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The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Creativity

Geplaatst op dec 14, 2013 in News

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Inside the Box

Slate

Americans love to give lip service to creativity, celebrating imaginative artists and innovators and calling for “out of the box” ideas. Yet when we encounter creativity in real time — before we know whether an unusual or outlandish idea will pay off — we’re all too quick to reject it, argues Jessica Olien. She runs through a litany of evidence that becomes more and more depressing, but she comes to a surprisingly optimistic conclusion, thanks to research out of Cornell that shows being rejected leads creative people to conclude that conformity is overrated and thus liberates them from the need to fit in. True, this often doesn’t lead to happiness — but it does lead to more creativity. “To live creatively is a choice,” Olien concludes. “You must make a commitment to your own mind and the possibility that you will not be accepted. You have to let go of satisfying people, often even yourself.” I find those words oddly comforting. But maybe I’m just being creative. —Sarah Green




Like?

Uber Might Be More Valuable than Facebook Someday. Here’s Why

New York Magazine

Iā€™m fairly sick of hearing about Uber, the on-demand car service that inevitably comes up in any conversation about innovative start-ups. Uber is the future, blah blah blah. I get it.

But do I? Kevin Roose makes a darned good argument that the company is perfectly poised from the standpoints of valuation, technology, and strategy to conquer big cities — and the way we get around — in three steps. Step one: Uber must dominate the taxi business, which it’s already edging toward with a new program to give low-interest loans to 200,000 potential UberX drivers. That will solve the problems of supply and driver-force stability in one shot. Step two: Convince us that owning isn’t in our interest — and that goes not only for cars but for things like outdoor grills, which Uber could deliver for that one summer BBQ you’d like to have. Step three: It’s speculative, but it could involve self-driving cars and predictive transportation — if you have a meeting in your calendar, an Uber car would be waiting for you at a given time. “It would be like something out of a sci-fi movie,” Roose writes. “And Uber would be standing at the center of it all, collecting a cut of every transaction.” 




How Long Can You Fail?

The Seven-Year Glitch

Sports Illustrated

Matt Millen was a great NFL linebacker, and after that a very good TV and radio football commentator. Then William Clay Ford, the owner of the Detroit Lions, asked him in 2000 to become the team’s general manager — the guy responsible for drafting players and hiring coaches. At first Millen said no, citing his lack of qualifications. When Ford asked again a year later, he accepted.

What followed was seven years of epic failure. As Millen explains at great length to Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg, who berated him regularly in print during those years, he wasn’t qualified for the job and his instincts and approach were all wrong. He just didn’t have what it takes. And he was left in the job for so long that now he will forever be the standard for failure as a GM. “Ultimately, if he could make one change to his general-manager tenure,” Rosenberg writes, “he wouldn’t be a general manager.ā€ A revealing tale of what happens when you get promoted above your level of competence, and then stay there. Ā —Justin Fox




They’re Baaaack

Reckoning to Revival: How U.S. Workers Rebuilt an Industry

Bloomberg

This is the story of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the people who make it, and the strategy decisions that ultimately may be putting Detroit and the Big Three automakers back on the map. But in comparison with Ford, which has found success with its Fusion, and GM, which recently came out from under government ownership and just named its first female CEO, Chrysler’s story is a bit rockier (albeit no less discouraging and inspiring in equal parts). It involves an M&A with GM that fell through, a controversial agreement with the labor union to create a tiered payment system for new workers, the design aesthetic of acquiring company Fiat, and good old American bootstrapping.

One example: The Jefferson North Assembly Plant had to cut its landscaping budget, resulting in a visual eyesore that matched morale. Richard Owusu, then the plant manager, rallied the small crew left working at the factory, applying the employees’ assembly-line knowledge to lawn cutting. When the production of Jeeps returned under Fiat, workers “walked through the gates of a plant that looked as if it had never closed.” Sometimes the little things can help, too. 




‘Cause It’s Here That I’ve Got to Stay

The Simple Change That’s Completely Transformed How I Get Things Done

Inc.

To be fair, the title is a bit of an overstep. While the change that entrepreneur and investor Brad Feld talks about is simple in theory, it may not be for the majority of workers. But it’s nonetheless intriguing.

Feld, you see, used to spend 50% to 75% of his time traveling for business. He missed his family, was playing catch-up on his sleep during weekends, and eventually fell into a depression. So he decided to eliminate all business travel for the second half of 2013 — a challenge, no doubt, because the work he does is by nature international. He invested in videoconference software (no awkward Skype or inaudible conference lines) and adjusted his behavior so he was attentive even though he wasn’t in the same room as his colleagues. And you know what? He’s doing great work. He’s not exhausted. Feld, it seems, is happy.




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