We Want Your Professional Story

Andre the Giant. Obey.com. Here an artist took a street art career and turned it into a global brand. What are you up to?


LP Magazine is looking for innovating or different careers to profile.

If you’re doing anything at high speed, beyond the edge of the envelope, in ways that innovates, changes the game, inspires, leaves a wake, or is just plain awesome or quirky – tell us your story.

Submit that story here. 

Also – we are looking for a few good smartfunnybeautifulnakedpeople – yeah you want some of that, or at the very least need to find out what that’s all about. Find out about that here. 


Make It Happen

LPTrends99U – Insights on making ideas happen.

Taking its name from Thomas Edison’s famous quote that “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration,” the 99U includes a Webby award-winning web magazine and the best-selling book Making Ideas Happen.

Through articles, tips, videos, and events, 99U educates creative professionals on best practices for moving beyond idea generation into idea execution. We think 99u is the embodiment of positivity and productivity on steroids. The site offers creative spark, genius execution strategy, and anything else you’ll need to turn your vision into reality.

What are you doing to make it happen? Tell us by submitting your story this week! Here: Share Your Story With The Possibility Place!.

This series curated by Lori Anderson, part of our new (and soon to be unveiled) elevated LPNetwork.

The Launching Power of Local

The Art of Chloe Brittain, multi-mediums, All Rights Reserved.

LPTrendsCreative: Launch (Vimeo Vid for FYI) /Creatively What’s Possible For Any City. Sharing this with our global reading base because Launch Sacramento has become a festival and celebration of art, design, and creative innovation that rivals any major urban city anywhere. And everything that matters or is relevant begins with local brains, hands, heart, and heft.

This is our way of sharing a glimpse of local heat that has the flavor of international fire: Sacramento isn’t about cows or tomatoes anymore. We still have ‘em, but there’s something else going on here, too, that attracts some of the most innovative and talented artistic and creative minds working today.

And they didn’t pay us to say that.


Founded in 2009, LAUNCH is an annual celebration of music, art, fashion, design and architecture that will take place from July 23-28 at multiple venues through midtown and downtown Sacramento.

LAUNCH is a product of Sacramento’s burgeoning creative community and curated by some of the brightest artists in and around Sacramento to showcase their peers and introduce the audience to a new generation of local, regional and international talent across multiple artistic fronts.

Our vision is to create a citywide event that provides a platform to elevate and inspire our region’s creative talent. Join us for a six-day celebration that Sacramento will never forget!




Bob Eckert: New & Improved

LPTRendsCareer: The culture of innovation isn’t something that happens overnight or by accident. Thank goodness there are people who specialize (really specialize) in the work of building cultures to drive and sustain innovation, a mainstay of every successful company or environment today. Here we profile a leader, Bob Eckert, who rises above the average workist in the field of leadership and organizational development. He wears a suit AND he gets it.


Bob Eckert, Senior Partner, New and Improved

Bob Eckert is a Senior Partner at New & Improved. His focus is on overcoming organizational challenges, team development, productive relationships, productive thinking and leadership development.

A constant learner, Bob has been involved in the business of helping people reach their highest potential in one way or another for the last thirty years. After diverting from an early planned career in medicine, he speaks and trains from a perspective enriched by a background which includes: management experience in both manufacturing and retail, creation/direction of an internationally renowned health promotion program, teaching in both youth and adult criminal justice systems, work as the senior instructor in adaptive “Outward Bound” programming for incarcerated juvenile delinquents, founding and directing a county–wide drug abuse treatment and prevention system and as a national trainer in the area of neuropharmacology and addiction. Bob has been doing his work on a global scale for the last 15 years. He is a facilitator for Facilitators Without Borders and an advisor to its Board of Directors.

Bob uses his training and coaching skills to make change efforts stick. The author of numerous articles and books, his most recent (co-authored with Jonathan Vehar) is “More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams”which details a model for healthy human development in the service of great personal creativity and the emotional intelligence that leads to great team membership.

A sought after speaker who’s impacted tens of thousands at conferences around the world, Bob has a solid track record of satisfied clients in the areas of innovation, human resource and team development. Clients include companies as diverse as Novo Nordisk (Denmark / US), Lotus Development (Asia Pacific), Nordion (Canada), Pfizer (Worldwide), Adams (Central/South America), Kraft Foods (USA) and University of the Orange Free State (South Africa).

An avid outdoorsman who’s as comfortable driving a tractor as he is driving meetings in corporate boardrooms, Bob lives with his wife, son and daughter on their tree farm in the Northern Adirondack Mountains of New York State. (Excerpted from www.newandimproved.com/about).

