Posts Tagged ‘Vision Leadership’

Picture of the day

December 5, 2008

Creativity experts say that one of the keys to unleashing creativity is to relearn to think as a kid. Here is a picture of my daughter full of mischief circa age 4.



Inspiration and Mondrian’s “A”

December 4, 2008

I have spent a lot more time than usual browsing art this past week to provide visual stimulation for PCI Adventure. Van Gogh and Mondrian of course, but also a lot of photography. Although I am computer-fried and outdoors-deprived, I feel a deep surge of inspiration and connection from this browsing.

A lot more than I expected actually. My preferred mode of viewing art is definitely “in person” in museums and art galleries. I first travel through the artwork fairly quickly to scan which sculptures, paintings or photographs turn me on. I then come back to spend time in front of the few I have selected, allowing “transfer” time for me to fill up and regenerate.

So, it is definitely a surprise I have such a strong feeling of awe for art after spending days browsing images on my Mac. And a good surprise! Here is the picture that has inspired me the most for the past few days.

Red Tree, Piet Mondrian

Red Tree, Piet Mondrian

Mondrian painted it in 1909. Strange fact about it: Piet Mondriaan had known for a long time that he would remove one of the A’s in his name when he found his true personality. This is the first painting, completed at age 41, in which he signs his name the way we got to know him.

I am fascinated to know that this painting represents his being in the world in a deeper level of authenticity.


The Space You’re In

December 3, 2008

“All creativity happens somewhere—in a study, in a studio, on a stage, in a garret. That space is where the creation comes to life, where the work actually happens—or doesn’t.”
Phil Cousineau, Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion & Imagination.

I love this quote. Something about the idea that there’s always a “somewhere” where creativity happens. I think I like this because creativity seems so ethereal sometimes, it’s nice to think about it being anchored to a real place.

But then I look at my desk, where I do most of my creative work, and I’m struck by its confines. I inherited this desk very used (that is, free) at a time when I was so broke that free was almost expensive.

I’m observing now (not for the first time, but in a new way) that the top of my desk is pinched and crowded. Papers are stacked everywhere. Computer cords wrap my ankles. The wall presses in. Worst of all, I sit with my back to the window. 

Cousineau says “where the work actually happens.” And I don’t think he was talking about “work” as in a job. But maybe so. Now that I reflect upon the quote, I think it’s time for me to turn and face the work as I work. I hope that means, more often than not: as I create.

So my question to you is: what’s your work/job space like? What’s the space you’re in when you’re working in that space?

How does your space support you in your work?

by Amy Frazier

Passion, Creativity and Innovation

October 31, 2008

Join us in our conversation on what the three important concepts of passion, creativity and innovation really look and feel like in action. Our thought is that most people and organizations would like to have more of all of them…but we also know you can’t just place an order, and then voila, there it is.

So how does it happen? How does creativity arise, passion inspire, or innovation emerge and take hold?

We think these are great questions. And we’d love to have your thoughts. Click on the comment link below this post to join in the conversation. And see our PCI Adventure page for more info.

(On January 6, in Seattle, we’ll be rolling out the new PCI Adventure game to explore these three concepts in a fun, experiential way. Check back for more info.)

by Valdo Lallemand

La Rentree: “What I did on my Summer Vacation”

September 5, 2008

I’ve recently returned from France where I had a wonderful time reconnecting with family. It’s amazing, but in France, most people enjoy a full month of vacation — and most of them take this time during the month of August. A huge portion of the country, flocking to the countryside and the coasts of France. When it’s over, “la rentree” begins. The Return.

Now I’ve returned…and I decided it was time to start a conversation about the benefits of extended vacations (how they help restore us, connect us with family, etc). And to ask the question: how do many of us here in the States manage when we don’t have the same amount of time to get away? How do we replenish ourselves?

We decided it might be fun to have an informal essay contest. Send us your thoughts on the above to, or reply to this blog, below. The winner(s) will receive a nice bottle of French wine to share with friends or family. And we’ll post your replies here, with your permission.

Enjoy! –Valdo