Published on: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Recently, I had a conversation with Bryan Mattimore, one of America's top experts in applied creativity, ideation facilitation and innovation management. Mattimore is the inventor of the creativity training game, Bright Ideas and bestselling author of 99% Inspiration
. I was particularly curious to know what led him to explore the power of creativity and why organizations need to be open to them. Here is an excerpt of what he had to say on that topic:
"There were two pivotal moments in my life. The first was when I grew up with my father. He was an entrepreneur with Time Inc., and he started a company called SAMI. That environment really encouraged me and made me wonder how he got his ideas. That really set me on a lifetime search and a passion for understanding the creative process."
Published on: Monday, October 08, 2012
Well, it's that time of year again. Football season is once again upon us, and lots of intellectual and physical capital will be spent preparing, assessing, coaching, executing and critiquing the performance of Pee Wee, high school, collegiate and professional football teams — from every angle.
So what do the great teams have in common?
Published on: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Leaders have to do more than bring bottom-line results to an organization; they are responsible for instilling an overall philosophy, coalescing culture, depicting the future, and motivating teams to achieve their potential, which are all monumental feats. George Bradt, co-author of The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan
, asked members of ExecuNet's General Management Roundtable how they've succeeded in bringing their vision and values to life in organizations they've led, and inspired others to do great things. Here are some of their responses:
Published on: Thursday, May 17, 2012
I think I spent a little too much time alone in the car recently, because Vanilla Ice was sending me career messages while I sang along to "Ice Ice Baby
." Cast no judgment on his music, sense of style or dance moves; you can find some inspiration when you sift through the beats:
Published on: Monday, April 30, 2012
Even author and Harvard Business School professor Bill George quoted someone else, Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, when he spoke about leadership: "Leadership is a long journey into your own soul." But, George added, "Nothing is more fulfilling than leading, bringing people together to make a difference in the world."
As leaders, you've read countless volumes learning how to better lead and drive team performance and organizations, and spent more untold hours on-the-job doing, but sometimes it's a simple phrase that crystallizes the leadership experience. Here's some inspiration from successful leaders ExecuNet has captured while on location that we've collected to share with you.
Published on: Monday, January 23, 2012
I wish that I were effectively able to convey to you what a roomful of Ben Zander energy feels like. I wish I could have you hear him lead thousands of executives to sing happy birthday to a complete stranger or Ode to Joy in German
. I wish you could see 350 hungry business leaders let their lunches grow cold as they sat transfixed and hanging onto his words.
Published on: Monday, January 10, 2011
New Year's resolutions are ubiquitous, failed ones even more so. But rather than go into the typical lamenting about how and why resolutions don't stick, I think I will camp on the heart and the passion behind them. Many people seem to have some point in which they look into their proverbial mirrors and desire to get better at some aspect of their life. This desire is one of the purest components of what makes us fully human.
If you ever get to the point in your life where you lose so much heart that you no longer even desire to have better days ahead, then you will know you have hit rock bottom. So I say, resolve like your life depends on it because in many respects it does.
Published on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Small goals first; then move on to the entire planet.
No generation, political party or movement has the exclusive on change; it can start in our very own small spaces, and you'd be surprised how far the ripples reach. Everybody at every level, in every career stage, has the ability to change their world.