Monday, May 31, 2010

The Creative Edge Workshop

Last weekend I facilitated the first creativity workshop that I had done from home.

11 people - great food, great fun, great company - and great creativity.
May there be many more!

And my book The Creative Edge Workshop still selling well.

Can creativity be taught?

"Can people learn or be taught to be more creative? Creativity is valued in many areas of human activity, including scientific discovery, technological invention, artistic imagination, and social innovation. I know of no studies that show that creativity is teachable, but history provides some interesting suggestions about the habits of highly creative scientists." says Paul Thagard Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo.
More from him in this Psychology Today article.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Revolution in Education Needed

Sir Ken Robinson at TED 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Creative Leadership

In a book by the same name - Creative Leadership: Skills that drive change - the authors [Gerard Puccio, Mary Murdock and Marie Mance] summarise the 5 tenets on which the book is based. They support the recent IBM Report about creativity being a core competency for leaders.
  1. Creativity is a process that leads to change. You don't get deliberate change without it.
  2. Leaders help the individuals and organisations they influence to grow by deliberately facilitating productive change.
  3. Because leaders bring about change, creativity is a core leadership competency.
  4. An individuals ability to think creatively and to facilitate creative thinking in others can be enhanced.
  5. As individuals develop their creative thinking and master those factors that promote creativity, they positively impact their leadership effectiveness.

Makes sense to me. How about you?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sir Ken Robinson

Great site - lots of creativity links.
Check it out.

The Blue School

Get curious.

Charting Creativity

As the study of creativity has expanded to include brain neurology, however, some scientists question whether the standard definition and the tests for it still make sense.

Creativity link with mental health

New research shows a possible explanation for the link between mental health and creativity.

Creativity: The most important leadership quality for CEO's?

For CEOs, creativity is now the most important leadership quality for success in business, outweighing even integrity and global thinking, according to a new study by IBM. The study is the largest known sample of one-on-one CEO interviews, with over 1,500 corporate heads and public sector leaders across 60 nations and 33 industries polled on what drives them in managing their companies in today's world.
More here: