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The One Thing You Need To Do To Become More Creative via Fast Company

July 6th, 2017 Comments off

The One Thing You Need To Do To Become More Creative via Fast Company

The One Thing You Need To Do To Become More Creative via Fast Company

If you want to become more creative, the answer may lie in becoming more courageous. A new class at USC Annenberg called Improvisational Leadership is encouraging students to step outside of their comfort zones and explore new experiences.

“Students fear finding the perfect job the day they graduate,” says Fred Cook, director of the USC Center for Public Relations and professor of professional practice. “They’re under pressure to perform because of student loans and their parents. They’ve taken the classes and done the internships, but they’re often short on life experience.”

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Noted: Brainstorming Doesn’t Work–Try These Three Alternatives Instead from Fast Company

April 8th, 2017 Comments off

Brainstorming Doesn’t Work–Try These Three Alternatives Instead from Fast Company

Our brains’ creative flow isn’t time-bound the way the typical brainstorm is. Here are a few ways to shake things up.

Noted: Brainstorming Doesn’t Work–Try These Three Alternatives Instead from Fast Company

People aren’t necessarily more creative in groups than alone, or vice versa. In fact, creativity needs both conditions; our performance peaks when we alternate–first working alone, then coming together to share our ideas, then going off by ourselves again to mull over what we heard. It’s a process. This is because our brains’ creative engines are fueled both by quiet mind-wandering, allowing novel and unexpected connections to form, and by encountering new information, which often comes from other people.

The typical brainstorm over-delivers on the latter and under-delivers on the former, which means that for lots of people, brainstorming is an utter nightmare. Introverts just feel alienated, and extroverts aren’t pushed to reflect more deeply on the ideas they’ve batted around amongst themselves.

Here are three alternatives that can help you sidestep all of these issues and actually get something done.

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Using the Career Compass to Find Your Work and Career with Douglas E. Welch [Video] (59:00)

March 31st, 2016 Comments off

Using the Career Compass to Find Your Work and Career with Douglas E. Welch 

Using the Career Compass to Find Your Work and Career with Douglas E. Welch

 

Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”

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Transition is the New Normal 2016 with Douglas E. Welch [Video] (53 min)

March 13th, 2016 Comments off

Douglas E. Welch presents “Transition is the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on March 4, 2016

Transition is the New Normal 2016 with Douglas E. Welch

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Noted: “Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings via Fast Company

August 29th, 2014 Comments off

“Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings via Fast Company

You know when a meeting turns into a complete waste of time? Maybe you’re trying to come up with ideas, or make a decision. Before anyone realizes it, the meeting starts to suck.

Meetings want to suck. Two of their favorite suckiness tactics are group brainstorming and group negotiation. Give them half a chance, and they’ll waste your time, sap your energy, and leave you with poor ideas and a watered-down decision. But meetings don’t have to be that way.

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Video: Smartphones, technology and your career with Douglas E. Welch at OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California

August 24th, 2014 Comments off

Video: Smartphones, technology and your career with Douglas E. Welch at OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California

An hour-long talk on how careerists (and anyone) can better use the technology they carry with them every day for OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California.

I talk about apps, using voice control, navigation, productivity and more in this wide ranging talk.

Video: Smartphones, technology and your career with Douglas E. Welch at OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California

 

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Noted: 6 Ways Your Brain Tries To Kill Your Ideas And How To Fight Them via Fast Company

August 21st, 2014 Comments off

6 Ways Your Brain Tries To Kill Your Ideas And How To Fight Them via Fast Company

6 Ways Your Brain Tries To Kill Your Ideas And How To Fight Them via Fast Company

I have a lot of ideas in my head. And for the most part, that’s where they used to stay.

In my head. Where other people couldn’t see them, interact with them or build upon them. Where they were safe and untested and uncriticized. All mine.

Sure, I’ve created some. Some might say I’ve created plenty. But that’s only because they can’t see what I’m not creating. For example, this very post sat dormant for at least a month while I pondered, waited and nitpicked at it.

Because the riskiest, most dangerous and potentially most interesting ideas are the easiest to hold back. I would pin them down like butterflies on a mat, like art at a museum. They were in spreadsheets, in notebooks, on scrap paper around my desk.

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Noted: 15 Best Brainstorming And Mind-Mapping Tech Tools For Every Creative Mind via Lifehack

August 4th, 2014 Comments off

15 Best Brainstorming And Mind-Mapping Tech Tools For Every Creative Mind via Lifehack

15 Best Brainstorming And Mind-Mapping Tech Tools For Every Creative Mind via Lifehack

In order to be able to see a relationship between various ideas and information, we use mind mapping. This includes gathering thoughts, coming up with new ideas, project planning, and more to solve problems or have novel ideas. Today I compiled thea list of 15 mind-mapping tech tools that will help every creative mind be even more creative. If you like one particular tool I check out sites like Techradar, PCmag, Techriggs and CNET that have many insightful user reviews to get more information.

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Noted: Why You Need To Speak Up At Work (And Why You Don’t) via Career Realism

August 4th, 2014 Comments off

Why You Need To Speak Up At Work (And Why You Don’t) via Career Realism

Why You Need To Speak Up At Work (And Why You Don’t) via Career Realism

However, over the past 10 years I’ve become less worried about speaking out about issues or decisions that don’t appear to make sense, and I believe achieving this mindset can help you in your career.

Why You Need To Speak Up At Work
You become more proactive, more influential, and gain more respect when you approach this in the right way. It also helps to relieve the mental stress of feeling powerless about issues in your work.

Having too many people unquestioningly agreeing with the status quo can cause issues for several reasons:

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Noted: LinkedIn Has Quietly Rolled Out A “Follow” Button To Millions Of Members via ReadWrite

August 4th, 2014 Comments off

LinkedIn Has Quietly Rolled Out A “Follow” Button To Millions Of Members via ReadWrite

LinkedIn Has Quietly Rolled Out A

A gigantic change is quietly sweeping through LinkedIn. Millions of members now have a “Follow” button, a feature that promises to transform how we think about our interactions on the professional network.

ReadWrite has found, and LinkedIn has confirmed to us, that a far broader set of users can now broadcast their activity to followers who don’t need to formally connect with them to see what they’re doing.

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