The Reset (not to be confused with “The Reflex”)

For the last few years, Imagine has closed down from Christmas through New Year’s Day. If a client or media outlet needs help or information, anyone they need is pretty easy to reach. But for the most part, employees are home with their friends and families. It’s a reset. I think there’s value in an…
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Wrapping up 2014

Yes, dear readers, here is another end-of-the-year, panic-inducing list of things you have to do RIGHTNOWORELSE. Okay, you don’t have to do it rightnoworelse but if you have a spare afternoon as the year winds down, here a few things you can do to prepare for 2015. Purge, purge, purge. If you don’t like it,…
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Tiny houses, big lessons

Over the past few months, I’ve become interested in the new trend of building and living in tiny houses. At this stage in my life, I’m not ready to give everything away and move into a 200-square-foot home; however, the movement promotes many lessons that can be beneficial for anyone, anywhere. Those I’ve taken from…
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Garbage in, garbage out

Our first step to problem solving is almost always the internet and Google. From getting a stain out to starting a business to learning to make the perfect paella, it all starts in that magic toolbar that opens every book and manual under the sun. But have you ever heard that old adage “Garbage in,…
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Stuffed at the goal line

As I write this, we’re still in the middle of the World Cup (minus the U.S. team) while the other football, the one with the funny looking pigskin spheroid, waits in the wings. And I’m reminded of a few clients who, over the years, could learn a lesson from both. Specifically, I’ve noticed a pattern…
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10 lessons from a young professional

On Jan. 4, 2004 I joined the Imagine team as a full-time employee after interning during my last semester of college at UNLV. I can’t believe 10 years have passed. I have learned a lot in the last decade and thought I would share 10 of these lessons here.  1.      Work is work. But where…
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Michigan State Spartans Footbal

You are the program

This phrase hangs above the walkway onto the football field at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. I saw it in a picture back in September and it’s stuck with me ever since. You see, it’s about so much more than football. The successful program isn’t built on one person’s talent. It’s built on the…
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Shut up and work!

Shut up and work. We all get frustrated. We feel impatient. We feel discouraged. We try to shift the pieces so they make sense. The belief that the world is a puzzle for you to decode is discouraging, de-motivating and just plain inaccurate. Shut up and work. All that noise feels like progress, but in…
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‘Stay patient, stay humble.’ – D.J. Allen

My first official graphic request for the purposes of marketing came from D.J. Allen 13 years ago when he worked as marketing director for HBC Publications. I’d worked for them as a freelance editorial cartoonist, so they gave me a shot at doing a graphic depicting a man leaping over a huge pile of pennies…
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Four Simple Rules

I’m not a big fan of motivational posters. For one thing, they are rarely motivating. For another, the messages tend to be dumb. I’m reminded of one I saw years ago depicting eagles soaring high over a mountaintop. The caption read, “They can because they think they can.” That’s not technically true. They can because…
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