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Content Creation: Get Out of the Blog Bog

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A lot of people these days are blog-averse. If you’ve blogged haphazardly for a while, you likely feel as if you’re getting zero return emotionally or financially on your efforts in content creation. Pretty quickly you can find yourself stuck in the blog bog.

So why bother to blog at all?

Truth is, the benefits a numerous when you approach blogging and any content creation with the right intentions and a few smart strategies. Read more

Expanding Visibility – Sharing Your Ideas

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Waiting for a challenge-free life before we expand our work’s visibility and sharing our ideas is a fool’s errand.

Thought leadership demands that  you own your authority in order to create impact.

Karen had a big art exhibit approaching in two weeks.

Large finished canvases lay stretched in two rooms of her studio in upstate New York, where she and her husband had moved seven years earlier.

While she prepared one of her final canvases, their three-year-old boy wandered off into another room. By the time she had come out of her artistic flow to search for him, she found the gleeful boy in the next room covered in paint and sprawled across one of her canvases. Two others were ruined.

How she responded and the perspective she has gained in the past several years reflects the wisdom I am seeing and hearing among numerous business artists.  Read more

How to Use Writing to Track Your Big Ideas

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People often ask me what I do as Chief Tracker at Tracking Wonder. I help people think. It’s that simple. Except it’s not. Thinking means that we don’t only come up with new and useful big ideas.

It also means my idea-collaborators and I think through how to translate the most viable of those ideas into actual endeavors, entrepreneurial experiments, brand-aligned websites, start-ups, pitches, books, community-building efforts.

Really, I help people chart a path to earn a reputation, earn respect, and earn revenue for their beneficial or artful ideas. Not simple but profoundly rewarding.

This current journey all started with writing. Writing has been my way to discover what I think I’m thinking, to make meaning, to discover what’s behind what I’m feeling, and to participate in shaping a future.

If you have an idea that lights you up, writing might be a tool to help that idea get traction. Read more

Books That Matter to Author, Consultant & Speaker Jenny Blake

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Books That Matter is Tracking Wonder’s interview series that showcases influential thinkers’ and authors’ relationships with books that matter to them.

Few people bring joyful mindfulness to entrepreneurship and to pivoting toward the next best thing the way dynamo Jenny Blake does. When corporate life nearly spent Jenny’s soul, she discovered the power of meditation and other mindful practices to help be her best during the most demanding career transitions.

Jenny’s book Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One (Penguin Portfolio) lays out a clear 4-part Pivot Method for high-net growth and impact individuals to craft more meaningful work. In this Books That Matter feature, Jenny shares the book that helped her through her pivots and why she’d dive back into Arabic for Dummies if she could.

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Thought(ful) Leader Series: Author & Productive Flourishing Founder Charlie Gilkey

 

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I have asked leaders in different fields whom I respect their views on leadership today and what conversations they think we need to be having.

This week’s guest is ally and colleague Charlie Gilkey. A former Army officer in Iraq with a philosopher’s reflection and a productivity hack’s action, Charlie often raises questions & checks assumptions about the field of digital entrepreneurship and business itself.  An influential soul more prone to questions than answers is, in my book, a thoughtful leader.

In this Thought(ful) Leader interview, Charlie shares when he realized he was leading his field, how to face the hard, and whom he looks up to.

– Jeffrey

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The Psychology of Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception

GW1143H755There are thought leaders, and there are Thought Leaders.(1) And Seth Godin is the latter. Why? Godin is a Thought Leader not only because he’s smart. Not only because he’s prolific and creative.

Godin is an archetypal Thought Leader because he understands the nature of Thought itself. He gets what drives human beings. He understands story and the way story awakens something latent within our unconscious and stirs change.

In short, Godin gets the art and science of captivating creativity.

And if you’re someone writing a nonfiction book or wanting to write a book or eBook that makes a difference to its readers, you might learn something from how Godin’s book The Icarus Deception works.

A change in thought. A change of heart. A changed life. A changed patch of the planet.

Godin’s book The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? aims to change the way many people, trapped by corporate and cultural myths, view themselves and their potential.

Despite a flawed assumption here and there, the book works on many levels and for many reasons. Read more

13 Books for Thought(ful) Leaders

16793367681_e748a37419_hThe most effective, influential leaders of their pack read. They read a lot. But in my own experience and in reviewing the reading habits of key leaders in different fields, something surprising surfaced:

Maybe it matters less how much you read and matters more how diversely you read.

If you’re a business owner or a thought leader or thoughtful leader constantly reading business and economics books, guess what? You could be impoverishing your mind’s capacity to imagine, empathize, and think boldly through problems.

Below I share with you a few examples of well-known CEO’s favorite books and then give you 13 books to put on your list this year to do business as unusual. Read more

The Story Learning Gap for Authors & Business Artists

 

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Maria AC (ernieland, Flickr)

For a long time, I’ve been listening to what business artists and writers need to write their books, and I’ve been surveying what events they can attend.

I’m seeing a gap that may implicitly hold them back. It’s a gap that may create subtle fear in people wanting to write and publish their books. Seeing this gap drove me to create a very different kind of writer’s and author’s event.

Here’s what I mean. Read more

How Seth Godin’s Book The Icarus Deception Works

 

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There are thought leaders, and there are Thought Leaders.(1) And Seth Godin is the latter. Why? Godin is a Thought Leader not only because he’s smart. It’s not only because he’s prolific and creative.

Godin is an archetypal Thought Leader because he understands the nature of Thought itself. He gets what drives human beings. He understands story and the way story awakens something latent within our unconscious and stirs change.

In short, Godin gets the art and science of captivating creativity.

And if you’re someone writing a nonfiction book or wanting to write a book or eBook that makes a difference to its readers, you can learn something from how Godin’s latest book works.

A change in thought. A change of heart. A changed life. A changed patch of the planet.

Godin’s book The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? aims to change the way many people, trapped by corporate and cultural myths, view themselves and their potential.

The book works on many levels and for many reasons.  Read more

How Branding Wiz Marty Neumeier’s Metaskills Succeeds

MARTYHow do successful books work?

We think they succeed because of some insider mystery, talent, or connection.

There is insider knowledge. But the insider knowledge that matters is what can make you a more informed reader and  a more captivating author with a brave new story.

For a while, I’ve wanted to create book review videos that would be fun to watch, crisp and pointed (no rambling allowed), and valuable by giving you that kind of insider knowledge.

A video that gives you reading tips plus writing tips. In a few minutes.

Our Tracking Wonder videographer Dominick John and I are creating a series of videos that aspire to do just that.

They’re called Insider Book Reviews.

Our first Insider Book Review below features an author and thought leader in design thinking and branding whom I admire: Marty Neumeier, Director of Transformation at Liquid AgencyRead more