When I meet with so-called creativity consultants, I am amazed how many focus on solving problems.   Creativity is not about solving problems.  It’s about creating your dreams. It takes courage and determination to  create  and hold on to your dreams.  It’s  much easier to focus on goals or problems, and solving them.  But why settle? One university colleague continuously asked me for advice on how to handle the simplest of situations.  She is in her fifties, should not be…

One of the best things about working at Keio University was that the university created an environment where everyone could succeed. There was no one standing in your way. In fact, the university did everything they could to make you a success. That included contact with first rate international scholars, a group of intelligent colleagues, one of the best libraries in Asia,research money, book money, top-notch students. Not every star shined there, but becoming a star was in reach of…

Learning Techniques Won’t Help . You got to be “into it” first. If you’re not into it, not motivated, or sick of it, you can learn the best techniques in the world and you still won’t be any good at it. One doctor friend always asked everybody else about the techniques they used in talking with patients Sometimes he tries them out but they don’t work.  This doctor  misdiagnosed his own situation. The real problem was not technique. The real…

You’ve got a new job.  You’re excited.  There are things you want to do.  You want to contribute. You want to learn. You want to drive the business.  Here’s one thing most people forget.  But make it part of your job. Find the best people who work there. You’re going to need people to talk with. You’re going to need some info on navigating the paperwork.  You’re going to need some friends. Make it your job to find the best…

I wondered why people were waiting in line in the “bento” section of my local supermarket. In a stroke of genius, the management hired a woman in a restaurant uniform to add the rice to each of the bentos. Instead of the rice being pre-packed, now you could get the rice from a nice woman who would take it from a rice cooker and add it to your dish. It might have been the same rice as they were using…

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