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54 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
How Empathy and Our Ability To Understand Change Improves Intercultural Creativity™ - Dr. Kristen Donnelly - Episode # 72
How does empathy and what people believe affect creative thinking and our ability to connect? The empathy doctor is here to enlighten us on this important topic. Kristen Donnelly (MSW, M.Div, PhD) is a TEDx speaker, international empathy educator, and researcher with two decades of experience in helping people understand the beauty in difference, and the power in inclusivity. She is one of The Good Doctors of Abbey Research, COO of their parent company, and an unapologetic nerd for stories of change. Kristen lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, where they are surrounded by piles of books and several video game consoles. Thank you Dr. Kristen for your insight on how empathy and perspectives of life help our intercultural creativity! Kristen's LinkedInAbbey Research This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
7 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Taking Wisdom To Coffee … or to the Airport - Diamond Mentor Moment #16 - Genein Letford, M.Ed
Creative thinking is now the #1 skill needed in the workforce. The top indicator of a highly creative person is openness to experience but the highest indicator of a culturally competent person is openness to people with different lived experiences. Here are a few tips to increasing your creative exposure to people with powerful ideas. Also, here is my course on LinkedIn Learning called Creative Thinking For Business Leaders Enjoy! Genein Letford, M.Ed CAFFEStrategies, LLC Home of Intercultural Creativity™ The mission of CAFFE Strategies is to equip organizations with strategies of Intercultural Creativity™ that supports their DE&I goals. Intercultural Creativity™ is a unique type of training that develops intercultural competence (which is needed for inclusion and belonging) primarily using creative thinking strategies and cognitive processes. In addition to utilizing our 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity™ methodology, the other creative thinking strategies used in our trainings include divergent thinking, reframing, un-obvious associations, combinatory thinking, metaphorical processing, transformation ideation, and imagination development, to develop intercultural competence, self awareness, cultural-awareness and creative thinking.
50 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Observing to Unmask - How Observation Skills Can Increase Your Creativity and Empathy - Award Winning Author Pushpendra Mehat - Episiode # 71
Observation is our third gem within the Intercultural Creativity™ framework and Pushpendra tells us why. If creativity is the driver of innovation, then curiosity is the driver of creativity. But it doesn't stop there. Observation is the foundation of them both. Pushpendra Mehta is a writer, storyteller, marketer, and mentor focused on providing solutions to problems spurred by the power of spirituality, observation, perception, and intuition. He is the author of the book, "OBSERVE to UNMASK: 100 Small Things to Know People Better" and also runs an online course "OBSERVE to UNMASK'' to help people uncover or unmask others to know who they really are and to encourage self-observation and self-improvement. Pushpendra is also a contributing writer with Entrepreneur Media (Home of Entrepreneur magazine), and an alumnus of Northwestern University, IL. He understands how keen observational skills is mandatory for creative thinking and intercultural connections. He drops gems for us to learn from. Enjoy the show! Links! Book: "OBSERVE to UNMASK: 100 Small Things to Know People Better" Course: OBSERVE to UNMASK: Website LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Intercultural Development Inventory Link This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
34 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Building Your Creative Imagination for Leadership - Dr. Gloria Chance - Episode #70
Imagination is the engine of creative thinking and Dr. Gloria Chance is key a leader for imagination development. She had to imagine how to move the banking industry online and as the title holder of 'The Most Powerful Woman In Banking' , she is a positive creative force to reckon with. Her work, her research and her signature 'A Walk In My Shoes' experience combines self reflection, creative arts, imagination training with powerful DEI development. Every business leader should take heed to her insight. As the CEO of the Mousai Group, Fortune 50 companies constantly seek out her expertise to shed light on the creative development their organizations need to transition through this shift and move this nation, and this world, forward. We are honored that she is here with us today! Dr. Gloria Chance's LinkedIn Mousai Group Website This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
10 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
PTSD, Creative Trauma and Rebuilding Your Creative Identity - Diamond Mentor Moment #15 - Genein Letford, M.Ed
June is a month for many celebrations but it is also PTSD Awareness Month. I am connecting this awareness to the topic of 'Creative Abuse' that so many people are dealing with in their personal lives and in their workspace. Many people hold onto an event that was so shaming in their childhood that it changed the way they thought of themselves. It changed their identity. A certain percentage of those people have those events around a creative act. These 'creativity scars' affect the way we create and interact with others. Our creativity stems from our identity. So if our identity is abused, our creative production will be also. This diamond mentor moment discusses the effect of this and offers some strategies to start rebuilding your creative identity.
