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I curate articles that help inspire leaders to cultivate organizational creativity & foster innovation. Learn more about my work at www.milesfinchinnovation.com
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The Seven C’s of Creative Leadership Podcast Series | Idea Climatology

The Seven C’s of Creative Leadership Podcast Series | Idea Climatology | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
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Since 2012, when Miles Finch Innovation opened its doors, we’ve championed the development of creative leadership capabilities for our C-Suite clients. In our opinion, the lack of creative leadership skills represents the biggest leadership abyss in corporate America today. It’s why nearly every CEO who says she’s committed to innovation, also confesses she’s underwhelmed with the quality of ideas in the pipeline.

 

To fill this critical void, Miles Finch Innovation launched a podcast series called, The Seven C’s of Creative Leadership. We partnered with the amazing Todd Schnick of Intrepid Now to produce a nine-part series illustrating each competency of the Seven C’s framework:  communication, curiosity, creativity, connecting, culture, change management and courage. Our fabulous lineup of guests includes, Google's Ivy Ross, author Max Mckeown, Pernod Ricard's Tim Murphy, and more!

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"You’re no longer the genius — you’re the idiot", Ian Tait - Creative Review

"You’re no longer the genius — you’re the idiot", Ian Tait - Creative Review | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Wieden + Kennedy London ECD Iain Tait on how the agency is changing its creative process, the difference between real and fake collaboration and why creative leaders come in all shapes and sizes
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I feel the main reason I was able to be an effective corporate innovation leader was because of my ad agency experience. Cutting my teeth on the agency side taught me the basic creative leadership skills I carried forward to this day.
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Developing Leadership Skills for Innovation: The Questions Strong Leaders Ask

Developing Leadership Skills for Innovation: The Questions Strong Leaders Ask | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
As a leader in your company, you are one of the primary forces shaping the success or failure of the innovation process. Learning to further your leadership skills and develop a more effective style can make all the difference in your organization’s accomplishments.
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I've always appreciated Phil McKinney's insight and I'm happy he's sharing more of his creative leadership thinking.
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The Rise of Creative Leaders

The Rise of Creative Leaders | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
In the digital age of fast-paced changes, creativity is necessary as a leadership trait. Who are creative leaders and how can we embrace this virtue?
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Well-researched and written piece. They approach Creative Leadership more from the Puccio et al framework, but it's still good stuff.
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How to Get Your Team to Be More Creative at Work

How to Get Your Team to Be More Creative at Work | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Employers must encourage and nurture creativity in the workplace.
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Here's what an excellent creative leader sounds like. 
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Five Ways Leaders Unleash The Most Creative Results From Their People

Five Ways Leaders Unleash The Most Creative Results From Their People | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Getting the most disruptive and creative ideas from those you lead can be one of leadership's toughest challenges. Two industry-experts share their secrets for how they bring out the most innovative work and results from those they lead every day.
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Nice article. Number 5 is a good area to think about:  "Understand the tensions between needed structure and creative freedom." This is represents a huge source of tension and much of it can be released with simple awareness and conversation. 
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Listen4Insight

Listen4Insight | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
A podcast project by the Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute at Miami University
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Another entry into the creative leadership podcast space.
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Transcript of "The surprising habits of original thinkers"

Transcript of "The surprising habits of original thinkers" | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Look, being original is not easy, but I have no doubt about this: it's the best way to improve the world around us.
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Killer quote:
"Look, being original is not easy, but I have no doubt about this: it's the best way to improve the world around us."
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Aarron Walter, Vice President of Design Education at InVision on the challenges of design leadership and the importance of creative inputs

Aarron Walter, Vice President of Design Education at InVision on the challenges of design leadership and the importance of creative inputs | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Vice President of Design Education at InVision
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Love this quote:
“The hardest thing is being succinct. There are so many things that can be said about how to do design well, but what are the fewest number of things that can be shared that will have the greatest impact on a company?”
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How to Trigger Innovative Leadership

How to Trigger Innovative Leadership | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Organizations value creativity in solving problems and innovating solutions and workflows. When creativity is unleashed, organizations stay ahead of the curve and, likely, will lead ahead of competitors an
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It is the leader's responsibility to inspire and galvanize their organization's creativity around critical strategic focus areas--and leave some space and freedom to explore new areas.
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7 Things Great Listeners Do Differently - Forbes

7 Things Great Listeners Do Differently - Forbes | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Listening is a bit like intelligence—most everyone thinks they’re above average, even though that’s impossible.

And listening is a skill you want to be great at. A recent study conducted at George Washington University showed that listening can influence up to 40% of a leader’s job performance.

