Because we don’t have to devote much conscious effort to the act of walking, our attention is free to wander—to overlay the world before us with a parade of images from the mind’s theatre. This is precisely the kind of mental state that studies have linked to innovative ideas and strokes of insight.
If your workplace doesn’t have a culture of truly letting people leave their cares behind when they take vacation — or if it’s frowned upon to even take vacation — maybe you can tell your boss that you need some task-negative time in order to tap into your best problem-solving insights?
Which sounds more like your reality? That’s the way we’ve always done it Let’s think outside the box A recent Slate article headlined, “Inside the Box: People don’t actually like creativity,” rang true for me. One of the mantras I heard… Read More ›
Death has been close to me recently. Our neighbor died, my dad’s brother died, a business school classmate died. I am aware of our mortality but these various losses have brought that difficult truth front and center. In this already… Read More ›
I had a coffee date Friday with Lauree Ostrofsky, a former PR pro turned career coach and author who I met on Twitter because we have a few mutual friends. Two hours flew by as we talked about our consulting… Read More ›
Earlier this year, New York magazine ran an article headlined “How to Read 31 Books in Four Minutes.” Far more abridged than even Cliff Notes, the article included just a handful of ideas from each self-help book. Maybe the universe… Read More ›
Earlier this week I blogged about one theme I heard in digital marketing conversations at South by Southwest Interactive — authenticity — but the panel that really rocked me was about serendipity: Serendipity is a fuzzy concept that has a… Read More ›