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4 12, 2015

Creative Constraint: Why Tighter Boundaries Propel Greater Results

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It sounds counter-intuitive, but boundaries can actually boost creativity. Think about procrastination — deadlines are often the single factor that ensures projects get done. As Dave Gray commented on his blog, “Creativity is driven by constraints. When we have limited resources — even when the limits are artificial — creative thinking is enhanced. That's because [...]

28 11, 2015

The Key to Speaking With Confidence

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The Key to Speaking With Confidence by Karen Hough, featured on Inc.com If I asked you to walk around a room as though you were the most confident person in the world–if I asked you to show me confidence, only with your body and without words–what would it look like? You might stand up straight [...]

27 11, 2015

Can Improv Make Women Better Negotiators?

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Can Improv Make Women Better Negotiators? Business skills coach  Karen Hough says using the improv concept of “yes and” can keep people talking even when things get tense. Negotiation skills can be acquired, but many women are outright naturals. They just don't know it. That's one of the discoveries Karen Hough has made in her [...]

26 11, 2015

The Dichotomy of Creativity

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Both constraints and flexibility produce an environment where innovation can flourish. Every industry, company, and leader I talk to today is concerned about innovation. With the speed of change and competition, they realize that they must continually innovate to survive. But innovation is an elusive goal. What is it, how can we nurture it, and [...]