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Creative Business Block 4: Type Three: The Strugglers

You know your calling and your customer. You’ve made a good start, perhaps experienced some beginners’ luck, but then comes the dawning realization of the challenges—the gap between where you are and where you want to be. The work involved in getting to the next step. You’re overworked and underpaid, and not having the impact you believe you should. Everything feels like a struggle. You may have read the blogs and books, invested in courses or coaching, even called in some consultancy. Still, you feel blocked or confused. And meanwhile, there’s so much to be done. There are business reasons why you’re struggling:…

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: Creative Business

Creative Business Block 2: Type One: The Don’t Knows

A lot has been written about writers’ and artists’ block, but very little about business block. It has seven manifestations. Creative Business Block 1: You don’t know what business you want to create You’ve heard Steve Jobs’s 2005 commencement address at Stanford, or something similar, and agree that our time on earth is limited, that living someone else’s life, living with the results of other people’s thinking, living within the noise of other people’s opinions, is wasteful. You’re drawn to the idea of creative business. You want to connect with your truest wants, to have the courage to follow your…

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beating creative business block
: Creative Business

Beating Creative Business Block: Part One: O Sorrow and Shame

Are you suffering from creative business block? Wherever block presents itself, it always feels the same. One of the most famous descriptions of creative block was given by the the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the day after his thirty-second birthday, in October 1804. “So completely has a whole year passed, with scarcely the fruits of a month,” he wailed to his notebook. “O Sorrow and Shame … I have done nothing!” Alas, it was true. After a period of flow in his twenties, which produced unforgettable poems like “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and “Kubla Khan,” Coleridge was, by…

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Creative Versus Conceptual Intelligence

In 1983, development psychologist Howard Gardner wrote a groundbreaking book called Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, in which he suggested that what school and society call “intelligence” — the intellectual, the analytical, the conceptual — is only one aspect of how humans think and learn. Gardner suggested a whole raft of alternative intelligences. including spatial, linguistic and interpersonal.But he overlooked the creative. American psychologist and psychometrician Robert Sternberg, along with others, went on to criticize Gardner for this oversight and also for using the word “intelligence” inappropriately, in relation to nature, for example (natural intelligence), or music (musical intelligence)….

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I Want To Be Alone

Ninety-nine per cent of education policymakers in the world think that creativity is about solving a problem or finding the correct answer.  But that is a skewed understanding, says development psychologist Howard Gardner, whose book on multiple intelligences (1983) changed the field of intelligence studies. Taking alone time to reflect, experiment and frame answers is the key to creative intelligence, he contends. Gardner is urging Indian and Chinese teachers, and those with education systems that prize correct answers above reflective experimentation, to emulate

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