49 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Marketing Your Message: How to Make An Idea Scale - Orly Zeewy - Episode #69
Orly knows that creativity, marketing and entrepreneurship go hand in hand and it's all affected by culture and clarity! Orly Zeewy grew up on three continents and was educated in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is bilingual in French and English. Orly has a graphic design degree from one of the top design programs in the country. She founded an award-winning design and marketing firm and directed marketing programs for national clients such as Kraft Foods and Prince Tennis. Her book: Ready, Launch, Brand: The Lean Marketing Guide for Startups was just published by Routledge. In July, she will lead a panel at Venture Café in Philadelphia with three of the founders who are featured in her book. She is a wealth of gems! Enjoy the show! Orly's LinkedIn This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
31 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
A Father's Day Message: How To Get Unstuck, Be More Creative and Be the Best Dad You Can Be - Coach John Paragon, Episode #68
After only having £2.79 in his bank account, John felt like he failed as a father, as a partner, as a businessman and as a man. Only when he cut out the noise, took himself back to the basics and the fundamentals of business, did he begin to gain traction and rebuild. Three years later he had sold his first 7 figure company which he started with less than £5,000 and then he went on to help almost 1,000 clients trade over $200million. Now he helps budding entrepreneurs who are also 30-something dads to redefine success, think creatively and a build a future for themselves and their families. As we celebrate Father's Day, we're excited to share John's story and expertise with you all! John's LinkedIn Paragon30 Group This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
15 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
A Lincoln Lesson Of Intercultural Creativity™ - Diamond Mentor Moment #14 - Genein Letford, M.Ed
Though he believed slavery was wrong, Abraham Lincoln did not think black people were on the same intellectual level as whites…. Until this happened… In this Diamond Mentor Moment, I speak about intercultural creativity™ from a historical perspective and I identify the driving factor of intercultural development for our 16th President that moved him ‘separatist’ thinking to petitioning the right to vote for black men. I also speak on how we can go the opposite direction and polarize ourselves away from those different from us. Our ability to connect with others from various backgrounds directly affects our creativity, the creative potential of others, as well as our progress as an organization and a nation. CAFFE Strategies, LLC CAFFEstrategies.com Intercultural Development Inventory https://idiinventory.com/
45 minutes | May 24, 2021
How To Embrace Your Individuality in a World of Conformity - Global Artist & Author Simon Silva - Episode # 67
How do you cultivate creativity? Simon is here to show us how! Distinguished artist, acclaimed speaker, and celebrated author – Simón Silva champions the way for a society filled with confident, creative, and critical thinkers equipped with the 21st century skills necessary to better the world. Learn why individuality and observation is critical in this post pandemic era and how the arts can increase these skills in non-artist fields and disciplines. Silva’s renowned artwork continues to appear in many distinguished places globally; and beautifully complements his message of hope, perseverance, and individuality. Silva enjoys traveling the country sharing how to “Cultivate a Creative Mind” at his in-demand workshops and keynotes; inspiring others to overcome their obstacles, regain their creative confidence, and embrace their individuality, which (Silva discovered firsthand), is their greatest asset. Simon Silva Website Simon's New Book Simon's LinkedIn Simon's Art (Found on his website)
9 minutes | May 16, 2021
Curiosity - The Element Needed to Thrive and Stay Alive - Diamond Mentor Moment #13 - Genein Letford
Curious George had this element but it turns out our CEO’s, employees and teachers need it too. If creativity is the driver of innovation, then curiosity is the driver of creativity. This includes Intercultural Creativity™ as well. Learn how this trait works, how to develop it and how not squash it in yourself, your team, your students and your own children. Further Research: Dr. Alison Horstmeyer on Curiosity Forbes on Curiosity By Dr. Alison Dr. Alison's Guest Podcast On Curiosity
55 minutes | May 4, 2021
How Neuroscience Is Informing Leadership, DE&I and Intercultural Creativity™ for this New Era - Dr. Michael Platt, Wharton School of Business - Episode #66
