Tag: creative process

How Bad Do You Want It?

My friend Les Gold, star of the hit TV series Hardcore Pawn, gave a dynamic speech this week that left the audience mesmerized.   His opening line really struck me: “How bad do you want it?” As products of a consumer-driven society, we want just about everything.  We want fancy cars, palatial homes, and exotic travel.  We also […]

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Aim Up, Compare Down

To me, it’s not about comparing yourself to other people or being boastful. It’s about comparing “down” to a previous version of you.

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My 11 Principles

My 11 guiding principles for graduates, dropouts, young guns, and seniors alike.

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Inventing Your Enemy

Throughout my career, my favorite saying has always been: “Someday, a company is going to come along and put us out of business. It might as well be us.”

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Can’t or Won’t?

If you are pursuing anything worth doing, they heat is likely to get really hot. Before you forfeit your dreams, perform a careful examination to see if you are really in a “can’t” dead-end or just a “won’t” situation.

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On Space Aliens and Perspective

Try approaching your next challenge as a detective from 16th century London. Or a heroin-drenched jazz musician from the early 50’s. Or your seven-year-old nephew. Or the warden of a maximum-security prison. Or Kim Kardashian. Or Darth Vader. Or the Octomom.

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The “Oh Shit” Moment

That dreaded “oh shit” moment will likely crop up when you least expect it. The next time it does, don’t run from it. Seize it. It’s simply an opportunity for you to shine and grow.

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How to Become The 1%

We can point fingers, complain the world isn’t fair, and swim in a pot of victim soup. Or we can push ourselves and our organizations to achieve the coveted 1% position.

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Distinctive

The sole of every single Louboutin shoe is painted bright red. Pantone 187C to be exact.

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Four Powerful Questions

Send the critic out for a long walk, ask the right questions, and get busy with manifesting your true potential. Everyone else’s is already taken.

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Be, Do, Have

Many of us chase success, only to find it to be an elusive tease.

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Letting Go

Many people find themselves in “okay” jobs, “okay” relationships, and living “okay” lives. It takes boldness and courage to let go of the known to pursue the wonder and magic of what’s possible.

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Flowers Are Red

When will we teach each other that if you follow the rules, think there’s only one “right” answer, and avoid mistakes at all costs, we’re simply resigning ourselves to mediocrity?

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Caught in the Act

With so much effort spent catching people doing something wrong, it’s time to start catching each other doing something right.

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Vu Deja

We’ve all experienced déjà vu. Turns out the most successful and creative people flip this around and consciously practice Vu Déjà.

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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 […]

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It Can’t Be Done

It was widely accepted that a computer could never beat a grand master at a game of chess. Until, of course, when IBM’s Deep Blue computer bested the reigning world champion, Gary Kasparov, in 1996. What was once unimaginable had become reality. A new game from Matel called Mind Flex allows you to use your […]

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The Weekly Roundup – May 7, 2010

The Power of Lego to Inspire If you didn’t play with Legos as a child you missed out. The good news is that it’s never too late. Lego – and any tactile construction-type child game like it – can help adults jump-start their creativity no matter how old or uninspired. This short moving will get […]

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The Weekly Roundup – April 30, 2010

Your mind has hidden superpowers! What does the power of placebo pills have to do with realizing your dreams? Both depend on your mind. Your mind can take a sugar pill and cure cancer. And it can take an idea – say, a personal computer in everyone’s home – and make it a reality. It […]

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Flood the House to Catch the Mouse

Imagine you had the challenge of inventing a better mousetrap. Literally. A typical brainstorm session may yield incremental improvements in the spring on a mousetrap, or the bait, or the construction materials. The whole essence of igniting your curiosity is to question and challenge everything. Why does a mousetrap need to use a spring at […]

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Heads Up vs. Heads Down

We’ve all heard people in the business world proclaim that they are “heads down” on a project. Or that they are unable to explore new opportunities since they are “heads down in execution mode.” Consider, for a moment, the advantages of being “heads up” instead. Let’s compare the two states of being: Heads Down Focused […]

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The Weekly Roundup – April 16, 2010

Creative Intelligence – sometimes it is life or death Creative approaches to tough problems show up in unexpected places. When the US Special Forces first parachuted into Afghanistan after 9/11, they found themselves adopting some unusual martial techniques to manage the terrain and gain respect in the eyes of the local people. They succeeded because […]

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The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Remember the old TV spots: “You got your peanut butter in my chocolate! No, you got your chocolate in my peanut butter! Delicious!” Two great tastes brought together to create something remarkable, as the slogan goes. Combining two distinct concepts in order to form an entirely new one is the root of The Reese’s Peanut […]

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Creative Sparks from the World of Jazz – Part 6 of 6

There are so many powerful business lessons we can learn from the world of jazz. This fluid, improvisation art form is all about taking risks and trying new things. Going out on limb can be scary, but it is where the magic happens. Extending yourself outside your comfort zone is where the best rewards will […]

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Creative Sparks from the World of Jazz – Part 5 of 6

Earlier this week, I launched a six-part blog series on techniques from the jazz world that can be easily translated to driving business creativity. Jazz music is all about spontaneous creativity and improvisation – skills that are critically important in the business world. We’ve covered a number of powerful concepts already (to read the full […]

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