In researching productivity at Behance, we sift through a lot of articles about how particularly productive and successful people make their ideas happen. Digging through our pile of recent reads, we pulled out five of the most insightful: Malcolm Gladwell on overconfidence in business, Twyla Tharp on how structure fuels creativity, filmmaker James Cameron on the importance of setting ridiculously high goals, and more. Read on for the highlights and the full stories…
As he looks at the financial collapse, Malcom Gladwell digs into why, when we experience success again and again, we come to believe in our own infallibility. Takeaway: "As we grow older and more experienced, we overrate the accuracy of our judgments."
During National Design Week, a panel on the “Business of Design” discussed how executives, engineers and designers could work together. Takeaway: "Executives often harbor the unrealistic ambition of being right 100% of the time. A few stupid mistakes can actually make you smarter, in the same way that physical exertion rounds you into shape.”
Choreographer Twlya Tharp elucidates the work ethic that led to a Tony Award, three Emmys, a MacArthur fellowship, and a National Medal of Arts. Takeaway: “I don't think that scheduling is uncreative. I think that structure is required for creativity.”
Management maxims and prioritization tips from high-powered politicians, publishers, and creatives. Takeaway: "Politely saying no can free up astonishing amounts of time."
How film director James Cameron goes about making some of the most expensive and also the most profitable films of all time. Takeaway: “Set your goals ridiculously high & you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
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***This post byJ.K. Glei is based on research by the Behance team. Behance runs the Behance Creative Network, the 99% productivity think thank, the Action Method project management application, and the Creative Jobs List.