Creativity Sucks & Innovations for Nerds!!


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Presented to the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council May 7, 2014.

On Creativity and Innovation. From the likes of Tom Kelly to Clayton Christensen, from Creative Confidence to The Innovators Dilemma. We discuss a lot of books throughout.

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Creativity Sucks & Innovations for Nerds!!

  1. 1. creativity sucks! innovation’s for nerds!
  2. 2. everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. -Hugh MacLeod
  3. 3. “…then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please.” " -Hugh MacLeod,
  4. 4. can one learn to be creative?
  5. 5. That combination of thought and action defines creative confidence: the ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out. -David & Tom Kelly, Creative Confidence
  6. 6. is there such thing as writers block?
  7. 7. The  War  of  Art    
  8. 8. Your best thought comes embedded in chunks of your worst thought. -Mark Levy, The Accidental Genius
  9. 9. does creativity just come to you?
  10. 10. get out a piece of paper
  11. 11. how to be creative
  12. 12. 1. stop trying to be right
  13. 13. If everyone tells you it is a good idea, run the other way. -Jay Rogers, Local Motors
  14. 14. host a “bad idea” session
  15. 15. but remember, no one likes a know it all
  16. 16. 2. find your super power
  17. 17. “A great company is more likely to die of indigestion from too much opportunity than starvation from too little.” -Packard’s Law
  18. 18. never say no to panda.
  19. 19. 3. practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice
  20. 20. at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. that’s the world’s greatest lie. -paulo coelho, the alchemist
  21. 21. but jeph, i’m not talented at anything I can’t be successful!
  22. 22. the talent myth
  23. 23. Mark Cuban
  24. 24. Michael Phelps
  25. 25. there are no prodigies just people who practice more than others
  26. 26. 1. stop trying to be right 2. find your super power 3. practice, practice, practice
  27. 27. innovation
  28. 28. the pope’s inauguration
  29. 29. you want to start a business?
  30. 30. we don’t need an expensive credit card terminal
  31. 31. you don’t need to hire people
  32. 32. you don’t need a building or pay for an entire office
  33. 33. we don’t need a taxi
  34. 34. we don’t need to stay at a hotel
  35. 35. we don’t have to go to a restaurant
  36. 36. our world has changed
  37. 37. so what is innovation?
  38. 38. there are only two types of businesses" the cost leader and the differentiator. Nothing else. -michael porter
  39. 39. when you’re innovating, you’re like david.
  40. 40. vs
  41. 41. being the underdogis a good thing.
  42. 42. innovative companies?
  43. 43. these companies were all started in economic downturns: Disney CNN MTV Hyatt Burger King FedEx Microsoft Apple Texas Instrument 20th Century Fox Gillette AT&T IBM Merck Hershey’s Eli Lilly Coors Bristol-Myers
  44. 44. great ideas alter the power balance in relationships. that’s why great ideas are initially resisted. –Hugh MacLeod
  45. 45. have you made someone feel awesome today?
  46. 46. life’s too short not to have fun.
  47. 47. @jephmaystruck