American businessman and innovator Henry Ford once said, “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” ____ When the word “bank” comes to mind, the word “dirty” often follows the conversation in light […]
In conversation with an emerging entrepreneur. — 23/04/2014
For the past 15 years, François Poirier has been working hard to perfect his craft in order to design meaningful products. Today, he is the Industrial Design Director behind the company Sobersmart, recently recognized by the The Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation. François has been part of the C2MTL Community since 2013, and to dig deeper into what drives his entrepreneurial spirit, […]
Buddha’s Eyebrows: Why Organizational Creativity Fails
"We have come to equate creativity with the eccentric leader, firing out ideas like an overexcited duck hunter." — 03/04/2014
“We only have one future, and it will be made of our dreams, if we have the courage to challenge convention.” – Soichiro Honda . . . Honda’s entry into the North American motorcycle market in the 1950s has long been seen by management scholars as a triumph of focused innovation and strategic action over the […]
Questions that spring creativity!
Creative questions gifted to "The Guide for Inquiring Minds" in honor of Spring 2014. — 20/03/2014
In January, we introduced to you – “The Guide for Inquiring Minds” – a declaration of intent made up of constructive questions to steer our efforts no matter our business, discipline, or level of expertise. Following, we invited our online Community to help us grow this innovative project by gifting questions that can further challenge our creative thinking. Thought-provoking questions have […]
Partner Portrait of Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal. — 18/03/2014
As part of C2MTL’s “Partner Portrait” series, meet Michel Leblanc. Every morning… I read the paper version of La Presse. I always carry… … nothing of value in my wallet. The environment that inspires me the most… The quiet strength of the river in front of my house. Mentor ou menteé? Mentor I had to let […]
Am I good enough to make work that matters?
Question from the blog post, "ARE YOU CREATIVELY GOOD ENOUGH?" by Tanner Christensen. — 14/03/2014
A question many creatives often ask me is: “Is my work good enough? Do I have what it takes to be an author, or painter, or musician, or dancer, or teacher, or innovator?” Such questions are well-intended, no doubt. Those who ask are truly questioning the value of their writing, of their artwork, of their ability […]
Why wait until you retire to be a philanthropist?
Blake Mycoskie advises... — 06/03/2014
BLAKE MYCOSKIE: Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS | C2MTL, MAY 21, 2013. “I really do belief that the two can go hand in hand, and that if more companies incorporate giving into the DNA of why they exist, it’s really good for business. It helps with customer loyalty, it helps retain and motivate amazing employees; people […]
Is the collective the new genius?
In times of turmoil it’s tempting – some might say necessary – to look to the past, to ask how our forebears might have answered the challenges of today. — 05/03/2014
While “What would Steve Jobs do? What would Thomas Edison do?” seem likely to provide innovative solutions to complex problems, imaginative questions aren’t a guarantee of effective answers. In times past, creativity research focused on revealing creative genius, reinforcing the myth of the enviably over-gifted scientist, artist or businessperson. But though the stereotype of the […]
The reluctant persuader
"More often than not, when marketing works, the Earth loses." — 04/03/2014
Big Data weighs heavily on today’s marketers. The difference between winning and losing often resides in the ability to understand (or manipulate) the information presented to generate a targeted, logical, and creative approach to changing the hearts, minds and buying behaviors of the client’s customers. But it doesn’t stop there. In real time, every time, […]
James Murphy on failure
"I was supposed to be smart and I was supposed to be creative." — 27/02/2014
Musician, Producer and DJ James Murphy will speak and perform at C2MTL 2014! James Murphy is the former leader of LCD Soundsystem, co-founder of the Death From Above (DFA Records) label, and co-producer of Arcade Fire‘s Reflektor album. His circle of friends includes: David Bowie, mentor Ron Howard, Moby, and director Spike Jonze to name a few. Moby […]