Solo Entrepreneur Survival Tips

Don’t Go It Alone Being a solo entrepreneur doesn’t mean you’re all alone. Although lately it’s been feeling like that to me. My own fault really; I have a tribe, a group of professional friends who are always glad to consult, confer and commiserate. But I still have a tendency to get lost in the vortex of too much to do in too many different areas. All I really want…

The Team Building eBook and Risks Worth Taking

Why A Team Building eBook? I think I just finished my first eBook. I say, ‘think’ because I’m not sure what defines an eBook. Mine is eleven pages. Can I call it an eBook or is it too short? To find the answer I’ve just tweeted the question. I’m sure I’ll get lots of feedback from the twitterverse. My initial motivation to write a book was to create an incentive…

Married To Your Business

I was coming off some very good years: several hit songs, touring with famous folks and making money through music. Julie and I were at a coffee shop and I was talking about my plan to go independent and start my own publishing company. Julie quickly volunteered that she’d like to be my song-plugger and work in the publishing biz with me. Without hesitation, I said yes and away we…

Lying For A Greater Truth

I’ve been known to write my share of story songs and I’ve been fortunate enough to have found success with one or two. I guess you could say I can spin a good yarn, but I’d always thought of myself as a communicator of truth. My good friend, hit songwriter and musical team building facilitator Tony Haselden likes to say from the stage that, “We lie for a living”. The…

Team Building, Injustice and Superheroes

I don’t claim to be a superhero, fighting injustice wherever I see it. In fact, most often I’m too slow to react. And then I’m filled with regret for what I might have done, had I only had the wherewithal to step right in and fix things. However, I care deeply about systems, fairness and invitation. By ‘invitation’ I mean, inviting new people into teams, tribes, groups and helping them…

Team Building Goals

“I don’t know where I’m going, I’m not sure how to get there, but I know I want to be there.” Not exactly a model for a strategic plan, but a good summary of a creative life plan. When I teach about creative process and provide tools to help people become more creative I do stress that being in the process and not being goal oriented is important. This is…

Harnessing Your Creative Power

This is the promised Part II in my series of action steps you can take to become more creative and to actually use your inherent creative abilities. But first I have to start with a story, as always: I have a sixteen year old son. He’s a great kid but today I’m exhausted because I didn’t sleep well last night. My son acted like a sixteen year old yesterday, (yes,…

Team Building for Corporate Creativity

When I first got asked to speak about creativity I thought it would be easy. After all, I’ve managed to spend my life pursuing creative endeavors. But I quickly learned that doing and teaching are different things entirely. In order to speak about creativity I needed to develop something called ‘take-aways’….aargh. So I did what I always do when faced with a problem, or new project. I booked time with…

Why I’m Up at Five AM

Julie got up first, it was about 4:30 am but I was already awake. My last words to her at 10:30 pm Friday night were, “I’m so glad tomorrow’s Saturday, I can sleep in.” – hah. At 5:00 am my mind was racing, which led me here to my wordpress blog. It’s fast becoming a friend, and hopefully your friend too. Shhh…don’t tell too many people but technically I’m middle…

Team Building and the Power of Fun

Many people come into our programs from a place of doubt, or sometimes dread. Aarghhhh….the team building activities, can we leave yet? I get it, I’m the kind of person who likes to slink to the back of the room (when I’m not on stage) and lose myself in anonymity. I don’t mind that people are sometimes dragged into musical team building. In fact, I almost revel in the challenge…

Be A Change Agent

What struck my was how our underlying attitudes toward change and to seeking alternate solutions effects even the small chores we do. Imagine then, how our disposition or lack of disposition to embrace change effects our team’s ability to innovate and solve problems.