Wrap up for “Let Other People Talk” week features a few more quotes and links on various Brainzooming-oriented topics, nearly all from Twitter.

@CynthiaY29: “Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

@artrox: Charles Handy “The modern economies will not be constrained by lack of resources but only by lack of creativity & ideas.”

RT @boxofcrayons: RT @joevans: From Sir Ken Robinson: “If you are not prepared to be wrong — you will not come up with anything original.

RT @CreativityBoost: Action is the best way to give doubt the middle finger. via @johnhaydon
Best quote heard so far this week: “Slow down and think so you can go fast.”

RT @Orrin_Woodward: “The successful leader gets superior performance from ordinary people”. ~Al Kaltman

RT @sallyhogshead: We were born w/ the ability to do 1 thing better than anyone else on earth. Trick is to find out exactly what YOURS is.

@AdamTheHutt: Some interviewee on NPR just declared that “motherhood is the necessity of innovation”…funny idea if you think about

@Zindella: Aristotle once said: Today I am short of time, so I am going to write you a long letter.


Free Ideas Ready for You to Implement! Wacha Waitin’ For? RT @plish: Hamster Burial Kits & 998 Other Business Ideas http://post.ly/1Yb

50% of companies look for strategic thinking RT @davidharkleroad: Best Companies for Ldrs, Chief Exec Magazine: http://tinyurl.com/bhuc5p

The importance of group dynamics RT @stef: The qualities that make a successful innovator are actually ones a group shares http://is.gd/juOB

Also from Heart of Innovation – 100 Lamest Reasons Not to Innovate in 2009 http://tinyurl.com/79t3t3

Heart of Innovation on “56 Reasons Business Innovation Fails” http://tinyurl.com/5df2mm
RT @mindfulmimi: Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity – Bo Bennett http://ff.im/13vPD

Comment: New way of presenting food groups RT @plish: Mindmap of foods to boost productivity (and creativity!) http://tinyurl.com/cz5h4c

Cool cust exp mktg! RT @gabysslave:..sometimes wish i had clients prepared 2b challenged w/ really great ideas like this http://bit.ly/Po7Fp

Read the Great Springboard Blog! RT @kevinfullerton: Follow Your Connections to the End http://tinyurl.com/cxad3u

Hope you’ve enjoyed the variety this week. See you back here next week!

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Here are innovation thought starters harvested from Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter in two places now: @mikebrown and @brainzooming. There’s slightly different content at each – at least for now!

@ireckon marc andreessen: innovation happens – create, destroys, recreate. Failures free up intellectual capital for next innovation

@DanKok Innovation is now the principal competitive weapon – G. Beaver. And innovation only happens with innovative people.

@pinnovation innovation demands highly motivated and engaged employees…create cultures in which people can bring their passion to the work

@roymap Innovation comes from asking great questions. Not from always having the answers.

@ransomtech Chew on this: “We tend to overestimate the short-term effects and underestimate the long-term effects of innovation” ~Chip Bruce

@Adambow #Novate Innovation is being able to combine frames of reference and draw connections between ostensibly unrelated points of view

@retailsprout “Difficult economic times, often spur great periods of creativity and invention.” – Carisa Bianchi President of TBWAChiatDay

@FullerJohn RT @JeffAbel: The world leaders in innovation and creativity will also be world leaders in everything else. ~ Harold R. McAlindonm

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Here’s a creativity prayer I wrote for a creativity presentation I presented several years ago. Invest a few moments today with this creativity prayer. Use it to ask for a potentially new creative force in your life to help enliven and inspire others with your creativity. – Mike Brown


Thank you for creation itself and the incredible gifts and talents you so generously entrust to me. May I appreciate and develop these talents, always recognizing that they come from you and remain yours.

Guide me in using them for the benefit of everyone that I touch, so that they may be more aware of your creative presence and develop the creativity entrusted to them for the good of others.

