I really miss you and hope to see you soon! I know that your presence is around me and I hope that when you're watching me, that you're proud of me.
Your Favorite son.
... I'm intrigued to know the story behind the balloon ...
Not sure why the promotion or how long my publisher (Hachette) will keep it in place, but it's sure driving the sales volume!
The book has jumped to #7 in the "innovation" category.
P.S. The pricing is also on iTunes and other digital book sites.
I just came back from our vacation with our kids and grand-kids and I took the opportunity to observe my grand-kids and how they exhibit creativity. And what did I observe?
1. Break the Rules
Children break the rules. Children test their limits. If a child doesn’t like the way a game is going, they simply change the rules in their favor. What rules in your life can you break? Do you have to do things the same way you’ve always done them? If you let yourself “free” of always being the perfect rule follower, you might just untap some creativity you didn’t realize you had.
2. Know that Play is Important
Children know that play is a crucial part of creativity and learning. With our busy lives, it is difficult to make time for play as adults. Play could be going for a bike ride, playing a board game, sharing a funny joke, or dressing up for Halloween. Play adds joy to your life. It can keep you feeling young, give you more energy, stimulate your imagination, and perhaps boost your creativity!
3. Ask a lot of Questions
There is something interesting about a child ages 2-5. They ask thousands of questions! They want to know “why” and “how”. They are curious and they want answers! Questions are powerful. What questions are you asking yourself? What questions are you asking others? I encourage you to ask more questions in your daily life. After all, questions are what spark change!
4. Know it’s Important to be Yourself
Children just are who they are. They march to the beat of their own drum. They wear what they want and say what they want. Are you being your true self in the workplace and at home? Do you share your ideas and questions with others? Are you letting your creativity shine?
5. Don’t Worry
Children do not care what other people think. They are brave. They are limitless. They embrace life with open arms. Go forward with that project! Try something new! Share your creativity and talents! Stop worrying about what might happen if you fail. Stop worrying about what other people will think. Do it!
It is amazing what we can learn from children about creativity.
The full blog post is at: http://t.co/fbs4y1m7o9
During a meeting where team members provide updates on their innovation projects, one of the project leads pushed back when I challenged the team to “go faster”. All the person said was: Law #4.
The person was quoting from a blog post of mine called the "7 Laws of Innovation". Law #4 is the Law of Patience. In this case, the project lead was on the mark by pushing back on me. I had gotten so excited about the project that I had lost my patience.
When we loose our patience, we exhibit worry and anger. If we are the boss, we have a tendency to want to jump in to the project and start micromanaging.
So what should you do when you feel you patience is waning on a project?
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- CableLabsPresident & CEO, 2012 - present
- HPCTO, 2002 - 2011
Philip McKinney is the President and CEO of CableLabs. CableLabs is a non-profit research and development consortium dedicated to discovering game-changing innovations for its member companies.
Previously, he was HP's Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Personal Systems Group (PSG). In this role, he oversaw the long-range technical strategy and research and development for HP’s laptops, desktops, converged mobile phones, workstations, digital home and consumer media devices.
Before joining HP, Phil was engaged in the day-to-day operational challenges as the Senior Vice President and founding CIO for Teligent, a global provider of fixed-wireless services.
Phil also is the host of the podcast Killer Innovations (www.killerinnovations.com) with ~20,000 listeners. The podcast covers personal creativity, translating ideas into innovations and innovation management.
His personal blog can be found at www.philmckinney.com