Lubopiten – The love for asking questions. (Episode 220)
The Creativity Explorer Blog
by maria
3d ago
Today, I was interviewed (via Zoom) by Bulgarian TV about my views on creativity. The journalist asked many good questions, and we had an interesting conversation that covered topics ranging from North Korea to mothers playing games with their children. In the end, I asked HIM a question: “How do you say the word “curiosity” in Bulgarian?” He replied: “Lubopiten” (Любопитен) I asked for the word’s etymology, and he told me that the first part of the word comes from the word “love,” and the second part comes from the word “to ask questions.” Lubopiten can be traced back to meaning “the love for ..read more
Visit website
Introducing the word: “curiositer”. (Episode 219)
The Creativity Explorer Blog
by maria
3d ago
A Curiositer is a person who is curious. The Predicate Nominative for a person who is adventurous is “adventurer”. A person who takes on challenges is a “challenger”. I think there should be a Predicate Nominative for someone who is curious, and “Curiositer” works just fine. Personally, I am a “curious introvert”. Or perhaps that should be, ‘An introverted Curiositer’. And today was a perfect example of that. I was being an introvert sitting on my island in Sweden, but from there I did three amazing interviews on creativity with drummer and artist Aimee Marcos; Karen Ballenden, Business Direct ..read more
Visit website
Can a book save a person’s life? I just found out my book did. (Episode 218)
The Creativity Explorer Blog
by maria
1w ago
Yesterday, I had the privilege to connect with a woman who had asked to meet. In the meeting she told me her life’s story. How she – a happy and normal girl at 14 years old – had been drawn into a cult-like church and how there she had been brainwashed to give up her life to serve the people of that church. In the darkest hour, when she felt she had no life, a friend had given her my book -“The Idea Book”. It sparked her creativity and made her realise that she had her own thoughts. Reading the book and doing the exercises in The Idea Book re-booted her self-thinking self. She described h ..read more
Visit website
Working on becoming even more creative. (Episode 216)
The Creativity Explorer Blog
by maria
3w ago
In the elevator to the training venue I was speaking at yesterday, it said “whole new level”. ​ The message resonated with me. ​ Because so many people compare their creative abilities to others – often to very creative people – and then draw the conclusion “I am not creative.” ​ That is so unfortunate. ​ Because one should not compare creativity to others. It’s not a competition. ​ Creativity is a process that makes us better, happier and more inspired. ​ You do not become happier by comparing your happiness to others. You become less happier doing that. You become happy by focusing on your h ..read more
Visit website
The appreciation of creativity. (Episode 215)
The Creativity Explorer Blog
by maria
1M ago
Here is an insight into creativity that was triggered by two football-related events that I attended in the last few days: Creativity is one of the things we appreciate most in our heroes. Event 1: On Saturday night I had the privilege of being in the audience when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was celebrated for his amazing career in the Swedish National team. (He played 122 matches for Sweden and has the record for most goals scored.) My son was actually one of the boys carrying the flag at the event – big day for him. Of all the goals Zlatan made, the one that they showed over and over that night – an ..read more
Visit website
Inspiring new entrepreneurs. (Episode 214)
The Creativity Explorer Blog
by maria
1M ago
Look at that smile – It’s the smile of achievement. Last week, our kids (8, 11 and 13) opened a café on the island we live on. (Ok, mum helped and dad spent the day driving the boat). Almost 100 (!) people came to “fika” and enjoyed island life for a while during the Swedish National day. The kids were/are so proud (and we are proud of them). Before going to sleep, Maria said: “I am going to become an entrepreneur – now I just need to find my big idea!” (I told her she has time, after all she is just 11…) Seeing them work so hard to make the café a success and approaching it all w ..read more
Visit website
“The Expert’s Insight”. (Episode 138)
The Creativity Explorer Blog
by maria
1M ago
Interview with Børre Opsahl, CFO, Insula.   There are things that only an expert in a field would know but that non-experts could benefit from knowing. This is called “The Expert’s Insight”. Let me give you an example of “The Expert’s Insight”:   People who are not professional speakers might think that professional speaking is all about speaking to the audience, but expert speakers know that great speaking is actually about the ability to feel the audience and read the room to be able to create a connection. “Speaking is not about speaking, it’s about listening.” That is the Expert ..read more
Visit website
Here’s to more positive and new thoughts. (Episode 213)
The Creativity Explorer Blog
by maria
1M ago
According to https://www.cdaltonpsychology.com/blogrunning-thoughts/60000-or-6000-thoughts-a-day, “the National Science Foundation published an article summarizing research on human thoughts per day. It was found that the average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those thousands of thoughts, 80% were negative, and 95% were exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before.” ​ I have no idea if this is true, or how they got to this conclusion, but I found it fascinating to think about. ​ It shows how rare it is to have positive and new thoughts – aka “ideas”. ​ But it ..read more
Visit website
Want to innovate? Aim for The Dangerous Edge. (Episode 137)
The Creativity Explorer Blog
by maria
1M ago
Interview with Dr. Johan S. Roos, Chief Academic Officer & Professor at Hult International Business School. When LEGO Serious Play was introduced in the late 1990s as a way to enable managers to describe, create and challenge their views on their business, the process was met with scorn, skepticism, and doubt. Having managers “play” and play with LEGO bricks was just not seen as professional. Today, 25 years later, tens of thousands of managers have gone through Serious Play workshops and there are over 3000 LEGO Serious Play facilitators training thousands of leaders and educators each y ..read more
Visit website
Focus on how many “days of…” you have. (Episode 212)
The Creativity Explorer Blog
by maria
2M ago
On Friday, the sun was shining, and the sea was calm, so I decided to paddle from Stockholm to my island. It was a day of paddling. While paddling, I was reflecting on the number one advantage of running my own company: the fact that I am in control of how I spend my days. If I want to paddle on a Friday, I will paddle on a Friday. It also means that if I want to work on a Saturday, I work on a Saturday. I never reflect on having “days off”; instead, I think of having “days of …”. One day can be a day of selling. One day (yesterday, as a matter of fact) is a day of doing admin. This doesn’t me ..read more
Visit website

Follow The Creativity Explorer Blog on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR