ADHD mislabeled as an "inability"

learning, thinking and creating

would you like to know why children are so often mislabeled in our public schools as having ADHD? here is a fascinating book explaining how artists, inventors, and innovators carry the gene necessary for the future survival of humanity.

Q: how can we nurture and support this class of people in our school and work environments?

p.s. I am off for a two week European vacation! I look forward to reading all of your thoughts, inquiries and comments when I, learn and pass it on!


your preferred learning style(s)


understand your preferred learning styles and greatly benefit your life!

an interesting exercise can be downloaded here.


ticket the ticket-givers


Q: what would it be like if we could ticket the ticket-givers, grade the grade-givers and time-out out the time-out givers?


color your mood: colorgenics


just as different colors effect your mood,
can your emotional status be analyzed
by testing your preference
for certain colors?

color psychologists have created methods to do just this and this is the one I like the best.

Q: how do you think this test was created?


tipping point


similar to the great book crossing the chasm, the tipping point is an "intellectual adventure story written with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas."

if you don't have time to read the entire book, here is what it says.

Q: are you a connector, salesperson, or maven?


what is right and what is wrong?


Q: to you, what is right and what is wrong? if someone else sees the opposite, can it really be universally right, or wrong in the first place?


your multimedia diary

creating: technology

log your life!
a multimedia diary of the items you collect with your mobile phone.

Nokia has created "Lifeblog," software that automatically organizes your cell phone photos, videos, text messages, and multimedia messages into a clear chronology you can easily browse, search, edit, and save on the web.

Q: in addition to personal interests, how can converging media tools assist professional development efforts?


concentration takes tools

learning, thinking, creating

have you, or your children ever heard the following?
lazy; tends to daydream too much; poor concentration...

for organic thinkers, mindmapping is a natural way to learn, think and create.

my clients learn how to use the mindmapping technique and can apply it in many ways, including brainstorming, writing, website design, journaling, strategic planning, note-taking, dialogue, group work and presentations.

I invite you to try this and tap into both sides of your brain, in order to get the most out of your tantalizing thoughts!


laughed today?


"the most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed."
--nicholas-sebastien chamfort

Q: how did you co-create your laughable laughter today?


the power of environment


Q: if we are influenced by our environment, how do places and things influence our energy?


a powerful learning organization

learning: organizational

the following attributes make up a powerful learning organization. interesting ideas of the question "why bother?" are found here.

  • there is a shared organizational vision
  • values of sharing knowledge are clearly stated
  • it is easy to capture and share knowledge
  • the physical environment facilitates shared learning and knowledge

Q: is your work place set up to be a learning organization?


thinking styles matching your job?

learning and thinking

QUICK TEST! ask a person a question and listen really closely. do they respond with logic, or creativity?

as a parent, partner, or organizational leader, do you know the dominant side of your brain? do you know the importance of this awareness?

you can begin by taking this example online assessment.

Q: how does your dominant thinking style match your current job?


enslaved by the norm


I must create a system,
or be enslaved by another man's.

I will not reason and compare;
my business is to create.

--William Blake

Q: what are you waiting for?


the heart of any question


Q: when you really want to get to the heart of something, simply ask: what really matters?


unlearning what is learned


"as Lao Tzu said, to gain knowledge, add things everyday. to gain wisdom, remove things everyday. this is so true, our brain is like a computer and in order for it to function at a higher level, we must always be adding, while simultaneously taking away information that no longer serves us. think about it, what do you want to remove from your database? and, what new software program will you replace it with?"

paragraph above taken from the "Top 20 Qualities of Smart People," By Michelle L. Casto, M.Ed.
compliments of my friend, mike dean.


dancing is painting


painting is dancing on paper.
truth: we can all paint.
-- sark

have you danced lately?


eyes accessing cues game

learning & thinking

are they looking up and to the right? what does THAT mean?? NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) can be a fascinating look into learning how you learn and becoming aware of your thought and language styles.

as I have studied communications over the years, I've learned many things about my learning and thinking styles. NLP has taken me to another level. I now know why it's easiest for me to communicate visually, why I connect with certain people's humor, and why it's difficult to talk about my feelings while looking someone in the eyes at the same time.

I invite you to learn how you learn by gaining a brief understanding of NLP.
begin by taking this fun eye accessing cues game!


art and the now


Art brings you into the now.

I enrolled my daughter into a pottery class and her eclectic instructor was wearing a hat that stated this perfect quote.

Q: how might you live this statement, today?


virtual talking host

learning: online

check out this virtual talking host service!
perhaps this could be your next great tool for conducting online learning modules with an appeal.

tell me what you think!


high-powered learning environments

learning: children

the following list outlines eight keys to a high-powered learning environment. the author of these principles (see resource and list details) said they were "designed to not only enhance learning, but make it the profoundly fulfilling and enriching activity it can be."

I like how these principles reflect my own approach to learning with my five year-old daughter.

1) If it's not fun, don't do it.
2) More is learned through play than formal instruction.
3) Familiarity breeds learning.
4) [Beware of child testing.]
5) An environment by itself can be a powerful teacher.
6) Positive parental attitude for a child's learning activities multiply the effects of teaching tools...children do emulate their role models and are motivated by positive reinforcement.
7) Humor along with fantasy and strong imagery is a powerful teaching combination.
8) Tolerance for ambiguity is a gift.

Q: do you find yourself having to unlearn what you've learned in order to live any of these principles?


positive before the negative

higher thinking

all negative behavior comes from FEAR.
when approaching someone with an issue, go positive before the negative.

Q: do you think your soul always says yes and your ego always says no?