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25 Simple Ways to Free Up Your Innate Creativity

Most people agree that creativity is a good thing. Accordingly, they want to know how they can become more creative. Makes sense, right? The question, however, is a tricky one, not unlike asking "How can I have a good marriage?" or "How can I become a better human being?" There are hundreds of answers and often different strokes for different folks. Bottom line, there is no blueprint, no follow-the-dots instructions in this realm. But there are some simple principles and guidelines to conside...
Tags: Creativity, Innovation

How 'Controlled Sloppiness' Can Make You More Successful

If you’ve had the fortune of coming across SMART goal setting, you’ll know the acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Assignable (changed into “Attainable”), Realistic, and Time-related. In particular, specificity makes goals easier to plan for and track. For example, “eat less takeout,” isn’t as good as, “eat…Read more...
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What Is Creativity?

When you think about Creativity, what springs into your head? Does my question encourage you to think of names of great artists, engineers, philosophers or technologists? The more down to earth amongst you might like to tell me about your father whose home-brewed beer was ‘extraordinary’ or your grandmother who filled her house with culinary delights whenever you visited. Are both of these groups of people creative, or neither? Stay with me as I delve a little into some of the theories regarding...
Tags: Blog, Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving, Boundaries, Innovation Speaker, Creativity Speaker

Dreading the start

You have that big presentation coming up and you cannot get yourself to get started on it. Too many distractions, and too few ideas what to actually do.Some ideas:Open a little (paper or digital) scratch pad somewhere and start jotting down ideas weeks before your presentation. Presentation design and storytelling are creative processes that need some brain incubation time. Your subconscious mind will chew on ideas you started without you realizing it. It is possible to crank out slides the nigh...
Tags: Creativity, Speaking

Kermit the Frog Gives a TED Talk About Creativity & the Power of “Ridiculous Optimism”

In 2015, 3.8 billion years after “creativity emerged” out of “sheerest emptiness,” Kermit the Frog was tapped to give a talk on creativity at TEDxJackson. How did a local, one-day event manage to snag such a global icon? Roots. The famed frog’s creator, Jim Henson, spent his first decade in Mississippi (though Kermit was born of a ping pong ball and Henson’s mother’s old coat after the family relocated to Maryland.) The conference took place 15 years after Henson’s untimely death, ...
Tags: Facebook, Television, Mississippi, Maryland, College, Creativity, Peter Pan, Sam, TED Talks, Tinker Bell, Kermit, Blondie, Ken Robinson, Alfred North Whitehead, Jim Henson, Henson

Riesman on Public Performance

In "progressive schools", Above all, the walls change their look. The walls of the modern grade school are decorated with the paintings of the children or their montages from the class in social studies. Thus the competitive and contemporary problems of the children look down on them from walls which, like the teacher herself, are no longer impersonal. This looks progressive, looks like a salute to creativeness and individuality; but again we meet paradox. While the school de-emphasizes grades ...
Tags: Art, Education, Minneapolis, Creativity, Current Events, Jazz, Don, Allen, Mumford, Milo, Wexler, Northside, Gatto, Stefan Kac, School Band, Riesman

Vincent Kaufmann on Détournement

Kaufmann/Bononno, Guy Debord It's true that détournement is also based on a technique of dissimulation, if we insist on using the term, even though it would be more correct to speak of it as a ruse or feint. But it is at the very least problematic to attribute such a technique to the practice—considered shameful or inadmissable— of autobiography, a larvatus prodeo to which no more than a handful of self-proclaimed scholars hold the key. Reading Debord is not like a game of Trivial Pursuit, and...
Tags: Google, Production, Creativity, Jazz, Appropriation, Ducasse, Stefan Kac, DeBord, Odéon Theater, Détournement, Remix Culture, From A Notebook, Situationists, Debord (guy, Intentional Fallacy, Kaufmann (vincent

