Category: Creativity and Innovation

THE FUN-WINNING WARRIOR 

Regardless of what stage of business you are in, it is important to understand how you are positioned if something unplanned were to happen. A crisis- such as pandemic- forces business to roll out their contingency plans, pivot their trajectories, and make some really hard decisions. Times like this can make any business, big or small, feel like a startup navigating a vast ocean.

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WARRIOR OF RECIPROCITY

There’s a lot to consider as states and towns start to reopen businesses after having been locked down for two months. Of course, you need to follow your state and local regulations. But as always, I’m more interested in the human side of doing business than regulations. In this episode, I share an email I received, my response and some ideas to reopen your business in the most considerate way possible.

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We are in the midst of one of the most challenging times in world history. But if we’ve learned anything from history, we’ve learned that a crisis has always proven to be a great time for innovation. During difficult times people’s needs shift, which opens up all kinds of new opportunities for innovators to solve new problems.

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WARRIOR OF RECIPROCITY

With practically the whole world going virtual overnight, it brings up a lot of questions. For me, one of the big questions is “can it be personal?” To me, it is emphatically a YES and maybe even more so than in person. I offer a few reasons and examples of why. In the end, it’s just another form of communication and offers expanded opportunities if we embrace it.

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I’m very excited to bring you a special and extremely important episode today. Many small business owners are going through a very difficult time. We are worried about our own lives as well as those we serve. We Creative Warriors have heart, perseverance, and most importantly, grit. Additionally, the powerful financial influence we have on the economy is undeniable. So, now is the time for our voices to be heard.

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WARRIOR OF RECIPROCITY

With all that’s going on in the world, it’s never been more important that the distinction be clear between being a small business and being self-employed. This is why I’m so excited that the next episode on Creative Warriors is with Keith Hall, President and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE). In this episode, I share some preliminary thoughts about the conversation. If you’re self-employed, this is the beginning of change for you.

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THE JOKING WARRIOR 

We Warriors often try to fix everything that’s going awry in our business all at once. But we often don’t notice that there’s one specific thing that we keep banging our heads up against. Most of the time there is one particular core issue that needs to be fixed before anything else can and should be addressed. And everyone knows, I love a good system.  

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WARRIOR OF RECIPROCITY

This pandemic is like computer ram running in the background. Always there, spinning, exhausting. I don’t want to make any assumptions that you feel that way, but if you’re like me, you do. And I’ve heard that from many others. I personally have content fatigue. Tired of creating it and tired of receiving it. So we decided to offer you something very different. I asked my friend, Brant Menswar and his band Big Kettle Drum to perform three of their most uplifting songs. If you need to be held up a little right now, these songs are sure to do it! Enjoy!

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THE WARRIOR OF COMPASSION 

Everyone knows I’m always looking for new ways of leveraging my expertise. Creatives often believe that the way to becoming well known in an industry is to start with creativity and then strategize around that. But what if we have it backwards? What if first we start with the science behind success and then apply the craft? 

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WARRIOR OF RECIPROCITY

What could be better than sitting down with a fellow Warrior who is exceptionally grounded in wisdom who also harbors the unique ability to be an amazing business strategist? It’s exactly what we need at this time. To stay present and prepare for a whole new world. Thrilled to share the Talking Stick with Pamela Slim.

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