A Quote by DAVID BAIRD on creativity and life

One cannot live a creative life without first letting go of the fear of being wrong.



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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation, business, and creativity

Take it a step further and look to non-business analogies and metaphors. If redesigning a product, ask what the product is really like. If redesigning a computer chip, look to racing circuits, rivers, or anything with a flow. A gas pipeline company developed a new technology for finding and sealing pipeline cracks by mirroring the clotting agents in the human body.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Analogy Driven Innovation:

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A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on creativity and happiness

Man is happiest when he is creating. In fact, the highest state of which man is capable lies in the creative act.

Leo F. Buscaglia

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A Quote by Hugh Macleod on creativity and life

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.

Hugh Macleod

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on creativity, ideas, and expertise

I have found that there are two factors that inhibit our ability to think creatively as adults: 1) knowledge/expertise, and 2) the need to look good.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Do We Get Less Creative As We Age?:

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on innovation and creativity

It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institutions and merely lukewarm defenders of those who would gain by the new ones.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: 1513

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A Quote by Peter Cajander on mind, beliefs, thoughts, imagination, creativity, and life

Our beliefs and thoughts are killing us, whereas imagination and creativity liberate us.

Peter Cajander

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on leadership, management, business, and creativity

Can you imagine how many hot dogs you would have to sell to make a $50K?

This highlights one of the mistakes that organizations make when thinking about innovation.

Although top executives typically keep their eyes on the end game (usually some variation of short- and long-term stock price), as you move down through the organization this changes. The focus shifts to measuring and managing tasks and products (such as selling hot dogs). The reality is, these are only a means to an end.

The solution? Stop micro-managing activities and make sure that every employee understands – and keeps their eyes on - business fundamentals and what matters most. This will enhance both creativity and overall business performance.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Innovation Lesson from The Apprentice:

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on tools, mindset, innovation, and creativity

Tools are great. But giving people tools, without first changing their mindset is useless.

People buy more weight loss books/diets (tools) than all other books, yet people are fatter than ever. Why? Most diets do not address the psychological reasons (mindset) for eating.

The same holds true for innovation.

Do not train your employees on creativity techniques or bring in innovation software until you have addressed your underlying cultural issues (the mindset).

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Innovation Mindset, Not Innovation Tools:

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on creativity, courage, certainty, and certainties

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

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