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Learning to Think Creatively

Are there only a few among us who are actually creative? Only a minuscule number of us who can think and act creatively? Or are we all--each and every one of us--wonderfully, marvelously, incredibly gifted people who have the innate drive, curiosity and ability to design, develop and deliver acts of remarkable creativity? Is creativity somehow doled out sparingly and haphazardly to random lucky ones? Does it apply to just a handful of painters, sculptors and musicians? Or can creativity emerge in all of us in all kinds of conditions, careers, and callings?

In this Zoom presentation to a group of EMBA candidates, I'm excited to discuss how we can use our own creativity to make us better leaders and managers, to more effectively solve problems, to more rapidly take advantage of opportunities, and even to lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

Tiger Woods commercial, Square peg in a round hole, To tap your creative talents, I'll refer to a few items and consider what each has to do with creativity: --Rules on Coloring. This flip chart hung from the ceiling of a kindergarten class. What affect do you think it has on the children in the class? --Tiger Woods video. This commercial for Nike launched Nike's golf equipment business. What strikes you as interesting or surprising? --Scene from Apollo 13. This clip from the movie duplicates what actually happened. How do constraints help or hinder the creative process? As a bonus for watching this session, you even get a guide to becoming more creative personally and professionally. I can imagine your astonishment at this remarkable offer: "What? What's that you say? We get a practical guide to enhancing our creativity just by watching? That's incredible! That's amazing!" Yes, it's true. All this and more for bringing a sense of humor and an open mind to this Zoom talk on Learning to Think Creatively. What a deal! And one additional thought: "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones that you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Here's the edited Zoom version:

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