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The Progress Principle and Creativity

I've been a BIG fan of Teresa Amabile for years.  Dr. Amabile is currently the Director of Research at Harvard University and has written extensively about creativity--what helps it and what hinders it. She's just published a jewel of a book called The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement and Creativity at [...]

The Progress Principle and Creativity2017-04-17T12:20:52-07:00

How to Generate Energy for Change

A few years ago I had the opportunity to work with a large unit in a state-wide government agency that was feeling completely downtrodden. They had been confronted with numerous challenges including the adoption of new technology that had resulted in scandalous cost overruns and negative attention in the press.  Through it all, the individual [...]

How to Generate Energy for Change2017-04-17T12:20:52-07:00

The Art of the Slow Hunch

One of the myths of the creative process is the Eureka Moment.  The lone genius, working away in the lab, is gifted with a sudden insight. Eureka!  I have found it! Steven Johnson, in Where Good Ideas Come From, The Natural History of Innovation, examined innovations throughout history to discern patterns.  Previously, Mr. Johnson has written [...]

The Art of the Slow Hunch2017-04-17T12:20:53-07:00