Tigger, Eeyore and Charlie Brown. Creativity and Confidence
Everyone was confident that A Charlie Brown Christmas was going to be a hit, right?
Not CBS in 1965. Network executives were not at all keen on several aspects of the show, forcing Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and producer/director Bill Melendez, to fight to preserve their vision.
CBS did not want to have Linus reciting the story of the birth of Christ from the Gospel of Luke; the network orthodoxy of the time ...Continue Reading ?
Five Questions to rattle your cage.
Smart companies and organizations keep asking themselves the important core questions. What business are we really in? Who are our customers? How might we become more innovative? How do we grow our business?
The challenge is when the answers don’t change. What was new and insightful becomes numbingly familiar. There’s no return on questions. Chances are it’s time to ask some cage-rattling questions.
In their book, 75 Cage-rattling Questions to Change The ...Continue Reading ?
How to warm up your creative brain
You’ve just been to a meeting where Excel spreadsheets are projected on a screen. Next, you’re invited to participate in another meeting for a brainstorming session.
Chances are you need a mental reset button.
So how do you warm up your creative, divergent thinking brain? I call them Inotivities – any activity that’s a catalyst for innovation and creativity. One I use often is called Impossible Thinking.
I use this technique often and ...Continue Reading ?
Inotivities #1. Sherwin’s ABCs.
So what’s an Inotivity? It’s any activity that helps you become more creative and innovative. Here’s one that was inspired by David Sherwin, Senior Interaction Designer at frog design. The challenge is to create a typeface that will be composed of found elements right around you. In an Inotivity workshop I only have participants create A-E. But if you want to go for the whole 26 –kudos to ...Continue Reading ?
The high cost of discount thinking.
When I was in high school, I heard a story on the radio, which has stayed with me for over twenty years. The short version is that a young man from the country went to Cornell to get his degree in agriculture. When he returned home, he saw a neighbor hard at work on his farm. The young man said to the older farmer, “You know I can show you smarter ways to improve your yield and rotate crops for ...Continue Reading ?
Don’t own your problem, pass it on.
One of my favorite writers and thinkers is Dan Pink. This Summer, Dan has sequestered
himself in a office somewhere in Virginia –steadily working on his new book: To Sell is Human:
The Surprising Truth about Moving Others.
Recently, Dan wrote Flip — 16 Counter Intuitive Ideas About Motivation, Innovation and Leadership. At the end of this blog, I will show you how you can get a copy from Dan’s Website.
Dan collected and refined this manifesto ...Continue Reading ?
Stuck? Download free Inotivity card deck.
Ideo does it. Apple does it. Innovative companies from around the world do it.
They get unstuck by finding and using the right tools. At IDEO, it may be simply asking “Why?” Then, again “Why?” And then three more “Whys” until you get the core of a problem.
The great Dick Orkin used to begin radio creativity sessions by letting everyone tell a story related to the client’s problem or product. The stories became fodder for radio commercials.
The DNA ...Continue Reading ?
The Worst Kept Secrets of Thinking Big
A few years ago, I led a creative session and I opened with an old Japanese Proverb, “None of us are as smart as all of us.”
I told the group that when I first heard this bromide at an innovation seminar in Chicago, I didn’t have the expected reaction. I said, have you watched C-span lately? Have you been ever been on a committee? Have you listened to talk radio?
Creative collaboration isn’t just a two-edged sword, it’s one of those ...Continue Reading ?
A Creativity Test for People who hate Creativity Tests.
A creativity test is a bit like a flu shot.
The anticipation is often more painful than the actual experience.
So, I’m only asking for one minute. 60 seconds. You’ll love yourself later.
Look at this figure. It is a square defined by four dots. Classically, a square is a rectangle with four equal sides and four 90? angles.
Now for the test. Try and move two dots to create a square twice as ...Continue Reading ?