Being an effective leader requires more than just academic skill. Leaders must be imaginative, innovative AND know how to connect with their team members from various backgrounds. Dr. Platt helps us 'go under the hood' to learn how our brains can be better utilized to help us be more creative and lead well. His book, 'The Leader's Brain: Enhance Your Leadership, Build Stronger Teams, Make Better Decisions, And Inspire Greater Innovation with Neuroscience' highlights the tips, tools and strategies to connect with your team members, make sound decisions and of course, think more creativity. We talk about leadership, creativity, bias, neurodiversity and, of course, your brain! Enjoy the show! The Leader's Brain Dr. Platt's LinkedIn Perspective Shifting Article This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
45 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Celebrating Neurodiversity - Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month - Best Selling Author Thomas Iland - Episode # 65
'Life doesn't come to you, it's up to YOU to come to LIFE!" - Tom Iland April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month and we have a special guest today who’s on the autism spectrum and he talks about the evolution of the conversation and narrative around autism, as it pertains to his life. This episode is packed with sound advice for parents, leaders and people on the spectrum on how to support Neurodiversity in our homes and workplace. Thomas Iland was diagnosed with autism at 13 years old. Since accepting his diagnosis, Thomas has been recognized as an award-winning author and emerging thought leader. He left his career as a certified public accountant in 2015 to become a keynote speaker, certified human potential coach, and diversity, equity & inclusion consultant. He is now the owner of Come To Life Coaching, which is based on the title of his bestselling book, “Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery.” His mission is to empower individuals on and off the autism spectrum to live the life of their choice. Thomas has spoken at the United Nations, gave a TEDx talk titled, “How To Come To Life,” and is the only Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker with autism in the world. Thomas currently lives in Santa Clarita, California, with his dog, Bridget, and recently received Junior Chamber International’s prestigious “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” (TOYA) Award! This is a great show with great tips for us all. So don't forget, 'Life doesn't come to you, it's up to YOU to come to life!" - Tom Iland Come To Life Website TED Talk: Come To Life
47 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
From Fire Breathing to Global Escape Rooms - How to Live an Intercultural Creative Life of Adventure - CEO Meghan Gardner - Episode #64
From fire breathing to supporting start-ups in Africa to sitting with the dying - this is the actual itinerary for Meghan Gardner. Meghan is the epitome of Intercultural Creativity™ and what it means to challenge yourself to grow, to be self aware and to push the boundaries of your comfort zones in order to connect with others and connect with yourself. As the founder and CEO of Guardian Adventures, she knows what it means to live and create an adventurous life. In this gem filled episode, she teaches us how to live a life worth living, improve our self and other awareness and how to create across cultural lines. Everyone should have a 'Meghan' in their life to push them to reach their creative potential. We're proud to share her story with you! Guard Up Website LinkedIn This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
10 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
Hidden in Plain Sight - The Power of Observation in this New Era - Diamond Mentor Moments #12 - Genein Letford
Just because you can see, hear, taste, and smell doesn’t mean you are observing to your fullest potential. The main way to create is to combine the data you are experiencing, or have experienced, in new ways. If your observational skills are below par, you are missing a great deal of opportunity for connecting the unconnected and producing innovative ideas. Intercultural competence requires strong observational skills as well. Do you truly see your coworker or friend? Can you take in the data in order to have empathy? In order to lead well? It starts with an open mind and the ability to observe. Check out this Diamond Mentor Moment about increasing your observational skills in the creative realm and the intercultural realm for this new era. This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
34 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
PhilTech - Philanthropy and Technology and the Changing Landscape of Giving and Storytelling - Brad Koepenick - Episode #63
Doing good is the new cool! The future of giving is here. Brad shares how SparkRise is changing the way we give and support charities. He also discusses the importance of having a background in theater for business, pitching and innovation. Brad Koepenick is Co-Founder and President of SparkRise, a game changing SaaS platform that provides businesses with a better, faster, easier way to engage with consumers while contributing to social good. He is also a Musician, Actor, Writer, Producer of feature films including Val Kilmer's Cinema Twain, Film-making, Animation and Storytelling for students on the autistic spectrum. For his work in the classroom, Koepenick was awarded the "Hart Vision Award" (California Charter Teacher of the Year) and the monthly "Innovator Award" through the Professional Teachers Network. He was a founding teacher at 5 charter schools in the San Fernando Valley through PUCSchools and Co-founded a Charter High School called VIP - Valley International Prep. Thank you Brad for your enlightenment in this emergent field of PhilTech! Brad's LinkedIN SparkRise SnowBall Challenge Get Lit Poetry This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
