Enhancing Creativity

When asking questions is more important than the answers you might get

Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired magazine and self-described futurist, recently published a book called “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.” One major inevitability he sees is artificial intelligence, which could affect or eliminate much of the work that humans do. But one area where we still need human brains… Read more When asking questions is more important than the answers you might get

How do you hire for passion or curiosity? Here’s one question to ask.

When I was a young professor, I invited a very successful entrepreneur to speak to my class. One of the questions was, “How did you learn to hire the right people?” His response: “I made a lot of mistakes … on my previous employer’s nickel.” In other words, he learned how to hire by making… Read more How do you hire for passion or curiosity? Here’s one question to ask.

On being magnanimous: A new route to creativity?

What happens when an organization that has long struggled to have enough money for regular operations — say, a nonprofit — finally reaches a stage where donations and revenue-generating activities thrive? Instead of constantly saying “no” to employees’ requests for funding to try a new program, the director can say “yes.” One such director says… Read more On being magnanimous: A new route to creativity?

Stealth Creativity

A very brave person gave me a holiday gift that could have led to disaster. She knows that I’m an awful gardener: I’ve tried growing tomatoes half a dozen times over the years and always fail. The two plants in my house live only because someone else kindly remembers to water them. So, in mid-December… Read more Stealth Creativity