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The Creative Life Podcast : Creativity, Innovation and Inspiring Ideas | James Taylor

In 'The Creative Life' podcast, James Taylor reveals all of his creativity and innovation strategies and techniques so you can unlock your creativity and live 'The Creative Life'. As a leading creativity coach James teaches and interviews creative leaders on subjects including; how creativity works, the creative process, what is creativity, how to generate ideas, creativity exercises, creativity research, creative block, creative personality types, theories of creativity, creative thinking, educational creativity, divergent thinking, organizational creativity, creative cultures, and innovation. His work builds on other leading creativity experts including Julia Cameron, Sir Ken Robinson, Michael J Gelb, Eric Maisel, Scott Barry Kaufman, Twyla Tharp, Richard Florida, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Steven Pressfield, Tina Seelig, Josh Linkner and many others. James Taylor shows us how we can all learn to be more creative.
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Now displaying: November, 2018
Nov 30, 2018

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School. She has written numerous articles for Harvard Business Review and four books including Teaming, which showed how leaders can make organizational learning happen. Her awards include the 2018 Sumantra Ghoshal Award for Rigor and Relevance in the Study of Management and the 2017 Thinkers50 Talent Award. She received her PhD in organizational behavior, her Master’s in psychology, and her Bachelor’s in engineering and design from Harvard University. Her latest book is called The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth and it’s my pleasure to welcome her onto the show today.

In this episode, we cover:

3:34 – Psychological Safety
4:36 – Asking better questions
6:28 – The Braintrust at Pixar
8:29 – Flighting
11:27 – Thesis defense
13:33 – Working with Buckminster Fuller
14:56 – The importance of trust
16:00 – Creating the conditions for creativity and innovation
18:39 – The fearless environment
20:35 – Silence is a marker for fear
21:56 – The two kinds of humor

Resources mentioned in this episode:

www.hbs.edu
Tools: Asking Better Questions App (to be invented)
Book: Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
Album: Althea by The Grateful Dead

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Nov 28, 2018

Matt Javit and his partner Nikki have been traveling the world full-time since leaving the USA in February 2017. During their travels they share with their audience different ways to keep travel costs down, ideas for volunteering in communities, and tips on networking with locals while having a great time. He also stars and produces the ‘World Barber Shop Adventures’ docuseries which features him in a different barbers chair in the world on each episode.

In this episode, we cover:

www.passportjoy.com
Tool: Google Apps, Trello
Book: As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
Album: deadmau5 BBC Sessions

Resources mentioned in this episode:

www.livebigthebook.com
Tools: Slack
Books: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Principles by Ray Dalio
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

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Nov 23, 2018

Ajit Nawalkha is an entrepreneur, business coach, founder of Evercoach, author of The Book of Coaching and a co-founder of Mindvalley Teach. Having found his way from a middle-class family in India to top stages of personal development and business growth conferences, he learned it is possible to create the abundant reality we want. Today he is getting ready to share the strategies that helped him build numerous multiple million-dollar businesses in his upcoming book “Live Big”.

In this episode, we cover:

2:11 – The Mindvalley story
6:03 – Getting strategy right
10:55 – 25 insights for life
15:42 – The challenges of entrepreneurship
18:20 – Goal based life vs Values based life
21:04 – What is your ideal day?
22:00 – Love and Service

Resources mentioned in this episode:

www.livebigthebook.com
Tools: Slack
Books: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Principles by Ray Dalio
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

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Nov 21, 2018

Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy is considered one of the leading scholars and practitioners in applied neuroscience. His main interest is in the how the brain makes decisions. Besides being a prolific writer of scientific articles and textbooks on the matter, he also consults Fortune 500 companies within industries such as retail, social media, technology, pharmaceuticals, and entertainment. Thomas is also associated with Singularity University in Silicon Valley. His new co-authored book is called ‘Leading Transformation: How To Take Care Of Your Company’s Future’.

In this episode, we cover:

3:54 – Lowes Innovation Labs
4:36 – Understanding consumer behaviour
6:13 – Uncommon Partners
8:42 – The Creative Brain
10:04 – How to increase creativity by 30%
11:45 – The problem with neural networks
13:22 – Free-will and artificial intelligence
15:10 – Dan Ariely
16:19 – Biases
17:43 – Unilateral neglect
19:06 – The narrator in our heads
21:02 – Super-heuristic
23:56 – Moving from academia to business
25:11 – Publish or perish

Resources mentioned in this episode:

www.neuronsinc.com
www.LeadingTransformationBook.com
Book: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Tools: Monday.com
Album: Patashnik by Biosphere

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Nov 15, 2018

Marketing maverick Dan Kennedy says, “If you don’t know who Perry Marshall is — unforgivable. Perry’s an honest man in a field rife with charlatans.” Perry is the world’s most-quoted consultant on Google Advertising and according to Entrepreneur Magazine has helped over 100,000 advertisers save literally billions of dollars in AdWords stupidity tax. As one of the most expensive business consultants in the world, clients seek his ability to integrate technology, sales, art and psychology. He founded the $5 million Evolution 2.0 Prize, with judges from Harvard, Oxford and MIT. The prize aims to solve the biggest mystery in biology. His hit book 80/20 Curve has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and is used by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs at the California Institute of Technology as well as being mandatory reading in many fast-growing companies.

