Tag Archives: creativity

Creativity Unleashes Value for the World

Title: Creativity Unleashes Value for the World

Date: 2015-05-13

Speaker: Chinedu Echeruo (Constant Capital Partners)

Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

 

Creativity plays a big role in success.Ideas matter.

The true source of human capital and potential is the ideas you come up with.

Product matters. Product solves so many problems in so many ways.

Ups may actually be downs and downs may actually be ups.

Creativity plays a big role in success.

There are real competitive advantages with being first to market.

Technology represents a huge opportunity for Africa.

To have a successful company in the early years you need to have a great idea, a well-functioning team, a product with some traction, and capital.

Build systems around people, product, and capital.

Entrepreneurship is solving problems profitably.

Simple Rules for a Complex World

Title: Simple Rules for a Complex World

Date: 2015-04-29

Speaker: Kathleen Eisenhardt (Stanford University)

Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

 

Rules let you scale.Simple rules are simple.

Simple rules are unique.

Simple rules relate to a defined activity.

Boundary rules and how to rules are the easy ones to learn. Priority ones are a little harder.

You can spend an endless amount of time in business in meetings.

Highly creative people are often using rules.

Rules around creativity force you to think more.

The hardest rule of all to learn is when to stop doing something.

Rules let you scale.

Sometimes you’ve got to break the rules.

Be sure you’ve got a really good first boss.

A rule takes the emotion out (of a decision).

Creativity, Inc.

Title: Creativity, Inc.

Date: 2014-04-30

Speaker: Ed Catmull (Disney/Pixar)

Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

 

The first conclusions are almost always wrong. And so are the second and third.Sometimes you can overreach and get the home run but lose the game.

Learn from mistakes.

You need a lot of candor about what works and what doesn’t work.

There are good reasons why most people hold back and don’t say what they think.

Process is important.

Trust takes a while to earn.

New ideas are fragile.

Sometimes things that are actually true don’t alter our behaviour.

The first conclusions are almost always wrong. And so are the second and third.

You know you’re an integrated company if you can’t draw a line between the technical and the creative.

It is good to work in teams.

You need people, who are candid and have enough experience, who will raise the flag.

Storytelling is the way we communicate with each other.

Managing is a creative act.

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking (and How to Apply Them to Your Startup)

Episode 141: The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking (and How to Apply Them to Your Startup)

Date: 2013-07-16

Link: Startups for the Rest of Us

 

Understand deeply.

Break complex issues into component parts. e.g. Understand algebra before trying to understand calculus.

Break your app down into the minimum features. Launch with the minimum features.

Choose small wins.

Make mistakes. They are a critical part of learning.

There is no replacement for real world experience.

Follow the flow of ideas. Look backwards to see where ideas come from and forward to see where they’re headed.

Ideas are almost always evolutionary.

To be an effective thinker you need to be willing to change your mind when faced with new evidence.

Stimulating Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace

Title: Stimulating Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace

Date: 2006-08-26

Speaker: Robert I. Sutton (Stanford)

Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

 

Every creative act is doing new things with old things. Ideas don’t come out of thin air.

If you want to have fast creativity you treat creativity as an import/export business.

Encourage people to defy and ignore superiors and peers.

Bring in new people who aren’t biased about the industry.

In the history of famous inventors there is almost always somebody involved who can sell.

Making failure okay increases creativity.

Finding out which ideas are right and wrong is very tough.

If testing something new go to users rather than focus groups.

Don’t sell ideas to managers who manage work they don’t understand.

Most of the money spent on research at universities does not lead to commercially viable products. Enough projects succeed to keep it going.

Nine Lessons Learned about Creativity at Google

Title: Nine Lessons Learned about Creativity at Google

Date: 2006-05-17

Speaker: Marissa Mayer (Google)

Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

 

The idea for Google Maps came from an acquisition.

Ideas come from all kinds of inspirations.

Share everything you can.

Book: The Art of Innovation

Take really smart people and give them really good tools and they build amazing things.

Iteration is key.

Launch an innovation and then make it better.

If you iterate quickly people forget about the mistakes.

Data is apolitical.

Creativity loves constraint.

When you constrain your thoughts that is when you see a lot of innovation happen.

Money follows consumers.

Don’t kill projects. Morph them.

Always surround yourself with really smart people.

Serif fonts are more readable. Sans-serif fonts are more legible.

The rising tide floats all boats.