Ok, it’s time to get real. What exactly is a former graphic designer turned greeting card manufacturer turned corporate lackey doing in the midst of another retirement? Well, this one decided to reinvent herself. Again. My latest accomplishment is receiving certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP). More on that at the end of the post, but for now just know I am glad the exam is over! Yowser.
It’s been six months since COTY/philosophy, inc.—my last training ground for what’s next—decided NYC was a better place to be than PHX. Since then I have pulled together groups of fantastically intelligent, funny and cool people into small groups (dubbed “Conversation Bubbles”) just to see what would happen. Wow! Here’s what has happened so far…
Where it all started (the first Conversation Bubble), the Hatchery is six of my most creative, energized friends. We come together once a month to invent stuff. The following is the output of the group so far.
The Clarity Pages
Aptly named for one needing to get her shit together, The Clarity Pages exploded into existence two months ago and will be used for training CEO and other top executives on what’s what in their world. The first session is through the American Express Leadership Academy starting next month. The concept centers around gaining clarity on who you really are and aligning your daily activities to your true authenticity. Brilliant! The app is due out early next year and I smell a book deal soon after that.
The POP Project
The power of play has been on my mind for a year as I dealt with the anxiety of What’s Next. CC and I played a lot during the Great Recession and from that we know for a fact that play (in my case painting and vision journaling) is how the mind reinvents itself, creating new neural pathways that lead to new thoughts and invention. This year I have read extensively on the subject of play and how it affects the mind. Recently, I joined a group at ASU who are contributing to the research on the subject. An interactive talk is being planned for next year.
The Joy Conference
One of the Conversation Bubbles turned into a planning committee for a conference set to run next May. The conference centers on learning how to have fun as an overworked, underappreciated woman of the 21st Century.
This is another Conversation Bubble where participants bring their talents and we exchange expertise. My skills (listed above) are mixed with writers, theologians, and artists. We meet every week to discuss ideas and train each other on the finer details of our own talents.
CDE Associates, LLC
This is where the rubber meets the road. CDE Associates is a group of my most highly trained, intelligent associates who are changing the way large marketing companies grow their business. We are using proven project management techniques (which is where the PMP comes in) and specifically designed improvement tools to align—and in some cases realign—business models with the company’s authentic vision. We focus on the people, because happy people make healthy companies. We incorporate creative cores, align the marketing strategy to execution abilities, and inject the joy of life into business.
So there you have it. It’s been a productive six months. I can’t wait to see what bubbles up in the next six months.