Constraint Kick Starts Creativity

Lead Change Blog

There are many externals that we naturally think of as constraints, boundaries on our ability to achieve, to get ahead, to succeed. Consider that these constraints are but a catalyst for becoming more creative about the possibilities sitting before you.

A Beautiful Constraint

Leading Blog

Typically we look at a constraint as a negative. But what if a constraint was the gift that opened up previously unimagined possibilities? What if a constraint was the gift that took you to the next level? Not in spite of the constraint, but because of it.”

Why Creativity Thrives Under Constraints

Tanveer Naseer

Instead, it typically comes to a predictable end when we hit something inevitable: constraints. We run into constraints around people, the market, the interests of stakeholders, and more. Just about every influence on our once new and exciting project also brings a constraint.

Add Constraints to Processes Carefully

Curious Cat

Take great care in adding constraints to processes to avoid doing so needlessly. Occasionally a required field is a sensible constraint on an online form but so often they add unnecessary constraints. Frequently I see unnecessary constraints creating the edge case excuse.

EBM: Constraints


Theory of Constraints (TOC) is an overall management philosophy introduced by Dr. Eliyahu M. The theory contends that any manageable system is limited in achieving more of its goal by a very small number of constraints and that there is always at least one constraint. A constraint is anything that prevents the system from achieving more of its goal. Identify the constraint. Decide how to exploit the constraint. Elevate the constraint.

Use Constraint to Instigate Innovation

First Friday Book Synopsis

HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day not Scarcity Scarcity seems to have replaced necessity as the mother of invention in today's organizations Steve Kramer Teresa Amabile Use Constraint to Instigate InnovationHere is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. Scarcity seems to have replaced necessity as the mother of invention in today’s organizations.

New Years is an Artificial Constraint

Mills Scofield

Seriously ! Thank you Switch & Shift for hosting my (anti)-New Year''s post! "Ah, Ah, New Years hype! New resolutions, habits, goals, priorities. We make it so grand and complicated that we set ourselves up for failure. Seriously, what’s the difference between December 31st and January 1st?

How to Succeed With Limited Resources

Let's Grow Leaders

I believe these companies were successful not in spite of, but because of their constraints. When constraints became tighter and competition stiffer, it became critical to make smarter choices at every stage of the game. ” Embracing Constraints When You’re Not in Charge.

A Bold and Blatant Disregard for Normal Constraints

Steve Farber

The most common and insidious “normal constraints&# are the ones that are imposed on you by others. Whenever you see a better way to do things or better things to do, make a list of all the “normal constraints&# that seem to be holding you back. Every “normal constraint&# in the proverbial book will tell you that this question is unrealistic and a waste of time.

WEadership Practice #4: Encourage Experimentation (and, of course, experiment yourself)

Lead Change Blog

Leadership Development boldness constraints experiment ideas incentives Innovation innovative lead Leadership management risk testingPosted in Leadership Development This post is the fourth in a series that began here summarizing the findings of a one-year study of workforce leadership. Through that process, we identified six practices next-generation leaders use to be effective; a new model of leadership we call WEadership, in a nod to its collaborative nature. The Speed of Life For [.]

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Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #17 – Whitney Johnson On Using Disruptive Innovation To Drive Growth

Tanveer Naseer

Why constraints are actually beneficial and not a hindrance to our ability to disrupt ourselves, and our perception of what can be done and what opportunities are there to fuel our growth and success.

Procedure Development Best Practice 1 – Integrated Development

Strategy Driven

Premium Procedure Development integrated procedures nathan ives procedure development procedure integration process constraints process impacts strategydrivenThe complexity of modern organizations necessitates a collage of policies, processes, and procedures to guide their operations.

Why Innovators Love Constraints

Harvard Business Review

Nearly a decade later, I find myself almost a fan of constraints. Constraints lead to faster feedback. Whether they are limits on space, time, money or other resources, constraints can improve our agility and get our synapses firing at lightning speed.

Project Management – What is Critical Chain?

