Clarity First Newsletter December 15, 2017

“Critics say that America is a lie because its reality falls so short of its ideals. They are wrong. America is not a lie; it is a disappointment. But it can be a disappointment only because it is also a hope.” – Samuel Huntington

Clarity First Newsletter, December 8, 2017

“Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.” – Alasdair Gray

Teaching timber framers to frame their brand

It’s amazing what you can cover in two days.

The only thing missing is the brand promise.

Your brand is where the loops of infinity cross. One loop is defined by clear definition of vision, mission and values. The other loop represents how that offer meets the needs of the people you serve. 

Clarity First Newsletter, December 1, 2017

“Practice safe design: use a concept.” – Petrula Vrontikis, Art Center College of Design

Clarity First Newsletter, November 24, 2017

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” – Richard Branson

Clarity First Newsletter, November 17, 2017

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

Clarity First Newsletter November 10, 2017

“For every ‘yes’ on something, you’ll get 25 ‘no’s’. But it’s crazy how much that ‘yes’ will give you hope.” – Andre Agassi

Clarity First Newsletter, November 3, 2017

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

Clarity First Newsletter, October 27, 2017

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.” – Mahatma Gandhi

A Simplified Way to use Getting Things Done

I’ve reduced David Allen’s powerful personal productivity system into four very simple lists that are easy to maintain and track. (But you should still read the book.)

Clarity First Newsletter, October 20, 2017

“So many roads. So many detours. So many choices. So many mistakes.” — Sarah Jessica Parker

Clarity First Newsletter, October 13, 2017

“I begin each day with a ritual: I wake up, put on workout clothes, hail a taxi, and tell the driver to take me to the gym. … The moment I tell the driver where to go I have completed the ritual.” — Twyla Tharp

Clarity First Newsletter, October 6, 2017

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.” — Bill Watterson

Clarity First Newsletter, September 29, 2017

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde

Clarity First Newsletter, September 22, 2017

“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

How to talk so stakeholders will listen, and listen so stakeholders will talk.

The Clarity brand design process starts by listening to those you serve. One technique we use is the Dialog Interview. You can do this at home.

Clarity First Newsletter, September 15, 2017

“From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.” – Edgar Mitchel, Apollo 14 astronaut

Clarity First Newsletter, September 8, 2017

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac

Clarity First Newsletter, September 1, 2017

“I was adrift on a river of pride. Feels like a railroad. I pulled a whole load behind.” – Neil Young

Clarity First Newsletter, August 25, 2017

“By participating in history instead of standing by to watch we shall at least be able to enjoy the present.” – Edmund Leach

Clarity First Newsletter, August 18, 2017

“Perhaps we cannot raise the winds. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.” – E. F. Schumacher

A message of love and respect from the president

“Between hate and love, I know that love will prevail.” – GCC President Bob Pura

Clarity First Newsletter, August 11, 2017

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi