How Purpose Drives Innovation: Finding Our Way to Things of Higher Value

Among the most diabolical torture techniques ever conceived is one in which a victim is repeatedly forced to carry rocks up a hill, only to roll them back down. It’s been applied in different forms and at different times throughout the millennia, and always with the sole intention of destroying morale. There’s something unspeakably painful … More How Purpose Drives Innovation: Finding Our Way to Things of Higher Value

Putting Quality Before Quantity: Prioritizing What’s Most Important

I’ll spare you the time it’ll take you to read all the details of the 75 year-long longitudinal study by Harvard researchers on what it takes to make a happy life. Hint: it isn’t money, it isn’t IQ, it isn’t good looks — it all comes down to making and maintaining what those researchers call … More Putting Quality Before Quantity: Prioritizing What’s Most Important

2018: A Time Of Fearsome Change (How To Reclaim Your Creativity In The Storm Of Disruption)

How ‘bout we start the year off with some onomatopoeias? Kaboom. Vroom. Crash. Pow. Blam. Squish! Is there a better way to describe what the advancing army of Amazon must sound like to today’s retailers? How else to portray the clamor of marauding hordes of small, fleet, web-based companies as they move to obliterate stalwart … More 2018: A Time Of Fearsome Change (How To Reclaim Your Creativity In The Storm Of Disruption)

The Idea-Revealers: Where Business And Art Intersect

The relationship between business and art may seem a bit hazy, but there are some stark similarities. Foremost is the shared challenge of taking a nascent idea and bringing it to life. Ideas, whether artistic or entrepreneurial, are by nature, locked away in the human mind. It’s only through experimentation, creativity, and collaboration that they are able … More The Idea-Revealers: Where Business And Art Intersect

How Can I Help? (Stemming The Tide Of Sexual Abuse And Injustice Against Women)

Originally published in Forbes 12/7/17 I’ve been hearing Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust play over and over in my head. It’s the mental backing track of each new day. Every morning brings fresh allegations, fresh details, and fresh consequences of sexual abuse. Beyond prurient interest and the subconscious desire to see our heroes fall, we are … More How Can I Help? (Stemming The Tide Of Sexual Abuse And Injustice Against Women)

Four Pathways To Authentic Leadership

Originally published in Forbes 11/13/17 I’m not at all pleased to report this, but even the good ol’ word leadership has become something of a buzzword — a term people bandy about without considering its deeper implications. It’s the same thing that’s happened with words like creativity, innovation and disruption. In an attempt to service the ever-increasing demand for … More Four Pathways To Authentic Leadership

The Utility Of Urgency (Or How Tension Begets Creativity)

Much of my time last week was spent beneath cliffs of sheer red rock that towered over the St. Vrain River as it snaked its way between groves of poplar and basswood trees. I was in Lyons, Colorado, to perform at an outdoor festival and to teach aspiring songwriters how to sharpen their craft at … More The Utility Of Urgency (Or How Tension Begets Creativity)

Hearing Like Prince: How A Rock Star Can Teach Leaders To Listen

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” —Prince I’m pretty sure you never considered Prince a poster child for leadership, but his uncanny ability to hear would have made him a great one. By the time he hit his stride in the summer of 1984 with the release of his album, Purple … More Hearing Like Prince: How A Rock Star Can Teach Leaders To Listen

Creativity: The Strategic Necessity You May Not Have Thought Of

Want to rent a house? I’ll bet you ten bucks your first move won’t be to call a real estate broker. You’ll search one of dozens of sites like Zillow or StreetEasy. Nagging sore throat? WebMD. Looking to buy a wheelbarrow or a pair of swim goggles? Amazon. And if you stop your Google search … More Creativity: The Strategic Necessity You May Not Have Thought Of