A consulting colleague recently described some research she did with a client: she helped key executives sort and analyze 3 months of calendar and email transactions. In most cases, executives maintained very insular networks--that is, they spent most of their time with and communicating with a very, very small set of people. Is this good? [...]
My dear friend, Janet, was reassuring me the other day that we’re unlikely to get Alzheimer’s disease because we’re very social. We love our friends & family and strive to spend time with them. Multiple studies have found: Having close friends and staying in contact with family members offers a protective effect against the damaging [...]
TED Blog | 10 talks about the beauty — and difficulty — of being creative. Here is a lovely compilation that includes a couple of my favorites, including Elizabeth Gilbert and Steven Johnson.
Innovation can be an intimidating goal. We can't all be developing iPhones and new molecules that save lives. Does that mean we can't be innovative? I like to differentiate between capital-letter I innovation, 'Big-I' innovation and 'Small-i' innovation. Let’s start with Big-I innovation. This is the kind of product or service that we’d call a [...]
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 [...]