Monday, June 18, 2012

Ten Values to Sustain Creative Practice

I've been doing a bit of work to get a portfolio shop setup over at RedBubble and in the process of trying to figure out what to put in the dreaded profile where I have to talk about myself (gasp), I realized there are some personal value that help sustain a creative practice.

Ten Values

1. There's something beautiful every day.
2. It's temporary...if we don't stop and catch it, it changes, and we can catch that too.
3. Every moment we can see this beauty is precious.
4. Every opportunity to share our passion with others is a gift of connection.
5. Perception comes from inside, from the condition of the heart. Take good care of it.
6. It's not about the tools....
7. And the tools have opened my eyes to new possibilities.
8. Zoom with your feet (thx Richard Koci Hernandez). They are the best lens I have.
9. The photo is the starting point, not the end.
10. Always play


Monday, June 11, 2012

How Do You Host an Instawalk?

A couple of weekends ago I joined a group of Instagrammers (those who use the app Instagram to shoot or share photos from their cell phones) up in San Francisco for a photo walk through Noe Valley.  About 30 to 40 people showed up and we spent the next 3 hours happily snapping away....followed by a cameraman!

DocPop, one of the leaders of the walk, of Postagram (an app that allows you to send postcards of your photos taken on the phone to friends and family) was creating a video on how to have an instawalk in your own home town.  The results are quite marvelous!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How Will You Measure Your Life Summary

Over the weekend, I read Clayton Christensen's new book, How Will You Measure Your Life (2012) and was so impressed that I took the further step of putting together a chapter summary and discussion guide.

Christensen and his co-authors, James Allworth and Karen Dillon, apply business management theories to specific companies such as Blockbuster and Dell in a clear compelling fashion. So at this point, the book is a good refresher of business school coursework.  But where the book shines and is clearly different from others is in the next step; the co-authors take each theory and apply it to our lives, to us as individuals.  This makes the theory so much more accessible, understandable and relevant.

Here's a quick example from my summary of Chapter 8: The Schools of Experience:

McCall's theory of leadership posits not that there is "the right stuff" innately but that leaders abilities are developed and shaped by experiences in life.  All these experiences are "courses" in the school of experience.  The skills that leaders have or don't have at any point in time depends on which courses they have taken along the way.
Discussion Questions:

  1. What courses in the school of experience to you need to take to get where you want to go?
  2. What are all the experiences and problems that you have to master so that you become capable of becoming what you want to become?

The authors cover a wide range of topics from Herzberg's two-factor theory of motivation to how considering full vs marginal costs affect personal decisions you make.  He includes three chapters primarily devoted to strategic questions related to raising children.

How Will You Measure Your Life is a great question and an awesome book and I really recommend that you read it.  If you'd like a copy of my chapter summary and discussion guide, just send me an e-mail to the address in my blog profile and I'll send it to you.

Friday, June 1, 2012

New Book Is Out!

Happy Friday!
Please check out my new book of #Instagram #iphoneography on @BlurbBooks!