Some routines are good. Doctors say going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day helps you stay healthy. Familiar patterns—like regular exercise and brushing your teeth before bed—can help reduce stress and keep you grounded. But taken too far, routines can also become a problem. Doing the same thing all day, over and over, can decrease your creative thinking and blunt your competitive edge.
Brands like Gatorade, Jeep, and Jack Daniel’s have been household names for so long, they feel like something more than companies that sell us sports drinks, cars, and whiskey. They feel like part of our collective culture. Then there are new brands like Beats by Dre that manage to achieve cult status seemingly overnight. So what distinguishes a merely super-successful business from a cult brand that inspires customers “not just to buy, but to buy in”?
Creativity isn’t just for creatives any more. In fact, creativity is widely credited for giving people in business a competitive edge. And it turns out, everyone has some. In fact, you’re likely more creative than you think. Take the quiz that lets you see your CQ, or creative intelligence. Wherever you fall on the scale, the good news is that your CQ is not fixed like your IQ. You can actually boost it by working more creatively. Here’s how.
Will robots be competitors or co-workers? Do machines truly pose an existential threat to human usefulness? Thanks to movies like Blade Runner, Terminator, and The Matrix, we’ve been dreading it for decades. Even as the push for productivity makes it feel more like we’re trying to take the robots’ jobs, a lot of us still worry about being replaced by automatons. And it’s not just factory workers. At the recent Davos conference, AI and its impact on the future of work was top of mind for many of the world’s economic leaders. So how can humans prepare and position ourselves for changing roles in the near future? Here are five jobs that are likely to stay in demand—and become easier—as more workers begin collaborating with robots.
Esprit de corps. Shared purpose. Putting our heads together. Conventional wisdom suggests that group effort is essential to success in the workplace. But when it comes to finding creative inspiration, too much face-to-face team time might actually put us at a disadvantage. Great minds may think alike, but do we really think better together?
When you think about your favorite day of work, what comes to mind? Was it the day you answered 80 emails in an two-hour sprint? Or was it the day you discovered a new way to solve a problem you’d wrestled with for weeks? Chances are, you remember the day you did your best work better than the day you did the most work.