Midyear Color Check-In: Is Your 2024 as Peach Fuzz-y as Pantone’s?

Six months ago, the Pantone prognosticators heralded a year swathed in Peach Fuzz. Were they right? At the top of 2024, we challenged our clients to use the Pantone Color of the Year as a lens for making and gauging goals. Well, it’s time for your Midyear check-in. Let’s review where those goals took [...]

By |2024-05-29T17:45:30-05:00May 29th, 2024|Categories: Creativity, Inspire, Motivation|

Improv, Leaders and Radical Empathy: Discussing I See You! with author Erin Diehl

We're just abuzz at the Ranch this week, because a brand new book has its Chicago launch party at our space! And it's all the sweeter because it's the debut book from none other than Erin Diehl, one of our favorite facilitators and entrepreneurs. Erin is the founder of improve it!, a professional development company [...]

By |2024-03-07T10:24:17-06:00March 6th, 2024|Categories: Authors, Interviews, Motivation|Tags: , , |

Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

Levi is an innovator and entrepreneur who is bringing together other innovators and entrepreneurs in a spirit of collaboration in a no-pressure environment.  He brings this spirit to the West Loop when Coffee & Conversation comes to Catalyst Ranch in February. Name: Levi Baer Name of Your Company: Second Shift, teacher at DePaul University, and leader [...]

What I Learned Backpacking Around the World

by Ida Abdalkhani It’s interesting how of my varied journeys and adventures in life—getting my MBA right after my undergraduate degrees (with no full-time work experience), going from corporate employee to entrepreneur, becoming a laughter yoga instructor, and even bungee jumping in Victoria Falls—the one thing that people most want to talk about is my backpacking [...]

By |2018-04-26T16:54:26-05:00September 20th, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Entrepreneurs, Interviews, Motivation, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Meeting Tip of the Week for 9/9/16

Last Minute?  No Problem Meeting Tip of the Week for September 9th, 2016In my experience, there are two types of people in this world; people who plan ahead and people who wait.  I would consider myself a waiter.  If I don't do things right away, they go on a mental shelf and then sit there collecting dust [...]

Meeting Tip of the Day for August 16th, 2016

How to Inspire, Motivate, and Activate Meeting Attendees Meeting Tip of the Day for August 16th, 2016   This morning I was in a meeting with two co-workers, including our President, Eva, when we heard what sounded like a school bell.  We didn't think much of it until it happened again shortly thereafter.  And then again. [...]

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