Scott Osman

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How To Tell If You’re Creative (Hint: You Might Be A Bit Of A Jerk)

A new personality test determines the markers of a creative mind.<p>Forget Myers-Briggs. A study out of BI Norwegian Business School has determined the signposts of a “creative” personality. Conducted by Professor Øyvind L. Martinsen, the study posed 200 questions to 481 people. The subjects fell into …

The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems

Lurking behind the question of jobs — whether there are enough of them, how hard we should work at them, and what kind the future will bring — is a major problem of job engagement. Too many people are tuned out, turned off, or ready to leave. But there’s one striking exception.<p>The happiest people I …

To Strengthen Your Confidence, Look to Your Past

Confidence. It is an attribute we seek to have and look for in others, especially those in positions of leadership. Yet, time and time again, we meet executives who lack a confident presence. (We also encounter those who are overly confident — to the point that they are blinded by it — but that is …

Does Money Really Affect Motivation? A Review of the Research

How much should people earn? Even if resources were unlimited, it would be difficult to stipulate your ideal salary. Intuitively, one would think that higher pay should produce better results, but scientific evidence indicates that the link between compensation, motivation and performance is much …

Driving Front Line Innovation in Health Care

Jennifer Stinson was a nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto who enjoyed brainstorming new ideas for improving care, especially for the kids with cancer she treats. But even as she gained status by getting her PhD and becoming a clinician scientist, she came up against …

People Are the New Channel

In the past, channels delivered messages to audiences. You either owned the pipe or paid to use someone else’s. You controlled the message all the way through that pipe.<p>In a digital and social age, pipes are less important. People are the channel. You don’t own or rent them. You can’t control them. …

Find Your Moment of Obligation

People who successfully tackle big social, environmental, and economic problems are driven by what I call a <i>moment of obligation</i> — a specific time in their life when they felt compelled to act. These moments become their North Star; they keep them going in a positive direction when everything seems …