The Creative Habit by Twayla Tharp

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

In the book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Twyla Tharp, an Emmy- and Tony-winning choreographer, shares with her readers valuable and practical insights for become more creative.  One of the unique aspect of Creative Habit is Tharp’s experience and grounding in the performing arts.    In addition, it is one of [...]

Seven deadly sins of delegation

Every leader knows that delegation is an essential leadership skill, but few leaders are good at it.  Delegating effectively allows leaders to focus their time on important matters like leadership development.  Leaders can improve their delegation and leadership skills by avoiding the seven deadly sins of delegation: Not delegating at all The first deadly sin [...]

Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley

Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley

In the book Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All within us all, Tom Kelley and David Kelley share with their readers the valuable insights gained at IDEO, the award-winning design firm.  Blending insights from a thriving design practice and the Stanford School of Design, the Kelleys help readers to embrace their creative potential [...]

Visionary leader

Inspiring quotes about visionary leaders

Being a visionary is not easy.  It takes work to stay motivated, keep your passion, while overcoming obstacles.  The inspiring quotes about visionary leaders will help you become one yourself. If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants ~ Isaac Newton The only way to [...]

Creativity Cruise - Leaving Miami Florida

Review of the Creativity Cruise

A few years back, I had the good fortune of being part of the inaugural “creativity cruise.”  Early in February, we set sail from Miami, Florida towards the Bahamas on a Carnival cruise ship (this was before their string of incidents).  The creativity cruise featured a number of speakers, including Frank Prince, Amy Basic, Win [...]

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Book Review: Cracking Creativity by Michael Michalko

In the book Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius, Michael Michalko reveals the results of his research of over 100 creativity geniuses.  Michalko researched visionary geniuses including Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Edison, Wolfgang Mozart, Michelangelo, Nikola Tesla, and Walt Disney. Michalko generalizes that ordinary people solve problems by reproducing what worked in the [...]

Creative leadership development - Center for Creative Leadership

Creative Leadership Development

Creative leadership is the combination of creativity (the ability to generate ideas) with leadership (the ability to execute them through the actions of others). According to the IBM 2010 study, creativity was the most important skill needed for dealing with complex and turbulent times. Depicted is the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), which provides excellent [...]

The Best of the Creativity Conferences

8 Best Creativity Conferences

Creativity conferences are a great way to learn about creativity, make new friends and connections, and increase your personal vision.  I have recommended eight creativity conferences based on my personal attendance and discussion with other creativity and leadership professionals. I excluded obscure or one-time conferences, or global ones like CREA. Here are the top 8 [...]

Reasons to attend a creativity conference - birds flock together

8 Reasons to Attend a Creativity Conference

Why attend a creativity conference?  Have you ever heard the saying, “birds of a feather flock together?”  Well, it is true.  If you want to develop leadership, you should hang out with other leaders. If you want to be more creative, than you should spend time with other creative individuals. Some of the best creativity [...]

Convergent thinking acts a funnel

Developing convergent thinking

Convergent thinking is an oft overlooked aspect of creativity.  Most people are familiar with divergent thinking – the production of many ideas. The hope is that if you produce many ideas, at least one of them will result in novel thinking. Equally important to divergent thinking, however, is convergent thinking. What is Convergent thinking? Convergent [...]

Creative Pumpkin House

Using clever references at Milburn Orchards

What do pumpkins, donuts, and cider have to do with creativity? Not much – usually. But at Milburn Orchard, in Elkton Maryland, they use clever references to make their orchard far more creative and intersting. I was impressed with how the Orchard took ordinary objects – apples and pumpkins  – and used creativity to make [...]

Four Hour Work Week

Strategist Tim Ferriss and the Four-Hour Workweek

Recently, I have been reading the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss.  Tim Ferriss is without a doubt, one of the best strategic thinker that I have ever encountered.  While his objectives are not necessarily revolutionary, the way in which Tim Ferriss achieves them is.  (The photo below is from my recent sailing trip [...]

Blue Man Group and Creativity

The Blue Man Group and Creativity

I recently saw the Blue Man Group at their Astor Place home in New York City.  I had wanted to see the show for years, and was not disappointed.  However, in researching the Blue Man Group reviews online, I discovered something very interesting. Most people either LOVE the Blue Man Group – “the show was [...]

Quotes about Leaders

Quotes about Leaders

A collection of quotes specifically about leaders, rather than leadership. A Great Leader Inspires People “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Napoleon Bonaparte  “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when [...]

TedX - Wilmington Delaware

Best of the Second TedX Wilmington

The second TedX Wilmington conference did not disappoint.  24 great speakers presented to a packed audience in the World Café Live in Wilmington, Delaware.  Organized by Ajit Mathew George, TedX Wilmington covered a wide variety of topics from space suit design, beekeeping, to the spirituality of craft spirits.  Speakers including Delaware Senator Chris Coons and [...]

