Clarity First Newsletter, March 2, 2018

“I think we should all be more inquisitive and much nicer to each other.” – Anthony Burrill

Clarity First Newsletter February 23, 2018

“Both artists and entrepreneurs function as our society’s scouts, forerunners who are sensitive to changing conditions, on the lookout for broader perspectives and new opportunities, who report back to the rest of us about the emerging landscape ahead.” – Yo-Yo Ma

Clarity First Newsletter, February 16, 2018

“Graphic design will save the world, right after rock and roll does.” – David Carson

Clarity First Newsletter, February 9, 2018

“We cling to our individuality, but we experience true ecstasy when we give it up.” – David Byrne

Clarity First Newsletter, February 2, 2018

“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Clarity First Newsletter, January 26, 2018

“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” – Alvin Toffler

Clarity First Newsletter, January 19, 2018

“The world is not to be put in order, the world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order.” – Henry Miller

Clarity First Newsletter, January 12, 2018

“To truly love we must learn to mix various ingredients – care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust, as well as honest and open communication.” – bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Clarity First Newsletter, January 5, 2018

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy

Clarity First Newsletter, December 29, 2017

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.” – Howard Zinn.

Clarity First Newsletter, December 22, 2017

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill

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