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Provocateurs : A Sneak Peek at CLA

One thing we’re really looking forward to at the upcoming Creative Leadership Academy? Engaging with our provocateurs to encourage a creative flow allowing for the creative process to begin. With sessions that will stimulate your thinking, you will “believe by seeing.”

So, who are they, and what will they share? You’ll hear the following:

Creativity & Innovation: Jonah Lehrer, Author, How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist

New advances in brain science have changed the way we humans view, and approach, the mysterious act of creativity. In this deeply practical talk, Jonah Lehrer, an acclaimed science reporter for Wired and the New Yorker, shows us the most startling, cutting-edge and optimistic findings—breaking open the black box of the human mind to show us how, literally, to spark creativity in everything we do.

How to Spark Business Transformation with Disruptive Thinking: Luke Williams, Author, Disrupt

To compete today, business leaders need a revolution in thinking: a steady stream of disruptive strategies and unexpected solutions to stay ahead of the game. Outline a new method of disruptive thinking––a way of thinking that will help business leaders to produce and implement ideas that alter the trajectory of a business and revive stagnant markets. Learn how to combine fluid creativity with analytical rigor in a simple five-stage process for successfully disrupting any market.

Experience Design: Chris Waugh, IDEO

Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy. This approach, which IDEO calls design thinking, brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows people who aren’t trained as designers to use creative tools to solve a vast range of challenges.

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2011 Recapped: Top 10 Provocative Pieces

As 2011 wraps up, we’re quickly closing in on The Creative Leadership Academy. As a year-end exercise, we’ve collected our top provocative thoughts to stimulate your brain well into the new year. The January 2012 Creative Leadership Academy will feature some provocative, prolific thinkers and, in no particular order, these are our favorite pieces that came from them in 2011.

1. “Inspiration is the most effective way to unleash innovation in yourself and your organization. ” — Andy Stefanovich. In this podcast with Andy Stefanovich he discusses some great tips for finding inspiration and bringing more innovative thinking to your life.

2. In this piece, “Daniel H Pink: employees are faster and more creative when solving other people’s problems,” Pink discusses an interesting phenomenon: the fact that sometimes those outside of a problem are able to find a better, more innovative solution than those closest to it.

3. In this quick video, "The Purpose of Constraint,” with Chris Waugh of IDEO, Waugh discusses the ways that constraints can give you a good starting point for problem solving.

4. In another podcast, Andy Stefanovich discusses Innovation, Growth and Change and how to bring inspiration to life in an organization so it doesn’t get buried under more menial tasks or bureaucracy

5. In this speech on “Exploring the Science of Creativity,” Jonah Lehrer discusses the science of creativity and the forces that can help us find that “aha” moment, skip to 8:40 for Jonah’s section.

6. In this video from The Economist’s The Idea Exchance series, David Kuehler of P&G’s Clay Street Project gives a great three minute talk on innovation and creativity where he discusses the ways a team can keep “going vertical: flowing from moment to moment to moment” in problem solving.

7. This Mashable feature, “HOW TO: Develop Ideas That Will Disrupt Your Industry” published back on February 17, 2011 by CLA Provocateur Luke Williams focuses on disruptive thinking and the ways that something as simple as mismatched socks can change an industry.

8. In perhaps our most recent post on this list, Laura Seargeant Richardson discusses “The Kaleidoscope Mind: Some Easy Ways to Teach Creativity” in The Atlantic 

9. In “Every Child Is A Scientist,” a piece in Wired by Jonah Lehrer, he discusses a study that explores the power of uncertainty and looks for strategies to “keeps us playing with the world, eager to figure out how it works.”

10. This piece from back in April 2011 by Dan Pink “Why we all need a ‘To Don’t’ List, just like Moses” still holds true. Will you use a to-don’t list to cut through the clutter and focus in on what you need to accomplish in 2012?

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When you get stuck, how do you get “unstuck?”

Check out Andy’s video response above, originally posted on Noah Scalin’s blog.  

CLA provocateur Andy Stefanovich shares his technique for getting out of a creative rut, what is yours?

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Our Virtual Shrine for Steve Jobs, In Mega-Chart Form
In which we document every inch of his influence on the world, from the very first Macintosh to the Rick Ross lyric “I’m selling dope straight off the iPhone.” This chart is massive and interactive, so you’ll want to head here for the full experience. 

Very cool infographic, and worth the click through to see the ways that Jobs’ innovative ideas resonated throughout the tech and business world.

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Our Virtual Shrine for Steve Jobs, In Mega-Chart Form

In which we document every inch of his influence on the world, from the very first Macintosh to the Rick Ross lyric “I’m selling dope straight off the iPhone.” This chart is massive and interactive, so you’ll want to head here for the full experience

Very cool infographic, and worth the click through to see the ways that Jobs’ innovative ideas resonated throughout the tech and business world.

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The Importance of Mind-Wandering

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The Creative Leadership Academy

Creativity can be taught.

Complexity calls for today’s leader to employ whole brain thinking. CLA is uniquely designed to uncover, unleash and develop the business leader’s creative talents as a core competency. CLA is not a conference but rather a curated solution to an unmet need. You will understand by seeing; believe by hearing; and achieve by doing. Enrollment limited to first 150. Creativity can be taught.

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