Nurturing Expansive Thinking

Young handsome man concentrated thinking about somethingOne of the casualties of our time-pressed world is the beauty of exercising expansive thinking, the day-dreaming and ‘what-if’ cognitive activities that nurture such things as innovation and strategy. While there’s been some attention paid to the damage exacted on internal emotional well-being  by constant stress, there’s been little examination of the toll incurred in our ability to look outward and upward. But think about it for a moment. When was the last time you felt new ideas and visions pouring into your head so fast you had to find a pen or your tablet to record your discoveries? Continue reading

Don’t Neglect the White Space

sparito musicale su leggioTake a moment to reflect on what is beautiful about just visualizing a page of poetry or a sheet of music.  What makes it so pleasing, even if you don’t appreciate the poetry or can’t read the music?  In both, there is ample white space.  The page is not filled to the margins with text or type. Continue reading

The Four Defining Traits of a Leader

Business Leadership Attributes and Features in LiteratureAs one young professional recently told us, it’s overwhelming trying to understand what skills to work on to become a good leader.  “Where should I start?  Where does it most pay to focus my attention?”  And indeed, look at the websites of such thought leaders as the Center for Creative Leadership and Harvard University, and you’ll find a staggering set of leadership skills to develop.  One website proudly announces “101 Leadership Skills & Traits (The Complete List)”.  No wonder our young professional feels flooded with too many potential ‘leadership skills’ to digest! Continue reading

The Leader’s Abbreviated Book of Etiquette

Etiquette text conceptJudith Martin, also known for decades as ‘Miss Manners’, is now 77 years old, and famously wrote a column about such important subjects as ‘don’t value your furniture more than your friends’, or ‘don’t hog your airplane window seat’.  But is a Miss Manners and her insistence on etiquette still important in today’s much more informal world?  After all, etiquette arose as a rigid code of manners for those attending kings and queens. Continue reading