Posted by: Liz Massey | January 14, 2011

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for January 14, 2011

Photo courtesy of David Ritter, via SXC.

The Way of the Innovation Master

Jefferey Baumgartner, entrepreneur, business innovation expert, and owner of, has written a book that shares the secrets of encouraging, managing and implementing innovation.

The book combines three parallel yet intertwined stories. The first tells of Jane, a CEO who needs to transform her global company into an innovative one. The second story is a dialogue between two old, company presidents trying to come to terms with innovation and sharing their thoughts. The final story is a series of short, concise lessons that begin with detailed instructions on drawing up an innovation plan, follow up with an innovation model and then describe key elements of the model.

Finding new problems

Andrew Hargadon, the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management at University of California, discusses why finding problems to throw at a newly discovered solution, rather than the other way around, may be a more effective innovation approach.

Innovation and creative destruction

Patrick Lefler, writing on The Spruance Group’s Intrepid Ideas blog, highlights one of the dark sides of innovation — the industries and employees who are uprooted by advancing technology. As a Federal Reserve paper quoted by Lefler says: “A society cannot reap the rewards of creative destruction without accepting that some individuals might be worse off, not just in the short term, but perhaps forever.”

Charles Limb: Your brain on improv | Video on

Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.

5 Tips for Successful Mini Sessions

Elizabeth Halford, writing on Digital Photography School Blog, offers several tips for creating photo packages that clients can afford and which will provide income between “big” photo-session seasons. Useful parallels for other creatives who want to design smaller package offerings for their customers!

The Fertile Unknown: 27 Elements of the New Work Paradigm

Michelle James, of the Center for Creative Emergence, presents a graphic contrasting the “old” work paradigm, with its emphasis on competition, either-or, and conformity, with an emergent paradigm, which she says is being marked by an emphasis on yes-and thinking, originality and co-creation. Very interesting!

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