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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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Brainzooming was just listed on the Idea Connection blog roll; it orders blogs on its site based upon being voted up or down by visitors. If you get a chance, visit the Idea Connection website, check out the various blogs, and support Brainzooming!

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Business Week Exchange

On Tuesday, February 17, I’m scheduled to be the featured user of the day on Business Week Exchange, a new social media site from Business Week I found because of Twitter. The site provides networking and opportunities to upload and review content on a variety topics.

In just weeks, the Brainzooming links posted on Business Week Exchange have made it the number one referral source for the blog! Starting Tuesday at approximately 9:15 a.m. EST, there will be a box on the lower right of the home page with links to my profile and posted links. I’ll include a reminder Tuesday, but if you have a chance to check the site out beforehand that’s great.

Design Pepper Blog Bailout

Here’s an update on the Design Pepper blog bailout contest. Based on final voting, Brainzooming finished second (thanks for the votes), and a volunteer fire fighting department from California won. The contest (which also surfaced through Twitter activity) created many new blog visitors and the opportunity to form a Twitter relationship with several of the great Design Pepper people.

Once again, thanks to everyone for your support!

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As follow-up to a Saturday Special from a couple of weeks ago, here’s a Benjamin Zander video from last year’s TED Conference (thanks VJ for the suggestion). In it, he shares a Chopin prelude (Op. 28: Prelude No. 4 in E Minor) as a way to open ourselves to an appreciation of classical music and its emotional possibilities.

A quick personal note about this portion of his presentation: at the 2001 Transformation Conference I produced, my wife was sitting in the front row for Zander’s performance since she’d heard me talk so much about him. As he came down off stage at the prelude’s conclusion, he went right toward Cyndi and kissed her on the head. With the emotion of the moment and the conference near its completion, I started crying, figuring Cyndi must have been doing the same to prompt Zander to approach her.

Asking her about it later, she told me, “No, I wasn’t crying. I shouted, ‘Bravo!'” Zander IS, after all, a showman. I just teared up thinking back on the story, so here’s an important safety tip: have a Kleenex handy before you start watching!

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Quick reminder – please vote for Brainzooming to get a free redesign in the Blog Bailout Contest. Here are the 3 quick easy steps:

  1. Click on this link to go to the design company’s website: http://tinyurl.com/bfrors
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the voting area. Click the button for “Mike – ‘BrainZooming'” – it’s the second one on the list. Then select VOTE. If you’re really into it, you can vote multiple times if you use different computers!
  3. Let anyone else know who might help out and vote for Brainzooming.

Voting ends February 10, 2009. Thanks for the help!

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Here’s another opportunity emerging from Twitter. DesignPepper.com announced a Blog Bailout Contest recently offering a free design bailout for a deserving blogger able to briefly share their:

  • Blogging plan
  • A clear 2009 blog improvement objective
  • Favorite cookie (the baked kind – not the ones that reside on your computer)

Out of 40 applicants, my Brainzooming blog was selected as a Top 10 finalist.

What You Can Do to Help!

Voting is now open until February 10 to select the final winner of the redesign. That’s where you come in.

Please click here to go to the Design Pepper blog and VOTE by going to the bottom of the page and clicking on “Mike – ‘Brainzooming'” to help the blog win the design bailout.

If WE win, it means we’ll be able to shift the blog URL to brainzooming.com and freshen the blog’s look and feel. So Vote Today and Share the Contest Link with your friends as well!

You all helped me win the IDEF140 contest which benefited the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta. Now let’s win this contest to benefit all Brainzooming readers! Thanks!

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It’s Super Bowl Monday. Despite minimal interest in the game, I watched much of it, primarily to see the commercials and Bruce Springsteen.

Since the commercials will be a hot topic of conversation at work today (although probably not as hot as the game), let me point you toward two experts (Steve Yastrow and good friend Sally Hogshead) who Tweeted about the ads live during the game last night. Their conversation is online at Tom Peters’ website, so be sure to check it out.

While you’re at it, check out Sally on the Sunday morning Today Show talking about the best Super Bowl ads of all time.

As for me, my favorites were:

Not a great year for commercials, but the football game (and Bruce telling us to get away from the guacamole dip & chicken fingers) more than made up for it!

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