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An Anti-Creativity Checklist for 2015

How do people stifle innovation in your company?
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Young Moon updates her Anti-creativity checklist reminding all of us of the self-talk that defeats innovation and creativity at work and in life.  Do you recognize these behaviors?

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Simon Schama announces portrait gallery displays with attack on selfies

Simon Schama announces portrait gallery displays with attack on selfies | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Historian will help to create displays exploring portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in London in the autumn
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In this seemingly off the topic post, Simon Schama laments the  “look down” and "selfie" generation.  All creativity and innovation is catalyzed by looking out.  Consider the consequences if we don't look at each other and the world around us.  We can't be saved by a device.  #lookup

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Happy birthday to Moore's Law - Washington Post (blog)

Happy birthday to Moore's Law - Washington Post (blog) | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Fifty years ago Intel's co-founder noted the breakneck speed at which electronics develop.
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While Moore's Law is the extreme case, the beauty (or the tyranny) of the better and the cheaper drives us to innovate (or die).  The urgency of the entrepreneur is now required together with the excellence of the operator.  Deliver on something or die trying.  #noroomforrest

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What's boosting US manufacturing? Networked innovation. - Brookings Institution

What's boosting US manufacturing? Networked innovation. - Brookings Institution | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Robert Litan explains that a key feature of the future growth of many firms is the ability to harness new online networking tools to find innovative ideas outside of their firms and insular industries.
Bruce Newman's insight:

One is not likely to find the next big thing sitting at one's desk thinking "what's the next big thing?"  It's not what you know alone that matters.  It is an insight you have borne of what you know combined with what others know.  Extend your reach, build a network and listen powerfully. #itsnotinsideyou

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Here's which states are most innovative in America - Washington Post (blog)

Here's which states are most innovative in America - Washington Post (blog) | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Here's where governments do the most to make it easy for citizens to innovate.
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While there is just one United States, it is important to remember that there are 50 policy making states pursuing different levels and mixes of initiatives designed to encourage innovation.  Our future "depends upon our ability across all 50 states to innovate, solve problems, create jobs".

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Why America's obsession with STEM education is dangerous - Washington Post

Why America's obsession with STEM education is dangerous - Washington Post | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Alongside technical skills, America needs the creativity that a liberal arts education provides.
Bruce Newman's insight:

This is a great article that reminds us that our success is based only in part on the hard skills we need to master.  We also need to cultivate the soft ones that fuel our curiosity, experimentation, ambition and enjoyment.  All great value is created at the intersection of hard and soft. #celebratefun

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Do You Have The Patient Urgency Required For Successful Innovation? - Forbes

Do You Have The Patient Urgency Required For Successful Innovation? - Forbes | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
In corporate innovation, little else matters if your timing is wrong. Precise timing, however, is a fool’s errand. What is needed, instead, is a strong dose of “patient urgency.”
Bruce Newman's insight:

I particularly like the article's second point about developing and preserving options while deferring commitments until one has alignment of opportunity and resources.  Too often, we commit to an uncertain future we arrogantly believe is the only future resulting in waste time and money. #testfirst

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The top 50 apps for creative minds - The Guardian

The top 50 apps for creative minds - The Guardian | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Our pick of the best tablet and smartphone tools to enable you to make films, music, art and more
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A whole commons area at Google NYC is filled with Lego bricks and creations because Google encourages its employees to be creative everywhere.  I believe that any activity that expands creativity is good for growth so encourage those around you to exercise their creativity. #buildbiggerbusinesses

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Neil Blumenthal: Thinking Way Outside of the Box - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Neil Blumenthal: Thinking Way Outside of the Box - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
NEIL BLUMENTHAL: No matter what product or service your company offers, people have a way of finding out if you are genuinely providing value.
Bruce Newman's insight:

These are great reminders of how things have changed.  There is no longer a way to build sustainable value based on a deceptive customer proposition.  Customers have always been smart but now the world is simply too transparent. #nomorefools

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How to help different people be creative together

How to help different people be creative together | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
A Recipe to Enhance Innovation - New York Times
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I never thought of creativity in math - 7 Creativity Tips From a Top Mathematician

I never thought of creativity in math - 7 Creativity Tips From a Top Mathematician | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
In a conversation with Steven Strogatz, we talked about ways that math and art are alike, and how adopting the right mindset can lead to breakthroughs in creativity: "We're all trying to express ourselves.
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The Hunt for Innovation: 10 Strategic Insights - Forbes

The Hunt for Innovation: 10 Strategic Insights - Forbes | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
  Disruptive technology's potential (Wikipedia) Ever hear of the dreaded “CEO Disease?
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Your challeng is to "Creat[e] a Culture of Creativity"

Your challeng is to "Creat[e] a Culture of Creativity" | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
John Cleese, the famous comedian, often presents to business people about creativity and how to encourage more of it in today’s work place. John Cleese defines creativity as the ability to play, be...
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The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
You can’t build a systemic capability without a systematic approach.
Bruce Newman's insight:

One of the hardest things when evaluating companies in which to invest is to find a track record of innovation and a method and process that makes that track record repeatable.  Past performance isn't a proxy unless you have a persistent driver.

