Qualities of Creative Leaders

01. High standards of personal ethics.
02. Big people, without pettiness.
03. Guts under pressure, resilience in defeat.
04. Brilliant brains — not safe plodders.
05. A capacity for hard work and midnight oil.
06. Charisma — charm and persuasiveness.
07. A streak of unorthodoxy — creative innovators.
08. The courage to make tough decisions.
09. Inspiring enthusiasts — with trust and gusto.
10. A sense of humor.
- David Ogilvy

David Ogilvy on the 10 Qualities of Creative Leaders

Ogilvy’s Principles of Creative Management

“The best way to “install a generator” in a man is to give him the greatest possible responsibility. Treat your subordinates as grown-ups — and they will grow up. Help them when they are in difficulty. Be affectionate and human, not cold and impersonal.”
- David Ogilvy

From Maria’s wonderful post on David Ogilvy’s Principles of Creative Management

Gardens, no buildings

“… great projects, like great careers and relationships that last, are gardens. They are tended, they shift, they grow. They endure over time, gaining a personality and reflecting their environment. When something dies or fades away, we prune, replant and grow again.”
- Seth Godin

Read the full post: Gardens, not buildings

Freedom

“Freedom lies in being bold.”
- Robert Frost

Online Community

“Each online community decides what it is going to be, and in the end, reflects the people that participate in it. The internet is made of people. Like Anne Frank, I believe that, despite all evidence to the contrary, people are good at heart. And always, on the internet, I am astounded by people’s insistence on being generous, compassionate and kind.”
- Caterine Fake

Caterina Fake on Online Communities.

Solitude

“Every kind of creative work demands solitude, and being alone, constructively alone, is a prerequisite for every phase of the creative process.”
- Barbara Powell

The Important Thing

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
- Albert Einstein

Play

“The word sugru is the Irish word for play and that’s what it’s all about—getting people to have a playful attitude toward life and to know that they can do something about their problems without having to wait around on others.”
- Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh

A quote from this interview with Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, the inventor and CEO of sugru over on The Great Discontent.

The Real Value of Stock Options

“I’ve generally explained to each of them why stock options are nice, but are worth much less than may think. I don’t persuade them against accepting the offer because I think you should be willing to take a pay cut to learn and do more at a startup than you would learn and do at a big company. I just tell my friends that they should never optimize for options, but optimize for an experience. “- Benjy Boxer

The Real Value of Stock Options, by Benjy Boxer.

(via Khoi)

Emotions

“There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion that if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret, spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

7-Word Autobiographies

“Endlessly amused by people’s minds.”
- Daniel Kahneman

Love the idea behind a 7-Word Autobiography. What is yours?

Tidy

“When in doubt, tidy up.”
—Brian Eno

(via Austin Kleon)

Amazing is what spreads.

“Sometimes, we’re so focused on being consistent that we also lower the bar on amazing. After all, the thinking goes, if we can’t be amazing all the time, better to reset the expectation to merely good. Which robs us of the ability to (sometimes) be amazing.”
- Seth Godin

But it only works sometimes, by Seth Godin

Credit

“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.”
- Indira Gandhi

Vacation

“Everything needs a break.”
― Toba Beta

I am on vacation this week with my beautiful family. Post frequency will be light, but back to normal starting next! Waving from the Northfork!

Notice

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point “If this isn’t nice I don’t know what is.”
- Kurt Vonnegut

Experience

“What an industry needs is people who have no idea on how it operates. People that don’t know that there are any rules. While it is good to break rules and to push boundaries, it’s much better to just never know that any rules exists. So, when an agency boasts that they have years of experience in the field that your company is working in. Run the other way, cause that only means that they know the rules. You need someone who doesn’t.”

Experience Slows You Down, by Nils Sköld

Squint

“If you squint you can stop your brain from seeing what it thinks it sees.”
Chris Glass

A quote by Chris Glass, taken rom his wonderful CreativeMornings talk.

Do Better.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
— Maya Angelou

(via Rusty)

Flow

“Don’t fight forces, use them.”
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Integrity

“Integrity is the essence of everything successful.”
― Buckminster Fuller

Potential

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”
- R. Buckminster Fuller

People

“100% of customers are people.
100% of employees are people.
If you don’t understand people,
you don’t understand business.”
-Simon Sinek

Three Things

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
― Henry James

You can buy an illustrated version of this quote by Lisa Congdon