Posts written by Janet Boynton Runeson

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Springtime Thirst for Creativity

Here in southern Sweden winter is loosening its grip.
Evening light has returned. Birdsong greets the early riser.

Spring is here. The year’s first quarter well advanced.

So, as nature transitions, some business leaders may take the cue: Steal a moment now and then. Stop and reflect on where things are heading so far this year.

Are developments on track… or is something missing?

Part of that thought experiment might include taking stock of the amount of creativity generated from R&D, sales and marketing.

Where are new ideas cropping up?

Are they well-nurtured?

And… just how much space does creativity get to take up? At work? At home?

Think about it.
When was the last time you felt you had a new “stroke of genius?” or maybe a new “take” on an old problem?

Jonah Lehrer’s book “Imagine – How Creativity Works” explores this topic very… well, creatively. He reminds us how fascinating our mind are – how new ideas grow from established connections. He illustrates societal developments that support free-thinking. He shows how our willingness to take risks when our ideas fall “outside the box” encourages creativity.

And then I recently read about a “creative islander.”

A well-known Swedish “Creativity Author and Speaker” seems to have taken the promotion of creativity to a very practical level. Fredrik Härén travels all over the world to inspire organizations to focus on the importance of this extraordinary mental capacity we all have.

He even offers people the chance to get away, do nothing, be creative.

As the owner of a few idyllic settings – three islands to be exact, he welcomes creative thinkers to apply to spend time on one of them, free-of-charge.

Unbelievable? Take a look at:

Is this sort of creative adventure for you?

Maybe just picturing yourself relaxing in an island paradise, is enough.

So, take a break, let your mind wander freely awhile. Great ideas may only be a thought –or an island– away.

Does Your Entrepreneurial DNA Help You Succeed?

With all the great commercial opportunities the internet offers, you might wonder who is really succeeding these days.

Joe Abraham – himself a highly successful businessman – has done some thorough research on this. His conclusion is that your innate business personality – your “entrepreneurial DNA” – guides the rate and degree of success that you will have in business. It is even more important than your experience and educational background.

Why more people don’t succeed

Mr. Abraham questions the status quo—business schools and gurus. With all their highly regarded courses and sound advice – what do they really know about how YOU will succeed?

Not a whole lot according to his data. The trouble is, business schools teach a standard curriculum, as if  “one size fits all.”

And you’ve probably heard of at least a couple of wildly successful business gurus preaching about how they succeeded, assuring us that “we can too.”

But watch out!

These institutions and figures of financial fame, do not take into consideration our personal core motivators and value systems. Mr. Abraham has discovered that each of us falls into one of four main behavioral profiles, four types of  “entrepreneurial DNA.”

These – more than anything else – determine how we build thriving enterprises… or not.

Successful people know how to complement their entrepreneurial DNA

Each of the four profiles needs to be complemented by others with different business DNA. Makes good sense—collaboration for balance and sustainable growth.

Your way forward is uniquely yours. Evaluating and planning with complementary minds creates very powerful synergy. When you find such people, take care to appreciate them. Invest in these invaluable, mutually beneficial relationships.

And I hope you’ll remember that key player that many overlook…

The team member who can help explain and implement great ideas and innovations. The one who crafts the words that drive successful strategies for years to come…

…breaking through that bottleneck of failed entrepreneurs.