How to Create Intellectual Property That Matters

Here is an interview I did with Joyce Odidison on how to think about intellectual property rights in the remote work place. In recent weeks, the world has seen millions of people shift to online work spaces, where the most valuable commodity is intellectual assets. One of the questions that came up in my conversation with Joyce is how to think about intellectual property rights in these times and what we can do to ensure two things:

1. that our work is protected as intellectual property; and

2. that we do not infringe someone else's intellectual property.

The easiest way to think about the first question is to make sure that your work reflects your personality, style, and authentic expression as much as possible. The more personal characteristic you can put into your work, the better your work will fare as intellectual property. Bare skeletal work is usually not protected as intellectual property (more explanation below).

The easy way to think about question 2 is also to...

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Finding the Courage to be Creative

There are so many known benefits to being creative. Yet, few of us make creativity a practice or habit. In this week's podcast episode, we discuss some of the known benefits of creativity, why being creative and sharing your work with the world is hard, and finding the courage to do that. As we discussed in Episode 4, if we are all able to meet the world's deepest need from our place of deep happiness, we will be truly fulfilled and happy. Being creative is a great way to access our heart-center but we should not just stop there. We should share our creative output with the people around us and with the world. And we need to find the courage to do just that - share our creativity with the world. American columnist, Erma Bombeck's quote about creativity sets the discussion in this podcast about having the courage to be creative:

In this podcast, I discuss what courage might look like and how I find the courage to create and share my creative work you and with the world. I've...

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5 Essentials to Creating a Business that Thrives

Creating a business that is successful is difficult. It takes a lot of thought, commitment, hard work, and foresight to build the momentum to get your business off the ground and to then run a successful business. A successful business does more than maximize profits to satisfy corporate shareholders, venture capitalists, and other financiers. A business that truly thrives creates an environment that employees love and feel safe in, provides goods or services that their customers rave about, and is able to comfortably and effectively scale. Here are 5 essential things you absolutely must do well to create a thriving business.

1. Be creative about business decisions.

Businesses make many decisions, big and small, each year. However, businesses that make creative decisions, i.e. decisions that are made from a fresh perspective after considering all possible solutions, often are more successful in the long-term. Creative decision-making in business can be...

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5 Surprising Truths about Authenticity

One key essential to the heart centered life is authenticity: the quality of being real, truthful, and genuine. Authentic people tend to be trustworthy because they consistently tune in to an inner moral compass to guide their  interaction with the world around them. They make excellent leaders because their mission in the world is deliberately aligned with their most authentic personal values.

Being authentic, however, goes much deeper than sharing personal bits of information about yourself and being so vulnerable that you become an open book to the world.

Here are 5 surprising but important truths about authenticity that will help you become a leader who inspires and is highly respected:

1. Authenticity is not a leadership style, it's your character. 

Leadership styles are manifestations of your responses to a particular situation. You may use an authoritative, supportive, or democratic approach to managing people in your team or resolving a...

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The Heart-Centered Life and It's Significance

People often ask, "What is the Heart-Centered Life?" and what does it mean to be "heart-centered?" when I talk about the launch of my website and the Heart-Centered Life Podcast. Since I get asked these question quite a lot, I decided to devote this post to answering that question and going a step further to explaining why living a heart-centered life is especially important in this time and age.

What is a "heart-centered life"?

A "heart-centered life" is a life where we live our daily life in true alignment with our values, purpose, inner morality, personal experiences, and intuition. It is life where we can access our authenticity (which I take to mean a realistic view of one's self and others) and powerful emotions like empathy, courage, kindness, inner resiliency, strength, and integrity to be better people and leaders. A heart-centered life is the most fulfilling way to live because we draw from our inner reservoir of positive emotions in our approach to the world.


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Make A Difference by Building Bridges

Many of us enter professional life as professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators because we want to make a difference in the world. We would like to reduce the suffering, pain, inequality, and injustice we see around us and contribute to making our world better.

Building bridges for those who come after us is one way to make a difference. When I graduated from Stanford in 2004, my commencement speaker was Sandra Day O'Connor, whom as you know is my hero as a legal powerhouse and as a good, kind, and incredibly resilient human being.

Here is a quote from her address that I wanted to share with you:

 "A single generation of public servants cannot bridge all the gaps of inequality and injustice nor span the chasms of our nation's critical needs. But if we focus our energies on sharing ideas, finding solutions and using what is right with America to remedy what is wrong with it, we can make a difference."

Sandra's message resonated with me a lot when I sat in the crowd of...

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