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Speed and The Creative Process

Speed and The Creative Process

Early in the creative process, when we often don’t know exactly where to start, it’s best to work fast. By simply barreling ahead, you’ll move through whatever might be blocking you. At the same time you’ll be generating a great deal of material. Much of it won’t be useful until later on when you edit […]

By April 26, 2010 Read More →
Creativity and Decision-Making

Creativity and Decision-Making

In this brief webcam documentary, composer Chris McHale discusses the role of decision-making in the creative process.

By April 21, 2010 Read More →
Your First Follower Is The Key To Effective Leadership

Your First Follower Is The Key To Effective Leadership

The first follower: it’s the most under-appreciated component of effective leadership. Check out this brilliant presentation given in February at TED in 2013 which proves the point. Derek Sivers shows that when thinking about social movements, we often assume that it’s the leader who is most important. In fact, it’s the first follower who deserves our attention. What we […]

By April 13, 2010 Read More →
Can creativity be measured?

Can creativity be measured?

An interesting question is whether or not creativity can be measured.  Are there metrics by which we can assess our creative output? The answer depends on whether our creative product is already out there in the market, or whether it’s still in development. If it’s out there in the world, the answer is pretty straightforward. […]

By April 8, 2010 Read More →
iPad:  when a little thing becomes a big thing

iPad: when a little thing becomes a big thing

When the iPad was announced in January, a chorus of critics cried that it was “just an oversized iPod Touch.” Let’s assume for a moment that they’re right. But this “little change” has serious implications. As David Pogue writes in the Times: “The simple act of making the multitouch screen bigger changes the whole experience. Maps become real […]

By April 5, 2010 Read More →
When creativity is criminal

When creativity is criminal

You may have caught CNBC’s re-broadcast of “The Smartest Guys in the Room,” the brilliant documentary about Enron’s spectacular rise and fall. It’s easy to view Lay, Skilling, Fastow and the rest as a creative bunch.  Again and again they came up with innovative scams to fool Wall Street into thinking the company was profitable […]

By April 4, 2010 Read More →