Category Archives: Creativity and Innovation

3 Simple Ways To Be More Creative

One of the reasons that being creative is so challenging is that we naturally drift toward the status quo.  Shaking things up makes us uncomfortable and requires risk taking.  Here are the 3 simple, non-threatening ways to nurture creativity so you can interfere with that drift. 1.        Stop focusing. Make sure you have downtime. This…

      

How To Avoid Becoming Obsolete

When you look at the industries that have collapsed, or are in the process of collapsing, you realize that those industries were usually serving consumer needs that have not gone away.  People still need to read the news. They still enjoy reading books, watching movies and travelling.  What they don’t necessarily need was the same…

      

What You Need To Succeed In 2013

In 2006 Daniel Pink wrote a prescient book–A Whole New Mind: How Right Brainers Will Rule The Future. Oprah liked it so much, that she gave a copy to every graduating student at Stanford when she gave the graduation speech. The message of the book is that storytellers, artists, inventors and writers are going to…

      

This Is What The Phrase, “Innovate Or Die” Means

    It’s not easy to be innovative.  It’s uncomfortable because all innovative ideas sound crazy at first.  It’s scary because failure is an integral feature of the process. It takes a great force of will, especially in a large company because the status quo is the governing force.  And yet, no matter what business…

      

How To Make Competition Irrelevant

Are you in the restaurant business? The shoe business? The yarn business? The consulting business?  If so, many thousands of others will be doing the same thing.  Your business challenge will be to differentiate yourself.  It’s a well established marketing marketing rule—create a unique selling proposition to set yourself apart.  But what you’re really doing…

      

Creative Work Should Be Treated Differently

When someone delivers a creative piece of writing, a design for your ad, a photograph for your profile, or simply inspires you in some way, don’t just take it and move on. Pay attention, and openly and wholeheartedly express your appreciation. The reason you’ll need to pay attention, is because creative work doesn’t always come…