The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening

“Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.”                — ee cummings (Poet 1894–1962)   Beautiful questions ask us to dig a little deeper. By their nature, they force us to think differently about the things we take for granted. They can evoke in us creative and deeply-felt responses about […]

Elegance, Simplicity and Creative Leadership

Elegance, Simplicity and Creative Leadership

  “Not everything simple is elegant, but everything elegant is simple.” ~ Matthew E. May, In Pursuit of Elegance What does it mean for something or someone to be elegant?  In science, a solution is said to be elegant when it is simple, ingenious, concise, unexpected and persuasive. (Glynn, 2010). Einstein’s theory of relativity is a classic […]

Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking with Margaret Heffernan

Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking with Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan, Creative Leader In one of the online MBA courses I coach at Athabasca University we ask students to identify an individual they would like to be their leadership mentor. They must describe the leader and explain what attributes that person possesses from which, as leaders themselves, they might receive guidance and inspiration. Every […]

What is at the Heart of Creative Dialogue?

What is at the Heart of Creative Dialogue?

What is creative dialogue? When we refer to the term “dialogue” we are usually suggesting a richer and deeper outcome to a conversation; one that is open and sincere. We expect more from dialogue than we do from an ordinary conversation, discussion or debate. In dialogue, we expect the means to be collaborative and the […]

The Emotions That Makes Us More Creative

The Emotions That Makes Us More Creative

What emotions fuel creativity?  Being creative is a messy process. It used to be that if you wanted to be more creative you would place yourself in a positive frame of mind — think beach and gentle breezes, the toothless grin of a happy baby, your favourite music. I bet you’re smiling already. However, positive […]

Hallmarks of a Great Listener

Hallmarks of a Great Listener

Great listeners are like trampolines. You can bounce ideas off them. So say researchers Jack Zengler and Joseph Folkman in their study “What Great Listeners Actually Do.” Great listeners give us energy and support. We’ve all experienced not-so-great listeners —- those listeners who are looking for cracks in our argument so they can prove us […]