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Creative Animals

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Personality traits of creators classified by animals. If creators and innovators could be compared to animals, who would they most likely resemble?
By Robert Gerlach, Creativity Teacher, Author & Keynote Speaker

 

the incredibly-fast hummingbird

The name “Hummingbird” derives from the humming sound created by their rapidly beating wings. They are the only birds with the ability to fly backward.
Typical representative: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Main characteristic: Humorous and playful. Composed very quickly. Signed some of his letters with “Trazom” (backward for Mozart).
Famous quote: When I feel well and in a good humor, or when I am taking a drive or walking after a good meal, or in the night when I cannot sleep, thoughts crowd into my mind as easily as you could wish.

 

Thomas-Edison

the diligent bee

Bees are known for their diligence and their poisonous sting. Besides honey, they produce wax, which can be used for candles.
Typical representative: Thomas A. Edison (1847 – 1931)
Main characteristic: Diligent. Perseveringly searching for innovations – attempt by attempt. Dangerous. (Used his sting in the War of Currents and lost.)
Famous quote: Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.

 

Karl-Lagerfeld

the never-aging axolotl

The Axolotl, also known as a Mexican salamander, retains juvenile characteristics while becoming an adult. He has the ability to reproduce limbs, organs, and even parts of the brain.
Typical representative: Karl Lagerfeld (1933 – still living)
Main characteristic: Timeless. Surviving decades in fashion in a juvenile state.
Famous quote: I’m from no generation, I’m part of no group, I’m totally floating and this is the whole story and why I can survive.

 

Steve-Jobs

the reality-distorted macpie 

Believed to be one of the most intelligent birds; the Magpie likes to steal shiny objects. The American Macpie (sic) lives in California.
Typical representative: Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)
Main characteristic: Intelligent. Loves to steal ideas.
Famous quote: We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas!

 

Nikola-Tesla

the people-loving dolphin

Dolphins are intelligent and social mammals. They like to help injured animals and protect humans from being attacked by sharks.
Typical representative: Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943)
Main characteristic: Compassionate. (Tore up a contract, worth $12 million in 1907, to save his boss George Westinghouse from bankruptcy.)
Famous quote: I don’t care that they stole my idea. I care that they don’t have any of their own.

 

Copycat

the uninspired copycat

Can be found in habitats all over the world. Doesn’t know anything about creativity. Constantly running behind the ideas of others. Some of them try to understand creative life by applying creativity techniques. Could also be called a poor dog.
Typical representative: Fast Follower
Main characteristics: Unconscious of its inner magician. Likes to imitate originals.
Famous quote: I did not copy.

 

Butterfly

the miraculous butterfly

Starts its life as a caterpillar. Eats lots of information. Cocoons itself and miraculously transforms into one of the most beautiful creatures.
Typical representative: You
Main characteristics: Curious. Loves to take the plunge and upgrade its life, to experience self-efficacy and joy.
Famous quote: I have a great idea!

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If you’d like your creativity to fly high, have a look at my new book Innovator’s High. This how-to guide helps you not only to build your creative muscle but also to:

>> Perceive problem-solving as a sport

>> Deal with uncertainty and find great ideas under pressure (instead of settling for a foul compromise)

>> Transform dark feelings into bright insights

>> Personalize your world through your resourcefulness

>> Understand the chaotic creative process

>> Understand why you do your inner voice a disservice, if you steal ideas

>> Discover the effect of food on your creative power

>> Discover the effect of exercise on your creative power

>> Get around mental blocks and stay mentally flexible

>> Release endorphins as athletes do and feel Innovator’s High

>> Find an unknown secret behind the innovators Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs

 

Managers find plenty of advice as well, such as:

>> How to facilitate a culture where people can best inspire each other

>> Why investing in stylish furniture won’t necessarily increase creativity and what actually will!

>> How to support others to deliver creative excellence

>> The true key for employees having their best ideas on the job

>> Two leadership styles on how to manage, motivate and keep out-of-the-box thinkers

 

Innovator's High

Innovator’s High comes with over 40 colored infographics and illustrations, 2 paradigm shifts, countless examples, and 96 tips to cope with tight deadlines and tap into euphoria. This jam packed guide is for anyone in an industry that requires fresh ideas and creative genius of any kind. This book will guide you on how to unlock your creative potential and keep it flowing, even when deadlines are coming up fast.

Find out more >> Innovator’s High  //  Innovator’s High is available on >> Amazon.com

 

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praise for Innovator’s High

Jim_Docktor“Robert does an amazing job of reframing creativity as the sport of ideas. His use of stories tied in with compelling examples walk you through aspects of creativity brilliantly. You won’t have any other choice but to unlock how you think of it and apply it to what is important to you. This is a great read for artists, anyone creative, everyone who thinks they are not creative, employees, and especially managers. Innovator’s High is infectious and elevates you to a place you may not have been before. Don’t be scared, embrace it and once you are there – stay there. Read it, believe it, and experience Innovator’s High!”
Jim Docktor, Learning Designer, Apple

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about Robert Gerlach

Robert Gerlach

Hi, I’m Robert, a German-born creativity teacher and author. My teaching focuses on creative thinking for knowledge workers and leaders.

Driven by the question: “Why am I creative in one company and not in another?”, I founded the training academy iQudo sport of ideas in 2006. Since then, I have pioneered the invention of new methodologies to help facilitate creative knowledge to designers, employees, and managers of numerous companies, such as Amway, Microsoft BASF, SAP, and Samsung. To stay on top of the creativity game, I mentor theses at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT-EnTechnon). A perfect day to me is being able to express myself in six languages: English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Dancing.
Email me at: r{dot}gerlach{at}iQudo{dot}com

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