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One common hiring mistake: Hiring more of the same. Everyone thinking the same way doesn’t produce new results.

This is very different from finding talent who align and fit in with the culture.

I’m always confounded at the prevalence of this mistake. It limits creativity.

Another creativity-enducing nugget shared in this 40-second spot: Time away from the desk, quiet time to contemplate, talking with people who have diverse perspectives, and looking beyond your own backyard and outside your industry for new ideas.

(Consultants can also be a great source of alternative perspectives.)

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The founder of travel startup Peek shares how she stays open to inspiration, wherever it finds her.

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10PM to 7AM: sleep. 9AM to 5PM: be a genius.
Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness?
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10PM to 7AM: sleep. 9AM to 5PM: be a genius.

Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness?

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The handpicked group of innovative do-gooders came from a broad spectrum of industries: startup founders, venture capitalists, a handful of Googlers, TV producers, bloggers, politicians, designers, Pulitzer winners, and the like. It may as well have been a gathering of the Illuminati-lite.
All of the conversations are off the record so as to encourage #realtalk, and you aren’t allowed to tweet after the first night, which lends Spark Camp a vague “the first rule of Fight Club is…" vibe.
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The handpicked group of innovative do-gooders came from a broad spectrum of industries: startup founders, venture capitalists, a handful of Googlers, TV producers, bloggers, politicians, designers, Pulitzer winners, and the like. It may as well have been a gathering of the Illuminati-lite.

All of the conversations are off the record so as to encourage #realtalk, and you aren’t allowed to tweet after the first night, which lends Spark Camp a vague “the first rule of Fight Club is…" vibe.

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From Jay-Z to de Balzac, these famous creative minds have developed some odd habits on the path to genius.
There is no secret formula for innovation, and a lot of great minds arrive at their creativity in many different ways.
Though we’d all like to crack the code for reaching our creative breakthrough, it’s likely that emulating the habits prescribed by one famous person or another won’t be the cure-all to your stagnated creativity. Though, there’s probably no harm in giving it a try.

So to satiate your voyeuristic curiosity, compiled here are some of the least orthodox, but still effective creative processes of eight great minds.
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From Jay-Z to de Balzac, these famous creative minds have developed some odd habits on the path to genius.

There is no secret formula for innovation, and a lot of great minds arrive at their creativity in many different ways.

Though we’d all like to crack the code for reaching our creative breakthrough, it’s likely that emulating the habits prescribed by one famous person or another won’t be the cure-all to your stagnated creativity. Though, there’s probably no harm in giving it a try.

So to satiate your voyeuristic curiosity, compiled here are some of the least orthodox, but still effective creative processes of eight great minds.

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This Obscene Card Game Can Help You Be More Creative 
"Since I believe in both working and playing as hard as I can, and Burning Man isn’t every single day, I have to figure out a way to be outré and loud and crazy as often as possible," BlogHer CEO, Lisa Stone says. "We play a lot of games in my family, and anyone who doesn’t own Cards Against Humanity should go right out and buy a deck."
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[Images courtesy of Cards Against Humanity]

This Obscene Card Game Can Help You Be More Creative

"Since I believe in both working and playing as hard as I can, and Burning Man isn’t every single day, I have to figure out a way to be outré and loud and crazy as often as possible," BlogHer CEO, Lisa Stone says. "We play a lot of games in my family, and anyone who doesn’t own Cards Against Humanity should go right out and buy a deck."

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[Images courtesy of Cards Against Humanity]