Australian Truman Carroll performs the 'no-hands' during the Big Air competition, MotoX category, during the 2009 X Games Asia in Shanghai.
Just in case we've all forgotten what bravery looks like: What Is Bravery?
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
Yeah, yeah, it came out when Reagan was president, but its insights about time management and accentuating a person's strengths rather than managing their weaknesses are more timely than ever.
Habit 1: Be proactive
Change starts from within. Most people react to external forces. To lead effectively, you have to overcome that natural tendency.
Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind
You cannot lead unless you know where you want to get to.
Habit 3: Put first things first
You need to have a very clear view of what is important, so that you know what to spend time on. Note that this often means leaving your comfort zone by acting on tasks that you don't naturally like or feel competent in performing.
Habit 4: Think win/win
Seek agreement and relationships that are mutually beneficial. In cases in which a win/win deal cannot be achieved, accept that agreeing on "no deal" may be the best alternative. In developing an organizational culture, be sure to reward win/win behavior among employees, and avoid inadvertently rewarding win/lose behavior.
Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood
First seek to understand the other person, and only then try to be understood. Stephen Covey presents this habit as the most important principle of inter-personal relations. Effective listening is not simply echoing what the other person has said through the lens of your own experience. Rather, it is putting yourself in the mindset of the other person, listening empathetically for both feeling and meaning.
Habit 6: Synergize
Through trustful communication, find ways to leverage individual differences to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Through mutual trust and understanding, people can often solve conflicts and find better solutions than would have been obtained through either person's own solution.
Habit 7: Sharpen the saw
Take time out from production to build production capacity through personal renewal of the physical, mental, social/emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Maintain a balance among these dimensions.
Habit 8: Refer to 1 thru 7 with frequency.
So where do advertising people get their inspiration exactly?
The new documentary Art & Copy interviews all the usual creative director brand names for insights on the craft of advertising, and how they come up with their ideas.
"Creativity can solve anything" says the poster. You be the judge.
My views on creative inspiration:
There's only one documentary that makes it into my Top 10 Movies along with The Graduate, Apocalypse Now, The Fugitive, Some Like It Hot, Chinatown, The Shining, 2001, Laurence Of Arabia, and The Odd Couple.
Man on Wire (the NYPD offense description on his summons) is the Oscar winning film about high-wire artist (he's no artiste) Philippe Petit and his co-conspiritors who, under cover of darkness, erect a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers.
He then proceeds to walk across the 1,340 foot drop without a safety harness.
(Photograher Jean-Louis Blondeau took some breath-taking shots of the 'Stunt of the Century' in Precarious Moments.)
More philosopher that circus-act, Petit sees every day as a work of art, and every performance an act of rebellion.
By turns poignant, uplifting, and hilarious, this piece of film allows you to believe you can reach any goal you set your mind to, however high.
Watch it now!
Looking to grab a piece of the App gold rush?
The iPhone Developer Program "provides a complete and integrated process for developing and distributing applications for iPhone and iPod touch."
Your path to greatness starts with the Standard Program at 99 bucks...and an idea.
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When Netflix first appeared I thought they were one of the most powerful examples of how the internet could fundamentally and permanently change our lives; no more rushing to the video store to avoid late fees, or discovering Blockbuster don't carry "Saturday Night Fever." (Incredibly, they still don't.)
So it's with interest I read through this 127-page online slideshow of their core beliefs.
Above, 'Nine Behaviors And Skills' they look for in potential––and current––employees.
[Thanks to Michelle Roufa for the post suggestion.]