Creativity

My 10 Favorite Books on Creativity & Innovation

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I’ve written countless (well…I suppose I could count them, but what’s the point?) articles about creativity and innovation. As the leader of an intensely creative team for fifteen years (the team that created and produced Seattle’s legendary comedy TV show Almost Live!), I’ve been a student of creativity and innovation for the better part of my ...

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Innovation Killer: Attack of the Clones

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You want to know who’s really bad at coming up with innovative ideas? Clones. Also goldfish, but for now let’s stick to clones. Why are clones so bad at coming up with innovative ideas? Because they all think alike! They can’t help it—they’re clones!

It stands to reason then, that if you’re looking for an innovative solution ...

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Questioning Your Business Innovation

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My friend and fellow motivational speaker (I could also include “Seattle business legend” and “self made millionaire”) Sunny Kobe Cook has an interesting theory, and one with which I agree:

Being innovative in business usually starts with a question.

Asking a question is one of the best ways to spark creativity and innovation, either individually or within a team. Why? Because our brains will try their best to answer whatever question(s) we put to ...

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Is Your Business Impossible to Ignore?

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When the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show some 50 years ago, none of us could have predicted the unprecedented heights they would subsequently scale. Yet they still electrified the nation. What was it about them that was so captivating–and, more important, how can we apply these lessons to our own businesses?

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Spark Creativity by Connecting the Dots – Seattle Business Magazine

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As a motivational speaker with actual business experience, I’m often asked to contribute a blog, article or tidbit to this or that publication.  Providing my time allows, I’m always glad to do my part.  Here is my column from this months’ Seattle Business Magazine. This is their CEO Adviser Column, a regular feature.

In every industry, the company with the next great idea wins.

That means, of course, that in your industry, the company with the next great idea wins. The only ...

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Are You Truly Informed?

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Seth Godin wrote an interesting blog today pondering whether there will ever be a time when being uninformed is cause for shame. It’s a good question, particularly in a culture that seems to equate “uninformed” with “real.” A culture that thinks having an “elite education” is a bad thing (and it’s especially galling when these ...

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Take Off Your Blinders and Branch Out

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Branch out.

That’s my mandate/order/request/challenge to you today. Branch out.

Let’s face it, most of us live our lives on autopilot. We get up at the same time every day, we eat the same things for breakfast, drive the same route to work, listen to the same radio stations, read the same books, talk to the same people. And the sad thing is that we seem fine with that.

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If It’s Not Broken, Break It!

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“When everything is running smoothly, there’s no impetus to change, to grow, to progress. It’s only when things stop running smoothly—when they break—that we suddenly look at alternatives and discover, often to our amazement, that there’s a better way.”

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Oh, I know—you’ve got enough problems to deal with without tinkering with the stuff that’s already working. “The water’s already choppy,” you say ...

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