Ignite Your Inspiration and Make Work Exciting Again

Wouldn’t you love to feel as engaged and energized as you were on day one? You can! The key is to quit waiting for it to happen and take control of the process yourself. 70% of us feel uninspired at work – which kills productivity and promise. The good news is that we can get that inspiration we once felt, back. Greek mythology teaches us that there are 9 Muses that gift us with inspiration; but unbeknownst to virtually everyone, there are also 9 Anti-Muses, the forces that drain our inspiration...
Tags: Motivation, Videos, Video, Leadership, Inspiration, Creativity, Webinar, Webinars, Scott Mautz, Greek Mythology, Mike Horne, Creativity At Work, Inspiration drains

9 tips for getting in good with local listing agents

Being an agent others trust and like to work with is a reputation you earn over time. If you're new in the field, there are a few things you can do to develop those helpful ties, showcase your professionalism and cultivate a network you'll rely on time and time again.
Tags: Relationships, Communication, Service, Creativity, Radio, Mls, Agent, Reputation, Presentation, Contracts, Sphere, Connections, Brokerage, Select, Back To Basics, Stephanie Lanier

I'm Innovation Expert and 'Big Little Breakthroughs' Author Josh Linker, and This Is How I Work

What if someone told you that all it took to unleash your inner creative spark was five minutes of daily, deliberate practice? Or that a “breakthrough” needn’t be a monumental triumph, but instead be something that makes your day just a tinge easier?Read more...
Tags: Design, Articles, Creativity, Innovation, Lifehacks, Product Management, Thought, Aptitude, Josh Linker, Mental Processes, Innovation Economics, Science And Technology Studies

Watch the “Greatest Juggler of the Ages,” Frances Brunn, Perform His “Painfully Exciting” Juggling Routine (1969)

When John Ringling North, then president of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, saw a pair of German  jugglers and acrobats perform in Spain, he immediately invited them to join “the Greatest Show on Earth.” A brother and sister team, Francis and Lottie Brunn would astonish audiences. In 1950, theater critic Brooks Atkinson called Francis “the greatest juggler of the ages. Not many people in the world are as perfectly adjusted as Mr. Brunn is. He will never have to visit a psychia...
Tags: Google, England, Television, College, White House, Spain, Dance, Creativity, New York Times, Francis, Palace, Eisenhower, Alexander Calder, Judy Garland, Martin, Facebook Twitter

Einstein's desk and what it suggests about clutter and intelligence

This photo of Albert Einstein's desk depicts his office exactly as he left it before his death in 1955. Is there a link between being messy and creative, clutter and intelligence? Causation or correlation? Researchers have explored this very issue but, mostly, I just wanted to post the wonderful photo of Einstein's desk. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Creativity, Albert Einstein, Offices, Einstein, Desks, Messes

Brain-controlled chess is here

A brain-controlled interface implements a two-step process: Identify the chess piece, then place it on the board. The program was 96 percent accurate at correctly moving chess pieces.This research opens up opportunities for physically impaired people to express themselves in new ways.By November 2020, The Queen's Gambit had been watched in over 62 million households, making it the most-watched scripted limited series in Netflix history. The thoughtful, stylized show on the patient pursuit of ch...
Tags: Programming, Facebook, Neuroscience, Brain, Creativity, Innovation, Consciousness, Derek, Elizabeth Harmon, Human body, David Hubner Albrecht Schall, Michael Tangermann

The death of third-party cookies: why marketers should reprioritise creative

The death of third-party cookies doesn’t feel like great news for the marketing industry. Good, perhaps, for consumers (greater privacy); bad for digital marketers (fewer targeting and measurement opportunities). However, all digital channels are not created equal. Yes, every part of digital will be affected in terms of targeting, optimisation and measurement, and solutions for these elements will solve for multiple channels. But social media in particular needs to be approached differently from...
Tags: Facebook, Social Media, Seo, Creativity, Effectiveness, Thought Leadership, Creative Agency, Third-party Cookies, Brittany Wickerson

