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Don’t assume you know what your customers want or need. Don’t thinkyou can innovate by never leaving your office.
Managethe inevitable conflicts in your core business.
What business tasks do we conduct, and why? Is the endresult of these tasks bringing any value, or do we do thembecause we’ve always done them?What reports are we creating or collecting, and why? Doesanyone ever read them, or better yet, do we ever do anythingof value with the information we collect?Are the standing meetings we hold necessary and do they addor bring value?What “red tape” or bureaucratic dictum is getting in the wayof your employees … wasting time they could be using to bemore creative?
―One who fears failure limits hisactivities. Failure is only the opportunity tomore intelligently begin again.‖ Henry Ford
―Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will takeyou everywhere.‖ Albert Einstein
―Failure is thecondiment that gives success its flavor.‖ Truman Capote
―The best way topredict the future is to create it.‖Abraham Lincoln
―Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by thethings that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.‖ Mark Twain
―Creativity is inventing,experimenting,growing, takingrisks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.‖Mary Lou Cook
―Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on ones face.‖James D. Finley
―If you want to build a ship, don’tdrum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.‖ Antoine De Saint Exupery
―People who don’t take risks generally make about 2 big mistakes a year, people who do take risks generally make about 2 big mistakes a year.‖ Peter Drucker
―It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what workedfor you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.‖ Roger von Oech
―The things we fear most in organizations — fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances — are the primarysources of creativity.” Margaret J. Wheatley
―Don’t worry, be crappy. Revolutionary means you ship andthen test… Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap –but it was a revolutionary piece of crap.‖ Guy Kawasaki
―You can’t wait forinspiration, you have to go after it with a club.‖ Jack London
―Think left and thinkright and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try.‖ Dr. Seuss
―Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.‖Donatella Versace
―Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.‖ Steve Jobs
"All great deedsand great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning." Albert Camus
―Creativity comes from trust.Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.‖ Rita Mae Brown
―Life is trying things to see if they work.‖ Ray Bradbury
―Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learned. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and,where appropriate, profits.‖ Edward de Bono
―There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.‖ Warren G. Bennis
―When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creativeand acting like the most gigantic idiot on Earth. So what the hell, leap!” Peter McWilliams
―One of the advantages ofbeing disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.‖ A. A. Milne
―The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into yourmind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.‖ Dee Hock
―Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.‖ Theodore Levitt
―All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist oncehe grows up.‖Pablo Picasso
―Be brave enough to live creatively.The creative is the place where no oneelse has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cant get there by bus, only by hardwork, risking, and by not quite knowingwhat youre doing. What youll discover will be wonderful: yourself.‖ Alan Alda