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Happy March!
March 2013

As spring's arrival draws near, I am reminded of the many different ways it blossoms.  Different flowers, trees, and bushes, all herald the new season.  It's like the many faces of creativity -- just as beautiful, just as diverse, and just as magical!


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In This Issue
Creative Confidence
Breakthrough Creativity Webinar
Breakthrough Creativity Workshop
Managers and Leaders of Both?
MBTI -- Yes or No?
HRDQ Breakthrough Creativity Profile Products
Like us on Facebook
Creativity Myths

Creative Confidence

Did you read the article "Reclaiming Your Creative Confidence"  in the December 2012 issue of the Harvard Business Review? The authors, founders of the design firm IDEO, assert that "creativity is something you practice, not just a talent you are born with."  I agree that there are practices that can help you be more creative.  However, I still maintain there are too many myths about "creativity" that can keep you from seeing yourself as creative in the first place and thus may be obstructing your creative confidence.


The article generated several comments in the next HBR issue. All the comments failed to address the underlying truth: We are all creative and there is no ONE best way to be creative. Of course, a lot depends on how you define "creativity." After much research, I have come to define creativity as "the ability to produce different and valuable results." It's these different creative results and contributions that we need to explore in order to realize our true creative potential and creative confidence.    


So, to gain the many personal and organizational benefits of being creative (see my blog posts on the benefits from creativity for individuals and leaders), you must first identify just how you are creative. Then, you can use tools and techniques and knock down the obstacles that may be keeping that creativity from flourishing. (Here, the authors of the HBR article have some useful hints.  Check out "Fighting the Fears!")

Breakthrough Creativity Webinar
Breakthrough Creativity

April 17, 2013 

2pm-3pm EDT   



Free webinar sponsored by HRDQ:


Breakthrough Creativity: How to Use Your Talents  

to Gain a Competitive Advantage


Join us for an hour-long exploration of creativity in the workplace. I'll first describe the importance of creativity in organizations and will introduce the eight creative talents. Then I will provide a practical framework for applying the talents to accelerate the performance of individuals, teams, and leaders through more inventive problem solving, strategic decision making, and resilient change management. 


Upcoming workshop

 June 6, 2013  5:30 PM - 8:30 PM  

I will be speaking on Creativity in our Work at the June meeting of the Association of Career Professionals International (ACPI) in Waltham MA. It's open to everyone interested in helping clients and themselves be more creative. Dinner is included in the registration fee.

Stay tuned for more information! 
Managers or Leaders or Both?

I've just started an interesting Twitter conversation about the differences (or actually the lack thereof) between managers and leaders.  Join in!
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MBTI -- Yes or No?

The latest post to my blog talks about the strengths and shortcomings of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.  Check it out and submit your comments about your experience with this widely used assessment!

HRDQ Breakthrough Creativity Profile Products

The second editions of the Breakthrough Creativity Profile Guides from HRDQ are finally available! The new Breakthrough Creativity Profile Participant Guide contains the Profile, the leading edge tool for identifying creative talents. It also includes revised references and handout material for the Breakthrough Creativity Profile Workshop and two new workshops: one for teams to understand the impact of the talents on the team's creative performance and one that applies the eight creative talents to problem solving.

The second edition of the Facilitator Guide is full of new material to help facilitators lead all three workshops.     

Looking for ways to boost your own or your team's creative results?  Check out the new editions!  
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Watch for an announcement about a special group forming for those using the Breakthrough Creativity Profiles in their work!

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Creativity Myths
Lynne Levesque, Ed.D.  Consultant, Researcher, Author
Lynne Levesque, Ed.D

It happened again - right in the middle of my yoga class recently. Our yoga instructor was hoping to make us feel good about the balancing posture we were trying to assume by explaining that each side of the body has a different level of flexibility and stability. And then he said, "It's just like the two sides of your brain. One's creative and one's analytical!" I almost fell out of my tree pose!


As I rolled up my mat, I again wondered why this myth about creativity and left and right brains has persisted over so many years. One researcher explained the myth's long life: "Some scientists over- simplified the idea, and clever journalists further enhanced them. Cartoonists had a field day with it all!"  And although, according to experts, the data has clearly shown that these ideas are flatly mistaken, they became a runaway train that has become next to impossible to stop.


Creativity is no longer viewed as just requiring divergent thinking and is now more accurately defined, by many experts, as "the ability to produce different and valuable work."  (I say "results" since creativity doesn''t feel like work to me!) As such, creativity requires both divergent and convergent thinking. What is even more interesting is that research has also proven that: 


1) divergent thinking is not always novel and convergent thinking can just as easily result in novel ideas, and


2) the whole brain - not just one hemisphere --  takes part in the fun of coming up with novel ideas and figuring out how to make them work.

So let's set the record straight as to who or what is or is not creative! We need to recognize individual differences in the way we are creative just as we need to realize that individuals use their brains differently. Why? Because seeing yourself as creative is so critical not only for producing novel and useful results but also for fostering more self-esteem and resilience


Lynne Levesque
Author of

Breakthrough Creativity Profile Participant and Facilitator Guides

and the

Breakthrough Creativity:

Achieving Top Performance
Using the Eight Creative Talents

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