The Sandbox Blog

This is where I share studio notes and thoughts from behind the scenes here at Creative Sandbox Solutions™ HQ. I’m all about process here, and I’m transparent about mine, so you can learn from both my wins and my mistakes.

If you have any questions or comments, don’t be shy — drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you.

What My Suitcase Taught Me About Innovation

What My Suitcase Taught Me About Innovation

When I took a solo trip to Italy back in 2008, I relied on my trusty Eagle Creek backpack as my carry-on.

Four years later, when I led a creativity retreat in Istanbul, I was done with hauling everything on my back. I found the lightest rolling carry-on available — my beloved Osprey Ozone 22″ — and paired it with a day pack for my “personal items.”

For the past dozen years, I’ve perfected my packing routine, using packing cubes and maximizing every odd compartment in my suitcase and daypack.

It worked great. Until it didn’t.
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Why Bold Leaders Should Make Art (Part 3)

Why Bold Leaders Should Make Art (Part 3)

Welcome back to the final installment of our series on why bold leaders should make art.


In Parts 1 and 2, we explored how artistic pursuits can catalyze innovationdevelop emotional intelligencereduce stressenhance focusembrace riskbuild resilience, and strengthen communication skills.

Impressive, right?

But wait, there’s more!

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Why Bold Leaders Should Make Art (Part 1)

Why Bold Leaders Should Make Art (Part 1)

This article become a long one, so I split it into three parts. Enjoy!

“I don’t have time to do something as frivolous as making art! That’s a luxury I can’t afford!”

Have you ever found yourself saying or thinking something like that? If so, you’re not alone.


I spent most of my life avoiding creative pursuits — sheesh, even during the fifteen years when I made my living as an artist, I found myself saying “I don’t have time to make art!”
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A Surprising Way To Foster A Growth Mindset

A Surprising Way To Foster A Growth Mindset

Are you familiar with the work of Carol Dweck, and the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset? As a leader, you want to cultivate a growth mindset — both for yourself and for your organization. This week’s newsletter is about a surprising way to do that.

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In case you didn’t know, for fifteen years I made my living as a professional artist and calligrapher. My work won awards, is featured in publications, and is in private collections around the world.


BUT, the road to get there was rocky.
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Why Connection Matters

Why Connection Matters

Your thriving culture of innovation is at the intersection of connectioncommunication, and creativity. “What does connection have to do with it?” you ask. Read on… 

A year ago, when the email landed in my inbox inviting me to attend the 2023 Annual Celebration of Leaders, my city’s gala to celebrate the outstanding individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions and service to the community, I debated about attending.

Although people think, because I’m a performer, that I’m a gregarious extrovert, in truth I’m much more of an introvert.

And more to the point, big social gatherings where I don’t know anyone brings out my inner seventh-grader.
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Why Showing Up Matters

Why Showing Up Matters

“Belonging, shmelonging,” you say? If you’re wondering why all this touchy-feely stuff matters in business, I have some thoughts about that. And it all starts with some unhelpful advice I received years ago. Read on…

“You’re going to have to wear a suit, you know.”

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Anxious About a Presentation? Don’t Aim for Perfect — Do This Instead

Anxious About a Presentation? Don’t Aim for Perfect — Do This Instead

I looked out into the crowd. Three hundred people looked back at me, waiting for me to start singing.

No, this wasn’t a performance. There was no jazz band. (In fact, this was years before I became a jazz singer.)

I was standing behind a podium with a machzor — a High Holy Days prayerbook — in front of me, leading Rosh Hashanah services for my lay-led congregation.

I launched into the song, heart pounding, and three hundred voices joined in, but instantly I realized that I had started the song on a pitch that was way. Too. High. 
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3 Tips For Nailing Your Pitch

3 Tips For Nailing Your Pitch

It was Friday evening, and I felt like a broken record. I’d just said some variation of “tell me a story” for the fifth time.


Contestant number five – we’ll call him Tony – had been talking about the “petabytes of test data” that his solution will help companies deal with, and my eyes were glazing over.


What did it all mean?


But let me back up a minute.

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