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
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
Initiative is one of the scarcest resources in the business world today. The resources needed to achieve a vision are most likely cheap and easy to acquire, but the initiative to actually start something is what so many struggle with. Continue reading The Scarcity of Initiative
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
To live is to make mistakes. Running scared from any situation that could lead to a mistake is to run scared from life. As the writer William George Jordan once wrote “An oyster never makes a mistake—it has not the mind that would permit it to forsake an instinct.”
Here is how mistakes can help grow creativity. Continue reading It’s Okay to Make Mistakes
Highly-motivated professionals will climb the corporate ladder by being connected via email and text 24/7. But overloading the brain with so much stimuli can prohibit original thoughts.
Creativity requires thinking, and thinking requires silence. Continue reading Don’t Overload Your Mind
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
The time we spend commuting from work can be used to reflect on who we want to be. When done for just 10 minutes during the morning commute, it will give us a north start to follow during the day, and can lead to creative breakthroughs. Continue reading Using Wasted Time
A balance of work and relaxation is important, but giving out attention to whichever one we are currently doing is even more so. In the months following my college graduation, I began to notice a difference between actively and passively working and relaxing. I then realized that the best way to do both is to follow the example of the Roosevelts (Teddy and FDR) and the hobbits. Continue reading Work Like a Roosevelt; Relax Like a Hobbit
It would cost a few dollars and many hours to pour through all the motivational self-help books Amazon has to offer. But often, the greatest pieces of wisdom and advice come from fairy tales. Disney’s latest feature, Frozen 2, sums up the best teachings from all of these motivational books, in one Disney princess song. Continue reading Do The Next Right Think