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The Five Criteria to Develop a Culture of Innovation

If you ask managers, employees or executives whether they want to work in a company that has a culture of innovation, most will say yes. Why does this sound so attractive? Innovation is associated with rapid success, disruptive innovation and … Continue reading

Failure — Driver for Creativity

Review of Sarah Lewis’ The Rise

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams   Is failure a mandatory step in achieving mastery? This is the question that art historian and curator Sarah Lewis examines in her … Continue reading

The Transforming Power of Play

What if there was a way to turn things you dread into games? Former philosophy professor Antanas Mockus had an intriguing and wildly successful idea to do just that when he was elected Mayor of Bogota, Columbia, in 1995. One … Continue reading

How Art Can Help to De-stress at Work

Did you know that US workers are considered the most overworked in the developed world? According to a Forbes article, we work longer hours and have more stress-related illnesses than Europe and Japan. On top of that, the holiday season … Continue reading

The Ogre Inside Us All

A Review of Simon Banks: A Thousand Little Lightbulbs

We all have an ogre inside us who enjoys telling us that we are not creative and not good enough. According to author Simon Banks, the path towards innovation starts with battling that ogre and the negative stories it tells … Continue reading

The Scheherazade Principle

or How I Learned to Learn

My first bass teacher was a retired musician. He was tall, very old (from the perspective of a 13-year old girl), and very friendly. He showed his affection for us students in many ways. He smiled at us. He showed … Continue reading

Collaborative Creativity

“Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. Give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.”  – Ed Catmull, Pixar What is it … Continue reading