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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10PM to 7AM: sleep. 9AM to 5PM: be a genius.
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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.
“People forget that geniuses represent fewer than 1% of all creators in a discipline. Hence, creators as a whole can have higher mental health than the general population even when vulnerability to psychopathological symptoms increases as one moves to the genius end of the distribution.”
“It’s not entirely a stretch to say that smartphones are to boredom what the asteroid was to dinosaurs.”
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“I wish there was a comedy census that the government would send out like ‘Here’s the top percentile of funny people in America. You should hire them.’ But unfortunately that program I think got shot down. Probably by the Republicans.”
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If she doesn’t like it, you can blame science.
"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."
[Images courtesy of Cards Against Humanity]