Stories That Move The Movement

Real stories, narrative stories, are powerful. They connect people and forever change those people for the better. Great stories exist outside time. They live in people’s hearts. And they fuel their actions That’s why stories are the language of tribes. And as such, they hold the power to emotionally connect people. And to define and […]

What’s A Story, Anyway?

Stories are powerful. They connect with something deep within us. They help us make sense of the world and our place in it. The kinds of stories that motivate tribes and ignite movements define the cause. They illuminate our ideas and actions and make them memorable. They change things When done well, they transcend mere […]

Art Changes Things

You want to change things? Make art. Art is the human ability to do something for the first time. Something that may not work. Art is the work of a human being doing something real and personal that might change things. Art is about the important stuff. Because… But this world of art is not […]

You’re Not Done Yet

There’s a great deal to be said about the past year. Which, of course, is why Webster’s summarized it all with one word. Their word of the year… Surreal Merriam-Webster defines “surreal” as “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream.” That’s a fine definition. But it’s also kind of tricky. Like everything else […]

Where Purpose Lives

The definition and nature of purpose is often misunderstood. It does not reside in a founder’s head. You won’t find it on an organizational chart. What about a nifty slogan? And it’s usually not visible on a vision and values poster. Or in your typical mission statement. Powerful, world-changing purpose lives inside the members of […]

The Purpose Effect

That’s you, tossed hither and yon. Pushed here and there by every wave of change. That’s your tribe Pulled by each misguided would-be, could-be opportunity. Buffeted by every possible concern of every possible constituency. Floating aimlessly from one flavor-of-the-month to another. Jolted by every news cycle. That’s you Susceptible to every wave of expediency. That’s […]

Stories Of IMC On The New Frontier

It’s just a hazy, fading memory now. But when I was a young boy a teacher changed my life. She made me stay after school and learn to read. Actually, I was already a passable reader. Mrs. Hoarsley thought I could be better You see, she believed in me when I didn’t really believe in […]

To The Big Uneasy

You’ve probably been here before. In fact, there’s a really good chance you’re here right now. Feeling uneasy. With that queasy little flutter in your stomach With that voice in your head questioning if what you are doing is worth all the extra time and effort and pain. Wondering if you’ll ever break through. Because […]

Aristotle Leads A Tribe

It was blazing hot. We were lost. We were exhausted. We couldn’t fight our way out. And the harder we tried, the hotter it got, the more frustrated we became and the grumpier we felt. We needed something special. Something cool. That’s when I turned to my friend Aristotle, the master of logic, for a […]

Recognize Me?

I had spent a good part of my life trying to find the secret. I’d searched and searched. Then one day, when I least expected it, she turned to me and said the most insightful and profound thing I had ever heard. You just got to decide for yourself. You got the Saint Louie Blues, […]