The Most Important Leadership Quality for CEOs? Creativity

The Most Important Leadership Quality for CEOs? Creativity We plan to write our own post about this topic in the next few days. But in the meantime, for any of our readers who may have missed it, check out this excellent article in Fast Companyabout a provocative study conducted by IBM Global Business Services. The results are exciting and thought provoking. The Most Important Leadership Quality for CEOs?Creativity

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The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm – by Tom Kelly

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm - by Tom Kelly The Art of Innovation is filled with so much smart, fresh thinking, it is truly a must-read for anyone interested in innovation and creative problem solving. From Amazon: "IDEO, the world's leading design firm, is the brain trust that's behind some of the more brilliant innovations of the past 20 years--from the Apple mouse, the Polaroid i-Zone instant camera, and the Palm V to the "fat" toothbrush for kids and a self-sealing water bottle for dirt bikers. Not surprisingly, companies all over the world have long wonde red what they could learn from IDEO, to come up with better ideas for their own products, services, and operations.…

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Perception. Reality.

We wrote this post for the Creativist Society blog, where it first appeared.   Perception. Reality This pairing of two simple words, contrasting what we see with what what really is, were originally used together publicly in a successful advertising campaign in the 1980s, for Rolling Stonemagazine. The message of the ad campaign was that, while the perception was that Rolling Stone readers were hippies and drug users, in fact, they were upscale, affluent yuppies. Perception. Reality. That wasn’t just Rolling Stone. It was the 80s. “You look mahvelous,” Billy Crystal would say, impersonating the suave and perennially-well-groomed Latin movie star, Fernando Lamas.…

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The Ego That Ate The Brainstorm: Why It’s Almost Always Best to Kick Out the Boss

The Ego That Ate The Brainstorm: Why It's Almost Always Best to Kick Out the Boss I used to work at this ad agency where the manager of the creative team, who considered himself the most talented guy in the place, was overly involved in the company's day-to-day idea generation process. He  insisted on participating in every important brainstorm session the agency held; and being the top guy in the department, he got his way. Don’t misunderstand—he did come up with his share of ideas, both good and bad. But perhaps his most meaningful and influential contribution to the brainstorms was the inspiring way in which he would often open a session.…

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Are You Talking To Me?: Your Audience, And Why Your Success Depends On Them

Are You Talking To Me?: Your Audience, And Why Your Success Depends On Them THE SUPERSKILL® TIPS FOR MORE PERSUASIVE PRESENTATIONS Many people fail to appreciate the importance of clear, persuasive communication and presentation skills as part of the innovation process. But without these skills, your ideas will remain yours alone. Here is just one useful tip that can help you become a more masterful presenter. When you are attempting to persuade someone to support your idea, whether in a casual conversation, heated debate or formal presentation, take a moment to consider who it is you’re speaking with – and most important, remember the WIFFM concept (What’s In It For Me – “me” being the person you’re trying to convince) as opposed to the HHMBI approach (Hey, Here’s My Big Idea!).…

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