Trade Shows Make You More Creative (If They’re Not Your Own Trade)

I’m in Chicago to deliver a keynote tomorrow morning at McCormick Place, the huge convention center on the South Side of Chicago. My event is called “The Collaborative” and is organized by Maritz Travel. I arrived early today, and I discovered that there were several other conferences taking place at this cavernous facility, completely unrelated to… Read More Trade Shows Make You More Creative (If They’re Not Your Own Trade)

Adhocism: The Case for Improvisation

I’ve just returned from Philadelphia, where I gave a half-day workshop on collaboration and innovation–to a very impressive group of mid-level executives working in the education sector. They were students in a part-time doctoral degree program called the “Chief Learning Officer” program–a business education for folks who work on education, training, and learning. We have… Read More Adhocism: The Case for Improvisation

Exploring Creativity: Evaluative Practices in Creative Industries

I have an exciting book on my desk that I’m reading. It’s a collection of business ethnographies–by anthropologists who went into a specific company and closely studied how they get work done. That might sound boring, except that these chapters are each studies of a creative company, and the anthropologists focused on how creative work… Read More Exploring Creativity: Evaluative Practices in Creative Industries