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Where good ideas come from

What environments foster unusually innovative ideas? This is a question that Steven Johnson, bestselling author of Future Perfect, sought to answer at a recent talk that I had the pleasure of attending. Steven highlighted common themes he’s come across on where good ideas come from:...

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Employee Engagement or Corporate Brainwashing?

Last month Dave Eggers published his latest novel, The Circle. I immediately geeked out when I saw it – Eggers is not only the author of one of my most favorite books, What is the What, he’s also the founder of 826 Valencia, a fantastic San Francisco non-profit that encourages literacy skills in kids. Brilliant Ink supported the organization financially...

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What if your business got a reality TV makeover?

I’ve become hooked on a reality TV show. I’m not proud of it, but there you are. It’s not the Bachelor or annoying numbskulls surviving on an island; the show I like is called “Hotel Impossible” and features the impossibly competent Anthony Melchiorri. For the uninitiated amongst you, firstly, you don’t know what you’re missing, and second, the premise of...

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Unplugged

This past weekend, my husband and I got more than we bargained for on a trip to Big Sur. Upon arriving at our hotel, we discovered that it was a bit more rustic than we had anticipated - no TV, Wi-Fi, or cell phone service. It’s 2013. Don’t all hotel rooms have TV at least?! As our initial shock wore...

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New Year’s Resolutions

When the year ends, I like to take a moment to look back and reflect on the year’s events- the good, the bad, the happy and the sad all come together to make each year special and unique. I also like to think about what my goals were for the previous year and how I achieved them. My goal for...

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Beginner’s Mind

As the new kid on the block at Brilliant Ink, I thought my first blog post should be about just that: being new, and the valuable perspective that offers. “Beginner’s mind” is a concept from Zen Buddhism that encourages cultivating a sense of openness to new experiences and information – and not becoming too attached to your own opinions or...

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On Writing

I have to admit – I hate scary things. I am terrified of horror films and even have to turn away when an ad for a scary movie comes on TV. Besides a short-lived obsession with R.L. Stine books in my teen years, I’ve also avoided scary books, which means I haven’t had much opportunity to read Stephen King. I’ve...

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The Mess Before the Masterpiece

Sounds of frustration filled my kitchen as my daughter worked on a poem for her first grade teacher. “Ugh, I should’ve used pencil,” she said. “I keep messing up.”My response? “Well then, you are a real writer. We never get it quite right on the first try.”One of my favorite writings about writing is by Anne Lamott: “Shitty First Drafts,”...

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Summer reading

This week marks the official start of summer, which means we’re all looking forward to bbqs, beach time and of course, some good summer reading. There’s nothing better than sitting in the sun with a good book, so we wanted to share a few of our current favorites around the office: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits,...

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