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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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Creativity, Parenting and Education Time

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.

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THE DETOXIFYING POWER OF CREATIVE JUICES

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.

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INTRODUCING: Paint My World

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

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INTRODUCING: MUSIC BY INNOVATORSBOX®

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.

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Making Creativity and Innovation Accessible For All

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.

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THE COST OF STAYING BUSY AND NEGLECTING CREATIVITY

//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.

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WHY WE NEED TO UNLEASH MORE CREATIVITY IN KOREA

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.

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IF YOU WANT MORE LASTING CREATIVITY ON YOUR TEAM, YOU NEED TO RETHINK YOUR APPROACH

//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.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CREATIVE DRIVE

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.

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IF YOU’RE NOT BEING CREATIVE AT WORK, WHAT’S THE POINT? THIS WORKSHOP CAN HELP

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.

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HAVE FUN WITH YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: EXERCISE YOUR CREATIVITY

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.

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RETHINKING CREATIVITY AS A SOCIAL IMPACT LEADER & WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

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.

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WHY I AM GOING OUT OF MY WAY TO DEBUNK CREATIVITY & 7 KEY INSIGHTS I HAVE LEARNED.

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.”

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SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION ENCOURAGES THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

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.

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ARE YOU MAKING ENOUGH TIME FOR CREATIVITY?

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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