You can Newandimproved at http://www.newandimproved.com

Their blog is here: http://www.innovationblogsite.typepad.com/

Newsletters and whitepapers here: http://www.newandimproved.com/newsletter/

Cartoon (monthly) here: http://www.newandimproved.com/fun/

YouTube videos here: http://innovationblogsite.typepad.com/newandimprovedinnovation/videos.html

Go No Go: The Caterpillar Conundrum

LPTrends: Risk & Career – Four year-olds are better-calculated risk-takers than you are. They see the prize, they go for it, and if their little faces happen to find concrete, so be it. And caterpillars. They know a thing or two about diving into possibility, too.

Uncorrupted minds and second-generation pupae in search of butterfly dreams only know to go, because forward is something they aren’t programmed to fear. Time knocks the fear right into us, which is why most of us are scared out of our wits to move off our personal dimes: what if we don’t make it? What if Marc Andreesen, inventor of the Internet browser, had said that about his next big thing?

In a recent article of Wired Magazine (Fortune Teller, May 2012) seven things to look for in the next big thing in innovation were featured alongside the cover article on Andreesen, who is known among technology and venture capital peers as “the man who knows what’s next.” (Wired, May 12, 2012, page 163).

Andreesen it seems has a knack for knowing when to jump, and appears not to carry around a big ball of fear to trap the possibilities he uncovers. His judgment at 22 when he invented Mosaic, the first graphical web browser, or co-founding Netscape, or backing Twitter, Skype, Groupon and Instagram since then makes Marc Andreesen a kind of master at going where few don’t. This is a trait every human being needs to master immediately.

Go or no go; jump into the stream, run onto the field, or whatever metaphor of path pioneering you can think of. See what is possible, accept the risks, and go, like there’s no tomorrow because there isn’t really one.

The caterpillar gives us a remarkable story of context.

Every spring caterpillars across the world make the trek, from where they became a caterpillar to someplace else. In foothills alongside rivers across the planet they can be found ambling to the other side of the streets and concrete paths man has made to muck up their trajectory. They go because their intent is fixated on the fact that the next evolution is the best one. They go in search of another transformation to become a butterfly, to become what they were engineered to be.

But caterpillars don’t recognize the DNA coding instruction that they are too slow to cross, that they will find the wheels of bikes, scooters, roller blades and other death traps across their backs before their day is through. They do not know to avoid such bugaboos. They do not know half or more of their population during those few weeks of danger will be squished, leaving nothing more than stains of their former selves to mark the fact they ever existed. They will not become butterflies; they are forever only caterpillars.

The Caterpillar Conundrum is this: The truth about the worst possible thing that could happen is that the worst possible thing could happen. Yet it also happens that the gift of going where few will risk going is the metamorphosis into flight, freedom, and possibilities. Born or trained to make the trek, to see what others cannot, is always a go no go proposition. But not going is not living, a far worse fate than never having lived at all.

#LPTrendsRiff – these are the bits that crawl from our mind at 2 o’clock in the morning. What’s your RIFF this week?

Article by Tracy Savllle

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Possibility Publishing Announces New Multi-Media Division

May 22, 2012

Sacramento, California

Northern California-based Possibility Publishing and Entertainment (a division of T2PS, Inc., a leadership development and publishing company) announces officially today its foray into full service media licensing, development and production, and publishing and distribution of creative content: from e and print books, to music, art, web content, and works that can live in a rich multi-media world of consumers looking for high quality, independent, creative entertainment, education, and editorial content.

They’ve built an online world where they publish new, original, and aggregated educational, entertainment, and editorial content – article series, personal and organizational profiles, how to’s, music, art, photography, film, web and podcasts, and investigative content built around all the elements of the human race – mind, body, purpose, family, and career – with lifestyle, adventure, global affairs, politics, fitness, fashion, and design.

Founder and CEO Tracy Saville offers their publishing mission below from the new corporate pages at www.t2ps.com/publishing also describing their publishing realm and how to engage or work with them:

“As a new, innovating media company with a leading vision to help people become the best possible version of themselves, we have adopted technology as our enabler for dreams and human progress, sharing the original content, artistry and stories you create to fuel human change and global healing. We are a collection of individuals, bonded by a vision to combine our most valuable assets through technology, creative content, and powerful stories – to expand your mind and world, to discover new markets for quality independent artisanship for you – and to change the world while we’re at it.

We promise to work every day from an authentic, candid and bold place of mind that gets to the simple truths of our lives. We promise to strive to find, create, and deliver what inspires, excites, and entertains you free or affordably in your pursuit of happiness, higher learning, and achievement. We promise that it will taste good, look stunning, and be engaging, and above all – come to you where you live in the virtual and real world.

Thank you for reading, subscribing, viewing, sharing, and engaging, and for your patronage when and if you honor us by spending your hard-earned currency on our content you come to find valuable.”