12 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
How Creativity Rises and Falls on Leadership - Diamond Mentor Moments #11 - Genein Letford
Do you want more creative teams? No matter your answer, we NEED more creative teams! We then need to invest in leadership training and psychologically safe cultures. Studies show that bad leadership can erode the creative potential of your team members and evaporate any type of innovation. In this Diamond Mentor Moment we discuss the four zones - Apathy, Comfort, Anxiety and Learning Zones, that leaders create depending on their leadership style. In order for team members to develop their intercultural creative skills to produce innovative solutions, their leaders must have these leadership skills to create the right zone, or culture, in order to allow creativity to flourish. Visit CAFFEstrategies.com for more info! Sources: Psychological safety
34 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
How to Move From Conflict Resolution to Conflict Transformation for Creative Success - Melody Stanford Martin - Episode #62
Can we talk for a moment? Communication is at the center of intercultural creativity and Melody Stanford Martin is here to share how we need to push past conflict resolution and head into conflict transformation. Disagreement, or creative abrasion, can push us into creative advancement and she highlights how to use conflict to get ourselves and our organizations to be our creative best! Melody is a social ethicist and communications expert. She is the author of Brave Talk: Building Resilient Relationships in the Face of Conflict, Founder of Brave Talk Project, and Founder & CEO of Cambridge Creative Group, a narrative marketing and design company specializing in non-profit outreach. Melody's work focuses on rhetorical innovation, courageous community engagement, and out-of-the-box thinking to solve social problems. This is a timely message for a new era of communication and creativity. She brings us gems throughout the whole show! Enjoy the show! BraveTalkBraveTalk Book Cambridge Creative Group This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
6 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Diversity Diamonds: Empowering Your Employees to Uniquely Create with Passion and Purpose - Diamond Mentor Moment #10 - Genein Letford
2020 pushed conformity out the door. Celebrating the uniqueness of your employees is now your organization’s superpower. We are introducing the ‘Diversity Diamond’ has a metaphorical visual to make highlight the different demographic and cognitive diversity we all have. For this new era, we need to utilize our various talents and viewpoints to find today’s solutions. CAFFE Strategies, LLC equips organizations with strategies to build creative cultures that highlight the diamond facets of team members for individual and corporate success. CAFFEstrategies.com
55 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
How to Use Creativity to Shift the Narrative for Women in Leadership - Jyoti Sarda - Episode #61
Is the face of leadership shifting? Well when it comes to politics, Jyoti Sarda thinks so and she is on a mission to highlight the shift. Jyoti Sarda is a major studio and blue chip brand senior-level global marketing executive turned producer, filmmaker and entrepreneur. Through her company Nimble Media LLC., she is shifting the narrative about women and their individual and collective impact by telling very real stories through projects like her award-winning docu series, And She Could Be Next, currently available on Amazon Prime. In this podcast episode, she shares her professional journey of being a creator and storyteller within corporate and on her own. She gives insight to the benefits of having a diverse workforce and why women need to bring their multiple 'diamond facets' to their work. Enjoy the show and remember, 'You could be next!' And She Could Be Next Lilly Movie Nimble Media, LLC Jyoti Sarda LinkedIn This episode is produced by CAFFEstrategies.com – an industry leader in intercultural creative thinking development and the home of the 16 Diamond Tools of Creative Thinkers and the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity!
10 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Seeing in a New Way: How to Regain Your Functional Agility - Diamond Mentor Moment #9
What is functional agility? It could bring you your next million dollar idea! As a child you had functional agility but it might have turned into functional fixedness. Here’s what this means for your creativity, your intercultural competence and your ability to be innovative in this new era. Enjoy! CAFFE ‘InterCreative’ Strategies, LLC CAFFEstrategies.com
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