Surprising Inspiration for Personal Creativity

Whether a businessman, chemist, a doctor, or a poet, personal creativity is essential to success. From creativity, new ideas are spawned, and thus, new innovations. Unfortunately, creative thinking isn’t always a switch to be flipped… or is it? Instead of banging your head against the closest door, check out these interesting instances of real people finding inspiration […]

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Personal Creativity and the Aging Brain

Is it possible to maintain personal creativity as we age, or is creativity destined to decline along with muscle mass, memory, or cardiovascular capacity? Evidence points to the fact that exercising personal creativity can actually help the brain age successfully and keep the mind in top condition. According to a scientific study by psychologists Anne […]

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Personal Creativity Lives in All of Us

We have all heard someone say, “Oh, I am not a creative person at all. I don’t paint, draw, write, or do anything like that.” People tend to think of personal creativity in terms of artistic skills or genetic abilities. But whether that creative spark is a barely-heard whisper or a loud buzz that you simply cannot […]

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Flow: Filling the Well of Personal Creativity

We’ve all experienced that magic state of being completely immersed in something or being blissfully “in the zone”. Everything clicks and you are running on all cylinders. Time seems to fade away, you forget to eat, and your focus is razor-sharp. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls this feeling flow. Flow occurs when we are totally present […]

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Igniting Personal Creativity

In my book Beyond the Obvious, I discuss the power of questions in igniting personal creativity and thereby create innovations that impact a business or industry. If you’ve read the the book, you know what some of those questions are. They begin, “What are . . . ?” “What if . . . ?” “What will be . . . ?” “Who […]

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8 Bad Habits That Impact Your Creativity

Learning to think creatively is a critical part of creating change within your industry that could go on to change the world. If you’ve been chugging along using the same routine you’ve always used and stumbling past opportunities to be creative, make sure that you aren’t engaging in these eight bad habits that will negatively […]

10 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity Today

If you want to make your business as innovative as possible, you need lots of creativity and ingenuity. But how do you harness these qualities? Many people struggle to come up with creative new ideas or to think in untraditional ways. Here are some clear and actionable techniques to unleash your creativity in business and […]

Innovation in America: How Our Education System Hampers Creativity

I outlined it in a previous post: America has an innovation problem. Once regarded as a nation of innovators and entrepreneurial spirits, the United States are on track to fall behind nations like China and Japan on metrics like R&D spending and technology innovation. But the problems with innovation in America begin much earlier, in our […]

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The 5 Most Common Myths of Creativity

Even with all of the articles, columns and blog posts on innovation, the fact that the myths of creativity still exist is astounding.  Below is the list of the 5 most common myths of creativity that I attempt to dispel whenever I’m giving a speech or innovation workshop. The 5 Myths of Creativity are: 1) I’m […]

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Game Changing Inventions from our Kids

Our collective future is based on our kids being ready to compete in the creative economy.  Looking for some inspiration?  Here are a few game changing inventions that all started with kids asking themselves “why not“. Jake Evill, of the United Kingdom, at twenty-one years old has invented a new lightweight waterproof cast called the Cortex. He […]

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