Strategy Driven

Premium Project Management critical chain Greg Gaskey project constraints strategydriven Successful project managers know that the success of their project hinges on the development of a solid plan, the diverse consideration of integration challenges, and the right evaluation of resources.

Embrace Your Constraints to Create New Markets

Harvard Business Review

This term is just what it sounds like: external constraints are market, environmental and/or consumer conditions forced on any company doing business in their space — something from outside the company that it has little or no control over.

Boosting Creativity Through Constraints

Harvard Business Review

Conventional wisdom holds that the best way to boost a team''s creativity is to unshackle them from constraints. Some constraints are realities that must to be dealt with — laws of physics, or perhaps a budget. Other constraints may seem immovable but upon inspection are actually assumptions based on the past — your business model, or which customers and needs you serve, for example. The key to spurring creativity isn''t the removal of all constraints.

2018 Success Depends on You asking the Right Questions

N2Growth Blog

Constraints to Success. According to Adam Morgan and Mark Barden, there are four kinds of constraints most businesses face today. 2) Constraint of resource , such as having little to no marketing budget. 3) Constraint of time , which is the great leveler we all share!

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 2/11/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Lafley Adam Bryant Alan Bird Andy Jefferson “5 ways to find your team’s hidden talents” “Why Innovators Love Constraints” Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 2/11/13) BOB Bryan Neider Calhoun W. I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works A.G.

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How Intelligent Constraints Drive Creativity

Harvard Business Review

Not long ago, Teresa Amabile revealed in an HBR blog post that while she had spent much of her career as a research psychologist showing how constraints can undermine creativity, she had discovered that the right sort of constraints can in fact "stoke the innovation fire.". CEO Marissa Mayer offered the same opinion writing for Businessweek in 2006: "Constraints shape and focus problems, and provide clear challenges to overcome as well as inspiration.

The Accidental Mind: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries A lively explanation of the beneficial neural functions in that “cobbled-together mess” between our ears “Rube Goldberg contraption” “The Main Evolutionary Constraints on Brain Design” David J. The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God David J.

Surrounded by Geniuses: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Surrounded by Geniuses: Unlocking the Brilliance in Yourself, Your Colleagues, and Your Organization Alan S. Gregermnan Sourcebooks (2010) How and why winning in today’s competitive markets requires unlocking genius within us and in the world around us I deeply appreciated all that I learned in Alan Gregerman’s most recent book, The Necessity of Strangers: The […]. Bob''s blog entries Alan S.

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 […].

Leading in a World of Resource Constraints and Extreme Weather

Harvard Business Review

Consider three critical mega-trends: resource constraints and rising commodity prices; climate change and extreme weather; and radical, technology-driven transparency. Resource constraints mean organizations have to use less stuff. My father worked at IBM for 35 years.

How to CRAFT a conversation that moves the needle

Rajesh Setty

Understand their weaknesses and constraints : Just like topics related to their strengths are where they will gravitate towards, topics related to their weaknesses are what they will want to avoid. Not only their weaknesses are against them but also the constraints (e.g.:

Constraints on Health Care Budgets Can Drive Quality

Harvard Business Review

From my experience heading Scotland’s National Health Service from 2010 until last August (and before as its director of health care policy and strategy), I know that such constraints can unleash innovations that will lead to better care — and better health — for communities.

Project Management Model – SQERT

Rapid BI

Management Add new tag constraints cost Leadership project management project management triangle quality sqert timeProject Management Model - SQERT - Scope, Quality, Effort, Risk, & Timing.

How to Deal with Unreasonable Contrarians

Leadership Freak

Constraint makes the river powerful. A river without banks drifts calmly into oblivion. Tell teams what they can’t do and where they can’t go and they’ll get further, faster. This applies to… Continue reading → Courage Innovation Taking others higher Teams Communication courageous leaders Leadership

Preview Thursday: Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager

Lead Change Blog

They’re called assumed constraints.”. She laughed at his mangled terminology, then clarified: An assumed constraint is a believe that limits your experience. Then I’d know what everybody is thinking and I wouldn’t jump to assumed constraints so often,” Steve said.

