All posts tagged: Creativity

Launching a new ensemble, organization, or business? Read this, Part III. Developing your Concept.

For the past few days, I’ve written a step by step process for how I would go about launching a new ensemble, organization, or business. Today, I’m going to give you some thoughts on how to develop that great idea you came up with during the first two posts. Continue divergent thinking and brainstorming. Now that you have gathered a few good ideas to pursue, brainstorm ways you can develop a solution to your idea or the beginnings of a vision for your ensemble. Continue to think broadly, but begin to strategize how you can create tangible, achievable goals to meet the need or demand you are addressing.  Tip: Think of specific benchmarks over the next year to help you develop and achieve your idea. Think about 3 month, six month and twelve month goals.  Now that you have a few ideas in which to pursue, it’s time to see how your network responds to the concept.  Tip: Do not be afraid of someone else stealing your idea. The information you get from asking what your network thinks …

Launching a new ensemble, organization, or business? Read this, Part II. The Inception of a Good Idea.

Now that you’ve taken a little time for self-exploration, the challenge becomes this: What makes an idea a good one? As humans, it’s in our DNA to muse about ways to make the world a better place. Some of us are even driven to take the step towards developing that idea into a new ensemble, organization or business. The trick is to develop your creative ideas with a marketplace in mind. First, a few rules as you develop your ideas: Do this work with the knowledge that someone else has probably already thought of your idea. I have had countless meetings with individuals who are convinced that they have an idea nobody has thought of before. This is probably not true. Your job is to consider what makes your unoriginal idea unique to others.  Tip: You’re reading this post right now but I’m one of hundreds, maybe thousands of people who set out to help others bring their ideas to life.  Why did you choose to read this post instead of others? I hope it’s because something in my …

The Real Reasons New Business Generation is Shrinking

Tim Askew’s recent post about the state of entrepreneurship in the US was filled with interesting statistics and a provocative, editorialized rationale for the reason people aren’t launching small businesses.  While nobody would challenge the diminishing  numbers, I think they have less to do with government overreach and more to do with our children not being adequately prepared to creatively lead businesses. In 10+ years of advising students in entrepreneurial endeavors, I have not once heard a student say “I was going to start that business, but overreach by the US government is holding me back.”  For me, it is the constraints our education system has placed on student development that I find most troubling.  Here are three reasons I believe new venture creation is shrinking in America: 1. No Child Left Behind In 2002, I began my career as an elementary school music teacher.  Unfortunately, that was also the first year of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Over two years I witnessed, first-hand, the deconstruction of the arts in the public schools. We are …