Innovation means different things to different people

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Innovation means different things to different people.

On a granular level, it means creating new things out of old things. More generally, innovation can mean doing things in a completely new and different way.

Early in my career, I worked for a big advertising agency, running accounts for brands part of Fortune 500 companies like Kodak, Pizza Hut, and Zantac75 (and yes, after working on Pizza Hut it was ironic to listen to focus groups of heartburn sufferers who ate too much pizza and therefore needed Zantac75).

There were processes and protocols and “formulas” (rules) for how to do things…


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The last thing I thought I needed in my life was another social media platform.

But I must admit, Clubhouse is the most exciting platform I’ve come across in a long time. And my initial experiences with the app have shown me that it gives us what we’ve always really, truly wanted from social media: meaningful conversations and connections.

Some of that comes from the fact that it’s audio-based, and that you feel like you’re actually connecting with other human beings. But this feeling of connecting and interacting is even more pronounced right now because Clubhouse is still in its…


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2020 was a year of change.

Companies that were struggling closed their doors. Businesses that were just starting to find their footing, if they were well positioned, accelerated. A company like Zoom is a remarkable example of how quickly change can grab hold in society. Before COVID-19, at the end of 2019, Zoom had around 10 million daily active meeting participants. Now? They have over 300 million.

Of course, not every business has a story quite like Zoom’s. According to Fortune, more than 100,000 businesses that had originally shut down temporarily have since gone completely out of business. And according…


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“How do you spark joy in a joyless time?”

Someone asked me this recently. I had just joined an intimate business networking group and was sharing my current “lay of the land” which was: I’m exhausted, I’ve just recovered from COVID, I’m lonely, I miss hugs, it’s hard to find my usual spark.

That’s when the question about how I might take action to do something that would bring me joy came about. And the answer that came to mind was how much I wanted to get on a plane tomorrow, fly to Paris, and explore the city. Not the…


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Has there ever been a time in history where it’s this easy to get distracted?

Notifications, text messages, emails, Slack alerts, the number of ways in which we can be reached today is limitless. On top of that, especially in today’s remote culture, we are expected to be available for Zoom calls and phone conferences all hours of the day. Add in social media, breaking news updates, and funny memes from friends in group chats, and the art of staying focused has become its own item on the priority list.

They always say that research is me-search. I am writing…


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I recently wrote an article about why, before setting a bunch of New Year’s resolutions, we should all take a moment to acknowledge how challenging 2020 was and that it’s ok to feel unmotivated and uninspired.

But after writing that piece, I started asking myself a second question… Maybe instead of writing out specific goals for 2021, I would be better off writing an overarching manifesto for myself?

Goals are always so specific, maybe too specific. Running a marathon is a clear “goal.” Reaching $X in revenue with your business is a “goal.” But after a year like 2020, I’m…


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Creativity is about more than just “creating things.”

It’s also about self-reflection.

At the beginning of the pandemic back in March, I was listening to this Kabbalah recording in an attempt to wrap my head around what was happening and what the future was going to look like. And one of the main messages in this piece was the idea of being proactive in one’s life. …


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A few years ago, an interesting study came out of Harvard Business Review titled, “The Business Case for Curiosity.”

In the study, HBR reported how an increase in employee curiosity led to a dramatic increase in company-wide creativity; how curiosity leads to empathy, which leads to reduced conflict amongst team members; and how “Google identifies naturally curious people through interview questions such as these: ‘Have you ever found yourself unable to stop learning something you’ve never encountered before? Why? What kept you persistent?’”

And then a few weeks ago, I came across a piece on Medium titled, The 2-Word Trick…


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2020 has been challenging in just about every way possible.

No matter who we are or where we live, we’ve all felt the impact of COVID-19 in our lives this year. We have felt these challenges with our health, some people not being able to get the care they need in a timely manner. We have felt these challenges economically — whether you’re a business owner like I am, or an employee in search of work. …


Here are seven things you should know before you take the plunge.

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A lot of people say they want to write a book, but don’t have the time or know where to start.

While most of the country has been working from home these past few months though, many of us find ourselves with a little bit more alone time on our hands. It’s easy to use that time, picking up old hobbies, redecorating the house, or wasting it away on social media.

What if now is the perfect time to write that book?

According to The Guardian, book publishers and agents have seen a spike in book proposals as a result…

Amy K Stanton

Founder & CEO, Stanton & Company. Co-author of The Feminine Revolution. https://femininerevolutionbook.com/

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