The Creative Mindset – Interview with Jeff DeGraff

Let's Grow Leaders

In this incredibly practical and inspiring episode, Jeff DeGraff, the “Dean of Innovation” gives you practical ways to cultivate a creative mindset for yourself and with your team. Podcast courageous cultures creativity innovation leadership

Unlocking Creativity: Are These Creativity-Inhibiting Mindsets Holding You Back?

Leading Blog

I N AN IBM global survey of CEOs, the overwhelming consensus was that more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision, successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity. In a world where we must adapt or die, we need creative solutions. In struggling to generate a sufficient number of creative ideas, we typically blame the number of creative individuals in our organization or hierarchy and bureaucracy. Creativity & Innovatio

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Creativity: An Undervalued Leadership Skill

Lead Change Blog

There is much to be said about leadership, and there is no shortage of descriptive words one uses when talking about leaders – influential, dedicated, globally thinking, focused, etc. – but how often do we describe leaders as creative? Creativity and Leadership. Although not often associated with leadership, creativity is a trait that modern leaders want to harness, as it is vitally important. Creativity Killers.

7 Ways to Encourage Creative Thinking in Your Team

Let's Grow Leaders

It Takes Clarity and Curiosity to Encourage Creative Thinking Businesses around the world face a changing normal, where it’s hard to say what things will look like in one year, much less six months from now. courageous cultures creativity innovation leadership management

The 6 Conditions Required to Scale a Creative Leadership Culture

Great Leadership By Dan

And while individual leaders are key to an organization’s success, collective leadership effectiveness carries the day. This means that companies are poised for even greater success when they scale their leadership, that is, when they grow leaders throughout the organization and align them into a collectively effective leadership system. Reactive leadership inhibits collective effectiveness and does not scale leadership. Creative leadership is built for scale.

A Creativity Mashup – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

And while this is one way to look at mashup, today we are looking at it as it relates to creativity and leadership. The post A Creativity Mashup – Remarkable TV appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills VideoIf you’re like most, when you think of “mashup”, you think of music.

How To Have Creative Conversations

Joseph Lalonde

Brit Poulson On Answers From Leadership Podcast Episode 33 Creative conversations… What do creative conversations look like? How can you have more creative conversations? Brit Poulson and I sat down to discuss these important questions regarding creative conversations. And Brit knows a bit about creative conversations. Have Creative Conversations. Listen To The Answers From Leadership Podcast. . And how would you define leadership?

Creativity, Risk, and Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Community Involvement Leadership Development Here’s an interesting and brief video on the connection between risk, creativity and innovation. Community Involvement Leadership Development creativity Innovation riskThe narrator is David Burkus, a friend and the founder of The Leader Lab ( Check it out.

Creativity, Innovation and Leadership

Jason Womack

Happy Boxing Day. We hope you're having a great holiday season. It's a great time of year to review your goals and imagine BIG for next year! Take the Monthly Quiz The quiz is set up as a self-assessment. Efficiency/Effectiveness

Chip Shots – Creatively Resolving Conflict

Lead Change Blog

In our Chip Shots feature, our Leading Voices are invited to provide brief insights into a leadership-related topic. Chip Shots Conflict Resolution LeadershipHere at Lead Change Group, we know that problems are most effectively solved when individuals come together to meld ideas, energies, and approaches. To use a golf analogy, not every shot is a long drive. Many times, golfers have to take a chip shot to move the ball along for a short distance, with incisive accuracy.

A Street View On Leadership

Lead Change Blog

It is often said that the subject of leadership is the most studied and least understood. Participants will have a comprehensive understanding of leadership effectiveness after hearing Bob Anderson and Bill Adams present their latest research. Listen in as Bob Anderson and Bill Adams explore: How leaders describe the fundamental differences between Reactive and Creative leadership—between effective and ineffective leadership.

What is Creativity?

Leading in Context

What is Creativity? In the leadership development world, creativity is getting a great deal of attention now. This post begins to answer those important leadership questions. When we explore the question "What is creativity?" This post explores the variables that make up what we think of as "creativity.". Context Ethical Thinking leadership and management leadership development leadership skills what are leadership skills what is leadership

How to Challenge Confident Creatives

Leadership Freak

Dear Dan, I manage a large team of creatives who range from 20 to 70 years of age. Part of my… Continue reading → Curiosity Feedback Innovation Culture Growth Leadership DevelopmentThis post is over 300 words! I fall in the earlier category.

9 Creative Ways to Develop Your Managers

Let's Grow Leaders

You’ll want to ensure everyone has a solid foundation of leadership training, and consider cross-functional moves, but what other developmental […]. The post 9 Creative Ways to Develop Your Managers appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Career & Learning development plans leadership develop leadership development non-training developmental activites

Helping People Become More Creative

Kevin Eikenberry

Creativity Innovation Leadership Learning About a year ago, I was asked a question on my Facebook Fan Page (if you don’t follow me there, please do). I thought giving you an answer here might be helpful, because I’ve been asked a similar question many times in workshops over the years, including again recently. Here is the basic version of the question. How can […].

