Appearing Last week on Charlie Rose, Nathan Myhrvold, former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft and current CEO of Intellectual Ventures, discussed, among other topics, the process of creativity and invention. “You have to be comfortable being confused and not knowing what you’re doing,” Myhrvold explained. He helped illustrate the point by bringing up the great […]
Creativity is often about recognizing the value of accidents. Silly Putty, for example, was the accidental result of the search for a synthetic rubber during World War II. Saccharin came about in 1879 as chemist Constantin Fahlberg was trying to come up with a new use for coal-tar. I recently experienced the value of unintended consequences […]
It’s easy to feel inhibited when brainstorming in groups. What if your idea is considered stupid? What if, at the moment, you have no ideas to offer? So it’s important to create an oasis of trust when brainstorming in public. This is no easy feat, but it can be achieved by working in small teams. […]
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 […]
In this brief webcam documentary, composer Chris McHale discusses the role of decision-making in the creative process.
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 […]