In this episode, we cover:

3:55 – The 80/20 Rule (Pareto Principle)
5:46 – Racking the shotgun
15:32 – The liner notes for Boston’s first album
18:00 – Marketing as art
20:32 – How to be a better reader
21:48 – Starting a second Renaissance
22:26 – Evolution
28:10 – Augmented Creativity
29:33 – Andrew Briggs and quantum computing
31:47 – Jordan Peterson
37:20 – Being a boundary crosser

Resources mentioned in this episode:

perrymarshall.com
Tools: Marketing DNA Test – marketingdnatest.com
Book: The Book of Proverbs by Solomon
Album: Moving Pictures by Rush

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Nov 14, 2018

Hal Gregersen is the Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a prolific author and a motivational speaker. Ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s fifty most innovative minds, he has authored or coauthored ten books, including the bestselling The Innovator’s DNA, written with Jeff Dyer and Clayton Christensen. His latest book is called ‘Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life’.

In this episode, we cover:

3:56 – How to ask catalytic questions
4:33 – The quest for better questions
6:20 – The role of answers
8:48 – The five why’s
10:06 – Question bursts exercise
12:28 – Reframing the question
14:58 – Pixar Braintrust and Disney Storytrust
17:37 – The question Steve Jobs asked Jony Ive every day
18:30 – Why good questions are recursive
19:20 – The benefits of quiet reflection
26:24 – Primary or Keystone Questions

Resources mentioned in this episode:

halgregersen.com
Tools: 424 Project
Book: The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier
Album: Shut Up And Dance by Walk The Moon

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Nov 9, 2018

Author of “Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World”, Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. She is a coveted speaker, commentator, and advisor to some of today’s leading organizations faced with the greatest risks. As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Melissa has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies and healthcare organizations in helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events. Melissa is the editor of the Crisis Ready Blog, a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. As a university guest lecturer, she teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU and McGill.

In this episode, we cover:

2:38 – High risk scenarios
4:23 – Risks for international speakers
6:55 – Crisis management bloggging
10:52 – Dave Carroll
14:02 – Conversational AI’s
15:56 – Issues versus risk
16:27 – Influencer risk
19:20 – Moving from breakout stage to keynote stage

Resources mentioned in this episode:

melissaagnes.com
Tools: Calendly, Stripe, Google Apps
Album: Greatest Hits by The Rolling Stones
Book: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

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Nov 7, 2018

Ramon Vullings is a keynote speaker, author, cross-industry expert & ideaDJ. In his work Ramon speaks about how to bring the outside world in, as well as why remixing of ideas cross-sector is a smart strategy. Organizations including NASA, Rabobank, Nike and PwC bring him in to provide the kind of innovative strategies, tools & skills to look beyond the borders of their domain and transform their business in a smarter way.

In this episode, we cover:

1:30 – Working with NASA
2:04 – Steiner schooling
3:37 – Connecting the dots
6:13 – Biomimicry and machine learning
8:20 – Inspiration tours
10:40 – The dangers of confirmation bias
13:42 – Visual support for ideation sessions
21:05 – Asking a different question

Resources mentioned in this episode:

ramonvullings.com
Tools: Bizarre magazines at airports, phone camera
Book: Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger
Album: All That You Leave Behind by U2

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Nov 2, 2018

Ann Mei Chang is the author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. After leaving a longtime career as a Silicon Valley executive that included stints at Google, Apple, Intuit, and a number of startups, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer at both USAID (the US foreign aid agency) and Mercy Corps (a global nonprofit).

In this episode, we cover:

3:27 – Franklin Fellowship
4:28 – Innovative cultures
5:30 – Introducing OKR’s
6:04 – John Doerr
6:38 – Stretch goals
7:12 – Taking and measuring risks
8:25 – New funding mechanisms
9:39 – Index funds for impact investors
11:00 – Donor collaboratives
14:18 – Innovation windows
14:55 – Waterfall vs agile funding proposals
19:10 – Working with Eric Ries
23:08 – Taking the book on the road
23:49 – The agile speaker

Resources mentioned in this episode:

www.annmei.com
Book: Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
Album: Soul Sessions by Josh Stone
Tool: Gmail

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