Terry Bortz

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Five Steps To Business Creativity

Just about everybody agrees that in the modern competitive world of business creativity is essential to success. Yet so many leaders of organizations hinder original thinking by not giving their teams the room they need to be truly creative. Indeed, a new book from management consultancy the Boston …

How To Create A Culture Of Change

Tony Hsieh, the phenomenally successful CEO of Zappos likes to say that, “your brand is your culture” and believes so strongly in preserving his that he offers new recruits $1000 to quit. Anybody who doesn’t fit in will happily take the money and run.<p>While few managers are as steadfast in their …

Inside Pixar: Management lessons from the animation powerhouse

THIS week, Pixar finally broke its silence, offering a glimpse of its next film. Inside Out won’t be released until next summer, but already the …

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Pixar's Secret Management Trick

Pixar is one of the great business successes of our age.<p>The animated movie studio, which was run for many years by the late Steve Jobs, has racked up an astounding 27 Oscars in less than twenty years, and has produced such smash successes as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, and …

3 Ways Micromanagers Can Destroy A Company

As a result, they get involved in too many of the details of the business. This hurts the business in the long run, if not the short run, too. It is nearly impossible to do the jobs of subordinates properly in addition to your own.<p>Why? Managers don't have the time to do multiple jobs. More …

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Pixar’s formula for creativity

Deep within Pixar’s headquarters in Emery­ville, a short drive from San Francisco, two animators are working in what looks like the wreckage of a …

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Keys To Leadership Success? Candor And Trust

Right now I am reading one of the most amazing business books I have ever read and it isn’t even a book about business. The book is called …

Animation

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …