Sparking creativity in teams: An executive’s guide - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Strategy in Practice []

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Senior managers can apply practical insights from neuroscience to make themselves—and their teams—more creative. leadership creativity practice team

The September 2011 Leadership Development Carnival - Back to School Sale

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the September, 2011 Leadership Development Carnival - Back to School Sale! posted at Daily Creativity. Yes, it's back to school shopping time, and this month's Carnival gives leaders and aspiring leaders a shopping cart full of leadership development supplies.

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The November 2011 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the November 6, 2011 edition of leadership development carnival! Bob Lieberman presents The Can-Do Attitude posted at Cultivating Creativity – Developing Leaders for the Creative Economy. It’s much more effective to direct our creative energy by Brainsteering.

Creating a Creative Crisis

Lead Change Blog

Change Management Leadership Development creativity crisis deadline discomfort Energize failure UrgencyOrganizations sputter and stall quickly. Insider focus seems to be our default mode. We naturally work to create personal comfort rather than value for customers. How can stalled organizations re-energize their zeal and reinvigorate their vision? One strategy to get a stalled … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

Creative People Must Be Stopped

Leading Blog

Mostly people say they want big, new, creative ideas. They act like creative people must be stopped. Creativity & InnovationBut when you come up with one, they seem to go out of their way to kill it. Wouldn’t it be nice to know where the opposition is going to come from before you ever present it?

My Best Blogs of 2011

In the CEO Afterlife

So, with the help of WordPress analytics and content judgment, here’s my list of the top ’CEO Afterlife’ blogs of 2011. There’s some outstanding creativity amongst America’s homeless. I began blogging about leadership, strategy, marketing and life last February. Frankly, I wasn’t sure whether I could maintain the pace of one blog per week. But as the year closes, I realize that I’ve posted 54 blogs.

Leaders Share Their Biggest “Follower Challenges”

C-Level Strategies

About Lisa Petrilli Twitter, LinkedIN, EMAIL Lisa Speaking Hire Lisa RSS Leaders Share Their Biggest “Follower Challenges&# 02 Feb February 2, 2011 by Lisa Petrilli Last night’s #LeadershipChat on Twitter revolved around the topic of The Difficult Follower and how to lead them.

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Daniel Pink on Creativity

CEO Blog

If the job involved any thinking or creativity, it does not work. Constraints kill creativity. The creativity is "no longer that of the artist". True creativity: The ability to give someone something they did not know they were missing. I love Daniel Pink 's views. He studies the science of the mind. According to Pink "We all have an intuitive sense of what motivates people. Reward behavior and get more - punish and we get less of it."

Hacking the Creative Process

Leading Blog

While creativity is associated with artists, creativity is really part of life. Benjamin Franklin put it this way: “To cease to think creatively is but little different from ceasing to live.” You might not think of yourself as being creative, but if you are expected to solve problems, strategize and come up with new ideas, then you are required to be creative. But they're both using the same creative tools and wrestling with many of the same obstacles."

Steve Jobs: A Creative Life

Chris Brady

My business partner and co-author Orrin Woodward and I, along with the other founders of LIFE, are embarking on a business journey in which we seek to follow correct principles, emulate successful. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Contemporary Leadership LIFE Business

Gratitude 2011


He is one of my virtual mentors who is also super-creative. At various points in 2011, they connected via Twitter, emails and blog to extend help, inspiration and opportunities. Gratefulness fills me whenever a year ends.

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Before Leonardo Da Vinci, the concept of “creativity” didn't exist

Coaching Tip

The Renaissance, with its brilliant artists and architects, sculptors and scholars, taught us anew that creativity is our birthright, a gateway to our highest expression, the secret of individuation and personal fulfillment, and the secret of the art of living. Before Leonardo Da Vinci , the concept of “creativity” as a human function and an intellectual discipline didn’t exist. Capitalism provides the most energy and opportunity for creative expression.

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Creative Thinkering for Logical Thinkers

Coaching Tip

Jeff Hawkins , in his book On Intelligence , explains how our ability to associate related concepts limits our ability to be creative. Michael Michalko is the author of Creative Thinkering , Thinkertoys , Cracking Creativity , and ThinkPak. by Guest Author Michael Michalko.

