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July 4, 2014

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 [...]

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 [...]