is an achievement that represents the last year of my li…

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Climbing the Right Mountain: The Emotional Journey Behind the Book

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I am overflowing with excitement, and if I am completely honest, somewhat nervous about sharing a significant personal milestone. It is an achievement that represents the last year of my life: I published my first book titled “Climbing The Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life.” 

The book is for leaders at all stages who currently feel unfulfilled in their lives or careers. In the book, I take you through the guideposts to help you navigate your path. To guide you in climbi…

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The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career – Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha

Are you ready for the future? Do you have a game plan for the next step in your journey?

I am constantly reminded of the Chinese proverb: "the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." The sentiment of this quote seems even more prescient in our current times when it seems like there is more uncertainty than ever before. I have come to see that planting seeds is key to preparing ourselves for the future to create new opportunities for ourselves and future generat…

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What is Sparking Me Up: Success Does Not Exist

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Reading: I am a huge fan of Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (the team behind The Minimalist), who are on a mission to help people live meaningful lives with less. Their fourth book is due out in July 2021, titled "Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works.

I want to share one of their thought-provoking essays that stopped me in my tracks recently. It is titled "Success Does Not Exist," and here is one of my favorite lines: "Travel the path toward success if you want.…

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