Leaders as Social Architects for Innovation: Short video of Harvard prof

Professor Linda Hill knows about leadership and innovation. She is chair of the Leadership Initiative at Harvard Business School, has visited and studied innovative companies, from Toy Story creators Pixar to Google, and written several books on the subject. Conventional wisdom suggests the leader in a creative environment has to be a visionary, such as […]

Does creativity belong in organizations?

Some say yes, some say no, some say it depends on your understanding of what creativity is. Many arguments using too many words.  I like things simple. To me creativity connotes new ideas, new decisions and new actions leading to a result that is novel, useful and surprising. If creativity were to belong in organizations, […]

What Exactly Happens When You Have A Creative Idea

  See on Scoop.it – Creativity and Learning Insights What is a creative idea? A mystical gift from your God? The discovery of something new? A profound insight of almost spiritual proportions? An irritant to rational thinking? A creative idea can be any of these things.       Marci Segal, MS‘s insight: Thanks to […]

What people want from a creativity conference then: is it the same now?

Went through old files over the weekend. Found feedback comments from a 1981 creativity conference I participated in as a volunteer leader. Do you think this is what people want from creativity conferences today, a generation later? An incredibly enriching experience. Answered many questions and created new ones.  Challenged my mind, body and spirit and […]

Use Flitch Meetings to Bring your Organization’s Silos Together

Flitch meetings blur boundaries between organization silos.  Strategic and brave leaders, those with an open mind to innovation and sustaining a culture that supports gaining insights and cooperation through collaboration, use them. What’s a flitch meeting?  A meeting where a problem in one area is solved by another department.  If you are looking for something […]

Enter Your Future During World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21

Imagine your future 20 years from now, when you are rich, powerful, exceptionally accomplished and getting everything you want out of life.  The behaviour patterns you use today – will they get you there or might you need a change or two?  What’s holding you back, what’s propelling you forward? The context for innovation changes […]

New Word: VUCA, what it is, what it does and how to handle it

So proper, isn’t it. A new word to describe what we’re all feeling, the situations we face, and what others around us are dealing with too, and on so many levels, all at once. VUCA = Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. What a whirlwind, no? (Check out VUCA’s description in Wikipedia and its platform for […]

When are people most likely to express their creativity?

A source of inspiration every Sunday morning is the blog BrainPickings by Maria Popova. Today’s find is the article, The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life Cycle of Happiness, on the subject of Tali Sharot’s research presented at TED. “Optimism starts with what may be the most extraordinary of human talents: mental time […]