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We have a waiting problem
We wait for things to get better
We wait for the economy to improve
We wait for just the right moment
We wait til we have more money in the bank
We wait for a better day [Read more…]
I was curious about something: Can good ideas emerge in uncertain times amidst uncertainty and chaos? I have a simple theory that some of life’s best ideas, best opportunities and greatest successes emerge during times of unpredictability, uncertainty and chaos. My gut tells me that the complexity of today’s world, chaos at work, chaos at home, is not all that bad. That there must be a silver lining somewhere in there.
So I asked someone who is in the creative business, namely Jim Tenny, what he thought about chaos and the role uncertainty and unpredictability play in his line of work – advertising.
Jim Tenny is Chief Operating Officer of Della Famina Rothschild Jeary and Partners Advertising agency. He runs an ad shop where creativity and ideas are THE heart of their business. Companies go to them to find the right idea communicated the right way to the right audience. They NEED creative people. They NEED good ideas. And they have lots of them.
I sat down with Jim recently and asked him: Where do good ideas come from? [Read more…]
Here’s the great thing about all this uncertainty, unpredictability, complexity and chaos in our lives today: You have just as good a shot at the next breakthrough idea as anyone else. Nothing is written in stone. Everything is malleable. Anything is possible. No one has a monopoly on good ideas or the passionate pursuit of a dream.
Don’t ask Why. ASK WHY NOT? Why can’t chaos work in my favor? Why can’t I succeed and live the life I want, as others have by luck, randomness, chance or choice? Why not me? [Read more…]
Cam is a devoted husband and father to two young children residing in the countryside outside of Toronto. Cam runs a boutique consulting business. His work takes him to Berlin one week, New York the next and Singapore the week after. In between all the traveling, he manages to find time for his wife Karen and support the activities of his kids. He is a soccer coach and a Cub Scout leader.
“I love seeing the satisfaction in the kids’ eyes as they achieve something like learning to start a campfire in the woods. It’s great watching them master a new skill,” Cam told me as we talked about his work with kids.
One day Cam was trying to encourage his 9 year old son Maclain to try something new. Maclain was hesitant, a bit intimidated by the new challenge. Cam tried to reassure him and said to his son, “Sometimes you have to do things that scare you…a little.” [Read more…]
When I often think of uncertainty, chaos and unpredictability, the Emergency Room of a hospital comes to mind. I sat down with someone who knows how to handle chaos and unpredictability in the Emergency Room, namely Dr. Rahul Sharma whom I met recently through a common friend.
Back in November of 2009, Dr. Sharma became famous because he and Dr. Flavio Gaudio saved someone’s life in a dramatic fashion. They were in the Emergency Room of New York Presbyterian Hospital attending to their duties when Joe Taralosi walked in and dropped to the floor with a massive heart attack. With great passion and persistence they attempted to revive Joe by giving him 4,500 chest compressions and 8 shocks of the defibrillator.
Forty seven minutes later, they brought Joe back to life. That’s almost an hour!!! This guy was gone but they didn’t give up and brought him back. Joe recovered and has been widely talked about in the media as a great story. See more here.
After Dr. Sharma shared this remarkable story of managing such intense chaos and uncertainty with me, I was curious about how a highly trained Emergency Room doctor handles the stress and chaos. So I asked him, “How do you face uncertainty, unpredictability and total chaos in the ER when you’re confronted with having a human life on the line?” As a lesson for me on how to deal with anxiety and stress related to uncertainty. [Read more…]
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