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Business Blogs Help Us to Expand Our Big Picture Overview

496631023_5d8e50a068_zAbout creativity--From Fast Company– “Can Creativity Really be Taught?“:

But what’s all this hoopla about creativity about? Can it really be learned? Gerard Puccio, chairman of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College seems to think so. “You are seeing more attention to creativity at universities,” according to Puccio. “The marketplace is demanding it.”

A partner at the publishing company FourSight, Puccio has created a four-prong method used by businesses and in classrooms to help promote and demystify the creative process. According to FourSight, individuals each tend to gravitate toward one of four of these steps as their primary mode of thinking. Understanding which one of these four steps you most gravitate toward, according to them, can help you and your team strike a better balance:

1. FIRST, CLARIFY.

This involves identifying the problem or challenge at hand. Knowing what question to ask is key so that you know what problem you’re addressing. “If you don’t have the right frame for the situation, it’s difficult to come up with a breakthrough,” says Puccio

2. BEFORE YOU CREATE, IDEATE.

“Ideating” is just a bit of puffery for what’s essentially brainstorming or throwing ideas out there.

3. BEGIN TO DEVELOP.

When you enter the stage of developing, you’re building out potential solutions. Part of this process may very well involve failing and having to start from square one. Be prepared.

4. IMPLEMENT IT.

Convincing others that your idea is worth its salt is where implementing comes into play.

While creativity itself can’t be taught, proponents of creative studies programs believe they can offer techniques that get you thinking in new and exciting ways.

About branding–From Entrepreneur-“The Pitfalls of Personal Branding” by Steve Tobak:

One of the key tenets of personal branding is to build an identity that stands out and gets noticed. At least, that’s the theory. The problem is that the pursuit of attention can be a slippery slope that ends with your virtual persona doing serious damage to your real reputation.

Here are a few things to keep in mind so you don’t end up making the biggest mistake of your life without even realizing it:

The internet is forever. I just don’t know how else to say this in a way that really gets through to people. If you wouldn’t want it to show up anytime someone Googles your name between now and the end of time, don’t say it, do it, or post it.

Not all PR is good PR. Not only is the age-old rule “any PR is good PR” not true, it’s even less true today than it’s ever been. Don’t believe me? Some day I’ll have to tell you how I once got Bill Gates really POed and nearly destroyed a key relationship with Microsoft.

Keep your dysfunctions where they belong … buried in your subconscious. We all have issues, but some people insist on taking them out and displaying them to everyone wherever they go. Don’t be your own worst enemy.

Promote your genuine talents, not your delusions of grandeur. One of the Vanderpump Rules people gets up on tables and sings every chance she gets. The only problem is she has a terrible voice, at least in my opinion. It’s great to have aspirations, but there are smarter ways to explore your potential than doing it in front of a million viewers.

Try not to be ludicrous. You can proclaim yourself a social media guru (like you’re the only one), the CEO of a one-person company, or an entrepreneur because you once sold a comic book on eBay. It’s annoying, but not career-threatening.

About working from home–From the home page of Workshifting:

  • Work is no longer tied to an office or a cubicle. We are more connected than ever. It’s just as common to work from coffee shops, hotels, airports and home, as it is to work from the office. We are here to provide you with the tools, tricks and tips to effectively work from anywhere.
    Over 80% of employees say they maintain a better work-life balance by telecommuting. We know we do!
    By encouraging workshifting, employers can lower real estate, turnover and absenteeism costs, while increasing employee productivity. Employers can reduce their carbon footprint and fuel usage, saving employees thousands of dollars every year in commuting costs while attracting the best and the brightest, regardless of where they live.

WordPress Themes to Use For Your Landing Pages

4731898939_e972eb3594_zBloggers need to learn ways to grow his/her audience. Social media offers many avenues to market blogs. For those of you who are confused by social media, I will be posting articles and/or posts that explain which social media tools will help you to do whatever you choose to do.

For your social media hub–your landing pages–should be a free blog from wordpress. I have over 20 blogs and have done each with a different theme to show you some of the many choices you have for how your blog looks.

The wordpress themes I’ve used:

The two blogs I have created to show you a social media hub.

WordPress Landing Pages Can Be Your Social Media Hub uses Confitby Automattic theme.

Facebook Fan Pages, Pinterest, and Blogs Can Be Interconnecteduses Visual by Devin Price theme.

All the following blogs use the same theme, Mystique bydigitalnature.. They each have a different header photo for an individual look.

