When I meet with so-called creativity consultants, I am amazed how many focus on solving problems.   Creativity is not about solving problems.  It’s about creating your dreams. It takes courage and determination to  create  and hold on to your dreams.  It’s  much easier to focus on goals or problems, and solving them.  But why settle? One university colleague continuously asked me for advice on how to handle the simplest of situations.  She is in her fifties, should not be…

One of the best things about working at Keio University was that the university created an environment where everyone could succeed. There was no one standing in your way. In fact, the university did everything they could to make you a success. That included contact with first rate international scholars, a group of intelligent colleagues, one of the best libraries in Asia,research money, book money, top-notch students. Not every star shined there, but becoming a star was in reach of…

I wondered why people were waiting in line in the “bento” section of my local supermarket. In a stroke of genius, the management hired a woman in a restaurant uniform to add the rice to each of the bentos. Instead of the rice being pre-packed, now you could get the rice from a nice woman who would take it from a rice cooker and add it to your dish. It might have been the same rice as they were using…

Some conversations are really strange, mine and others. There are times when it’s not easy to figure out what to say. Here’s the first one, overheard on the elevator today: A:  Would you like my plants?  I’m moving. B. Sure, that would be great. A. I already gave all the good ones away. Me:  [didn’t say a thing.] You:  What do you say to this? And then last week: C:  Would you like free tickets to this movie? Me:  Sure,…

You can lose money. You can lose your lover. You can lose your job. But the one thing you have to keep is this: Your Confidence. It’s not easy, I know.  And when you lose those other things, your confidence may suffer. But losing those other things may not have anything to do with you.  It may have more to do with the economy or “someone who is just not into you.” I was impressed with the 18 year old…