Posted by: Liz Massey | May 26, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for May 26, 2010

Photo courtesy SXC.

The Most Important Leadership Quality for CEOs? Creativity | Fast Company
For CEOs, creativity is now the most important leadership quality for success in business, outweighing even integrity and global thinking, according to a new study by IBM. The study is the largest known sample of one-on-one CEO interviews, with over 1,500 corporate heads and public sector leaders across 60 nations and 33 industries polled on what drives them in managing their companies in today’s world.

Pay No Attention To Shiny Objects
Mystery writer Dana Kaye, writing on the aptly named Hey, There’s A Dead Guy in the Living Room blog (for mystery writers!) has written a post about removing distractions for writers that will work for just about any creative person, regardless of discipline.

50 Ways to Expose Yourself to Randomness
Ben Casnocha, writing on his blog, channels Tom Peters as he makes suggestions for reducing structure and increasing cross-pollinating randomness in your life. Good suggestions for getting out of an idea rut!

Abracadabra Moments, the Opening Line You Should Never Use, and 10 More Ways to Sell Ideas
More information on idea-pitching from Sam Harrison, a speaker and writer on creativity-related topics, in this excerpt from his latest book “IdeaSelling: Successfully Pitch Your Creative Ideas to Bosses, Clients and Other Decision Makers.”

The Secret Life Of Frank, An Amazing Creative Idea
Creativity coach Dan Goodwin, writing on his awesomely-named blog, A Big Creative Yes, narrates the adventures of Frank, a little idea that got out of his inventor’s head and into a very safe and productive place. Totally cute post and a good reminder of putting ideas into action!

How to Solve an X Problem | American Express OPEN Forum
Design and innovation strategist Matthew May interviews Adam Richardson, author of “Innovation X,” about what X-shaped problems are, why solving them puts businesses light-years ahead of their competition, and why smaller businesses can use “hunch-ology” successfully to nimbly compete with industry giants.

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