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Infinite Possibilities - Groupon's GEEKon 2015

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Sometimes making choices in our career paths is difficult. Wouldn't it be helpful to have guidelines to help us make decisions that open up your options rather than shut them down? Discover how choosing creativity, a growth mindset, finding your Flow, and being a Maker puts you on the path of having infinite possibilities in your career, creating a clear path to a future where you can not only be awesome, but also do meaningful work.

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Infinite Possibilities - Groupon's GEEKon 2015

  1. Possibilities Infinite Denise R. Jacobs GEEKon Hackapalooza @ Groupon | Chicago, IL 25 July 2015
  2. @denisejacobs #Geekon #Hackapalooza #Groupon #infinitepossible
  3. Get the slides, y’all! Creativedo.se/geekon-ip
  4. Photo by Derek Kearney From Front-end Dev à Creativity Evangelist
  5. à Founder + Chief Creativity Evangelist http://TheCreativeDose.com/
  6. Hackapalooza FTW! Photo: Joshua Campsey
  7. 1,1,2,3… https://www.flickr.com/photos/bdunnette/143567420
  8. It’s the new Black http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  9. Time Magazine Creativity Poll, 2013 http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/the-time-creativity-poll/
  10. IBM CEO Study, 2010 https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/31670.wss
  11. Survey of 684 Developers https://www.flickr.com/photos/ter-burg/8812567121
  12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/ We have it, then we lose it.
  13. This is Water. https://www.flickr.com/photos/seotaro/2101165162
  14. “The new scarcity: the time, energy, and brainpower of bright, creative people.” - Mary Poppendieck, “Think For Yourself”
  15. Passion for accuracy Analytical Thinking critically Learn quickly Problem solvers Curious Gifts of developers
  16. “A lot of enterprises could be a lot more successful if they pay attention to the developer rather than…the enterprise [itself].” – Delyn Simmons, Head of Developer Platform at Intel Services Division
  17. You’ve been lucky
  18. You’ve been able to experiment http://blackhistoryheroes.blogspot.com/2010/07/george-washington-carver-scientist-and.html
  19. Get ideas flowing
  20. And https://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/4239849264/
  21. “Play is how we invent and experiment.” – Josh Clarke, “The Web Gets Real”
  22. Pursue stupid ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/142398084
  23. Because they may have legs StartSometihingStupid.com
  24. Inspired to be more innovative
  25. How to move forward?
  26. The Dark or the Light
  27. It starts with One http://www.flickr.com/photos/33498942@N04/6009639079/
  28. The pattern of nature
  29. We are part of this pattern https://www.flickr.com/photos/124263610@N08/14201837570/
  30. The Golden Ratio https://www.flickr.com/photos/gdvan/14910785913
  31. Everything comes from this divine unfolding https://www.flickr.com/photos/rammorrison/2718543921
  32. What direction should you go?
  33. Making one solid choice is the beginning
  34. The paradox of choice http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/
  35. CHOOSE https://www.flickr.com/photos/buttersponge/4955768144
  36. Non-Creative or Creative?
  37. http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/ Who here is creative?
  38. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kosmotesto/3794445313/ “Creativity is all about making connections and seeing patterns.” Bruce Nussbaum, Creative Intelligence
  39. Child, please. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mahalie/276780530/
  40. Your experience this week has shown you that
  41. Internal fears = Inner Critic Photo: Denise Jacobs
  42. In Tibetan, creative = natural https://www.flickr.com/photos/norte_it/2340805781
  43. Creativity ≠ Trying to be Creative http://www.theprofessionalcreative.com/take-the-first-step-to-become-creative/
  44. Trying ≠ Practicing
  45. http://www.wallpaper4me.com/images/wallpapers/do_or_do_not_w1.jpeg “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
  46. “If I try to be creative, rather than just accepting that I am creative, I fail.” Andrew J. Epstein
  47. Not about effort
  48. More like breathing http://www.flickr.com/photos/guiniveretoo/1573049301/
  49. Like breathing, you can build http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel77/2728104156/
  50. Get in tune with the process https://www.flickr.com/photos/flavijus/566174947
  51. What’s your creative frequency? http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sine_waves_different_frequencies.svg
  52. Listen/tune in
  53. Filter out the background noise Photo: Denise Jacobs
  54. Frequency: Occurrence https://www.flickr.com/photos/joelanman/367425390
  55. Frequency: Practice https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/275200051/
  56. Become an idea machine
  57. Challenge/Homework: Ten Ideas a day https://www.flickr.com/photos/evaekeblad/15294401442
  58. “Deciding for creativity does not guarantee that creativity will emerge, but without the decision, it certainly will not.” – Robert Sternberg
