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How To Kill Creativity, The Microsoft Way

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Satya Nadelli, the new CEO of Microsoft, says he wants to foster a culture of innovation. He’d best first get rid of its roadblocks.

The new CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, says he has two priorities: inciting innovation and making work at Microsoft meaningful. Neither of these is simple. But the clear first step he can take is to stop all of those things that kill people’s creativity. According to psychologists Teresa Amabile and Beth Hennessey, these are:

Working for an expected reward. This doesn’t mean not paying people. But attaching bonuses to tasks and targets doesn’t make them more inspiring. It makes them dreary. [Read more…]

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Bruce Lee’s Best Productivity Tricks

Bruce Lee's Best Productivity Tricks

Bruce Lee is one of history’s most productive people, which is pretty amazing considering he died at 32 years old. He was not only an action film star and martial artist, but also an instructor, screenwriter, director, and philosopher. Here’s just a small bit of what we can learn from him.  [Read more…]

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Why Most People Never Find Their Purpose

Passion

If you’re feeling unfulfilled in your working life at all, firstly you are not alone (as this survey revealed) and secondly you should definitely read this article. If you believe we live in a screwed up society, then definitely read this article. If you don’t think we live in a screwed up society, then definitely read this article. Are you getting the impression I want you to read this article? It talks about how most of us live and work to fulfil expectations of others – of society, family, friends etc and we’re reared by an outdated education system designed for the Industrial Age as Sir Ken Robinson points out in this video. Here’s why most people never find their purpose from Inc.com. [Read more…]

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7 Reasons To Quit Your Job And Follow Your Dream

Quit your JobEvery now and again I stumble across an article which I just love and know others will too. Here are 7 reasons to quit your job and follow your dream which I suspect you’ll struggle to argue with. I recently read about a poll that was done in the US and it revealed that two thirds of the US were dissatisfied at work. Given that we typically work 5 days a week for 48 weeks a year (more in the US) that’s one huge chunk out of your life being dissatisfied isn’t it? As creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson points out, we’re all born creative, it’s just the most of us have been educated out of our creativity. [Read more…]

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Ways To Focus On Yourself

Ways To Focus On YouNow this is an interesting one. It’s hard enough focusing on work or study or relationships or health or anything else for that matter, let alone on the most important person, you! These ways to focus on yourself are an enlightening read as it’s all too easy to lose sight of who you are in today’s society, where we are under pressure to please others – often our parents without even consciously knowing it. We are brought up observing the values and beliefs of our friends and family – or parents, more specifically. [Read more…]

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5 Ways To Focus On Your Creativity

How To Be Creative

Was Einstein a genius?

Every now and again I stumble across an article which is just pure brilliance. I’m fascinated by the subject of creativity as it’s one where a lot of people are led to believe that they either are, or are not creative. This could not be further from the truth. These 5 ways to focus on your creativity are from Psychology Today and I highly recommend a read. Why? The subject of genius is explained here – and the idea that each of us has our own genius is enlightening to say the least. As creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson points out, we are all born creative, it’s just that most of us are educated out of our creativity.. [Read more…]

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Shower Power

Aha moments in the showerCan you relate to the shower power moments when you have aha moments or big ideas? Many successful people talk about how they have their big ideas when they’re completely separate from their working environment – and sometimes day dreaming. Richard Branson has a hammock on which he is most creative and he dreams up many of his ideas. When we are working on a certain problem and getting frustrated, we know that we can go away from it, maybe do some exercise and we often solve it. What is it about the shower though? Check out this article on Psychology Today by Nancy K Napier, Ph.d.

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Living Your Passion

Living Your PassionAre you living your passion? Dan Sullivan, a highly successful entrepreneur in the US, said one of the main reasons that people struggle with focus, is that they’re not entirely sold on whatever they’re doing. They may think that they are on a conscious level, but they may not be on a subconscious level. People can also get emotionally attached to a project without completely selling themselves on the idea. I can totally relate to this with past projects I have been involved which did not go according to plan. I don’t regard them as a “failure” though as each time I have got feedback and learned from it.

There is a flip side though… [Read more…]

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ADHD Drugs Don’t Work?

ADHD Drugs Don't WorkADHD drugs don’t work? Controversial title, right? The topic of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has received a lot of debate in recent years. The treatment is with drugs. Those who are for the treatment call it a breakthrough whilst many argue it is unnecessarily medicated. I’m no psychologist or medical professional, but I’m fairly sure at school, I’d have been diagnosed with ADHD. Teachers always reported I had the concentration span of a goldfish, that I disrupted the class and one teacher reported that I was so laid back about work I was almost horizontal. Whilst I found that hilarious, you can guess who didn’t.

You may remember my post on creativity last week with creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson’s account of Gillian Lynn. [Read more…]

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How To Have Ideas

How To Have Ideas

You may have noticed that this week has been Creativity Week as far as this blog is concerned. To conclude this week’s focus I thought it would be useful to present some ideas about…how to have ideas. Creativity doesn’t necessarily have to be the creation of something brand new. It may be that you discover a way of improving something that already exists – accountants (who may not consider themselves creative) can be creative in their own way, for example by streamlining spreadsheets or processes.

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