Tag Archives: Creativity

The Art of Creative Conversations

We all know that you can’t innovate if you don’t collaborate, yet how do we make the time to have the creative and candid conversations that true collaboration and innovation requires? Conflicting priorities and ever-present digital media distractions constantly compete for our attention. Even when we manage to get everyone in the same room, or on the same line, it ...

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How to kill innovation with email, guaranteed!

How often do you use the BCC field in an email header? Here is one negative consequence to consider. Innovation is a team sport. You must rely not only on your own ingenuity and creativity, but also on that of your team members. Innovation also requires a culture of innovation, of which team dynamics play a critical role. Constructive Disagreement Effective, productive, and creative teamwork rely ...

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Why Your Creative Idea Isn’t All That Original (And That’s A Good Thing)

Here’s an uncomfortable truth: Your amazing, original idea—the one you swear is going to transform the world—is not all that original. At least not in the way that you think. And that doesn’t mean it’s not going to transform the world. We tend to think that outstanding creative works or amazing disruptive innovations sprang forth into the world wholly original ...

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Finally, A Commencement Speech About Innovation and Creativity

Think Big Anyway! That’s what Innovation Excellence contributor Robert B. Tucker advised students when he delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Davis. Given the exponential rate of change and the inability to predict where technology (and their careers) will evolve to, Tucker challenged this group of 500 PhD candidates and innovators to “Think Big, Anyway,” despite the ...

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The Power of Problem Exploration

“‘Houston, we’ve had a problem here.” John Swigert’s famous words, delivered in a voice as calm and clear as the mountain air in his native Denver, Colorado. But to the Apollo 13 mission controllers thousands of miles below in Texas, this fired the starting gun in a race against time. At 3:08 a.m. UTC on April 14, 1970, an explosion in ...

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Innovation Leaders as White Blood Cells

One of the most important roles of the leader of a creative team is to keep the team separated from the rest of the organization. Just like your immune system separates you from disease. What is the most important trait of the creative team leader? In my research of why people are more creative in startup companies than in mature companies, I found that ...

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The Necessary Value of Unstructured Time

I want to dedicate a column to the next generation. For me, this means addressing Uncle Leo and Ellery, my youngest son and grandson respectively. May they have the space to explore in the vast treasures of childhood and lose a sense of time while playing. There seems to be an unconscious conspiracy against the people having free time to ...

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