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Last update: 2012-09-18

The Benefits of Music

2012-09-18

Allison Morris recently emailed me about a graphic she helped create that describes the benefits of music, found on the on line college.org website. As I wrote in another blog post, I’m not an advertiser for onlinecollege.org or anywhere else, but I’m happy to pass on good information related to creativity. Thank you, Allison, for emailing [...]…

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Thinking Generically

2012-07-26

As I was meandering around the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport recently waiting for a connecting flight back home, the latest issue of Scientific American Mind (July/August 2012) caught my eye on a newsstand with a cover story on creativity. There are a couple of articles on creativity in that issue, one of which is on [...]…

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Creativity Tips for Teachers

2012-07-23

Recently, Tim Handorf with BestCollegesOnline.com dropped me an email pointing me to a recent blog post there on 101 Creativity Tips for Teachers. Even if you’re not a teacher check it out. I’m sure you’ll find a number of the tips useful. The more I read that post the more I like it, too. And [...]…

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ExplodingCreativity.com Email Spoofing

2012-07-07

Please be aware that someone is sending emails claiming to be from the explodingcreativity.com domain but which, in fact, are not. This is called email spoofing, where someone creates an email that looks like it’s coming from someone else. If you receive such an email, DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINK. This past week I’ve [...]…

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Gifts to Spark Creativity

2011-12-20

I ran across some articles on educational gifts that might be of interest: Educational toys? Try DIY science experiments instead, USA Today article by Liz Szabo, 13 December 2011. Szabo gives some simple, inexpensive experiments you can do with your kids aged 3 to 10. Simple gifts of learning spark creativity, curiosity in kids, USA [...]…

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Customer Collaboration, Part 2

2011-12-13

Customer Collaboration, Part 1, discussed how a tee-shirt company, Threadless, collaborates with its customers. Part 2 continues this with how Volusion, an “all-in-one” e-commerce site, collaborates with its customers. April Joyner in the Tapping Customers for Product Ideas article in the November 2010 issue of Inc Magazine describes how Volusion has set up a formal [...]…

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How to Boost Your Intelligence

2011-12-13

If you’re looking to stimulate your brain and increase your mental faculties, read Ways to inflate Your IQ, from the Wall Street Journal November 29, 2011, issue, by Sue Shellenbarger. The things that stood out for me: People whose work involves complex relationships , setting up elaborate systems, or dealing with people or difficult problems [...]…

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Dreaming Enhances Memory

2011-12-13

In How To Study, one of the recommendations was “The night before the exam, review the toughest material right before going to bed.” The December 3-4, 2011, Wall Street Journal article To Sleep, Perchance to Dream–But Why?, by Matt Ridley, answers why. Ridley writes that recent research on dreams has shown that dreaming is a [...]…

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Executing Cheaters

2011-12-13

OK, the title is far more provocative than it needs to be–it’s the combination of two articles that recently caught my eye: Original Sinners from the Wall Street Journal’s December 3-4, 2011, edition Innovation’s Hard Part from Fortune Magazine’s December 6, 2010, issue The Original Sinners article was about ethics, describing a study that ‘probed’ [...]…

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Successfully Failing

2011-11-10

Failure’s relationship to creativity has been discussed in this blog several times before — expecting, tolerating, embracing, and learning from failure. The October 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal article, The Art Of Failing Successfully, by Jonah Lehrer, provides a more scientific look at learning from failure. Lehrer writes that people experience two distinct reactions to [...]…

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Coma Music Dreams

2011-11-09

Daydreaming and mining your dreams for ideas have been discussed in this blog before, but an October 27, 2011, Wall Street Journal article, The Music of His Dreams, really blew my mind. Larry Blumenfeld writes that pianist Fred Hersch awoke from a two-month coma in 2008 and remembered eight specific dreams. Hersch was compelled by [...]…

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How to Study

2011-11-08

As I’ve mentioned in an early podcast episode, you will be more creative in the things that you have spent a fair amount of time studying, and so the October 26, 2011, Wall Street Journal article, Toughest Exam Question: What is the Best Way to Study?, by Sue Shellenbarger, caught my eye. The information in [...]…