Forget about folders

Filing and categorisation systems are a pain. It is tedious to put things in the right folder on your hard drive, put the data of a file in year, month, day format to make them sort, and final versions always become final final, final final final, really final v2. Google replaced Yahoo’s internet categorisation with search.Back in the 1990s there was a Partner in McKinsey’s London office who gave up on filing (mostly paper at that time) and simply shoved everything chronologically in his cupboar...
Tags: Google, London, Yahoo, Creativity, Speaking, Mckinsey, Viktor Talashuk

Important Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs had a profound impact on the computer, television, music, telecom, and publishing sectors. Successful leaders are always prepared for unforeseen challenges and can fix them. And yet, at the end of the day, they know what truly matters—their people skills and ability to innovate. These are much more critical for leaders than rigid procedures or ideals. Steve Jobs embodied this. Apple is an industry-defining entrepreneurial achievement championed by Jobs and his inspirational leadership...
Tags: Apple, Leadership, Steve Jobs, Creativity, Innovation, Vision, Encouraging, Leadership Lessons, Employee Motivation

Ancient cave artists were getting high on hypoxia

Hundreds of prehistoric paintings have been found in subterranean chambers with barely enough oxygen to breathe.Low oxygen causes hypoxia that can induce exalted mental states.A new study says the artists chose these hard-to-each caverns in search of an oxygen-starved high.Artists of all types have been known to ingest a—shall we say—creative lubricant or two. One of the paradoxical things about art, even for people who love making it—maybe especially for those people—is that it's sometimes hard...
Tags: France, Israel, Rome, Creativity, Innovation, Visualizations, Archaeology, Narcotics, Western Europe, Plutarch, Tel Aviv University, Kedar, Giuseppe Etiope, Cave art cave paintings, Yafit Kedar, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology

Artist Makes Micro-Miniature Sculptures So Small They Fit on the Head of a Pin

The jury remains out as to the number of angels that can dance on a pin, but self-taught artist Flor Carvajal is amassing some data regarding the number of itty bitty sculptures that can be installed on the tips of matchsticks, pencil points, and — thanks to a rude encounter with a local reporter — in the eye of a needle. According to Tucson’s Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, where her work is on display through June, The Vanguardia Liberal was considering running an interview in ...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Religion, Creativity, Museums, Columbia, Facebook Twitter, Tucson, Leonardo da Vinci, Juan Valdez, Ayun Halliday, Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Watch Mouthwatering Tiny Woolen Food Animations, Flor Carvajal, Vanguardia Liberal

Are these Sacred Cows or Trojan Horses? 

Like me, are you fascinated and yet irritated by the mythology that  surrounds modern working practices?   By mythology, I mean that growing collection of words and phrases describing working practices that  have long lost their true meaning.    Some examples   If you are not sure what I mean, here are a few examples .    Balance:  Disguising indecision as a bland compromise that attempts to achieve many things but ends up accomplishing nothing .   Collaboration:  Creati...
Tags: Leadership, Workplace, Preparation, Leaders, Workplace Culture, Balance, Creativity, Mythology, Collaboration, Excellence, Breeden, Leadership Practices, Jake Breeden

How Creativity Can Help Your Business

If you embrace the idea of creativity then as an employer you can get something else. And it is entirely for free, increased intrinsic motivation. Create the right conditions for yourself and others to be creative (at the appropriate time of course), and put in place the mechanisms to allow such behaviour. Consequently, employees and colleagues will automatically be given a greater degree of freedom and trust. In turn, this will be rewarded by increased effort or output. Now you have a better bus...
Tags: Motivation, Podcasts, Creativity, Innovation

