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Category: Negativity

Reasons Why People Reject Ideas

At some point in your career, selling an idea or recommendation to a key decision maker means there’s a chance you won’t be successful. However annoying or hurtful the rejection
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The 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 this Hollywood awards season, I’ve been enchanted with actress Lupita Nyong’o. I came across the following quote, from an interview in Backstage Magazine (February
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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 . The slip-up:  People avoid
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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 . 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 . The Problem: We too
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When Someone Hates Your Idea

At some point in your career, you will meet a person who hates your good idea. I’m not talking about someone who hates your bad idea. Or that you’re the
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