Giving Remote Leaders the Tools to Succeed

Kevin Eikenberry

The time constraints for remote leaders can also be frustrating. Leading is hard. Leading remotely is even harder. While you have to master all the leadership skills, you have do it with less interaction with your team, making the job even more challenging.

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First Look: Leadership Books for January 2015

Leading Blog

A Beautiful Constraint : How To Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It''s Everyone''s Business by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden. Here''s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January. Driven to Distraction at Work : How to Focus and Be More Productive by Ned Hallowell. Fairness Is Overrated : And 51 Other Leadership Principles to Revolutionize Your Workplace by Tim Stevens.

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Ethical Leadership for Sustainable Wellbeing

Great Leadership By Dan

Trying to meet the challenges of modern-day working practices and the demands of a 24hr global demand under increasing constraints is a real conundrum.

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The Gift of Struggle

Leading Blog

All of us are working within our own set of constraints, goals, and unexpected life events that shape our journey. B OBBY HERRERA has a message and the message is “We all struggle. Inside every struggle is a gift. Leaders share their gifts with others.”.

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Business Chemistry: What Type Are You?

Leading Blog

For example, too many constraints can completely shut a Pioneer down, while a Guardian may withdraw in an environment that feels too chaotic. T HE BETTER YOU UNDERSTAND yourself and those around you, the easier it is to work with other and as a leader, to give them what they need to excel.

Leading Clarity

Leading Blog

We all work within constraints or within our particular box—a box of our own making. As individuals and organizations we all have constraints. T HOUGH WE SPEAK of clarity as a destination—as in finding clarity—but it is more of a state we are in. We are in clarity.

In 100 Words: Face The Light


and focuses on those possibilities because constraints are almost a given in work and life. In moments of uncertainty, inspiration came to me in form of a tweet with a visual that read, “If you see shadows, it is because there is light.”.

Dwell in Possibility


If you look for problems and constraints, you will always find them – even in the best of situations. In my own career, the mindset shift from constraints to possibilities has helped me immensely and continues to help.

Creative People Must Be Stopped: David Owens’ Framework for Innovation


He suggests that creativity killers come from six different potential constraints: Individual – you actually don’t have a good idea. Within the framework of these six constraints, Owens outlines how we can determine what factors will be vital for the success of our potential innovations. He suggests that we look at these constraints as a path to innovation, for which steps must be taken in order and roadblocks removed until we can bring the idea to full implementation.

7 Principles to Lead with Imagination

Leading Blog

It’s about “how to release yourself and those you lead from the constraints of the mind’s own making and those of our organizations.”. I MAGINATION is about seeing what others don’t see. In a disruptive world, we need leaders with more imagination.

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Who Makes Resolutions Come True? YOU

In the CEO Afterlife

Define the constraints. scenario as it applies to the constraints that are keeping you from your quantitative and qualitative goals. The approaching New Year invites the contemplation of resolutions.

Why Strategy Withstands the Test of Time

In the CEO Afterlife

Inherent in that is content constraint – for good reason. These constraints better define the brand’s relationship with customers. This strategy of category constraint continues. How often have you heard people say, “Our strategy is to become the biggest and the best?”

Does People Management Constrain Leadership?

Modern Servant Leader

It’s time to take another look at the benefits and constraints of people management: Leadership Benefits of People Management. Leadership Constraints of People Management. Time Constraints. We live in a time of unparalleled influence opportunity.

Creative People Must Be Stopped: David Owens’ Framework for Innovation


He suggests that creativity killers come from six different potential constraints: Individual – you actually don’t have a good idea. Within the framework of these six constraints, Owens outlines how we can determine what factors will be vital for the success of our potential innovations. He suggests that we look at these constraints as a path to innovation, for which steps must be taken in order and roadblocks removed until we can bring the idea to full implementation.

Professional Development Best Practice 6 – Peer Coaches

Strategy Driven

Even high performing managers may, at times, be challenged by time constraints or have so many direct reports that it is not possible to provide each individual the amount of feedback desire. An individual’s manager should seek to provide ongoing performance feedback.