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Delivering an Effective Performance Review

It’s performance review season, and you know the drill. Drag each of your direct reports into a conference room for a one-on-one, hand them an official-looking document, and then start in with the same, tired conversation. Say some positive things about what the employee is good at, then some …

4 Things We Have Wrong About Creativity

Think creativity is all blue walls and blue skies? Nope. It’s more about sitting on an airplane and coming up with a lot of bad ideas.<p>“Creativity” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word “conglomerate.” But Christian Stadil, CEO and co-owner of Denmark-based Thornico, a …

9 Essential Principles to Create, Lead, and Sustain

How to work with yourself and others. The newest problems of the world find solutions in the oldest timeless practices like mindfulness, authenticity, and devotion.<p>With the cascade of new technologies and social changes, we are constantly challenged to spark creativity, drive innovation, and ensure …

Your Sales Pitch Sucks!

Most sales pitches suck. Why? Because they are all about you instead of focusing on the client and their needs. Here is what you can do to change and make them better. Be a Blue Lobster and stand out.


10 Books to Boost Your Creativity and Productivity

When’s the last time you read a book that changed everything? I mean, a book that completely captivated you and gave you renewed excitement about living in a new era after what you had learned?<p>I’m constantly looking to feed my brain with inspiration so I wanted to share 10 reads I found to be …


Tuesday’s Tech of the Week: Type & Color Edition

Since the world of design is about to get quite a bit cloud-ier with the release of Adobe Creative Cloud, we decided to take today's tech roundup to pay homage to 10 websites, apps, and games that help designers become better designers. As purveyors of color, creativity, and tech innovation, our …


13 Apps to Inspire Creativity

If you haven’t fallen off the resolutions wagon yet… congrats. If as soon as week one ended, so did your good intentions, we totally hear you. But one resolution that’s always worth keeping is continually trying to bring creativity to your life every day. In our obsession with doing just that, …


LeBron, D. Rose, And Other NBA Stars Celebrate Christmas By Playing “Jingle Hoops”

It’s not exactly surprising to see a collection of NBA stars that includes Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Steve Nash, and LeBron James do impressive things with basketballs, but they really outdid themselves here. In the “Jingle Hoops” spot from the NBA and agency Goodby, …

James Harden

Harlem Globetrotter Breaks Record For Longest Basketball Shot

Globetrotters rookie Thunder Law today smashed the official Guinness World Records® record for the longest basketball shot—connecting from 109 feet 9 …

World Records

35 Lessons Learned in 35 Years

A collaboration between Srini Rao and David Crandall - Every year on his birthday Srini shares one lesson for each year he's been alive. This year he asked if I'd like to design and illustrate his 35 lessons. Being his business partner (and friend!), I said "HECK YA!!!" This is what we came up …


How To Create Presentation Slides That Are Out Of This World by @slidecomet @itseugenec @kaixinspeaking

Want to spice up your next corporate presentation? Take it from us, Make your next presentation Out Of This World! Download this Presentation for a Tweet here:


3 Beliefs of Success: A Singaporean Perspective by @itseugenec

I've been hearing a lot of debate regarding the education system in Singapore recently as it's nearing graduation.<p>Here's my brief opinion. In a Slide Deck


The Serendipity Economy: How Spontaneity Plus Social Networking Drives Innovation

For one national hamburger chain, internal Yammer talk and listening to Twitter altered a new product. The Serendipity Economy can demonstrate value well beyond improved cycle times or reduced costs. Here’s how.<p>Unlike industrial age activities that can easily be measured in short periods of time …

Analytics and Intuition: Finding Equilibrium

As the practice of using data analytics to make organizational decisions grows, where is the line between analytics and intuition? Is there a perfect …

4 Out Of 5 Dentists Aren’t As Psychotic As This One: Newport Film Festival Promo Will Only Increase Your Phobia

When you’re making a short film and your codirector and DP claims <i>Django Unchained</i>, <i>Kill Bill</i>, and <i>nglourious Basterds</i> as resume highlights, then you’re going to get some tension. <i>Mandible</i>, a cinematic spot for the 2013 Newport Film Festival (April 25-May 2) is six glorious minutes of foreboding and …

Django Unchained

A Data Scientist’s Real Job: Storytelling

Every morning at, our computers greet us with a report containing over 350 million data points tracking our organization’s performance. Our challenge as data scientists is to translate this haystack of information into guidance for staff so they can make smart decisions — whether …

26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I'd Known at 20

Masterclass:<p>This presentation was voted Most Liked presentation of the year by SlideShare. In December 2013, 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I'd Known at 20 was included in the Slideshare Zeitgeist.

Time Management