A Golden Hue

Golden Swirling Hurricane

After 15 years of service to Oklahoma State University, and 25 years since leading my first university course, the time seemed right for a change. Change can be hard. Change can be challenging. Change can also be invigorating while providing room for personal growth. As a new member of The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane community … [Read more…]

Creativity as Problem Solving for Entrepreneurs

Creative Oklahoma

Reprinted from Creative Oklahoma, Inc. Creativity has been an important area of investigation since J.P. Guilford’s call for more study on the topic as the president of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1950. A few key approaches have dominated the landscape in the intervening decades such as divergent and convergent production (thinking) as conceptualized … [Read more…]

Unicorn Club

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Recently Statista.com reported that Canadian messaging app Kik became the most recent member of the “Unicorn Club.” The namesake of this club — that rare, fictitious, fantasy creature — was adopted because achieving a $1 billion valuation (or higher) as a startup was equally fantasy for most entrepreneurs. Apparently times are changing.  As the chart below … [Read more…]

Get Started Tulsa

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Get Started Tulsa was an excellent event last evening. Hosted by Inc. magazine and Cox Business, the pitch competition included five finalists from over 70 entries. The finalists were as follows: AmbreHealth Inc. Cook Time with Remmi Iron Worker Clothing Spokto Beverage Company Take Two Café As an attendee, I was biased toward Spokto featuring leading pitcher … [Read more…]

The Smile Project

I have been a fan of Steve Hartman’s work since his “Everybody Has a Story” segments for CBS from the late 1990s into the early 2000s. His storytelling excellence was on display again recently with this story about Jaden Hayes, a 6-year-old from Georgia. Keep up the good work, Mr. Hartman.

Creative Business Cup


My friends Quinn and Jonathon, co-founders of Life Out of the Box, will be representing the United States at the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. Life Out of the Box (#LOOTB) travels to culturally-rich locales and works with local artisans who make one-of-a-kind products like bracelets, keychains, wallets, … [Read more…]

Two Ears, Two Eyes


The Greek philosopher Epictetus (55-135 AD) famously said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” His perspective has been repeated often. It’s become a familiar refrain to the point of cliché. His wisdom was as valuable then as it is today. Even so, I … [Read more…]