Free Flow

Idea generation is the key to innovating and creating.  Everything starts and ends with the strength or weakness of an idea.  If an idea is new, fresh, and exciting that particular group will have planted seeds for a culture of innovation.  The more seeds that are planted, the more chance of coming up with the…

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Tap Into The 7 Secrets Of Silicon Valley’s Innovation Culture

Silicon Valley isn’t just a spot on a map. It’s a brand—a global symbol of enduring innovation. Mark Zuckerberg moved Facebook from his Harvard dorm room to Silicon Valley. Steve Jobs grew up there. The stereotypical image of the entrepreneurial garage comes from the real one in Palo Alto that housed HP. But what, exactly,…

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STARTING FIRES

Starting fires (negativity) in the workplace is an easy formula. Make an assumption about someone at your office (spark). Create a beginning, middle and end to your story to support your assumption (flame). Operate in a negative manufactured reality (fire).

Mr. Barzo

Imagine you’re at an elementary school and you have 3 teacher’s to choose from that includes teacher “X”, teacher “Y” and Mr. Barzo. Teacher “X” and teacher “Y” operate out of their head/box and are very linear, structured and serious. They follow their lesson plans, keep the class quiet and orderly, work off a Smartboard…

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Playing It Safe Is The Problem

John Chen is the CEO of Blackberry and made the following statement: “Customers and the market will only respond if you’re innovating again”. Innovation is what make companies money! Think about some of our most creative companies and look at their stock prices: Google- $598.26/ share Apple-$101.73/ share Amazon-$328.21/ share Tesla- $252.14/ share It’s easy…

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Play Fast

When you embrace failure you give yourself a chance to do great things, and this way of thinking applies in all aspects of one’s life: social, personal and professional. “You have to give yourself a chance to fail.” That’s what Kenny “The Jet” Smith said during an NCAA college basketball tournament, about a star player…

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6 Ways to Unleash Creativity in the Workplace

Some of you may think that creativity is an inborn trait rather than something that can be learned and developed. This may be so, but without a conducive environment for creativity to be expressed, how can we expect to see ideas arising from creative employees? This is precisely what this article is about, to show…

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Steve Jobs Took a Risk & See What Happened

I had just finished presenting my one hour keynote presentation “SMASH THE BOX” where I was talking to the event planner when a gentleman from the corner of my eye caught my attention. The gentleman was about six tables away and slowly approaching the two of us talking. He was a man with a big…

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Stifling Creativity- Embrace the Mess

What walls do you or your organization put up to stifle your ability to be creative? One wall I want to discuss is our endless pursuit of perfectionism. Perfectionism crushes creativity! To be creative one must allow themselves to experiment and explore and in the process be imperfect. Experimentation and exploration are the bedrock to…

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