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Posts by Louisa Barnum

Why I Left My Dream Job

Between 2007 and 2014, I apprenticed to a man who helped South Africa transition out of apartheid, Colombia find the road to peace, and an alliance of North and South American countries change the war on drugs. He works in the background, well out of the public eye, facilitating high stakes dialogues. As his apprentice,…

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How To Improve Your Creative Abilities (and Help Save The World)

In her book The Creativity Challenge, KH Kim presents her research about plummeting creativity levels in America and the long term impact this will have. Educational policy since the 1980s is part of the problem, since more standardized testing means less creative thinking, and more recently, Trump’s stance on immigration is part of the problem…

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The Sun Wins Through — Eventually!

    This is a video showing a series of artworks by Jeff that is really one painting going through its metamorphosis from unfinished to finished. You can see a bunch of pictures are layered over; anyone of them might have worked as a finished piece. But Jeff was going for a particular expression and…

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The Secret to Conquering Busyness, Overwhelm, & Burnout

Hello and welcome to Magenta Studios, your source for tools and know-how for growing your inner capabilities for impact and success. So many of us are doing too many things, taking on too much, juggling lists of to dos… It’s incredibly challenging to find focus and carve out the time to work on what matters…

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From Fear to Creativity in an Organization Or System

Last month an electrical failure took out a portion of one of California’s main public transportation rail systems.  In response, the agency issued a remarkably honest and telling tweet: “BART was built to transport far fewer people, and much of our system has reached the end of its useful life. This is our reality.”  We’ve…

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Get A Grip On Your Fear!

Fear is a pernicious thing that can sway your perspective without your realizing. As they say: you can make facts prove anything; I know I am guilty of gathering plenty of facts to support my fears! So, what to do when you are afraid? Here’s a more positive perspective shift we use when we’re sweatin’…

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The one essential condition for success with any new project

If you are doing anything creative — and that includes leadership, entrepreneurship, and change-making when you’re doing something challenging and impactful — setting up for success can make the difference between impact or flop.  Every creative endeavor needs the right conditions for success.  A writer needs pen and paper, a computer, maybe a printer.  And a quiet place…

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Five Simple Lessons to Boost Your creative leadership

We define creativity as the ability to generate something valuable without a blueprint or instructions. IBM’s landmark study of 1500 CEOs across the globe in 2010 identified “creativity” as the single most important leadership competency for enterprises seeking a path through the extraordinary complexity of the world today. What did they mean by this? Today’s…

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Not your normal approach to meditation; Part three

This is the third exercise in a series of meditations designed to help develop your inner practices.  This one is about gratitude. I have seen gratitude exercises offered in lots of places; it’s not a new idea. However, try doing it every single morning right when you wake up.  Same time, every day.   Think…

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