World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21

WCIW_ICON_Num_30KFriends, today, April 21, is World Creativity and Innovation Day, named in 2001, it was expanded to World Creativity and Innovation Week in 2005.

I hope you experienced inspired joy, delight. opportunity, and potential during this week, together with so many others all over the world.

Let’s continue to keep the energy moving for new ideas, decisions, actions and products to make the world a better place and make your place in the world better too.

WCIW happens every year from April 15 – 21. I look forward to sharing it with you in 2015, 2016, ….

Marci Segal, MS. Freeing leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures and Founder, World Creativity + Innovation Week April 15-21

 

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There is always more than one right answer

right_answers_600 Your task, if you choose to engage in and/or lead innovation, is to

  • Open thinking to new ideas, new potentials, new solutions, new opportunities
  • Explore what might work within the current context that takes things forward
  • Smile

 

Marci Segal, MS, Freeing leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures.

Wishing you flexibility, inner strength, and ingenuity during this World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21, 2014.  And joy…always joy…

 

 

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Creativity is the ability…

“Creativity is the ability to look at the ordinary and see the…extraordinary.” Dewitt Jones

Neptune's Horses. Walter Crane, 1893.

Neptune’s Horses. Walter Crane, 1893.

Marci Segal, MS, freeing leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures.

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Want freedom? Redefine your challenges.

Source: http://lauradambrosio.com/out-of-the-box-creativity/

Source: http://lauradambrosio.com/out-of-the-box-creativity/

If you want a problem to go away, redefine it.  See it in another way. Set a new horizon. Dare I repeat…get out of the box… The journey to freedom is a perception change away.

Says Carl Jung -

“The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown. Some higher or wider interest arise on the person’s horizon and through this widening of his view, the insoluble problem loses its urgency. It is not solved logically in its own terms, but fades out in contrast to a new and stronger life tendency.”

Says Albert Einstein -

““Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.”

Keeping a sense of humour helps too.

 

Creativity involves novelty, usefulness and surprise in ideas, decisions and/or actions.

Three easy ways to open the box

  • redefine a challenge [give it new energy]
  • see it with new eyes [on a different level of thinking]
  • use information to understand it that was not earlier considered

 

If you are a leader and looking to energize your team, why not hold a lunch meeting where holding a conversation about this notion?  I’m happy to help you structure it so that results are also produced.  Feel free to get in touch.

Marci Segal, MS, Freeing Leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures.

 

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How to connect with people face to face – infographic

Creative thinking involves generating new ideas, making new decisions and taking new actions that are novel, useful and surprising. Interactions with others can help that all to happen.

A client admitted concern because her younger team members didn’t know how to hold conversations. She feared their not feeling comfortable in situations ripe for collaborative creativity. Although they spoke easily about business in face-to-face situations they lacked personal connections with each other and their clients.

She was delighted with the points on this infographic and used it with her team during hosted lunches. Once they felt comfortable with the three steps, they extended their reach with clients by having lunches specifically targeted for strengthening connections.

Perhaps this is something you might explore with your team.  It’s an easy and effective  World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 activity.  New ideas, new ideas, new actions that make the world a better place and make your place in the world better too.  Why not, eh?

To really connect with people…

  • Ask insightful questions
  • Add value
  • Learn their stories

How To Connect With People

Source: http://visual.ly/how-connect-people.

More good pointers here: Awkward No More: 6 Powerful Communication Tips from the World’s Best Interviewers

 

Marci Segal, MS, freeing leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures.

 

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Appealing to people now, in the moment, of this age

Screenshot of "Garys Social Media Count"

Screenshot of “Garys Social Media Count” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thought to bring you a very well put together generational profile of the millennial generation produced by Brand Amplitude LLC. You can see their 22-page deck here.

Shout out to Velvet Chainsaw Consulting for the link.  BTW one of their more popular posts is 25 Ways to Use Social Media for Your Next Event.

Creativity in meetings and events anyone? 

Are you looking for useful ideas, novel decisions, and surprising outcomes?  We help firms move away from the expert model of conferences (aka talking head) and move toward engaging the talent in the room to participate and collaborate with each other and the content. Get in touch. Give us a call/email/etc.

Marci Segal, MS frees leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures.

 

 

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