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100 day plan with Group 8020 (further ruminations)

On August 2nd covering , ,

This is the interesting part for me: Where there’s this wonderful interplay of content and process.

Part of the project is to understand, as a participant-observer, what’s so effective about Mark’s 100-day plan. It will necessitate my being relatively transparent about my experience, in blog form, which definitely is out of my comfort zone. There’s a wonderful freeing humility in saying “I can’t do this by myself”. There are many threads to this.

Because Mark is a consultant as well and I’ll have the experience from the perspective of the client, it’ll help me understand more about how to offer my value to the people & organizations to whom I want to make myself useful. Read more »

100 day plan with Group 8020 (Part 1 of many)

On August 2nd covering , ,

This should interest you if you have any change in your life you’ve been trying to accomplish — I’m trying to avoid the phrase “making your dreams come true” but there I’ve said it.

So this is the deal. I’ve had a private clinical practice for 15 years now, and I worked in various clinics and university settings for some years before that. All along I’ve been accumulating interest, experience and training in doing consulting work. I define consulting work as using my knowledge, skills and expertise as a psychoanalyst and psychologist for anything other than psychotherapy. It’s a big universe when you think of it that way. I’ve done some consulting projects here and there, but I haven’t yet really gotten my consulting practice up and going as a regular thing. (The busy clinical practice has been one complication). Read more »

he doesn’t write like a drummer…

On July 26th covering , ,

Dumbdrummer has good things to say about creative partnerships and more…

Great art blooms from the heartfelt, illogical, sometimes even embarrassing impulses we harbor. When we mess with those impulses too much, when we censor them, smooth the edges, and try to conform them to something we presume people will like, we destroy the vitality that makes our work compelling.

“this is probably a stupid idea….” the keys to creativity

On July 26th covering

I have learned that when people preface a comment with a disclaimer like “this is probably a stupid idea”, they are about to say something really great, so I listen up.

Variations on this include “this is probably really naive”, “I’m probably wrong about this”, “this is probably irrelevant”, etc. I have a friend who will say “this is totally naive, but…” and then say something brilliant.

I’ve noticed that practically every good idea I ever had first occurred to me as a joke. I think this works in the same way:

When we have an actual new idea, there is some feeling it’s risky. I think it’s largely about the shame of hoping you’ve created something new and the fear it’s just lame and pathetic. The feeling of embarrassment makes the disclaimer seem somehow necessary. Read more »

passion vs. snobbery: the cautionary tale of Murky Coffee

On July 21st covering ,

I deal with people who have strong opinions about what they do. They are passionate experts. Some of them are musicians, some are programmers, some are something else. Some complain about being accused of being snobs about whatever their thing is — some wear it as a badge of honor. But truly, snobbery is destructive — it drives people away.

It’s the opposite of what the specialist needs to do, which is to share their love and enthusiasm for whatever their thing is, whether it’s modern chamber music, database design, or fine bicycles.

If you are deeply passionate about a thing and you have a refined appreciation for it that you are impelled to share, you are giving a great gift to your audience/customer base/community. If you’re derogatory towards the unwashed masses who aren’t connoisseurs like you, they will hate you and you deserve it. Read more »