  59. Decide upon Creativity. Choose it. Then, amplify your creative frequency.
  60. Fixed or Growth Mindset?
  61. Mindset, by Carol Dweck http://mindsetonline.com
  62. Which looks more familiar?
  63. Fixed mindset https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethscupham/7328405210
  64. Perfection Talent Ability Accomplishment Comparison Fixed Mindset focused on
  65. “Maybe I don’t have enough talent.” “What if I fail?” “If I don’t try, I can protect my dignity.” “It’s not my fault. It’s something/someone else’s.”
  66. (Sounds an awful lot like the Inner Critic, no?)
  67. Perfectionist? http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/
  68. (Sounds an awful lot like the Inner Critic, no?)
  69. Growth Mindset
  70. Learning Willingness to fail Curiosity Expansion Being self-referential Growth Mindset focused on
  71. Embrace and enjoy learning
  72. How do you change from Fixed to Growth? http://www.flickr.com/photos/f-oxymoron/5005673112/
  73. 1) Listen for your Fixed Mindset voice http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684632/
  74. 2) Recognize that you have a choice https://www.flickr.com/photos/cjsmithphotography/6804513809
  75. 3) Talk back to it with a growth mindset voice
  76. “I can learn to do this with time & effort.” “Most successful people have had failure along the way.” “If I don’t try, I automatically fail.” “If I don’t take responsibility, I can’t fix it.”
  77. 4) Take growth mindset action
  78. Growth Mindset actions http://www.flickr.com/photos/onegiantleap/4124211492/
  79. http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959867550/ &http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/ Adopt a beginner’s mind
  80. Release the Tyranny of the Expert https://www.flickr.com/photos/64540855@N07/5878418781
  81. Rediscover the familiar https://www.flickr.com/photos/77654185@N07/8428225936
  82. Re-learn something from a friend https://www.flickr.com/photos/ribbitvoice/2339351666
  83. Learn something entirely new http://www.flickr.com/photos/13723940@N04/2648317554/
  84. In my own life: learning Improv Photo: Denise Jacobs
  85. Learning from experience is key
  86. “I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…Idividetheworldintothe learnersandnonlearners.” – Benjamin Barber, Sociologist
  87. Approach everything with openness and eagerness. Increase your knowledge and expand yourself.
  88. Blocked or in Flow?
  89. Creative blocks? http://www.flickr.com/photos/99301367@N00/8497106802/
  90. Fears https://www.flickr.com/photos/tom_lin/3193080175/
  91. Creative Flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4958540694/
  92. Is @ the Sweet Spot
  93. Enjoy + Good at + Feeling Empowered http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/
  94. = Empowered Play http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8216666102/
  95. Aka
  96. Your brain on Flow https://www.flickr.com/photos/arselectronica/13994747444
  97. Flow banishes the Inner Critic!
  98. The Flow “Afterglow” http://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzylittlemanpeach/4633972431/
  99. How do you reach Flow?
  100. 1) Get in touch with your brilliance http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/
  101. 2) Have clear goals
  102. 3) Uninterrupted, focused time
  103. (how to ruin developer productivity)
  104. (Instill the Headphones Rule) https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/9824922293
  105. Helps create space for ideas https://www.flickr.com/photos/creativedc/2939649520
  106. 4) Balance of risk & challenge http://www.flickr.com/photos/librarianavengers/2495352933/
  107. The Flow Channel exits between the two
  108. 5) Immediate feedback http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8124124586/
