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8 Ways to Maximize Your Creativity at Work



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Giving to others and orienting yourself to a larger purpose can result in more creativity and enhanced work performance. –Professor Jennifer Aaker
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Trusting employees with the freedom and resources to excel leads to more creativity and risk-taking in the workplace. –Professor Joel Peterson
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Laughter in the workplace can help organizations boost happiness, creativity, and productivity. –Eric Tsytsylin (MBA ’14)
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By fostering a greater sense of fairness in the workplace, companies can achieve “sustainable creativity.” –Peter Georgescu (MBA ‘63)
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A manager who takes time to feed his or her own creative side knows how to elicit the creativity of others. –Professor Baba Shiv
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Constructive disagreements at work can cut down on mistakes and be a source of creativity. –Lecturer David Bradford
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People who find a sense of meaning and joy in their daily jobs are up to 3x more creative than their colleagues. –Professor Behnam Tabrizi
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Visual thinking is the foundation for being creative and solving some of the most complex problems. –Lisa Kay Solomon
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A post on Medium: Somewhere & net-work


Erik wrote an amazing article about Somewhere and the future of work. His thoughts on the differences between the organisation of the 20th and 21st century are highly stimulating. Enjoy the read.

The Emerging Foundation For The Future Of Work

Benedict Evans has a great piece that confirms what many have been saying: smartphone adoption is an enormous game changer:

Benedict Evans, iPads and tablet growth

[…] the smartphone explosion is putting the internet into the hands of far more people than ever before, and it’s alway there. If you’re watching TV and want to know about an actor or a product, do you go upstairs and turn on your PC, walk across the room to pick up a tablet, or just pull a smartphone out of your pocket? The declining relative utility of the PC is reflected in a slowing replacement cycle (you don’t replace the one you have) - the tablet has yet to make the sale in the first place, outside the initial wave of adopters. 

Compounding this, the smartphone explosion is accompanied by an apps explosion. There are thousands of amazing apps on iPad (and very few on Android tablets, which is why the balance of use between the two is so skewed), but the smartphone opportunity is so much bigger that it attracts much more attention: there are more of these devices, some use cases make much more sense on them (such as Instagram) and some only make sense on them (such as Uber, Hailo or Lyft). So the smartphone experience now is very rich. 

The charts say it all. We are in a smartphone world, and it will change everything from top to bottom, and those impacts are only being hinted at, with the first changes showing up in the decline of the old ways: PC sales and desktop software sales, including use of web-based apps that are designed for browser use. We are starting to see the rise of the new ways, like the explosion of phone-friendly messaging apps, for personal and work use.

There is a revolution about to happen, a new era of computing based on increasingly powerful smartphones, ubiquitous connectivity, and context-driven apps that leverage the information latent in our actions and connections. 

Expect that 50% of existing enterprise software companies will not be able to make this transition, despite being well-capitalized and running on millions of computers. At least half of the winners in the next 10 years will be startups, many that don’t exist yet.

Context-driven cooperative work tools on smartphones is the emerging foundation for the future of work.


Poster: 6 Personal Hacks for the Future of Work
What’s most interesting to me about the future of technology? Reimagining every human behavior and every human experience through the lens of a mobile device.

Great quote from an interview with Megan Quinn in MIT’s The Tech. 


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Not Only Broken, But Dangerous

A comment I made that actually got applause during an open and free-wheeling session at IBM’s Cloud Forum, today.

Because of the increasing pace of business today, the only sensible strategy is to become more risk tolerant, but companies are not in general adopting that mindset. Things are moving faster but business leaders are not moving to reduce the friction in their business to keep pace. 

The average company lifetime was 75 years 50 years ago, and today it is fifteen. I bet that in five it will be down to ten, and that’s because management still thinks it’s smarter to operate with a foot on the brake instead of on the accelerator. It seems that should be true, it’s intuitive, but it isn’t anymore. 

We’ve moved into a new economy where the fundamental rules have changed, and the operating premises the past are not only broken, but dangerous.

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