Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness


Intellectual Wellness is defined as "recognizing one's creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills" by Northwestern University, and as "being open to new ideas, thinking critically and finding ways to be creative" by the University of New Hampshire. 


More and more academic institutions are offering programs in Intellectual Wellness, and Newsweek did an exposé on it in March, 2022 entitled "How to Expand Your Skills for a Happier Life".

Undeniably, the focus of Intellectual Wellness is highly relevant for the post-pandemic world.  And, it provides a perfect podium for the Slingshot Framework - which is the definitive guide to continuously re-imagining boundaries. Here is sneak peek:

What if you could reignite your childhood creativity in a systematic way, to overstep self-imposed limitations and to discover what you are really capable of achieving? It’s all at your fingertips. Apply the Slingshot Framework to defy conventional wisdom and unleash your imagination for success in your business and your life.

Are you ready to to maximize your intellectual wellness?
Are you ready to grab your slingshot?

#wellness #intellectualwellness #creativity #lifelonglearning #leadership #innovation  

Kudos to Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart

 Annie Lennox Dave Stewart Getty Images


Congratulations to Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, who were inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame last month and will be inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November, for their indelible contributions to pop music.


Dave and I connected when he was a guest on my radio show series, and I found him to be a fearless, cultural innovator.  We shared a profound conversation around the thrill of continuously pursuing new frontiers and incessantly harnessing our childhood sense of creativity.  There was also a funny moment when I called Dave at a scheduled time, and he was still talking with Mick Jagger on the other line. 


My favorite quote from the conversation, which made it to the back cover of my Slingshot book:


“Slingshot is like looking at things through the other end of a telescope.” – Dave Stewart


#eurythmics #music #rock&roll #innovation #popculture #creativity 

3 Principles of Radical Business Creativity


Last fall, I was the guest of Vishen Lakhiani - founder of Mindvalley - on his popular podcast. We had a high-energy repartee that delved into the key drivers of radical business creativity.

Since our talk aired, I have been receiving a stream of enthusiastic comments regarding its content. It seems to be striking a chord for all those executives, entrepreneurs, and aspiring future-shapers who want to turn the current crisis into opportunity.

So in case you missed it on Mindvalley, here is the YouTube link to my action-packed conversation with Vishen. I think you will find it both inspirational and practical:

Repackaging Customer Pain as Motivation

Manuscript cafe


At the heart of the Slingshot Framework is the premise of always identifying customer pain points and transforming them into points of delight and infatuation. The continuous pursuit of such transformation is what creates irresistible offerings.


Here is an interesting and humorous twist on this process. The Manuscript Writing Café in Tokyo only caters to writers on a deadline, and does not let them leave until their work is finished. Customers can select the level of pressure they will be subjected to by the staff, for example choosing an "S" treatment means that they will be pressured aggressively to complete their work, while "M" represents a milder level of anxiety and less frequent monitoring of their progress.


In essence, the café is replacing the customer pain point of procrastination with another pain point, that of coercion. This is seemingly a welcome substitution of pain by their target audience because it provides them the necessary motivation to ultimately reach their desired point of joy: That of completing their work.


To learn more about the café:


#motivation #customerexperience #marketinnovation #cafe #customerjourney #innovation

Young and Profiting

YAP Podcast


I really enjoyed my guest appearance on the Young and Profiting podcast show. Its host, Hala Taha - the CEO of YAP Media – is a highly gifted conversationalist with a disarming passion for sharing knowledge.


I invite you to listen in on our high-paced repartee here, in which we discuss key elements of Slingshot, ranging from reconnecting with our inner child to mastering Infatuation Intervals:


#YAPMedia #podcast #creativity #selfimprovement #leadership


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