creativity

December 17, 2014

Beware of small conveniences…and tables

By |December 17th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , |

As a leader, your success will rise and fall on the power of the team that you build. It’s not about how smart or charismatic you are. It’s not about how well you can articulate a vision. Great leaders build great teams. So as a leader, your top priority must be to create a culture that allows your team to thrive. The best of today's young leaders are looking for places where their voice can be heard, where their work has meaning and where their creativity can be maximized. Does that describe the environment you're building? If you can’t build [...]

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 [...]

May 19, 2014

Who Wants To Go First?

By |May 19th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

That’s a loaded question. It really depends on what you’re talking about, doesn’t it? I mean, if you’re asking about being first in the line for the restroom after drinking three diet cokes (please, for the sake of us all!), or being chosen first when they were picking teams in grade school, then count me in. But if you’re talking about the first to give the big presentation, or first in line for getting your wisdom teeth removed, there probably won't be as much jockeying for the front of the line. Dancing with uncertainty: Going first isn’t always an easy [...]

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 [...]

The First One

By |January 8th, 2014|Categories: Innovative Ideas|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I am writing this first post well before the official launch of Vanguard Creative.  I am still in the process of getting everything ready for the official launch some time in the next few weeks, but I wanted to share a bit about what this blog is all about. Vanguard Creative is an idea that began with a name about two and a half years ago.  I was in a season of personal transition and deep introspection.  I had walked away from a career that had morphed into something I no longer wanted and while I knew without a doubt [...]