Why Creativity Thrives Under Constraints

Tanveer Naseer

There’s always excitement around a new project. Just about every influence on our once new and exciting project also brings a constraint. We can lose interest or become frustrated by our once shiny new project. It’s creative potential.

The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! In this post I’ll share 3 misconceptions entrepreneurs and business leaders should be aware when starting a company but also when starting a bigger project.

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Dealing with Creative Block

The Recovering Engineer

In attempting to write a coherent post blending these two ideas, I find myself in a creative block. It seems to me that the level of creativity a team exhibits falls fully within the confines of everything. This lack of creativity will hinder your ability to find a solution.

Announcing: The Myths of Creativity


As you may know, for the past year I’ve been involved in an intense writing project. I’m happy to announce that my book The Myths of Creativity is officially available for pre-order wherever books are sold. Thanks again so much for all of your support and interest in this project.

Why Checking Your Email Might Enhance Your Creativity


We hear experts tell us how to rigidly structure our calendar to make time for the serious work of completing a project or task. A team of researchers led by Sophie Ellwood wanted to examine the effects of a short break on individual creative output.

061: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Leaders Generate Great Ideas | with David Burkus

Engaging Leader

Creativity is the starting point for all innovation, and most organizations rely on innovation to create a competitive advantage. Because of this, leaders of organizations in all industries are asking more questions about creativity. Where do we find creative people?

Innovation Requires Structure

Kevin Eikenberry

Ask most people what they think about when they consider creativity and innovation, and most likely [.]. Creativity Innovation Leadership Learning Manage Projects Personal Development Idea problem solving This is the third Wednesday in a row I’ve written about innovation.

The Myths of Creativity: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

As I worked my way through Burkus’ lively and eloquent narrative, I was also keenly interested in his discussion Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s insights relevant to incubation in Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1997): “Once the incubation stage has run its course, which could be a few days or several years, it should […].

It’s LAUNCH DAY for The Myths of Creativity


It’s been almost two years since I began work on this project, over a year since it had a name, but today I’m so excited to announce that The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Really Generate Great Ideas is official. The day has finally arrived.

Booknotes: 16 quotes from Die Empty

Leading Blog

Emptying yourself of your best work isn’t just about checking off tasks on your to-do list; it’s about making steady, critical progress each day on the projects that matter, in all areas of life. Creativity & Innovation “Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you.”

It’s Not Impossible – It Just Hasn’t Been Done Yet

N2Growth Blog

Where the absence of an outcome or a discovery exists so does a lack of creativity, critical thought, focused energy, effort and resources, and ultimately a lack of leadership. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

Power Does Not Equal Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

It doesn’t take a basketball expert or MBA graduate to see that Mike Rice’s monopoly on power crippled his team’s ability to work well together and succeed in their projects – in this case, winning basketball games. The following is a guest piece by Dennis Bakke.

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Conversation 2: What Is This Project or Team Really About?

Steve Farber

–all those things we learned back in Project Management 101. And if you can tap into that need and help to fill it for your team members, they’ll put much more energy and creativity into their work.

4 Design Thinking Tools for Engaging Your Team

Leading Blog

Finding clever solutions to big, tough, problems requires harnessing your managerial creativity to really understand the problem you and your team are solving. Creativity – contrary to popular myth – does not emerge spontaneously from nothing. There are different stages in a project.

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How To Balance Strategy & Creativity To Move Your Ideas Forward

Ron Edmondson

How To Balance Strategy & Creativity To Move Your Ideas Forward. As a creative young businessman, I initiated many projects that eventually ran off the rails. Applying strategy and Tactics in the creative process can be best illustrated through examples of paddling a canoe.

10 Practices That Drive Innovation


Collaboration drives creativity and innovation, and social media and conferencing technologies can help bring people together (or virtually together) more often for that collaboration. Part of building an innovative culture is having leaders who value creativity, and are creative themselves.


Mills Scofield

Love being part of the Creative Scholars Project , albeit remotely too much of the time. Brown University Creative Scholars Culture Education Innovation Leadership STEAM STEM It''s very cool to be blogging among a very auspicious group!

Four FREE Giveaways for Early Adopters


In just 8 short weeks, The Myths of Creativity , will hit the shelves of bookstores everywhere. A FREE 23-Page PDF Workbook based on The Myths of Creativity. This workbook is designed to give you a preview of the concepts in the book AND a 10-day plan to enhance your creativity.

At Work, "Yes" is Great, but at Times "No" is Even Better

Leading Blog

At work, we want our jobs, assignments, projects and "stuff" to move along smoothly: achieving objectives, getting promoted, winning contracts. Such seeming harmony can dull a team's creative edge and mask issues that need our attention.

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Quiet Time: The Introvert’s 5 Keys To Influence


Take a look at the new book by this author, Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference (Berrett-Koehler, April 2013); I find myself pumping my fist and saying “yes!” 1. Unleash your creativity. By Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

Why you need to stop telling them what to do


Every time a new project comes along or something new needs to get done, there they are, calling, sending email, knocking on your door to get your directions. They’ll learn, become creative, and stop being dependent on you.

Education? Innovation? Do - Learn - Do - Learn

Mills Scofield

Victor’s Leap Year Project “Masters Program” is the wave of the future. My work with students and the building project made me curious about further education in business, design, and social impact. Aron Solomon introduced me to Victor Saad and that was all it took.

