Increased innovation, the engine that keeps companies alive, is often touted as a benefit of diversity and inclusion. Yet many companies still struggle to make the changes needed to achieve diversity and inclusion. In a 2017 Ted Talk, Rocio Lorenzo, a telecommunications and media advisor, shares the results of research she conducted with the […]

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In a candid conversation, a client shared his concern that he and others don’t ask the right questions when getting updates from direct reports. He said, “We ask yes/no questions that don’t encourage introspection. Questions like, ‘Is the project done?’ Or, ‘Do you have what you need?’” Instead, he suggested, and I agree, that we […]

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Fear Of The Unknown Is Choking Out Your Creativity For most of us, uncertainty is frightening. We try to control as much as we can. We want to know what’s ahead, and what the results of our actions will be. This felt need can stifle our desire to explore and discover new things – in […]

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Keep Fear From Killing Your Creativity Author Joseph Chilton Pearce said, “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” By it’s very nature, creativity is about taking risks. Exploring the unknown can be frightening. Sticking with the status quo may be comfortable, but it can breed stagnation, boredom and frustration. […]

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Innovate By Creating Constraints At the heart of innovation lies the necessity for fresh insight and new ideas. Imposing artificial constraints on your business model is one unusual way to spark creativity. McKinsey & Company suggests injecting stark-necessity into idea generation sessions. Start by asking participants to imagine a world where they must function with severe […]

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