Posted by: Liz Massey | January 23, 2011

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for January 23, 2011

Photo courtesy SXC.

Managing the Idea Monkey – BusinessWeek

G. Michael Maddock, chief executive, and Raphael Louis Vitón, president of Maddock Douglas, an innovation consultancy, discuss the best ways to manage innovation-focused employees. Idea monkeys need “ringleaders” who can focus and direct monkey energy, they assert. I found myself agreeing with at least 2 points: Keep the idea monkey’s energy focused on where innovation happens (at the intersection of a need and an idea), and make it fun (stay away from “can’t” and “don’t” language with creative people). (A hat tip to for this link.)

Internet Marketing: The 10 Biggest Mistakes Made by Artists and Creatives (and How to Fix Them) | Lateral Action

Mark McGuinness’ post covers a wide range of artist FAILs on the Internet — from not engaging in Internet marketing at all or using Blogger as one’s blog host to writing boring headlines for one’s content and making it hard to buy your work at your site.

5 Ways You’re Highly Creative But Completely Ignoring | A Big Creative Yes

Dan Goodwin highlights 5 areas in which many people express creativity and may not even recognize it: social events, relationships, food, home, and gift-making.

9 Practices for Cultivating a Creative New Year

Michelle James of the Center for Creative Emergence has put together an awesome newsletter article on 9 activities that can clear the way for better creation in 2011. Some of her suggestions: Clearing, Centering, Holding, Listening, Tending and Adapting.

Freelance to Small Business: 10 People Who Made the Transition | American Express OPEN Forum

Thursday Bram of Wise Bread shares thumbnail sketches of 10 freelancers who enjoyed greater success once they repackaged their services as a business.

Tips on writing from Steven Johnson, ie., an actual successful writer | Oliver Burkeman

Burkeman, a writer for The Guardian, provides a post on his personal blog about some tidbits of advice he gleaned from interviewing Steven Johnson about his book “Where Good Ideas Come From.” Two of the best of Johnson’s ideas on writing? Keep a “slow hunch” file (for half- or even quarter-baked ideas to gestate), and don’t over-research before you start writing.


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