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4 Strategies For Introducing New Ideas At Work - Fast Company

4 Strategies For Introducing New Ideas At Work - Fast Company | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Here's how innovators working outside the mainstream can break into the wider corporate world.
Bruce Newman's insight:

Sometimes even the best ideas are lost to a poorly considered presentation.  If the ideas are our own, we have lived with them long enough to be at once too familiar as well as blind to their shortcomings.  Invest time in a well thought presentation.  #formmatters.

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The secrets to staying creative in your workplace - CNN

The secrets to staying creative in your workplace - CNN | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Is your creativity at a lull? Two neuroscientists have come up with a scientific formula for inspiration.
Bruce Newman's insight:

10 insights from the new book The Eureka Factor offer a short list to increase your capacity to innovate.  Many of them seem obvious when one reflects on them but not surprisingly, tactical intensity tends to crowd most of them out.  #taketimetocreatespace

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Innovation Factory: How Parker Hannifin Pumps Out Breakthrough Products - Forbes

Innovation Factory: How Parker Hannifin Pumps Out Breakthrough Products - Forbes | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
To spur breakthroughs, midwestern industrial giant Parker Hannifin let a maverick engineering boss unleash his own brand of Silicon Valley startup culture. How far will the experiment go?
Bruce Newman's insight:

It does not matter how old school the company, there must be an urgency to find the next product or category or service that customer will value and pay for.  And it is a battle to secure the financial and intellectual resources required to just that despite the collapsing half life of what you already have. 

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For a More Creative Brain, Travel - The Atlantic

For a More Creative Brain, Travel - The Atlantic | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking
Bruce Newman's insight:

I often speak of the importance of travel to prepare people for a global marketplace.  I had not considered fully that the broader frame of mind and greater adaptability that comes from travel may influence your capacity for creativity.  But, here is a study that suggests it does just that.  #traveltogrow

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8 Ways To Establish An Innovation Culture In Your Business - Fast Company

8 Ways To Establish An Innovation Culture In Your Business - Fast Company | Value creation insights | Scoop.it

kept of Successful businesses manage innovation from concept to commercialization. Here's how to bring this understanding to your company culture.

Bruce Newman's insight:

The simple concept of experimentation cannot be underestimated.  Too often we substitute our judgement about the "truth" for that which is actually knowable through experimentation.  If we are wrong, which we often are, we risk setting priorities badly and allocating resource poorly.  #arrogancegrowswithage

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When Fatigue Boosts Creativity - The Atlantic

When Fatigue Boosts Creativity - The Atlantic | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Most of the time, we do better on tasks when we're most awake. But some problems require a mind that's just a bit tired—or otherwise impaired.
Bruce Newman's insight:

Interesting thought that some types of problems are best solved with less focus rather than more.  Focus brings with it boundaries and biases that limit the range of considered solutions.  #knowwhenyourenarrow

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You Can Teach Someone to Be More Creative - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

You Can Teach Someone to Be More Creative - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Genetics is only 10% of it, so there’s room to improve.
Bruce Newman's insight:

Coaching people to lead value creating organizations require that one learns how to coach individuals and teams to greater levels of creativity.  This HBR article provides a great roadmap.  #teachablemoments.

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How America's Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship

How America's Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
The current model of education in the United States is stifling the creative soul of our children. While this is troubling for a variety of reasons, it also has significant economic consequences for the future of our country.
Bruce Newman's insight:

Maintaining creative confidence and competence is critical.  Schools aren't the only place to engage a child's creativity.  If we let them be creatively lazy when at home, we are doing them a disservice. #justsaynotovideogames #tvisanidiotbox

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TED Talks still rock for mind candy - Julie Burstein: 4 lessons in creativity

TED Talks Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living -- and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss.
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Innovation Excellence | The Demand for Curiosity, Creativity and Innovation | Digital Delights - Digital Tribes

Innovation Excellence | The Demand for Curiosity, Creativity and Innovation | Digital Delights - Digital Tribes | Value creation insights | Scoop.it
Curiosity, Creativity and Innovation have become sexy topics in the business community, business schools and the business press over the past decade. Why?
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Innovation is a process to be learned - Shaping Innovation Two Sides Of The Equation

Shaping Innovation – Two Sides of the Equation - http://t.co/efQuDwzh - Paul Hobcraft - #innovation #mgmt #desig...
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