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Can’t Buy Creativity

2011-11-07

From the October 24, 2011, Wall Street Journal article, Top ‘Innovators’ Rank Low in R&D Spending, by Melissa Korn— Korn writes of a new report by Booz & Co showing little correlation between the amount a company spends on R&D and the perception of the company as being innovative by other companies. For example, out [...]…

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Hiring for Creativity

2011-10-25

The October 2010 issue of Inc Magazine had a guide on How To: Hire for Creativity. This is well aligned with my podcast Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity. The guide opens with certain points about finding creative people, like it can be time-consuming and that a creative person in a non-creative job will be frustrated. [...]…

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Replacing SAT with Test For Creativity

2011-10-24

From November 1, 2010, Fortune Magazine article, Death to the SAT!!!, by David A. Kaplan – Cognitive Psychologist Robert Sternberg in his book, College Admissions for the 21st Century, argues that standardized tests, like the SAT and ACT, overvalue analytic abilities at the expense of leadership, creativity, and wisdom, and as Dean of Tufts instituted [...]…

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Better Ideas Through Failure

2011-10-10

The September 27, 2011, issue of The Wall Street Journal had a good article on how companies can be more creative, titled Better Ideas Through Failure. The main ideas of this article—to allow risk taking, to be tolerant of failure, and even to reward failure—will be familiar to followers of this blog & podcast. The [...]…

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Creative Myopia

2011-04-16

When you’re creating something, do you sometimes find it difficult to decide if the thing you’re creating is better one way or another? I had this happen to me this past week in creating a new video for my website, Web2Intranet.com. The first cut of the video is what I had originally envisioned. On reviewing [...]…

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Video Making

2011-04-03

I just made a new Introductory Video for my Information Management / Intranet Services website, Web2Intranet. The video can be found here. A man, a camcorder, and a green screen…it’s a beautiful thing. Well, may not be overly beautiful, but it sure is a fun and creative thing to do. I’m thinking now of creating [...]…

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Creative People Filtered From Leadership

2010-12-14

Here’s an interesting blog from Anne Fisher at fortune.cnn.com, which I’ll file under the “dark side” of creativity: Want to be promoted? Stifle your creativity. Fisher writes that three new studies have found that, in the business world, creativity is seldom rewarded with promotions, effectively filtering creative people from leadership positions, and that this may [...]…

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Encouraging Innovation

2010-12-05

The October 12, 2009, issue of Fortune Magazine had a short article profiling Genentech, a biotechnology company with a “long history of developing revolutionary drugs.” Most of what Genentech does to foster a culture of curiosity and creativity should seem familiar to those familiar with this blog and podcast: Refresh talent often. Genentech has a [...]…

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Visual Thinking

2010-12-05

Drawing diagrams, using pictures, and other visual techniques are great for creativity and problem solving. Episode 8: Mind-Mapping discussed one well-known visual technique. Clive Thompson writes about drawing in his article, Think Visual. Thomson writes that the best way to solve a complicated problem may well be to use drawings and pictures, that such visual [...]…

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User-Generated Innovation

2010-12-05

The October 12, 2009, issue of Fortune Magazine had an article about how the Netflix Prize is a case study in user-generated innovation. We’re all familiar with user-generated content: anyone who posts a YouTube video or adds to their Facebook wall creates that. User-generated innovation, of course,  is where users of a product or service [...]…

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More Daydreaming and Creativity

2010-12-05

(This is a continuation of the Daydreaming Leads to Creativity entry.) Here’s another article on daydreaming and creativity from the November 2009 issue of Wired Magazine: Why an idling mind is the mother of invention, by Clive Thompson. Thompson discusses a study that shows how often people lose concentration (a full one-third of the time), [...]…

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Episode 13: Web2Intranet and Creativity

2010-11-27 :: Robert W. Sharp

This episode discusses my experience developing the Web2Intranet website and how it relates to creativity. References mentioned in this episode: Web2Intranet Home Page Francine Mancini, Consulting and Coaching Services Episode 1: Notebooks Episode 7: Brainstorming Episode 2: Introduction to Creativity TED Talk on Cognitive Surplus, by Clay Shirky Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a [...]…

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Good To Great and Built To Last Book Reviews

