A Whole New Mind – Design

posted January 15th, 2010 by Janet Graham

I promised to share some of the collection of tools, exercises and further reading materials which Dan Pink provided in his book A Whole New Mind to send us on our way to developing each of the six essential aptitudes — what he calls the six senses on which professional and personal satisfaction increasingly will depend. One of the six senses is Design and Pink outlined a number of tools, exercises and reading materials which one might pursue to develop this sense. The following selection resonated with me.


1.     Read Design Magazines

Pink says: “Professional designers read (and obsess over) design magazines. So should you (except for the obsess part). Reading design magazines — or just leafing through them — can sharpen your eye and inspire your mind.” These eight are on Pink’s must-read list: Ambidextrous, Dwell, HOW, iD, Metropolis, O Magazine, Print, Real Simple.



2.     Be Like Karim

Karim Rashid is “one of …

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Balancing your career and an active social/cultural/travel life

posted January 12th, 2010 by Colleen Moorehead

“How do you decide between immersing yourself in your career and balancing it with an active social/cultural/travel life?”

I think I have different answers to this question that applied at various times in my working career.

I have and do regularly deeply immerse myself in work because that is just the way I work… but I truly believe that we mammals are always required to surface to breathe. My immersion periods can be 2 weeks to 5 years in duration and they look different each time. 

I can remember when my youngest was born, I went immediately from delivery to prospectus drafting.   Eight months later with a successful IPO behind me, I took July off and hung with the kids at the lake.

At times in my career, I balanced between kids and work and that was clearly all the time I had and I still felt like I was compromising.  BK (Before Kids) …

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Ask Yourself

posted January 11th, 2010 by Janet Graham

What is it to be exceptional?

This is the question of the week. I would love you to share your answer in the Comments section below or in the Forums in the Ask Yourself section. I will include my answer in the Forums. Check it out!!!

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Personality Types

posted January 8th, 2010 by Janet Graham

I am an ESTJ according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.


My Total EQ is 98 according to the BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory.


I am an Enneagram Type 8: The Challenger according to the Enneagram Institute.


I am Striving to be in Control according to my Striving Styles Self Assessment.


I am a Humour Type according to the CTI  Co-Active Leadership Program.


I am a Soul Type 5 according to New Equations.


My Style Statement is Genuine Gentle.


What does all of this mean to me?


I believe understanding my personality type and style from all of these various perspectives allows me to better understand my potential impact on the world. And to the extent I am able on any particular day in any particular circumstance to alter my approach to allow myself to more effectively achieve my objectives whatever they might be. And when I am unable to do so for whatever reason, to learn from the situation …


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