Obsessive Curiosity & Uncompromising Idealism

Obsessive Curiosity & Uncompromising Idealism

What do a geneticist and war photographer have in common? More than you may think. I'm exploring how two traits—obsessive curiosity and uncompromising idealism—are powering innovation and creativity that shape our world.

A Cheat Sheet for Content Strategists

A Cheat Sheet for Content Strategists

This cheat sheet of methods and tools for content strategists is designed to help you:

  • Translate businesses speak for human ears
  • Make information easier to find and consume
  • Reduce complexity, clutter and noise

Oh, the joy of content strategy!

Creating a Culture of Learning

Creating a Culture of Learning

Many organizations grow "barnacles" that drag on the company's ability to evolve and innovate at scale. These barnacles develop as leaders and employees sleep-walk through the motions of growing the business.

The antidote? Creating a culture of learning.

Keeping Your Digital Roadmap Alive

Keeping Your Digital Roadmap Alive

A digital roadmap is the foundation upon which organizations plan, build, execute and measure the impact of digital initiatives on their long-term vision. But your digital roadmap is not just a PowerPoint that’s presented during a meeting, then dies a slow death on the company server. Nor is it a tactical step-by-step set of instructions, like you’d get from Google Maps or Siri.

Practical Ways To Apply Design Thinking to Leadership

Practical Ways To Apply Design Thinking to Leadership

There’s still a lingering belief that design thinking is only applicable to designers or those in product development. This couldn’t be further from the truth! You can apply design thinking to any role, title or industry.

Let’s focus on how to apply attributes of design thinking to leadership, from the minutia of everyday decision making to the complexity of untangling big problems.

The Power of Doubt

The Power of Doubt

Milton Glaser is a designer, artist, teacher and thinker.  He's also an advocate of inquiring about meaning, and encouraging us to be mindful of slipping into surface-level observations and assumptions. He tackles a topic most designers and leaders avoid: the power of doubt.

Value Proposition, Positioning, Messaging: What's the Difference?

Value Proposition, Positioning, Messaging: What's the Difference?

I confuse the terms value proposition, positioning and messaging very much like I confuse the purpose of the liver, spleen and kidneys. 

Each one is important and serves a purpose, but they serve very different functions. Let's unpack and demystify these different yet interrelated marketing terms.