Visionary Leader Thomas Edison

Qualities of Visionary Leaders

Visionary leaders are uncommon, but they share many characteristics.  The qualities of visionary leaders include openness, imagination, persistence, and conviction. This article discusses these various qualities of visionary leaders.  Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison are examples of great visionaries. The term visionary leadership sometime gets a bad wrap.  This is because the words are used [...]

Great quotes about art - the Duomo in Florence

Great Quotes about Art

I collected some great quotes about art.  As Pablo Picasso said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Great Art Quotes There is no logical reason why the camel of great art should pass through the needle of mob intelligence ~ Rebecca West Great art is as irrational as [...]

Creative Expert Exchange conference

Creativity Expert Exchange Conference

I recently attended the Creativity Expert Exchange conference in Buffalo, New York.  This creativity conference was held by the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) at Buffalo State College.  The Creativity Expert Exchange conference featured three days of workshops.  This creativity conference was followed by an optional Foursight certification workshop.

The Movie Admission

Different types of Creativity and the Movie Admission

The movie Admission provides an interesting (though unintended) case study of the different types of creativity.  I recently saw the movie Admission (2013).  Admission features Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, and Lily Tomlin and is directed by Paul Weitz.  The main character named Portia Nathan, played by Tina Fey, is a senior admission officer at Princeton University.   Portia is [...]

Creative leadership quotes

Creative Leadership Quotes

Creative leadership is growing in importance.  According to a 2010 IBM Study, creativity was ranked as the most important attribute needed in executive leaders.  The following is a compilation of quotes on creative leadership, the ability of leaders to lead with creativity and generate and implement creative ideas.  I  assembled creative leadership quotes from a [...]

SS Ideal X, the first container ship designed by Malcom McLean

Asking Questions to Define Creative Problems

Too often, when faced when a challenge, people break into brainstorming without spending enough time to define the nature of the creative problems.  A better approach is to ask questions to define creative problems. Asking Questions – Same “Old” Ones For centuries, ship designers were endlessly looking for ways to design ships so as to [...]

Different types of strategies

Different Types of Strategies

One of the most important abilities of a leader is using the right type of strategy for a particular situation.  Creative leaders must master the skill of strategic thinking.  Creative leadership is the ability to generate and implement both an effective strategies.  There are many different types of strategies.  This posting covers four different types [...]

The Creative Habit Learn it and use it for life

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life by Twyla Tharp

A great book on creativity is The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp.  Twyla Tharp is an American dancer and choreographer.  As a result, The Creative Habit has a fine arts/dance slant, which is an interesting perspective for a book on creativity. Quotes about Art and Creativity by Twyla Tharp To give you a sense of Twyla [...]

Creative Thinkering by Michael Michalko

 Creative Thinkering by Michael Michalko is great introductory book on creativity and some actionable techniques to help you become more creative.   Michalko is also the author of Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius, and Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques. Creative Thinkering is divided into two parts:  Creative Thinking and Creative Thinker.  The [...]

Strategic Delegation

Delegation Strategies for Leaders

After mastering the basics of “how to delegate”, an effective leader will quickly shift his or her focus to delegation strategies- what projects do I delegate, and to whom?  If these leadership questions are not asked and answered, a leader will continue to flounder.  A common trap of leadership is doing too much routine work, [...]

Effective Delegation Skills for Leaders

In the few months since I wrote the post on how to delegate effectively, I have learned more about why it is important to delegate.  As a result, I actually have some interesting thoughts on developing effective delegation skills.  In particular, there is a huge difference between merely assigning (or dumping) work on others and [...]

Developing Effective Delegation Skills

Even though this blog is entitled “creativity-leadership”, this blog for the past 18 months has focused almost entirely on creativity for one simple reason – I have much to say on the subject, which makes writing on the topic relatively easy.  The opposite is true in regards to leadership.  While I like the topic, neither practicing leadership [...]

Quotes about Leaders

Challenges with leading leaders

There is a difference between leading followers and leading leaders.  To be effective, you must overcome challenges with leading leaders.  Many leaders know “how to lead followers”.  However, few leaders know “how to leader leaders”.  Leading leaders is different in many respects in that leaders have much more power than followers.  Leading leaders requires a [...]

Importance of “Being” as a Leader

Truth – Over time, an organization will strongly reflect its leader, so you’d better have a leader worth emulating. At my work, I had the interesting opportunity to watch our organization transition between the outgoing CEO and the new one, which provided an interesting chance for observation.  The old CEO was highly charismatic and extremely [...]

