This week, Jim Steinman died. He is the genius behind Meat Loaf, and all that overwrought, operatic rock craziness with the really long song titles – like You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Nights). The … Continue reading Bat Out Of Hell.
One of the kids turned 13 this week, we have a teenager in the house. The eye rolling and general disdain for anything we have to offer has been present for quite some time, so some of the shock has … Continue reading Teen Spirit
This is optimistic Jonathan writing. COVID provides us with constraints. We can lean in to those constraints, and thereby realign perspective. We can drive breakthrough. I have been watching / listening to NPR’s Tiny Desk series – a brilliant reimagining … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 42: Constraint.
You, in your enthusiasm and wide-eyed excitement, have a “What if…” moment and explain your idea to your leader. “What a novel idea!” comes the agnostic reply. You know that idea is in trouble, or that you work for the … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 96: How Novel!
Our creative agency work was almost entirely in-house. The team did it all: strategy, writing, graphics, audio, video, podcasts, editing, all the post-production. We had equipment everywhere, always a handful of cameras and mics and lights to hand. The office … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 94: Everyone Needs a Studio 20.
Today’s category design case study is about seeking out the true brand story hidden deep in the organization – and allowing those people to see themselves reflected in the brand. This is how we charge the culture with electric energy. … Continue reading Category Design Case Study V: Reflect The CULTURE.
I have been spending a lot of time on tiktok recently, and there is a fascinating meta discourse there about origination and creativity. One element of one video gets appropriated and remixed in a new context by someone else, who … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 33: TikTok, Creativity, and IP.
I was recommended to watch Linda Hill’s TED Talk about innovative workplaces and teams. She and her team determined successfully creative workplaces had an interplay of creative abrasion, agility, and resolution. Remember, creativity is the killer app – it is one of the … Continue reading Creative Workplaces.
In the last episode I discussed small pieces, loosely joined. We don’t need a single methodology to act and make a difference. We need to move out in multiple directions and join the dots as we go. How do we do … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 86: Sticky Notes.
I have finished my 100-part video series, Dis!Organize. I had to learn how to do the end-to-end recording process – audio and video. I had to get the right apps in place that produced something I was happy with. One I … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 22: Craft.
One of the historical challenges of ego that got in my way was the idea that I did not have anything unique to say. “All that has ever been said or made is a click away.!” What unique voice or value … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 36: Everything is Remix.
Everything around change should start with curiosity: Who are we? How did we get here? Where are we heading? Are there other options for us? Oooh! What’s that? Tell me more! Curiosity is the base ingredient for learning; which, as … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 30: Creativity is a Killer App.