Scott Docherty

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3 Surprising Ideas for Raising Your Business Creativity

Curiosity builds a playground for creativity.<p>If innovation is the implementation of creativity, it makes sense that, to stay innovative, you need to stay creative. Easy, right? Well, not if you're a normal person. In fact, even Jack White, a successful creative if ever there was one, admitted that …

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Creativity: It's Important For Your Business

How To Think Differently (And Why!)

Being able to think differently is a basic definition of innovation but it’s also a definition of how to be smart about your career. How do you do it?<p>It happens all the time yet it also means changing our minds about something and that we find very difficult. Here’s an example of easy change. Five …

Doing This 1 Thing Could Help Your Intelligence, Focus, and Creativity

Evidence shows that keeping an analog journal can help with productivity and creativity. Here are three simple tips to get started.<p>While our lives continue to be consumed by digital technologies, lost is the art of journaling. Keeping a written journal, however, can have remarkable benefits.<p>Studies …

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This 10-Minute Routine Will Boost Clarity and Creativity

Get your subconscious working for you.<p>"Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep." -- Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests. It controls your heartbeat, blood circulation, digestion, and all the vital processes and functions of your body. It knows the …

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Scampering For Innovation

<b>A great quote</b> found in Roger von Oech’s book, ‘A Whack on the Side of the Head’ reads as follows…<p><i>“Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as</i> …

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Tips for Structuring Better Brainstorming Sessions

Brainstorming is widely used by teams as a method to generate ideas and solve problems. However, many brainstorming activities are flawed and can end …

Brainboost: Kickstarting a Brainstorm

How do you get the best results from a brainstorm? How do you get participants to be really creative? How do you maximize their creative firepower? …

A 5-Step Technique for Producing Ideas circa 1939

Literature is the original “inter-net,” woven of a web of allusions, references, and citations that link different works together into an endless rabbit hole of discovery. Case in point: Last week’s wonderful field guide to creativity, <i>Dancing About Architecture</i>, mentioned in passing an intriguing …

Can Conformity Be Creative?

If you want to develop your own creative idea for a project, does it help to study how other people have approached the same task? One classic …

Failure as the key to success: Joe Boyd at TEDxCincinnati

How to Generate More Than 100 New Ideas in 30 Minutes or Less

Brainstorming doesn't work. But these 3 alternative ideation tactics could help you generate more than 100 ideas in just 30 minutes.<p>If you've ever been a part of an unproductive brainstorming session, you know just how much time this process can sap and how little return it may actually …

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Brainstorming Is Dumb

Studies show it produces fewer good ideas than when people think on their own. Thankfully, there’s a better way to work in groups.<p>If you work in an office, your boss has probably forced you into a brainstorming session or two (or 12). Brainstorming, after all, is supposedly a killer way to come up …

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5 Surprising Habits of Super-Creatives - Daniel Coyle

I am a hopeless sucker for stories about the daily habits of geniuses — you know, the ones that reveal Hemingway used only knife-sharpened, …

The Secret to Creativity, Intelligence, and Scientific Thinking: Being Able to Make Connections

When we shared this image from the @buffer Twitter account a while back, it got me thinking. <b>The Tweet resulted in over 1,000 retweets</b>, which seems …

The Genius Deck Helps Reset Your Brain When You’re Stuck on a Problem

When you take breaks, you come back to your work with a fresh perspective, and if you’re stuck, that perspective can often help you figure out a …

Learning to Listen, With the Help of Improv

A veteran comedy teacher says that classes are about more than being funny.<p>In the last decade, improv comedy has produced some big names. From Tiny Fey to Amy Poehler, to Steve Carrell and Seth Rogen—improv comedy stars broke out beyond sketch comedy shows, such as <i>SNL</i> and <i>Whose Line Is It Anyway?</i>, …

Just finished reading this - insightful and loved the "Aha" moments throughout the read.

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<i>What is creativity? How does it work? How can you be more creative every day?</i><p>Creativity is a critical skill for the 21st Century. We constantly need …

The Top 3 Insights of Highly Innovative Leaders

The number one attribute CEOs look for in their incoming workforce (according to an IBM survey of more than 1,500 CEOs across 33 industries and 60 …

Why Your Best Ideas Come When You Least Expect It

Surprising research reveals how we think at different times of the day.<p>It's well known that we follow circadian, or daily, rhythms in basic …

The Heroic Inventor Is a Myth: Great Ideas Are Group Efforts

"To be an innovator, it's better to be social rather than smart"--or so says a new study out of Harvard and the London School of Economics.<p>Who came up with the theory of evolution? It's not a hard question. Almost everyone would immediately answer, Charles Darwin.<p>But a new study out of the London …

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15 Best Books on Coming Up With Genius Ideas

The old, the new, and the most brilliant ideas.<p>There are thousands of books on creativity and innovation out there. Many are great, some are exceptional, but few stand (or will stand) the test of time. As an author and researcher on innovation myself, I keep a short list of books to recommend to …

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Using 20 Minutes A Day In This Way Can Hugely Improve Your Creativity And Mental Clarity

These days, you feel like a robot.<p><i>You drag your feet into work and you have to deal with your boss. You’re hustling this year yet again to try and</i> …

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The 3 myths about creativity in business

A business whose only ambition is to continue doing tomorrow what they did yesterday, will wither as both its competitors and customers change around it. The central role of creativity in business survival was recognised in an IBM survey of more than 1,500 chief executive officers from 60 …

Can you learn to be creative?

Is creativity magical? Not according to those now teaching it as a skill, discovers Colin Barras. Are there really secrets to unlocking your imagination?<p>Is it possible to be learn what it takes to be creative? If you look at great artists, musicians or entrepreneurs, it can seem that creativity is …

How The School Makes Us Unlearn Creativity And What We Can Do About It

Not being able to stay productive at work is a problem that everyone runs into at some point; no matter how much you like your job, there are certain …

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You're Awesome! How Sarcasm Enhances Creativity

Comedian Bill Murray's classic line, "You're awesome!" was sarcasm at its best. While sarcasm can be sharp, hurtful, and insulting, it also has an …

This Exercise Will Help You Generate More Ideas (and Reveal What You're Getting Wrong About Creativity)

Creativity is really just a fancy form of remixing.<p>If you're like most people, you think that creativity is a mysterious, even magical, process by which new concepts and ideas are summoned out of the ether--ready to change the world. Partly, this is because of the somewhat random nature of …

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