The Art Of Asking

On the Art of Asking   Some months ago, on a dedicated FaceBook page, some really good people practiced vulnerability for a month. They shared with each other what they noticed, felt, recognized and imagined. I paid attention, listening and quietly sighing when I witnessed some of their raw humanness, their testing of their own…

Owning It: Your Voice, Your Work, Your Life

    It’s great to have my new TEDx talk live on YouTube!As a poet, speaker and consultant, this was an important goal of mine and I’m delighted that I got to work with the great group at Centennial Women in Atlanta. It’s got me thinking about a few things that are important which I…

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…

The Mindful Marketer: Interview with Lisa Nirell

  This week I interviewed Lisa Nirell, author of the award winning book, The Mindful Marketer: How to Stay Present and Profitable in a Data-Driven World. Here is our conversation.   Libby: How do you see your work as the expert on “mindful marketing” as distinct from other marketing approaches? Lisa: Unlike “how-to” marketing books…

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…

Recurring Images

  I should probably leave the following out of any poems left to write.   Okay, for a year, I’ll leave out the following so that I can begin anew, think fresh thoughts, create something special.   Okay, just one poem. One poem without the following:   pigeons roosting on the roof violins lips mountains…