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November

We are a few days away from November and one of the busiest months for me as a writer and consultant. I am savoring these last few days as the calm before the storm of assignments, projects, articStockSnap_V11UPDVG1N.jpgles, conferences and events.

I’m not sure about you but when I look forward to a busy month I tend to savor the moments of “downtime”, of “whitespace”, of  doing nothing. When there is lots going on there is also a heightened sense of calm, of slack, of quiet.

For me, the quiet times become more intense just as the busy times becomes more busy. It’s part of my professional quest for balance between elements: between leadership and serving others, between creativity and structure, between quiet and noise.

 

Here is to enjoying November in all its beautiful intensity!

 

-EMC

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Visual Business Inspiration

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Savvy Saturday February 6, 2015

El liderazgo implica luchar por un equilibrio entre los elementos de la vida –lo personal y lo profesional, lo natural y lo fabricado, lo racional y lo creativo– y vivirlos coherentemente. El liderazgo es como una taza de té que requiere de paciencia y equilibrio para luego salir y ganar la batalla.

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Savvy Saturday October 31, 2015

“If you had shown [companies] the iPhone 10 years ago and said, “This will be the future of how civilization works,” they would have said, “No, it won’t.” In fact, some companies looked at this space and elected not to pursue it.

This is because their innovation process doesn’t give their leadership a context for thinking about profound innovation. In a conventional company, an innovation process is often a substitution for creativity and thoughtfulness. Companies have come iStock_000014701722XSmall_610_300_s_c1_center_centerto us and asked for something like “disruptive innovation.” It is fashionable and they’ve read about it; they don’t know why they need it, but they hope it will help. However, they are seldom prepared to embrace what’s necessary to actually do this.”

Bran Ferren on the Art of Innovation interviewed by Art Kleiner in Strategy+Business magazine.

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Savvy Saturday October 17th, 2015

“Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway

Grace under pressure.

Grace under pressure.

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Savvy Saturday October 10, 2015

The great leader knows that most success comes from making a few large decisions correctly rather than trying to be involved in making lots of small choices.

– Michael Moritz, Sequoia Capital from “The Qualities That Make a Leader Great.”

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White Space

We all need “white space” in our lives. White space allows us to think, be creative, be strategic, focus on what counts, do something fun, laugh, cry or a combination of all these things.

I usually factor “white space” into a project because it provides you or the project manager the opportunity to pause, reflect and tailor actions before things go too far in the wrong direction.

White space is not only reflection. White space is planning, thinking, future looking, story building time that allows us as human beings to remember we are human. Check for mistakes, celebrate a success, write that thank you letter or start that side project you have always wanted to do.

White space makes us human. Without white space we run the risk of becoming machines. e3dc9e58e2c5faad2871843721955e3d

EMC

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Visual Business Inspiration September 8, 2015

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A beautiful feast for the eyes. Color, texture, shape and light.

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