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Other People’s Words

Posts under Other People’s Words feature posts, stories or quotes by experts, colleagues and random famous people talking about subjects related to creativity, communications or leadership. Feel free to use the Search bar to scan for relevant tags.



Benefits of Trust

No one disagrees on the value of generating trust.  Less obvious though are the benefits of trust.  Here’s a quick list I’ve pulled together over the years. The more a
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20 Ways to Boost Someone’s Self-Esteem

In a recent workshop on Managing People, my group chose to build upon an initial list of five ways a manager could boost self-esteem in their team members. In a
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Working with Creatives and Noncreatives

Working with people who are polar-opposite from your personality can be challenging, but none more so than when the left-brained “noncreatives” meets the right-brained “creatives,” and vice versa. From Bloomberg Businessweek
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When You Risk Failure

Like a lot of people during the Hollywood awards season, I’m enchanted with actress Lupita Nyong’o. I came across the following quote, from an interview in Backstage Magazine (February 2014),
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What is a big idea?

What Is A Big Idea?

It’s one of the most common questions in creativity. What is a Big Idea? More so, what makes a Big Idea … well, a Big Idea? I often got the
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Death by PowerPoint

How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint

Back in the day, “” used to be a great website boiling down topics into 12 steps, tips or suggestions. One post in particular – “12 Most Pleasant Ways to
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Strengthen Relationships with Stakeholders

Here’s an insightful post by Forrest Anderson, a colleague of mine from Burson-Marsteller days. He shares six tips to build and strengthen relationships with key stakeholder audiences. It’s a relevant
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Creativity Quotes: Staying Tough

From my favourite creativity quotes … Creativity The world doesn’t like new ideas.  Never has.  That’s why I like this quote because it reminds me you must fight for the
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Problem Solving the Cause or Effect (Stop It or Mop It)

Understanding and articulating the problem (“a less than ideal state”) is a crucial step in creative thinking, but it’s also important to know if you are fixing the cause or
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I’ve kept this picture has been on my desktop for the past six months, not sure where to put it.  Now I do.  It perfectly sums up how it feels
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Creativity is Passion

I got an interesting phone call two weeks ago, from a good agency – nearly global, a big player in a niche category. If this remarkable agency was a home
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Lateral Thinking Puzzles To Inspire Creativity and Problem-Solving

As a kid, one of my favourite books was the series Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald Sobol, featuring the unflappable criminologist Dr. Haledjian. Sobol’s other famous books for kids – Encyclopedia
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