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How to unlock your team’s creative powers

In this article, I will be giving concrete ways to enhance and improve your creative skills. First, I will tell you why I feel qualified to address the subject. Then I will define specific ways to improve creativity including concepts, examples, and exercises. I will be drawing on my own primary research, life experiences, and success stories.

I am writing this article because I want to share what has worked for me and my teams. I feel it is important that a person has some experience or knowledge of the topics they write about. …


What I’ve Learned

Hesitation is the thief of opportunity

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What have you missed in your life because you hesitated and did not act as quickly as you could have?

What is the difference between winners and losers?

At Mystery Escape Room, we run a lot of team-building events. We see thousands of teams every year try and solve the mysteries of our escape rooms. To help teams better understand how they can improve, we track team performance. One of the aspects of team performance that we track is time wasted through hesitation.

In one of our online escape room adventures, we have a puzzle where the team is split…


It’s all about what you know

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I understand from my writer friends that getting a book deal is a big deal. Many writers spend years writing before they catch the attention of a major publisher. For me, it happened without me even trying. I happened to know something the publisher needed. I learned a valuable lesson from that experience. It’s all about what you know.

My story

I create art for video games. After several years and dozens of published games, I started to gain a reputation in the industry. I got a speaking assignment at a video game convention. I remember working hard on the presentation. I…


Try using Nathan’s formula

Nathan Glad Photo supplied by his mother Rachel Glad.

One day I was feeling a bit down and worried. The pandemic had shut down my business and we had no idea when we would be able to reopen. I was facing a lot of financial pressure. Like many at the time, I felt isolated from friends and family. That day I was scheduled to run an online escape room. I wasn’t sure I was up to it. Seeing that it was the only source of income for my company, I felt I needed to do my best.

When I logged into the video conference to see who would be…


We were ordered to close our doors. Now what?

A chained front door.
A chained front door.
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When the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, my company and all those like us faced a crisis. The government ordered us to close. I remember locking the doors to one of our locations after having told our employees we had no work for them.

It was a scary time for me. I still had huge obligations for rent and other commitments that did not go away because of the pandemic. I was looking at losing everything we had spent six years building. It was a long, lonely drive back home.

This is a story of how we were…


If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it might be a duck

COVID-19 has pushed a lot of companies to move their products online. Escape rooms are no exception. Prior to the world-wide pandemic, the terms online escape room and virtual escape room were almost unknown and unsearched for. I should know because I created an online escape room “Minutes to Midnight” as a team building event back in 2018. It saw little traffic and few requests over the two years leading up to the spring of 2020.

The pandemic changed everything.

Now there are hundreds of online escape room experiences. They range from print and play puzzles to full games with…


Secrets of a video game designer.

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Why can my son/daughter be so good at video games and yet do so poorly in school? Does this question sound familiar? If you are an educator or parent, you are likely dealing with this every day. Bright intelligent students who will spend countless hours mastering video games but cannot turn in a simple school assignment.

Teachers are challenged like never before to compete with a media rich world of 24-hour entertainment. Billions of dollars are spent annually on the latest video games. Video game companies spare no expense to find and employ the best programmers, artists, and designers to…


How we got 1,800 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor

Stars, Photo by Manouchehr Hejazi on Unsplash

In 2014 we opened the first escape room in Utah. Back then escape rooms were almost completely unknown. We had a huge uphill battle getting people to know what we were. I talked to some friends in the industry. They told me that the best way to build knowledge about our business was to rank high on TripAdvisor. With that in mind we tried everything we knew to get people to write reviews for us. We thought we were doing Okay, until about a year later one of our competitors passed us.

The Crisis

To me this was a crisis that we…


Babe Ruth 1922

I remember seeing a sign on a business when I was a kid that said something of the following:

“An employee who never makes a mistake, isn’t doing anything. An employee that makes too many mistakes gets fired.”

While these two statements seem contradictory, they are based in reality. The first one is something all managers and executives know. Employees will make mistakes. The second one is what all employees fear. They don’t want to make a mistake that costs them their job. Mistakes are one of those tricky management issues that are tough on both the manager and those…


In the recent movie Ford v Ferrari, we see Ken Miles talking to his son about running a perfect lap. This is brought out again in the movie as his son watches his dad race and exclaims that he is running a perfect lap. While the two scenes in the movie may or may not be historically accurate the concept of running a perfect lap is a good one for understanding how to lead innovation.

In the movie Ken talks to his son about what it takes to run a perfect lap including the limitations of the car, the track…

Leslie Pardew

I am an artist, designer, author, and entrepreneur who has a few things to share about life, art and business.

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