Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in the BC mountains is a whole nother experience as you’ll discover in this video.  The blonde guy, Norbraten is really good. Now you know why guys love mountain biking. That’s an incredible track.

My brother Steve sent me a mountain biking video with high elevated wood track in a mountain forest that was mind boggling. It was just like a super mario video game where big sections of the track were missing and the riders jumped from elevated section to elevated section.  I’m pissed that I can’t find it for you. It was so way over the top.  Best video ever. Still, this one’s very good. The videography is incredible and the music is cool

What are Highly Creative People Like?

The Personality Traits of Creative Individuals

I like a new article about highly creative people and their personalities that has been reported in Science Daily.  The authors emphasize a couple of things about the creative people studied; one was less concern for sociability. But the best thing was huge problem solving skills and surprising drive to accomplish.

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If they tell us anything about highly creative people, it might be that they’re complex.   You can be creative in many different ways, so there’s still some doubt as to what specifically they were studying. There were 841 subjects.

These traits reflect most of the capabilities of a successful person too. However, we know that poor social skills  can indeed hold a creative person from achieving their true potential.

Here’s the top 7 traits they identified for highly creative individuals:

1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful, have a wealth of ideas, ability to be committed, sliding transitions between fact and fiction.

2. Need for originality: Resists rules and conventions. Have a rebellious attitude due to a need to do things no one else does.

3. Motivation: Have a need to perform, goal-oriented, innovative attitude, stamina to tackle difficult issues.

4. Ambition: Have a need to be influential, attract attention and recognition.

5. Flexibility: Have the ability to see different aspects of issues and come up with optional solutions.

6. Low emotional stability: Have a tendency to experience negative emotions, greater fluctuations in moods and emotional state, failing self-confidence.

7. Low sociability: Have a tendency not to be very considerate, are obstinate and find faults and flaws in ideas and people.

Researchers believe that mental flexibility and right brained style thinking were most indicative of the highly creative person.  In an earlier post, I spoke about the type of flexibility to achieve the perspective needed to see the solution. And these people appear to have the flexibility. Sociability is a left-brained trait.

Among the seven personality traits, ingenuity, imagination, and flexibility are the factors that to the greatest extent lead to creative thinking.

See earlier posts on Creative imagination, overcoming creative blocks, and overcoming creative inhibitions.

Extreme Hawaiian Escapes

Watching Extreme Hawaiian Escapes on the new  DTour Channel (Shaw Satellite). What a great show.  Kitesurfing, hillboarding, ziplining and wild boar hunting. What a vacation that would be. Check out that episode when you can.

The zip lining adventure is amazing. That’s a couple of miles of zip lining. I think I know someone who did this so I’ll ask her what it was like and update this post later. She’s a world traveller and likely has lots of great pics.

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The Flyin Hawaiian gives you an incredible zip lining ride for $200.  An ATV ride up the mountain, 30 minutes training, and then off you go on up to 3200 foot cable rides screaming down the mountain at 60 miles an hour. Take a look.

Get Better Results with Collaboration

Anyone who has been to a conference knows that the best information is shared afterward. Which is the only reason you go for beers afterward. That’s where you get to talk with people extensively, establish connections, and get the lowdown on who does what and what they know.

Google Designed for Collaboration

In an earlier post, I talked about Google and how they designed their work environment to improve worker collaboration and creativity.  Even for programmers coding all day, Google’s approach appears to be ideal.

CollaborationGoogle emphasized the informal opportunities for networking and collaboration inside their organization. We all know the company was ambitious. Brin and Page realized they couldn’t build the world’s most successful company unless the workers themselves were empowered. Leaders can lead, but they can’t educate and inform everyone.  They decided to shape their environment to get the results they needed.

That’s why there’s so much emphasis on collaboration tools in business and industry. Reports are positive (see infographic below).  And check out this article on why collaboration needs to be informal.

Not everyone wants to share, and some feel they have nothing to share. Obviously networking/collaboration needs a leader, someone to entice members to share and build on their ideas. There’s trust, value, effort, and time issues as well. Sometimes we all need to take the initiative and put these processes into play instead of waiting for someone to hold our hand.

