Creativity is Lonely

I'd like to 'plug' Hugh Macleod and his web site 'the gaping void'. So I've clipped this image from his website today.He worked for years (10,000 hours +) doing cartons on the back of business cards. The cartons reflect his life and calling to be a creative. His books are refreshing (with pictures!) and very honest. Sign up for his web mail and get a free carton every day BECAUSE - we all need to start to be more creative, the world has changed and the way you did it and how you did it has gone. If you don't know that yet then you will work harder, try to be faster and you might look at this in another 12 months.

Seth's latest book

Linchpin is for me the best he's done. Not an easy read as I find the style a bit 'bloggy' but its going to make you think 'how remarkable am I', and 'this could make me irreplaceable'. An unusual work. Linchpin cover

Today we face the challenge of either doing the 9-5pm job and taking the money (=no thought, no freedom, no future). Or accepting that you can't control everything and enjoy the possibilities of being YOU - this is scary and uncertain (but = freedom, remarkable, wanted , authentic and also we hope money). It's the only option to avoid just being a cog in someone else's machine, or being like the air attendant that says 'bye' at the end of the flight because you have to.

Lots of thoughts in this book about making YOUR art, being YOU, being authentic and generous as the way forward in 2010.

Many thanks Seth

5 Books to 'must read' in the next 6 months.

There is information ‘out there’ that will tell you the way the world is going.

What’s going to be the new wave in the marketplace of business?

You don’t have to be psychic or even that clever to find out – you just have to pay attention.

I’m always watching.

Watching out for the new films, music, the covers of magazines and books.

And trying new things (like, this week, La Roux’s latest cd and The Word magazine – or twittering more)

Books for me tell you a lot about movement in thinking. If the authors have made it to the bookstand they have to be: 1. very good-usually, 2. current, 3. have a following, 4.someone has already seen its relevant for now.

So let me give you 5 books that you should look into. They are relevant ‘now’. They are part of the change in our thinking in business and so you will be able to really (and that’s excitingly practical) really use them to increase.

At worst it will make you more interesting to talk too!

‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell.

Watch out for this guy. I think his books are landmarks. This one is all about how success is actually achieved. And thank goodness it’s all about quality, dedication, time, upbringing and some luck. It makes sense and confirms all those that work really hard in their business to succeed.

‘FISH’ by Stephen Lundin.

It will take you an hour –max. Great for a Tasman flight. Read it to get the 4 simple rules to completely changing your office or group. I keep giving this one away!

‘Purple Cow’ by Seth Godin

More animals! This is the classic on how to grow your business by working on one thing – be remarkable! Defining stuff but also so encouraging for you to be YOU.

‘Jump Start your Brain’ by Doug Hall

My favourite creativity, and innovation book. And very important as Innovation is the currency now.

You’ll either love him or be driven nuts by him. And that’s just on the book level let alone hearing his podcasts. This is a big person. He’s the one that launched 9 new products at Proctor and Gamble in 12 months by himself before he left corporate. Get thinking and find out how to do it better now.

‘The Speed of Trust’ by Stephen MR Covey

It’s the son of the Covey you know and I think he does a better job on this subject than Dad. Totally relevant, vital understanding of the need for Trust, written mid 2008! Helps you understand why it’s the core of future currency in the marketplace.

Simon