I once met an artist in Slovenia who told me about an image he created of the Virgin Mary -- it was a 'yes' written in neon on a door. I found this to be an astonishing idea; who would think such a thing?
I was recently contacted by the father of a teenager asking for advice: "I have a 15-year-old daughter who is very good at art. I wanted to understand what I can do to help her grow and develop her creativity.
In his classic essay on "The Discipline of Innovation" (HBR 2002) Peter Drucker wrote: Changing a manager's perception of a glass from half full to half empty opens up big innovation opportunities. A in
One of the skills I've had to develop over the years is the ability to influence people to embrace and accept dramatically new and unfamiliar ideas. In my first career as a designer, I've learned it is
"Most companies don't really know what creativity is, so they can't benefit from it," says Jon Kolko, founder of Austin Center for Design, "and when they try to inject creativity into new methodologies
Universal lessons from writers on creativity, inspiration, and the creative process. What inspires you? That is the question Joe Fassler asked 48 of the most celebrated authors in the world--including
When I watched a PBS documentary about the Medici's role as the godfathers of the Renaissance, it occurred to me that wherever there is power, there is art, and wherever ever there is art, there is power.
Luxury retailers like Louis Vuitton are blurring the lines between art and commerce, and for good reason
Art isn't just for decoration. It can also be used as a strategic marketing and branding tool that evokes desire from consumers. As globalization and digital culture redefine luxury and exclusivity, savvy
Successful artists, leaders and innovators have one thing in common: The ability to frame and re-frame issues that influence the way people perceive a situation and thus influence behavior. Framing is
“Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I’ve estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my bureau — 50 people sitting
A great way to get unstuck and find breakthrough ideas is to Identify the orthodoxies and assumptions that rule your business. Assumptions are beliefs we take for granted and accept as true. Most of our
In my previous article I introduced Otto Scharmer's Theory U and how it can help both individuals and groups develop the ability to sense and shape the future. Now I'd like to take you on a journey through
Have you ever wondered why we are stuck in so many quagmires as we attempt to make major change in business, organizations and even society itself? We might find an explanation from Einstein through his
As an artist/designer and coach, I'm interested in exploring the essence of people, places and things. When it comes to business, it's been said that the basic unit of business is relationships and that
Recently, NASA and Lego collaborated on a project to educate children on outer space. Together on the Lego site, they use Lego bricks to explain the galaxy and space exploration. As a way to get children
Teresa Amabile, a social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor, has been conducting studies about creativity in the workplace for years in her quest to open up the "black box" of creativity.
Richard Thaler won the 2017 Nobel Economics Prize for integrating psychology with economics. He has played a crucial role in the development of behavioral economics over the past 40 years, which has had
When I bought my first computer years ago, I hired a tutor to teach me how to use it, but before she had finished giving me instructions my fingers were all over the keyboard pushing buttons. "What do
Moura Quayle has had an amazing career as a landscape architect, urban-systems designer, a strategic-design scholar, senior leader in government, university dean, and co-founder of UBC Sauder School of
I was hosting a dinner the other night for neighbors, and the subject of boredom came up during our conversation. One of my guests, an engineer and an entrepreneur, mentioned he has trouble sleeping because
I find it odd that in the current corporate quest to codify creativity and design thinking, not much is said about the unconscious or the imagination, yet these are integral to any creative process, be
I have written about why your HR department should embrace design thinking in a previous column and now a study on "Designing and Refining Talent Acquisition" reinforces the important role Design Thinking
Before I ever design learning experiences for clients I conduct discovery interviews to gain a better understanding of their innovation or leadership challenges. During these interviews I ask questions
Simply put, it takes imagination to be creative, and it takes creativity to innovate. Here are some easy and fun ways to activate your imagination. Start experimenting today! 1. Take time to be idle and
One day, back in 2000, I was chatting with Ken Wiesner, about creativity, leadership and change in organizations. At the time, Ken was Chief Operating Officer for the District of Pitt Meadows, a suburb
Everybody loves a star performer. Whether it's LeBron James, Jack Welch, or Yo-Yo Ma, individual achievement is always held in the highest regard. So it's not surprising that managers seek to stock their