Creativity

Why You Need a Wacky Neighbor

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There’s a lot to be said for creative ideas that push the needle forward, even incrementally. But where do you go when you need a truly breakthrough idea? The kind of idea that will revolutionize your business—maybe even your entire industry—and cause your competition to wonder if they’d be better off just closing up shop? If that’s the kind of breakthrough you’re looking for—you need a wacky neighbor.

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Why the “Second Right Answer” is a Bad Idea

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In his wonderful book, A Whack on the Side of the Head (still one of the seminal books about creativity), Roger Von Oech talks about the concept of looking for the Second Right Answer. The idea is that most people (and you can substitute “people” with “leaders,” “teams,” and even “organizations”), when looking for a solution to a problem or challenge, stop after coming up with a solution. A solution. One, single solution. But just because it’s the first solution ...

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How to Find Great Ideas Today

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (now, for example): good ideas are everywhere. The problem is that most of us don’t know how to look for them. We don’t see them, because many times good ideas come disguised as something else. Sometimes we have to work a little to see the application to our own lives and businesses. We have ...

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Get Away to Get Creative

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If you want to spark your natural sense of creativity, it helps to get away from your normal surroundings — by half a block, or half a world!

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Smart Leadership: The View from Outside

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This weekend I’ll be in Utah speaking to a group of credit union leaders. Although I’m a credit union member, I’m not a credit union leader, nor do I work in the credit union industry.

Next week I’ll be in Michigan speaking to the staff of a company that makes, among other things, high-end wheelchairs. Although my sister uses a high-end wheelchair, I don’t work in the wheelchair industry.

The following week I’ll be in Tacoma speaking to a large health insurance ...

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To Lead Creativity, Create a Team of Dots

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If creativity is nothing more than connecting dots, then, as a leader, shouldn’t you have as many dots as possible available to you? Then here’s a tip: apply this principle to your team as well.

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