Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

The recent GOP failure marks a rare moment of demonstrated evidence that negative criticism and the opposition mindset create no value. Meanwhile, by elimination, the evidence also says that constructive criticism is more valuable for solving problems. This message is important for educators who are struggling to inspire building-wide buy-in for positive behavioral recognition in their schools, but it is also important to business leaders who have the same struggle trying to create a positive, creative culture.

Source: Leaders Need More Skills in Creativity and Appreciation | Duane Sharrock | Pulse | LinkedIn

http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/what-is-intangible-heritage-00003

“The term ‘cultural heritage’ has changed content considerably in recent decades, partially owing to the instruments developed by UNESCO. Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.” (Excerpt)

Debt as an indicator of intelligence is implied whenever someone makes a statement that 17, 18, and 19 year olds should consider their college choices and predict the likelihood of a return on their investments (ROI) carefully. It is ludicrous to expect young adults to make such choices skillfully, especially because trained economists and the possessors of graduate degrees in business administration can’t. If you don’t believe me, take your business degree knowledge and define “intellectual capital”. Yes, you might make the argument that a college education is a commodity, but you can’t resolve the challenges of appraising its value. Just like appraisers can’t put a real price tag on what employees know.

Source: “What is Essential Is Invisible to the Eye” | Duane Sharrock | Pulse | LinkedIn

Source: Is Wisdom So Terrible When It Brings Profits That Are Invisible to the Eye? | Duane Sharrock | Pulse | LinkedIn

 
(Excerpt):
“I was so intent on finding a specific answer that I didn’t realize I was asking the wrong question. It was time to stop looking for the answer. It was time to ask new questions.

Here are the new questions I asked myself (and that you can ask yourself) that changed how I looked at this problem, at myself and at each future challenge:”

Source: Reframe Problems with These 5 Questions | SUCCESS

It may seem like some people are born likable, but everyone is capable of developing charisma. No matter your personality, there are certain traits you can practice and apply to your own behavior that can possibly make you seem more magnetic, trustworthy, and influential. Here are the basics to developing charisma.

Source: How to Develop Your Charisma and Become More Likable

Group brainstorms don’t work. A Google exec says this is a far better approach –

The big idea of the sprint is to take a small team, clear the schedule for a week, and rapidly progress from problem to tested solution. On Monday, you make a map of the problem. On Tuesday, each individual sketches solutions. On Wednesday, you decide which sketches are strongest. On Thursday, you build realistic a prototype. And on Friday, you test that prototype with five target customers. It’s like fast-forwarding into the future to see your finished product in the market. 
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Picasso’s greatest works came early but Cézanne’s came late. Why do we equate genius with precocity?
“…then there was Alfred Hitchcock, who made “Dial M for Murder,” “Rear Window,” “To Catch a Thief,” “The Trouble with Harry,” “Vertigo,” “North by Northwest,” and “Psycho”—one of the greatest runs by a director in history—between his fifty-fourth and sixty-first birthdays. Mark Twain published “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” at forty-nine. Daniel Defoe wrote “Robinson Crusoe” at fifty-eight.” (Excerpt)

Here’s what we can learn from Scott about how to be creative: Be open to new experiences: It’s the most important thing to do. Just try new stuff. (What are you ordering for lunch today? Really? Don’t get that. You always get that.) Go for a walk: It can make you more creative and it’s exercise. Two birds, one stone, baby. Take a shower: If you’re not doing this one, I don’t want to hang out with you. Period.Take some “me” time: No, not me, you. So “you” time. Take “The Outsider’s Mindset”: Think like a kid. Stop taking your everyday work for granted. What about it would be odd to an outsider? There’s gold in thinking about that.Keep trying: Most of what the great geniuses produced was utter crap. Same is true for you. But nobody needs to know about your misses. Keep trying and just count the hits. So what happens when you spend more time being creative? When you spend more time daydreaming, taking photographs, talking passionately about personal goals or keeping a journal? You live a better life.

Here’s what we can learn from Scott about how to be creative:

  • Be open to new experiences: It’s the most important thing to do. Just try new stuff. (What are you ordering for lunch today? Really? Don’t get that. You always get that.)
  • Go for a walk: It can make you more creative and it’s exercise. Two birds, one stone, baby.
  • Take a shower: If you’re not doing this one, I don’t want to hang out with you. Period.
  • Take some “me” time: No, not me, you. So “you” time.
  • Take “The Outsider’s Mindset”: Think like a kid. Stop taking your everyday work for granted. What about it would be odd to an outsider? There’s gold in thinking about that.
  • Keep trying: Most of what the great geniuses produced was utter crap. Same is true for you. But nobody needs to know about your misses. Keep trying and just count the hits.

So what happens when you spend more time being creative? When you spend more time daydreaming, taking photographs, talking passionately about personal goals or keeping a journal? You live a better life.

Source: How To Be Creative: 6 Secrets Backed By Research

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