Creativity tips, exercises, and the occasional reminder that you're a freakin' creative genius. Own it! Jan Sokoloff Harness, author of "Look Up: Your Unexpected Guide to Good"
Friday, August 29, 2008
Friday Fun: Move Over, Mario
We'll be back to instigate more creativity on Tuesday -- here's to a long weekend!
P.S. Happy 15th Birthday to Mary, my baby chick!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Creativity Tips: Don't Be a Beak Performer
There’s one sure way to deliver peak performance: Just say “no” to beak performance.
Beak performance is a common and insidious ailment that kids on a farm understand and CEOs don’t. Here’s how it works. If you draw a line in the dirt, and you put a chicken’s beak to the line, the chicken will faithfully walk that line. Day in. Day out. He won’t lift his beak, he won’t look around, he won’t move off the line.
In business terms, the chicken accepts, “We’ve always done it that way.” In personal terms, the chicken believes, “There’s nothing I can do about that.” The longer you’re on a job, or with a person, the more likely you are to display the dreaded beak performance signs.
But here’s the good news: You’re not a chicken. So lift your head up and take a good look around. You’ll be amazed at what you see.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Site Seeing: Funny Politics
Not me. But, before we tire of politics all together, take a look at a Kansas candidate who's putting the fun back in fundraising.
Thanks to Steve for the link!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Creativity Tips: Walk the Talk
Why? Because actions speak louder than words. Mary knows we're proud of her creative abilities, because she can see our pride -- and her penguin -- every day.
So, consider this question from your Jewish mother: When you receive a creative gift from a colleague or a kid, what do your actions say?
Monday, August 25, 2008
Creativity Tips: Letting Go
I like Kate's style.
On Saturday, Kate moved out of the house and into her dorm at K-State. She starts classes today. So, my baby is on her own. And that brings us to the creativity tip for the day: Life is letting go. Make sure the people you love know you love them. Today.
(How does that apply to creativity? Look at the picture. There's nothing more creatively instigating than love.)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Friday Fun: Happy Neurons
I tried Split Words on a "difficult" level. I won't mention my score. You'll do better.
P.S. This is what it has come to. I will reveal my age. I won't reveal my game scores.
P.P. S. Thanks to Mo for the link. I think.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Creativity Tips: Work with the Best
I know this, because I made it. I can tell you where every flaw is -- from the dribbled glaze on the side you can't see, to the uneven width of the walls.
But you know what? Leslie Adams took this photo -- and she made my pot look beautiful.
And that brings us to the tip for the day: Work with the best, and you'll look better.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Creativity Exercise: Find Your Mantra in a Magazine
You're right. I didn't find Breathe in. Breathe out. in a magazine. But the other lines were there -- just waiting for me, thanks to the brilliance of copywriters I'll never know.
For today's exercise, flip through a magazine and find copy that means something special to you. It could be a headline, or a pullout quote. Or, it could be a photo. Doesn't matter -- there's no chance of being wrong. Cut it out and post it. Give yourself a smiley face!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Creativity Tips: Sweat the Details
Monday, August 18, 2008
Creativity Tips: Ask for Help
Here's what you need to remember:
- Never be afraid to ask for help.
- Ask people you trust, whether they're "authorities" or not. That's why you have a creative team.
- Don't wait until it's an emergency and the creative sirens are blaring!
P.S. For those of you joining this series in progress -- we're discussing the meaning behind the creativity cards I handed out in the first of many Creative Instigation presentations.
P.P.S. Thanks to popular demand (stop laughing, I'm serious, I don't make this stuff up), I have a waiting list for our next presentation. Let me know if you want me to add your name!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Friday Fun: What's another word for ...
How'd I think of it? I didn't. I plugged in exhausted at synonym.com.
For the Creative Instigation team members looking for the weekly game or goofy video: Remember. I'm a writer. This is my idea of fun.
And for those of you looking for the meanings behind the creativity cards, that series runs Monday - Thursday. We take our Friday Fun very seriously at this blog.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Creativity Tips: The Queen of Hearts
Know what this creativity card means? Check it out.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Creativity Tips: Now You See It ...
Do you know what this one is? To me, it's completely obvious. It's the antique inkwell I got when I was at MU. (And that would make it an antique now, even if it weren't then.)
What? You didn't see an inkwell? Are you kidding?
Hmmm. Interesting. It seems that I see the inkwell, because I know it's there. Most people didn't know what it was, or they guessed -- a crystal or a doorknob.
Everything you see is filtered by everything you know. So, take a minute and look for an outside opinion. Don't assume that everyone else knows what you know, or sees what you see.
*A big THANK YOU to Leslie Adams, who sees the shots I never see. Leslie took all the photos and designed the cards.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Creativity Tips: Let Someone Else Lead
Panic set in. I spent almost a dozen years being the interviewer. Being on the other side of the desk felt very, very wrong.
Fortunately, once I got past the whole "I am not in charge" crisis, it was great. Jay is a true talent, and the show was flat-out fun.
This week, give it a try. Let someone else lead.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Creativity Tips: Take Care of Yourself
Are you taking care of yourself? Eating right? Exercising? Getting plenty of sleep? Giving yourself time off now and then, to simply be?
It's easier to be a creative genius when you feel great. And, if you need another reason, you'll have more to give to others, when you are healthy, whole and happy.
OK. Mom is done. Now, go eat nuts. According to The Culprit and the Cure, people who eat nuts five times a week live an extra 2.5 years.
P.S. to Eva, my nuts-allergic sister: Don't eat the nuts. And I apologize for slipping that peanut butter into your bologna sandwich. Hey, I was 5. Let it go. :-)
Friday, August 8, 2008
Friday Fun: Born to be Wild
Thanks to Tom for sending this to me -- and to Barbara in California, for sending it to him!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Excuses ... I've got excuses ...
Or, if you want the truth, I wrote an entry to appear at 4:22 a.m., but I forgot to "publish" it in Blogger. So, at 4:22 a.m., nothing posted.
And yet, the world went on ...
Cory: I love your words on yesterday's post!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Creative Inspiration: Mud-luscious
What a delectable word. "mud-luscious."
How would you describe summer?
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Creativity Tips: Keep It Real
So you'll understand why I laughed at her response, when I mentioned that Mike Brown and I will be doing a PRSA presentation on creativity next week:
"People have to pay to listen to you?"
Yep. And worth every penny, Mom. If you're in KC and haven't registered yet, sign up today!
P.S. Always good to have someone on your creativity team who will keep that ego in check.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Creativity Exercise: The Last Time ...
Take out a clean sheet of paper. Write "The last time I saw you" at the top.
Now, finish the sentence. Then, write five more sentences. You can make this a poem for a parent, a note to an old friend, a prayer for your first love. Whatever you want.
When you're done, burn it. Or mail it. You're creative -- you'll know which way to go!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Friday Fun with Fonts
Thanks to Barb and Melissa for the link!