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peter vajda

Hi, Steve,

thought: your post reminds me of one of the reasons many organizations still prefer folks with a liberal arts background....

thought: A while back a high-powered CEO came to me b/c he was expected to be "creative" as his firm wanted to move in a new direction. He was blocked. So, a dialogue:

him: I never was a creative type, you know, one whose imagination runs wild.
me: Can I ask you a question?
him: Sure
me: Do you ever fantasize?
him: Sure

Wally Bock

Your post triggered a memory from when I was helping a major oil company develop a creativity and innovation course. In one of the early test sessions I had an engineer tell me that he "wasn't creative." That wasn't unusual, but in conversation during class, it came out that he had more patents than he could count on his fingers.

I caught him on break and asked him about it. He told me those patents weren't "really" creative because they didn't relate to serious engineering.

Here's the part I love. The patents were almost all for little gadgets like you see in catalogs and infomercials. He make more money from them than he did from his salary. But they didn't count as "creative" because they weren't serious engineering.

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Wally Bock

Soon after posting my earlier comment, I was working on my newsletter which is due out tomorrow. It turns out that one resource pointer in that newsletter will be to The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation which was founded in 1995 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Its mission is to document, interpret, and disseminate information about invention and innovation. I like it because it tells the stories of lots of inventions.

Here's the link.


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