Happy Summer, amazing creators!
A couple quick updates...I'm excited to be interviewed by Michael Ostrolenk on July 10th at 4:00pm EST on his
, which focuses on personal and social transformation. Hope you can tune in.
Other fun news...A few years ago, I put together an eBook,
Creativity in Business: Navigating the New Work Paradigm
, with my thoughts on applied creativity at work, and interviews with 31 other practitioners and/or leaders in the applied creativity fields - where everyone shared theories and practices. I recently received an email saying the Federal Executive Institute would like to send a copy of that eBook to their mass email list of the graduates (senior agency leaders and policy makers) who've gone through their programs! I'm honored, and grateful to the other contributors. In celebration, I'm offering a link to the book for free (normally $9.97) for a limited time with this link:
We're looking to put out a second edition, updated for 2019, with new contributors and content, in the fall. Stay tuned.
Have a wonderful weekend!
My latest blog post
Facilitating Creative Process:
Being with the Awkward Silence
Inevitably, when facilitating creative process;
introducing participants to
a new activity or framework; or asking them a question they
don't readily know the answer
you get a
deer-in-the-headlights look, often accompanied by a palpable silence. Here are 5 ideas on holding the space and being with/navigating the silence while facilitating creative process:
Dear Soulful Entrepreneur
Take the high road. When those about you don't understand your call/mission/passion/aliveness, or the work you want to do, or how you can make it work, or why you won't settle for less, and they doubt or belittle it, take the high road. Stay true to your aspirations. More often than not, others are trying to "protect you from disappointment" by "keeping you in reality"
they just don't see how to make it work, so they genuinely don't know how to support you in it. Do it anyway. Follow what's alive for you anyway. Don't let others fears hold you back from your soul's service and contributions to the world. The world needs your unique contribution that only you can give! Go for it. Always go for it. In the face of whatever else shows up, still go for it. You SO got this!
Every issue I include some of my recently tweeted links - articles, videos, quotes, and other creativity-related links of interest. Join me at @
Improv Training: The Power Of Funny Business
. Source: Forbes. "Improv training can instill in a company to educate confident communicators and collaborators and nurture a strong culture.By improving everyone's storytelling and improvisational capabilities, we can all become better marketers, teammates, leaders and humans."
2. Nurturing Your Creative Mindset. Source: The Creativity Post. "Mastery goals are ones focused on helping a student see how well they are progressing when compared to their own previous achievement through learning, understanding and individual progress and knowledge, whereas performance goals focus on the importance of avoiding mistakes, outperforming other students, and meeting extrinsic objectives such as high grades, standards, and awards." http://bit.ly/2FFNpxB
3. How Constraints Can Make You More Creative. Source: Medium. "When we have less to work with, psychologists have found that we actually begin to see the world differently...solving practical problems through new uses and applications of resources...'The best moments usually occur if a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.'" http://bit.ly/2Ng415g
4. Developing a Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck. Source: YouTube video. Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets. Changing students frameworks to get more creativity, contribution, and aspiration out of them. Good for anyone of any age. Praising process over talent; getting out of the comfort zone... http://bit.ly/2REtUKL
5. Creativity's bottom line: How winning companies turn creativity into business value and growth. Source: McKinsey Digital. Top-performing companies use 4 key management practices to turn creativity into value. https://mck.co/2ITqP6F
6. To Come Up with Better Ideas, Practice Paying Attention. Source: HBR. "'The most creative among us notice what everybody else overlooks,' which is why Rob Walker (in The Art of Noticing) challenges his students to 'practice paying attention.' He wants them to reflect on 'what they notice, what they miss, why it matters, and how to become better, deeper, and more original observers of the world.'"
7. The Biomimicry movie. Source: Tree Media Group on FB. This is a wonderful film about innovating like nature creates! SO worth the 20 minutes. "There is no better model for innovation than nature...Biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges, has inspired a film about it's ground-breaking vision for creating a long-term, sustainable world...from reducing carbon emissions to saving water."
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for Facilitators, Trainers, Educators, and Group/Team Leaders
* Generate novel ideas and activities
* Create compelling and engaging content
* Bring more of your creativity into your workshop
design or delivery to meet the group's objectives
* Bring out the creative best from your participants
* Increase ease and confidence with facilitating
creative activities; reduce resistance
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for Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Creators
Creative Emergence Coaching is a whole-brain/whole-person coaching process for:
* Accelerating personal, professional
and business development
* Discovering and structuring your
purpose, passion, and creativity into an
income-generating business or work
* Creating any new offering: your
methodology, workshop, product, or
service; workshop design and delivery
* Cultivating your vision, moving past blocks, creating what's next...
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for Organizational Departments or Teams
In-house train-the-trainer workshops
for leaders, managers, trainers, coaches, and facilitators; and HR, OD, Training and other organizational departments. All individually customized for your team or group. Contact me to find out more!
The Center for Creative Emergence is a creativity coaching, experience design, and facilitation company dedicated to a new work paradigm: integrating inspired creativity, meaning, culture and business for happier and more creative, meaningful, productive work and workplaces.
include Creative Emergence coaching; Creative Facilitation Coaching; creative process facilitation; Creative Facilitation Train-the-Trainer; and and
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. Original workshops for leaders, teams, organizations, entrepreneurs, and trainers - for corporations, nonprofits, gov't agencies, small businesses, universities, and communities.
have included PBS, Panasonic, Deloitte, PepsiCo, Dominos, John Deere, Microsoft, GEICO, RAPP, Congressional Hunger Center, Kaiser Permanente, Federal Executive Institute, NetImpact UVA, Teach for America, Hands On Network, National Institutes of Health, The World Bank, USGS, Invest Northern Ireland, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, and the NOAA among others.
Creativity in Business