The Trap of Busyness

We try to manage our time. We make lists, prioritize, shuffle, cancel, raincheck. We turn our phones to silent, limit screen time, we prioritize and commit to doing things different. And, yet, we feel stuck in an endless loop of answering to inboxes and invoices. We respond. We react. We just can’t get ahead. We know there must be a better way - that the endless quest to achieve ‘balance’ will soon bear fruit.
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Searching Wisely

Kevin Agnew is a facilitator of The Collective as well as a professional career coach and an adjunct professor at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law.   We are all in a constant search. At times we are seeking a new direction – the courage to...
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Committing to Change

One of the hardest parts of making a change is commitment. (Duh; you know this.) The ideation is awesome – “Oh, the possibilities!” – but then one of many pings is heard and you’re back into email and any variety of easier / safer...
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Taking the First Step

Being open to new things is an attractive quality. When we see “openness” in others, we admire it – we praise them for bravery, living in the present. . . being risk takers. For taking the first step. Inherent in that point of view...
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Brain Food: Focusing on Strengths

When I was growing up, I used a lot of effort to blend in with my classmates and friends. We’ve all asked, “How come he is so much more talented at this than I am?” or “How did she become so much better than I...
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Staying Stuck or Moving Forward

During this month, The Collective explored the topic of “moving forward” – we looked at how we are motivated, the pro’s and con’s of making a decision, and reflecting on our progress. Just as moving forward is important, we are also big fans of...
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What Have You Always Wanted? + Idea Potluck

Last night, CEO Emily Drake got the opportunity to be a “dish” at Chicago’s infamous Idea Potluck monthly series, curated and hosted by Mac & Cheese Productions. From their web site: “Idea Potluck is about ideas rather than food, bringing together a diverse array of pre-selected...
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Repair Your Relationship with Time

One of our favorite podcasts is The Accidental Creative, hosted by author Todd Henry and billed as sharing how to “build practical, everyday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work.” (Prolific is a great word.) One of Todd’s...
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