Political Incorrectness is Not a Standard for Creativity

Amidst coverage of Kevin Roberts’ remarks last week about the gender equality debate in advertising being “over” and women lacking “vertical ambition,” the Financial Times’ Matthew Garrahan stood out for drawing direct connections to widespread beliefs about creativity in the industry. His August 2 piece opens, in fact, by recalling some earlier comments made by… Continue reading

Top Ten Creative Leadership Books of 2014

Each of the top ten books of the past year offers fresh ideas, actionable insights, and imaginative solutions to a range of pressing challenges faced by creative leaders. The listed titles, including the notables that follow, celebrate thinking differently and acting differently in order to foster creativity, build innovative organizations and better engage customers across… Continue reading

Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove & Kent Lineback, ‘Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation’

Review of Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove & Kent Lineback, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014) The Introduction to Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation calls for a different kind of leader who creates organizations both willing and able to innovate.  From that… Continue reading

Saying ‘Innovation’ or ‘Creativity’ Is Not Enough

“What’s the opposite of innovation?,” the joke begins.  A tart punchline quickly follows: “Innovation consultants.”    Since I teach, coach and sometimes consult on innovation and creative leadership, that cynical joke gives me pause.  Consultants of all kinds are easy marks, of course, whether they are from well-known global firms or one-person shops.  But it… Continue reading