BLOG: Creativity & Innovation
Creativity and innovation are crucial in not only the workplace, but also in daily life. Everyday, we come up with new ideas and solve problems – big or small. Whether it’s to figure out what to have for dinner or how to get a project done on time.
When you play a board game, we’re using a combination of strategy and tactics to win. Let’s take Checkers. When you play checkers you’re thinking strategically — Which pieces should I move first? Which piece is my opponent going to move next? If I skip them now, will that put me in a position to be skipped even more? And you’re also playing tactfully by actually moving the pieces.
Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin It’s true that everyone has a book inside them, isn’t it? We all have a story
The dream team makes the dream work possible! In the past few months, I’m so thrilled to have partnered with more creatives to tell our story of creativity more visually and through animation. In the next few blogs, I’m excited to introduce you to some of our animators and illustrator who have made the artwork and imaginative land come to life together.
How are you taking the time to invest in your people? In one of my past roles, I remember how conflicted I felt about the multiple pages of paperwork and approval processes required to make progress for my professional development.
Chances are you’re thinking what I’m thinking – How is it ALREADY the Holiday season? Whether you’re as festive as Buddy the Elf or a bit of a Scrooge, chances are you love at least one holiday movie.
Creativity, the courage to embrace it, and the curiosity to wonder, are some of the most important skills one can hone because they’re the root to how we can live as our best selves.
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.
I had a month of insomnia in June and it was an awful feeling. I couldn’t sleep. What perplexed me even more was that I marked this time for rest, since I wanted to recharge after a busy season of working. What I didn’t realize was how much my body was still unconsciously anxious, stressed, and in need of time for healing.
If you could play with creativity, courage, and curiosity as friends, what would they look like and how would they show up in your life? Where would they live? What would their personality be like?
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.
Have you ever talked to someone about a struggle only to get a response like, “Ah well it’ll get better” or “Just cheer up” or “Don’t have a bad attitude, you’re too blessed to be stressed!”
Sometimes it feels like my brain just runs out of thinking juice. I’ll stare at a blank screen, an unfinished project, an empty content calendar, and I swear I can feel the smoke coming out of my ears. I’ve run out of fuel, and that fuel is creativity.
When was the last time you took the time to really reflect how you spend your time and energy? What makes you happy? What makes you upset? What makes you feel emotionally safe to show up as fully as who you are? These questions, though may look simple, require us to take a deeper look into ourselves and take the time to really ask who we are as a person.
For those who want to succeed, planning is the best tool to reach your goals, ambitions and the position you want to be in the future. As a single mother, I understand how difficult it is to plan and accomplish everything as we desire; time is very scarce, money may not be enough, work always pushes our boundaries, and most importantly, our children need us. I know! Seems unrealistic. But trust me, it is possible.
While people have different opinions on the work-from-home setup, I can definitely identify one common insight among my workmates and peers: not having to travel in horrendous traffic is a major win. Take it from someone who lives (and works) for efficiency, but spends roughly 3 hours in transit every day. When we were told to start working from home, my heart leaped at the thought of 3 extra hours of sleep. Well, at least, that’s what I thought.
Great music is powerful. And as someone who gets a lot of inspiration from music, I’ve always wondered – why aren’t there more songs that tell how we feel as innovators, leadership, culture and team development? I’ve learned so much from powerful poetic and creative songs. It taught me lessons in life, love, relationships, friendship, and even mental well being. And while I adored the BTS, Disney Classics and Stromae that told a story, I realized one thing in common – best music is born out of real experience that one may have go through and if I’m hungry to find more songs that reflect a journey of innovators then we should create one
Does Listening to Music Stimulate Creative Thinking? There are many theories around the relationship between music and creativity. But we all know, and research has also shown, that listening to music can lower anxiety and improve our moods, overall. And tapping into positive thinking can foster breakthrough moments of creativity and could facilitate creative insights.
