Category Archives: The Creative Team

Can you design a workplace where innovation thrives?

Yes. Good design can help create a workplace where ideas flow freely, where people from different areas and with different perspectives can meet, mingle, interact, and cross-pollinate their brains, and where innovative ideas germinate, take root, and thrive. But according … Continue reading

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A culture of innovation at MailChimp

Fast Company gives some insights into how the culture at MailChimp fosters constant, pervasive creativity and innovation. “We provide an environment that allows for, and encourages, acting on spontaneous creativity,” says [cofounder Dan] Kurzius. When employees feel safe sharing their … Continue reading

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Innovate or Die: Evaluating your organization’s “innovation quotient”

Editor’s note: Yesterday I gave a presentation called “Innovate or Die: Creating and nurturing a culture of innovation” at The Partner Event, an annual conference and networking event for businesses in the Microsoft Dynamics channel. I’ll be posting some of … Continue reading

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The Freedom to Innovate: “FedEx Days” at Atlassian

Atlassian is an Australian software company that wanted to experiment with giving their developers some freedom to work on their own pet projects. So they created something that they called “FedEx days.” During FedEx days, Atlassian developers have 24 hours … Continue reading

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Is It Time to Break Up the Band? When Creative Teams Lose the Spark

Mike Brown has written a thoughtful essay about creative teams who burn through their creative energy. He cites a couple of opposing examples: The Beatles, who broke up when it was obvious that the magic was gone, The Rolling Stones … Continue reading

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