Everything Starts with an Idea, with Imagination

By |2013/03/13|

Carlos Santana on Creativity in Business and Art:
“Everything starts with an idea, with imagination.”

It’s so interesting to read about Santana’s creative process. It  is very much like what I advocate at Creativity at Work:

“Imagination and vision […]

The Progress Principle and the Power of Small Wins

By |2013/03/12|

The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy,
Engagement, and Creativity at Work
What is the best way to motivate employees to do creative work?
Help them take a step forward every day.

 describes the findings of […]

Meetings Go Better with Art

By |2013/03/11|

When it comes to inspiring creativity in your team and engaging participation, meetings go better with art.
Here is an example from an innovation workshop I conducted. The objective was to

To instil a sense of shared conviction […]

On the Origins of Creativity

By |2013/02/26|


How Human Ingenuity Arose
Fascinating articles by Heather Pringle in Scientific American Magazine, on the origins of creativity:

Scientists long thought that early humans were stuck in a creative rut until some 40,000 years ago, when their powers of innovation seemed to […]

What is the “Secret Sauce” of Innovation?

By |2013/02/26|

I recently gave a talk at ProductCamp Vancouver, on the 5 Discovery Skills of Out-Performing Innovators, based on the Innovator’s DNA study by Christensen et al. Have a look at the slides here:

What is the […]

How to sell your creative ideas to bosses, clients & other decision-makers

By |2013/01/28|

 When it comes to putting creativity to work, the biggest challenge usually isn’t about coming up with ideas, it’s getting those ideas listened to, accepted, and implemented in your organization.
That’s why it is so […]

10 Questions for Creative Reflection

By |2012/12/13|

10 Questions for Creative Reflection
Design your future. Sculpt your career. Compose your life.

What creative projects did you complete in the past year?
What creative risks did you take?
What wisdom have you gained?
What creative projects never seem […]

Books on Art, Creativity, Design and Innovation

By |2012/12/12|

Load up your reader with these books on Art, Creativity, Design and Innovation:


 by Harold G. Nelson and Erik Stolterman. MIT Press 2012

Harold Nelson is a colleague and I value his wisdom and clarity. He […]

Meditation makes you more creative

By |2012/11/20|

Meditate to create: the impact of focused-attention and open-monitoring training on convergent and divergent thinking
How interesting! Cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato and her fellow researchers at Leiden University used creativity tasks that measure convergent and […]

Science of Creativity Moves Into the Body

By |2012/11/15|

Jeffrey Davis, M.A. has written a wonderful article in Psychology Today about embodied creativity. He asks,
“Why do new ideas and solutions surface to awareness when we’re away from the studio and instead gardening or […]