Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

Every single employee out there right now is motivated by something. But what that motivating factor is plays a big role in how creatively those employees with think and how invested in their work they are.

We can break these motivating factors up into two groups: extrinsic and intrinsic. The former is what is most common in corporate America, but is is the latter that best fosters creative thinking. Continue reading Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

5 Ways to Think Creatively in the Office

5 Ways to Think Creatively in the Office

Creative thinking is a lot like running: if you want to hit your mile time, you need to put in the effort through training. Training in the gym allows a runner to bring those skills to the track. Similarly, training your creative mind outside of work will help you bring new ideas to your team.

I’ve read a lot of blog articles and books about this, and there are a ton of things that can help with creative thinking! Almost so much, in fact, that it can be overwhelming.

Here are the 5 things that have worked for me, and that will certainly allow you to bring creative thinking to your team and see the results. Continue reading 5 Ways to Think Creatively in the Office

The Virtue of Action

The Virtue of Action

So many people — myself included — will hesitate in doing something because we believe we aren’t good enough. No where else is this more true than creative thinking; it’s easy to tell ourselves that we aren’t creatives.

Yet those who we consider exceptionally creative in business and art — such as Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and Ernest Hemingway — all had their flaws and were far from perfect.

The one thing that these creatives had that made up for their shortcomings was a love of action. Continue reading The Virtue of Action

Learning Through Doing

Learning Through Doing

More often than not, the best way to learn something is by actually doing it. Jumping in head-first is a scary thing, but it’s one of the best teachers we can have. I learned to ski on advance trails, and although it was scary, I learned fast. As 2020 begins, I will be jumping into a new project and learning how to do it as I go along. Continue reading Learning Through Doing