WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

Thank you for visiting my blog.  However, I am no longer writing articles for this blog since I have launched a new career.  As author and historian, I continue to research and write about the story of my ancestor Jeanne Chevalier.  If you are interested in learning more about this new work, please visit my website:  www.lynnelevesque.com.

Otherwise, you can continue to read the older posts on this blog about creativity.   Have a creative day!  Lynne

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My Last Breakthrough Creativity Blog Post

This is my last blog post on the www.BreakthroughCreativity.com website.   As I mentioned in my December 2, 2014 post, I have spent a great deal of time over the last few years searching out the story of my eighth great grandmother Jeanne Marguerite Chevalier, who was born in France in 1643 and died in Quebec in 1716. What began as Continue reading

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Writing my ancestor’s story and the eight creative talents

A great deal, perhaps even too much, of my time over the past 18 months has been devoted to research around the life of my eighth great grandmother who was born in France in 1643 and died in Quebec in 1716. In mid 2013, I spent many hours preparing for a September trip to France, researching details about her life in France, brushing up on my French, and scheduling hotels and meetings. Towards the end of my three weeks trip, I Continue reading

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The Eight Creative Talents and Questions

When Bob Tiede sent me an email letting me know he had added my  post “Leading with Questions”  as a guest post on his blog http://leadingwithquestions.com this past March,  he added,” If you write any more posts about questions, let me know.”  His comment started me thinking.  Continue reading

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The Eight Creative Talents and Action Learning

Action Learning – an approach that involves putting together diverse, high-potential leaders into teams to tackle a critical, real-life business challenge — is now a vital element in quality leadership development programs.  Unlike in traditional classroom training, Action Learning team members use practice, action and deliberate reflection to acquire new skills and knowledge about the challenge at hand, the organization, teamwork, leadership, and themselves.

If you are familiar with action learning programs, you know that the benefits of Action Learning are many and significant.  But you also know that those benefits don’t come without thorough preparation, organizational commitment, and structural support for learning, skill development, and reflection. Continue reading

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Breakthrough Creativity and Mission Statements

A couple of weeks ago,  I facilitated a Breakthrough Creativity session for a department within a consumer products company.  The objectives of the session were several:  to introduce the participants to the Breakthrough Creativity concepts, to improve the functioning of the team, and to draft a mission statement for the department.  Continue reading

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New Blocks to Creativity?

Over the past twenty years, I have researched, studied, and written a great deal about creativity and the most common blocks and barriers that keep us from being our creative best.  I usually organize these obstacles into several categories, such as Continue reading

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How to Add More Creativity to Strategic Planning

In a recent interview, Harvard Business School professor Cynthia Montgomery argued that we need more creativity in Strategic Planning.  I couldn’t agree with her more! Continue reading

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MBTI – Yes or No?

The topic of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (“MBTI”) has come up three times in the past few days – in a graduate school-sponsored webinar on leadership where it earned disparaging remarks from the facilitator, in a conversation with a colleague who was confused about its use, and in reading Patrick Lencioni’s recommendations about its application in his fabulous book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.”  So I got to thinking about the concerns I have with the use of the MBTI: Continue reading

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Creativity Myths and Creative Confidence

An article in the December 2012 Harvard Business Review promoted the need for “Reclaiming Your Creative Confidence.”  In the article the authors, founders of the design firm IDEO, assert that “creativity is something you practice, not just a talent you are born with.”  I totally agree that there are practices to help you be more creative and to help you overcome obstacles and fears that are keeping you from being your creative best.  However, I still maintain there are too many myths and misunderstandings about the phenomenon known as “creativity,” and these myths can keep you from seeing yourself as creative in the first place and thus may be obstructing your creative confidence. Continue reading

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Top Five Personal Benefits from Creativity!

In addition to the many benefits that leaders can gain from creativity, the benefits for individuals are often beyond measurement.  Swiss psychologist Carl Jung believed that creativity is one of the primary instincts and motivating forces of life and brings with it awesome powers and capabilities.  Here’s a short list of some of them: Continue reading

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