Lateral Thinking by Edward De Bono

Lateral thinking is a type of thinking developed by Edward De Bono.  Lateral thinking involves attempts to spark new thinking by disregarding established patterns.  Lateral thinking is a method for escaping the brain’s attempt to catalog all perceptions in patterns, which is efficient but can limit creativity. Edward De Bono – The Father of Lateral [...]

Become a Visionary: Master the art of visionary thinking

This essay addresses creative potential, the second of the four “Ps” of visionary thinking – purpose, potential, possibility, and picture.  Visionary thinking is an essential skill that creative leaders must master.  Creative leadership is a process whereby an idea is brought from initial conception to its fulfillment in reality.  Visionary thinking is one of the [...]

Florida Creativity Weekend

I spoke in the Florida Creativity Weekend in March 2012. This was my debut as a creativity speaker, presenting on the topic “Visionary Thinking: Purpose, Picture, Potential and Possibility”. Visionary thinking – setting the desired outcome Purpose – define the desired outcome Picture – visualize the desired (ideal) outcome Potential – make sure the desired [...]

Growing Up Creative: Nurturing a Lifetime of Creativity

A great book on nurturing children’s creativity is Growing Up Creative: Nurturing a Lifetime of Creativity by Teresa Amabile.  Amabile provides a number of suggestions to nurture children’s creativity.  These include not evaluating children, providing moderate emotional closeness, and letting children develop their own intrinsic motivation. Summary of Growing Up Creative: Nurturing a Lifetime of Creativity In [...]

The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life

One of the most interesting books (and original) books on creativity I have read is The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life by Robert Fritz.  Fritz is definitely not in the creative problem solving camp.  In Path of Least Resistance, Fritz talks about how creating is not solving problems but [...]

Visionary Thinking: Identifying your Creative Purpose

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” ~Napoleon Hill This essay addresses creative purpose, the first of the five “P”s of visionary thinking – purpose, potential, possibility, picture, and path – leaving the remaining concepts to be addressed in future essays.  Creativity [...]

Introduction to Visionary Thinking

This is the first in a series of essays on visionary thinking.  This essay introduces the five Ps of visionary thinking – purpose, picture, potential, possibility, and path – that will be covered in greater detail in an initial series of essays.  A second series of essays will review current research and writings on visionary [...]

Developing Creative Leaders through Creative Problem-Solving & Facilitation Training

Effectiveness as a leader is dependent on a combination of personal attributes, skills, experience, and leadership style.  Training in the creative-problem solving (“CPS”) method and facilitation process (referred to as “creative training”) can help leaders improve their leadership and creative thinking skills, but also gives leaders specific tools (“creativity tools”) to help them produce better [...]

The Importance of Creative Thinking Skills in Executive Leadership

My first essay in the field of “creative leadership” as part of my master’s in creativity studies from Buffalo State, SUNY.  I can now write papers in two equally annoying citation styles (APA & Legal).  As a nod to the legal profession, I cited myself as a reference (see if you can find where) in [...]

The Next Idea Creativity Conference

This was my first creativity conference ever.  It is at a great setting in upstate New York, and is not expensive.  I am going again this year but I am staying in off-site hotel.  The Abode is a little too rustic for me.  The conference is a nice blend of left- and right-brained creativity, and [...]

50 Great Quotes on Vision

Vision is one of the most important leadership skills.  Below are 50 great quotes on vision. Great Quotes on Vision 1.  “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney 2. “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, and magic and power in it. Begin it [...]

Choosing the Right Creative Medium

Strange as it seems, the easiest way to increase your productivity and creative success is choosing the right medium in which to work.  When taken to extreme, this point is obvious.  Take Frank Lloyd Wright out of the architectural studio and put him into a recording studio, and you would probably have a lousy musician [...]

What is the Definition of Creativity?

Creativity means different things to different people.  Just as there is a nearly infinite number of ways or means to express creativity, there is a near infinite number of ways to define “creativity.”  Each definition yields additional insight in understanding creativity. Definitions of Creativity: Right-brained definitions An artistic expression A new way of thinking Looking [...]

Creative Discipline: An Oxymoron?

Developing creativity is definitely one the most personally rewarding activities that a person can pursue, but it comes with certain challenges.  Once the fire hydrant of creativity is uncapped, it can be difficult to manage.  Once you learn how to generate new ideas, the greatest challenge is to cope with the infinite possibilities that follow.  [...]

Choosing between multiple creative concepts

 A commonly overlooked challenge faced by creative individuals is how to decide which ideas to develop. Once the fire hydrant of creativity becomes uncapped, it is difficult to cope with the flood of new ideas and potential projects. Without careful selection of which ideas to develop, creative individuals will offer suffer from can’t-finish-a-project-itis. The challenge is [...]