This blog is the first in a series on what I believe to be a basically ignored, underappreciated and undervalued component of creativity, innovation and success – “applied imagination.” I am fairly certain that you have heard the expressions - ...

What explodes creative thinking? There are dozens of suggestions available in hundreds of books and articles. But one thing is true. The more experiences you have and more information you place in that three-pound piece of gray matter called The Brain, the more punch you...

In today’s hyper-connected world it is easy to get lost in the forest of overwhelming flow of emails, social networking or just trying to complete your daily 'to do' list of mandatory maintenance. But goals that only keep us afloat do not help us grow....

First, let’s get some facts straight. Research shows that more than 80% of us fail at keeping our New Year’s resolutions because we unconsciously set ourselves up for failure. One of the main reasons is, without awareness, we focus on the downside of not achieving...

I am one of the most fortunate individuals in the world because I am an entrepreneur. I have been able to weave together four successful careers, help others make money, make myself comfortable and ...

I am truly an evangelist for the imagination, so when I have the perfect platform to present my speech topic and an open and receptive audience, my soul is full of fire. It happened this week....

Life can turn on a dime. I got up last Monday morning, grabbed a cup of coffee and headed to the computer with the intention to write a new article and put some finishing touches on another project. Within moments, I felt terribly sick and...

I just finished two very large projects and immediately felt myself begin to take an emotional downward spiral. “Why is this happening?” I asked myself. “These goals have been striving to complete. You should be flying high with joy.” Then...

If I could give one piece of advice which would help others gain more control of their lives and become more centered it would be to…Make Friends with Reality. Here is precisely what I mean. ...

Good news. Will power works. Bad news: Will power drains your mental resources. Better news: You can re-charge your mental battery. The challenge for all creative individuals, specifically writers, is to know when you need to recharge. Part of this...

A creative life goes hand-in-hand with diversity and adversity – actively seeking out diversity in communication and managing adversity in life. While creativity may be our natural, pure state, being creative fuctions best ...

If you are going to succeed in any business - in any arena - in todays competitive environment, you had better think out-of-the-box, embrace change and take some risk. That is exactly what the former Apple executive, Ron Johnson,...

I have always been concerned – more so lately – about the dog-eat-dog, kill or be killed, Darwinian survival mindset of business leaders today. I don’t mean to imply that I believe all competition is bad. It has its place and,...

I just recently returned from visiting on the set of the new Tom Cruise movie ONE SHOT being filmed in Pittsburgh, Pa. It was an educational and enlightening ...

After presenting my program – IMAGINE THAT! to a sales team from a major pharmaceutical company, my wife and I were asked to join them for dinner. After some wonderful dialogue about the program, my wife asked the eight people in attendance question....

A few days ago I had the privilege of presenting the keynote speech “Imagine That! Influencing the Elephant” to the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation at the New York Sheraton in Manhattan....

I would like people to understand that we always create mental movies in our head. If you look at what you’re doing for dinner tonight or what your plans are for tomorrow or what you would like to do in the future or a...

Back to the beginning of this conversation, I think there is something else that oftentimes, especially in business, the expression -If it is not broke, do not fix it. But what you are saying to me is, if is not broke, you may want...

Today, we are going to talk about something that not a whole lot of business leaders I am aware of talk about and that is, the imagination. ...

The interview continues on True Leadership: Part 2 of 3 Peter: That’s really interesting. Let’s unpack some of these a little bit, James. It seems to me one attribute here that certainly most great leaders have is they are risk takers, they...

I had a very strange experience in the health club this morning. An acquaintance of mind approached me with what I thought to be, at first, a horrifying story. He had recently discovered a mole on his shoulder that looked suspicious. ...

Last week was quite the emotional high. Over the past months I have been slowly developing a new multiple-leveled program for both pre-surgery patients and the staff and surgeons of the medical profession. I’ve based this program on my private one-one-one work over...

Last week I had the privilege of presenting my new program, IMAGINE THAT!, to the top 26 sales leaders of a major and extremely successful communications company. This event was a reward, incentive program where the winners brought their spouses to enjoy a stay...