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Best NonFiction Books All Innovators Should Read in 2021 (And Beyond)

Love to read? So do I! I consume books like they’re candy, especially now that I’m at home more and have the opportunity to learn even more. While I definitely love fiction and children’s books, non-fiction has the ability to scratch that curiosity itch on all things creativity, mindset, leadership and beyond.

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Featured

How To Stop Meeting Fatigue And Being Overbooked

Before Zoom fatigue there was meeting burnout. The more responsibilities you have, the busier you become. The running joke I hear often from my clients is that if you have a calendar flooded with meetings, you must be in management. Now, a year into the pandemic, things somehow got worse for everyone — more back-to-back calls, double-booked meetings and too many check-ins that could have been handled over emails. All of this doesn’t give us enough time to get work done nor just be ourselves.

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Events

Beyond the Box | Creative Asian Innovators

Growing up as an Asian-American, I’ve struggled with what it means to be me – Am I too Asian? Am I too American? Why can’t I just be me? And what does it mean to innovate in your voice? Like all the past Beyond the Box series at InnovatorsBox, I’m excited to untangle how identity influences how we innovate and how you continue to pave new paths even if you don’t see someone who looks like you.

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Beyond The Box | Strong Female Innovators

March is designated Women’s History Month, and honors women’s contributions in society throughout history.

The U.S., along with many countries worldwide, celebrate the women who have been at the forefront of positive change. This month’s theme was – “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced,” and recognizes the women who raised their voices in the battle for women’s suffrage. While it’s important to celebrate historical achievements, it’s also essential that we reflect upon our current challenges with suppressing women’s voices — in business and society as a whole.

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BEYOND THE BOX | COURAGEOUS BLACK INNOVATORS

February is a Black History Month and this year it marks the 45th anniversary of celebrating the many accomplishments and achievements of the Black Americans.

Every year in February, America reflects on the continued struggle for racial justice. We add a social media post, follow along on trending hashtags like #blm or #blackhhistorymonth, and maybe even change our profile pictures to solid black for a day. But while those social gestures do help amplify the collective efforts of diversity initiatives, the systemic racism still persists in our communities and workplaces.

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MEET FLORENCE NAVARRO: A FACILITATOR PASSIONATE ABOUT BUILDING SAFE SPACES

Florence Navarro loves people and loves creating intentional rooms where people can be themselves. Her fascination with safe rooms and facilitation grew as someone who grew up and worked in multiple cultures, countries and industries. I was deeply inspired by her depth of awareness and patience to see differences as opportunities to understand instead of conflict having worked in international affairs and development work. We also met at SAIS Johns Hopkins University alumni gathering as fellow female entrepreneurs and I was so humbled and thrilled she said yes to more collaboration and working together to empower other teams and leaders navigating safe room and culture development. Florence has so much to share with you about what inspires her to see these differences and I know you’ll enjoy learning more about how you can create safe rooms for diverse people too.

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Creativity and Innovation
Producing Creative Outputs When You’re Stuck

Producing Creative Outputs When You’re Stuck

Hi, I’m Kendall. I’m a results coach who believes that our most intractable problems can begin to unfurl when we try one thing at a time. When I was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Inattentive Type, in my mid-twenties, I had a lot of seemingly intractable problems to work through.

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On Leadership

8 Creative & Sustainable Innovators You Should Follow For Earth Day (PART 1)

It’s no news that online shopping has been supercharged by the pandemic overall. But it’s not all glory for all retails and outlets. There’s been some obvious winners, like Jeff Bezos’ behemoth has emerged stronger than ever. But we also had a lot of small businesses and retail chains that weren’t as fortunate and those include businesses that failed to fully embrace online shopping and relied heavily on physical presences.

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Most Recent Newsletters

Newsletter: Top Picks

Permission to Be You

The first response I often get to this question is our job titles, affiliations, and the work that we do. Yes, that too is you but who are you outside of your work?

Learning by Playing

Our natural reaction is to say, “I’m too busy and don’t have time,” or even, “that’s rather selfish! I should be serving others”. But this is an important question since how we feel about our job

Making Time to Rest and Recharge Everyday

I’ve changed. And I like it.

I’m getting better at not feeling guilty for sleeping in, treating myself to chocolates, prioritizing my exercise routine, curling up with a good book and enjoying my alone time. I’m recharging for me to be me.

Celebrating Where We Are Everyday

Who’s ready for the beach?:)

I hear you.
After a year of caution, almost every conversation with friends now is about the next travel plans, beach plans, and the plans of getting together with loved ones. I’m still at awe about how much time has passed and yet how swiftly we all adapted to our new way of working.

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Creative Resilience and Empathy

Leading By Compassion: 5 Ways to Prevent Burnout

Feeling tired and stressed is one thing, but when you and your team start feeling like every meeting is pulling teeth, lunch breaks become a thing of the past, and weekdays blur into weekends – it’s a sign of burnout.

Even if targets are met, you start to see usually enthusiastic team members go flat. They may even get cynical about the job behind closed doors.

The bottom line is, burnout is bad for business, yourself, and your team.

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RESILIENCE IS A TOOL, NOT A PERSONALITY TRAIT

Simple but mindful steps to overcome the bias that we might not be resilient.

Our Assumptions about Resilience
When you think of resilient people, who comes to your mind? People whose perseverance led them to make it against all odds? Or those who went through all kinds of trials and tribulations and got awarded with sweet success? Are you thinking about those who are able to bounce back, failure after failure, mistake after mistake? Does it remind you of outliers (Malcolm Gladwell), grit paragons (Angela Lee Duckworth) or originals (Adam Grant)?

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entrepreneurship

What shifting to remote workplace taught us

If you told me in January 2020 that I’ll get to experience new possibilities on any of this I would have said impossible. Now in just a year, not only have I seen how it’s possible but also the immense impact there can further be if we continue to intentionally invest and design with care.

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5 Actions You Can Take To Celebrate Women’s History Month

So you’ve heard about Women’s History Month, but how can you translate these empowering messages and lessons into action that you can take today?

At Innovator’s Box, we’ve used our platform to celebrate women innovator voices, while highlighting the importance of showcasing diversity within women’s stories.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Why We Created GIFs for Innovators

Creativity is often misunderstood to be manifested only through hands-on artistic output. I’m here to debunk that myth. Creativity is everywhere and is far beyond just painting, playing instruments, dancing to acting even though I love these domains as someone who is in music school at Berklee Music School pursuing my music business degree.

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well being & mental health

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