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The Psychological Benefits of Writing

When you attempt to envision a “writer,” I’d posit most of you see a quirky recluse, hunched over a desk in some cabin, crumpled paper strewn about as they obsessively work on the next great American novel.

To me, writing is so much more than that. Writing is thought put to page, which makes all of us writers — even if we don’t have the chops to spin beautiful prose.

Personal and non-fiction writing is a fascinating topic because I get the sense that many successful people are secretly regular writers:


How to Encourage More Creative Thinking on Teams

If you search for advice on creative thinking, there’s plenty to be found on how to be more creative but little written on how to avoid blocking others’ creativity. Why is that?

Most of us would like to believe we’ve never stifled the creativity of our colleagues. But it’s easier to do than you think, and it always starts with the best of intentions. When you’re on a team, the environment you contribute to is even more important than your individual work, which makes avoiding these pitfalls a high priority.

The formative steps are where teams have the biggest impact on any new idea. Our colleagues get to see the mocks, rough drafts, and specs, and can have a significant influence on how they develop, usually for the better. But this nascent stage is also where groups need to be the most cautious. Here are four mistakes every team should look out for when creating an environment conducive to creative work.