Creative genius is a myth. And great flashes of inspiration are never the work of just one person, even if one person gets all the credit.
So argues author Kevin Ashton, technology pioneer and entrepreneur in his best-selling book, “How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery”.
In the 8th “talk” in our series, Ashton takes on the task of debunking many of our widely-held beliefs about creativity as well as throwing cold water on some of our deeply ingrained management “best practices”.
Brainstorming doesn’t work. Financial rewards don’t lead to results. Failing freely and frequently can actually be good for creating.
“Creativity is just a made up term to mystify something that all of us have the power to do,” says Ashton.
He also discloses some of the “secrets” of creativity in his blogs including:
- The one simple question that Steve Jobs would ask that exemplifies the creative impulse in all of us…
- Creation is a long and grueling process oftentimes best done in solitude AND
- Passion AND reward are the most powerful drivers for creativity.
Click play below to hear some very powerful stories and learn more about the reality of creative process.
Go to Minute 3 to hear the Creativity Myth of “Inspirational genius” debunked and learn that there’s no such thing as a “Eureka” moment and drive-thru solution.
Go to Minute 7 to learn that everyone has the power to be “creative” (and hear the revealing story of the invention of the Dyson vacuum cleaner).
Go to Minute 10:50 to hear about the dirty little secret of the Nobel Prize.
Go to Minute 20 to find out how Ashton picked the title “How to Fly a Horse” based on a story of the Wright Brothers.
Fascinating and revealing information that will hopefully inspire and encourage you to put in the time and effort to create a great strategy and a fabulous business.
With over 30 years of experience, Cheryl Beth partners with small and mid-market CEO’s and C-level executives to create more valuable and sustainable companies. She has led strategic change initiatives, provided business advisory and coaching services to hundreds of small and mid-market companies and focused on providing a return on investment to every CEO with whom she has worked. Questions about how you can scale your business? Connect with Cheryl Beth on LinkedIn and drop her a message, she’s happy to offer some guidance.