Current Method / Better Way Matrix Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

Team Project tool to create shared language of progress & regress. Can break inertia (stuckness) in how your project team operates. The team facilitator I recommend the team leader / Project Manager documents the responses on flipchart paper.

Make a list of “to becomes”


As you consider that big global project that you need to start (the “to do”), think about the impact that listening better (the “to become”) can have on its’ success. How might better listening help you to assure the success of that project?

Are You an Effective Business Leader?

Lead on Purpose

First of all, every business leader that wants to be successful in his or her field needs to know the field inside out and understand even the smallest details, which are sometimes the most important factors in business projects. Creativity. Finally, leaders that want to succeed also need to be creative to overcome all the difficulties that might arise at any given moment. And that is when creativity will be crucial to the overall chances of succeeding.

The Art of Science

Mills Scofield

I wore the hat of fisheries biologist, science teacher, environmental scientist, and even worked on an extraordinary robotics project , but in the end while the science jobs paid the bills, what I was really passionate about was painting.

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Using The Power Of Acknowledgment To Engage Your Employees

Tanveer Naseer

What incredible value and contribution Shelly brings to our team – we couldn’t achieve the same project success without her insights and actions.” Or, or, or… We are so creative, we can go on forever with our logical and even possibly valid excuses.

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Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Mills Scofield

She is co-president of Brown''s student initiative to incorporate the arts into STEM, STEAM and a project manager on Brown''s solar decathlon " Techstyle Haus " team, of which about half are women! If you can''t find what you''re looking for, just create it!

28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

In an organizational setting this applies equally, where people empower themselves through creativity, innovation and superior customer service.”. David Burkus , from LDRLB , says “ Creativity. Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival !

How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

What the crows’ example reveals is the concrete value we can gain from instilling a learning culture within our organization so we can stretch our creativity and insights, and in the process, develop innovative approaches for how we can reach our shared goals.

Ten magical thoughts to let go of


Appreciate them as they are and let go of thinking that everyone has to do things your way and watch their creativity become unleashed! Some may want to be coached, others may want a challenging project, time off, recognition, or all of the above.

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Being The Hare

Survive Your Promotion

The many projects and passions that I’ve been excited about over all these years have started to hang together. I do interesting work using my unique talents most of the time, and sometimes I have weeks or months of extreme creativity and motivation. photo credit: wolfpix.

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20 Questions to Assess the Quality of an Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

How much creativity is reflected in the planned actions? Are challenging assignments and projects represented? I’ve written about how to write a great individual development plan (IDP) - it’s my all-time most popular post, with over 300,000 hits.

Data Can Enhance Creative Projects — Just Look at Netflix

Harvard Business

Orange Is the New Black isn’t just great television — it’s also an example of data-driven creativity in action. With the recent explosion of shows produced by Silicon Valley companies like Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix comes a fear that entertainment will increasingly be shaped by analysts crunching numbers rather than creatives following their artistic vision. Other elements of Netflix’s approach also favor greater creative freedom.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

Yet in a recent survey of 5,000 only 1 in 4 people believe they are living up to their creative potential. You contribute by organizing the new projects and developing efficient systems that ensure the work or product is completed with precision and accuracy.

Your career will soar if you avoid leaders’ #1 blind spot

Michael Lee Stallard

Armed with this knowledge, the best leaders find jobs, ongoing responsibilities or temporary projects that help their employees progress toward their career goals. He is the primary author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity (Thomas Nelson). Many leaders unknowingly sabotage their careers by wrongly assuming their employees are actively engaged in their work.

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The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Practical risk-taking is encouraged and mistakes are seen as an inevitable part of the creative process. In 1996 , 51% of US employees were reported to be members of team. By 2006 , it had increased to 84%. As our world becomes more complex, the need for teams will continue to grow.

Neuro-Wifi: Power of Mutual Empathy

Michael Lee Stallard

A colleague at work does a fantastic job on a project. She will also feel more connected to you, and this, research has shown, will help make her more resilient, more creative, a better problem solver, less likely to drink alcohol or engage in sex during her adolescence.

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3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a brief article by Daniel Pink for LinkedIn PULSE: The news and insights you need to know in which he offers some observations about TED an then some advice to those who aspire to present a TED program. Briefly, TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 […].

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Trust in Leadership – 5 Key Practices to Earn Trust

Lead on Purpose

Today’s more collaborative, creative business models, on the other hand, require leaders with high emotional intelligence – business leaders who can build trust among their colleagues and employees. As a leader, people will trust you more if they feel that they can bring up negative points about you, your team, a project you’re working on, or whatever. Guest post by Daniela Baker.

Guest Post: Keeping Your Finances Afloat While Working From Home

Survive Your Promotion

It can be easy while in the creative and productive mindset while working at home to either forget or procrastinate upon what is needed to be attended to financially. It is important to give equal increments of time between like projects. photo credit: Jeremy Levine Design.

Futren’s Strategies for Employee Retention

Chart Your Course

The company manages Indian Hills Country Club and The Georgian Club in Marietta, and acquired Woodland Hills Golf Course in Cartersville in February 2013. Futren also provides some creative training. Businesses in the hospitality and food and beverage industries face many challenges.

Leading Others: How NOT to be in Control


Disengaged team will, at the best, comply to your directives but will never be able to bring their complete creative potential on board. Leadership Leading Change Leading People Leading Projects change communication lessons connecting leading change Team Building