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Creative Problem Solving–It’s Like Making Quilts

Tina Seelig, executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, has a new book inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity. The book argues that most of us are not as creative as we have the potential to be and, thankfully for the time starved business owner, living up to our full creative potential doesn’t necessarily […]

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Do you think you’re just not creative? This post is for you!

Do you think you’re one of those people who just isn’t creative?  We are all creative, but sometimes we need to take steps to build our creative confidence.  Watch this inspiring TED talk by Ideo’s founder David Kelly about how to rediscover your creative capacity.  

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Innovation = Inspiration + Execution

3 Tips for Executing Ideas   More wisdom on innovation from one of my favorite companies, Behance, whose  CEO Scott Belsky recently addressed the 99% Conference, offering tips on bridging the gap between inspiration and execution.

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Too Tired to Be Creative?

Check out this video of a talk by Tony Schwartz.  It  turned my head around about how to maintain capacity to do all I want/need to do.  Would love to hear about what you do to refuel and replenish yourself for creative work.

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Does high stress trigger creativity at work?

  Check out this commentary from Teresa Amabile, one of the most highly regarded researchers on creativity and the workplace.   How about you?  Does pressure stimulate your creative juices–or dry them up?

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Dissing Creativity

My dad was an engineer.  He left me a legacy of respect for research and the scientific method.  But sometimes it’s hard to accept the findings of certain studies.  I confess that the research on correlation between creativity and mental illness drives me up the wall.  So here we go again!  Another piece of research […]

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Are You Willing to Move through the Wilderness?

From a column The Creative Monopoly by David Brooks.  Excerpt: Creative people don’t follow the crowds; they seek out the blank spots on the map. Creative people wander through faraway and forgotten traditions and then integrate marginal perspectives back to the mainstream. Instead of being fastest around the tracks everybody knows, creative people move adaptively […]

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What Makes People More Creative?

This is a great blog post from the intriguing blog I Wish I had Thought of That.  Highlight is a video of John Cleese on creativity.

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I Get Paid for This?

When you have clients—whether you’re a coach, a consultant, a yoga teacher, a writer, or service provider of any stripe—you are as transformed by the relationship as is your client.  The growth that comes from working with my clients often leaves me guiltily thinking, “Maybe I should be paying them.”  Just kidding.  Sort of. This […]

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Fruits, Vegetables, and Creativity

Most people recognize the importance of good nutrition, though many of us are confused about exactly what defines healthy eating. The government is always changing its recommendations about the ideal balance of different foods in our diets.  A while back, the USDA abandoned the “Food Pyramid” most of us grew up with for “My Plate.” Seeing […]

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