How to work on your creative skills to stay competitive, according to a former Disney exec

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Although the vast majority of children are creative geniuses, a much smaller percentage of adults retain that creative ability. Creativity might seem like a talent that you either have (or don’t have), but the truth is, at the ages of 4 or 5, virtually every child qualifies as a “ creative genius .” You see, as children, we were all naturally intuitive, curious, and free of mental inhibition. Yet by adulthood, only 2% of us retain that mental power . Read Full Story

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Eric and Wendy Schmidt launch global talent corps for teenagers

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In an exclusive interview, the former Google CEO and his wife unveil details of Rise, part of their $1 billion charitable commitment to support individuals who want to serve others. Philanthropists Eric and Wendy Schmidt have begun accepting applications for Rise, a global talent program for 15- to 17-year-olds who make a commitment to pursue careers and initiatives in public service. The program, a partnership with the Rhodes Trust, promises to provide winners with lifelong financial support and mentorship. Read Full Story

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This is how to declutter your ‘inner’ workspace and get more creative

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Leadership consultant Bianca Finkelstein does a deep dive into self-observation, where she says we can begin to dismantle the mental and emotional barriers to creative expression. Creativity eludes most of us. It shows up unannounced, and its presence is fleeting. We often think that big creative breakthroughs are haphazard and reserved for a few lucky individuals who have the perfect idea at the perfect time. We feel somewhat helpless with the creative process. Read Full Story

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‘Mentorship made my career’: How to pay it forward to young talent while remote

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Without the option of a casual desk drop-by, nurturing early-career talent takes creativity. Here are a few strategies to inspire you. One of my first mentors in real estate was a partner in a small consulting firm, where I worked as a project manager out of graduate school. She was a smart and charismatic professional with a passion for built environments. Reflecting on the experience, it wasn’t the formal work that taught me the most, but the downtime conversation and time observing her in action. For instance, before a meeting she’d show me how to craft the agenda to drive the conversation intentionally. Later, we would go through what worked and didn’t work. And over casual coffees, she’d tell me how important it was for female developers to construct these buildings, standing as evidence of their immutable accomplishments. Read Full Story

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The surprising way to build a productive organization in 2021

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Remote work isn’t going anywhere, but here’s how to design a great IRL office. Just as 9/11 changed travel forever, the coronavirus has changed the workplace forever. Nine months into it, we’ve established that we as individuals can work remotely and be even more productive , but here’s the question now: Is the organization as productive and innovative as it should be? Increasingly the answer is no . While individual tasks aren’t suffering, the social connectivity that sparks collaborative creativity and innovative thought is falling off. Most companies have already shifted their top priority from productivity to the safety of their employees, but it’s time to move from endurance to resilience. Read Full Story

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7 side hustles for the creative entrepreneur

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Times of financial strain call for inventive thinking with your income streams. With the pandemic causing lay-offs, budget cuts, and widespread distress, many people’s finances have taken a hit. In turbulent financial times, I’ve turned to passive income streams and side hustles to stay afloat. Many creative and savvy business owners and individuals are doing the same. From picking up side jobs to starting new businesses, there are many ways to start earning extra income today. Read Full Story

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