The Geek in Review Ep. 111 – Adam Tsao and The Creativity Playbook for Lawyers

For those who went to law school, do you remember that class we all took on creativity in the legal work environment? No? We don’t remember it either. And neither does Adam Tsao, that’s why he decided to write The Creativity Playbook for Lawyers: Strategies for the Business of Legal Practice. Adam sits down with us and discusses how he integrated creativity into his own legal education at Penn Law School, as well as his legal work at Skadden and Covington before starting his own business, At Phi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Utah, Podcast, Microsoft, Law, California, Steve Jobs, Uncategorized, Robin Hood, US, Toronto, US news, Creativity, Blue Jays, Cree

Le Chocolat des Français - “Keep the Best of France”

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Tags: Design, France, Trends, Creativity, Packaging, Unknown

"Piece by piece"

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"Producing yourself"

I just returned from a short Passover holiday, a first in a year. (Hotels, restaurants, here in Israel are now completely open while virus cases continue to fall towards zero). During the break I watched a about “producing yourself”. In music production there are usually 2 roles: the creative contribution of the artist, and the editing and arranging part by a producer. They usually happen in 2 spaces, the artist is in the recording part of the studio, the producer sits on the other side of the...
Tags: Israel, Creativity, Speaking, ALICIA

How to boost your creativity with a 'non-time' secret used by Steve Jobs, Einstein, and other neuroscientists

Non-time or the art of just thinking may be the secret to reigniting your creativity. Getty Writer and speaker Steven Kotler said "non-time" or time to just think was key to creativity. Writing for Ideas.Ted, he said deadlines were "kryptonite for creativity" and made non-time vital. While the term may be new, "non-time" has been used by Einstein, Jobs, Darwin, and other greats. See more stories on Insider's business page. Writing page after page, pushing through to meet deadlines, and...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Steve Jobs, International, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Ted, Creativity, Jeff Weiner, Albert Einstein, Einstein, Sundar Pichai, Darwin, Nordic

Podcast – Using negativity, making use of the Mood Hoovers

Mood Hoovers. Do you have some of those negative people in your business who just suck the life out of you? If you are self employed maybe you are surrounded by some. What do you do about them? Find out how using negativity can improve your business.
Tags: Podcasts, Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving, Negative

Creativity Is There Already, Nurture It

Creativity is there already. This is about valuing the creative potential in all of us, and trying to create room for it to flourish. Each of us has the ability to be creative, even if this only exists in small amounts. Such skills can be enhanced and amplified by employing the relevant tools and techniques.
Tags: Podcasts, Techniques, Creativity, Innovation, Nurture

Are geniuses real? The neuroscience and myths of visionaries

Revolutionary ideas and culture-shifting inventions are often credited to specific individuals, but how often do these "geniuses" actually operate in creative silos? Tim Sanders, former chief strategy officer at Yahoo, argues that there are three myths getting in the way of innovative ideas and productive collaborations: the myths of the expert, the eureka moment, and the "lone inventor." More than an innate quality reserved for an elite group, neuroscientist Heather Berlin and neurobiologist Jo...
Tags: Yahoo, Success, Neuroscience, Intelligence, Brain, Creativity, Innovation, Collaboration, Mind, Genius, Tim Sanders, Bach Beethoven, Heather Berlin, Joy Hirsch

Using negativity

Using negativity, especially within the workplace, is something you should try to do. There are creative techniques that embrace negativity. In this podcast I describe one technique that you can use either on your own or with a group of people. If you have any negative people around you then they can help you greatly without actually realising it.
Tags: Podcasts, Creativity, Innovation, Negativity, Technique

Watch Cartoonist Lynda Barry’s Two-Hour Drawing Workshop

We know you’re Zoomed out, but might you make an exception for the pre-recorded drawing and writing session above with legendary cartoonist and illustrator Lynda Barry? Under the auspices of Graphic Medicine’s participatory online series, Drawing Together, the notoriously playful Barry led participants through a series of exercises from her book, Making Comics, and seemed genuinely pleased to be back in teaching mode. (All of her in-person classes at the University of Wisconsin have been...
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