Anne Lamott on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

The much-loved Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott, isn’t just a book about writing, or even a book about life. It’s a book about creativity. The birthplace of writing, and creativity, Lamott writes, is found in “the ecstasy of paying attention,” of caring, and of opening oneself to a certain sense of wonder. Read the whole book for more. Or, read this article by Maria Popova, creator of the website Brain Pickings, which summarizes Bird by Bird.

Empathy VS. Sympathy with Brené Brown (video)

Enjoy this delightful short little animation of Dr. Brené Brown talking about the difference between empathy and sympathy. In a few minutes, Dr. Brown explains why sympathy fosters alienation, and what it is about empathy that brings people together. Empathy also happens to be an integral part of the creative process.

The Power of Believing you can Improve (video)

Stanford professor of psychology Carol Dweck is a world-renowned researcher in the field of motivation. She’s also an expert in the how and why of success. In her TED Talk, Dr. Dweck explains a special mode called the “Growth Mindset” — what it is and how to get yourself there. Hint: It involves creativity and failing.

Designers Must Learn to Embrace Failure

In this excerpt from Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential within Us All, IDEO founder David Kelley and IDEO partner Tom Kelley explain how failure is baked into the design process at IDEO and why it leads to more fruitful and rich ideas.

The Mind-Set Behind Creative Problem Solving

Human-centred design is as much about your head as your hands. These Mind-sets explore and uncover the philosophy behind our approach to creative problem solving, and show that how you think about design directly affects whether you’ll arrive at innovative, impactful solutions. Read more.

Addressing the Blind Spot of Our Time

Successful leadership depends on the quality of attention and intention that the leader brings to any situation.