A Culture of Creative Innovation is Needed in Illinois

Written by Lisa Canning According to a 2010 Illinois Economic Recovery Commission Report, it is critical to build a culture of innovation, especially in the tech sector, here in the state of Illinois. And yet according to the report  "Illinois-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that promote entrepreneurial innovation, … [Read more...]


Small Business Optimism Higher Than One Year Ago, But Only Slightly

October NFIB Small Business Economic Trends survey results show small business owners feel more optimistic now than one year ago, but only slightly. Small Business Optimism Up Slightly In October, But Optimism Still Way Below Pre-Recession Averages The NFIB Small Business Economic Trends Data survey seeks to measure, among other things, … [Read more...]


Why Small Business Sales Have Dried Up

BIZBUYSELL.COM | Mike Handelsman With the economy experiencing slow but steady growth, why is the business-for-sale marketplace still sluggish? shutterstock images It's common knowledge that the economic downturn had a negative impact on the rate of transactions in the business-for-sale marketplace. Many buyers were either … [Read more...]


13 Awesome Ways to Sharpen Your Focus

Written by Garin Kilpatrick Focus is the underrated blade that can help you cut through the clutter in your life and get you straight to your goals. As you exercise your ability to focus on what really matters the mental muscle you build will render ravishing results and get you more free time to enjoy the finer things in … [Read more...]


The Happy Secret to Better Work

Most of us believe that if we just work a little harder and actually achieve our goals, then we can be happy. But could that be backwards? In this TEDxBloomington talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. Research shows happy employees have higher levels of productivity, perform better in … [Read more...]


It’s Halftime in America…

Clint Eastwood was remarkable in the halftime Chrysler Commercial. Wow. So, what's our strategy, America, for the second half? Is it going to be about accepting and learning from a new breed of leader? One who is socially conscious ethically bound creatively fueled and astonishingly- efficient? The not for-profit-world, and the … [Read more...]


Born Like an Artist, Evolve Like an Artist, Bloom Like an Artist

While it is easy to look at this cartoon strip created by Norwegian artist, Ida Eva Margrethe Neverdahl, and see it for its "face" value, I would encourage you to look deeper. Ida shares a great visual story, in my opinion, about how we discover our "emotional" elephant and learn to ride it. ( For more explicate training instructions … [Read more...]


An Artists Journey: Onward is Best

So often you'll hear an artist say.. "becoming an artist wasn't a choice but a gift".  And yet, with as short as life is, sometimes we need to be reminded why this particular gift was selected for us to receive in the first place. Our gifts were not given to us for our self serving pleasures. Nor to torment us. Or to use for the sole … [Read more...]


Imagination, Creativity and Productivity

How can we improve the chances that productivity will flow from our imagination or our creativity?  For starters we need to think of imagination and creativity as distinctively different. These two words should not be used interchangeably. Think of it like this. If you can visualize something in your mind- the famous person you hope … [Read more...]


Reimagining America

We have lost our imagination. That's what's wrong with America. The leaders (or want to be's) of our great country have no vision or language to help us reimagine our world. Our founding fathers envisioned what America could be and devised a language- our constitution-  for it. It was a brave imaginative act. It was through new shared … [Read more...]

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