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Impact Report 2018
Trust was the key theme that emerged in our 70+ engagements and 28 trips in 2018. Growing a creative culture and team is possible when trust is built. In our second report, we reflect with gratitude on the journey we took with our clients and customers but also the trends we found in the past three years.
Here is to more courageous creativity.
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I can tell when I lack sleep. I feel a bit disoriented, crave sugar, and start noticing random details around the room instead of focusing on what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, as a full time, bootstrapping female entrepreneur this scenario is far too familiar. Being a great entrepreneur takes effort, dedication, and persistence and it comes at a cost.   When we choose to do something we are choosing not to do something else. When we say yes to everything we set...

Simple but mindful steps to overcome the bias that we might not be resilient. Our Assumptions about Resilience When you think of resilient people, who comes to your mind? People whose perseverance led them to make it against all odds? Or those who went through all kinds of trials and tribulations and got awarded with sweet success? Are you thinking about those who are able to bounce back, failure after failure, mistake after mistake? Does it remind you of outliers (Malcolm Gladwell),...

What do you do when you become stuck solving a problem? Search online. Read articles. Ask a friend. Reflect. Ask an expert. Or all of the above. As an entrepreneur, I am always faced with solving new challenges and struggle with finding the right person to ask for advice. No matter what article I read or event I attend to sharpen my entrepreneurial skills, it never equals a five-minute heart-to-heart conversation with someone who is more experienced than I am. The challenge...

Happy 2018, Innovators! We couldn’t be more excited for this new year and the growth and lessons it will bring! We wrapped up 2017 with our #InnovStory campaign in celebration of InnovatorsBox’s two year anniversary. It was a great way to highlight the incredible stories of entrepreneurs and innovators. It was important for us to show that creativity and innovation happen across all industries - tech, education, non-profit, media, government, medicine, law, and more. In listening to each Innovator’s story, we noticed...

As someone who travels regularly (I made over 18 trips in 2017), I have noticed how some trips leave a more lasting impact on you than the others. The 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2017) at Hyderabad, India this past week was certainly one of the top transformative trips I’ve made in 2017. I’m now back in Washington, DC, surprised by how much I’ve learned, been challenged, energized, and changed in five mere days of traveling. And in reflection, I wanted...

Let me give this one straight - as someone who writes, web designs, and does digital marketing for a living, I thought I was a pretty creative life-form. And one day, as I was floating through the void in my own little creative bubble, I got acquainted with Monica Kang (OK - maybe I reached out to her), and got to learn about the very special work she does in her company, InnovatorsBox®. The pleasure was all mine as Monica invited me to...

MEASURE THE WRONG THING AND GET THE WRONG RESULTS | RETHINKING CREATIVITY Written by Monica Kang. Originally Published on LinkedIn Blog. That makes sense. If you want to know how heavy a box is, you measure the weight, not the height. But how can you make sure you measure correctly for an intangible value? Or worse - What if you realize you have been measuring the wrong way all this time to determine its value for the longest time? It’s a question we should ask...

Technology has been making leaps and bounds for quite some time now, especially over the past decade. We now live in a world that has donned an electronic skin, where devices, gadgets, and sensors have outnumbered people. We used to go about our lives without smartphones just over 15 years ago - but today, technological advancements have moved, paced, and shifted our lives in a melodramatic fashion. And it can be difficult to catch up with the way the technology is...

Breaking Down Diversity and Inclusion ANOTHER REASON WHY WE DESPERATELY NEED CREATIVE AND MINDFUL LEADERSHIP   Let’s start by admitting that “Diversity and Inclusion” is a touchy complex subject in the workplace. It’s a topic we all want some solutions for but feel unsure how to get there and make everyone happy, welcomed and included. It’s complicated. There are a lot of players with different motivations and assumptions. And then there are the differences in generation, gender, and the very definition of “Diversity and...

The healthcare industry is in a whirlwind of changes. Not only is the full apprehension and embracement of these changes necessary, but it's also key to know that there is no magic wand to solve healthcare challenges. We are at an interesting time with innovations in healthcare where more and more practitioners are finding cross-industry values. From Healthcare and Education, to Healthcare and Technology, to Healthcare and Not-for-profits. This collaboration and synergy means solutions need to have a truly integrated approach. On...

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