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Tapping into Creative Collaboration

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Collaboration, it turns out, is essential for creative productivity and innovation.

The New York socialite Mabel Dodge knew something about putting talented, engaging people from different backgrounds and creative media in the same room. With the right atmosphere and combination of people, ideas could ignite that might inspire creative action (including even, a few love affairs). Read more

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Best Articles in Brand & Innovation for June

Tracking WOnder - brand and innovation JuneEvery month Tracking Wonder brings you some of the best articles from across the web that have stopped us in our tracks or given us pause to think and consider perspectives in creativity, brand, and innovation.

This month we’ll look at getting in the creative zone, the importance of company culture, and the psychology behind picking color for your brand.

With help from Tracking Wonder’s research assistant Gianna Kaloyeros, I’ve gathered and curated some of what we deem the most relevant studies, stories, and news that will help you and your team excel at having the most impact and influence – all via storytelling, brand, and innovation. Read more

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Best Articles in Brand and Innovation for April

Tracking Wonder - Brand and Innovation April

Every month Tracking Wonder brings you some of the best articles from across the web that have stopped us in our tracks or given us pause to think and consider perspectives in creativity, brand, and innovation.

With help from Tracking Wonder’s research assistant Gianna Kaloyeros, I’ve gathered and curated some of what we deem the most relevant studies, stories, and news that will help you and your team excel at having the most impact and influence – all via storytelling, brand, and innovation. Read more

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Brand & Innovation Digest – February 2017

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During the past month, Tracking Wonder’s research assistant Gianna Kaloyeros has curated some of what we deem the most relevant studies, stories, and news that will help you and your team excel at having the most impact and influence via brand building, storytelling, and innovation.

– Jeffrey, Chief Tracker at Tracking Wonder

Four Reasons Every Startup’s Brand Needs Attention

From Forbes.com
With a personal account and wealth of advice from an entrepreneur and investor, Kumar Arora nails down the four biggest priorities for startups building their business. Don’t wait to start building the brand culture, he says, even in the infancy of the business. Among the four priorities is making sure your brand has a carefully considered name, builds customer loyalty, remains a source of inspiration, and sets your business apart from the competition. Kumar Arora @karora007

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Join the #Quest2017Chat Conversation

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We have a lot of work to do for our future, but have you noticed how difficult it is to get perspective on your vision for your future when you’re just spinning in your own cognitive cog? You probably wouldn’t think a TwitterChat is what you need, but then again consider this.

I find truth in conversation. In working with so many thought leaders and influencers, I realize that – introvert, extrovert, or ambivert – when we speak up, we find clarity. We discover new directions when we tell our visions out loud.

With an open ear and a supportive reply, we give other people the courage to live their visions with commitment.

Can you start that kind of conversation in 140 characters or less at a time? I think it’s worth a try. Read more

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Write Your Year Anew

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“Poetry forms the quality of light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.”

– Audre Lorde, “Poetry is Not a Luxury” reprinted from Poets & Writers

Poetry startles us to listen to an interior voice we business artists often forget or ignore.

That voice, rife with image and cadence, odd combinations and surprising twists, reminds us of a reservoir we each possess for intentional living, business artistry, and, yes, innovation.

Poetry more than any form might be the innovator’s language whether she identifies herself as poet or not. Innovation to create, to combine, to think, to make, to feel, to live anew.

A few things have conspired in my attention to write this piece today and to invite you to write your year anew.  Read more

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8 Books for Your Best Work (+ Publishing Insights)

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STAND UP FOR YOUR BEST WORK 

To be a business artist, you’re called to shape your hours and days in ways that support your taking regular action on the work that matters.  Whether you work from a corporate office, a living room table, a home studio, or a small business – your patch of the planet awaits. Stand up for them. That’s your quest in the coming year.

This coming year, thousands of us are taking a quest to do business as unusual.

I never venture on a quest without a book, and this coming year I am keeping several books in my questing back pack.  8 of them I share with you here in this first of a 2-part series.

More than book recs, I also give you perspective on the myriad publishing and marketing paths to help you foresee where publishing fits into your best year.  Read more

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Why business artists & creatives need to climb trees instead of ladders

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My unstoppable productivity can exhaust the best parts of my mind. My “optimized” studio – with standing desk and white board walls and the best digital equipment and the best books at my disposal – sometimes cheers on Captain Productivity a bit too enthusiastically.

To snap the Captain out of his usual modus operandis, I often step outside of that studio self and into the woods. Every three months – April, July, October, and January – I’m certain to spend considerable time at  an outdoors Horizon Spot.

It’s here I ask myself and track notes on key Horizon Questions.

I’m curious: How do you step back and look forward and ask yourself questions like

  • What will you create and how will you be creating differently next year?
  • How will what you create – your books, your programs, your business – engage people differently next year?
  • How will your full creative life have even more meaning and fulfillment next year?
  • How are your present actions lining up with that Horizon?

I know – you’re probably noticing that even when climbing a tree, the Captain shows up with big questions. But this is how I let Captain Productivity and Boy Wonder play together.

In this video, I show you this season’s Horizon Spot and share with you why adventurous creatives and business artists need horizons to awaken one of their survival tools. Below I invite you to find your own spot and share a photo of it.  Read more

3 Reasons Apple Still Captivates & Elevates

Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 8.18.51 AMAny animus toward Apple aside, they still captivate and elevate in ways that small businesses, solo-preneurs, creative professionals, and creatives & authors can learn from.

Many of my clients and groups struggle with telling the Story of who they are and what they do with consistency and integrity. And others actually feel trapped by their brand – as if it took a wrong turn or as if they’ve outgrown it. They want to change their brand but are at odds of how to do so with integrity.

If you’ve wondered how to shape, improve, or even change the Story of your business, brand, or product, Apple still makes for a good model. So, I’m going to break down what they’re doing in their most recent ad campaign and give you some take-aways. I’d appreciate your feedback, responses, and experiences shared in the comments section below. Read more