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Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Creativity Block: Inspiration vs. Deadlines

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

We’ve all had epic moments when inspiration just hits. Whether it’s in the shower, at the gym or at work, the words and ideas seem to flow so quickly and eloquently. Conversely, moments when the deadline is knocking and there’s no creativity in sight are just as common.

So how do we press on to produce quality, creative and innovative content & ideas even on the days when the only creative idea you can think up is what you want for lunch? (if that!)

When the pressure is on, sometimes our ideas are less and less inspired. We start to factor everyone’s opinion in. What would a client want to see? What about a manager? How would co-workers and peers view the idea? While it’s not bad to have your end goal in mind, simply creating something that you think would “check all the boxes” may hinder your creative juices and prevent you from developing an idea of real value.

If it doesn’t make you a little nervous to press “send” on the idea – then chances are it’s not as innovative as you think. Be willing to discuss ideas that may seem out of the box. The worst thing that can happen is that no one likes it, but your bravery to try something different could be received well and your idea can be further developed through the brainstorming of others.

Don’t let the stress of an impending deadline leave you frozen. Take a walk, get some coffee and reevaluate what the main goals of your project are. The creativity will come.

Cincy Stories – Embracing the Unfinished Narrative

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

In a world that teaches us to wrap up our life stories with tidy bows, Cincy Stories, a relatively new non-profit in Cincinnati, has taken a different approach to hearing and embracing the diverse experiences of those in our region. By accepting the narratives of people’s lives exactly how they are, without enhanced details or dramatic effects, the organization has cultivated an environment that acknowledges value in others through transparency.

Many of us are used to stories encompassing an epic before and after, lost to found, or rags to riches mentality. We hear testimonies at religious functions and career inspired motivational speeches at professional conferences, but what we rarely hear is a story that is simply put. That is honest and unfinished. Regardless of anyone’s level of success or sense of purpose, as human beings our stories are not flawless with plots that rise and fall in seamless timing, instead, they are imperfect and ever-changing.

Cincy Stories has tapped into a groundbreaking and yet strikingly plain realization, that we internally crave realness and truth telling. We find community and connection with others when we hear their honest, “this is where I’m at right now” stories. We often think that we’re unable to tell our story of professional success until we’ve reached the end of our career or our insight on love until we’ve been married for 50 years, but the truth is that people desire right-now transparency, as it breaks down walls and builds interpersonal bridges.

At the Cincy Stories public event on April 3 at Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine, Paola Garrido shared her journey of searching for identity between her Dominican Republic roots and her new home in Cincinnati. Her story didn’t end in a perfectly orchestrated advice session, explaining how others should find their identity, instead she simply explained her unfinished, yet moving and relatable story of discovery. In a recent feature by Movers & Makers, Cincy Stories’ journey of organizational development was described as incomplete, saying, “The end, or resolution, is nowhere in sight. But the power of a story, in the telling and the hearing has been plain to see.”

Road Rules: How Running a Race is Like Running a Business

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Cincinnati is buzzing with excitement for the 13th Annual Flying Pig Marathon on Sunday, May 1 ‘ one of the country’s most popular races. ‘Running USA reported that with 8,660 participants, the 2009 Flying Pig half-marathon was the 57th largest race of any distance in the country. The full 26.2 mile marathon in 2009 had 4,071 finishers, making it the 26th largest marathon in the country. This year pre-registration for Sunday’s race jumped by 16.4 percent.

Michael E. Anderson, 2009

This April, Cincinnati’s runners have braved the elements of one of the wettest months in the city’s history, lacing up their shoes and hitting the pavement despite the incessant rain.’ These intrepid trainees have inspired us to notice that the business of running is a lot like running a business.


Roger Ebert: A new way of challenging adversity

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Remember Roger Ebert?  He’s half of the famous movie critic duo Siskel & Ebert.  He was at one point, a very large man with a matching personality.  Four years ago he lost his jawbone and his voice to cancer.