Jill Butler

About Jill Butler

Jill Butler is an author/illustrator, designer, as well as a creativity coach and visionary keynoter. Her most recent creative collaboration was with Human Resources at GE in visually transforming their content for their training manual and support materials for GE Women’s Leadership Practices, a worldwide program. With a database of over 10,000 images created by Butler, and a unique ability both as a designer and facilitator, Based in Chester, Connecticut, Jill Butler Art & Design offers unique services for creating art and messaging for off-site meetings, conferences and trainings. For more information: www.jillbutler.com, 860.525.5155.

Unprecedented Change Agents

jbutler_authorWe women saw it coming, we have experienced it. And our purse from which we purchase is speaking loud and clear. We are overwhelmed with too much stuff, too many choices, too much time spent shopping for more of the same. We have enough! We are fed up with it! Enough is enough!

Because in the end, what is one more thing going to do for me, my spirit, my creativity, my appearance? Nada. When enough is enough of the same old, same old, we are turning to authenticity and meaningful experiences. We seek out handmade unique creations; shop at farmers’ markets; shop in our closet; and re-gift without shame. We are re-learning the true nature of gifting; to gift ourselves with quiet time, gift others with our talents, and gift the world with who we are for causes that matter to us—our partners in life, our kids, families and communities. And we are also gifting ourselves with time-out from shopping as entertainment. We no longer need to fill an emotional void with the ‘got to haves.’ The ‘got to haves’ have changed to ‘want to haves.’ We are leading change in the most fundamental ways.

It is back to the future in a shape shifting of values. We’re turning to caring for our homes instead of hiring others to do so. We are connecting back into feathering our nests that have been neglected emotionally and in their care. We’re digging in our gardens; we’re growing vegetables for the joy of the visceral experience. We’re starting to actually use our gorgeous kitchens with the ‘must-have’ granite counters. But we’re caring less about the granite, and more about the quality of the food, while sitting around the table sharing what matters most. This is not just a prosaic exercise; it’s the real deal!

We are the agents of a sea change. We long to connect emotionally with others; to collaborate, to communicate face to face. We are making different choices not because we can, but because we see the need to do so. And when it comes to buying, we women want to buy less, to buy better, and to buy consciously. We are shaping your future.

Musings on Business (NOT) as Usual

Boredom Recommended as the Recipe for Creativity

Remember being bored as a kid? We were pushed outdoors and told to “go play.” And then what happened? Out of boredom came unspeakable adventures and untold risk. Play took over and cool stuff got created. With our release into nature and our blissful freedom, magic occurred. We built dams, climbed trees, created caves in the woods, and built lemonade stands in the front yard.

In this space of “no agenda” lives a highly underrated commodity…our creativity and genius for invention and innovation. When given unstructured space, our playful curiosity begins to experiment, which leads to creative adventures as varied as nature itself.

When is the last time you played with an idea, notion, an inkling—without trying to make it into something concrete right then and there? Or looking into the void, where possibility lives; playing simply for the fun of playing; taking a shower just because you feel like it; running for the joy of it, unencumbered; walking in the woods; or driving untethered to our electronic devices. All these experiences open a space for unexpected observations and intuitive insights that show up in our newly quieted minds.

As creatives, our best work is often done when we are in our preferred natural state of being left alone. Interrupted with endless questions; people poking into our projects; or being forced to attend endless meetings, is not supportive to the creative process. We all know the answer to the question, what’s a camel? A horse designed by committee. [Read more...]