Help me also to use your talents to bring a creative spark and new possibilities to your world, living out my call to be an integral part of your creative force. Amen.


“A Creativity Prayer” Copyright 2008, Mike Brown

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Here’s a video recorded for Janine Cahill and the “Foresight Innovation and Sustainability Hothouse” in Sydney, Australia. This opportunity is thanks to connecting with Janine on Twitter.

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This article on reactionary marketing appeared one day when I was ranting on this topic several times. Maybe that’s why it struck such a nerve.

It is on Karlyn Morisette’s blog, and although her focus is higher education, most business people should be able to relate to her perspectives on the topic.

If you follow up on none of the other links the rest of the week, go read this one; it’s that good.

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For variety, I’m going to primarily shut up and listen this week, sharing links, quotes, and ideas on innovation, creativity, and strategic thinking. I’ll offer my thoughts in the comments section at Brainzooming. I hope to find yours there too! Let’s get started!

Creative Quickie – Creativity Quotes

Here are some quick quotes on creativity right from Twitter, so they may or may not be accurate. Enjoy them and add your cool quotes in the comments!
@ShaunConnell Rationality begets creativity. Until you understand the box, you can’t think outside the box.
@healthyincome4u Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. ~Edward De Bono
@PopWuping “If limitation spawns creativity, is the limitless resource of the Internet a good thing?” — Alec Soth
@earthXplorer “Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” ~ Anonymous
@pixelati “Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist.” – Thomas Disch
@hottomali Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams
@boxofcrayons RT @joevans: From Sir Ken Robinson: “If you are not prepared to be wrong — you will not come up with anything original.
@boxofcrayons RT @joevans: More Sir Ken: People are being educated out of their creative capacity. We do not grow into creativity, we grow out of it.
@JackieAustinBNC Creativity is generated by humor combined with conflict. WOW
@lildrummergie routinely doin somethin u enjoy over & over again, without variation or creativity, can diminish even that enjoyment. swimmin for instance
@pseudoliterat “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus
@gregnyc Fast Company Editor: “[Only creativity and aggressive innovation...will fuel a turnaround.]”

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Although I’ve been accused by co-workers of having a poker face, I’m not a poker player. As a result, this follow-up to yesterday’s post on bluffing is based on secondary research, not real-life poker experience. These rules, adapted from poker bluffing maxims, are helpful in deciding when and how to use a bluffing strategy in business situations:

  • Be attuned to details in others’ behaviors. Study good bluffers and identify why they’re effective.

  • Don’t make it a general practice to bluff. Use the strategy only when necessary and avoid pure bluffs (i.e., you have limited means to deal with the downside of losing) at nearly all costs.

  • It’s dangerous to bluff against careless or inexperienced parties. They’ll tend to miss or incorrectly perceive situations and react unpredictably.

  • Fully understand your position in any situation where you’re considering a bluffing strategy.

  • Make sure the risks aren’t too high when you elect to bluff.

  • When bluffing, do so in a way that’s consistent with what the other person suspects is accurate and true about the situation (i.e., they think you have all the necessary information in a situation, so you act as if you do).

  • Don’t bluff someone you suspect has a stronger position (i.e., more information, flexibility, risk tolerance, etc.).

When to bluff? Here are a few situations where it may be appropriate:

  • A situation is familiar and you need to appear strong and in command even when you don’t have all the information you’d like or a full grasp of this particular situation.

  • You have some negative near-term information that can be corrected more readily if you don’t have to disclose it to the other party.

  • You’re bargaining with someone in a low-importance situation and are indifferent to winning or losing.

Consider incorporating bluffing into your strategy repertoire if you haven’t before.

And given how good interviewees are about Googling interviewers, these last two posts might be enough of a nudge to pave the way for reintroducing my bluffing question with the possibility of getting some decent answers.

Thanks for playing along during Sports Strategy Lesson week. Did you enjoy these strategy lessons? Let me know!

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