Leading Views: Entrepreneurs Are the Heroes of Creative Destruction

Leading Blog

In this chronological account beginning with the American Revolution, the genius of America’s innovative success is not only its tolerance of but also its penchant for creative destruction. Entrepreneurs drawn from every level of society are the primary drivers of this creative destruction. Entrepreneurs are the heroes of creative destruction—the people with the ability to feel the future in their bones and bring it into being through sheer force of will and intellect.

Our July Theme: Creatively Responding to Conflict

Lead Change Blog

This month, we challenge you to write about creatively responding to conflict. Everything Else Arbinger Institute conflict Leadership ResolutionLast month, the voluntary theme for contributors to the Lead Change Group blog was “ Unexplored Territory.” ” For July, we are taking the lead from The Anatomy of Peace, the book by The Arbinger Institute being launched in July. This book acknowledges the fact that conflict is unavoidable.

Creativity and Success

Kevin Eikenberry

Creativity Leadership Learning Quotations Success Frank TygerSuccess is a topic of much interest and conversation. People read about it, think about it, and even argue about what it actually is. When I read the seven words below, it gives me hope, encouragement, and a plan. What about you? “Success is often just an idea away.” ” -Frank Tyger, cartoonist, columnist, and humorist [.].

How To Respond To New Creative Ideas


One of the more fascinating findings around creativity (especially creativity at work) is how important the social environment is to whether or not individuals tap into their creativity potential. were precursors to creative ideas. The social environment stimulates creativity by effecting collaboration, the safe sharing of ideas, and the freedom to decide how work gets done. Creative ideas rarely come out as fully formed amazing ideas.

The Gift of Creativity

Kevin Eikenberry

Last week, I began a series of posts/leadership tasks designed to provide gifts to those who complete them (and when completed, they manifest gifts for those they lead). Achievement Creativity Innovation Leadership Learning Solving Problems encouragementI built this 12 day series on the theme of the 12 Days of Christmas (probably my least favorite Christmas song). You can get the full idea/background [.].

Newswire: Creative Artists Agency Managing Partner Rob Light

Leading Blog

Billboard Magazine interviewed Creative Artists Agency Managing Partner Rob Light on the occasion of their 35th Anniversary. It’s a very special place. * * *. * * * Like us on Instagram and Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas I’ll share a couple of his responses: You began working at CAA when you were in your mid-20s. What did you learn from CAA founder Mike Ovitz? Mike was so prepared, so smart, so strategic. Nothing was haphazard.

Complexity, Creativity and Collaboration

Leading in Context

Complexity Ethical Thinking Trends ethical leadership ethics training leadership development leading ethically management and leadership what is complexity what is leadershipDiversity of Ideas Provides Perspective When dealing with complexity, we need fresh thinking. We need to listen to all ideas that may help, regardless of where they come from in the organization. That involves giving up the notion that we are "right.".

Creativity: How To Drink Water

Joseph Lalonde

Creativity: How To Drink Water. Since we’re created in the image of God, explaining how to be creative is like teaching someone how to drink water. Creativity, in the sense of humans, doesn’t mean to create something from nothing. One of the amazing components of creativity is that it’s been sitting there before us the whole time. ” This, this is how creativity is for us. Creativity is right in front of us. Leadership

Creative People Must Be Stopped

Leading Blog

Mostly people say they want big, new, creative ideas. They act like creative people must be stopped. At the same time there are leadership type activities along the lines of emotion, motivation and mission. He writes: One of the most important leadership skills is to discern whether the person standing in front of you is asking for your help as a manager or for your attention as a leader. Creativity & Innovation

17 Leadership Paradoxes

Leading in Context

This Center for Creative Leadership video succinctly introduces 6 paradoxes in the essential leadership skills required in a post-COVID world.

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Leading with Character: Creativity

Michael Lee Stallard

Definition of Creativity. Creativity is thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things. Why Creativity Matters. Creativity is essential for innovation. Exercising creativity to continuously improve by finding new and better ways of serving clients is something we must always strive to do. Exercising creativity is essential to this task. Unfortunately, we don’t drift toward creativity and innovation. Character Leadership

Creative Leadership: Why You Need To Think Outside The Box

Tanveer Naseer

While leadership does come in many ways, shapes, and forms, there are some people who go above and beyond when it comes to being a creative, inspiring leader. Thinking outside the box when it comes to your leadership style can be the difference in becoming a successful leader or one that people don’t look up to. I would venture to say that many of us are somewhat immune to conventional leadership styles. So what does be-know-do mean to leadership?

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. Make celebration part of your creative culture.

