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6 Habits Of Resilient People

What makes some people persevere through trying circumstances while others begin flailing at the first sign of crisis? Understanding the key qualities of resilient people is the first step to cultivating that bounce-back quality in yourself.<p>On April Fool’s Day 2011, I was unexpectedly diagnosed …

Don’t Abandon Innovation — Simplify It

My fellow HBR blogger Bill Taylor recently made a pitch for all of us to stop using the word “innovation” in 2014. Despite his plea, I suspect this word isn’t going anywhere. It’s too important as a driver of growth and renewal. What can be done, in the spirit of Bill’s admonishment, is to stop …

Never, ever give up | Diana Nyad

How Marketing Will Change In 2014: The Creative Forecast

By Rae Ann Feralong Read<p>The very definition of marketing has been morphing for years now, altered by a series of game-changing forces. First, the …

Innovation

Want To Change Your Habits? You’re Going To Have To Fight Your Brain

Art Markman, PhD, tells us why brainpower is so expensive and how if we want to change behaviors, we need to convince our brains to spend.<p>Here is a startling fact: Your brain is designed to spend as little time thinking as possible. That seems like a strange thing to say. After all, any …

5 Business Plan Myths You Shouldn't Fall For

For well over one hundred years, companies big and small have been writing business plans. Business plans are used to document an organization’s strategy and goals. They are also used in many cases to present to investors and lenders for funding.<p>However, over the years, many business plan myths …

Why Creativity Is Being Threatened By The Agency World [Infographic]

iStock surveyed more than 400 young professionals about the state of creative thinking in their fields.<p>iStock by Getty Images commissioned KRC …

Eight Myths About Creativity and Innovation

Myth: Some Folks Have a Creative Gene, and Some Folks Don't<p>Reality: Creativity isn't a gift bestowed upon the fortunate few. Everyone is capable of …

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 …

The Future of Marketing

It might not be what you think…<p>First, what is Marketing?<p>The term ‘marketing’ is often thrown around loosely by organisational stakeholders and the …

Bureaucracy is a Bogeyman

We frequently accuse large and complex companies of being bureaucratic, but what about them do we really want to see change?<p>The dictionary says bureaucracy is a means of coordinating activities through standardized rules and procedures. It was originally seen as a good thing – a way of allowing …

How To Create A Culture Of Giving Back At Any Company

The video–filmed at the 2013 Social Innovation Summit at the UN by PWC–features prominent social entrepreneurs from around the world discussing the …

Corporate Culture

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A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses

José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked …

Creating Cool Product Names for a New Product Idea - 8 Creative Thinking Questions

Responsible for creating cool product names for a new product idea?<p>A Brainzooming blog email subscriber asked me last week if The Brainzooming Group …

Product Management

In Oman, innovation meets tradition

From glittering mosques and towering mountains to frankincense and beekeeping, the Arab nation is embracing tourism while staying true to its 6,000-year-old history.

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David And Tom Kelley: How To Gain Creative Confidence At Work

IDEO is a premiere innovation and design firm managed by both David and Tom Kelley. They are the authors of the new book, <i>Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All</i> (Crown Business, 2013), which will help all professionals unearth their creative side.<p>David is the founder of …

Build a Career Worth Having

We live in a time of chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace. Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace study found that as many as 70% of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs, 18% to such an extent that they are <i>actively undermining</i> their co-workers. This is a marked increase in …

8 Unconventional Tactics To Achieve Creativity At Work

But those aren't all easy to do at the office.<p>The list includes getting drunk, taking naps and showers, and other stuff that could lead to a visit from the HR Hitman.<p>What are some research-backed creative thinking exercises that address the challenges of the modern workplace?<p>Here are 8. They're …

Creativity

Yves Béhar And Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman On Why Air Travel Needs A Redesign

When asked recently what they would want reinvented outside of Jawbone, the two argued that airlines need to start rethinking the frustrating flight experience.<p>Apple’s Jony Ive recently said that if he wasn’t designing iPhones and iPads, he’d be spending his time rethinking–of all things–cups. For …

The Most Important Negotiation in Your Life

Life is a series of negotiations.<p>You negotiate all day, every day, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep.<p>Contract terms and conditions. Hiring, managing performance, and firing. Defining deadlines, scope, and deliverables. Collecting fees. Seeking alignment about business strategy. …

Leading Like Jeff Bezos: Words Are More Important Than Numbers

Here’s an interesting note on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ recent purchase of the <i>Washington Post</i>. In Bezos’ version of the corporate world, words are as important as numbers.<p>We agree. In fact, in our company of 100 employees, we maintain that words mean even more.<p>In a November 2012 interview with Charlie …