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Your Story Matters: leading and living your creative best

Welcome—so glad you’re here. Do you, like me, want to work more creatively, lead lightly, be productive, and design the life you want to live? Are you curious about how storytelling can help you can engage others and shape meaning? If so, I hope you enjoy these posts and I look forward to hearing from you!

When a Story Becomes a Game-Changer

  If you ever needed proof of the power of story to set a direction for an industry, take a look at The One Device: The secret history of the iPhone by Brian Merchant, just released this week. (You can read a long excerpt here.) Creating a story about technology...

Is this it?

Is this it?

  Sometimes I open the door to my mind to write and there's nothing there. Depending on how I'm sitting (or what I'm hoping to do), this can feel like a blessing or a curse. As I was pondering what to write this week, all I could come up with was a poem by James...

What is your creative work?

What is your creative work?

What does it mean to work creatively, and to know that you are doing the creative work that is uniquely yours to do? These are questions I’m asking myself as I begin writing Meeting the Muse at Midlife: Finding your creative work in the 3rd act of life (book title,...

How to (not) Play Squirrel

How to (not) Play Squirrel

Some years ago, I was walking my beloved Springer Spaniel, Lady, to the dog park. She was pretty well trained to heel off-leash, and sat calmly beside me as we waited to cross a busy arterial and enter the dog-friendly area on the other side of the street. Bad choice....

A chance to live dangerously

A chance to live dangerously

Since you’re going to get older, why not get a bit bolder? I heard those words last week from Dr. Bill Thomas when he offered a live, theatrical event entitled Life’s Most Dangerous Game, designed to disrupt how we think about aging. Bill, whom I had the privilege of...

Spring for some new reading

Spring for some new reading

Spring is hitting the northwest, almost in time for summer. We broke Seattle's rainfall record for April, But now it’s oh-so-beautiful, as the trees start daring to come out. Before that time of the year begins when many of us will be drawn to be outside, why not do a...

Finding the essential in aerospace and art

Finding the essential in aerospace and art

I recently had an opportunity to tour Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' privately-funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company. Tucked in an industrial area near Seattle, with no signage divulging its name, Blue Origin felt to me like a cross between the...

How to Birth a Dream—Gently

How to Birth a Dream—Gently

Before a dream can be transformed into a project in the world, it has to be born. We talk about "making" dreams come true, but isn't that a bit pushy for something as tender as a dream? Many books and articles on entrepreneurship explode with archetypically male...

Why Some Meetings Fail Before They Begin

Why Some Meetings Fail Before They Begin

If you work in an organization or business, or volunteer regularly in the community, how many hours do you spend weekly in meetings? Count them up and I think you'll agree, meetings are America's growth industry! And because of this, improving meetings is the...

The Soul of an Old Machine

The Soul of an Old Machine

  Tracy Kidder once wrote about the soul of a new machine, describing a breath-taking computer development process. Today I want to know: does my old computer have a soul? Spoiler alert: Probably not! But does it feel my energy? Or know how much I care for it?...

Finding an Anchor in Changing Seas

Finding an Anchor in Changing Seas

  In a couple of months, I'll be going to a gathering where the theme is "Sea Change." The title reflects the big changes going on in the world and what many of us are experiencing personally. As Stephen Stills once wrote for the Buffalo Springfield: There's...

Ten Leadership Lessons to Steal from Springsteen

Ten Leadership Lessons to Steal from Springsteen

Creative Commons photo by GabboT Steal if you want to, but I think Springsteen would let you drive away with any insight you'd like from his recent memoir Born to Run. Even if you aren’t looking for your path to rock ‘n roll stardom, you may get mesmerized, as I was,...

The Subversive Pile Next to My Bed

The Subversive Pile Next to My Bed

Words can be dangerous, sentences subversive. At a time when many of us are asking, "What can I do," I'm starting a very undercover revolution: I'm reading. I'm devouring articles and books—of all genres—from political commentary to memoir, how-to's to fiction,...

Comfort Yourself in a Warm Blanket of Words

Comfort Yourself in a Warm Blanket of Words

Sometimes I like to wrap wisdom around me like a blanket when it's dank and sleeting outside. When the news makes me cold I seek comfort in words my heart can hear Words that offer more than weekly worries Words that root me in a remembrance of the earth Where good...

Why Music is Subversive

Why Music is Subversive

As I was mid-way through the Women’s March Olympia, (capitol of the other Washington), a woman near me burst into song: “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” This gospel song from the 20's hardly sounds like a revolutionary anthem, but it was perfect...

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Doug Lipman

Story Dynamics

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Founder, Global GEAnet

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