Find their community site The Possibility Place and magazine – Leading Possibilities at www.possibilityplace.net. For more information, email them at admin@t2ps.com, or call directly at 916-717-3250.

Jason Silva: Futurist & Epiphany Addict


Jason Silva

Who is Jason Silva? Only one of the smartest and most intuitively conscious minds in the universe – that we know of. That he is brilliantly creative, sexy, and a master of social media and technology for moving big ideas forward makes him accessible and authentically powerful for today’s tech-savy human population. Don’t let his looks, or his youth fool you.

He is changing your world as you read this. For more about him, we encourage you to explore ThisisJasonSilva.com website and watch him do his extraordinary stuff on this video of Jason Silva On Imagination and innovation. You’ll learn more in 3 minutes than you did all of last year.



The Moneyball Lesson: The Discipline to Be First

From my desk…

The Moneyball Lesson: The Discipline to Be First

In an age where top bloggers make up new words every four seconds to get and keep readers attention, the use of a baseball story as a metaphor for leadership could be a risky gambit. But let’s take it anyway. Watching last night from my bed with the dogs laying at my feet and the rain pelting the dirty windows I should have cleaned in the Spring but was too busy building a brand to notice, Paul DePodesta, the real name of the character Paul Brand in the movie Moneyball reminded me that it isn’t what we fail to do that we always once did which matters: what counts is what we’re willing to do tomorrow, especially when it’s new and we’re the first.

It doesn’t so much suck to be the first one out there because we might lose; it sucks to be the first one because everyone wants us to lose. If you’re the first and you win, you change everything, and nobody wants to let go of the old way of doing it because they don’t see what you see; they can’t grasp how to do it any other way. You take away their perceived advantage, and wham; you take away the control they thought they had and quite likely their advantage. Yet it’s all a story, this idea of control or having a handle on being at the top of your game; a story we make up because it’s what we’ve always done. But those who have been the first like DePodesta, who literally changed baseball and leadership in the process, have proven time and again, if we do what we’ve always done, we get what we’ve always got.

What distinguishes an innovator and a true leader from everyone else is they are always the first, but they also always trust that everything is a process, everything takes discipline, and nothing good is ever comfortable. They hang tough when criticized and they don’t give up until the process they set in motion is through.

Paul DePodesta is a name you rarely hear much of unless you know baseball, and though he is the one to turn the game of baseball upside down by being the first to use the statistics of player performance in building winning teams (sabermetrics), to the point where they pejoratively called him Google Boy1—he also applied an age-old principle of top leadership wisdom and innovation: he knew what he knew, worked out the system and process to do it, believed it when no one else did. He had the steel determination to stick it out, even when it seemed as thought he might be wrong.

It’s what I call the early withdrawal syndrome that people catch when the fear of failure and what other people think becomes more important than leaning on what you know, and trusting the dynamics of discipline to carry out the winning strategy. The discipline to be first may not make you popular, but it always makes you the toughest hombre in the room, the one they will respect when no one else is left standing.

Being first doesn’t necessarily make you a winner; hanging in there and honoring the process with the confidence preparation and intelligence gives you does.

^ “Los Angeles Dodgers Team History & Encyclopedia”. Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-11-08.

The Now Generation Gets It….


By Tracy Saville

The now infamous “me” generation or Millennials: who are they, how do they compare with their senior leader mentors, and why must both young and old stop griping about what’s wrong with the other and get down to doing some serious work.

            According to the United States Census Bureau (2010 U.S. Census Survey), the numbers of seniors over 65 still working will nearly double by 2018 (from 6.5 to 11.1 mil.). Their ranks represent 42% of “leader” positions in management, professional and related occupations. Overall, the numbers of seniors over 65, or hedging toward that age, have dramatically increased and this is expected to double by 2050, representing 20% of our total population in the United States by the time someone 45 today is 85.

In less than ten years, we will have a convergence of mature leaders and a potential for emerging leadership development that could very well be the greatest “generation” ever – the new generation of collaboration and innovation, where indeed we are finally learning from past mistakes and embracing the new frontiers of Internet and technology–creates near seamless playgrounds to solve problems. Old rules and new rules together, a leadership culture that blends the best of all: A perfect storm for transforming our lives, our cities, and the world we live in.

Millennials are the generation we have no choice but to look to as the source to succeed our current leaders and managers in every part of our private and public labor force, and to solve the greatest barriers and challenges we have as a society. They will also face problems not yet realized, of curse, born by the excesses and mistakes their parents made, and those who came before us. Lazy, lacking in direction and focus, not interested in hard work – we’ve heard all these remarks about 18-35 year-olds and more, falling out of the mouths of people who should know better.

