How do you get creative? Why use a mosha cup of course

I was driving to pick up my hubbie from the airport and listening to Stuart McLean’s the Vinyl Cafe on CBC radio.  The tunes were great and I was bopping and singing along, a great big grin plastered wide on my face. Stuart was relaying his tales of growing up in Montreal, and, as only […]

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4 simple steps for how to get dreams out of your head & into reality

Do you have a hard time getting dreams out of your head and into reality?  Not sure what to do with inspiration when it hits mid-meeting or at midnight? While you may be able to come up with new ideas, what to do with the pesky, flighty fellows is a whole other matter.  Based on […]

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Want to know how you measure up on creativity skills?

What are your creative strengths and gaps?   Take this 6 question, multiple choice creativity assessment and find out. Oh and if your (un)creative devil is whispering sweet and sour thoughts into your ear like … “I’m not creative” “I don’t have a creative bone in my body” “I don’t ____ (fill in the blank […]

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Kick the rabbit in the butt & suspend disbelief – it’ll lead to breakthroughs

Can you walk on water?  These guys can.  Check out the video below to see how they do it. “You have to believe … it’s not impossible.”  “We’re discovering it as we go along.” Some of it “was by mistake.”  “It takes a lot of practice.”  “If you fall down try again.” All words of […]

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What is creativity? Making a radio out of a phone

The other day my 13 year old nonchalantly took my IPhone and placed it in the radio (see above).  What was he doing?  Using the radio to play the music off my IPhone. Simple? For him, yes. For me, no. I had banded my thinking, which is a creativity killer.  Banded thinking is placing constricting, […]

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What does it take to win Olympic gold in women’s ski cross?

On the last day of the Every Woman conference I got to listen to Ashleigh McIvor, the first Olympic gold winner of the women’s ski cross at the recent Winter Olympics.  She’s tall and lithe and she had some surprising things to say. How often do you think she thought about winning gold? Would it […]

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What does it take to say ‘good job’?

I was shopping in Costco yesterday and saw the above sign on a cash register.   At the bottom of the sign was written ‘Great job everyone!  Let’s keep those sales up!!!!’ What’s wrong with this picture? Certainly not endeavouring to raise money for a good cause.  Certainly not spurring each other on by keeping track […]

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Shiny Object Syndrome – why it’s hard to tell the difference between styrafoam and gold

What does a teenage run away, Buddhist monk, Geisha girl and Bill Gates have in common? They’re all connected to Christine Comaford whom I heard speak recently at the BCHRMA annual conference.  Don’t know her?  Here’s some background: she ran away at 16 she’s a high school and college drop out she was a Buddhist […]

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Kindness doesn’t have to be huge, hairy and hard to reach (or teach)

Some things are complicated.  Some things are complex.  Some things though are simple.  Deceptively simple. Like kindness. I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Thought Bubble – Kindness video for that reason.  It’s not huge and hairy and hard to reach.  Rather it’s simple, soft and within our grasp.  It’s also easy to teach.  Kindness is the […]

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Because Laughing Matters

I’m teaching a workshop on Friday called ‘Because Laughing Matters‘ at the Every Woman conference in Whistler, British Columbia.  This is a topic dear to my heart.  And if it’s not dear to your heart it should be because: humour is strategic, it primes the brain for learning – when we’re laughing we’re using the […]

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