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Consultants Suck

I hate it when we get called consultants. The title doesn’t sit well with me. I guess I started forming negative connotations when I was in healthcare and we occasionally leaned on IT consultants to come in and help us with large projects that we couldn’t tackle in house. The teams would come in and […]

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Maturity of a Movement

So, I’ve spent some time thinking about and comparing the work we’ve been doing for the past few years with what we’ve been working on for the past 20 months or so. Year to year, the work we’re doing and the requests we’re getting are more advanced and complex than in years past. And yes, […]

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Self-Awareness as a Means of Upgrading Your Creativity.

by Parker Gates & Adam Royalty We all know what its like to go through rough patches in life. A break up or divorce, financial insecurity, or maybe the death of a loved one. Any of these situations, which are so common to everyone, can send our minds reeling and often we find ourselves operating […]

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How to Work Yourself Out of a Job

So I’m on a flight leaving Dallas, where I just attended the 4th annual graduation of a leadership academy that stoke.d helped create, and has been coaching or facilitating for the past few years. It’s one of the more gratifying parts of my work; watching several teams that have been working on yearlong healthcare projects using design thinking wrap […]

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stoke.d studio in Minneapolis

Oh, Yeahhh! We’re running a new experiment in MN. Come hang with us! Those who know us, know that we are, well…non-traditional.  We’ve consistently forged our our own path when it comes to business.  We take pride in relentlessly tuning in to the needs of our partners and clients and finding creative ways to have […]

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Reframing Character Defects

When I was in my early teens my parents and teachers started to notice certain unsettling character traits in me. Lack of focus and/or interest in my studies, and later in life a downright rebellious attitude toward doing anything I didn’t want to do. As you might imagine, this created lots of tension in the […]

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Permission To Suck

Some of the best advice (both professional and personal) I’ve ever received comes from a friend at the d.school. I was yammering on one night to some guys about how I was “gonna” write something in the near future but that I was a little nervous and scared of judgement, and therefore hadn’t really gotten […]

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Prototypes to Products

A few years ago Anna and I started making wall sized calendars in our home offices so we could see a snapshot of the entire year. We were traveling a lot and Anna wanted to keep an eye on the amount of time spent away from the family. Also, our mentors had given us the suggestion […]

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Change Your Relationship With Your Thoughts

Over the past few years I have taken to a meditation practice. Like anyone else who has embarked on the same mindful endeavor, I am not a perfect practitioner. However, through this practice I have learned some skills that have improved my creative process — and my everyday life — tremendously. If I had to pick the most valuable, […]

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Creative Booster Shots

It is so easy to fall into well-worn grooves.  They offer comfort and make life feel smoother and easier.  But, I’ve learned something about myself.  If things are too smooth it brings about creative laziness.  My curiosity grinds to a halt when too much routine sets in. So, over the years, we’ve learned to give […]

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