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5 Reasons Why You May Never Be Creative

5 Reasons Why You May Never Be Creative

Throughout the business community there’s no shortage of discussion about the importance of creativity for both corporate and personal success. In fact, it’s increasingly viewed as a core competency. As a creative professional, I couldn’t agree more. So I’d like to outline some of the obstacles to creativity, what might be keeping you or your company […]

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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 […]

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Laying The Ground For Creative Inspiration
By March 29, 2016 Read More →

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 […]

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Are you dumb enough to be creative?
By December 7, 2015 Read More →

Are you dumb enough to be creative?

In my seminars and workshops on creative problem solving, I spend a lot of time emphasizing the value of being an idiot. Because in the all-important opening phase of the creative process, which I call “making a mess,” stupidity is your greatest asset. This is not the time for clarity, precision or cleverness. Rather it’s the time […]

Creativity and Economic Survival I Do humans still matter?
By December 5, 2015 Read More →

Creativity and Economic Survival I Do humans still matter?

Your economic survival is threatened by machines and outsourcing. This was explored to considerable extent in Daniel Pink’s brilliant book, A Whole New Mind. Pink notes what is becoming increasingly obvious: many jobs formerly done by Americans can now be done cheaper and faster by machines or labor outsourced overseas to low-wage workers. Simply put, […]

Creating A Company Vision
By December 4, 2015 Read More →

Creating A Company Vision

Everyone seems to agree that for an organization to succeed, you need to have a company vision. A vision is the source, we’re told, from which all strategies and actions flow, the foundation upon which everything else is built. Sounds logical. But it raises some thorny questions. “Company Vision” is a problematic term What exactly do we […]