Do What You Have To Do

October 11, 2016

We are all a little bit crazy. We have our tics and quirks that make us, well, us. You can probe the depths of your crazy in a therapist’s chair. Doing work on yourself is always fruitful. But there you are. For creative business owners, it means that what you should do and what you […]

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The Next Level?

September 27, 2016

One of the worst things I hear almost daily from creative business owners is: I want to take my creative business to the next level. Usually it means they want bigger, more expensive projects. Wait, you say, sounds like the exact thing every creative business owner should hope for – do bigger, bigger, better[?]. And […]

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Is Personal Communication Dead?

September 13, 2016

Personal communication demands a personal response.   If you take the time to write or call someone, they should respond reasonably quickly and personally. There is something about the digital world that has, ironically, removed the necessity of real conversation. Maybe it is because we are bombarded in an exponentially increasing manner with someone trying to […]

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Two Sides Of The Trade

August 25, 2016

Creative business is different. Sure, you all provide things at the end of the day. Photographs, furniture, flowers, lighting, food. However, it is never just about the thing. Think about toothpaste. No one at Proctor and Gamble is moved when they see someone buy a tube of Crest, let alone brush their teeth with it. […]

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Do You Believe Your Story?

August 18, 2016

Whether you charge a million dollars for your art or ten dollars, do you believe it is worth it? Why? Just so you know, I can disprove every rational argument you make as to why you are worth it. Look how much you get for the money. I can get it for less. We are […]

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Are You Willing To Be Left Behind?

August 9, 2016

Ten years ago, the IPhone (and all of the smartphone technology behind it) did not exist (at least not on a consumer level); Facebook was two (in 2005, News Corp. bought MySpace for $580million – it was supposed to be Facebook – not so much, today it ranks 1945 for web traffic); Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, […]

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How Human Are You Willing To Be?

July 22, 2016

In 1988, my brother, 10 months younger than I, died. He was 20, my very best friend, full of life and dreams, a free spirit to my intensely narrow, driven nature. He fell from a roof. Gone in an instant. The end of his life shaped mine forever more. I became more driven, more intense. […]

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Who Defines Success?

July 13, 2016

Your creative business did exactly everything you promised. You executed flawlessly, there were no hidden anythings. Yet your client was underwhelmed. The “Wow” they wanted did not appear in their eyes. Was the project successful? Who gets to decide? Does it matter? Easiest question first, of course it matters who gets to define what success […]

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Will You Ever Acknowledge Your Blind Spots?

July 7, 2016

Hubris is a bitch. If you have even a modicum of success in your creative business, you might live in the notion that your way is not just the best way, but the only way. You might perceive the world order as defined by your own version of success. You hear those with other worldviews […]

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What Will Motivate You To Change?

June 20, 2016

I had the very good fortune to attend Engage!16: The Breakers last week. I have been each Engage! (this was the 17th) and it is remarkable to me what can come if community is allowed to flourish. None better in the luxury wedding world to create and grow this community than Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn […]

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