A Tool that Integrates Informal Processes

Currently, Linkedin is the best collaborative tool. You can connect with and pick the brains of the best people in your business and keep up on the latest trends in your field. Plenty of people are sharing their wisdom.  It’s the informal nature of Linkedin that encourages sharing, however there is lots of room for improved individual effectiveness.

If you set out to improve your collaboration on Linkedin, you’re opening yourself to receive insight and motivation. A lot of this is informal driven by individuals with a hunger to improve their lives.

Improving Your Connections

After you open your Linkedin account, you need to begin making contacts. Joining Linkedin groups is a great way to get started. You can contribute articles and comments and let others get to know you.  Once you get into their circles and comfort zone, they’ll begin to share valuable info with you.

After you’ve shared with them online, you can arrange to attend meetings, conventions etc to meet face to face. There are people who use these techniques that includes travel to big conferences just to meet the right people.

Recruiters and employers are hunting for people via Linkedin. In fact, corporate hiring is undergoing a dramatic shift due to Linkedin. Their search algorithm is considered an important tool for identifying ideal candidates. Find out how to draw recruiters to your linkedin profile.

I hope you’re sold on the benefits of Linkedin. Check out my profile and if you’re in the Internet marketing field, lets hook up and share insights.

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Enthusiasm!!! Learning and Improving Performance

Oh those awful times when we lose our enthusiasm. We lose the vision and our spirit. We lose the connection between what we’re doing now and where we want to be.

enthusiasmSpirit and enthusiasm. How do you get em back once you’ve begun a tailspin into the blahs?  Sometimes your friends, family and even coworkers inspire you and give you momentum. Some people just seem to have a natural enthusiasm regardless of how their situation looks. Somehow, their optimism is intact and on course.

But you can’t always wait for someone else to put you back on the launch pad. You need to figure it out and get back at it. See these 10 ways to get your enthusiasm back.

When my nephews were very young, I asked them if they were going to play hockey. They said no, not interested. We like racing cars. Undaunted, I kept at them “Are you sure you don’t want to play hockey.”

Eventually I got them to play in the garage and pretended I was the hockey announcer glorifying their every move and goal (despite getting slashed in the shins).

It wasn’t too long before they were obsessed with hockey. They lived, breathed, and ate hockey. And they became very good hockey players.  I’m not going to say my enthusiasm was how it all happened but I know it helped.

Sports teams use enthusiasm as a tool with the pregame rally.  So your state of enthusiasm is likely a good predictor of your motivation, spirit and the outcome for your career.  Anyone who is fascinating, memorable, positive and driven likely possesses a good measure of enthusiasm. And when we’re depressed, our enthusiasm is crushed resulting in diminished creativity , poor sleep, lack of vision, and an inability to persist.

Enthusiasm probably is the only teacher you need.


Creative Advertising Writing Course U of T

Still going strong on my U of  T advertising writing course. Doing well but realizing I have to increase my creative imagination.  Some of my classmates are imaginative and it’s fun to see and hear how they approach things.  I hope some of it rubs off on me.

We’re already going for drinks after class and we’ll be trading business cards and linkedin addresses soon.  Linkedin is going to be critical to making professional creative contacts and growing my skills.

Exciting New Approaches to Creativity

Check out some interesting videos on creativity.  This first video is about the myths of creativity. Sheds light on real insights on creativity and how it’s really achieved.  Suggests that group brainstorming needs help.

The Art of Creativity. CBS news story introduces creative people, collaboration, talent, and teaching creativity. These two brothers built IDEO.  They study creativity and help businesses solve problems, and they don’t use the word work. They talk about the need for rebuilding creative confidence.

 

Smooth Jazz – Kool & Klean

kkKool & Klean is Konstanin Klashtorni, a smooth jazz electronic DJ from the Ukraine. When Paul Hardcastle is on vacation, Konstanin is the King of the Smooth Jazz kingdom.

Konstanin was a natural jazz musician and received training in the Netherlands and Venezuela. Seems to be a combination that allowed him to grow his creative talents to their full potential.  He was influenced by Paul Hardcastle and Brian Culbertson. Take a deeper look at electronic smooth jazz at radio stations online at smoothjazz.com and shoutcast.com/smoothjazz. Learn more about smooth jazz here.  There’s quite a difference between smooth jazz and progressive house but there’s an underlying smooth electronic beat.  That’s why I like them both.

Discover how relaxing and romantic this music is. Enjoy.