New Study on ADHD and Creativity

Tonight, I’m hiding out here in my bedroom-turned-office until the week is over.  The reason? this week we did two things: 1- took my son off his ADHD meds and 2-cut him off his video games. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully supportive of medications, I take them myself.  But we were having some […]

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Pitfalls of Making Decisions in Uncertainty

What do you need to know about your outdated operating system in uncertainty? Awareness of when we are feeling uncertainty is the first step in counteracting our primitive survival mechanisms. These obsolete mechanisms interfere with rational judgement when we are feeling uncertain. How does uncertainty affect decisions? I explain more in the video:

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5 Reasons Teams Need Creativity Now.

Creative Team Building: Researchers say that Creativity is your Human Superpower (well, almost). There is solid evidence that your team needs to embrace everyday creativity.  Yes, even Karen in Accounting.  Creativity is our essential human element.  Like Aquaman’s water, Spider-Man’s venom, or Calvin’s Hobbes, Creativity gives you great powers.  So, you can be like a […]

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Courage and a Confession: Is it time to panic?

This summer, on a family camping trip, we had a close call with disaster.  My youngest son could have drowned. He swam out to retrieve a ball – which was within a few feet from shore.  By the time he argued with his brother about who should go, the ball had drifted a bit farther […]

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I’m Bored!

Ah the sounds of summer. My kids are in the last few weeks of school, and I’m not looking forward to the “I’m Bored” summer anthem. I made the mistake of trying to solve the boredom, early in my parenting journey. “What about the Pool?” “Draw a picture” “Go for a bike Ride” “Make a […]

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Creative Discomfort

“Fatigue, discomfort, discouragement are merely symptoms of effort.” ― Morgan Freeman Increasing discontent despite a comfortable quality of life – what’s up with that?  Why would you seek discomfort? You may have food on the table, a roof over your head, a loving family and a good job.  Yet you may still feel a sense of unease, […]

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Ambiguity – The Secret Sauce for Success

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” — Gilda […]

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Are you an artist or a nerd? Creative Resilience.

Society loves to put us in boxes. Creative.  Artistic.  Nerd.  Jock.  I was torn between my love for animals and science in high school.  I felt a thrill onstage, and when I was developing photos in the dark room, time fell away.  Likewise, how an animal developed from an embryo, and the poetic mechanisms of […]

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Failure – Facing and Embracing

What is failure, anyway I wrote a LinkedIn post this year about my new relationship with failure after closing my business. Based on that post, I was asked to write an article for West Coast Veterinarian Magazine. Coping with failure can be one of the most challenging things for a type-A overachiever. Learning to embrace […]

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