2010-05-29

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced Good To Great in Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity, and referenced Built To Last in Episode 12: Serendipity. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins A great book, and very popular. The [...]…

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First, Break All The Five Dysfunctions of The Effective Executive Book Reviews

2010-05-29

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced First, Break All the Rules in Episode 2: Introduction to Creativity and in Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity; The Five Dysfunctions of a Team in Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity; and The Effective Executive in Episode 2: Introduction to Creativity. [...]…

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Talent is Overrated and is Never Enough Book Reviews

2010-05-29

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced Talent is Overrated in Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity. Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, by Geoffrey Colvin This book is about high performance and achievement, whether in a sport, music, art, science, engineering, medicine, [...]…

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Getting To Yes Trilogy Book Reviews

2010-05-28

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced Getting To Yes in Episode 7: Brainstorming and referenced The Power of a Positive No in Episode 10: The Dark Side of Creativity. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, by William L. Ury, Roger Fisher, Bruce M. Patton Excellent [...]…

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PHP, MySQL, and Apache Book Reviews

2010-05-28

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. As I’ve started implementing a new feature for Web2Intranet.com, I thought I’d give my reviews for a couple of the books I’ve used in developing that website. Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache All in One (4th Edition), by Julie C. [...]…

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“Empires of Light” Book Review

2010-05-27

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I referenced this book in Episode 2: Introduction to Creativity. Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World, by Jill Jonnes Great book! Part biography, history, science, and entrepreneurship book. Here’s an excerpted essay about this book [...]…

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Primal Leadership and Tribal Leadership Book Reviews

2010-05-27

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced Primal Leadership in Episode 3: Emotions and Creativity, Episode 4: Decision Making and Creativity, and Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity. Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee I’d say this is [...]…

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Discipline of Market Leaders Book Review

2010-05-27

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced this book in Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity and in Education Reform and (Lack of) Creativity. The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market, by Michael Treacy Very interesting book bringing together many business [...]…

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Blink and Tipping Point Book Reviews

2010-05-27

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced Blink in Episode 2: Introduction to Creativity and in Episode 4: Decision Making and Creativity, and I’ve referenced The Tipping Point in Episode 12: Serendipity. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell Great book on right-brain thinking and [...]…

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Rapid Development, Software Project Survival Guide, and Code Complete Book Reviews

2010-05-27

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced Rapid Development in Episode 5: Diversity and Creativity and in Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity. Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules, by Steve McConnell This is an older book now, but I still refer to it from time to time and [...]…

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Washington, Churchill, and Nixon Leadership Lessons

2010-05-27

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced Winston Churchill a couple of times in this blog and referenced Richard Nixon’s Leaders book in Episode 10: The Dark Side of Creativity. Leaders, by Richard M. Nixon Nixon gives a master’s leadership class here, writing about the leaders he [...]…

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion Book Review

2010-05-27

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced this book in Episode 10: The Dark Side of Creativity. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Collins Business Essentials), by Robert B. Cialdini Cialdini has written a number of books on Influence, and based on what I read in this book, I’m [...]…

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Management Powertools and Death March Book Reviews

2010-05-27

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced Management Powertools in Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity, and referenced Death March in Episode 5: Diversity and Creativity and in Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity. Management Powertools, by Harry Onsman I really liked this book. The various management, leadership, and [...]…

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“ThinkerToys”, “Cracking Creativity”, and “The Creative Spirit” Book Reviews

2010-05-26

I’ve finished reading a book, and instead of writing another book review in my LinkedIn.com profile’s reading list widget, I thought I’d first copy my book reviews from there to my blog, starting with the reviews I wrote on three books on creativity and which I’ve referenced in in podcasts and blog posts. Thinkertoys: A [...]…

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Web2Intranet.com’s Blogs Video

2010-05-24

Here’s the fourth video for Web2Intranet.com produced yesterday. This one was difficult. My hard drive crashed in the middle of recording this one, so there was about a week lost between stopping at that point and getting a new drive up & running. Then I had to re-type the script and re-screen capture the Power [...]…

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Emotions and Decision Making

