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Give This Article a Glance: Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business//June 2011

Here is the review of the June 2011 issue of Fast Company with the cover story on 100 Most Creative People in Business I promised. I read through about 90% of the individuals mentioned. The article gives a wide overview of persons in a variety of industries from journalism to game developers to the chief of a tribe who have found new and different ways to solve problems and approach business.

Seeing others work outside the norms can be an awesome motivator for anyone looking to be more inventive on the job. It can also lead you to resources including web sites and books written by or about these awesome folks. I would definitely give it a glance!

Alex Kipman Microsoft

Alex Kipman Microsoft featured as no. 19 in Fast Company's June 2011 issue, "The 100 Most Creative Business People."


Creative Militancy Pt. 3: Access Your Creative Mind

Between returning emails, running to meetings and checking your voicemail–do you have time to be creative, inventive? Do you ever feel like a robot completing one task after another? In most corporate settings, we are slaves to our “to-do” lists. So when do you have time to think of a good idea?

As a part of my series on becoming a creative militant, I want to explore how we can tap into our creative unconsciousness. In Fast Company’s June 2011 issue (article alerts here) there is a wonderful article that I found: “Exercising The Minds Muscle. The writer claims that slowing down is actually the best way to ignite your creative brain.

Don’t underestimate the power of meditation or the importance of giving your mind a break. You may think that meditating is just for hippies or new age folks who did yoga before it was in style. But according to Ron Alexander a therapist, meditation teacher and author of Wise Mind, Open Mind, meditation “…is an excellent strategy for becoming successful in your profession, as well as the bigger game of transforming yourself and the people who work with and for you.” Alexander claims that meditation “sets the stage” to tap into out creative unconsciousness. His suggestions for mindfulness meditation include:

1. Sitting in a cross-legged position or in a straight-backed chair with your feet on the floor. If you prefer to lie down, keep your eyes slightly open.
2. Set an alarm for 12 to 20 minutes.
3. Concentrate on your breath as it leaves and enters your nostrils or as your belly rises and falls.

Reclaim your creativity by taking yourself off the corporate treadmill for a few minutes a day. Your mind deserves a chance to recharge. Our current corporate culture makes us feel that we can’t afford to spend time doing anything that isn’t directly related to our “to do” list. Don’t accept that.

Find the right place. Save some time for your mind. Time to think and meditate isn’t just for people who work in entertainment or executives with a swanky corner office. Walk away from your cubicle, make a morning commute playlist, close your office door, leave your desk during lunch—do whatever you have to do to access and unleash your creative energy!

Article Alert 5.25.11

Here are two articles to read about creativity. My summaries and comments coming soon. Give them a read and share your thoughts. I’ll be sharing the hard copy versions, but you can find both of these online as well. Happy reading either way.

Check out in the May 2011 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine. That issue also has a special report about music industry innovators. FYI for some reason the issue I bought in Houston is called “The Idea Issue” and has a different cover. No matter. I checked and the articles are the same.


Entrepreneur Magazine May 2011

Also give a glance to Fast Company’s June 2011 issue cover story, “The 100 Most Creative People in the Business.” The cover should be enough to pique your interest. Team Coco!

Fast Company June 2011

Fast Company June 2011