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When Do You Come Up with Your Best Ideas?

Posted by Creative Realities on October 6, 2011

Newton did it lounging under an apple tree.  Archimedes did it soaking in a bathtub.  Einstein did it while shaving.  Those are the settings in which these great minds did their best thinking (at least according to legend).  The common theme is that they were in the state of relaxed concentration.  Rather than sit at your desk hammering away at a problem, it is often wise to let your mind wander.  In his terrific book The Element Sir Ken Robinson describes the process: 

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Topics: Chris Dolan, creativity, Ideas, Relaxed Concentration, creative thinking skills

Why is the sky blue? -- three tips for innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on June 26, 2011


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Topics: Jay Terwilliger, Relaxed Concentration, creative thinking, Innovation, Collaboration, 9 Critical Success Factors, breakthrough innovation, Essentials for Innovation, brainstorming, creative thinking skills, changing the game, connection making

Is Brainstorming Broken?

Posted by Creative Realities on June 7, 2011

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Topics: creativity, Clay Maxwell, Relaxed Concentration, Jonah Lehrer, FEI2011, Innovation, brainstorming

Python Wisdom: Relaxed Concentration

Posted by Creative Realities on August 26, 2010

Your creativity isn't dead, 'tis merely a flesh wound!  In this fascinating lecture on creativity, the legendary member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese offers insights into the creative process he learned through his own sketch writing experience.

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Relaxed Concentration, creative thinking, creative problem solving