Qualities of Creative Leaders

Being a self-employed artist definitely has its benefits but it’s not for everybody.  David Ogilvy, the “Father of Advertising”, came up with this list of what he thinks makes a good creative leader.

Qualities of Creative Leaders

  1. High standards of personal ethics.
  2. Big people, without pettiness.
  3. Guts under pressure, resilience in defeat.
  4. Brilliant brains — not safe plodders.
  5. A capacity for hard work and midnight oil.
  6. Charisma — charm and persuasiveness.
  7. A streak of unorthodoxy — creative innovators.
  8. The courage to make tough decisions.
  9. Inspiring enthusiasts — with trust and gusto.
  10. A sense of humor.

From Brain Pickings via Swiss Miss.

Some Fun Stats to Celebrate 100,000 Visits

Yesterday, the 100,000th person viewed my site since I transferred it to WordPress one year, nine months ago.  To celebrate, I thought I’d share with you some Top 11 Stats.

Top 11 Referring Blogs:

  1. Half Inch Shy;
  2. Tom’s Workbench;
  3. Woodworking Hobbyist’s Workshop;
  4. The Joiner’s Apprentice;
  5. The Wood Whisperer;
  6. WoodshopDemos;
  7. The Art of Woodshop Design;
  8. Wood Is Art;
  9. Oldwolf Workshop Studio;
  10. She Works Wood; and
  11. The Taylor Garage.

Top 11 Countries Visiting:

  1. United States;
  2. Canada;
  3. United Kingdom;
  4. Australia;
  5. France;
  6. Netherlands;
  7. Germany;
  8. Italy;
  9. New Zealand;
  10. Poland; and
  11. South Africa.

Top 11 Unusual Search Keywords Used to Find This Site:

  1. festool pencil (The Slippery Slope of Festool);
  2. retrofit table saw break (Why Not A SawStop);
  3. whats your groove feel (Getting in the Groove);
  4. rock cribbage board (Apple Cribbage Boards);
  5. sayings about wood carving dr. suess (How to Listen to the Wood – Carving, Day 1);
  6. chris wong the moody woodworker from canada (Paul-Marcel’s Review of the Laguna Italian-Made LT-18 Bandsaw);
  7. how to make ghost clock (Wendell Castle – Ghost Clock);
  8. butt particle board (Working with Melamine Particle Board);
  9. diet patch (Maple Trestle Table, Session 12 – Fitting the Mother of all Mortise & Tenon Joints);
  10. squirting (Get Your Creative Juices… Uh… Squirting); and
  11. bourbon cream bot (Maple Trestle Table, Session 11 – Straight Lines on Wonky Surfaces).

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  10. That’s an interesting point of view, but I much prefer sitting in my adirondack chair.; and
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Getting in the Groove

This is a follow-up post to my recent article, In The Groove, as suggested by Nick Roulleau.

When I’m in the groove, things go smoothly and nothing can frustrate me.  When I’m not in the groove, I feel tired.  I feel unmotivated.  I feel like going back to bed.  That’s how I feel right now.

Here are some strategies that I employ to try to get myself back in the groove:

  • Turn on some music.  When I’m frustrated, I like to play loud rock or metal like Fear Factory or Hail The Villain (until I blew up the speakers of my stereo).  It doesn’t usually get me in the groove, but it gets me doing something.  Sometimes chill music like Anna Gilbert or Colin James helps me relax and start enjoying what I’m doing (even if it isn’t enjoyable);
  • Work on something that excites me.  Some tasks, especially repetitive, monotonous ones, are difficult to get motivated to start.  So instead, I work on something else that interests for a half hour before switching to the less interesting task; and
  • Do something.  Anything.  Putting tools away and sweeping up shavings require little thought or focus yet are productive.  No matter how minor or inconsequential the task, doing SOMETHING will help me gain momentum.

These are three strategies that work for me.  Now, if I was in the groove when I wrote this, I might have a longer list.  Since I’m not, this is what I have to share with you.  And that brings me to one last strategy which just occurred to me:

  • Get someone else involved.  Having someone else around, either in person or virtually, can stimulate your mind, motivate you to start, and inspire you to excel.

I’d love to hear if you have any other ideas of how to get in the groove.  Share them in the comments section.

10 Reasons to Empty Your Dust Collector

I have a single-bag dust collector which is situated in a small room adjacent to my machine shop to isolate the noise.  However, it’s also out of sight so I sometimes forget to check the bag.  Here are some reasons not to forget emptying it:
  1. It is hard to handle a full bag, especially if it contains more fine dust and fewer shavings;
  2. A full bag can be heavy and is more likely to tear;
  3. If the bag is allowed to fill and the dust collector continues to be used, dust accumulates in the upper filter;
  4. If dust is allowed to accumulate in the upper filter, it often needs to be dug out and makes a bigger mess;
  5. A full dust collector, especially with dust in the upper filter has less airflow;
  6. Low airflow may not be enough to keep ductwork and hoses clear;
  7. A dust collector with restricted airflow is less effective at extracting dust;
  8. Dust not collected at the source ends up on the floor or in the air;
  9. Un-captured dust is tracked around the shop (or house), breathed in, and settles on every horizontal surface; and
  10. Cleaning the shop and emptying an overfilled dust collector takes several hours and makes you look like this.