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Kevin Kuske, Skipper and Chief Brand Anthropologist, turnstone , contributed this article to BusinessNewsDaily's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Dare we finally say — 'the cubicle is dead?' Many have wanted to, but in the world of the entrepreneur it has finally met its match. Work is changing.
Forget Myers-Briggs. A study out of BI Norwegian Business School has determined the signposts of a "creative" personality. Conducted by Professor Øyvind L. Martinsen, the study posed 200 questions to 481 people.
Everyone can learn to be more creative, but to become very creative, I’ve come to believe you need to lead a creative life. In watching my best students, in examining the lives of successful entrepreneurs, and in seeing the process of the great Native American artists who I know, it is clear that how they live their daily lives is crucial to their success. I realize that it sounds very “zen-y” (which is OK by me), yet I come to this realization not through a search for spirituality or clarity but from simple observation. Creativity is in such demand today that when we apply for jobs, when we join organizations, or when we just meet other people, we are asked to present our creative selves. But we can’t do that unless we understand the nature of our own creativity, locate the sources of our originality, and have a language that explains our work.
“A playful brain is a more adaptive brain,” writes ethologist Sergio Pellis in The Playful Brain: Venturing to the Limits of Neuroscience. In his studies, he found that play-deprived rats fared worse in stressful situations. In our own world filled with challenges ranging from cyber-warfare to infrastructure failure, could self-directed play be the best way to prepare ourselves to face them?
In this one short hour you will be led through a co-creative journey to transcend the boundaries of today's thinking. You will imagine using your passions and talents to align with a desired future state and synchronize with others to create one living symbol, beyond ego consciousness, so as to know another way to live that is emerging, possible and potent. You can use this exercise example to inspire others to do the same. The intention is to move forward, uncover and energize new pathways for making decisions that will influence generations to come. The innate human desire to express creativity is the driving force for the future. This session will unleash yours, so that, in the year 2100, something of your desired footprint has its essence available and within reach.
Mind & Brain :: Features :: October 24, 2012 :: :: Email :: Print See Inside Outstanding creativity in all domains may stem from shared attributes and a common process of discovery By Dean Keith Simonton Image: NOMA BAR
"The greatest scientists are artists as well," said Albert Einstein (Calaprice, 2000, 245).
Then Kandel discovered an entirely different way of accessing the world of his childhood. He was fascinated by the main psychological theory and model of the day: psychoanalysis, which, like himself, originally came from Vienna. Kandel eagerly devoured everything that Freud had written about sexual instincts, the unconscious and suppression. With the intent of becoming an analyst himself, he studied medicine, subjected himself to analysis and explored the emotional scars that remained from the time he had spent in Vienna. Kandel was dissatisfied, though, with this new approach to gaining knowledge.
Editor's note: SPIEGEL ONLINE has also published an interview with Eric Kandel about his new book, which can be read here . When Auguste Rodin visited Vienna in June 1902, art critic Berta Zuckerkandl invited him to spend an afternoon in her famous salon. As the hostess later recalled, the great French sculptor and Austrian artist Gustav Klimt had seated themselves beside two remarkably beautiful young women -- Rodin gazing enchantingly at them.
The Internet has a terrible habit of misquoting Einstein on energy and creativity until he sounds like he’s the author of , not the theory of relativity. Here’s something he actually did say . Describing the effect of music on his inner life, he told a friend: “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of imagination has meant more to me than any talent for absorbing absolute knowledge.”
Artists, musicians, comics, speakers, trainers, athletes, performers all do it-they “RIFF”. That “rapid energetic often improvised verbal or non verbal outpouring especially one that is part of a performance” . Most of us remember “Riff’s” of great rock, jazz and yes classical musicians, bands and performers, we listen to and are fans of. What we love about them is the spontaneity, take, variation and interpretation of their passion.
Waiting for my wife in a New Orleans shopping mall years ago, I was killing time looking at a poster store display. A poster of “Peter’s Laws” caught my eye. Subtitled unflatteringly as “The Creed of the Sociopathic Obsessive Compulsive,” the 19 “laws” were pretty accurate descriptions of decision making, negotiating, and implementation strategies used by the extreme creative talents I have worked for during my career. While I’d always had great success pairing up with and interpreting these creative geniuses for co-workers, it occurred to me the laws could help others who struggled working with them. I bought the Peter’s Laws poster and subsequently passed the list along (sans subtitle) to new people who just couldn’t seem to get the hang of working with an extreme creative talent.
Extreme creative ideas are fascinating, and I always wonder about the processes people who consistently display extreme creativity use to come up with what they do. This fascination with extreme creative ideas prompted a series of “Extreme Creativity” Brainzooming blog posts starting back in 2010 to identify some of the lessons we can learn from these folks for how to dramatically improve creativity. We now have 50 extreme creative ideas sprinkled across 10 articles on the Brainzooming blog.
David Kelley: Creativity isn't something that only a few can do, it's natural human behavior He says sometimes creativity gets blocked and we lose the confidence to create A series of small successes can help people develop creative confidence, he says Kelley: Creativity can turn the world around, as it did at an MRI unit for sick children Editor's note: David Kelley founded the global design and innovation firm IDEO and led the creation of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. He spoke at TED in March 2012. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to "Ideas worth spreading," which it makes available through talks posted on its website. (CNN) -- Creativity, the ability to see things differently and come up with new breakthroughs, isn't some God-given gift to be enjoyed by the lucky few. It's a natural part of human behavior.
I had the pleasure of interviewing several artists and authors on how to break out of a creative rut. ( Here’s that piece .) In addition to sharing valuable tips and techniques, they also shared their wisdom on cultivating creativity in general. Today, I wanted to share their inspiring words on how to start and keep creating. 1. Realize that, yes, you are creative. One of the biggest myths about creativity is that it’s bestowed on a lucky few, and the rest of us don’t have a creative bone in our bodies.
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