It’s always gratifying when your hunch pans out, even if it takes years. And when that hunch makes your hometown look good, it’s even better. A few years ago, I wrote a blog about visiting Los Angeles and coming home exhausted. One of the biggest a-ha moments was feeling that L.A. offered too much stimulation.… Read more Why Boise beats L.A., at least for this visitor
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.
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?
On a recent visit to the Los Angeles area, I think I had too much stimulation. I’m embarrassed to admit it, since I know that to be creative, different inputs and stimulation are critical, but in this case, I was overwhelmed. In less than three days, I visited what felt like six totally different cultures… Read more Can you have too much stimulation?
The value of patience in daydreaming We had spring break last week. Life was a bit slower so I spent some of it thinking about time and creativity. Too many people assume that coming up with, shaping, or analyzing ideas happens in a flash, in a sudden aha moment. Not true. But I needed to… Read more Want more creativity? Take more time
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
I met my husband standing in line for graduate school registration. Turned out we lived in the same apartment complex. I had a car; he had a bike. He could cook, and I was tired of eating fish sticks every night. A marriage made in heaven that started from an exchange of transportation, food and… Read more Serendipity can strike when you’re open to the unexpected