A Month of Creative Dialogue & Big Brain Thinking

Those of you who read this blog regularly already know that I’m a huge fan of Fast Company magazine, and the February 2013 edition (Listen Up!/Speak Up!) is just one of example of why.

It was j packed with interesting dialogues about innovation and creativity in the workplace, featuring some of the brightest (read: bravest) minds around.

I say “bravest,” as the definition of “brightest,” because none of us should think for a second that anyone featured in this magazine is any brighter than we are when it comes to creativity. If you think about it, Fast Company would not even tackle topics on innovation if everyone in business had creativity wired.

The truth is we all deal with the same types of creative saboteurs when we attempt to stick our necks out.

And we ALL fail.

In fact, for every great idea, there are countless others that:

  1. just plain flopped
  2. the creator killed because she or he was scared
  3. corporate killed because those in charge were scared
  4. never saw the light of day because they were
    “but-ed” to death in their infancy
  5. never even materialized as even the teeniest of
    sparks because the creator didn’t create a safe space for herself or himself to
    explore anything other than the status quo

The dialogues featured in this particular issue were truly inspiring and provided lots of clues that none of us are alone in trying to push our creativity, or in wanting so much to take bigger chances.

To having creative conversations more often — and out loud.

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