Category Archives: creativity

I’m doing my annual ritual rounds at the Las Vegas jewelry shows: Part information gathering for my blog and industry articles, part assisting clients who are exhibiting, and part checking in with designers. Working a trade show is hard. I … Continue reading

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If you ever worry that you have adult onset ADD, you’re not alone. Maybe you do, or maybe your life is just filled with way too many distractions. Before you go running to the doctor for help, consider these tips for getting … Continue reading

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My office excites me. Every morning when I walk in (and especially after being away for travel), I ignite with the potential of the day. I’ve taken a bit of crap for this in my career. Even in my smallest … Continue reading

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At one time success – indeed, survival – depended on developing mastery in some area. We don’t spend much time thinking or talking about mastery anymore, but we should. Today’s world worships the generalist. The person who can make a … Continue reading

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One of my earliest jobs was at an advertising agency, and the main thing I remember about working there is that everybody screamed at each other all the time. Sometimes the screaming was loud, sometimes it was more of a … Continue reading

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When I walk trade shows I look for more than new products. As a business strategist and teacher, I want to see evidence of terrific business practice and innovation. Every show I go to, whether it’s jewelry, electronics, software, accessories, … Continue reading

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(with a big bow to Marshall McLuhan) When you were a mere toddler, it’s likely you took boxes, pots and pans and turned them into toys. In grade school, we took plastic sheeting and turned it into sleds on the … Continue reading

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An Organization Process to Lighten Your Load I am enjoying my new grandson. At four weeks old he has very few needs, and they are all equally essential. But with every week that goes by he will add new needs, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on avoiding knock-off designer jewelry for custom jewelers The subject of whose idea was it anyway is a sore one in the world of jewelry design. Designers throw their life savings and energy into creating a jewelry line, and … Continue reading

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After spending a week in the design studio of one of my clients, I am thinking a lot about creativity and intention. Most of my clients are designers – jewelry, interiors, software, food – all involve similar requirement to create … Continue reading

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