And yet it is these deeply embedded beliefs and mischaracterizations held by each generation about the other, that could, if not recognized in the acculturation process of leadership succession – what we bestow between each other – disable what ought be an Aquarian age of greater self-awareness, environmental sustainability, and human advancement.

Our sons and daughters could refuse to see our insight as valuable while we refuse to accept they may see things we never could because they are Internet-fed, post-9/11 human beings raised as a protected class. Yet the world really is now literally volatile and unpredictable for them and it’s unfair to judge their sense of acceptance of an impermanent world as less than alright. Their reality is unlike any before; they are unique, and know they are expected to have really strong shoulders.

When we hear the phrase “learning from our mistakes”, or consider the role of the historical value each generation has in living into the promise of that sentiment, it is as my step-grandfather and former State Senator Albert Rodda said in his essay “History: Does it Have Meaning?” what John Huizinga believed: “History is the intellectual form in which a civilization renders account to itself of its past.” (1) Generations are the accounting, and it is what gets swept underneath the rug we ought to worry about.

The goal of every generation ought to be transparent and truthful about their part in the past and their perspectives on the future; yet what is the truth? Whose truth? And doesn’t accounting go both ways? If one generation shuts their eyes to the values of another, how do the best of that generation’s virtues survive?

Perhaps it will be the Millennials who break this rug sweeping malaise? Their stats bear out this possibility.

Born between 1980 and 2000, some 78 million strong and maturing in this, and the next decade, Millennials are racing into the potential leadership pool. Studies seem to suggest that Millennials singularly possess unique post-Internet qualities of creative problem solving and innovation thinking driving their professional aptitudes and abilities. Uniquely, Millennials also seem to possess high levels of belief in out-of-the box problem solving, and that their parents have been too external in their approaches to creating meaning, that they don’t have the answers. Millennials also possess great entrepreneurial drive and abilities of a start-up culture who also has the staying power to be disciplined, as well as Internet-created technical sophistication having been raised in an immersed Internet culture.

Millennials also present certain unique challenges to the workforce and employers for these same reasons. They are competing for leader real estate while also seeking to find their way in a complex, uncertain, and ambiguous world. They sometimes know as little truth about their elder peers and mentors, or human behavior, as we seem to know about them.

And what of their “elders” – the maturing leader force?

The 2010 Census (2), as well as many books published this decade on generational issues, suggest that while older people need to keep working longer than prior generations, Millennials don’t recognize retirement or generational lines of divide. Retirement is a word they will not know in their lifetimes.

They also tend to think in terms of a lifetime of experiences rather than a life divided by family and career, or one track to some future outcome where it will all become “worth it”. Right now is valuable to them because they have been raised in a world where it may be all there is. They understand the power of now.

And so says the Millennial – right now is when I shall lead, and they are, in great numbers. The benefits of engaging Millennials in leadership are many, but fundamentally go to advantaging all people served by their technological sophistication and by the collaborative and creative capital possible when we know how to engage Millennials and leverage older generations at the same time. Effectively leveraging mature experience, capturing and passing on critical historical knowledge and narrative, and engaging mission-driven entrepreneurial and technological innovation: these are the cornerstones of the successful future of emerging leader programs. In any city, in every sector, it could very well be the way into a transformed city and culture. It isn’t out with the old, in with the new: it’s creating a new resource out of the combined best skills and aptitudes of both.

Understanding how technology and social networks can be used to significantly transform our broken landscape of government and social sector infrastructure, for example, is one possible Millennial contribution. Theirs is a perspective not driven by the “I”, but by the “We”. Hardwired for service and leaping into the “building” of things and “solving” of things by virtue of their immediate access to information in ways older generations have not adapted to – this is the new wave of leaders.

The key questions are: Are Millennials getting the self-mastery training and opportunity through mentorships and apprenticeships to self-discover their critical thinking and emotional intelligence capacity in the education system we built for them? Is either their record-level abandonment and crisis-issues or alternatively protected sensibilities a boon or bane to their success? Are they getting the nuances of experience and the good stuff of seasoned leadership and management?

Finally, if older generations see Millennials contrarily as people who want to cut corners instead of paying their dues, as people who speak their own short-hand languages and have hidden, misunderstood ways of doing things in a socially networked life (a society which generations before them have opted out of mostly), what does that say for the respect between the current and successive leadership relationship? If we don’t plan to teach both sides of that equation how to engage and leverage each other, won’t we all suffer as a result?

Can’t the future be different from the past after all?

[1]Rodda, Albert. History: Does It Have a meaning?” Course Syllabus Supplement – Western Civilization, Sacramento Community College, 1966

[2] Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/popest/states/asrh/SC-EST2009-01.html> and http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff08.html