“The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.” –Alfred Brendel
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In context of creative leadership, it's critically important for those in "idea receivership" to not only listen, but to ask clarifying questions before providing feedback, judgment, or criticism. Demonstrating that you've listened AND are trying to fully understand will go a long way.
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New UTSA study delves into what makes a great leader

New UTSA study delves into what makes a great leader | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
"When a confident, creative leader also has good relationship with subordinates, it has even a stronger impact on subordinates' creativity," she said. "Creativity flourishes in supportive environments where leaders and subordinates have good interpersonal relationships. In such environments, subordinates will go an extra mile for a leader without expecting anything in return because they have a good relationship. They can depend on each other, because they trust each other."
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Creative Leaders must create the environment for creativity to thrive. It's not their job to come up with all the ideas, but to create the culture where everyone feels safe to stick their necks out and share ideas--even the seemingly absurd one. Remember, feeling safe trumps feeling afraid!
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Why are Creativity and Innovation So Rare in Corporate Life

To succeed, a company must be creative and innovative, not only in the products and services they offer, but in the way they run their company. But the reali...


Via Creativity For Life
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Interesting conversation, a bit long, but the panel does a good job at identifying the key issues related to stifling creativity in a corporate environment. It's up to strong leaders to demonstrate the creative values they want to see.

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7 Ways to Ask Questions like a Coach

7 Ways to Ask Questions like a Coach | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders should be more coach-like. I’m probably not the first person who has penned those words in a blog post. My guess is that you’ve heard that advice before—possibly even tried being more coach-like with your team members and direct reports but ultimately realized that it takes a lot of time to do well. A…
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The art of asking questions is a search for the truth. Once you understand the real problem or the real consumer insight, quite often, the idea spigot opens full blast. As this post highlights, the questions in and of themselves are simple. Leaders need to mindful enough to ask them (and stop rushing in with all the answers!).
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7 People You Should Recruit to Your Innovation Team | Killer Innovations: Innovators Talking About Creativity, Design and Innovation

7 People You Should Recruit to Your Innovation Team | Killer Innovations: Innovators Talking About Creativity, Design and Innovation | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
When building an innovation team, taking special care that all of the official and unofficial roles are filled is key - not to mention teamwork.
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In my Seven C's of Creative Leadership framework, #4 is CONNECTING, which involves the creative leader continually curating the right people, skills and experiences around the table. Phil's "recruiting" post provides a nice way of thinking about the diversity you need to look for--whether it be for hiring or assigning project teams.
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What management brings to creativity and vice versa: a book review of Creativity Inc. | Aurelie Valtat

What management brings to creativity and vice versa: a book review of Creativity Inc. | Aurelie Valtat | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Catmull shares several metaphors about what creative leadership is and what it looks like. I really liked one of these metaphors. He mentions that many people compare leadership with driving a train (George Lucas did so when Catmull worked for him at LucasFilm). But driving the train doesn’t set its course, it’s setting the tracks that does. Managers and leaders are often too busy driving the train but haven’t put enough effort into setting the tracks in the right direction.
Tony Vengrove's insight:
If you haven't read Ed Catmull's Creativity Inc. yet, I highly recommend it. There's a lot of great innovation insight to reflect upon as well as important Creative Leadership lessons.

Here's a great example summarized nicely by Aurelie Valtat (author of attached book review):

"Catmull shares several metaphors about what creative leadership is and what it looks like. I really liked one of these metaphors. He mentions that many people compare leadership with driving a train (George Lucas did so when Catmull worked for him at LucasFilm). But driving the train doesn’t set its course, it’s setting the tracks that does. Managers and leaders are often too busy driving the train but haven’t put enough effort into setting the tracks in the right direction."
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Must you fake it to make it to 'creative director'? - blogs by Bobby Pawar | ET BrandEquity

Must you fake it to make it to 'creative director'? - blogs by Bobby Pawar | ET BrandEquity | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Creative Director. Those are quite possibly the two most dangerous words in advertising, especially when one follows another. I think ideas would be better se..
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I especially like his recommendation to pursue wisdom from those who came before--mentorship.
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What Are Baseball Managers Actually Doing?

What Are Baseball Managers Actually Doing? | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
What are baseball managers actually doing? The skipper’s role has never had less to do with actual baseball strategy than it does today.
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Interesting read on the morphing of Baseball Managers into Baseball Leaders. You'll note several Creative Leadership traits throughout the story as well.
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The Power of Creative Cross Training: How Experimentation Creates Possibility

The Power of Creative Cross Training: How Experimentation Creates Possibility | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it

Pick up another creative habit and see your main hustle in a whole new way.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, February 9, 6:28 AM

If we only do things we get paid for, we’re missing out on a huge opportunity for creative growth. Our labels don’t have to limit us to just one domain. When we’re willing to play outside our primary domain, and experiment we open up a lot of possibilities that may not have occurred to us before.

