Criticism vs. Cynicism

Throughout our lives we face critique — feedback from others about our work and behavior. How do we tell what feedback to take to heart, and what to disregard? Recently The 99 Percent featured an article about Criticism vs. Cynicism, which presents a lens through which to evaluate the responses we get from others. I thought it was well worth a read, especially if you’re … Continue reading Criticism vs. Cynicism

OpenIDEO: What global challenge do you think innovation leaders should work to solve right now?

I’m a fan of IDEO, the “design consulting” firm that’s made a name for itself with multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving. Their OpenIDEO site throws challenge prompts out to the net at-large. One of their current challenges is rather big (“What global challenge do you think innovation leaders should work to solve right now?“), but also provides a chance to create some good food for … Continue reading OpenIDEO: What global challenge do you think innovation leaders should work to solve right now?

How great artists fought creative block

We’ve all been there: trying to come up with a great idea, or write a beautiful passage, or finish a project. And it seems that our brains cough up nothing but hot, dry air. The good folks at BBC put together a nice look at how great artists–especially musicians–dealt with their creative block. In this case, it’s most appropriate if I just let the original … Continue reading How great artists fought creative block