Month: September 2011

The Art of Creative Conversations

John Kao, in his book The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity, offers seven principles to follow to promote creativity and innovation through communication:  Creativity is a two-step. A leader’s first priority is to allow ideas to develop by keeping possibilities open – you have to suspend disbelief and avoid making judgments too soon. It might take the second, third, or even fiftieth idea before something clicks. Use positive-speak to inspire confidence. Nothing shuts down creativity faster than a negative Read more...


Diversity Key Tool in the Fight for the Creative Class

In a recent study conducted by Smart City Consulting in Memphis, Tennessee, Diversity emerged as a key theme, a principle that participants described as enhancing innovation and having a positive economic impact. The survey involved 1,000 college-educated people aged 25 to 34, and it found that two-thirds of respondents decided where they wanted to live first, then went to that city and found a job afterward. “Diversity is the linchpin to it all,” Mr. Jones was quoted “Diversity of ideas Read more...