What’s Your Idea Schedule?

Take a quick look at your schedule for the next two weeks. If you are like most people, your calendar is packed to the gills with endless appointments, meetings, conference calls, and deadlines. When, in this insanely-busy schedule, are you planning to come up with your best ideas? In the always-on, 24/7 business world we…

Now That’s a Prezi!

Bad Power Point presentations have reached the same punch-line status as lawyer jokes, yet most of us still use this ubiquitous tool. Some have moved to Apple’s Keynote, which has cool transitions and flaming bullet-points, but it is still essentially the same thing – a linear presentation system. A hot new company called Prezi finally…

The Weekly Roundup – June 19, 2010

10 Signs that Innovation Will Go Horribly Wrong Big companies – and even modest-sized ones – depend on innovation. But how can you tell when things are about to horribly wrong? This list of 10 danger signs is very helpful for spotting the problems early: http://bit.ly/cuvQUy The Innovation Life Cycle It’s extremely difficult to foster…

The Mind of a Jazz Musician

Jazz musicians are a curious breed. They study for years to master the rules, only to break them as quickly as possible. They approach their craft with intensity and purpose, but then can let it go and just groove when the feeling is right. I’ve known musicians that are bold and expressive on the bandstand,…

The Mismatch

In most free-market economies, there is a supply/demand equilibrium. In other words, if people want to buy potato chips or electricity or sporting goods, suppliers generally emerge to fill these needs. It strikes me as odd, however, that there’s a mismatch going on in the business world. According to an IBM study last month of…

The Weekly Roundup – June 12, 2010

How’s Your Health? Tackling a creative challenge or trying some new creative activity can help you stay healthy. Your emotional health benefits, of course, but so will your physical health. Here are some simple suggestions for creative activities that will keep you in the pink: http://tinyurl.com/dfug7w Sometimes, the little things make all the difference Game-changing…

Where’s Waldo?

Remember when you were a kid and you read Where’s Waldo books? “Where’s Waldo? Where’s Waldo? Where’s Waldo ?!?” The fun of the books was not in the story line, but scanning the complex illustrations to find your friend in a red striped shirt hiding in the crowd. During the process, your level of awareness…

The Weekly Roundup – June 4, 2010

Amazing Buildings Some of the most amazing buildings in the world demonstrate the creativity of architects all around the globe, from Chicago to Vietnam. Check these buildings out and you’ll definitely want to move to more interesting digs! http://bit.ly/9d8zhe Found Creativity Need to get out of a rut? Often the best way is to take…