Influencing Creativity and Innovation


So what is your role in influencing creativity and innovation in others? We know it isn’t enough to simply add creativity to a list of values your organization espouses or to bring in consultants who get staff keyed up about innovating.

30 Influencers Behind the Brands We Love

Lead Change Blog

We recently published an Aha Amplifier social media enabled eBook called Bryan Kramer & Leadtail On The Influencers Behind The Brands We Love that we’re very excited about. Who and what influences them, and what can others learn from them? What type of influencer are you?

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How to Sell Your Creative Ideas

Kevin Eikenberry

Creativity Influence Leadership Learning persuasion sellingThomas Edison was a great inventor. But Thomas Edison was a greater salesperson.

Why Creativity Thrives Under Constraints

Tanveer Naseer

Just about every influence on our once new and exciting project also brings a constraint. Despite what our frustrated selves might believe, constraints are a driving force behind finding creative solutions. It’s creative potential. The following is a guest piece by David Burkus.

Is Your Leadership Based On Influence Or Authority?

Tanveer Naseer

While most of us have come to appreciate the limitations and inefficiencies that come with a top-down style of leadership, one binary approach to leadership that’s not so clear is the one where we choose either to rely on our authority or on our influence to guide our team or organization.

How to Unlock Your Leadership Influence Instantly

The Empowered Buisness

There is no leadership without influence. You can have a leadership title, yet have no influence. Influence comes from the latin root “ influere” meaning to flow in. The BIG question is … How do you develop and increase your leadership influence?

6 Tips to Choose an Influencer for Your Brand

Strategy Driven

The trusted party could be a friend, family member, or even an influencer. In fact, trust is one reason why brands partner with influencers. You see, influencers often have a significant follower base of people who trust them. Use a Social Media/Influencer Marketing Agency.

Social Influence and Your Brand: Connecting the Dots [Webinar]

Lead Change Blog

Biro, founder of TalentCulture , is a serial entrepreneur and globally recognized expert in talent acquisition, creative personal and corporate branding. Leadership Development engagement HR influence Leadership Marketing networking recruiting Social Media TalentCulture Webinar

How Successful Leaders Use Culture To Influence Behaviour

Tanveer Naseer

The authors of the year’s three best business books on culture, one of which is a novel, explore the elusive subject from widely divergent perspectives, but all end up confirming that it is the single most powerful influence on how people behave in organizations.

Using Intelligence Theory to Lead and Unlock Creativity

General Leadership

I’ve experienced the ups and downs of applying leadership styles to influence my teams and the people within them.… The post Using Intelligence Theory to Lead and Unlock Creativity appeared first on General Leadership.

Finding Your Identity As A Creative Leader With Kent Sanders – Episode 009

Joseph Lalonde

Louis Christian College, and author of The Artist’s Suitcase: 26 Essentials for the Creative Journey. He writes about art and creativity at Show Notes: How do you define creativity? I don’t define creativity in terms of a certain kind of art or skill.

Ideas Plus Influence

Terry Starbucker

Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store Ramblings From a Glass Half Full Ideas Plus Influence by Starbucker on December 2, 2010 (This is Part 1 in a two-part blog series which I’ve worked on with a colleague, Denise Lee Yohn. We’ve each taken on the topic of influence in leadership and are exchanging blog posts. I need to ensure the organization embraces the great idea — and that takes influence.

3 Surprising Ways to Influence Your Employees


” How can you influence downward to your employees, staff and the people you supervise? Your staff will feel increasingly empowered, learn to trust their own abilities and will NOT be apprehensive coming to you when they want to try out a creative new idea. JOEL A.

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.

Stakeholder Engagement – Inform, Influence or Involve?

Change Starts Here

Once you identify your stakeholders (see Three Main Impact Zones of Change ), it’s time to determine if you need to inform, influence, or involve them. Influence. You need to influence a decision or behavior on their part.

Teresa Amabile on the four components of creativity

First Friday Book Synopsis

In one of her classic works, Creativity In Context: Update To The Social Psychology of Creativity (2006), Teresa Amabile suggests that creativity is influenced by four separate components: domain-relevant skills, creativity-relevant processes, task motivation, and the surrounding social environment. These determine whether or not a creative insight will occur.

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.

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 […].

Are You Letting Pink Elephants Hold Back Your Team’s Creativity?

Tanveer Naseer

In today’s highly competitive global market, creativity and collaboration are becoming more and more valued as the necessary ingredients for organizational success and growth. This conversation with my daughter got me thinking about the other protective neurological mechanisms that reside in our brain and how, like in the case of my daughter, they can have a deleterious impact not just on our learning perceptions, but on our creativity and drive to perform.

Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone

Strategy Driven

Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone seeks to assist in addressing a full spectrum of challenges from the most vexing to the everyday—whether you work in a design field or not.

7 Quandaries of Leading Creatives

Ron Edmondson

Leading creatives can be difficult. In fact, I love having creatives on the teams I lead, but, honestly, they can make leading much messier. Creatives’ minds are always wandering. And, before you creatives get too defensive…just so you know… I’m a creative.

Checklist for Influencers: questions for sellers, coaches, leaders, change agents

Strategy Driven

Most of you are really good at what you do: as influencers, sellers, coaches, change agents, or leaders, your intuition, excellent skills, and history of success guide your ability to facilitate change for your clients.

8 Key Lessons Learned on Being Social (Offline and Online)


Having boundaries (and right filters) on when, with whom, how much and what you interact about is critical to protect your creative and reflective space. Many people brag about being “influencers”, having thousands of followers or attending tens of conferences a year.

