Creativity as Inspiration

Today’s Monday Morning Movie… After attending a session on creativity, I realized that the “old” definitions don’t work for me. Creativity is something much more than “new ideas.” And it is not the same as innovation. As you will see in...

Live, Listen, and Play Like a Kid

Today’s Wednesday Work Wisdom… Today I had the honor of seeing my good friend, Ed Gerety, speak to 200 junior high school students. He was amazing. What I found most interesting was the response from the audience. I am used to speaking to corporations where the...

The Sum of the Parts is Not Always Greater When Working in Teams

Today’s Friday Fun Fact… I was recently at a seminar where the instructor asked a very straightforward question of the participants; one that everyone in the room should have been able to readily answer.  However, what followed was complete silence.  Crickets. Why is...

Avoid Target Fixation

Today’s Monday Morning Movie… The military knows the dangers of something called “target fixation.” This is where you overly focus on the enemy, and as a result you subconsciously end up crashing right into them. The same thing occurs in business. When we...

Stop Being a Know-it-All (transcription)

Here’s the transcription of my Monday Morning Movie… Today, I want to talk about the power of, and importance of, being open to new ideas and feedback. I just spent a weekend at a conference. It was a bunch of people learning about the speaking profession. I’ve been...

Stop Being a Know-it-All

Today’s Monday Morning Movie… As an expert, or someone who is highly experienced in a particular field, it can be difficult to get advice from others. We have the bad habit of positioning ourselves as the individual who has seen it and done it all. But this can limit...

Beam Me Up, Scotty

In my Monday Morning Movie, I talked about the Power of Positive Constraints and how implementing structure can help us become more creative. Shortly after posting the video, a friend of mine, Brad Kolar, offered up a perfect example of an innovation derived from the Power of...

The Power of Positive Constraints (transcription)

Here’s the transcription of my Monday Morning Movie… This morning I want to talk about the power of positive constraints. In the world of innovation, there seems to be this belief that we’re supposed to let everybody be free thinkers and let them do whatever...

The Power of Positive Constraints

Today’s Monday Morning Movie… We often think of constraints as being something bad. But actually they can be quite beneficial. They can help us get more done work more efficiently. And surprisingly, they can help us be more creative. You can read the transcription...

Innovating Masterminds (transcript)

Here is a transcript of yesterday’s Monday Morning Movie… When I started my business 12 years ago, one of the first things I did was join a mastermind group. Basically “mastermind” is just a fancy word for a group of people who come together that work on each other’s...