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LeadershipNow 140: May 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from May 2011: @Jim_Kouzes: If you want to be more creative, think outside of yourself. Read more @PsyBlog. stevefarber: Make a list of your constraints. Now, boldly and blatantly disregard that list.

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2011

Leading Blog

Creative People Must Be Stopped : 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying) by David A Owens. Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November. Lead with Purpose : Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself by John Baldoni. Everyone Leads : Building Leadership from the Community Up by Paul Schmitz. People Follow You : The Real Secret to What Matters Most in Leadership by Jeb Blount.

A Worthy Goal for 2011 and Beyond


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer A Worthy Goal for 2011 and Beyond New year brings with it new predictions, agendas, resolutions and trends. From Seth Godin’s post “ What is Excellence ” at Tom Peters website So, seeking/delivering excellence in everything you do is a goal worth chasing in 2011 (and beyond). On that note, wish you an “excellent” 2011! - - - - - Stay tuned to QAspire Blog: Subscribe via RSS or Email, Connect via Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.

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Does Discipline Squelch Flexibility and Creativity

Six Disciplines

Magazine comes the article: Does Discipline Squelch Flexibility and Creativity? Can a business have formal disciplined systems, yet still provide a creative environment for employees while profitably providing responsive flexibility for customers?". From Inc. The reality is you have a much better chance with disciplined systems than you do without them. How can that be? Because without discipline and systems, decision-making is more chaos than repeatable or reliable.

The Creative Process

Coaching Tip

They were wild geysers of creative energy. There is nothing neat and efficient about creativity. This is why managing the creative process is so difficult. Sources: "Creation Myth" by Malcolm Gladwell and "Innovative Consumption" by James Surowiecki in The New Yorker, May 16, 2011. The interests of the innovator aren't perfectly aligned with the interests of the corporation.

How To Start Fresh In 2011. | Rich Gee Group

Rich Gee Group

home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 How To Start Fresh In 2011. We begin to hate ourselves and think we ‘lost our chance’ to change in 2011.

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2011

Leading Blog

The Accidental Creative : How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice by Todd Henry. Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July. I'm Feeling Lucky : The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards. Growth or Bust : Proven Turnaround Strategies to Grow Your Business by Mark Faust. Elements of Influence : The Art of Getting Others to Follow Your Lead by Terry R. Bacon.

Do You Have Any Time to Think Creatively?

Women on Business

I remember how wonderful I felt at first when I was hired to run a national company. I was thrilled with my new title and excited to take on the challenge of resurrecting a company that was doing poorly. I was up for the challenge. The position meant a move to Chicago from the east

Your Flying Future and a Lesson in Creativity

Kevin Eikenberry

Here is a simple creative exercise to use personally or before you next team creative challenge. Kevin Reply Jay & Ads January 25, 2011 at 4:38 am Hi Kevin, This is Jay & Ads. Reply Kevin Eikenberry January 25, 2011 at 4:48 am Thank you guys!

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LeadershipNow 140: December 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from December 2011 that you might have missed: @wallybock >> Imagination Igniters: Books for Leaders. mjasmus: Most read in 2011: 30 Overlooked Acts of Leadership Courage. The worst leadership moments of 2011 - The Washington Post.

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The Secret Engine Behind Empowered Visions

C-Level Strategies

About Lisa Petrilli Twitter, LinkedIN, EMAIL Lisa Speaking Hire Lisa RSS The Secret Engine Behind Empowered Visions 03 Jan By Lisa Petrilli You’ve created your vision for your business, career, and other aspects of your life in 2011 and can clearly see it playing out in your mind.

Innovation Creates Uncertainty

Leading Blog

We like creativity. So while we say we want creativity and innovation we often reject it because it is new, different and risky. Creativity changes the status quo, but if we want to grow and develop we have to get comfortable with the unknown and accept reasonable risk.

The Rainmaker 'Fab Five' Blog Picks of the Week - A Look Ahead at 2011

Maximizing Possibility

Department of Labor Home Page Tom Peters, The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Change Guru TUTs Adventurers Club: Explore the power of thought & creative visualization to manifest dreams!  Below is a great collection of posts containing predictions, resolutions, trends, and thoughts for 2011.

