ALAN PHILIPS

SOUL INDULGENCE: 8 SIMPLE QUESTIONS TO FIND YOUR PASSION

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Found this post as I was dozing off to sleep the other night.  It is amazing how many people ask me questions about what they should or shouldn’t be doing.  In my mind it always comes back to following your passion to find your flow.  Here are some questions to help you do that from my favorite, Fast Company…

In a previous post, I shared questions that can help in overcoming fear of failure. But…

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Apr 18
SOUL INDULGENCE: 8 SIMPLE QUESTIONS TO FIND YOUR PASSION

HBR: THE INDISPENSABLE POWER OF STORY

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Some people have a way of making the complex clear.  They know who they are, why they do what they do, and where they want to go. Because they have internalized all this, they are able to sharply crystallize ideas and vision. They speak in simple, relatable terms. And they can get a lot accomplished.

Making your words understandable and inspirational isn’t about dumbing them down. Instead, it…

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Apr 16
HBR: THE INDISPENSABLE POWER OF STORY
NY TIMES: WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART BEAT THE FASTEST?

The following is an excerpt from this week’s Corner Office column in the New York Times.  The interviewee was Brad Smith the Chief Executive of Intuit.  
Apr 14

NY TIMES: WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART BEAT THE FASTEST?

The following is an excerpt from this week’s Corner Office column in the New York Times.  The interviewee was Brad Smith the Chief Executive of Intuit.  

ACTS OF CREATION: WE ON A WORLD TOUR WITH A PAN IN OUR HAND..

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The article below appeared in The Guardian from London.  It started as pop up’s and now it’s roaming restaurants.  It speaks to the concepts such as “the incredible shrinking” world aka globalization, immediacy, and as Ferran Adria said on Charlie Rose, the need to create “chaos” to continue groundbreaking creativity.  It’s an amazing world and time we are living in.  Enjoy the post and have a…

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Apr 10
ACTS OF CREATION: WE ON A WORLD TOUR WITH A PAN IN OUR HAND..

WORDS OF WISDOM: WHY THE BEST CREATIVES & ENTREPRENEURS ARE HUMBLE

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“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” — C.S. Lewis

In an age where social media runs rampant with humblebrags and constant barking, humility grows scarcer every day. While this trend may not appear to have any face value, it holds significant implications for your personal achievements, your team building and relationships, and a more realistic…

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Apr 8
WORDS OF WISDOM: WHY THE BEST CREATIVES & ENTREPRENEURS ARE HUMBLE

CREATOR: FERRAN ADRIA ON CHARLIE ROSE

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Humble, elegant, imaginative, quite simply an icon.  I had the honor of meeting Ferran Adria last year at his brothers restaurant “Tickets” in Barcelona.  Amazingly, as I headed over to meet the Adria brothers I boarded my plane and who is sitting two rows behind me in coach, none other than the great Ferran.  Could have been quite simply a coincidence, but I like to think that we are connected…

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Apr 1
CREATOR: FERRAN ADRIA ON CHARLIE ROSE

LIFEHACK: A BETTER LIFE BY SENDING FIVE EMAILS

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This one comes courtesy of my lovely wife Gelareh, check her out on instagram @gelarehmizrahi, shameless plug.  This one really gives you some wonderful words of wisdom for making your life better through some very simple steps…

I’ve covered a lot of research on how to make your life better but many people struggle with implementing changes because it seems like a major undertaking. It doesn’t…

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Mar 25
LIFEHACK: A BETTER LIFE BY SENDING FIVE EMAILS

NY TIMES: “HEAD & HEART” LEADERSHIP

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The below is an excerpt from this week’s Corner Office interview with Don Knauss of Clorox.  His insights into leadership and hiring I found particularly interesting… Enjoy and have an amazing Monday.

What were some other leadership lessons?

One thing I learned very quickly was that there’s a head part and a heart part. The head part was, how are you going to focus the organization? And it had…

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Mar 24
NY TIMES: “HEAD & HEART” LEADERSHIP

ACTS OF CREATION: FACADES

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The following is a gift from my incredibly talented friend & cousin Melody Godfred of WriteinColor.com

Facades is an ongoing series of work by French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy that imagines a world where facades have been completely isolated from buildings. He shares of the project:

“The façade is the first thing we see, it’s the surface of a building. It can be impressive,…

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Mar 18
ACTS OF CREATION: FACADES

VICE & OZERSKY: WHY CHEF’S HATE FOOD WRITERS..

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Love him or hate him Josh Ozersky is a wealth of food knowledge and an amazingly fun guy to hang out with.  Below is his latest article for Vice in which he discusses “Why chef’s hate food writers…” Enjoy.

More people probably hate me than I realize. It’s not because I’m a bad person—although I am— but instead it’s because of my being a food writer. Chefs hate food writers and they are right to…

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Mar 17
VICE & OZERSKY: WHY CHEF’S HATE FOOD WRITERS..