On Creativity

Learning To Think Inside A Box

Learning To Think Inside A Box

Search Google for “Training To Think Outside The Box” and you’ll get close to 10 million results. An overabundance of articles, seminars and workshops will instruct you on the myriad ways to overcome the box-like constraints that are keeping you or your company from reaching its true creative potential. There’s just one problem: Creativity is […]

Laying The Ground For Creative Inspiration

Laying The Ground For Creative Inspiration

One of the persistent misunderstandings about creative inspiration is that it is a passive experience. We wait for inspiration to strike, so goes the myth, and when it does we go about furiously documenting it in our novel, painting or whatever it is we’re hoping to create. The fact of the matter is that creative […]

By March 29, 2016 Read More →

Learning

In Praise Of Rote Learning

In Praise Of Rote Learning

Rote learning gets a bad rap. We associate it with 19th-century one-room school houses, conformity and a lack of critical thinking. Today’s educational approach is more enlightened, we tell ourselves, as we now teach people “how to think” rather than just “cramming them with facts.” The attack on rote learning, however, reveals a misunderstanding about what […]

By November 30, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Power of Practice

The Power of Practice

In his bestselling book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule,” claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours. Whether the correct amount is 10,000 hours or 20,000 or 5,000, the fact remains that […]

By October 29, 2010 Read More →

On Storytelling

What Is Brand Storytelling?

What Is Brand Storytelling?

A lot has been made about the importance of brand storytelling. Which begs the question: what exactly is brand storytelling? Moreover, is “storytelling” even the right word to describe what a brand does or should be doing? Is Brand Storytelling Just A Buzzword? We tend to think of “stories,” after all, as narratives that have a […]

By July 14, 2016 Read More →
Communication Skills Are Key To 21st Century Success

Communication Skills Are Key To 21st Century Success

Communication skills are crucial to your success in our new digital world. For one, we’re collaborating more than ever. Ideas, information and feelings need to be accurately exchanged. Moreover, we’re all broadcasters now. Each of a us a brand, telling our story. And we’ve got a dizzying number of platforms through which to communicate. On top of that, […]

By April 1, 2016 Read More →