If You Don???t Lead Innovation, You Aren???t a Leader. (And you won???t stay in business very long.)

Engaging Leader

Conventional wisdom says creativity is the realm of advertising, and innovation the job of product development. Blog Creativity Influence 3.0 We wouldnt expect to find the IT or Finance departments bursting with innovation.

How Good Leadership Can Impact Employees’ Innovative Behavior

Leading Blog

There’s increasing pressure on organizations to be more competitive, and leaders need to have the right skills to influence employees’ innovative behavior. In most cases, leaders have a profound influence on their employees. Creativity & Innovation

7 Ways I Gain Influence with My Team

Ron Edmondson

John Maxwell says leadership is influence. If that’s true, then how does a leader develop that influence with the people he or she leads? I’ve been known to be creative in rewarding a team member for doing exceptional work.

Transformational Leadership: 5 Steps to a Brighter Future with Your Team

RapidStart Leadership

He found a creative way to complain about a relationship gone bad, but the words of his song reveal the difference between merely managing people and truly leading them.

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Don’t Complain, Create.


At the heart of living a creative life is ability to do something about things you don’t like. We all have our own circle of influence – things we can change ourselves or exert our influence to create change. If not, can I influence someone who can address/solve/change this?

How to Give a Gift

Kevin Eikenberry

Communication Creativity Influence Leadership Learning Quotations gift giving gifts Pierre CorneilleWhile gifts of all kinds are given everyday, we are approaching a time of year when we spend more time thinking about the giving of gifts than at any other time of the year. I thought of that when I read this quotation, and decided to share it with you. Below, I will try to [.].

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The Fearless Organization

Leading Blog

Psychological safety makes it possible for other drivers of success (talent, ingenuity, diversity of thought) to be expressed in ways that influence how work gets done.” Creativity & Innovation

7 Tips When Attempting to “Lead Up”….Influencing Those Who Lead You

Ron Edmondson

I love the enthusiasm and creative minds of young leaders, and feel a certain calling to invest in the next generation of leaders. How can you gain influence over the people in leadership positions when they don’t seem open to or even value your input?

3 Creative Ways I Come Up With Blog Topics

Tim Milburn

For example, I might see an ad for a seminar entitled, 6 Ways To Increase Influence On Your Campus , followed by a descriptive list. There might be a good title or topic that gets your creativity flowing. If you are a blogger, share your creative ideas in the comments.

The Untapped Secret of Creating Passion

Leadership Freak

Taking others higher Marks of leaders Coaching Innovation Passion Leading Influence Book Notes Personal Growth Teams Motivation Author Optimism Courage Vision Leadership Development Organizational Development organizational success power of imagination peter jensen mental rehearsal taking the lead creative person** I took a small team into a space that needs transformation and asked them what could be done to make the space youthful and vibrant.

The One Skill Everyone Should Have

Lead Change Blog

When I think of the resourceful people I’ve worked with, they have varied backgrounds, creative and operational roles, front-line workers and executives. They have influence not only with those they supervise, but also those on equal footing and above them. Personal Development cleverness ability creativity resourcefulness Resources skillsDon’t get me wrong.

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Fueling Engagement Naturally

Leadership Freak

Influence Leading Listening Managing Marks of leaders Motivation Passion Taking others higher Vision business creativity Culture Leadership Leadership Development Organizational Development** “Organizations create visions of their future and spend a lot of time crafting mission statements. While employees rarely write down their personal mission statements, they do envision successful futures for themselves.” John M. Bernard, Business at the Speed of Now.

Share to Learn


Real Influence is a By-Product. Communication Learning Social Media artist creative process creativity learningIf you are doing work that you love (or love the work you do), you learn something new every single day.

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January 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Inspiration/Creativity. Joel shares: “Building relationships is a great way to extend your leadership influence. Leadership Leadership Development Teamwork engagement team Inspiration creativity productivity development Team Building

Leadership’s Most Perplexing People Decision

Leadership Freak

Anger Coaching Failure Humility Influence Leading Marks of leaders Mistakes Personal Growth Taking others higher creative independence failure costs Growth Leadership Leadership Development negative attitudes organizational successSave-the-day leaders weaken others but delay is dangerous. People problems that hang-on are like dripping faucets. Delay escalates irritation. Solutions-now, however, seldom works; people need time. The challenge of delay is choosing the moment to step in.

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How Leaders Can Help Others Influence Them

Harvard Business Review

He was talking about how to help leaders influence others. I asked him, “Do you also teach leaders how to be influenced by others?” We still believe that the essence of leadership is about influencing others to do what we want them to do.

5 Surefire Ways to Make Conflict Worse

Lead Change Blog

For some reason it is easier for me to describe what to avoid, rather than how to creatively deal with conflict. Self Leadership Communication emotional intelligence engagement influence Self DevelopmentThere are opportunities every day to engage in some form of conflict.

Find the Fire. Again

Leading Blog

We can learn to be more creative and build a sense of significance by leveraging the right stimulus, employing the right techniques, altering our environment, and by adopting the tight mindset. Creativity & InnovationT HERE WAS A TIME when you felt inspired.

Optimistic People

Career Advancement

They make creative leaps toward other possible futures, taking calculated risks, and they’re not afraid to move beyond their comfort zone. Influence Leadership Skills Perception Real Leaders, Real Stories Work-Life Balance“Optimism is the foundation of courage.”. Nicholas M. Butler~.

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Mature Leader?

Lead Change Blog

Does this influence the effectiveness and maturity of your leadership? Smith offers this structure (Source: Center for Creative Leadership ). Leadership Development Character Courage emotional intelligence Growth influence Servant Leaders Values