There’s no doubt that 2016 has been a tough year on the entire planet. Whether it’s polarizing politics, a topsy-turvy economy or the celebrity deaths that just keep coming, the last 12 months have been so tumultuous that we can’t help worry about what’s next. But I’ve always been a glass-half-full kinda gal, and I say BRING IT ON, 2017.

I’m here to remind you that inspiration is everywhere — you just have to look. That’s what I did when I started writing these posts focused on innovation. I have found inspiration in a cup of coffee, a beloved old movie, a favorite NBA player. The list is endless because I don’t believe in limits, and neither should you. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something or that things will never change. Reject the thought that you cannot make a difference, because you most certainly can. One of the scariest moves I ever made was leaving the safety and security of a corporate job to strike out on my own. But I have a deep passion for what I do and a committed belief that we can change corporate culture for the better. We can work smarter, and we can be happier doing it.

Read more about Inspiration Is Everywhere: A Look Back At 2016 
You read it right…I said ugliness. What kind of ugly? Christmas Sweater Ugly.  

What was once just a chuckle at Uncle Eddie’s awful sweater and dickey combo in my all-time favorite Christmas movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, now is a cult following filled with a very  profitable gallery of Ugly Christmas Sweaters. From corporate parties to neighborhood soirees, no holiday is quite complete without an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. There is even a National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day — It’s the third Friday in December in case that is news to you. I had no idea myself.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:00 PM  

Join other innovators live to learn insights, practitioner tips and meet others in this curious community. For more details and to RSVP, click here.
We are giving you exclusive online access to our featured speakers from the Carolina Innovators Meetup after the live event with prize
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When: January 10, 2017 | 8:30-9:30pm EST  

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Subtract It

If you had to subtract one thing from your next project, what would it be and why?

This exercise can help you better prioritize your resources or processes and may even offer a surprising solution.

Is your project more efficient? Or was it already on target? Share your insights with @48Innovate use #subtractit.

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