I'm SO Excited!

I am SO excited about launching this newsletter and sharing it with YOU! The UnScripted News will provide original and curated articles, videos, examples and links related to Thinking, Working and Leading Differently.

Given that you are a Creative Thinker and Leader we think you will enjoy our newsletter. You recognize that change & innovation do not follow a Script and neither should we.

We value and respect your time and promise that the information you receive will be somewhat regular but always relevant. If you are not enjoying it for whatever reason you can unsubscribe at any time, we will miss you and hope you’ll return one day.

In this Launch issue – I have a lot to be excited about:

  • New Team Member – Deborah Jann
  • Feature article – Interview Innovation
  • Recommended TED Talk – Adam Grant
  • New Workshop – Manage in the Moment & Influence with Confidence™
  • Upcoming Events


Excited to Share with you
Jennifer Spear
President & Creative Strategist
Clean Slate Strategies

UnScripted News: New Team Member


I am SO excited to announce a new member of our UnScripted Team:

Deborah Jann, Senior Associate

Deborah is a uniquely talented individual that is adding value to every aspect of Clean Slate. Her solution selling skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving and a consultative approach combined with her marketing experience have already won new clients and new speaking engagements. Deborah is also co-creator and co-facilitator of our newest workshop Manage in the Moment & Influence with Confidence™, see description below.

Prior to joining the Clean Slate team, Deborah was Principal, Market Development for the Talent and Leadership Development practice at Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge. Deborah also draws on her Honours Liberal Arts degree from Western University and her experience living and working in Europe and Asia to help organizations challenge assumptions and embrace diverse, global perspectives that lead to exceptional results. Please help me in welcoming Deborah, I’m sure you’ll enjoy having an UnScripted Conversation with her.



Feature: Interview Innovation


For me, I knew Deborah was the “one”, the right one for Clean Slate. We had been colleagues for several years, she had always been one of my trusted advisors and Loyal Skeptics that I could turn to, and I knew she was talented. I recognize that I am lucky. It’s not always that easy.

Adding quality new people to your team is a challenge. First you need to find them, then determine the fit and, once you make the offer, then your job really starts. Orientation to your organization’s culture and creating the environment that will help them thrive are vital to the success of any organization.

And it starts with the interview. IDEO's OIEngine has an innovative approach to interviews, read about it in this blog post Interview Innovation

Recommended: TED Talk


Here is a link to a TED Talk that I'm excited about and I think you will enjoy

Adam Grant - TED Talk - The surprising habits of original thinkers Based on his new book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World

Deborah and I got to see Adam speak last week at Rotman in Toronto on his new book and, as usual, he was smart, fun, humble and, well...Original.

Original Thinkers: Procrastinate - They are quick to start but slow to finish Doubt & Fear - They have idea doubt (not self doubt) and it inspires them to create Failure - They fail more often but they have good ideas because they have a lot of ideas

NEW Workshop: Manage in the Moment and Influence with Confidence™

We have partnered with The Institute for Performance and Learning to offer our NEW 1/2-day workshop, Manage in the Moment and Influence with Confidence™, to help Learning Professionals improve their ability to establish credibility in order to gain support from others, sell their ideas and influence outcomes in the moment. We hope you are among the 30 participants who will laugh and learn with us on May 4, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, at Joey Eaton Centre, Toronto. See full course description at: Manage in the Moment & Influence with Confidence N.B., A full-day version is also available.

Upcoming events


I am very excited to be speaking at these following events that are open to the public. Check them out, would love to see you there!