Creativity

April 28, 2016

The Reasonable Man

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The reasonable man takes the sure road in life. He understands the way the world works and clicks off the boxes he needs to in order to succeed in life. The reasonable woman defends the status quo knowing that someday, someone will defend her when it’s her turn. The reasonable man acknowledges that things need to change in the world. And he feels good about the fact that he sees it. He may even be so bold as to share a controversial meme on Facebook, just so people know he is serious. The reasonable woman looks at her childhood dreams [...]

July 18, 2014

Are You Willing To Wear Your Crazy Hat?

By |July 18th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Last week, my daughter went to Camp Invention. It’s a great program put on by the National Inventors Hall of Fame that gives kids an opportunity to develop their creativity as they try their hand at prototyping their own inventions. On one of the days, the kids were supposed to wear a crazy hat.  My daughter worked hard on designing her own hat and she was really excited about what she had created…until the next day.  When we got to the camp, I could see she was hesitant to wear her hat. At the check in, the teacher wanted to [...]

The One Question You MUST Answer

By |July 4th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If you’ve spent any time studying creativity in leadership, you know that one of the most important attributes of innovative leaders is the ability to ask good questions. Apple has become the dominant force it is because Steve Jobs forced his team to ask important questions no one else was asking. I never knew I couldn't live without an iPhone, until I couldn't live without an iPhone! Questions are powerful tools to expand your thinking.  They cause you to move past your assumptions and entertain the ridiculous, the nonsensical, the uncomfortable and on occasion, the truly genius. Where Questions Go [...]

January 16, 2014

The War Against Creativity

By |January 16th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It may not seem obvious, but there is a war against creativity.  It’s subtle, fueled by misconceptions and strengthened by our fears.  If we are going be changemakers, we have to rise above this war and activate the "creative" within us. First, let me share two thoughts that contribute to the undermining of creativity.  Misconception #1: You either have it or you don’t A lot of people believe that creativity is an inherent trait.  We all know someone that seems to come up with ideas out of nowhere.  They’re constantly suggesting ideas outside the box and secretly it drives us [...]