2010-05-12

This blog entry can be thought of as a continuation of Episode 4: Decision Making and Creativity. As I’ve written recently, I’m reading Management Rewired, by Charles S. Jacobs, which discusses recent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) tests of the brain and how that relates to decision making, among other things. Jacobs writes how fMRI [...]…

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Evolutionary Spirituality and Stories

2010-05-10

My thanks to my friend Francine for passing along to me a link to a series of audio casts on Evolutionary Spirituality. This past weekend, I saved the MP3 files onto my laptop and put them into a Playlist on my iPod, listening to them while I exercise. I’ve listened to the first two casts [...]…

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Now on Twitter

2010-05-10

I am on Twitter now. You’ll find a link to my profile in the CONTACT INFO links, and I’ve added the Twitter Widget to the sidebar, too. I’ve had a Twitter account for a while now, but didn’t do anything with it. Like many of my friends whom I’ve recently looked up on Twitter, I [...]…

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In Search of Beethoven

2010-05-07

I just watched In Search of Beethoven on Netflix over my daughter’s Wii. Absolutely loved it; highly recommend it; search for it, find it, watch and listen to it. It’s not a fictional story like Copying Beethoven or Immortal Beloved, though there’s certainly biographical elements in those movies, but rather a documentary with wall-to-wall music. [...]…

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Podcast Setup

2010-05-06

As mentioned in the Introduction to Web2Intranet.com Video blog post, I finally created a page on my podcast setup. You can find it at the upper right of the website, next to the Privacy Policy.…

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Web2Intranet.com’s Privacy and Security Features Video

2010-05-06

Here’s the third video for Web2Intranet.com produced yesterday. There are definitely similarities between producing a podcast episode for Exploding Creativity and producing a video for Web2Intranet.com. For both of them, I go through a script-writing process, first deciding the topic and then outlining the points I want to make. This part of the process is [...]…

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How To Get Started Using Web2Intranet.com Video

2010-04-30

Yesterday I produced the second video for Web2Intranet, “How To Get Started Using Web2Intranet.com”, and today got it up on Web2Intranet’s YouTube channel. It was a bit easier to create this one, but still a bit challenging. If you have any problem viewing the video, please go to Web2Intranet’s YouTube page. To see the text [...]…

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Introduction to Web2Intranet.com Video

2010-04-27

Last week I concentrated my creativity into creating a video for Web2Intranet.com. This is the first video I have planned, “Introduction to Web2Intranet.com”. Many thanks to my daughter, Anna, for helping me! I’ve planned for a long time now to create a webpage for ExplodingCreativity detailing my podcast setup and procedure–for those who are interested [...]…

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Frugal Innovation

2010-04-26

Here’s an article on “frugal innovation” — a new term for me — in the April 17-23, 2010, issue of The Economist magazine: First break all the rules, the charms of frugal innovation. It’s an interesting article on some of the innovations in emerging markets, particularly China and India. Reading the article, however, seemed more [...]…

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Episode 12: Serendipity

2010-04-17 :: Robert W. Sharp

Serendipity is the making of a fortunate discovery by accident, which relates very directly to innovation, which is related to creativity. This episode explores serendipity and how you can take advantage of it personally and within your organization. When we encounter something unexpected or unintended, our natural first instinct is to assume we did something [...]…

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Introducing Web2Intranet

2010-04-12

Wow, my last blog entry was almost 8 months ago. How time flies! Since that time, I’ve been pouring my creativity, time, and effort into a new website: Web2Intranet. Web2Intranet provides services commonly found on Intranets for for-profit and non-profit organizations and for individuals who don’t have the resources to rent or build and maintain [...]…

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Happy National Inventors’ Month

2009-08-22

August is National Inventor’s Month, as I found out from the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center’s monthly newsletter, Prototype. The Lemelson Center is for the “Study of Invention and Innovation.” Interesting stuff. Check them out at: Lemelson Center home page Prototype newsletter archive This month’s prototype newsletter…

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Episode 11: San Diego Inventors Forum August 2009 Presentation

2009-08-12 :: Robert W. Sharp

This episode is a presentation that I’ll have given at the August 2009 meeting of the San Diego Inventors Forum. This presentation is a summary of the Exploding Creativity blog and podcast up to this point. San Diego Inventors Forum August 2009 Presentation (Powerpoint)…

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