Don’t tell me to “think outside the box.” Give me a bigger box! Here’s how. . .

Perhaps you’ve seen this puzzle. There are nine dots on a page, arranged in a 3-by-3 matrix. The challenge is to connect all nine dots with four straight lines (or fewer) without lifting your pencil or retracing your path. If you haven’t done it before, or it’s been a while, give it a try. Okay, [read more]

One Question That Led to an Innovation Breakthrough for Procter & Gamble and Can Do the Same for You

TIDE HAS BEEN the number one selling brand of laundry detergent in the United States since soon after its introduction in 1946. The main reason for that is that the chemists and engineers at Procter & Gamble are committed to improving the cleaning formula year after year. In the late 1990s, one of the improvements [read more]

Lessons from one of the worst failures in music history

My guest this week is speaker and bestselling author Todd Henry, and he’ll be sharing some wisdom from his latest book, Louder Than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice. In particular, he starts with an inspiring story about one of the greatest failures in the history of music, and what we can all [read more]

What you can learn about creative problem solving from an old air conditioner

Before I became an author, I spent 13 of my 22 years in the corporate world working in consumer research. So I got to attend a fair number of consumer research conferences. One of my favorite parts of those conferences was getting to hear about interesting research challenges and what the researcher did to overcome [read more]

Get more creativity from your team with the help of a 9-yr-old boy

Getting your employees to be more creative might be one of the toughest jobs a leader ever faces. It’s hard enough to figure out how to be more creative yourself, much less find a way to get other people to up their creative game. But sometimes getting your employees to be more creative isn’t the [read more]

This man knows a creativity-boosting secret your company isn’t using. . . yet

<Play podcast> Most companies have a policy against moonlighting, even if it doesn’t directly interfere with your main job. Most of them argue that holding down a second job drains you of energy and creativity that you’d otherwise invest in your main job. I suppose that’s one way to look at it. The secret Here’s [read more]

Episode 11: Best-selling author, Todd Henry shares a life changing lesson he learned in a hospital bed

Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative and Die Empty, shares a terrifying experience he had at the age of 16 that landed him in a hospital bed for a month, but taught him a life-changing lesson that’s inspired him ever since.