Archive for January, 2010

Apple of my eye

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


23 years ago, at the age of 5, I was introduced to Apple. In 1987 I sat down in front of my first mac, a Mac Plus. I quickly fell in love. The user interface, the friendly icons, the fun apps. I had been introduced to a product that truly captured my imagination. At heart I was a geek, but no Windows PC would do. Apple’s passion for design and detail brought to life my own passion for creativity, design, and paying attention to the little details. The stuff that makes great products insanely great. Today in my career I work with an incredible team of people who all share a passion to design. I love what I do, the creativity that Apple inspires, and the incredible products they create that allow us to do what we do best. Think different, and create the unseen.

My eyes light up and I fall hard

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

I love the logic of math and science, the engineering that lets us bring the idea to life. But I am truly delighted when that order collides with randomness and the impractical (ever seen a building by Hundertwasser? That’s what I’m talking about!)

Is there room for ‘love’ in business discourse?

Monday, January 25th, 2010

My answer is a resounding ‘yes’. Fresh off the the heals of a presentation daunting in scope, I’m reminded of a learning taken from the page of politics and diplomacy – the transformative power of words. More specifically, how words of encouragement do more to inspire, build momentum, fuel collaboration, spur creativity to new levels and ultimately, create massive value for our clients. The ‘why’ has more do with our common humanity – that on some primal level resides within us all a desire to be heard and acknowledged whether we’d like to admit it or not. On a basic level, every individual needs to grow – but if the intent to grow is fuelled by positive reinforcement, growth flourishes.

Mine is not a unique point of view, but one I suspect that business leaders too often hold close and reserve for the ‘right moment’. I say positive reinforcement motivates and invites renewed commitment and encourage you to consider this, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”, John Quincy Adams.

Love for Haiti

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

This week, I and my fellow APDF board members waited anxiously for word from our executive director whose husband was visiting family in Port au Prince. Finally, on Friday an email came … “Eddy is alive …by the grace of God”. Sadly, his two aunts were dead, buried in rubble.

It is times like this when our hearts ache deeply. Across the nations, love and tears pour out. For people we know and people we don’t know. We feel the pain. We see the need. We yearn to help. But we also ask “where is God in all this’? ‘Where possibly is the love’? However, we need to see … we are the love for Haiti. We’re reminded by an ancient proverb:

Never walk away from someone who deserves help;
Your hand is God’s hand for that person.

The outpouring of human compassion and donations for Haiti in the past few days has been truly amazing. See how you can help Haiti today.

Love is hot in marketing

Monday, January 11th, 2010

In the world of marketing, love is a hot theme right now.

According to a recent New York Times article, Love is being used more than ever to tap our emotions and our pocket books. Current campaigns using love to market products include: NIssan, Honda, Subaru, New Balance, Payless Shoes, LensCrafters, Olay, Blackberrys and of course McDonalds.

But I wonder… is this really any different than how marketers have always attempted to sway our emotions? Or is our radar for the topic of love just more heightened? Perhaps we are just becoming more attuned to the topic of love and hopefully, more intelligent in our recognition of what love really is.

Love or hate starbucks, or their coffee… here is one brand that seems geniune in their attempt to open our eyes and ears to what love is. Starbuck’s love project.

Love you!

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Society teaches us that self love is wrong. We hear derogatory comments all the time like “that person is in love with themselves”. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: when we can love ourselves, we can love the people we work with, our clients, partners, teachers, and impact everything about this world. Notice the chatter in your head. How much is loving to yourself and how much is critical? Try loving and approving of yourself and watch the magic unfold.

Loved Canadian designer is gone

Friday, January 8th, 2010

I’d like to send my love to the Watt family and the team at DW+Partners and wish them our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Don Watt. Don was a true leader in our industry in Canada and made his mark on so many iconic brands. I had the pleasure of working with Don on a number of projects over the years and enjoyed the experience of sitting in meetings and watching him perform his magic. He was the kind of guy who’s personality lit up a room with wonderful stories of travels and the interesting characters he met along the way. Always smiling with an easy disposition and an engaging story to tell. He will be missed. Globe Story.

A convergence of heart

Friday, January 8th, 2010

In 2004, I was preparing for a talk on creative intelligence and came across Teilhard de Chardin, the fascinating visionary French Jesuit, Paleontologist, Biologist, and Philosopher.  His quote on love mesmerized me – most quotes I forget pretty easy, but this one stuck:

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the   history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

Intrigued, I discoverd his theory of the noosphere – I’m no expert on Teilhard, and don’t presume to understand this stuff…but essentially the noosphere is the idea of the earth’s growing new organ of consciousness – earth’s kind of cerebral cortex. He predicted that the world would move toward this through a global information network (he died in 1955, long before the internet) – and that this was not a convergence of merely minds or bodies – but of heart.  The bringing together of not just our bodies and minds, but our hearts was his big life message. Interesting stuff.

Supposedly Teilhard had unusual powers of observation as a child which he continued to cultivate…perhaps his ability to truly see was one of the facets that propelled his productivity and passion for imagining our ability to love…as he best describes:

“Love alone can unite living beings so as to complete and fulfill them…for it alone joins them by what is deepest in themselves. All we need is to imagine our ability to love developing until it embraces the totality of men and the earth.”

Reference: Open the eyes of my heart (Barbara Bagshaw)

Natural selection

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

What came first, seeing love to know love? Or knowing love to see love? I am humbled by the elegance of nature’s design, the seemingly effortless convergence of form and function, strength and fragility, symmetry and asymmetry. What doesn’t work will not last long.

How much incubation does it take to see an idea through? How much love will you give to receive the love you need?