Has Curating Replaced Creating?


Today’s post is from branding expert Krysta Masciale, co-founder of Big Deal Branding here in Los Angeles. We were talking recently and she brought up a great point – has the work of “creators” been usurped by “curators” who are organizing other people’s creative work?   While the role of a curator is important, is the growing popularity of curation changing how we look at creativity and its importance? Read her post and let me know what you think:

Why Brainstorming Rarely Works


Brainstorming is popular – way popular – especially in corporations and nonprofit organizations. But the truth is, research has shown over and over that people produce better quality ideas when they start by working alone. And yet, companies, nonprofits, and churches have enshrined “brainstorming” as the #1 go-to method for coming up with new ideas. Why?

Four Reasons Your Brainstorming Sessions Aren’t Successful


After the previous post about why brainstorming doesn’t work for many people, I received a number of comments from people who like to do it, but don’t get good results.  If you’re a brainstorming person, and the method works for you, here are four keys that might make it more productive.  By bringing multiple perspectives to the table, your team gains insight you might never have considered, plus you’re adding years of experience to solving the creative problem. But most brainstorming sessions don’t yield much – or fail completely. If that’s your problem, here’s four key reasons you’re not getting more from your creative team:

Stop Trying to Be Original and Start Being Yourself


I love creativity and think we should all be more creative. Some people think they simply aren’t creative, but the truth is, we’re all born with wonderful imaginations. Just put a group of toddlers in a room and you’ll see they’re all wildly creative. So everyone is born creative.  But something happens around elementary school that starts pushing that creativity to the back of the room.  But the more important question for today is, considering the millions of writers, artists, inventors, and filmmakers that have gone before us, can we actually be

Does Your Work Stand The Test of Time?


I was reading a piece by novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux in the Los Angeles Times recently, and he was asked about writing that stands up over the years. He said, “A lot of books that you read as a youth don’t stand up. “A Catcher in the Rye” didn’t stand up. “On the Road” didn’t stand up. Henry Miller doesn’t stand up. But at the time [when you’re 18], you’re thinking, “God, this is great!” Even “The Stranger,” Albert Camus, didn’t stand up. But … you reread

Innovator’s Brains are Different

Motherboard brain

More and more research seems to point to the fact that true innovator’s brains are actually different from other people’s brains.  The big difference is that original thinkers – iconoclasts – innovators – whatever you want to call them, see the world differently than everyone else.  Too many of us think “automatically” – in other words, we assume the way things should be, take a lot for granted, and don’t challenge our perceptions.  But innovators don’t make those assumptions, and generally see the world the way it is.  The secret of being an innovator is to

What’s the Next "Gideon Bible" Idea?


I think it’s time to revisit this post I did a couple of years ago when I was interviewed on Crosswalk.com about the presence of Bibles in hotel rooms. Since the Gideons started the idea in 1899, they have become a global organization impacting millions of people. As I say in the article, it was a brilliant back idea then to place copies of the Bible in millions of hotel rooms, but in today’s pluralistic society, everyone else is going to want equal time. I travel about 150,000 miles a year, and in most hotels I already find a Book of Mormon next to the Bible. Before long, I predict we’ll find a Koran, Tao, Torah, I Ching, Writings of Confucius, and more. Pretty soon, there won’t be room for a bed.  So the big question becomes –

Real Creativity Takes Courage


I’m thinking about writing a future book on the amount of courage it takes to make creativity happen. There’s been plenty written on creativity and innovation, but very little on the battles we often have to fight to be creative in the first place. Wherever you are or whatever you do, creative change is going to ruffle a few feathers. Perhaps more accurately, it’s going to drive some folks absolutely nuts. That’s why creative courage is in such short supply today. Advertising legend George Lois said,

Are You Creating or Consuming?


I fly a lot – way too much for normal people. As a result, I get to see the extremes of human behavior. I joke that I’m a magnet for crazy people on airplanes. Usually, if there’s a wacky passenger on board, they’ll set next to me. As a result I’ve seen every weird habit, OCD trait, and activity you can imagine. On my last flight I sat next to a guy who had to wipe down his knife and fork for 2 minutes before he could use them.  But the thing I see most often are

Is The Lack of Boredom Killing our Creativity?


I’m convinced that one of the big reasons I’m creative is because as a kid I was bored to death at church.  My dad was the pastor, so I had to sit with my mom and sister on the front row of the sanctuary every time the church doors opened. As a little kid, I was bored out of my mind, so I went through two stages:  The first was counting.  Looking around, I counted ceiling tiles, chairs on the stage, choir members – anything that could be counted.  The second stage was daydreaming.  I learned that in the most boring situations – church services, my sisters dance recitals, funerals – whatever, I could think up some amazing stuff.  The problem is that today, we don’t have