Do You Need to Talk Poetry to Your People?

Recently, I enjoyed a LinkedIn post by Leandro Herrero (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lead-poetry-manage-prose-leandro-herrero) noting that leaders should lead with poetry and manage with prose. People often ask me about the difference between poetry and prose, and most often not in the context about my work in the business world, but mostly as a former English professor. The lines…

Incorporating Creativity in Any Organization

Question: Small, medium and large organizations presumably have different receptivity/responsiveness to incorporating art. Are there any patterns that stand out across the size spectrum?   An organization’s receptivity to art and creativity as a natural part of the work conversation has a direct correlation to the leader’s sensibility around risk and expansiveness. In my experience,…

Multi-Generational Workers & Creativity

Question: How do you think millennials will influence creativity, language and innovation in the workplace?   The millennial generation is already influencing creativity in the workplace, especially in the uses of technology. On the one hand, it’s great to see the immediacy of creative solutions for connections and the access to information that is literally at our…

Buzzwords versus Fresh Language

  Question: How do you rid words in an organization that become the buzz of leaders and then get watered down?   A leader’s job is to consistently communicate the vision and mission of the organization. I love when entrepreneurial expert Dean Hamish said, “if they’re not mocking you, you’re not saying it enough!” On…

Poems to Use at Work

  If you’re even slightly curious about what poetry brings to business, here are a few of my recent favorites, along with some ideas for how to use them with a team or group.   By Libby: • Diving In • Trust • Just on the Edge     By other favorite poets: • Everything is Waiting for You…

Chops

This morning I checked FaceBook. It’s not a great morning habit and eats up time looking at obscure people’s updates. (How did they even get on my newsfeed?) I was, however, looking at an article by a colleague, Dorie Clark, about travel tips, as if I could ever make the ritual any easier, and somehow…

Sunny Day in a Rainy Place

  After an absolutely stunning sunny weekend in Seattle, yesterday we were back to 17 shades of gray and outbursts of rain. It’s easy to become tired, distracted and even discouraged—after all, will summer ever happen? And what about all the changes  in education—the increased visibility, cuts in budgets, layoffs, with the constant need to…