“Problems cannot be solved with the same thinking that created them”
- Albert Einstein
“See a tomorrow problem that your company should start tackling today”
- Gary Hamel
"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to treat everything as if it were a nail."
- Abraham Maslow
"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
- Maya Angelou
"The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out."
- Dee Hock
"Every organization – not just business – needs one core competence: innovation." - Peter
"Business moves too fast to be scripted" - Jennifer Spear
"Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training."
- Anna Freud
“If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves....” – Thomas Edison
“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' ” - Isaac Asimov
"Orville Wright did not have a pilot's license" - Gordon Mackenzie
"To the extent a person makes, invents or thinks something that is new to him, he may be said to have performed a creative act."
- Margaret Mead
"One hundred percent of the shots I don't make don't go in."
- Wayne Gretzky
"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."
- Dr. Linus Pauling
“My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It's the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You'll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond 'Z' and start poking around!” – Dr. Seuss
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."
- Albert von Szent-Gyorgy
"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science."
- Albert Einstein
“Experience should teach us that it is always the unexpected that does occur.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Any problem that is pervasive, persistent or unprecedented is unlikely to be solved with hand-me-down principles”
- Gary Hamel
"Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future."
“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
"There's a way to do it better—find it."
- Thomas Edison
"The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail."
- Edwin H. Land
"There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. “Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns."
- Edward de Bono
“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck
"The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—are the primary sources of creativity."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
"The achievement of excellence can only occur if the organization promotes a culture of creative dissatisfaction."
- Lawrence Miller
“Faced with the choice of changing their mind and proving there’s no need to do so, most people start working on the proof.” - John Kenneth Galbraith
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
“Be the Change you want to see in the world” - Gandhi
“When we change the way we look at things the things we look at change “
- Wayne Dyer
“Nothing that has ever been created new in the world was proven in advance”
- Roger Martin
"If you want different results... Do Things Differently!" - Jennifer Spear
“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, When it’s the only one you have.”
- Emilé Chartier
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination” - John Lennon
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, or the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.” - Charles Darwin
“A problem well stated is half solved” - John Dewey
“Creativity is connecting things” - Steve Jobs
“Innovative companies do not wait for problems to solve... They FIND them!”
- Min Basadur
“Leadership is not defined by the exercise of power but by the capacity to increase the sense of power among those who are led. The most essential work of the leader is to create more leaders”
- Mary Parker Follet,1924
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Talent wins games. But teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan
Change isn’t an “event” it’s a process
big changes come from a succession of small changes
"More of the same is not enough" - Jennifer Spear
“If you always think the way you’ve always thought you’ll always get what you’ve always got”
“Innovation is both art and science. It is both chaotic and disciplined. It is a complex system that involves the entire organization” - Ruth Ann Hattori and Joyce Wycoff
There is no business as usual
“Most people think in terms of solutions, not in terms of problems, and often solve the wrong problem”
“You don't motivate people and then ask them to be creative – let them be creative and they will be motivated”
“Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out” - James Conant
“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill
“Chaos (kā,äs) is the uncertainty sparked by unchartered territory, economic recession, and bubbles of opportunity.” - Jeremy Gutsche
“Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth.” - Tom Barrett
"It's not about capturing markets, it's about making new markets." - Virginia Rommetty, CEO IBM
“Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work I have to do between now and Tuesday.” - Ray Kroc, Founder, McDonald's Corp
“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” - Frank Capra
“Innovation is not about market timing. It is about creating something that fulfills an unmet need.” - Jeremy Gutsche
“Out of chatter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." - Dr. Seuss
“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” - Dee Hock
“The model for management that we have right now is the opera. The conductor of an opera has a very large number of different groups that he has to pull together. The soloists, the chorus, the ballet, the orchestra, all have to come together – but they have a common score. What we are increasingly talking about today are diversified groups that have to write the score while they perform. What you need now is a good jazz group” – Peter Drucker
“Jazz is just riffing on your mistakes.” – Ornette Coleman
“Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.” - Earl Nightingale
"Your focus should not be on protecting what you have, but rather on adapting the next big thing." - Jeremy Gutsche
"Anybody who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” - Edward de Bono
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”- Scott Adams
“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.” - James Russell Lowell
“An undying focus on the future can lead to invention” - Jeremy Gutsche
“If you stick to measuring what you can already measure, you cannot create a future that is different than the past.“ - Roger Martin
“Don’t let the failure of others reinforce inaction.” - Business Week
“What is now proved, was once only imagined.” - William Blake
“People who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are doing it” - George Bernard Shaw
“There are precious few Einteins among us. Most brilliance arises from ordinary people working in extraordinary ways.” – Roger Von Oech
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” – Dr. Seuss
“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” – Booker T. Washington
“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” - Bill Moyers
“Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.”- Eric Hoffer
“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
(commenting that he didn’t fail) “We now know a thousand ways not to build a light bulb” – Thomas Edison
“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcom Gladwell
“Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.” - Mason Cooley
“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” - Erich Fromm
“Creativity takes courage.“ - Henri Matisse
“We learn through experience and experiencing, and no one teaches anyone anything. This is true for the infant moving from kicking to crawling to walking as it is for the scientist with equations.” – Viola Spolin
“Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.” - Konstantin Stanislavsky, Co-founder of the Moscow Art Theatre
"We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most of their time in the closed mode. Not that the closed mode cannot be helpful. If you are leaping a ravine, the moment of takeoff is a bad time for considering alternative strategies. When you charge the enemy machine-gun post, don't waste energy trying to see the funny side of it. Do it in the "closed" mode. But the moment the action is over, try to return to the "open" mode—to open your mind again to all the feedback from our action that enables us to tell whether the action has been successful, or whether further action is needed to improve on what we have done. In other words, we must return to the open mode, because in that mode we are the most aware, most receptive, most creative, and therefore at our most intelligent."
- John Cleese