Emotional Sobriety: Becoming Friends & Lovers (The First and Main Blog-Nov. 2004)

Finding Your Passion: Learn How to be Happy, Joyous and Free

Books to Help You Become Stress Free: Add to Your Library for Stress Reduction

High Energy Fitness: Positive Energy Comes From Positive Choices

Our Online Retreat: A Place to Strengthen Our Faith

The Free Road: Reparenting Ourselves and Others

Twelve Steps: Recovery is a Return to Sanity

How to Start and Grow A Recovery Peer Group

For the five blogs I created to teach blogging—I used the theme,Mystique by digitalnature. But for these five blogs, because they were part of the set of five blogs, I further tied them together by using boat photos for each of the five blogs.

Blog Overview

Coral Cay Blogs

How to Build a Blog Empire

A Coral Cay Blog for Selling

My Coral Cay Blog

I used other themes for the following:

Gratitude is the Only Gift We Have For God uses Connectionstheme.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Online uses Digg 3 Column theme.

ACA Red Book Twelve Steps uses Spring Loaded theme.

Photo credit.

Kindred Spirits

After 20 years of being online and visiting a lot of websites, I have once in awhile met kindred spirits. The main commonality we have is a willingness to be open to exploring our spirituality. I decided to talk about how we are all connected in that  I believe we are each totally alike and totally unique.

Some of the lives I’ve visited over the years and been interested to continue to visit are:

(1) Kathy Wilson at www.under-one-roof.net. I have been visiting her site since 2002. She offers life coaching, website solutions, vibrational healing and workshops, classes and teleseminars. She lives in Gig Harbor, Washington. I learned from her that a website can be a collection of interests.

(2) Gordon Atkinson at www.reallivepreacher.com. For several years I didn’t know who he was but I knew I liked his writing and his life. He and I also have experienced depression—one of God’s great gifts to those of us who were asleep. Depression does get your attention. He is a real live preacher in San Antonio, Texas. Jeanene, his wife, sells beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry at gracefull things.com.

(3) Rob Waller at www.mindandsoul.info. He explores Christian spirituality and mental health not only on his blog but also in his professional life. He is a doctor of psychiatry who has managed to stay a real person. He works in Bradford, England. We share a similar interest in spirituality aiding mental health.

(4) Don Iannone at http://poeticalchemist.wordpress.com/. Don Iannone is an organizational change agent and innovation specialist with over 28 years experience in the economic development and higher education fields. He works at Richmond Heights, Ohio and has a great love for Cleveland, Ohio and poetry. I believe the only constant in life is change. He also has many spiritual links you may want to explore.

(5) Steve F. at www.ragarambler.blogspot.com. He works in the non-profit field. His profile includes “late-40-something former telecom corporate data/finance geek and former seminary student. Once I was on the road to ordained ministry; now I’m on the road to finding what else God has planned. A “friend of Bill” since December 1990, a storyteller, sci-fi fan, a former Catholic (and most-valuable-altar-boy), I’m now residing somewhere on the outskirts of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) but I’m really looking for a Meadow place that I can call “home” ”. He works in Chicago, Illinois. He and I are both “friends of Bill” and on the road to find what God has planned for us.

(6) Roldan Smith’s first post—“Where the Elephant Wants to Go” resonates one of my favorite themes—Let Go and Let God. I like the elephant in the equation to remind to remember it is much bigger than I am—God and the elephant. His blog is on-common-ground.com and is refreshingly diverse. Another great post of his is “Let Go and Let G…g” in which he shares this profound truth (in his words)–“What I learned most profoundly was the power of ALLOWING.  It was when I let go of resistance to what what was (is) in my life and the fears of what I thought I wanted and or needed from God.  It was when I ALLOWED the true essence of myself to come forth in it’s own way, that the flood gates of all that is pure and perfect were (are) able to come through.  Not TO, but THROUGH me.”

(7)  I love spiritual-experiences.com. On the home page, the site’s direction is explained. “Spiritual Experiences is your source for spiritual and religious experiences, the study of spirituality, religion, enlightenment and teachers. We are interested in stories from readers like you, if you have experienced any kind of inner awakening, personal development, growth or journey, if you had a life transforming realization, an experience of transcendence, an inspiring story or if you have a gift on matters of spirituality, teachings and counseling, please submit it! If you want to have your own profile page, please sign up, it’s free!” I have loved everything I have read there.