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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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Connect with your Story and Use it to Propel Yourself Forward

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"The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, you need to change your story." – Michael Margolis

As I started to interview people for my podcast, The Virtual Campfire, I realized how powerful our personal stories can be. Our past is not something to run away from; it is something to embrace, reconcile with, and use as a powerful lever to move us into the future. When you commit to understanding and owning your true story, you uncover things you never clearly un…

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Draw Inspiration From The World Around You

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This photo is from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, and is an exhibit of Dale Chihuly's glass sculpture installation called The Sun and Black Niijima Floats.

Some of you might know this already, but I am a massive fan of the art of glass-blowing, and I have tried my hand at it a few times. Chihuly is one of my favorite glass artists because he effortlessly unites color, light, form, and space to deliver uniquely immersive experiences. Chihuly has completed ambiti…

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One Foot In Front Of The Other With Startup Coach Alisa Cohn

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What do you do when your goal seems far off? Tony Martignetti’s guest today is Alisa Cohn, #1 Startup Coach by T50 Marshall Goldsmith Awards. Alisa shares with Tony how she had to go to the vendor fair and talk to strangers while it was snowing. It was the last thing she wanted to do. But she knew she had to place one foot in front of the other to become a coach. You need to start working to be where you want to go. Tune in and start working!

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Gardeners Not Mechanics: How to Cultivate Change at Work

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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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Falling in Love with Learning: Begin with Inspiration

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"Learning begins with inspiration. It's the engine behind a student's motivation and the glue that makes ideas stick." – David Perell

Over the past few years, I have been delving deeper into the world of neuroscience and exploring how we learn. I have been fascinated with what I have uncovered and it has left me with more questions, which is good because it keeps the journey going. When I came across a recent essay by David Perell, titled How Learning Happens, I was taken back because he hit it…

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Inspiring Vision: Amy Genser

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This piece of art comes from multimedia artist Amy Genser who creates stunning depictions of ocean reefs using nothing but canvas, paint and rolled paper. She has an obsession with texture, pattern, and color. The natural world is a clear source for Amy’s work. She is fascinated by the flow of water, the organic irregularity of plants and flowers, rock formations, moss, and seaweed. Her artwork brings to mind aerial landscape views, satellite imagery, and cellular biological processes. Check out…

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Angela Philp On Fighting Inequality To Create A Better World Through Women Leadership

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Inequality is something that is still so prevalent in our society. But there is something we can do about it. Angela Philp is Women’s Executive Leadership coach and motivational speaker who uses her platform, Queen of Possible, to create a thriving world through women’s leadership and economic empowerment. In this episode, she’ll share how she found her voice and pursued her purpose of fighting against inequality and empowering women leaders. Angela believes that everyone can do much more than t…

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Nothing Is As It Seems

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“Nothing Is As It seems,” to take a riff off of an old Pearl Jam song. 

It’s easy to look around and see people looking like rockstars on social media, perfectly put together on LinkedIn or like they have got it all figured out on Zoom.

But what we see on the surface can be misleading, and without really knowing the world beneath it, we can make up all kinds of stories.

This can be a huge disservice to our careers because without even realizing it, we can create separation between ourselves a…

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Peter Bregman On Navigating, Overcoming, And Enacting Change

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Change is uncomfortable, but it is also inevitable. Without change, we can’t move forward. So what can we do to not only be comfortable with change but also make the most out of it? Today’s guest is Peter Bregman, an author, speaker, the CEO of Bregman Partners Inc., and recognized as the #1 executive coach in the world by Leading Global Coaches. He joins host Tony Martignetti to share the flashpoints in his life that helped him be comfortable with change and ultimately achieve the success and i…

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