10 Keys to Spirit-Led Leadership

Last month I led a leadership class for two weeks (of a six week class) and talked about 10 Keys to Spirit-Led Leadership. I hope to write a post on each key at some point, but in the mean time here’s a brief overview of the 10 keys. Spirit-Led Leaders… 1. …Walk Closely With The […]

Character Design Course Review

One thing all artists need is continuing education. It doesn’t matter if you have an established career and have been working for years. Artists (and leaders) must continue growing in their craft and in other ways that stretch them. I recently completed a Schoolism character design course from Pixar’s Daniel Arriaga and loved it. Arriega […]

New Timbuktoons Webite Launched!

I’m out of a major production vortex just in time to go to a conference we’ve been preparing for. What was the cause of the major production vortex you say? Well, first of all we have a bunch of projects in (a very good thing). Second, those projects don’t sit by idly waiting to be […]

Selfless Leadership

There’s a big difference between positional leadership and actual leadership. Positional leadership demands followers because of a title. Real leadership just leads through a myriad of key leadership qualities (check out The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John Maxwell as a primer). Among many other qualities good leaders have, a clear vision (even if developed […]

Don’t Wind Up In A Small Mountain-Town ER! Go With Your Gut!

You may remember the series of funny Direct TV spots that ran this year tracing a cable users small reaction to a frustrating cable TV event that leads to a large scale bad situation. Today as I was thinking through some milestones for my 2015 goals and a recent life event much like the Direct […]

S.M.A.R.T. Creative Career Goals, Part 2

This post is an excerpt from chapter 18 of my book Calling All Artists. November is the perfect time to start planning goals for the next year! In part 1, I shared what S.M.A.R.T. goals are and the benefit to using this method. Here in part 2 I want to show specific examples and an exercise for […]

S.M.A.R.T. Creative Career Goals, Part 1

This post is an excerpt from chapter 18 of my book Calling All Artists. As we approach the end of the year, I thought it would be appropriate to start thinking about goals for next year. I suggest doing this in November before the holiday season begins so you can hit the ground running in […]

Official Book Launch: Calling All Artists

See details and purchase options here. (or go directly to Amazon) Well it’s finally here. Six months in the making (although I could argue decades) with many late nights and early mornings, encouragement from my wife, kids, and great friends, I’m proud to announce the official release of my first book: Calling All Artists. (See printed […]

Book Review: Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration This book by Pixar, Disney, and DisneyToon Studios’ President, Ed Catmull is amazing. As a long time Pixar geek I have soaked up just about everything available in terms of Pixar culture, special features, documentaries etc. I’ve watched The Pixar Story by Leslie […]

The Leadership X-Factor: 7 Qualities of a Great Leader

I’m on the school council for an elementary school in our area. Recently, we interviewed applicants for a key leadership position and made our recommendations to the school board. We were to interview them one at a time using 12 questions, then rank them in several areas, number our preferred candidates from first to third […]