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How to be innovator for life: Tom Kelley (IDEO)

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At STVP eCorner, Tom Kelley,the GM of IDEO and author of best-selling books on creativity, translates his thoughts on corporate creativity to a personal level and suggests how a innovator can learn to foster the nature of creativity for life. He urges entrepreneurial thinkers to resist the forces that chip away at creative energy, and encourages an effort toward innovation to remain young at heart.

Listen to the entire talk (MP3, 58min)

Here goes couple of great sound bites from Tom Kelly’s talk –

In his book, “Orbiting the Giant Hairball“, MacKenzie asks school children from kindergarten through sixth grade if they consider themselves to be artists. While the enthusiasm for creative free expression seems to run freely for the youngest children, the author notes some attrition from the idea starting with the second graders, and full-blown shame for artistic expression by the time he speaks to the sixth grade. The take-away from this exercise, says Kelley, is that we are all born with a high level of innovation, but it is the cultural norm to have these aspirations and pleasures flattened at a surprisingly young age.

…attitude of wisdom which is a healthy balance between confidence in what you know and distrusting what you know just enough that keeps you thirsty for more knowledge. Because we’ve all met people in our lives who they get to be an expert, they develop this deep expertise and they want to rest on their laurels. “I know a lot about that. I don’t need to know more.”

“It’s not what you don’t know that gets you into trouble; it’s what you know for sure that ain’t so.” And this “know for sure” stuff could be really a problem for lots of people.

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Written by anol

February 17th, 2009 at 11:21 am

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