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Synergize

Habit 6: Synergize Synergy is where all of the previous habits come together.  It is the payoff.  To quote Stephen Covey “Synergy is the highest activity in all of life.”  “The essence of synergy is to value the differences.”  By doing so, the human gift of creativity can be levered to produce new and exciting […]

Seek First to Understand

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood Habit 5, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, is a continuation of Habit 4, Think Win/Win.  It is the idea that to truly think win/win, one must start with listening.  Thus the idea that one should seek first to understand, then to be […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Think Win/Win

Habit 4: Think Win/Win Think Win/Win is the first of 3 outwardly focused habit Covey presents in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  These are known as habits of interdependence.  These habits are designed to build lasting and meaningful relationships with other people – relationships that are mutually beneficial, based on principles, […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Begin With The End In Mind

Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind Covey’s second habit, “Begin With The End In Mind” deals with imagination, conscience, self-awareness and leadership. This habit is based on the premise that in life, all things are created twice.  There is the mental creation, or the vision, and then the actual creation, the fruits of […]

Cherries

For all of my adult life, the length of which is debatable, I did not eat cherries.  For whatever reason, I decided that I did not care for them.  It was not like I hated them, I just had no interest in eating them.  Ironically, I have always loved cherry flavored Kool Aid, candy, gum, […]

Orville Wright Did Not Have A Pilot’s License

I recently read Gordon MacKenzie’s Orbiting The Giant Hairball, an excellent book about cultivating personal creativity – particularly how to do so in the workplace. It is a brilliant book, chronicling the author’s experiences as an employee at Hallmark.  The book is filled with doodles, sketches, stories, and anecdotes chronicling ways in which Gordon managed to […]

Surprisingly Simple Solution for Storing Surprises

Recently I wrote a post about a simple technique for enhancing your creativity that I learned from reading the book Creativity by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  In a nutshell 1. Be surprised by something every day, 2. Surprise someone everyday, 3. Write both down and chronicle them over time. I thought it might be wise to […]

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

Would you like to be more creative?  Here is a simple 3 step technique for getting your creative juices flowing from the man who wrote the book on Creativity, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Try to be surprised by something everyday. Try to surprise someone every day. Write down what surprised you and how you surprised others. These […]

5 Reasons to Join Dayton Marketing Community

If you are a marketing professional living or working in the Dayton, Ohio area, I want to encourage you to join a social network I created – Dayton Marketing Community. The site is constantly evolving, and new members are joining every day.  There are so many reasons why you should join.  Here are 5: Find […]

What’s the big idea?

Recently some members of the Dayton Marketing Community met up for the 1st (of what will hopefully be many) Big Idea Breakfast – something I thought up a few days prior while writing my morning pages.   The concept for the event was as follows: This meeting is part networking part innovation part caffeination part collaboration […]