August 1, 2013 / Design Thinking / Creativity / Innovation / Mariposa Articles

Leader as Designer

Learn how to utilize Design Thinking in your role as a leader.  This essay, Leader as Designer, by Mariposa Leadership CEO Sue Bethanis, opens up Design Thinking to different applications and audiences that goes beyond product development. She offers a clear 4 step process to easily move from idea-to-innovation. The results: successful services,  new experiences, and novel solutions to old problems.




August 27, 2012 / Design Thinking / Creativity / Innovation / HR / Talent Management / Wise Talk

Related Topics with Josh Linkner on Breakthrough Creativity


Listen to these audio snippets of last week’s August 20th Wise Talk, where Josh Linkner elaborates on methods and steps used to drive creativity, touching particularly on points from his book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity. This Wise Talk was an immensely informative discussion on breakthrough creativity for individual and business success.

In this first snippet Linkner discusses the method of “role storming” as an interactive and creative addition to your brainstorming session.

In this snippet, Linkner discusses some questions on creativity and what developing creativity really means – are we born creative, or do we become creative?

Click here to access Mariposa Leadership’s Wise Talk archives, and click on “Breakthrough Creativity” for the full audio of this session.

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August 20, 2012 / Articles We Like / Design Thinking / Creativity / Innovation / Wise Talk

On "5 Ways to Kill a Brainstorm"

This post summarizes an article written by our August Wise Talk guest, Josh Linkner. This article is titled “5 Way to Kill a Brainstorming Session” and was published on October 5th, 2011. It can be found here.

As we move through each “way” to kill a brainstorming session, please post your thoughts/comments/reflections on Linkner’s process in the comments section below.

Linkner starts by remarking that the corporate culture around brainstorming is one of “shooting

[ideas] down as fast as they come.” He then goes on to outline the five fastest and easiest ways to kill a brainstorming session, and therefore the creativity and culture of innovation within a team or corporation.

This five ways are:

1. Passing judgement or commenting.

2. Tidying up or compartmentalizing a comment out loud.

3. Thinking ahead – how would we execute it, what are the other factors that contribute to its possible success, etc.

4. Worrying.

5. Wandering away from the topics strictly at hand being discussed at that moment.

Do you recognize any of these behaviors in your team? How or when have these behaviors occurred, and in what way did they manifest?

If so, share with our community on how you either combat or work through these behaviors to keep the team dynamic active and healthy, as well as creative.

Still unsure how to move forward? Share these thoughts and concerns on coaching and leadership specifically by posting an Ask Mariposa question.

/ Design Thinking / Creativity / Innovation / News / Wise Talk

Wise Talk Announcement: Today with Josh Linkner

Join us on our next Wise Talk on Monday, August 20 from 1-2pm PT (TODAY) as Sue talks with tech entrepreneur and bestselling author Josh Linkner on how to drive breakthrough creativity in business and individual success.

Josh Linkner is a successful four-time tech entrepreneur and the founder, chairman and former CEO of the largest interactive promotion agency in the world, ePrize. He is a New York Times bestselling author of two books, with his most recent book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, named one of the top 10 business books of 2011.

Recently, Josh launched his fifth company, the venture capital firm Detroit Venture Partners. Josh is also Adjunct Professor of Applied Creativity at the University of Michigan. He has been honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the Detroit News Michiganian of the Year, and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. Josh is a regular columnist for Fast Company and Inc. Magazine, and his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, and The New York Times. Josh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Florida. He is an accomplished and well-respected jazz musician, regularly performing in jazz clubs throughout the United States and Canada.

Please RSVP asap to to reserve your spot.

August 4, 2012 / Book Reviews / Design Thinking / Creativity / Innovation

Book Review: Disciplined Dreaming

Disciplined Dreaming:  A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity
By: Josh Linkner

Head: (4.5 of 5)
Heart: (4.5 of 5)
Leadership Applicability: (4.5 of 5)

Josh Linkner’s book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity is best described as a business approach to creativity. In a time where a corporation’s life span is dependent upon its ability to innovate and grow in rapidly moving markets, Linkner’s book presents a refreshingly simple method by which to imbed creativity into even the most traditional business environments.

Linkner understands that creativity in the workplace is “easier said than done,” and explains clearly how to use his book for either large organizational changes within a company, or smaller more incremental steps within a department or team.

By the end of this book, you will learn ways to generate profitable new ideas quickly and easily, empower employees to tap more fully into their own creative energy, and to use creativity to sustain a competitive advantage in the long run.  Buy it.