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Posts under Negativity focus on the destructive nature of negative words, actions and attitude, particularly in creativity but also in business generally. Feel free to use the Search bar to scan for relevant tags.
The DIfferent Types of NO

The Different Types of NO

It’s confronting sometimes to hear the word NO. At the same time, don’t think of NO as a singular negative response because there are several different types of NO. Before
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Assertiveness Matrix

Being Assertive

‘Being assertive’ is one of those phrases, if not behaviours, that has confused many people over the years, perhaps because there has been little differentiation between assertiveness and its cousin
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The Important Difference Between Negativity and Criticism in Brainstorming

You can’t have a proper conversation about creativity without eventually debating if there’s a useful role for negativity. Two recent brainstorms for the same team demonstrated the issue. I conducted
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How To Break A Creative Block

Sometimes there’s nothing more scary than a blank page. The act of creating – an idea, a thing, a solution – is tough enough, but made worse when we also
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Is The Brainstorm Over?

A great article by Mike Brown from Brainzooming in the USA, this post outlines the 10 signs to look for to know if your brainstorm is finished.  Here’s the link
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When You Risk Failure

Like a lot of people during the Hollywood awards season, I’m enchanted with actress Lupita Nyong’o. I came across the following quote, from an interview in Backstage Magazine (February 2014),
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Reasons Why People Reject Ideas

At some point, selling an idea means there’s a chance you may not win. The  client – a loose term I use to define the person who will approve your
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Being Creative, Staying Creative

I found this beautiful poster designed by Islam Abudaoud on my Tumblr feed yesterday.  I see these clever graphics all the time, but this one jumped out to me at the
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Is Bad Brainstorm Behavior Acceptable?

During a long bus ride recently, I finished the Australian novel The Slap. Perhaps I was hallucinating after eight hours without WiFi, but I found a lot of symmetry between bad behavior
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Stick Your Neck Out

This post is #10 in a series from a presentation on Creative Slip-Ups: The 11 Most Common Mistakes in Brainstorming. The introduction to the series is here.  The slip-up:  People
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Let Someone Else Brainstorm For You

This post is #9 in a series from a presentation on Creative Slip-Ups: The 11 Most Common Mistakes in Brainstorming. The introduction to the series is here. The slip-up:  People
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Don’t Be Your Own Worst Creative Enemy

This post is #8 in a series from a presentation on Creative Slip-Ups: The 11 Most Common Mistakes in Brainstorming. The Introduction to the series is here. The Problem: We too
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