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. He and his team may have invented the electric light bulb, but without the support and resources (read investment) of others, that idea wouldn’t have moved forward from his team. The idea looks obvious now, but all successful new ideas look good [.].

Pixar Fosters Creative Community

Tony Mayo

Communication, Conversation, & Confrontation For Executives Leadership Development Team Manager Skills Leadership Leadership Skills Development Management Micro-Managers Organizational Leadership Teamwork I believe that community matters. … Pixar is a community in the true sense of the word. We think that lasting relationships matter, and we share some basic beliefs: Talent is rare.

Turning Creative Sparks into an Innovative Fire

Kevin Eikenberry

During a recent guest conversation for members of our Remarkable Leadership Learning System, creativity expert Josh Linkner said “an idea is a like a spark.” Creativity Innovation Leadership Learning brainstorming ideasI’m sure that isn’t the first time I’ve heard that metaphor, but it struck me in a new way. Like you, I’ve experienced sparks, and while they can inadvertently start [.].

A Forgotten Ingredient to Creative Success

Kevin Eikenberry

This coming month, members of the Remarkable Leadership Learning System will be focused building their creativity skills. These are of course important skills for leaders to possess – both for them personally and to support the creative ideas of the rest of their team. Creativity Leadership Learning experience innovation new ideas

Creative Conversations: Boosting Creativity in Meetings

Michael Lee Stallard

Because individuals have diverse thinking styles, experiences and temperaments, they will naturally have different perspectives and come up with different ideas that contribute to constructing a creative new solution, product, process or new business opportunity.

Creativity and Leadership


Creativity starts with humility. The resulting journey to find that answer most times results in creative solutions. Creativity stops when we think we know everything and no longer become sojourners on a journey of inquisitiveness. Jaussi, Stefanovich & Devlin (2008) argue that there are four categories of effective followership for creativity and innovation. Creative Skeptics – Challenge and prod new ideas through bold questions that challenge assumptions.

Helping People Become More Creative

Kevin Eikenberry

The post Helping People Become More Creative appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development About a year ago, I was asked a question on my Facebook Fan Page (if you don’t follow me there, please do). I thought giving you an answer here might be helpful, because I’ve been asked a similar question many times in workshops over the years, including again recently.

Creativity and Leadership


Creativity starts with humility. It starts with saying “I don’t know the answer” The resulting journey to find that answer most times results in creative solutions. Creativity stops when we think we know everything and no longer become sojourners on a journey of inquisitiveness. Jaussi, Stefanovich & Devlin (2008) argue that there are four categories of effective followership for creativity and innovation.

Five Creativity Lessons From the Shopping Cart

Kevin Eikenberry

Creativity Innovation Leadership Learning ideas persistence shopping cartsBehold the shopping cart (or depending on where you live, the trolley, carriage, trundler, buggy, wagon, or basket). Regardless of where you live or what you call it, one of the forerunners of the modern shopping cart was introduced on this date in 1937 in Oklahoma City by Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Piggly Wiggly [.].

Catalyzing Leadership Energy Building Ready Now Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Author Matt Paese explores leadership acceleration and how organizations can convert sluggish processes into dynamic adventures that produce energy instead of burning it. The post Catalyzing Leadership Energy Building Ready Now Leaders appeared first on Lead Change.

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Using Intelligence Theory to Lead and Unlock Creativity

General Leadership and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Students of leadership are no strangers to the concept of situational leadership. It’s a leadership theory developed by Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard that essentially states that there’s no single “best” style of leadership. The post Using Intelligence Theory to Lead and Unlock Creativity appeared first on General Leadership.

How to Build a Culture of Deep Creativity

Skip Prichard

I had the opportunity to speak with Alf about his new book Innovation for The Fatigued: How to build a culture of deep creativity. We should consider it absurd when someone’s considered a “guru” of innovation (or creativity). The very idea with innovation and creativity hinges on our capacity to think in new ways, breaking with what we knew before. Or the time when I keynoted on innovation in North Korea, a country where creative thinking can be a very dangerous thing indeed.

Five Simple Ways to Make Creative Thinking a Daily Habit

Next Level Blog

General Leadership Personal Presence creative thinking problem solvingWhere or when do you get your best ideas? I ask that question to a lot of clients and executives attending my presentations and seminars. The answers I often hear are things like "In the shower," "Walking the dog," "Working out," "On my commute," "Taking care of the yard," or "Cleaning the house." But do you know what answer I never hear?

March 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the March Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, productivity, development, engagement, team-building, and more. Shelley Row of Insightful Leadership shared Who’s Here? ’ This is not leadership; it’s a lack of leadership – and micromanaging too.” Creativity & Inspiration.

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. Creativity” suggests creating, or bringing forth something that is new or fresh. I like to define creativity this way: Doing what you were born to do. Why should leaders be creative?