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Mediocre Me - How Saying No to the Status Quo Will Propel You from Ordinary to Extraordinary! (A Book by John Michel - Copyright 2013)
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Creating Perfect Solitude for Creative Focus

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Alone time unlocks our creativity. Five simple steps for carving out the headspace to focus and do your best work.

Via craig daniels, Bobby Dillard
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Great advice on how to maximize your productivity and liberate your imagination. 

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Four things you need to stop believing about creativity

Four things you need to stop believing about creativity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Four things you need to stop believing about creativity 1. Creativity is left brain vs right brain The human brain works in a lot of mysterious ways, but we’re learning more about it every day. Part...

Via craig daniels, Bobby Dillard
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Getting a group of people together in a room to formulate the solution to a problem sounds like magic to some. In the corporate realm brainstorming is a major player in how projects move forward.

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Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office

Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Here at Lifehacker, we've often encouraged switching up your working environment tospark creativity and prevent burnout. Even taking a few days each month to work in a new place can benefit you greatly. Here, entrepreneur Wesley Verhoeve explains the benefits of his favorite non-office space: the coffee shop.

 

While team Family Records was in between offices in early 2012, we had 6 weeks to bridge until our new space was ready. During that time we were fortunate enough to be taken in as guests by awesome companies for stretches of time, and for the remainder we took over corners of coffee shops all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. The experience of working out of coffee shops was so positive that even after we moved into our new home, I made sure to get in a few "coffee shop days" each month. For carpal tunnel related reasons alone, I would not recommend working out of coffee shops every day, but here are some reasons why it might be great to try it for one or two days every month.


Via Martin Gysler, Lauran Star
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I've been working out of coffe shops for years and agree its a great setting...and the perks aren't bad either.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

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Martin Gysler's comment, January 30, 2013 8:54 AM
Yes Robert, I totally agree with you. Today, I went to one of my favorite places (a brewery ... I do not like beer in particular, but I like this place for work). But I know, it's not for everyone ... ;-)
Andre Swart's curator insight, January 31, 2013 12:09 AM

Koffie, wat anders ;)

Lauran Star's curator insight, January 31, 2013 2:23 PM

What do you think? Will this idea "wake up" your creative side?

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10 Surprising Techniques to Jump Start Your Creativity

10 Surprising Techniques to Jump Start Your Creativity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Have you experienced writer’s block, suffered through a dry spell or had your creativity completely flat line? 

 

No matter what profession you’re in or where you are in life, there will be times when your ability to create something new hits the wall. Any and all creative juices that were once flowing dry up and you find yourself struggling to create something… just anything.

 


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No matter what profession you’re in or where you are in life, there will be times when your ability to create something new hits the wall. Any and all creative juices that were once flowing dry up and you find yourself struggling to create something… just anything. 

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Hone "Strategic Patience" & Watch Your Story Creativity Spike

Hone "Strategic Patience" & Watch Your Story Creativity Spike | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An art history professor makes her students sit in front of a painting for three hours. PampG invents the Swiffer. Those events are more alike than...

Via Karen Dietz, Wise Leader™
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Deep patience. Close attention. These are not virtues often associated with college students (or some tech workers, for that matter). But as Harvard art history professor Jennifer L. Roberts recently explained, the skills for finding the "details, relationships, and orders that take time to see" can be introduced.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:35 PM

When I work with clients and their biz stories, and their organizational culture, I often talk about the need to develop patience. I also discuss with them the principle of deceleration resulting in acceleration.


This article, written by Drake Baer, explains both the need for patience and the principle of deceleration in order to accelerate. I know, it sounds so counter-intuitive! But it works.


What does this have to do with storytelling? Because way too often we rush to craft our stories without giving ourselves time to patiently sit with them, think about them, recraft them, learn more about ourselves from them, etc. 


Spending the time to reflect on your story will get you to a more powerful piece more quickly. And your story creativity will definitely kick in by bringing more patience into the process.


This notion is rarely talked about in articles, but acknowledged as part of the story process among some top performance tellers.


So take a breath, relax, reflect, and give your creativity a chance to emerge.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it