Creativity and innovation are fundamental to humanity. Creativity is a way of living and being; it’s the process of turning nothing into something, making old things new, or doing something in a different way to get a different result. It can be as simple as thinking about an object differently or combining two objects together in new ways. Innovation is applying creativity within an organization – whether that be by developing products, services, processes or business models-to achieve breakthrough results and ultimately create value for others.
//Originally published in Forbes.// Getting comfortable with uncertainty during “normal” times has always been hard. But the COVID-19 pandemic has really put us all on edge and challenged us to evaluate how flexible and comfortable we really are with uncertainty.
//Originally published in Forbes.// What is the opportunity cost of always being busy, especially when productivity is highly valued because there are always a million things to do? What would happen if we were productive in a prioritized way? When you answer that unscheduled phone call, you could have finished a proposal you’ve been working on for months or even taken a lunch break.
Do you know what BTS, Samsung, and KaKao have in common? They are all from South Korea and I am a die hard fan of all of them! And no, I am not biased by being a Korean American who happened to grow up in both Washington, D.C., and Incheon. I am a fan because they never stop innovating or inspiring others to share their own creativity.
//Originally published in Entrepreneur Magazine.// Often we only know what we know and our world view of society and workplace is limited because we only see people who look and think like us – we don’t have enough chance to think differently. And while 1:1 interviews are beautiful it doesn’t really give us a chance to expand our horizon by listening to new voices unless we intentionally doing so.
I can tell when I lack sleep. I feel a bit disoriented, crave sugar, and start noticing random details around the room instead of focusing on what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, as a full time, bootstrapping female entrepreneur this scenario is far too familiar.
Being a great entrepreneur takes effort, dedication, and persistence and it comes at a cost.
Feeling stuck and uncreative in your work? Some may say that’s the lay of the land in many fields (i.e., if you’re not an “artist” of some kind your work can’t possibly be “creative”), but Monica Kang is trying to spread a different message.
The belief that anyone, in any career, can integrate more creativity into their work with the proper tools led Kang to found InnovatorsBox — a “creative leadership educational firm empowering leaders and companies.” InnovatorsBox, in a nutshell, teaches professionals how to use those aforementioned tools.
TRY THIS LOCAL INNOVATOR’S TAKE ON THE 30-DAY WORKOUT
New Year’s resolutions are no fun. Too many fall into the restrictive, “don’t eat this,” “can’t have that,” bucket. Here’s a resolution, recommended by Washington, D.C., innovator Monica Kang, that will kickstart your creativity and lead you to think differently about problem solving—in your personal and professional lives, and in your community. Consider it the 30-day workout for your spirit.
I get it. You have a million things to do.
You have a serious job and cannot risk being caught daydreaming, doodling, or doing anything different from what your supervisor may think. How in the world are you to make time for creativity when you don’t have time to even clean your home? Sounds familiar?
I get it. When you have a million decisions to make each week that can contribute to either saving someone from hunger or not, spending any time being creative seems like the last thing you should do. Your supervisor probably doesn’t appreciate you spending time doodling or bringing up the fact that daydreaming can be helpful for your data analysis.
Most people have heard it.
Innovation and creativity are critical to our personal and professional growth as well as our economy.
Research has consistently validated this since the 1950s. However, over 75% of U.S. professionals feel stuck or lack a creative outlet. This is a higher percentage than those who feel disengaged at work which is 55%, the number most HR staff would worry about. That’s a huge percentage of unhappy workers. Isn’t it odd that while we talk about how important critical creative thinking is, most employees say creativity is “not really for them” or that “they are not creative enough.”
Washington, D.C. is a city known for its power. Although it’s home to plenty of inspiring museums, it’s not usually a city known for its creativity.
Monica Kang wants to change that. She’s experienced the struggle between practicality and innovation firsthand as a former government affairs professional who felt creatively stifled.
Kang founded InnovatorsBox last year to nurture a community that empowers professionals to practice creative skills.
Creativity is truly a mind muscle. The more you practice the better you will become at it. Even if it’s a short time frame, it’s important to make time for creativity routinely and frequently. The frequency and the routine will help your mind get used to thinking creatively and in a different way. Try blocking at least 5 minutes a day to experiment.
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