 

Tony Vengrove's curator insight, February 24, 10:51 PM

Reminds me of some wisdom I recently read via a Teresa Amabile paper titled "Entrepreneurial Creativity Through Motivational Synergy (1997)":

"Entrepreneurial creativity goes one step beyond 'ordinary' creativity; it involves action, the implementation of those novel ideas in some aspect of new venture creation. Because it requires novelty that will work int he real world of the marketplace, entrepreneurial creativity most likely requires people to be focused both on the demands and constraints of that real world, and on the passion they feel for the new idea they have conceived."

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Building a creative team? Here’s what I learned.

Building a creative team? Here’s what I learned. | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
As traditional agencies search for what they should be in the 21st century, many advertisers are looking inside to build their own creative teams.   I’ve had the opportunity to work on both sides: 10
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Interesting creative leadership perspective from someone who left the agency side to build an in-house creative team. I like how "share your vision" is his recommended first step.
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Ideo's CEO On How To Lead An Organization Creatively

Ideo's CEO On How To Lead An Organization Creatively | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Creative leadership is the only way for businesses to thrive in the face of rapid change, Tim Brown argues. Here's how to master it.
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It seems Tim Brown agrees with the philosophy of Warren Bennis who once said, "There are two ways of being creative. One can sing our dance. Or one can create the conditions in which singers and dancers flourish." The latter is what Creative Leadership is all about!
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Phil McKinney » The Top 5 Skills Every Chief Innovation Officer Needs

Phil McKinney » The Top 5 Skills Every Chief Innovation Officer Needs | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
What makes an effective Chief Innovation Officer? A CINO can be a huge asset to a business if they have the right skills and traits—and not ever
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It's not just about the CINO's vision. It's about the organization's vision. The CINO must provide leadership and inspiration to connect people's creativity with the org's vision. They must be aligned!
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18 Things Great Creative Directors Do Every Day

18 Things Great Creative Directors Do Every Day | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
My friend and former colleague Mark Radcliffe just became the creative director of D'Addario, the world's largest maker of guitar strings with a who's who of famous clients. Mark, an accomplished singer/songwriter in his own right, and a longtime advertising copywriter, has probably found his dream job.
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Having worked in the big NYC global ad agencies myself, I often look to Creative Directors for their creative leadership wisdom. There's some great insight in this article, which can certainly be applied to corporate innovation teams.
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Phil McKinney » Six Strategies to Lead Innovation from the Top

Phil McKinney » Six Strategies to Lead Innovation from the Top | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
While many CEOs have excellent intentions of inspiring their employees to be innovative and creative, putting those intentions into practice takes hard work and truly active leadership. By definition, the CEO has to concern himself with high-level executive functions at the company he’s running. He can’t be involved in every detail of every project in every department, nor should he be. But too often, this position keeps the CEO totally out of the loop of internal communication, and the places in the company where innovation is or should be happening.
Beyond that, a CEO that is completely aloof from all but his most senior employees probably won’t inspire risk-taking when he actually does show up. Everyone wants to please the CEO, and if employees haven’t been presented with evidence to the contrary, they’ll assume they should take the safe route to make sure their jobs are secure. Many brilliant ideas are never voiced because employees lack the confidence to speak up in the presence of the CEO.
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I'm a fan of Phil McKinney and I think this is a pretty good list, which dovetails with my philosophies and our Seven C's of Creative Leadership. I think one area that is missing is the CEO's responsibility to build a desirable culture by demonstrating the creative leadership values they want to see in others throughout their organization. What do you think?
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An Interview with Kevin Starr - Impact Design Hub

An Interview with Kevin Starr - Impact Design Hub | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
We have four fairly simple questions: Is it needed? Does it work? Will people use it well? And will it reach those who need it most?
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There are a few insights in this interview that exemplify creative leadership. 

1: Their four question framework: "Is it needed? Does it work? Will people use it well? And will it reach those who need it most?" Have a simple common framework that organizations can use to judge ideas is extremely helpful. If I'm coming up with ideas, I want to know how my bosses are going to judge them. Nothing more frustrating than preparing a presentation and getting surprised by a new judgement criteria that send you packing.

2. I like the their mission formula: "verb, target population, outcome." Again, a simple way to rally the organization around the principle of being active versus passive. 
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Ken Robinson On The Principles Of Creative Leadership

Ken Robinson On The Principles Of Creative Leadership | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson is among the world's elite thinkers when it comes to creativity and innovation.

Via Students Elective Course
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I just love this excerpt:

"I remember when I was running the national commission on creativity, education and the economy in the U.K., the Secretary of State there said, "We're very committed to creativity in education but we've got to get literacy and numeracy right first." And I said, this is just a basic misunderstanding. It's like saying we're going to bake a cake and if it works out, then we'll put the eggs in. That's not how it works. If you want people to be literate, you have to get them passionate about reading and that's a creative job. To think of it as an afterthought or in conflict of the core purposes, is a misconception of what creativity is. Creative leaders get that. And if they don't they will."

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We do not have to look at private industry to find creativity. Classrooms are full of teachers and students who are creative.