Before Creativity, Before Innovation, You Need An Idea

First Friday Book Synopsis

The first steps of a creative act are like groping in the dark: random and chaotic, feverish and fearful, a lot of busy-ness with no apparent or definable end in sight. There is nothing yet to research. For me, these moments are not pretty. I look like a desperate woman, tortured by the simple message

7 mind map ideas to unlock creativity and innovation in your business – plus 14 free tools

Krishna De

Are you looking for a way to capture your ideas, in fact even unlock creativity in your business? To unlock your creativity then just as you would when brain storming , start creating your mind map without evaluating the quality of your ideas.

Creating a Creative Life by Playing the Part of a Fool

Chris Brady

"Most people can't dream too big, cause they have things to keep." --song lyric by Sugarland In the days of monarchs, in which nearly every hill or dale was the domain of a small feudal lord called. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Humor LLR Daily Application

Using Creativity During SWOT Analysis

Chartered Management Institute

The SWOT analysis can be a rather dry (but very important) part of the strategic process for most managers. They give the exercise lip service, and that ends up lowering the validity of the exercise. How can they do a better job? Let's look at some ideas. Related Content: Early Warning What can you use Competitive Intelligence for? The OODA Loop Can you force innovation? Human Capital Measurement. You are not watching this post, click to start watching


LeadershipNow 140: October 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from October 2011 that you might have missed: @mikemyatt: The biggest leadership blind-spot and what to do about it: Leadership & The Expectation Gap. stevefarber: " Creativity , the wellspring of innovation, starts with something very simple — a choice.".

The January Leadership Development Carnival: Best of 2011 Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

This month's edition is a special "Best of 2011" collection of leadership development blog posts from many of our regular Carnival contributors. Reason: "This was our most read piece of original content published in 2011".

Re-Inventing Brainstorming – Ten Tenets for Better Idea Generation

Kevin Eikenberry

Brainstorming – the creation of new or possible ideas – is a critical part of any problem solving or creative process. Creativity Leadership Solving Problems brainstorming ideas possible solutionWe all know it. We know that we must have ideas in order find solutions to problems. We even know that the more ideas we find, the better chance we’ll have of creating the [.].

Creativity to Innovation Workshop w/ Syracuse University

Create Learning

I had to privilege of leading Creativity to Innovation at Syracuse University ; Creativity To Innovation Program Methodology. Using a mixture of TRIZ, creative problem solving and brain based leadership models, the participants find solutions to existing organizational situations.

12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor Gail McMeekin Conari Press (2001) Note: I re-read this book while formulating questions for an interview of its author, Gail McMeekin. Engaging Your CreativityIf anything, her insights offer even greater value now than they did years ago when the book was first published. This is another of several [.].

4 Ways to Use Your Blog to Land a New Job or Client

C-Level Strategies

SPGonz Reply Lisa Petrilli January 13, 2011 at 10:18 am Steve, Love the coffee comment! L Reply Angela Mazzi January 13, 2011 at 10:12 am I really appreciated this post and your creative ideas for clarifying who you are and why anyone (not just a potential employer) should care.

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Hierarchies and Creative Deviance


It’s not different in creativity. In a fast moving world, creativity requires an open-mindedness and willingness to examine new ideas. However, this type of structure often inhibits organization creativity (Williams & Yang, 1999). If top-level managers are stuck in an inefficient mental model, some creative ideas may get struck down before they can properly examined to determine if they are truly innovative. Organizational creativity.

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In 100 Words or Less – Four Lessons From the Masters of Creativity and Innovation

Management is a Journey

We are all creative, but by the time we are three or four years old someone has knocked creativity out of us. By the time the creative people are ten or twelve, [.]. Some people shut up the kids who start to tell stories. Kids dance in their cribs, but someone will insist they sit still. Innovation change strategy organizational productivity strategic thinking

3 Ways to Confront Economic Adversity in 2011

Coaching Tip

All it takes is the desire to be innovative and creative in tackling a problem. The lifeblood of creative entrepreneurship is collaborative communication with those around you: your colleagues, employees, customers, friends and family. . By Guest Author Al Weatherhead.

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On “Systems Thinking” and Improvement


You can change the system only when you know the system – and knowing the system is a curious and creative pursuit. Improvement starts when you are “intentional” about being curious and creative. Remain curious and be creative. Leadership Managing Projects Process Improvement Quality Self Growth creativity improvement Peter Senge Systems Thinking