"It's surprising how much inspiration, insight, and genuinely thought-provoking ideas can be conveyed in 99 words."
--Bernie DeKoven, FUNCoach
Creative Learning Director of
The Flirefly Group.
© 2017 Brian Remer
Updated Oct. 2017
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Learn: Four-part interview of Brian Remer by Glenn Hughes of SMART as Hell
October 2017 - Friending: Relationships that bond and bridge
September 2017 - Reciprocity: The strength of informal trust
August 2017 - Confined: Creativity when hands are tied
July 2017 - Glitch: What's your "goof" default mode?
June 2017 - Trick Perceptions: Under the Influence of Emotions
May 2017 - A Father's Choice: Bad Ideas; Better Decisions
April 2017 - Happiness: Choose your mood
March 2017 - Wants and Needs: What influences your choices?
February 2017 - Personal Issues: Bad Habits and Fitting In
January 2017 - Simply Exact: Brevity Can be Better
December 2016 - An Empty Desk: Procrastinate for Productivity
November 2016 - On a Roll: Initiating Obvious Changes
October 2016 - The Day Squandered: Leadership through self-disclosure
September 2016 - In Sight: The hidden value of loss
August 2016 - Missed Messages: Avoid serving spam
July 2016 - Threats: That's not what I meant!
June 2016 - Life Lessons: Actions speak loudest
May 2016 - Surprise Potential: Discover your special knack
April 2016 - Being Verbose: When shorter is better
March 2016 - Oops! Go ahead and make a mistake
February 2016 - Ask Stupid Questions: A great way to increase expertise
January 2016 - High Expectations: Pressured to be Perfect
December 2015 - Get the Feeling: Don't wait to choose your mood
November 2015 - Heartfelt Giving: The source of generosity
October 2015 - Left Out Cold: To Include or Not?
September 2015 - Reboot: Don't be a hero, just walk away
August 2015 - Digitally Dumber: Dealing with Stupid Systems
July 2015 - Always in Crisis: Putting Out Fires
June 2015 - Room to Wiggle: Fifty Shades of...
May 2015 - Crash Friendship: Fight, flight, or friend?
April 2015 - Doing the Dishes: Dealing with Project Scope Creep
March 2015 - Got Enough Time? Focus your attention
February 2015 - Faster Than... The Rumor mill in high gear
January 2015 - The Passing Lane: Do we have a problem here?
December 2014 - Focus of Attention: Manage Distractions top to bottom
November 2014 - Writer's Block: Work now or work later?
October 2014 - Your Center: Source of postive teams and communities
September 2014 - Imagination: A way to control your attitude
August 2014 - Confidence: Making a difference with your skills and talents
July 2014 - Location, Location, Location: What's a weed; what's not?
June 2014 - All Dressed Up: Appearances and deeper meaning
May 2014 - Good Grief! Good ideas for increasing your creativity footprint
April 2014 - Ignorance Is... not always a bad thing
March 2014 - Competition's Curse: Defining success for yourself
February 2014 - Tired of Retirement: A purpose-filled life
January 2014 - Corroded Comparisons: Promoting organizational creativity
December 2013 - Stay Inside the Lines: The Need to Please
November 2013 - The Need to Talk: Clear the Air for Productivity
October 2013 - Culture Crash: Old Habits Die Hard
September 2013 - How Big is Home? Building Social Capital
August 2013 - Deficit or Asset? Annoying people and irritating behavior
July 2013 - Being Present: Focused in the Moment
June 2013 - Motion Sickness: A Healthier Way to Drive for Success
May 2013 - The Accidental Leader: Simultaneous leading and following.
April 2013 - Trash or Treasure: Identifiying what's important.
March 2013 - Being the Crowd: Who creates a problem; Who solves it?
February 2013 - On the Move: A foundation of rock that rolls.
January 2013 - Choose Chaos: Total confusion means maximum potential.
December 2012 - Who Knew? Some change happens in a split second.
November 2012 - Teaching a Lesson: It's the little things that count.
October 2012 - Too Much Talk: Teach more by talking less
September 2012 - Limits: In fact, we create - and change - our own!
August 2012 - Wasting Work Time: What's the cost of a coffee break?
July 2012 - Turn Right to Go Left: To get results, choose the opposite
June 2012 - Seeing the Big Picture: Why too much detail does not always help
May 2012 - What's Fair? Surfacing Issues; Sharing Assumptions
April 2012 - Creating Change: Satisfying the desire for something different
March 2012 - Taking a Stand: What's best for productive meetings?
February 2012 - Empowerment Dance: Why it's difficult to share power
January 2012 - What's Your Contribution? Work gets done by those who choose to show up
December 2011 - The Best Holiday: Choose to be motivated
November 2011 - Change Recipe: Make it as smooth as butter
October 2011 - Whose Fault?: Placing blame is a very sticky job
September 2011 - The Slow Learner: Why it takes so long to "catch on"
August 2011 - 100,000 Teachers: Finding expertise all around you
July 2011 - Looking and Finding: Choose your perception
June 2011 - Open for Business: What's really holding back our progress
May 2011 - Built to Last: Insight from the Incans
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