Tuning In to Your Creativity

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to use music as a strategic thinking tool. Reading time: 3:09

      How do you fine tune your creative thinking skills?

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein

       With a fine tune.

        Albert Einstein chose to play the violin to help him relax and problem solve more readily, according to his son, Hans Albert.

        Whenever Albert Einstein felt that he had come to the “end of the road or into  a difficult situation in his work, he would take refuge in music. That would usually resolve all his difficulties,” Hans Albert recalled of his dad’s String Theory of a Different Kind.

        At any rate, music just may be the oil in the engine of creative and strategic thinking.  In fact, some of the world’s most renowned thinkers –leaders –were musically talented:

      Galileo, the son of a musician, played a guitar like instrument called the lute.
Thomas Jefferson played the violin.
Ben Franklin, who invented the glass harmonica, played the guitar and harp.
Henry David Thoreau played the flute.
Albert Schweitzer played the organ. Continue reading “Tuning In to Your Creativity”

Fly the High Untrespassed Sanctity of Space

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to spark your imagination to higher horizons. Reading time: 2:53.

           Even as a teenager, Albert Einstein climbed to new vantage points and envisioned things that most had never even thought of before . As an energetic 16-year-old, he climbed the 8,000 foot Mount Santis in the Swiss Alps-and gave us all a glimpse of his visionary leadership.

          There on top of the mountain, Albert Einstein stood amazed –and almost in a daze at the sparkling rays.

         There above the treeline and overlooking the clouds below, Einstein marveled at the brilliant spectacle of light — its purity and precision, its might and majesty– that captured his imagination. “Could you run after a beam of light” he wondered.

       That ability to gain a new vantage point, to see farther –and further– ahead is a key leadership skill.  Climbing that mountain Continue reading “Fly the High Untrespassed Sanctity of Space”

Reject Rejection and Eject Safely

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to motivate you to stay the course and achieve your goals.

       Rejected again. You didn’t get that job or that promotion.  Your last “great” idea bombed. Customers didn’t buy it. And right now your self-worth is so low you feel about as needed a pant presser in a nudist colony.

Sylvestor Stallone Fought Rejection In Becoming Rocky

    When you’re feeling that low, that rejected, leaders re-frame the experience. They tell themselves they’re being EJECTED not Rejected.  They think of themselves as if they  were a computer disk ejected from the hard drive –not rejected.

      Reject implies incompatibility to a given specific situation (i.e. the body rejects a heart). Eject implies versatility in finding a more supportive climate, much like a fighter pilot EJECTS when his plane is damaged.

      Leaders facing rejection think of themselves as an ejected pilot. They know they will  eventually land safely in an environment where they can thrive more than merely survive. The most effective leaders  routinely reject rejection and eventually arrive at their Promised Land.

      Here are a few examples of leaders who have turned a rejection storm of enormous discontent into an ejection norm of enormous content, brimming with opportunity and success.

     Sylvestor Stallone was rejected more than 1,000 times by movie producers before Rocky became a multimillion dollar movie hit. Continue reading “Reject Rejection and Eject Safely”

Saluting the Flag of Your ImagiNATION

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints  Guy

Here’s an idea to enhance your creativity. Reading time: 3:58

             Have you ever felt like running away from it all?  Oh, the freedom, the sense of wonder and opportunity over that next horizon!

             running-at-the-beachLet’s run away just like that 11-year-old boy did so many years ago. He stowed away on a ship bound for India. But then his dad caught up with him just before the ship headed out to the open sea.

         The boy was punished. His mom scolded him: “If you ever run away again, travel only in your imagination.”

          Jules Verne listened, the same Jules Verne who would travel most famously ONLY IN HIS IMAGINATION as a renown science fiction author:  Navigating 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Embarking on a Journey to the Center of the Earth. And rocketing From The Earth to The Moon for a manned landing on the moon 104 years before Neil Armstrong first took “One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”

         Ah,  the power -the POWER–of your  imagination. So powerful that Napoleon said imagination rules the world. So powerful that Albert Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Continue reading “Saluting the Flag of Your ImagiNATION”