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The Innovator’s DNA

by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen

“One’s ability to generate innovative ideas is not merely a function of the mind, but also a function of behaviors. This is good news for us all because it means that if we change our behaviors, we can improve our creative impact.”

Disciplined Dreaming

by Josh Linkner, CEO of e-Prize and professional jazz musician

“Disciplined Dreaming shows you how to create profitable new ideas, empower all your employees to be creative, and sustain your competitive advantage over the long term.”


by Stanford University educator Tina Seelig

“inGenius offers a revolutionary new model, the Innovation Engine, which explains how creativity is generated on the inside and how it is influenced by the outside world.”

The Primes

by Chris McGoff, founder of The Clearing, Inc., a Washington, DC-based strategic management consulting firm

“When you take on the biggest challenges facing your organization you're in for tough times. Instead of collegial support, you run into fear of the unknown, mistrust, scepticism—and sometimes outright contempt. The PRIMES are universal patterns of group behavior that outfit you to work with any group to solve any problem—especially the big ones.”

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace

by Gordon MacKenzie who, after thirty years at Hallmark Cards, was given the title “The Creative Paradox” ... essentially an artist-in-residence.

“Creativity is crucial to business success. But too often, even the most innovative organization quickly becomes a "giant hairball"—a tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, traditions, and systems, all based on what worked in the past—that exercises an inexorable pull into mediocrity.”


Sir Ken Robinson

When we cannot tell you what the economy will be like next year let alone in the next decade, its clear that creativity skills which lead to innovation will become a vital need for businesses and individuals in the coming decade. Yet our education system is woefully inadequate at providing students with instruction in creativity. Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award speaks:

John Cleese

Yes THE John Cleese of Monty Python and Faulty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda explains creativity and how to become more creative. Few know that in addition to his groundbreaking comedy, Cleese has written books on psychology and is an avid follower of the field. The background of his lecture is scientific, the guide based on his own experience. This is really spot-on and any creative professional will agree.

Nine Rules For Stifling Innovation:  A Humorous Look At How NOT To Be Creative
by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Much like the John Cleese video, above, it gets you thinking about all the ways that we inadvertently stifle creativity in the name of control.

Laurie Anderson

New York-based performance artist Laurie Anderson became NASA’s first (and to date their only) artist-in-residence in 2004. In 2012 Anderson was artist-in-residence at Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo.

How Serious Play Leads To Breakthrough Innovation

In Creative Intelligence, Bruce Nussbaum argues that building a space away from normal activity, where people trust each other and agree to behave by a different set of rituals, is key to enhancing a team’s creative capability. /how-serious-play-leads-to-breakthrough-innovation.

Nussbaum continues with three specific ways that can help you lead a creative life.

Shakespeare in the Boardroom

Richard Olivier grew up in the shadow of theatre, the son of the late Shakespearean actor Laurence Olivier. His company, Olivier Mythodrama, adapts some of the Bard’s greatest tales into lessons of corporate leadership, presenting them to corporations such as Rolls-Royce and FedEx, organizations such as the United Nations, and even the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon

Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal, says science backs up the long-held belief that story is the most powerful means of communicating a message.

Five Innovation Lessons You Can Learn On The Dance Floor

Dancing is instinctive, creative, and a perfect metaphor for the innovation process. Erica Dhawan, globally recognized leadership expert, tells us you can learn a lot from shaking that money maker.

Why Innovation By Brainstorming Doesn't Work

Anything--even doing laundry--will help you dream up new ideas better than sitting in a meeting, says Debra Kaye, author of Red Thread Thinking a case study of the history of the single-use detergent pod.

Artists Are Dangerous

My colleague Dr. Patrick Finn is a performance expert who found a home in the Department of Drama at the University of Calgary. He was asked by Calgary Arts Development to provide a commentary on the role of the artist in society, which was turned into this video.