  109. Find your Flow to dispel fears and experience continuous creative growth.
  110. Taker or Maker?
  111. …Has little regard for their potential to shape the future or ability to take action on issues that truly motivate them. A Taker…
  112. …A maker’s work is characterized by morality, creativity, craftsmanship, and purposed problem solving. They view their work through the lens of service. A Maker…
  113. “….Makers choose their work based on impact and happiness.” Jason Cavnar, "Why developers should start choosing conscience over profit" http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/18/developers-choosing-conscience-over-profit/
  114. This is what you’ve been doing all week https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahmount/324922376
  115. Up-level your Makership-ness http://www.flickr.com/photos/fragmented/2734290118/
  116. 1) Stay a passionate problem-solver http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/4435608143/
  117. 2) Make “Bug” Lists https://www.flickr.com/photos/acerriteno/3484407240/
  118. 3) Cultivate a healthy disregard for the impossible
  119. 4) Be clear on your “Why” http://www.flickr.com/photos/zlz212/198759134/
  120. Whom are you helping? http://www.codefevermiami.com/
  121. Infuse meaning https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/5932362950
  122. 5) Choose bigger, more creative problems to solve
  123. 6) Spur creative thinking at scale http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsters,_Inc.
  124. By using this:
  125. Like folks at Pixar
  126. Make things that matter – to both you and others.
  127. PROGRESS http://www.flickr.com/photos/harryharris/381154280/
  128. What do you get? http://www.flickr.com/photos/dlaughland/3475448568/
  129. Life is complex and so are decisions
  130. Two tracks
  131. CREATIVITY GROWTH MIND FIND FLOW BE A MAKER
  132. Guidelines; stars to navigate by http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/9255191990/
  133. “Clarity brings about purpose, purpose brings about action, action brings about change.” – Joel Yeo
  134. What you’ve been doing all week
  135. Mobilize a dormant creative confidence http://www.flickr.com/photos/badastronomy/4179773749/
  136. You have literally gotten your Group On! http://www.weareforeal.com/projects/bssp-nouiasaaou-2013
  137. Collective creative ideas=infinite http://static.ipaustralia.com.au/store3/10/78/1078354.1.high.jpg
  138. No more hoarding of ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8127201319/
  139. Creating together well http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/4435608143/
  140. Diversity of ideas & people http://www.flickr.com/photos/shirinwiniger/3680885289/
  141. Combination of strengths http://www.infographicmaker.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/RightBrainvsLeftBrain-Infographic.jpg
  142. Builds collaboration, trust, and empathy https://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/2941559903
  143. http://www.flickr.com/photos/vfsdigitaldesign/6078442693/ People + Product + Environment + Community
  144. = Innovation
  145. Critical
  146. Not creative Fixed mindset Blocked Taking what you can get All too familiar with this
  147. CREATE LEARN FLOW CONTRIBUTE
  148. While we can’t predict the future http://fusible.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/crystal-ball.jpg
  149. Because of the unknown http://hub.salford.ac.uk/energymonitoring/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2012/01/known-knowns1.jpg
  150. THIS
  151. “We are the creators of the future.” Umair Haque, “How to Have a Year That Matters”
  152. Collaboration http://www.flickr.com/photos/schipulites/5407946699/
  153. This is your compass
  154. Creativity is your True North
  155. CREATIVITY GROWTH MIND FIND FLOW BE A MAKER
  156. All of space-time started with a singularity
  157. Just as the Universe is expanding, so are we
  158. Now you have more tools
  159. “If you want to build a ship, don't drum 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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/masma06/11337154704/
  160. The winning hack is just the beginning
  161. You are Master Creators
  162. Continue to contribute https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgraths/3277839203
  163. Continue to pursue excellence Photo: Denise Jacobs
  164. Pay it forward; Hack it forward https://www.flickr.com/photos/gammaman/7986229724/
  165. The choice is clear https://www.flickr.com/photos/matias3000/253871344/
  166. Choose http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/
  167. Get the slides, y’all! Creativedo.se/geekon-ip
  168. My upcoming book! Banish Your Inner Critic DeniseJacobs.com/InnerCritic 26 Effective Techniques for Unleashing Productive Creativity
  169. Please take the Creative Blocks Survey Creativedo.se/creative-blocks-survey
  170. THE CREATIVE DOSE A Creativity + Innovation Collective Work Better. Create More. Create Betterness. Creative Thinking & Problem-solving Applying an Innovation Mindset Creative Collaboration Team Communication & Cohesion TheCreativeDose.com @thecreativedose
  171. DeniseJacobs.com  Sign up on my mailing list here! denise@denisejacobs.com twitter.com/denisejacobs facebook.com/denisejacobsdotcom slideshare.net/denisejacobs Connect, Chat, and Collaborate! Photo used with permission: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarronwalter/4629078087/
  172. And finally… http://www.flickr.com/photos/theredproject/3302110152/

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