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Creative Thinking

What I Learned About Business From Making Art

Shelley Bird | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Shelley Bird

My commitment to making art is helping me broaden my perspective and view problems through a different lens -- and with a much wider aperture.

How to Become a Creative Superhero

Esther de Charon de Saint Germain | Posted 04.03.2015 | Small Business
Esther de Charon de Saint Germain

The fear of failure is an important element of the Creative Superhero's Kryptonite. Its antidote is playing. Go and play. Make a castle out of lego, draw with closed eyes. Leave a mistake in your text. Run with your arms spread wide open.

Creatives in Cubicles: Creatives in the Non-Creative Workplace

Sophie Andrews | Posted 05.09.2015 | Business
Sophie Andrews

For those on the right end of the left-brain/right-brain spectrum, the structured -- even regimented -- nature of the non-creative workplace can be trying at times.

What School Won't Teach You About Creativity

Steve Moraco | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
Steve Moraco

Creativity is simply having a wide range of specific interests and activities and finding ways to combine them to communicate better, help people, or solve problems.

How To Think Like A Writer

Lauren Salkin | Posted 01.22.2015 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

Turn off the practical humdrum switch in your brain, comforted by numbers and lists and repetitive functions that can cause carpal tunnel brain syndrome. And let your thoughts stretch your imagination.

Seven Ways to Climb Out of Your Box

Tim Elmore | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Tim Elmore

I'm sure you've heard the phrase "think outside the box." It's become a cliché among Americans today. We must remember, however, that clichés can be true, even if they're overused.

Outside the Box

Marcia Liss | Posted 01.06.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Measure Impact More Than Money

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

Before you know it, 2015 will be upon us. I like to set a personal "theme" for each new year; it's a practice that I find helps keep me grounded in my intention throughout the year. I pick a word, sometimes two, to represent what I most want to accomplish in the coming year.

Can't Keep Up? Creative Solutions to Overcome Overwhelm

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

Call it whatever you like -- overwhelm, logjam, bottleneck -- it's happening everywhere, and all too frequently: creative entrepreneurs feeling like they desperately need more business, but too overwhelmed with what they've already got.

Why We Hide Some Of Our Best Work

Harvard Business Review | Ethan Bernstein | Posted 09.26.2014 | World

Your employer can track your every move, no matter where you sit in the organization. Often, the impulse is to scrutinize all behavior — through rea...

The #1 Way to Answer the Big Questions -- What's My Purpose? Who Am I? What Am I Meant to Do?

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

Many entrepreneurs, wanting to create a meaningful and purpose-driven business, struggle with trying to figure out what the work is that they're meant to do in the world. Or, they know what they can do, but are less successful making sense of it all, and how to create a business around it.

3 Simple Ways to Think Like a Billionaire

Max Ogles | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Max Ogles

There are thousands of tiny shortcuts that our brains take, but with the right practice we can train ourselves to think slowly and avoid these mental misjudgments. In particular, successful people often develop their own simple strategies.

Horses

Peter Himmelman | Posted 11.01.2014 | Arts
Peter Himmelman

I climb the stairs and unlock the deadbolts. There is sunlight glinting off what appear to be diamonds on the floor, hundreds of them. I soon realize they're just bits of glass. Some asshole shot out my window again last night.

Use Your Lack of Focus to Your Advantage

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

Not only does having a diversified business model play to the creative strengths of today's innovative entrepreneurs, it may be the only way to survive in the future.

An Idle Mind Is The Devil's Playground

Chuck Nyren | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Here's a novel concept: Doing nothing is as productive -- maybe even more productive -- as doing something.

How to Prepare for a Brainstorming Session

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

The few days before a brainstorm session begins -- the "incubation time" -- is often the difference between brilliance and boredom. Unfortunately, most companies don't get this.

Is Creative Thinking The Next Big Productivity Hack?

Brian Horn | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Brian Horn

Very few of us are working on assembly lines, yet we're still using assembly-line thinking in the way most of us do productivity. It's like oil and water, they don't work together.

The Perspective-Shifting Habit Of These Extremely Creative People

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Sometimes the best ideas come to the person who isn’t actively searching for them. We spend a lot of time racking our brains in morning meetings...

The Global Search for Education: Head, Heart, Soul, and Frankenstein

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Education thought leaders around the world speak to the need for more innovative projects like the workshop being done this week at Teacher's College. To find out more, I reached out to the visiting teachers, students and leaders.

Mommy Is Going to Camp: No Cell, No Email, Curated Workshops and Dance Parties

Stacie Krajchir | Posted 08.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Stacie Krajchir

In less than 24 hours I'm going to CAMP. I will be getting on a bus with a bunch of strangers to attend The Unique Camp http://theuniquecamp.com/ a 4...

Tucking My Sister Into Bed

Peter Himmelman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Peter Himmelman

I climb to the top of the dirt pile, kick the blade of the shovel and drop the dry soil over the top of the casket. I feel as though I am covering my sister with a warm blanket, tucking her into bed one last time, as though this final act might atone for all the times I failed her.

Whether You're Building a Robot or a Book, Science + Creativity = Magic

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Holly Robinson

No question about it. My husband and I are opposites. He's a software engineer and I'm a writer. When people glance at my computer screen, they're confronted by a maze of thorny paragraphs, while his is a jungle of coded symbols.

No Rules, April Fool's

David Mandell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
David Mandell

Pranksters are everywhere this April Fool's Day. From BetaBrand and their clothes for cats, to SelfieBots, or AirBrB, companies are coming up with a m...

In Defense of Brainstorming

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

I'm all for people thinking on their own in their dorm room... or Starbucks... or the zoo. That's a good thing. But as a replacement for a well-run brainstorming session? Why the either/or syndrome? Why not both?

What I Learned From My Boss

Scott MacFarland | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

My career started before the Internet was born. I use that line with many college students as I talk with them. They laugh and give me a quizzical look. As I continue my story, I tell them years into my career, I finally learned to think critically, creatively and figure out how to navigate tough challenges.